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Volume 2, Issue 19
 August 25, 2010
Government procurement is experiencing significant change 
 
Mary Scott NabersMost firms that contract with state and local government don't pay a great amount of attention to the Office of Federal Procurement in the Executive Office of the President. However, some interesting things happen there. That is particularly true at the moment.
 
And, since federal mandates and rules often drift down to impact contracting at the state and local levels, it is always good to watch what is happening in Washington. 
 
Currently, there is an abundance of controversy about a procurement issue known as "insourcing." Federal agencies have been encouraged to stop outsourcing contracts to private sector contractors. They are being encouraged to bring the work (and the jobs) back inside government. This has not been well received.
 
IN THIS ISSUE
Schools to share $28.8 million
More weatherization funds available
Wisconsin infrastructure tops $1 billion
Race to the Top winners cited
Upcoming education opportunities
Opportunity of the week
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Rural health initiatives funded
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Schools get grants for emergency response, readiness
 
Nearly 100 districts in 28 states to share $28.8 million in funding
 
Grants for readiness and emergency response plans have been allocated to 98 school districts in 28 states. The funds can be used to coordinate with local emergency responders, including fire, police and health and public health agencies, to conduct drills and exercises, purchase emergency supplies and equipment and to train staff and students regarding emergency response procedures. 
 
Arnie DuncanThe funds - for a total of $28.8 million - were allocated by the U.S. Department of Education. The entities receiving funding will be used to improve plans that address prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. "No student should feel unsafe in school," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (pictured) said. "The fact is that no school can be a great school until it is a safe school first, and these grants will support that effort."
 
Those earning the funding must commit their school districts to coordinate with officials in law enforcement, local government, public safety, public health and mental health; train school officials in emergency management; and provide a method for communicating emergency and reunification procedures to parents and guardians.
 
The funding comes from the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students and teach them good citizenship. To view the complete list of recipients, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
More weatherization funding made available to states
 
Contracting opportunities, jobs will be expanded after $120 million investment
 
WeatherizationMore weatherization projects throughout the nation will soon be getting under way after the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) recent award of nearly $120 million to approximately 120 organizations nationwide. The funds will allow those organizations to expand their programs and will also finance new pilot programs to demonstrate new ways of weatherization delivery, financial models and new technologies.
 
DOE officials report that through June, more than 31,600 homes across the country were weatherized, the most homes weatherized in one month since the start of the Recovery Act-funded program.  The nationwide system of weatherization is currently operating at its optimal run rate - some 25,000 homes per month. This summer, 80,000 homes are expected to be weatherized. The program has also resulted in hundreds of contracts and thousands of jobs.
 
This round of funding will award some $90 million to more than 100 proven weatherization providers in 27 states to expand their current programs. These projects can include anything from installing solar heating systems, solar photovoltaic panels and shingles, small-scale wind turbines, new insulation technologies, tankless hot water heaters and more. To view the list of recipients of Sustainability Energy Resources funding, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
 
Sixteen other recipients will share $30 million in funding to show other innovative approaches to weatherizing homes. These organizations will include private companies, nonprofits, universities, city governments and national partners like Habitat for Humanity. To view the list of Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program grant recipients, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
$1 billion infrastructure plan in works in Wisconsin
 
Transportation Projects Commission to meet in fall regarding interstate expansion
 
John BeckordA $1 billion plan to expand Interstate 39-90 between the Illinois border and Madison, Wisconsin, has taken a step forward with plans to convene the Transportation Projects Commission (TPC) in the fall to review the project. The plan calls for replacing existing pavement along the 45-mile Interstate corridor. It would also add a third lane in each direction, reconstruct 11 interchanges and replace two bridges.
 
John Beckord (pictured), president of Forward Janesville, a private economic development organization in Wisconsin, cited the important role infrastructure improvements play in economic growth. He said the organization is looking forward to "the project being enumerated and scheduled for construction."
 
The state Department of Transportation must submit its proposal to the TPC by Sept. 15 for the December meeting. At that time, the TPC will make its recommendation to the governor, the state legislature and Joint Committee on Finance. Construction could begin as early as 2015 or 2016 and would take four to six years to complete. 

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Race to the Top...
 
Florida, New York head list of recipients with $700 million allocation each
 
New York and Florida were the big winners in the second round of "Race to the Top" education funding announced this week, with each qualifying for $700 million of the remaining $3.4 billion in federal funding being made available for education reform and innovation and school and student improvement. The fund originally included $4.35 billion, $4 billion of which was dedicated to statewide reform grants and $350 million to support states working together to improve the quality of their assessments.
 
Joe KleinFlorida and New York were among 10 winners in this round of funding. Other states and their grants include: Massachusetts - $250 million; Hawaii - $75 million; Rhode Island - $75 million; the District of Columbia - $75 million; Maryland - $250 million; Georgia - $400 million; North Carolina - $400 million; and Ohio - $400 million.
"Race to the Top has been a tremendous catalyst for precisely the kind of education reform we've supported and implemented in New York City," said New York Schools Chancellor Joe I. Klein (left). "Now it is up to all of us to live up to this commitment and continue the important work that got us here."
 
Eric SmithFlorida State Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith (right) said Florida's win "is a testament to our overwhelming commitment to student success and our willingness to overcome any obstacle to achieve it." He said the funding will allow Florida schools to "be able to accelerate the academic progress of our students, provide assistance to our low-performing schools and develop a system that properly recognizes and rewards our hardest working teachers."
 
Only Delaware and Tennessee were awarded funding in the first round of competition.   Forty-six states and D.C. put together applications for Race to the Top funding in Phases 1 and 2. The winning applicants were scored on adoption of standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and as part of the workforce; building data systems to measure student growth and success; recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining effective teachers and administrators; and turning around lowest-performing schools.
 
Upcoming education opportunities
 
California district to sell bonds to finance upcoming projects
Barry GrovesOfficials with the Mountain View Los Altos High School District have authorized the selling of bonds to finance upcoming projects. A $41.3 million bond issue gained voter approval and some of the projects are expected to begin soon. Installation of solar panels in parking lots could begin as early as November, according to Superintendent Barry Groves (pictured). Officials expect a savings of $1.6 million over five years through rebates. Other projects soon to be undertaken include the building of new classrooms. Preliminary designs have begun for projects that are hoped to be completed in fall 2013. A new pool will be installed at Mountain View High School, probably starting in May.
 
Michigan district planning bond sale for variety of projects
Rehabilitation, expansion and building projects are on tap for the Holland (Michigan) Public Schools after the district recently sold $73 million in bonds. Construction projects are expected to be awarded Sept. 20. Among the projects are $40 million in renovations to the Holland High School, multi-million-dollar projects at the four middle schools and the Van Raalte Tech Center and New Tech Academy high school.
 
Idaho residents endorse $9.8 million bond proposal
A new elementary school is on the horizon for the city of Wendell, Idaho. Voters recently approved a $9.8 million general obligation bond for the project. Work is expected to begin on the facility in the spring, as the old school faces aging problems and overcrowding.
 
Georgetown voters to face two propositions in November election
Voters in the Georgetown (Texas) school district will face a two-proposition bond election in November valued together at more than $137 million. Proposition one for $90.1 million will include Phase Two of the Georgetown East View High School ($41.2 million), renovations at the high school, a new McCoy Elementary School campus ($13.5 million), modifications to Frost Elementary to a K-5 facility, construction of a central receiving warehouse, technology and security upgrades ($4 million), district-wide renovations and relocation of the Richarte High School to the current GHS Annex. Proposition two has a value of $47.2 million and includes a $17.7 million new elementary, a new $28 million middle school and $1.5 million for land acquisition.   
 
New Jersey district voters to be asked to approve $99 million bond issue
Art LevineVoters in Fort Lee, New Jersey, will cast their ballots on Sept. 28 to decide the fate of a $99 million bond issue. If successful, the bonds would pay for building a new school for fifth and sixth graders, make additions to several schools and make repairs to all schools. "If the referendum passes, we will revitalize this entire community and make it a place parents want to educate their children," said Board Member Art Levine (pictured). He said the future of the community could well rest with the referendum. 
 
Athens ISD sets $6.525 million bond election in November
Trustees for the Athens (Texas) Independent School District recently agreed to ask voters to approve $6.525 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds to build new classrooms and renovate existing facilities. If voters pass the bonds, which feature a low or no-net interest cost to the district, the funding will be used to renovate Bel Air Elementary School and add new classrooms at several other schools. The new facilities will permit the district to discontinue use of eight portable buildings now used for classroom space, said Assistant Superintendent Mike Green.
 
Guilford Technical Community College to begin new campus building
A groundbreaking ceremony this week will mark the beginning of Phase One of the Guilford Technical Community College Northwest Campus in Greensboro, North Carolina. This first phase will feature site development and construction of three new buildings and a parking deck with a combined cost estimate of $65 million. Dan Sitko, the college's director of construction, said the project should be completed by spring 2013. Construction on the 100-acre campus is financed by bond referendums approved in 2004 and 2008. 
 
Phase one includes:
  • A 97,500-square-foot building for the North Carolina Center for Global Logistics and the Center for Business and Industry;
  • 147,000 square feet of floor space for the Transportation and Welding Building;
  • 5,477 square feet for a Central Energy Plant; and
  • A three-level parking deck with more than 79,000 square feet and 206 parking spaces. 
Tyler school district calls bond vote for three new schools
Orenthia MasonSchool officials in Tyler, Texas, have called an $89.95 million school bond referendum for November that, if passed, would lead to construction of two new elementary schools and one new middle school.  This round of proposed funding and new schools is part of a facilities plan laid out in 2004. "We need to do what is best for investing in the lives of our children," said the Rev. Orenthia Mason (pictured), board member. School officials have indicated that an unprecedented bond market leads them to believe that now is a good time to move forward with these projects. Officials have studied costs for two new elementary schools versus renovations and additions to existing schools and found that although capacity would be increased, classroom sizes would still be smaller than preferred. Energy efficiency was also a deciding factor in opting for new schools. The district already has purchased land that could be used for the new middle school, which would be built to serve 1,200 students and include 185,000-200,000 square feet at a cost of approximately $44 million. The new elementary schools are expected to cost $25.6 million for one and $20.2 million for the other.
 
University of Iowa ready to select architect for auditorium project
Officials of the University of Iowa are closing in on picking an architect as the first phase of construction of a new facility to replace Hancher Auditorium. The auditorium was the victim of 2008 floods. Four nationally recognized architecture firms are in the running to handle the $125 million project. After the flood damage, the board of regents decided to move the location of the auditorium just up the hill and northwest of the original structure. A spring 2012 construction start date is anticipated.
 
$39.2 million bond issue for Henderson ISD set for November
What was originally a $55 million bond proposal has been trimmed to $39.2 million in the Henderson (Texas) Independent School District, and will go before voters on Nov. 2. If passed, the bond election would provide for a new $25.65 million middle school. Renovations of $4.44 million would be in the works for an existing school for fourth and fifth graders. Additional parking would be created north of the campus and new construction at that school would include a kitchen and cafetorium, science lab, library research lab, speech lab, special education room, a secured main entrance and restrooms for the gym. Other renovations would include student restrooms, technology and communications upgrades, replacement of existing heating and air-conditioning systems, replacement of ceiling tiles, entry doors, flooring and renovation of rooms, and replacement of 600 student lockers. An $8.3 million auditorium at the high school is also planned.  
 
For information about this and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
 
Opportunity of the week...
A state department of transportation in the Northwest is looking for qualified teams to build a safer, more reliable six-lane floating bridge across a major lake in the state. Fully funded, the projects is seeking design teams for this $700-$900 million project. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.
 
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Funds headed to Gulf Coast area for rebuilding areas impacted by hurricanes
Additional funds to help rebuild areas of the Gulf Coast ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are headed to a number of affected communities. More than $25 million in federal funds announced this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help with the rebuilding process. The projects include:
  • More than $11 million to the State of Louisiana to help Xavier University rebuild the Student Center. Seven feet of water severely damaged 22 main buildings on the campus, including the Student Center and the gym. Both will be replaced with FEMA funds. The new gym is currently in the design phase.
  • More than $2.7 million is going to the Archdiocese of New Orleans St. Martin Manor Yellow Masonry Assisted Living Complex to replace the Yellow Brick building.
  • More than $1.4 million to Salmen High School to help replace athletic department facilities.
  • More than $4.1 million to the St. Bernard Parish Sanitary Sewage Collection System for repairs.
  • More than $2.5 million to the Roman Catholic Church/Archdiocese of New Orleans Our Lady of Lourdes school campus to repair classrooms.
  • Some $3 million to Cameron Parish to repair damages to a recreation center and gym.
  • Approximately $1.1 million to Jefferson Parish to add 12 properties to the alternative property list and building them to new codes related to elevation.
  • And in Hancock, Mississippi, more than $1.6 million to upgrade Hancock North Central Elementary to include a hardened shelter. 
Port Canaveral issues RFP for bids on advertising concession program
Rosalind HarveyThinking outside the box in trying to find ways to raise revenue, the Canaveral Port Authority in Florida has released a request for proposals for bids on an advertising concession program. Port officials are considering allowing advertising to be placed at various spots around the port, much like in airport terminals. The RFP asks for a program to identify appropriate spaces around the port that can be used for advertising. Rosalind Harvey (pictured), the Port's senior director of communications and community affairs, said it is too early to put a dollar figure on how much revenue advertising at the port could bring in. Commissioners say they like the idea of a new revenue stream, but want to ensure there are guidelines associated with the advertising. Harvey cited the amount of advertising at airports in the state, from baggage claim areas to security bins where travelers place their coins, keys, etc. "Here, people claim the luggage and go," Harvey said. "There's nothing much in the baggage area to attract their attention."
 
Arizona wind project could include as many as 335 turbines on 40,000 acres
A 500-megawatt power plant is being proposed by a Houston-based private sector company for the state of Arizona. If implemented, it would be the state's largest wind farm. The project could include as many as 335 wind turbines on more than 40,000 acres of federal land over which the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation have oversight. Officials say they would like to have the estimated $1 billion plant in operation by 2012. Once completed, it could provide enough power for 425,000 homes in Arizona, Nevada and California. Although the state is generally considered a "sun" state for solar energy, the company hopes the unique area it plans for the wind farm will produce. The Mohave County wind farm is designed to help the state's utilities meet Arizona's renewable energy standard that requires electric utilities to either purchase or generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
 
Conroe preparing to sell bonds, certificates of obligation
The City of Conroe, Texas, is preparing to sell bonds and certificates of obligation to fund infrastructure improvements. The bonds will include $20.8 million in water and sewer bonds for a variety of projects and $16.7 million in certificates of obligation will be sold for streets, facilities, parks and drainage. 
 
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co. garner funding to build own 4G network
Jeff DulinUsing $16.7 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Mecklenburg County will build their own 4G network. It will allow streaming video for use by hospital doctors vetting the condition of patients en route to the hospital by ambulance and would allow police officers at the station to view a traffic stop live. The new system will be the first of its kind in the country and Charlotte Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Dulin (pictured) said the system certainly will be a boon for firefighters. Firefighters responding to fires or emergency events will be able to see what is happening before they get there. He also said not having to deal with commercial carriers is a plus. He noted that although emergency responders have some wireless capability now, it is shared with cell phone users. "Your pipe can go really small on you," he said. The city will contribute $4 million to the project and will begin building and testing the system downtown and expand it over the next several years.
 
Lower costs of transportation projects means more can be funded
The New Mexico Transportation Department has more money to spend on highway projects. Several projects in the state that are being paid for with federal Recovery Act funds have come in under budget. That has freed up approximately $12 million in funds that the state can use for other projects. Plans call for close to a dozen new projects to be funded by the saved funding and the rest of the money to be spread out over a variety of projects that need more funding to be completed. One of the major projects to be funded by the additional money is pavement upgrades to Interstates 40 and 25. Since February, the state has gone out to bid on approximately 90 state and local highway projects, using its nearly $253 million in stimulus funds to help pay for them.
 
Council approves $7 million bond issue resolutions
Bonds are expected to be sold in early September by the city of Gautier, Mississippi, to pay for road improvements, a new fire station and police and city court improvements. Bond resolutions were approved recently by the city council, paving the way for sale of the bonds. 
 
Senior housing project being funded in Henderson, Nevada
Charles HorseyTax credit revenue bonds valued at $12 million will be issued by the state Board of Finance to develop a 225-unit senior citizen housing project in Henderson, Nevada.
 
They will be issued through the State Division of Housing. Senior will pay 60 percent of the area's median income in rent, said Charles Horsey III (pictured), division administrator. Solar energy will be installed in common areas. The bonds will allow the developer to claim tax credits.
 
City in Connecticut places three bond issues on November ballot
Three bond issues worth $7.9 million will be put on November ballot in Norwich, Connecticut. Voters will face three issues - $1.52 million for upgrades and modernization of a business park, $3.38 million for downtown revitalization and $3 million to expand gas mains in the Norwich Public Utilities system. Although the city has had some tough economic challenges of late, closing two schools and seeking employment concessions from a pair of unions, city officials realize that the business park and the downtown area are vital to economic development. The city makes $2 million alone in taxes from the business park.
 
Connecticut approves borrowing funds for rail improvements
Connecticut's State Bond Commission has approved the borrowing of $260 million for a high-speed commuter rail project that would connect Springfield and New Haven. Another $520 million in general obligation bonds will finance projects in Enfield, East Hartford and Windsor. 
 
Texas city sells $9.5 million in bonds for construction projects
Frank SimpsonOfficials in Missouri City, Texas, have approved the sale of $95 million in bonds to help pay the costs of construction of its Tennis and Recreation Center, Community Center and Golf Pro Shop at the local golf course. Low interest rates and cheaper construction costs mean the city is "going to save a lot of money," according to City Manager Frank Simpson (pictured). The projects will include more than $1.8 million in funding left over from a 2003 bond issue and the city will move up the sale of bonds that had been planned for 2012, 2013 and 2014. All of the bonds were planned to be used for parks and recreation projects.  
 
Colorado entities to share $19.3 million in homeland security funds
With a goal of improving the state's preparedness for man-made or natural disasters, local communities and state agencies in Colorado have been awarded $19.3 million in funding in the form of homeland security grants. More than 80 percent of the funding distributed by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security is federal funds. Among the 118 projects being funded are community preparedness initiatives, detection and protection from explosive devices, interoperable communications capabilities, law enforcement crime data and counter-terrorism tools, planning, information sharing and collaboration capabilities, medical surge capabilities, exercise and training initiatives and equipment for first responders. One of the largest of the awards is more than $950,000 to Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs to enhance their Metropolitan Medical Response System. The state's Homeland Security Program was awarded $11 million and the Denver Urban Areas Security Initiative garnered $7.1 million. Approximately $30 million in requests for funding for 170 projects were pared down to the final 118.
 
Nevada highway work to benefit from $1 million grant award
The realignment project on Highway 50 in Douglas County, Nevada, got a $1 million shot in the arm recently through a grant award. The amount is part of $8 million in transportation funding headed to the state. Among the largest awards were $3.3 million to Clark County for an airport interchange and $2.2 million to widen the highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump. The Pyramid Highway corridor will get $1.1 million for improvements and $500,000 will go toward upgrading the state's Traffic Safety Information System.
 
Expanded computer facilities coming to Kentucky libraries
Wayne OnkstThe Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has been awarded $1.3 million from the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The Recovery Act funding will be used to buy approximately 520 computer workstations, enhance 300 existing workstations and upgrade 60 public libraries throughout the state.  Wayne Onkst (pictured), Kentucky's state librarian and commissioner of the libraries department, said the upgrades will "provide lasting benefits in education and economic development." The state will receive matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation toward the project. Officials see the upgrades as a way for those living in underserved areas who do not have access to computers and broadband service to have access to 21st century technology to access training, jobs and economic opportunities.
 
Grant funding will help extend commuter rail service in Rhode Island
A grant of $13.6 million in New Starts grants is being awarded to the Wickford Junction/North Kingstown Station in Rhode Island. The funds will be used to extend existing commuter rail service from Boston to Providence and then 20 miles south into Rhode Island. "The Recovery Act is moving projects like this one from plans on the shelf to shovels in the ground," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. The New Starts program provides federal funds for locally planned and implemented transit projects including commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars and ferries.
 
City in Oregon preparing to build new city hall
Mike MorganAfter voters in Madras, Oregon, gave their approval last spring for construction of a city hall instead of a city park, officials have been lining up the financing for the structure. The price tag for the building is approximately $6.3 million. Officials already have $1 million set aside toward the cost. City Manager Mike Morgan (pictured) said the city will be looking for the rest of the funding "in the form of a grant and loan from the rural development administration." The application for that funding had stopped until voters approved the project and now the application is being updated and readied for submission. If the funding becomes available, officials are hoping for a June 2011 start date.
 
For information about this and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
Rural health initiatives get boost in federal funding
 
$32 million announced by HHS to support rural health priorities nationwide
 
Mary WakefieldFrom improving health care quality to providing telehealth networks, the $32 million in funding announced this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides welcome financing for a variety of rural health priorities. The funding is to be used to increase access to health care for Americans in rural areas of the country. "The ultimate goal is to build healthier rural populations and communities," said HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield (pictured), Ph.D., R.N. Wakefield said the grants will be used to provide the best health care possible in rural areas by strengthening partnerships among rural health providers, recruiting and retaining rural health care professionals and modernizing the health care infrastructure in rural areas.
 
The seven programs and the amount of funding they received include:
  • More than $22 million to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program to support improvements in health care quality where Critical Access Hospitals serve, improvement in hospital financial and operational performance and development of collaborative delivery systems;
  • More than $3 million to the Rural Health Workforce Development Program to help recruit and retain emerging health professionals;
  • More trhan $2 million to the Telehealth Network Grant Proram to help communities build telehealth programs and networks;
  • More than $1 million to the Telehealth Resources Center Grant Program to provide technical assistane to help implement telehealth programs in underserved areas;
  • Close to $1 million for the Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program to coordinate innovative approahces, collaborative networks and links to provide rural veterans and residents access to mental health and other health care services;
  • Some $770,000 for the Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration Projects to develop and test new health care delivery services in frontier areas; and
  • Almost $500,000 for the Rural Training Track Assistance Demonstration Program to analyze challenges and barriers facing the Rural Training Track residency program.
To view the complete list of all awardees, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
 
Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Sam Shekar.
  
Sam ShekarSam Shekar, M.D., is a former physician consultant who served 21 years with the U.S. Public Health Service. He is a former assistant surgeon general and rear admiral and has held executive-level health policy management positions at the Office of Public Health and Science, the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Shekar also previously was a medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, he served in Louisiana and Florida, directing the federal health response in Florida to Hurricane Wilma. He is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and holds a medical license in Maryland. Shekar was recently appointed chief medical officer for a private sector firm's Information Systems sector, where he will provide strategic direction for the company's health information technology business. He will also serve as an adviser on IT and health policy issues in the medical, clinical and public health fields to the health care and public health care community.
 
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Jane BristolTom ShaheenJane Bristol (top left) will retire Sept. 1 from the position of economic development director for the city of Prescott, Arizona, ending a 21-year career with the city that started as a secretary in the finance department. North Carolina state lottery executive director Tom Shaheen (top right) is leaving his post on Sept. 17 to become vice president for a private company that works on selling lottery tickets through ATMs and other terminals, and will be succeeded by acting director Alice Garland who is executive director for legislative and corporate communications. The Philadelphia School District's chief safety officer, James B. Golden, Jr., has resigned after serving five years under three superintendents, and will be succeeded by Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Myron Patterson, a 25-year veteran indefinitely on loan from the police department. The Menahga, Minnesota, City Council has offered the city clerk/treasurer/administrator positionNed CalongeCarlos Yerena to Walter Salo of Chisholm, former city administrator in Cook and former executive director for the Bois Forte Tribal Council in Nett Lake and former executive director for Range Transitional Housing Agency in Virginia. Dr. Ned Calonge (upper middle right), Colorado's chief medical officer for the last eight years, is leaving to become president of the Colorado Trust, one of the state's largest foundations. Kingsville, Texas, City Manager Carlos Yerena (upper middle left) has been named sole finalist for the position of Harlingen, Texas, city manager, beating out other finalists Hondo City Manager Robert Herrera and Harlingen Assistant City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez. Pittsburg, California, City Manager Marc Grisham will retire at the end of the year, in spite of the fact that his contract does not end until six months later. The Ferris, Texas, City Council has appointed interim police chief Sam Love as the new chief of police. Former East Dubuque, Illinois, mayor Wallace LohO'dell OwensGeoff Barklow resident to become the city's director of economic development and has now been named to fill the city manager position, replacing City Manager Al Griffiths, who is retiring in mid-September. Three new city officials were recently hired by the city of Carbon Hill, Alabama - Police Chief Health Allred, City Clerk Marilyn Dumpson and Magistrate and Assistant City Clerk Rosa McDonald. University of Iowa Provost and former Seattle University dean Wallace D. Loh (lower middle left) has been named the next president of the University of Maryland, succeeding C.D. Mote, Jr., who is retiring after 12 years as president of Maryland's flagship state university. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has named the Hamilton County Coroner, O'dell Owens (lower middle right), as its next president, to replace interim president John Henderson, who has served since November 2007. Swampscott, Massachusetts, schools have named former Lexington Deputy Superintendent Lynne Celli as superintendent. Mike Jackson, who has served as actingCheryl MacBrideCarlos Santiago city manager since February and is former Parks and Recreation director and deputy city manager, has been named permanent city manager, replacing the former city manager who was asked to resign. John Ward, who has served the Ridgewood, New Jersey, Police Department for 27 years and was named captain last year, has been named chief of police, replacing former Police Chief John LiPuma, who retires Sept. 1. Carlos E. Santiago (lower left), seventh chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has served since 2004, plans to resign from his position Oct. 1 to become chief executive officer for the Hispanic College Fund, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Cheryl MacBride (lower right), current chief financial officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, has been promoted to deputy director of services, making her the first woman in the agency to become a deputy director. Brad Rable, former deputy director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, has resigned his post to take a position in the private sector. Jim Roy, former senior executive assistant for then-House Speaker John Thrasher, has been named provost of the St. John's River Community College Orange Park campus in Florida, succeeding provost Bill Simmons, who retired last year after serving 13 years. Oklahoma State University has selected Dr. Robert J. Sternberg, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University since 2005, as its new provost and senior vice president. El Campo, Texas, Police Chief Terry Marek has resigned after a little over a year on the job and will be replaced on an interim basis by Deputy Chief Terry Stanphill.
 
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Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists planning 6th Annual Conference
The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists' 6th Annual Conference, featuring the general conference and networking activities, will be held Sept. 8-10 in Orlando at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive. To register, click here.
 
TxDOT continues offering webinars for small minority businesses
The Texas Department of Transportation's Business Outreach & Program (BOP) Services branch is still conducting its webinars targeting small, minority and women business owners in the field of construction and professional services in Texas.  Only three webinars remaining for the 2010 fiscal year.  The external online seminars topics range from how to become a pre-qualified bidder on TxDOT contracts to online access of bid lettings and contract plans and much more.  Each session aims to provide valuable information to contractors, suppliers and small businesses on how TxDOT operates with external parties, how to better understand processes and procedures and improve opportunities to bid and obtain contracts with TxDOT. Invited parties include potential contractors, subcontractors, supplies, DBEs and any other small businesses. Each free webinar is limited and registration slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  More information on each webinar can be found at www.txdot.gov. Questions should be forwarded to TxDOT-BOP Webinars@dot.state.tx.us or call 1.866.480.2518, Option 2 for more information.
 
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