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Volume 2 Issue 21
September 15, 2010
Finding teaming partners is never easy!
 
Mary Scott NabersThere are numerous ways for government contractors to find teaming partners...but none are easy and only a few are reliable. In fact, putting a contracting partnership together is time consuming, frustrating and downright difficult.
 
Large prime contractors occasionally grumble about being pursued by small firms wanting to partner with them. However, there are many times when the situation is totally reversed and it is the large contractors who do the stalking. Depending on the government jurisdiction, smaller firms often hold all the cards.
 
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IN THIS ISSUE
Funds support switch to EHRs
New broadband funds announced
$50 billion sought for infrastructure
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
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New funds support switch to electronic health records
 
$20 million set aside by HHS for rural hospitals, health facilities in 41 states
 
Health RecordsTechnical support assistance for switching from paper to electronic health records (EHR) is being made available to rural health care facilities and hospitals in 41 states. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards of nearly $20 million in funding will benefit more than 1,600 facilities.
 
Each of the 1,600 facilities can qualify for EHR incentive payments from both Medicare and Medicaid. HHS officials pointed out that the benefits of EHR are just as important in rural areas as it is in suburban areas, but also noted that these smaller facilities face funding hurdles in making the switch. This funding is aimed at critical access and rural hospitals. It is in addition to funding already approved for health care providers nationwide. 
 
David BlumenthalThe program is funded by the federal Recovery Act through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, which provide funding payments to eligible professionals and hospitals adopting and demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology.  The funding is awarded to 46 of the Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and targets health care facilities and hospitals with fewer than 50 beds. David Blumenthal, M.D. (pictured), National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said the funding "will enable the RECs to offer greater field support to these communities as they deal with the financial and workforce constraints, and work to achieve access to broadband connectivity and to overcome other barriers that critical access hospitals and other rural hospitals may confront."
 
This new round of funding brings the total allocated to support RECs to more than $663 million. The largest award was more than $1.48 million that went to the Regional Extension Assistance Center for Health Information Technology (REACH) serving Minnesota and North Dakota. To view the complete list of awards, 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.
 
New Recovery Act funding for broadband announced
 
$518 million invested in 43 projects in 27 states, Native American tribal areas
 
Forty-three new broadband projects in 27 states and Native American tribal areas will take advantage of $518 million in Recovery Act funding announced this week. The goal of the funding is to ensure improved Internet service to rural areas of the country. In addition to the federal funding, another $34.1 million in private investments will be committed to the projects. 

 
Some of the larger awards include: 
  • $36.1 million to Pride Network in Louisiana to construct a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) infrastructure, with a wireless service-extension overlay, that will bring advanced broadband service to rural communities;
  • $64.2 million to Air Advantage LLC in Michigan to offer broadband service to last-mile consumers in 13 counties which make up an area known as the Great Lakes Bay Region and Thumb Area. The project will use a hybrid system of fiber and wireless technologies;
  • $66.3 million to Lake County, Minnesota, to offer FTTP advanced voice, video and data services to every home and business in Lake and eastern Saint Louis Counties;
  • $35 million to Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc., to offer FTTH broadband service speeds of up to 20 Mbps to remote areas within its 76 western Oklahoma telephone exchange boundaries; and
  • $12.2 million to Hill Country Telephone Electric Cooperative, to offer broadband service speeds of up to 20 Mbps over copper and up to 100 Mbps over fiber. 
"These projects will not only create jobs for the people who will build these networks, the completed systems will provide a platform for rural economic growth for years to come," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Villach. To view the complete listing of awardees by state, 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.
 
President seeks $50 billion for infrastructure
 
Funding boost would be targeted for highways, rail, runway projects
 
 
RunwaysThe nation's infrastructure would get a $50 billion boost from the federal government under President Barack Obama's recently announced proposal for long-term investments in the country's roads, rails and runways. The increased infrastructure spending would include over the next six years:
  • Rebuild 150,000 miles of roads;
  • Construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail; and
  • Rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of airport runways and put in an air navigation system to reduce travel time and delays.
The president will seek a congressional up-front investment, coupled with a long-term framework to expand the country's investment in its infrastructure. The funding would be used to repair and expand roads and bridges and modernize the nation's highway system. There would be a new investment of funds in bus and rail transit systems nationwide, resulting in the expansion of public transit systems. Additional funding would go to major transit projects that are locally planned, implemented and operated. And, investments in the nation's airports would improve runways and other equipment and facilities. A key component of the airport funding would be for modernizing the air traffic control system (NextGen) to help reduce passenger delays, increase fuel efficiency for air carriers and decrease airport noise for those living near airports.
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
From leftover funding for construction, rehab projects
 
More Recovery Act money headed to five airport projects

Randy BabbittFive airport projects have been selected for a total of $9 million in Recovery Act funds. The additional money for more projects is a result of low bids on other airport projects across the nation. "These additional Recovery Act dollars are giving airports that serve a wide range of communities the chance to make needed improvements that wouldn't otherwise be possible," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt (pictured). "Safe and modernized airports will benefit these local economies for years to come."  
 
Those airports receiving grants from the leftover funding for construction and rehabilitation projects include:
  • $3.39 million to MBS International Airport (Midland-Bay City-Saginaw, Michigan)
    to expedite the completion of an airport terminal reconstruction project that includes constructing the roof, window systems and the concrete floor;
  • $2.37 million to the Killeen (Texas) Skylark Field to rehabilitate runway 1-19 and the parallel taxiway;
  • $452,100 to the Burlington (Vermont) International Airport to rehabilitate and realign a critical taxiway to reduce the risk of runway incursions at the airport; and
  • $310,000 to the Suquilla Airport (Parker, Ariz.) to rehabilitate more than 70,000 square yards of pavement on two taxiways
Most of these awards were made in addition to previously announced funding levels. Nationwide, over $1.3 billion in Recovery Act money has been made available for both airport improvement projects and air traffic control facility and system upgrades.

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Upcoming education opportunities
 
Illinois school district approves bond sale for building projects
John DimitThe Urbana (Illinois) school board has approved the sale of $16 million in bonds, to be paid for with money from its one-cent school facility sales tax. Among the projects planned are renovations of an elementary school, air conditioning portions of the high school and projects involving the middle and high school commons areas, improving the athletic fields and renovating the high school auditorium. The district expects to issue $14 million more in bonds next year for a new early childhood facility. While there was some discussion that the early childhood building project should be moved up, Board President John Dimit (pictured) said the timeline that was agreed to for deciding on a site and design would make the board "keep its feet to the fire" on making decisions on the project. 
 
Technology, improvements top projects in New Mexico schools
A $16 million bond issue was recently approved for the Clovis, New Mexico, schools in eastern New Mexico. The bonds will be used for improvements to various buildings and technology needs throughout the district. The bonds will also help defray the 20 percent match the district must come up with for a proposed new middle school and a new building at one of its elementary schools.
 
TAMU-Corpus Christi making plans for new four-story, $20 million parking garage
Flavius KillebrewOn the heels of what is expected to be a record enrollment, officials of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are hoping to build a four-story, $20 million parking garage. The university system's regents will consider the project later this month. If approved, construction could start as early as October. A 15 percent increase in parking fees will pay for the structure since the university is prohibited from using state funds for parking projects. Because the university is on an island, President Flavius Killebrew (pictured) said there is not room for parking lots, thus the need for the parking garage. Killebrew said with the continued enrollment increases, the university must stay ahead of parking needs.
 
California school district plans projects from successful $41.3 million bond initiative
A successful $41.3 million bond issue in June has officials of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District in California busy sorting out projects it will undertake during the next five years. Among the projects to be funded are new classrooms, science labs, energy efficiency upgrades, fire and safety upgrades, a new high school swimming pool and solar canopies. The solar canopies are expected to be installed in November and new fire and safety systems are being designed for two high schools, with installation expected by next summer. The swimming pool is in the design stage and information is being gathered regarding the needs of new classrooms. The design phase is expected next spring.
 
Officials seek state funds to build new elementary in Maryland community
Michael Martirano Officials in St. Mary's County (Maryland) are seeking $12.7 million in state for the next several years to help defray the costs of a $24 million elementary school. School Superintendent Michael Martirano (pictured) said officials must "advance the agenda" for the next elementary, as schools are suffering from overcrowding. The school files its request for funding with the Maryland Board of Public Works in the fall. One elementary has already exceeded its capacity, in spite of having added a 200-seat addition two years ago. The proposed school, which would likely be completed in the 2015-2016 school year, would have a nearly 650 student capacity. Martirano said he would like to open one or two more small high schools. Other projects in the 2012 capital improvements plan are a heating and air conditioning renovation and parking lot modifications at Oakville Elementary School and $11 million for the Leonardtown Middle School renovation. Officials also hope for funding for a new road and parking lot at Mechanicsville Elementary School and resurfacing money for the Leonardtown High School track and tennis courts.
 
Indiana school to sell bonds for elementary school project
Union-North school board members in Lakeville, Indiana, have approved the sale of $4.6 million in bonds for a project that will provide renovations and three new classrooms at the LaVille Elementary School. In addition to new classrooms, room upgrades are also planned as are entry renovations, site renovations, expanded parking and a new access drive and well. Officials are hoping that bids will come in low enough to provide additional funding for a new geothermal HVAC system instead of just replacing boilers.
 
University of Hawaii awarded $62.8 million for variety of campus projects
M.R.C. GreenwoodMore than $62 million has been released by the state to the University of Hawaii for capital improvements to its campuses throughout the state. Funds will also build the university's first information technology center. "The release of these funds will clear the way for critical upgrades to our information technology system and help bring to fruition some much-needed upgrades," said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood (pictured). The technology center will garner the largest portion of the funding, at more than $48.3 million. The system-wide information technology center will support the information technology needs for he entire system. It will house central computing, data networking and telephone and video resources. The total cost is expected to be more than $53.2 million and the completion date is late 2012.
 
Other projects include:
  • $12.49 million to renovate buildings on the Manoa and Hilo camuses, from $9 million for renovations at Webster Hall to more than $2 million for renovations at two other halls, including air conditioning systems, interior finishes and more; and
  • $2 million to fund design and construction of capital improvement projects at UH community college campuses, from classroom renovations to structural repairs, interior renovations and classroom, office and support spaces. 
Design phase for Michigan school construction slated to start next month
The design phase for a new middle/high school wing and auxiliary gym and campus-wide improvements are underway with proceeds from a successful $19.99 million bond issue in May for the Addison Community Schools. Following the design phase, a construction document phase will conclude in February. Contracts could be awarded as early as the end of March. The construction of the auxiliary gym and fitness center is scheduled to start next May, with a one-year completion expected. The new middle/high school addition, which will connect the two current buildings, will begin at the same time and be ready for use in September 2012. The final phase will be the demolition of the early learning center.
 
Farmington voters approve $50 million school bond issue for improvements
Janel RyanVoters overwhelmingly approved a $50 million school bond issue in Farmington, New Mexico, that will provide school improvement projects throughout the district. Farmington Superintendent Janel Ryan (pictured) said school officials now must set priorities on what to do first. The district will likely sell the bonds in $9 million to $10 million increments. The first step will be hiring of architects for the projects, including the construction of a new middle school and to coordinate the rest of the construction projects funded with the bond money. The new middle school will cost $34 million and the district will apply to the Public School Capital Outlay Council for $20 million toward the project.
 
Oregon Health, Science University planning $160 million facility
A new $160 million, 263,000-square-foot life sciences collaborative complex has been approved for the Oregon Health & Science University. The complex will be located on donated land and will allow the university to expand its medical, dentistry, nursing and physician assistant schools. It will also provide a home for the pharmacy, psychology and biology and chemistry programs. The university will contribute $70 million to the project and the university system will add $30 million in debt service on the revenue bonds while the state will pay off $50 million in bonds from the general fund. TriMet will add $10 million for a new transit station near the center. A private partner will be sought to help build out business incubator space in the complex. Construction is expected to start in December of next year, with an expected summer 2014 completion date.
 
Denver college hoping to build hotel to train students in tourism, events program
Robert CohenOfficials of the Metropolitan State College of Denver are planning a bond offering to help defray the costs of a new hotel and hospitality learning center on its Auraria campus. Some $59.9 million in bonds are expected to be offered to build the 150-room hotel. Board Chair Robert Cohen (pictured) called the bond sale "a historic date" for the college. Officials say low construction costs and low interest rates make it a perfect time for the project. In addition to the hotel, the project also would include a conference center and classroom building. The hotel and conference center are expected to generate enough revenue to cover the borrowing costs. Profits from the hotel will go to the Metro State Foundation, which can use the profits to pay down the debt on the classroom facilities.
 
Johns Hopkins receives $1.3 million grant for data center conversion
Johns Hopkins University has been awarded a $1.3 million federal Recovery Act grant to renovate a satellite mission control center into a data center. Contracts will be abundant for upgrades to electrical systems, ventilation and cooling and server hardware. Bids will be solicited soon and officials hope to complete the project within nine months. Since the satellite was taken out of commission, the space has not been used. The servers in the new center will be used by a dozen departments among Hopkins institutions and will allow other institutions to access databases remotely. It will require increases in power capacity by a factor of six and increasing networking capacity and Internet speed tenfold.
 
Iowa city's performing arts auditorium to get $1 million grant
Dan PetersonA state grant of $1 million will benefit a performing arts auditorium project in DeWitt, Iowa. The nearly 800-seat facility, with a price tag of $6.4 million, is part of a series of expansions and renovations at the Central Community High School/Middle School campus. The project also includes a community gym, a career and technical education wing and a new middle school. The projects carry a combined $21 price tag. Superintendent Dan Peterson (pictured) called the project "tremendous" for the school. He said the school will continue to apply for grant funding, which will help reduce the tax burden. The project is being funded with private donations, grants, revenue from a local option sales tax and a $13.9 million bond issue that was passed in 2009.
 
Opportunity of the week...
 
The County Board in an Illinois County has approved borrowing $69.7 million that will result in more than a dozen contracting opportunities throughout the county. Among the projects are flood mitigation, road improvements, a new $6 million kitchen for the county's convalescent center, $7 million in technology upgrades and more. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or
rweil@spartnerships.com.
 
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
 
Chicago to take out $1 billion loan for O'Hare International Airport modernization
Rosemarie AndolinoThe Chicago City Council has approved taking out a $1 billion loan to continue the modernization of O'Hare International Airport. The city plans to create parallel runways, construct a western terminal and move Irving Park Road to provide room for the expansion. However, the major airline carriers are not signing on just yet. Rosemarie Andolino (pictured), Department of Aviation commissioner, has visited with the carriers. She offered modification of rates if all sides involved reached a funding deal on the final phase of the project. Fees on tickets and revenues from airport operations will fund the debt. 
 
Illinois city looking forward to $322 million for road, bridge projects
More than $322 million in state funds are headed to Rockford, Illinois, for 37 area highway and bridge projects that will be under construction through 2016 as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Multi-Year Transportation Improvement Program. Next year, $24 million is dedicated to the Morgan Street bridge replacement, $30 million will go toward work on Illinois 2 and reconstruction projects at two major intersections will get under way. A total of 17 projects are planned for Winnebago and Boone counties next year.
 
New building at Florida Wildlife Refuge to get $1 million infusion
A total of $1 million in Recovery Act funds will go toward a new Environmental Education Building at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge near Tallassee, Florida. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building will allow for expansion of environmental education outreach programs. The new building, expected to be completed next summer, will include approximately 4,000 square feet and two classrooms. 
 
Proposals seek to build, operate multi-million-dollar toll road
Greg WhirleyA public-private partnership is being sought for building and operating a new multi-million-dollar toll road between Suffolk and Petersburg, Virginia. State officials hope the project will provide a model for constructing new roads in the state. Three groups have submitted proposals. It is the second attempt. The project is a 55-mile, four-lane divided highway. Three bids were submitted when the state transportation department sought bids the first time. The range of costs would have required close to $730 million in state funds and tolls could have reached as much as $13. Thus, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Greg Whirley (pictured) terminated that bid process and issued a new solicitation for proposals. To create more interest, incentives such as tax breaks, permit waivers and higher speed limits were offered. 
 
California metro airport gets $3 million improvement grant
The Stockton (California) Metropolitan Airport has been offered a $3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for expansion of the airport to accommodate more passengers and perhaps lead to additional airline connections. The grant will provide for 95 percent of the hold room expansion and will also allow for upgrades to the fire station doors and runway lighting. Officials hope to begin construction on the expansion next month after a construction contract is awarded. They are hoping for a completion date of next March. Plans call for the doubling of the seating for passengers and the addition of new restrooms and a snack bar. The expansion could also help the airport handle larger aircraft.
 
Loan will help Mississippi city improve water system
A $6 million loan for improvements to its aging water system is apparently soon to be headed to the City of Jackson, Mississippi. The city had previously been denied the funding, but a pending reversal is expected when the State Bond Commission meets again next month. The city has had numerous problems with its water system over the years.
 
Officials in Arizona city looking at options for replacing aging wastewater plant
Pat McCourtAlthough hoping for grant funds and loans, the city of Willcox, Arizona, may have to increase sewer rates to replace its aging wastewater treatment plant. Studying a variety of options, city staff has settled on an oxidation ditch system as the best route for rectifying the situation. The cost of the project ranges from a capital outlay of $5.6 million to $7.3 million, with maintenance costs at $4.9 million to $12.5 million. City Manager Pat McCourt (pictured) warned council members of the need for a new system because it is not meeting discharge standards. "Significant steps must be taken to address this concern to the environment, life, safety and health of the community, and the possible violations of state and federal laws," he said. In addition to grant funding, some of the capital costs will be from bonds secured by the rates on the sewer system. The council has already applied for a loan for planning and design services up to $1 million. Permanent, long-term financing for construction of the new plant oxidation ditch system is also being sought.

Maryland city to sell bonds to finance convention center, other projects
Officials of Ocean City, Maryland, are preparing to sell $18.1 million in bonds to pay for renovations to its convention center and numerous public works projects. The bonds will be sold in blocks of $5,000. Included in the projects seeking funding are upgrades to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, including a new ballroom, more convention space and a 1,200-seat auditorium. Among the public works projects seeking  funding are renovations to pumping stations. 
 
Energy grants approved for 30 Arizona communities
Energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in more than 30 Arizona communities will be paid for through a recently announced $2.7 million grant. The grants range from $6,000 to $164,000 and are funded by the federal Recovery Act. The funds can be used for projects such as adding renewable technologies to government buildings, conducting energy audits for facilities and for conservation programs.
 
Hattiesburg to issue $3.6 million bonds for water, sewer projects
Connie EverettOfficials of the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, have approved issuing $3.6 million in general obligation water and sewer bonds that will help finance the correction of water problems retail businesses in West Hattiesburg have been dealing with. The city's Chief Financial Officer, Connie Everett (pictured), said three projects have been identified that include installing a water filtration plant. Two other projects on tap will benefit from matching federal funds to install water and sewer lines and addressing a number of other water and sewer issues throughout the city. 
 
 
Crime fighting grants awarded to California communities
More than $120,000 in law enforcement grant funds is headed to communities in California through the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The funds are geared toward supporting law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation and technology improvement and crime victim and witness initiatives.
 
The funding includes: 
  • $12,899 to the city of Atwater for equipment to enhance tactical equipment;
  • $20,151 to the city of Ceres to update audio and video evidence collection equipment;
  • $20,804 to the city of Los Banos to purchase digital and dictation software and for training; and
  • $66,297 to the city of Merced to purchase audio/visual equipment and in support of the Gang Resistance Education and Training program.
 
Young Florida city making construction plans for up to three new buildings
Juan Carlos BermudezPlanning to use reserves for financing, the city of Doral, Florida, is planning a new $21 million city hall, which officials hope to be completed by 2012. Other projects under consideration include a police station and public works building. Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez (pictured) said construction on the three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility could begin by late next month or early November. The new facilities are a testament to the city's dedication to its people. The city is only seven years old and already planning for the future. The design for the police headquarters has been accepted, but officials are unsure when construction will begin. The public works building has been approved and is entering the design phase. A consultant has also been hired to do a preliminary feasibility study for a mid-size trade center.
 
Pennsylvania county to use grant funds to build emergency center
A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be used to help build a new Emergency Operations Center in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. The county had already been looking at moving its current center to a new location because of lack of space in its basement home. The county will have to match 25 percent of the project - either through county or state funds - to be eligible for the grant. A new center would also provide more security, according to county officials. They hope to be able to start moving equipment into the new building by July 2012.
 
Washington city looking forward to new signage
Spurred by a $200,000 grant that will be combined with more than $412,000 in matching funds, the city of Port Townsend, Washington, is planning new signage that will help both residents and visitors navigate around town. Some of the funding also will be used to incorporate information technologies such as use of smart phone, GPS and other technologies. A consulting team is expected to be selected in the early fall and the work should be completed by April 2012. Signage that is erected using kiosks, markers or road signs will include access to new technology. The money is being administered by the Preserve America grant program of the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service.
 
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 Rebecca Rhynhart. 
 
Rebecca RhynhartRebecca Rhynhart began working as a sales representative for a publishing company in Philadelphia after graduating from Middlebury College and Columbia University. Armed with a master's in public administration from Columbia, she worked as director in the Higher Education and Nonprofit Group at an international ratings agency that provides bond ratings. She then worked for a New York global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage firm, where she managed a team that assessed the creditworthiness of municipalities and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. In 2008, she joined the city of Philadelphia as treasurer. She was recently named budget director for the city, replacing Steve Agostini, who left to become chief financial officer of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.
 
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Harold WebbHarriet DichterHector MirabileHarold Webb (top left), who has served on the Wake County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners since 2003, has resigned his seat prior to his term's expiration date of 2012. Pennsylvania Public Welfare Secretary Harriet Dichter (top center) is leaving her post to launch the Washington office of a nonprofit whose goal it is to influence federal policy regarding early education. Former Miami police Major, Hector Mirabile (top right), who has served in the police department since 1981 as police major, interim director of community development and director of employee relations, has been named South Miami's new city manager. Mark Christensen, who has served the last six years as city manager in Washington Terrace, Weber County, Utah, M. Lee PeltonMichael RandleMark Templetonand is a former budget, debt and grants manager for Park City, has been selected as the next city manager for the city of Saratoga Springs, Utah.  Wendy C. Simoneaux, associate commissioner for Finance and Administration for the Louisiana Board of Regents, has been named Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Vice President for Budget and Finance and Comptroller for the Louisiana State University (LSU) System. Harvard-educated M. Lee Pelton (upper middle right), president of Williamette University in Salem, Oregon, has been named president of Emerson University. Michael Randle (upper middle center), Illinois Corrections chief, is resigning his post, effective Sept. 17, after having served since June 2009. Missouri's environmental director since 2009, Mark Templeton (upper middle left), is resigning that position to take a job as executive Bryan RobertsPatty ShaferIrma McClaurindirector of the Office of Independent Trustees of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust, overseeing a $20 billion fund for those harmed by the Gulf oil spill. Lorenzo Veal II, a 25-year veteran of the Michigan State Police, has been appointed police chief of the city of Highland Park, Michigan, replacing Theodore Cadwell II, and La Nesha Jones has been named deputy police chief, replacing Glenn Quaker. Former deputy director of the Illinois governor's office, Gladyse Taylor, has been named the first female to lead the Illinois state prison system, replacing former corrections chief Michael Randle, who resigned. Former Citrus Heights police department commander Bryan Roberts (lower middle left) has been named Menlo Park, California's, police chief, replacing Bruce Goitia, who retired June 1. San Marcos (Texas) ISD Superintendent Patty Shafer Jerry WeastLee ToddCynthia Kinser(lower middle center), who has been at the helm of the district since 2007, announced she will resign, effective Dec. 31, to deal with family matters. Shaw University (North Carolina) has named Irma McClaurin (lower middle right) as its 15th president, replacing interim President Dorothy Yancy, who took over when former president Clarence Newsome took a sabbatical. Edinburg (Texas) Police Chief Quirino Munoz has announced that he will retire next month, after 34 years with the department. After a dozen years leading the Montgomery County (Maryland) Schools, Superintendent Jerry D. Weast (bottom right) has announced that he will retire next June. Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kinser (bottom left) has been elected by her colleagues to serve as the state's next Chief Justice, assuming the position in February of next year, replacing current Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr., who will remain a member of the court. After a decade in office, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd, Jr. (bottom center) has announced he will step down, effective June 30 of next year. Former Lake Butler, Florida, city manager and 30-year veteran city administrator John Berchtold has been selected to serve as city manager of the city of Blue Lake, California. Thirty-nine-year veteran lawman and most recently a fraud investigator with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Bill Dickinson, has been chosen as the new police chief for the city of Sequim, Washington. 
  
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TxDOT announces three Small Business Briefing conferences
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Business Outreach and Program (BOP) Services has announced three upcoming FY 2011 Small Business Briefing conferences. A  Nov. 10 conference is set this year in Beaumont, an April 20, 2011, conference is slated in Fort Worth and a July 20, 2011, conference is planned for San Antonio. The conference goal is to provide small and minority-owned business communities an opportunity to learn more about contracting opportunities with TxDOT.  Information will be available to help them do business with the agency and the State of Texas.  The sessions not only allow small businesses to be introduced to TxDOT and other state agencies, but also allow them to learn more about the economic development opportunities in their regions.  It also gives agencies a chance to show the myriad of prospects available for small and minority businesses in the state. For more information and to register, click here or call 512.866.480.2519, Option 2.
 
NASCIO annual conference slated for Sept. 26-29 in Florida
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) 2010 Annual Conference - "Innovation and Opportunity: Transforming Government Through IT" - will be Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 26-29, at Loews Hotel in Miami, Florida. Among the guest speakers is Rear Admiral (Ret.) James Arden Barnett, Jr., chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission. Other speakers include Don Yaeger, New York Times Bestselling Author and long-time Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated and Jerry Johnston, Ph.D., Geospatial Information Officer, US Environmental Protection Agency. State CIOs and CTOs from a number of states, including Michigan, Utah and Arkansas will also be speaking. To register, click here. To view the agenda, click here
 
TxDOT Business Outreach & Program Services hosts webinars
 
In fiscal year 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Business Outreach & Program (BOP) Services implemented a series of webinars offering technical business development opportunities to small, minority and women business- in the field of construction and professional services in the state of Texas.  The webinar series topics ranged from how to become a pre-qualified bidder on TxDOT contracts, TxDOT Plans Online, How to Market Your Business To Prime Contractors, Construction Industry Bonding and much more.  Each session's goal was to provide valuable information to contractors, suppliers, and small businesses on how TxDOT to do business with TxDOT, how to increase business capacity and improve opportunities to bid and obtain contracts with TxDOT. The final 2010 webinars concluded in August, but the 2011 fiscal year webinar series planning is under way and will be announced later in the 2010 calendar year.  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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