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Volume 2, Issue 22
September 22, 2010
Selling to government?  Watch your step with politics!
 
Mary Scott NabersGovernment contractors should always remember that public sector marketplaces are political environments. It is almost impossible to be successful without understanding and paying keen attention to politicians, political issues and political cultures.
 
It also helps to get involved in politics at some level. But, that does not mean that contractors can ever cross the line and lean on friendships and relationships when it comes to winning government business. This is simply a disaster waiting to happen and it is a mistake that guarantees a painful death sooner or later 100 percent of the time.
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
Grants to pay for equipment
Technology upgrade funds available
Airport security to be enhanced
60 Texas entities plan bond issues
Upcoming education opportunities
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Grants to pay for $50 million in equipment purchases
 
HHS funding for health care professions will support training needs
 
Health ProfessionsAmong the more than $130 million announced recently to strengthen and expand the nation's health professions workforce is more than $50 million set aside for purchase of equipment to enhance training for those professionals. The funds, from the federal Recovery Act, have been allocated to academic health centers nationwide, as well as Area Health Education Centers, Centers of Excellence and other educational institutions. Most of these institutions serve underserved and uninsured populations, rural communities and minorities. 
 
Purchases to be made with the funding to more than 200 entities will result in a variety of contracts to replace outdated equipment and technology or to purchase new equipment that was previously unaffordable. The purchases will include e-learning tools such as video, audio and interactive learning systems that provide more distance learning opportunities, human patient simulators and mobile dental vans. To view the allocations to entities within each of the states receiving funding, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
 
In addition to equipment purchases, the $130.8 million targets five other areas: primary care workforce training, oral health workforce training, loan repayments for health professionals, health careers opportunity programs for disadvantaged students and Patient Navigator outreach and chronic disease prevention in health disparity populations. The grants include $88.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. New York received the largest award with more than $12.76 million. Florida was close behind with more than $12.1 million. California entities shared more than $10.6 million and Texas entities shared more than $9.8 million. Massachusetts was allocated more than $8.8 million and Pennsylvania garnered more than $8.6 million.
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.
 
$14 million for technology upgrades headed to states
 
Money will be used for electronic benefits transfer programs for WIC program
 
Kevin ConcannonThirteen states will share $14 million in federal funds to improve technology and upgrade benefit delivery systems for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. The funds are to be used by the states to expand the use of electronic benefits transfer planning and implementation activities. Funding will also be used to promote technical standardization in various areas of the program.

 
WIC TechnologyUSDA officials are hoping to enhance program access and participation by using the latest technology available. Efficiency and security are keys to ensuring success of the program, according to USDA.  "These new technology grants will help increase the quality of WIC nutrition services and benefits provided to participants," said Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon (pictured). "We are hopeful that WIC clinics will experience greater efficiencies through the replacement of old, complex paper systems as they transition to EBT technology."
 
The EBT Planning Grant recipients include: California, $389,000; Connecticut, $290,950; Indiana , $40,000; Iowa, $388,897; Maine, $226,748; New York, $400,000; Rhode Island, $255,585; and Washington, $740,649. Total - $2,731,829.
 
EBT Implementation Grant recipients include: Oklahoma, $1,725,188; Virginia, $6,033,196; and West Virginia, $1,848,049; Total - $9,606,433. Technical Standardization Project funding includes: Alaska, $133,089; Michigan, $495,253; and Washington, $969,570; Total - $1,597,912.
 
DHS announces funding for security technology at airports
 
Nearly $98 million for baggage screening systems, next-generation AT X-ray units
 
Continuing the federal government's goal of strengthening security for airline travelers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced funding of nearly $98 million for advanced technology (AT) X-ray unites and inline baggage screening systems. These federal Recovery Act funds will enhance the government's capability to detect and disrupt threats, said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The funds include $68.8 million for the purchase and installation of next-generation AT X-ray units to screen carry-on baggage for explosives and prohibited items at the nation's airports.
 
The systems check for explosives and/or prohibited items at checkpoints in the airports. Additionally, some $28.9 million will fund construction of an inline baggage screening system in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and more than $335,000 is headed to Colorado Springs Airport to complete the design of a checked baggage screening system.
 
The goal of the screening system is not only to check baggage for explosives, but to streamline the ticketing and boarding process for passengers. The systems also provide on-screen resolution capabilities for security officers, reducing the number of bags that have to be rescanned and reducing physical searches.

 
60 Texas entities plan bond issues worth nearly $3 billion
 
Schools, cities plan referendums for construction, infrastructure, technology
 
ConstructionApproximately $3 billion in bond elections will be decided in Texas in November as 60 school districts, cities and other governmental entities seek funding for a variety of projects. The elections will decide the fate of proposed new school construction to meet growing school populations, new technology and technology upgrades, public infrastructure work and energy efficiency projects.
 
Technology UpgradesA Houston area school district has a $459.7 million bond issue up in November that would include $282 million for new facilities, $35.4 million for technology projects and $119.5 million for renovations.

 
A city in South Central Texas is seeking approval of a $22.42 million bond election with six different proposals. Those proposals range from $6.6 million to build a competition pool and aquatic center to $6 million for athletic and sports fields to $1 million for downtown revitalization projects.

 
To learn more about all November 2010 Texas bond elections and other potential bond elections on the horizon, click here.
 
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Upcoming education opportunities
 
New $6.5 million police station planned for University of Alabama
Police DepartmentConstruction of a new two-story, $6.5 million police station (as seen in accompanying artist's rendition) has been approved for the University of Alabama. The new facility was a long time coming, as in 2007, trustees approved spending $6 million for a police station. But a sluggish economy caused delays and other projects were prioritized above the police station. The police department is currently housed in New Hall, an old dorm that will be razed - along with three other buildings - to make room for four new sorority houses. Trustees also approved the design of the fourth phase of the science and engineering quad, one of four academic buildings on the northeast side of the campus. Two of the buildings have already opened. A third is under construction and the fourth should open before January 2014. 
 
Montana bonds will pay for maintenance, construction projects

Approval of federal bonds worth $12 million by voters in the Billings (Montana) School District 2 will help pay for maintenance and construction projects in the district, which has a backlog of $123 million in deferred maintenance. The interest-free bonds will be used to replace a boiler at the senior high school, replace roofs at 10 schools and replace windows at seven schools. Fire alarm system updates will also be paid for with the funding. More than half the cost of the bonds will be paid for by federal stimulus dollars and state funds. The new roofs, windows and boiler are expected to save close to $100,000 in energy costs.
 
Florida Atlantic University planning to build new $70 million football stadium
Mary Jane SaundersConstruction of a new $70 million football stadium on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University is scheduled to begin next month after the Florida Board of Governors gave approval recently to its financing plan. The stadium will include 30,000 seats, making it the largest sports venue in Palm Beach County. FAU President Mary Jane Saunders (pictured) said the new stadium will "heighten the traditional university experience for our students and all members of the FAU family." The university will secure a $44.6 million loan to apply to a Build America Bond, with the federal government paying 35 percent of the interest costs. The stadium will include a team store, more than 1,000 premium club seats, 4,448 priority seats, 16 air conditioned boxes and 20 luxury suites for lease.  
 
Pennsylvania school gets grant for biomass energy system
The Sullivan County (Pennsylvania) School District has been awarded a $630,000 state grant to help defray the costs of a proposed biomass energy system for one of the district's campuses. The system is expected to cost $1.5 to $1.9 million and would provide most of the heat for the district's junior/senior high and one elementary school. It is also expected to provide hot water for those buildings. The system is expected to replace 85 percent of the schools' heating oil usage. It will either be fueled by wood chips or possibly wood pellets.
 
Nebraska school district voters approve $6.5 million bond issue
The Louisville (Nebraska) Public Schools will get extensive remodeling after a $6.5 million bond issue passed. The original structure was built in 1953. In addition to remodeling, technology upgrades will use some of the money, as will the construction of a competition running track and football field improvements.
 
Maine voters gearing up for bond package affecting local high school
As the South Portland (Maine) High School is facing much-needed repairs and possibly losing accreditation, the South Portland City Council has approved putting a $41.5 million bond issue on the November ballot.
 
Iowa State facing flood damage cleanup, repairs at cost of more than $40 million
Warren MaddenOfficials at Iowa State University have estimated cleanup, repairs and installing mitigation measure after last month's floods will cost between $40 million and $50 million. Some of the costs will be paid for by insurance, but Warren Madden (pictured), the university's vice president of business and finance, said there are no estimates yet on the costs after insurance. Officials expect the federal government to pay for about 75 percent of the cleanup and repair costs, while the university and the state will pay the remainder. Madden said the university has started discussions with local government officials on which flood mitigation plans to pursue. "We certainly don't want to take steps on campus that will affect people in the community," he said. Some of the repair work has already started but contracting opportunities will be available when the university begins repair work on Hilton Coliseum, the Scheman Building and Lied Recreation Athletic Center.  
 
Idaho district to consider bond levy that would build new high school
It's deja vu all over again in Lewiston, Idaho, as voters in the city will face a bond election next month. The bond proceeds would build a new high school. The last school bond issue approved in the district was in 1960. Officials are hoping the $52 million in bonds will pass and provide the basic needs of space and adequate facilities for new services. They are hopeful the fact that federal funding will be available and low construction costs will contribute to a successful bond issue. 
 
Kansas State University regents approve $50M renovation for stadium
A $50 million renovation project at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium on the campus of Kansas State University has been approved by the KSU Board of Regents. Bonds will be used for the upgrades, which will start once the current football season ends. The design phase will begin soon and completed next summer.   
 
Virginia school system looking at need for 21 new schools over next decade
Edgar HatrickIn his presentation to the local chamber of commerce, Loudon County School Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III (pictured) said the district will need to build 21 new schools and fund a public schools budget of more than $1 billion by 2019. By 2019, said Hatrick, the school system will have the second or third largest system in Virginia. The student population is expected to be close to 92,000 by then, requiring 21 new schools to avoid straining a crowded system. However, only eight schools have been approved for construction before the 2015-16 school year and only four of those have approved building sites. "You can see the pressure on our facilities that could create," Hatrick said. The projected budget for the 2019-20 school year is $1.6 billion.
 
Florida county to sell bonds to begin building new elementary school
The St. Johns County (Florida) School Board has approved the sale of $16 million in bonds to pay for a new elementary school. The new school will be located next to Palencia Park and will house approximately 700 students in grades K-5. Officials expect a completion date in time for the new school to be in use by August 2013.
 
Tornado-ravaged school in Ohio will be rebuilt after insurance agreement
Tim KrughThe Lake High School in Ohio, ravaged by a tornado, will be rebuilt. The school district reached an agreement with its insurance carrier to receive the maximum sum available for reconstruction under the district's policy - $19.1 million. That will be added to a $4.8 million commitment from the Ohio School Facilities Commission, allowing for a complete rebuild of the school. Board President Tim Krugh (pictured) said the settlement allows the district to move forward."We're thrilled about the result," he said. Demolition of the structure is expected to begin soon. Officials hope the newly constructed high school will be completed by August or September 2012. 
 
Hawaii community college awarded funding for construction project
The Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu is the recipient of an $800,000 grant that will be used to renovate and connect culinary and continuing education classrooms. The funds will be channeled through the Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities grant program. The end result will be the Kapahulu Learning and Outreach Center, which will be constructed to be both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. 
 
For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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Voters in a New Mexico county will decide in November if taxes should be increased to pay for a new $16.5 million courthouse. A quarter-cent gross receipts tax increase that would pay for improvements to the jail and for a new two-story jail will also be decided. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or
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Promise of $1 billion will help raise Bayonee Bridge, creating more trade
Anthony CosciaThe Bayonne Bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey and is the fourth longest steel arch bridge in the world, will be raised thanks to a $1 billion funding promise from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Port Authority Chair Anthony Coscia (pictured) said the financial commitment "will ensure that the seaport remains the leading destination for shippers on the East Coast." The bridge will be raised so that large ships can pass under it and provide a boost to the local economy. The bridge will be raised approximately 60 feet - up to 215 feet - which will give container ships room to pass under it.
 
Florida county to spend $10 million to build its first housing project
The Florida Housing Finance Corp. has approved construction of a $10 million, 60-unit housing project for the Hernando County Housing Authority. Ground breaking is expected possibly as early as mid-November. Construction is expected to be completed in a year and subcontracting opportunities are numerous. The facility will include a library area, public computer access, a community room and a fitness room. The project is funded with federal stimulus funds and tax credit and $75,000 in multifamily funds through the State Housing Initiatives Program. The facility will be three stories with 30 units as one-bedroom and 30 as two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 700 to 980 square feet. The facility will be Hernando County's first housing project.
 
Virginia county looking to switch out old streetlights with new LED lighting
Jay FisetteOn the heels of replacing most of its traffic signal lamps with LED lights, officials of the Arlington County, Virginia, are now looking at swapping out streetlights for LED lights as well. Officials estimate the county could save as much as $1 million per year with the LED lights. The county hopes to replace about 1,800 streetlights by spring 2011. Looking forward, the county would like to have all county-owned streetlights changed to LED in six years, installing 500 new streetlights each year. The current project is being funded with $500,000 from the federal Recovery Act. Officials say the county could reduce its system's power consumption by up to 60 percent. Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette (pictured) said the switch to LED lighting is "transforming the way we light our streets in a way that saves taxpayer dollars and helps the environment."
 
Bids due next week for Wisconsin's high-speed rail project
Bidding has been opened for construction of the high-speed rail track improvements in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will accept bids through Sept. 28 for track construction on the Milwaukee to Madison rail project. Officials hope the project can begin construction in October. It is part of the $810 million Milwaukee to Madison rail project. The bids being sought are for earthwork, bridge construction and some road construction for the track. A $500,000 bonus is available to the wining contractor if the work is completed by Sept. 2, 2011. Daily fines will be assessed if that deadline is not met.
 
Surplus federal stimulus funding means 11 additional Florida road projects
Bill SegalSome $23 million in surplus federal Recovery Act funds means almost a dozen additional local road projects will be funded soon. The funds are part of $340 million left over from earlier road and bridge projects throughout the state whose costs came in under budget. "Bids on other projects came in lower, which freed up dollars for these additional projects," said Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal (pictured), who also chairs the Metroplan Orlando board that picked the 11 new projects.  Among the projects is a $5.7 million widening to four lanes and realignment of Hoagland Boulevard from Fifth Street to U.S. 92 in Osceola County. That project will be bid in November. Other projects include a $4 million pedestrian overpass in Seminole County, a $2.5 million resurfacing project in Casselberry, a $2.3 million resurfacing project in Osceola County and three $2 million resurfacing projects in Osceola County. Some of the projects are expected to be bid within the next 30 to 45 days.
 
Revenue bonds approved for Iowa city's new city hall
Officials of the City of Jesup, Iowa, have approved revenue bonds up to $650,000 to help construct a new $1.143 million city hall. The building will be on the corner of Young and Sixth Streets. Funding comes from the revenue bonds, to be paid for by proceeds from a local option sales tax, $160,000 currently in the local option sales tax fund and $475,000 in an iJobs grant from the state.  
 
Funds to address public safety needs in tribal communities across country
Nearly $127 million in federal funds administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is being earmarked for public safety needs in tribal communities across the country. Under a new grant process, tribes can submit one application for 10 different DOJ grant programs. In the past, multiple applications had to be submitted for the grants, ranging from juvenile justice to law enforcement and tribal justice system enhancement. So far, the department has received 237 applications, with 720 funding requests.
 
New Mexico State Parks awards federal funds to build pedestrian bridge
Dave SimonNew Mexico State Parks will award approximately $87,600 to the town of Silver City to build a bridge that will connect a trail behind the city's Public Safety Building to Big Ditch Park. The funding is part of $870,000 being awarded for seven trail projects in the state through the 2010 Recreational Trails Program. In addition to the pedestrian bridge, Silver City will use some of the funds to complete seven miles of paved trail along San Vicente Creek in the downtown area. The design for the project has been completed and the bridge should be installed by next summer. An RFP to complete the work will be released soon. The statewide funding will help maintain four miles of existing trails and the development of almost 20 miles of new trails. "These grants will result in some outstanding trail projects in New Mexico," said state Park Director Dave Simon (pictured).
 
$5 million in federal funds headed to New Mexico transportation projects
Some $5 million in federal funds is headed to New Mexico to be used for a variety of transportation projects. More than $3 million of the U.S. Department of Transportation funds will be used to purchase 36 vans for ABQ Ride and for work related to renovation of fueling stations and transit maintenance facilities. Another $1 million will be used to construct a transit facility and purchase four mini-buses for Grant County. The Federal Aviation Administration also dedicated $1 million upgrade projects at airports in Farmington, Santa Fe and near Ruidoso.
 
Wisconsin city in line for $20 million vets' skilled nursing facility
The city of Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin) will see construction begin soon on a 72-bed veterans' skilled nursing facility authorized by the State Building Commission. The facility will be financed with $13 million in federal funding and $7 million through the state bonding program. The project was approved as part of the 2005 state budget and has been making its way up the priority list of the Veterans Administration. The project will mean business for suppliers, vendors and other support services.
 
Minnesota airport runway project garners $2.3 million in federal funds
Kathy BaileyThe Blue Earth Airport in Minnesota has received funding of more than $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to use toward a two-year rehabilitation and construction project. The funding requires a 5 percent local match. Among the projects are rebuilding the current runway and concrete parking apron areas and building a new taxiway parallel to the current runway. Blue Earth City Administrator Kathy Bailey (pictured) said the lighting for the new taxiway and replacement of runway lights will be contracted out next year, which lowered the grant amount from its original request. Bailey will meet with contractors and engineers to determine start dates and how much of the project can still be done in 2010.
 
Connecticut city approves bond issue for public works projects
The Norwich (Connecticut) City Council has approved close to $6 million in bonding authority that will be used for public works projects. A total of $1.8 million of the bonds will be used for the planning, acquisition and construction of a filter backwash recycling system for the Stonybrook Reservoir, while a second appropriation of $1.6 million will allow for the replacement of a Deep River Reservoir transmission line. It would also facilitate the installation and updating of micro-turbine technology there. The final $2.4 million will be used for the replacement of the Deep River Reservoir pump and drive system.
 
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 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 Jeff Pomeranz.
 
Jeff PomeranzJeff Pomeranz got his start in public service as an intern for a U.S. congressman. After earning a bachelor's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980, he moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he earned a master's degree in public administration at the University of Alabama. Upon his graduation, he began an internship with the City of Del Rio, Texas. He moved up the leadership ladder and in 1985 was named Del Rio's city manager at age 27. He took over the city manager's position in Port Angeles, Washington in 1990. In 1998, Pomeranz was appointed city manager of the city of West Des Moines, Iowa. He recently resigned that post and will begin his work as city manager of the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this week.
 
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Ken TheisBuddy DyerDewey CaveKen Theis (top left), Michigan's technology chief since 2005, has resigned his post to take a job in the private sector. President Barack Obama has appointed Orlando Mayor John "Buddy" Dyer (top middle) to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a private-sector advisory panel on international trade that advises on trade policy and related issues, including trade agreements. Dewey Cave (top right), former head of the Albuquerque solid waste and aviation departments, has been chosen as the new executive director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, replacing Lawrence Rael, who retired. Round Rock (Texas) Fire Chief Larry Hodge, who has been fire chief since 2005, has resigned his post. Santa Fe Springs, California, has chosen Thaddeus McCormack, assistant city manager, to take over the top administrative job Elizabeth WarrenAngel EscobarChris Jenkinsfrom City Manager Fred Latham, who retired. Highland Park (Illinois) Park District Board President Lorenz Werhane Jr. has announced that he will step down after replacements are found for two other board members who resigned recently. The man who served as Minnesota's first CIO and led the Office of Enterprise Technology - Gopal Khanna - will end his five years of service to the state when he leaves his position in December. Seeking to avoid a Senate confirmation confrontation, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren (upper middle right) has been appointed to a special advisory role to help start up a new consumer financial protection bureau to protect Americans against lending abuse. Corpus Christi (Texas) City Manager Angel Escobar (upper middle center), who took over as interim city manager in September 2008 and was appointed to the post full-time in November of that year, has announced he will retire in January 2011. Culpepper, Virginia, has named veteran police Captain Chris Jenkins (upper middle left) as the new police chief, a position he has held Tony Tortorice Paul BensonJeremy Hayeswith an interim title since former Chief Scott Barlow retired in June. Former City Council member Steven Mackenzie has been chosen new city manager for the cit of Barre, Vermont, replacing outgoing City Manager John Craig. The new Greenville (Texas) police chief, Daniel J. Busken, comes from Madison, Alabama, where he was chief of police there, replacing former Chief Harold Roseberry, who retired in April. Tony Tortorice (lower middle left), Washington State's CIO and Department of Information services director, has resigned and will leave the post he has held more a little more than a year in mid-October. Chino Valley, California, Independent Fire District Chief Paul Benson (lower middle center) has announced he will retire, with Deputy Chief Kirk Summers appointed interim chief. Jeremy Hayes (lower middle right), a former assistant city manager and economic development director for Acworth, Georgia, and former planner and economic development manager for Cardondale, Illinois, is leaving the private sector to become city administrator of Scott RichlandTerry GarrisonRobert TwilleyGlendale, Missouri. David Fuqua, former city manager in three towns in Oklahoma and one in Kansas and who has experience as a city administrator, housing director and police officer, has been named city manager of the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico. Leslie Smith, former director of business acceleration for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., has been hired as general manager of Tech Town, Detroit's research and technology park. Robert Twilley (bottom left), associate vice chancellor for Research and Development at Louisiana State University, has been chosen vice president for Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Announced by Mayor Annise Parker in August as her choice for fire chief, Terry Garrison (bottom center), who served as chief of departments in Arizona and California, was confirmed as chief of the Houston Fire Department. Scott Richland (bottom right) is leaving his job in the private sector with a private investment firm to become the California Institute of Technology's new chief investment officer. Jonathan Taylor, deputy director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, will move to director following the resignation of Alan Kirchhoff. In Dayton, Ohio, Air Force retiree Kerry Taylor has been hired as director of the state-created aerospace innovation hub and will focus on attracting more aerospace companies to the Dayton area.
 
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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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