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Volume 2, Issue 24
October 6, 2010
History will record the changes we are witnessing!
 
Mary Scott NabersWe are living in interesting times and years from now students will most likely study the changes that are currently evolving as a result of the intersection of social and economic issues.
 
Governmental agencies and organizations are experiencing historic change while bracing for even more. Government as we've known it in the past won't look the same in three years. Lawmakers and elected officials are either leading radical revamping of long-established structures or at least discussing such initiatives. Nothing appears to be sacred. 
 
 
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'State of Good Repair' dollars flow to transit providers
 
Federal funding will be used to upgrade buses, bus facilities, related equipment 
 
Transit AwardsBuses, bus facilities and related equipment throughout the country are due for some upgrades as urban and rural transit providers in 45 states and the District of Columbia have been chosen to share $776 million in federal funding for their projects. The projects earning funding were among some 400 applications from transit providers across the country representing $4.2 billion in funding requests.
 
Ray LaHood"Safety is our highest priority, and it goes hand-in-hand with making sure our transit systems are in the best working condition possible," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) in announcing the awards. LaHood said estimates from the Federal Transit Administration, which will administer the awards, show that 40 percent of the nation's buses are in poor to marginal condition. Estimates are that to bring the system to a state of good repair nationwide would cost $78 billion.
 
These funds announced this week will help ensure that the country's bus service is safe, reliable, comfortable and clean, according to federal transit authorities. More than 100 urban and rural transit agencies are benefitting from the funding.
 
Some examples of the projects funded include:

  • The City of Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded a $2,917,700 grant to replace buses in its fleet with diesel-electric hybrid buses;
  • The Anaheim (California) Transportation Network was awarded $240,300 to replace outdated ticket vending machines;
  • The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (Virginia) will use its $8.4 million in funds to build the first phase of a new administrative facility to house 250 employees that will replace a 40-year-old facility that has poor heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, minimal ADA accessibility and drainage and structural problems;
  • The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will use its $1.45 million in funding for renovation to transit facilities throughout the state, including improvements to transit centers and vehicle maintenance facilities and the purchase of vehicle maintenance equipment;
  • The Duluth (Minnesota) Transit Authority will use its $16 million grant to construct the new Twin Ports Multimodal Transportation facility that combines the new facility with the improved St. Louis County Union Depot, providing citizens of the region with a complete multimodal center that serves the city, the region and the state.

To view a complete list of the award recipients, the amount of their awards and a description of the projects, click here and look under "Recent Reports." 

For information about these and other funding opportunities,
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Rural communities get financial assistance from loans, grants
 
Contracting opportunities will result from health care, public safety, other projects
 
Rural ConstructionCommunity facilities in rural areas of the country - from health care facilities to public libraries to fire stations - will share $499 million in federal funding administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funding is aimed at improving rural areas of the nation and providing jobs. The 280 projects funded are in 44 states, Guam and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Many of the projects are funded with federal Recovery Act money and will result in hundreds of contracting opportunities for vendors.
 
Among the projects: a $3.5 million loan to the Graton Fire Protection District in California to build a new fire station; a $400,000 loan and $215,000 grant to the City of Harbor Beach, Michigan, to expand and remodel a library; a more than $1.3 million loan to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission in Virginia to resurface a tarmac and improve a terminal; a $41,000 grant to Claiborne County, Tennessee, Central Office to install a centralized building automation system to reduce electricity usage by more than 30 percent; a $948,500 loan and $200,000 grant to the town of Maxton, North Carolina, to construct a police station; and a $1.9 million loan and $400,000 grant to the Richland Community Healthcare Association in South Carolina to construct a medical facility.  
 
This $499 million is funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. It includes more than $172.1 million in Recovery Act funding that will be matched with $65.2 million from other sources. To view the complete list of recipients, their projects and their awards, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
  
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Research, technology park gets $12 million in funding
Paul HillBuilding renovations and operating costs will be paid for in part by $12 million in federal funding for West Virginia's newest research and technology park. The West Virginia Education Research and Technology Park in South Charleston, which will eventually be taken over by the state Higher Education Policy Commission, will spend about $8 million of the total on renovations and to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Paul Hill (pictured), the state's vice chancellor for science and research at the Commission, said the renovations are "about code compliance and modernization." The remaining $4 million will pay for operating costs - electricity, water, sewer and landscaping, to keep the research and technology park open. The funds come from a state account and must be spent by Sept. 30, 2011, and on education-related expenses. The state already has announced plans to build a $15 million advanced technology-training center at the tech park.
 
University of Iowa to get flood recovery project funding
More than $150 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding is headed to the University of Iowa for flood recovery projects. A 2008 flood caused extensive damage on campus with the Hancher Auditorium complex and the art building being closed since the flood occurred. The funds include $124 million for the replacement of the Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall, another $27 million to replace the art building and $1.5 million for temporary chillers. The university expects to have designs for the new auditorium prepared in September of next year, with a construction contract awarded by June 2012 and the facility completed by March 2015. The music building design is expected to be finished in September of next year, with a contract awarded a year later and both wings completed by October 2014. Designs are expected to be completed on the art building by March 2011, with a contract to be awarded in August 2012 and a July 2014 completion date anticipated. The federal funds cover only part of the project costs. Both Hancher and Voxman are expected to cost $125 million each. The art building price tag is $60 million. 
 
Duke University approves medial education facility 
Nancy AndrewsA new $53 million educational building for the Duke University School of Medicine is in the university's future after the board of trustees recently approved the construction. Dr. Nancy Andrews (pictured), dean of the School of Medicine, said medical education and medical practice have changed dramatically over the years since the current facilities were built. "In fact," she said, "this is the first new home for medical student education since classes started in the Davison Building in 1930.
 
New Jersey school district approves $2 million referendum
Voters in the Netcong, New Jersey, school district recently approved a $2 million bond referendum. The money, which will be added to a $1.5 million state grant, will be used to replace the school roof, heating and ventilation system, fire doors and locker and make the restroom handicapped accessible at an elementary school. Officials hope the work can be done during the summer and during school vacations so classes are not interrupted. 
 
University of Minnesota plans to build outpatient health clinic
Richard PfutzenreuterUp to $150 million in bond issuance was approved recently by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for construction of an outpatient health center on the East Bank. The university will apply for $100 million in federal funding as well. The federal funding is part of the new federal health care plan. Notification on whether the grant funding is received should be received by December. The new facility would be a 406,000-square-foot Academic Ambulatory Care Center to be built on university land. The five-story facility would replace the current facilities and provide a surgery center and specialty clinics and related services. The bonds would be paid off by University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services, both of which would occupy the facility. Construction could begin within a year with opening slated for January 2014. Financing also includes $10 million from Masonic Charities for a cancer clinic in the new facility. Plans for the care center have been in the works for years, but was awaiting a financing plan, said University Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter (pictured).
 
Technical upgrades part of successful New Jersey bond issue
School improvements and technology upgrades will be paid for with proceeds from a successful $7.6 million bond election in the Hawthorne, New Jersey, schools. Nearly $2 million of the $7.6 million will come from state grant funds from the Schools Development Authority Regular Operating District Grant Program. The grant funds will help pay for a partial roof replacement and HVAC replacement at the high school. Officials noted that various buildings and facilities in the district are in need of repair, such as heating and air conditioning upgrades, structural rehabilitation and technology upgrades. The successful bond vote will allow the district to make improvements at the district's five schools and to also purchase and install computers and technology equipment. Other projects include improvements to the bleachers, athletic Den and field lights at the high school. Hawthorne High School improvements will cost $1,963,253, $645,339 will be spent at Lincoln Middle School, $1,690,054 is allocated for Roosevelt Elementary School, $760,159 is going to Jefferson Elementary School and $414,635 to Washington School. Upgrades for improvements will cost $2,192,411, with $1,495,811 set aside for computer and technology equipment and $696,600 allocated for the bleachers, athletic den, track and field lights upgrades. Safety and security systems in the district's buildings are also expected to be upgraded.

Five science facilities to be constructed from grant funding
Gary LockeSome $50 million in grant funds from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology will pave the way for construction of new science facilities in five states. The five projects will contribute almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects as well. "These construction grants will help the U.S. produce world-leading research in science and technology that will advance our economic growth and international competitiveness," said Gary Locke (pictured), Commerce Secretary. The grants include:
  • $13.1 million - Golisano Institute for Sustainability Research Building at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York - a new environmentally friendly building at the Institute will support green-building research and other sustainable technologies;
  • $12.2 million - University of Nevada, Reno - for the expansion of facilities at the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research;  
  • $9.5 million - Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science & Engineering (NAMSE) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;  
  • $9.1 million - new Center for Ocean Health at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine; and
  • $6 million - University of California, Los Angeles - for the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology.
Billings school district preparing for new technology after bond votes
A recent successful bond issue will result in the implementation of technology upgrades at the Billings (Montana) School District #2. Some $1.2 million of the bond vote was dedicated to implementing new technology in three high schools and the Career Center. The high schools and Career Center will purchase computers, laptops, graphing calculators, digital microscopes, interactive whiteboards and more. Remote devices will also be purchased to allow a student to give instant feedback to a teacher. The district will also spend $42,000 to increase its bandwidth and hire new technicians to help implement and run the new networks and provide maintenance for the new equipment. 
 
Auburn, Auburn-Montgomery awarded joint higher education grant
Chance CorbettAuburn University and Auburn University-Montgomery have been awarded a two-year, $708,000 joint grant to enhance emergency preparedness planning efforts on both campuses. The money comes from the Emergency Management for Higher Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is one of only 17 awarded nationwide. Chance Corbett (pictured), associate director with the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security, said the grant provides an opportunity for the two campuses to "continue to update procedures, addressing the emergency operations plan, evacuation plan and other key emergency preparedness plans that are currently, or soon will be, in place." The grant will also provide for mapping of buildings on the two campuses into a 3-D geospatial imagery toolset used for disaster planning, response and recovery.
 
New practice facility on tap for athletic teams at UConn
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees recently approved spending $3 million for design of a new practice facility for men's and women's basketball. Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway said the practice facility is "a must," adding that the challenge is to see how fast it can be built. The facility will be strictly for the two basketball programs, as the football program has its own practice facility.
 
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Long Beach boasts largest public works project in decades
James JohnsonWith the recent approval of a $1.1 billion port plan to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge, Long Beach will begin next year on its largest public works project in decades. The construction project is expected to take five to six years. Port authorities have worked for nearly 10 years to secure funding for the project and to complete reports necessary to begin work on the bridge. City Councilman James Johnson (pictured) commended the port for their commitment to the project. "This not only supports the economy, but helps address the environmental concerns of the future," he said. The bridge currently handles almost twice the traffic for which it was originally intended. The bridge handles approximately 15 percent of the nation's total trade shipped by water and is also a crucial commuter link between Long Beach and San Pedro. The replacement will rise some 50 feet higher than the current structure and will allow "mega" cargo ships into the port's inner harbor. It will include emergency shoulders in each direction and will expand the number of lanes from four to six.
 
Three more airports selected for Recovery Act funding
Three more airports across the country have been named by the Federal Aviation Administration to receive funding from the federal Recovery Act. The $2.5 million in funds will be shared by the three airports for rehabilitation projects. They include: $1.2 million to the Lawrence (Massachusetts) Municipal Airport for several pavement rehabilitation projects on airport taxiways and aircraft parking aprons; $1 million to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for ongoing construction and paving of the new international terminal apron; and $379,000 to the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California, for completion of the second phase of its terminal rehabilitation and to replace the terminal building roof.
 
American Indian Cultural Center, Museum gets financial assistance
Gena TimbermanWork on the $177.5 million, 125,000-square-foot American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City will continue, thanks to a $6 million funding shot in the arm from the federal Recovery Act. The funding was allocated from the Governor's Discretionary Fund and will allow construction to continue through the next legislative session. Museum officials are hopeful that lawmakers will then authorize $43 million in bonds that will see the museum's construction through to its finish in 2015, said Gena Timberman (pictured), executive director of the Native American Cultural and Education Authority. The bonding amount would be matched by an additional $45 million in private funds.
 
Virginia audit could lead to millions in transportation-related contracts
Some $800 to $900 million in transportation-related contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of the year in Virginia, after an independent financial and performance audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation revealed some $1 billion in funding is available for transportation projects, but not being utilized. After the audit report was released, Gov. Bob McDonnell, who noted, "Money has been sitting in the state's wallet while Virginian's have been sitting in traffic." That funding is not new money, but what would result from better leveraging and management of current resources. McDonnell said he will see that the state moves forward immediately on building roads statewide and reducing traffic congestion. The money identified in the audit comprises state and federal funds that are available for projects, but not currently programmed. Officials note that approximately $614 million of the $1 billion in funding available can be used for construction and maintenance contracts within the next 12 months. The remaining $440 million can be used to speed up projects within the Six-Year Improvement Program.
 
$7 million in federal funds awarded for New Mexico, Arizona forests
Corbin NewmanSustaining urban and rural forests and protecting communities from wildfire, insects, diseases and invasive plants is the goal of nearly $7 million in federal funds that will be shared by the New Mexico State Forestry Division and the Arizona Forestry Division. The New Mexico division will garner $3.4 million, while the remaining $3.5 million is headed to Arizona. The funds are being distributed by the U.S. Forest Service's Southwestern Region. Regional Forester Corbin Newman (pictured) said many of the funds are targeted for fire suppression training and to update firefighting equipment. With many states facing budget deficits, Newman said the federal funding is critical.
 
Road, bridge projects in Kansas announced for five-year period
More than $540 million in road and bridge projects are in the works in Kansas over the next five years. More than 50 projects are expected to be undertaken, with a goal of preserving the state's highway infrastructure. Funding for the projects will come from the 10-year, $8.2 billion comprehensive transportation package approved by the state legislature earlier this year. Nearly three dozen of the projects include replacing or rehabilitating bridges. Another major portion of the funding will be spent on work on sections of Interstate 70 in western Kansas. Build America Bonds will be used for the projects and paid back over 25 years.
 
DeKalb to use stimulus bonds for variety of local projects
Lee MayOfficials in DeKalb County, Georgia, plan to use $36 million in low-interest federal stimulus bonds for a variety of projects in the county. The lion's share of the bond money, some $28.4 million, will go toward the $1.5 billion commitment to the county's aging water and sewer system. The money for that project will come from increases in water fees instead of increases in property taxes, according to Commissioner Lee May (pictured). Another $4.04 million is expected to be used to expand the Recorders Court, which has lines of customers that often extend down the street. Two courtrooms and restrooms will be added. Some $2.9 million will be used to relocated the police department's North Precinct. And $1 million of the bonds will be used to make an old country building into a family protection center to house victims.
 
Land acquisition means courthouse contract to be awarded soon
Following the donation of land, the new Greenfield, California, courthouse could be under contract for construction within 18 months. The $65.2 million, 47,200-square-foot project will have three courtrooms and will replace the 40-year-old King City courthouse. The facility will be near the site of the city's new civic center and across from the new city hall and police department. The courthouse is one of more than 40 projects paid for by state legislation in 2000 that provides for financial backing for courthouses in the state in need of construction or renovation.
 
Riverside Freeway widening project gets green light in California
Anne MayerA widening project on the Riverside Freeway in California will get under way soon. Riverside County Transportation Commission Executive Director Anne Mayer (pictured) said passage of a bill allowing the project to begin not only will create jobs, but will also improve the commute on the freeway. The $1.3 billion project is expected to get under way in early 2012, with a projected completion date of late 2015. The project includes an eight-mile extension of the two eastbound toll lanes that now stop at the Riverside-Orange County line. The interchange of I-15/91 will also see improvements made as will several roads that parallel 91.
 
Wisconsin county gets approval for new fairgrounds exhibit building
A new exhibit building has been approved for the Lancaster (Wisconsin) County Fairgrounds in Grant County. The $435,000 building will include bathroom and shower facilities and outside access. Officials are hopeful the structure can get under way as early as November. 
 
Build American Bonds to help Trenton continue transportation, other projects
Veronique HakimNew Jersey Turnpike Authority officials have approved up to $2 billion in Build America Bonds, a federal stimulus program that will be used to continue its Turnpike and Garden State Parkway widening program and other capital projects. The Turnpike project includes adding from one to three lanes in each direction of a 35-mile stretch between Interchange 9 and Middlesex County and Interchange 6 in Burlington County. Turnpike Authority Executive Director Veronique Hakim (pictured) noted that the Build America program expires at the end of the year, and that is why the authority was "on a fast track to get into the market."  
 
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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 Gaither Loewenstein.
 
Gaither LoewensteinGaither Loewenstein began his higher education career as an assistant professor of government at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1983. He then served from 1986 to 1988 as assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at Dayton Ohio. He worked one year, 1988-1989, as a planner for San Joaquin County and then worked in the private sector in San Carlos, California, and from 1993 to 1995 worked for the City of Escalon, California. While planning director in Escalon, he taught at Humphreys College in Stockton and Modesto. The college made him Dean of Instruction, a position he held from 1994 to 1998. He worked at the college until moving to Holy Family College in Philadelphia, where he served as professor and head of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. He returned to California in 1999 as Dean of Instruction at Mendocino College in Ukiah and served until 2002. From there, he was hired as Vice President for Academic and Student Success by Barstow Community College, serving until 2005. From 2005 to 2006, Loewenstein was Dean of Social Sciences and Arts at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. He then was named vice president of Educational Services at Norco College. Loewenstein was recently named as president of the Modesto Junior College in California.
 
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David CarterKenneth LayDavid HoyleDavid G. Carter (top left), chancellor of the Connecticut State University system, has said he will retire by next September. North Carolina Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay (top center) has resigned over a controversial new policy and Gov. Bev Perdue has appointed Sen. David Hoyle (top right) to replace him. Dave Bing has submitted his resignation as director of Detroit's Coleman A. Young International Airport. West Virginia CTO Kyle Schafer has been elected president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers for 2010-2011, succeeding Utah CIO Steve Fletcher. Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones (upper middle left) has been chosen as the new superintendent of the school district that includes Las Vegas, beating out the other finalist, Michael Hinojosa (upper middle center), superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Gerald Arnold, former chief justice of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, has declined the offer to become interim director of the state's crime lab. Lesley Ann Di Mare (upper middle right), Nevada State College executive vice Lesley Ann Di MareMichael HinojosaDwight Jonespresident and provost, has been named the college's new president, succeeding Fred Maryanski, who died in July after battling cancer. Clay County, Florida, County Manager Fritz Behring, announced last week that he planned to resign by Dec. 31, and has since been offered a similar position in Pinal County, where he would replace Terry Dolittle, who is retiring this month. Irma McClaurin (lower middle right), associate vice president for system academic administration and founding director of the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center at the University of Minnesota, has been selected president of Shaw University in North Carolina. Francisco Garcia was recently named planning director for the City of Miami. Paul Ducette is the new police chief for the city of Bennington, Vermont, replacing former Chief Richard Gauthier, who retired and then took the position of State's Attorney's investigator for the Bennington Count Sheriff's Department. Ashish Vaidya Martha PotvinAshish Vaidya Irma McClaurin(lower middle center), dean of the faculty at California State University, Channel Islands, has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. Jerry W. Waldrop, captain of the Smyrna, Georgia, Police Department since 2002, has been chosen as the next chief of police for the city of Heflin, Alabama. Martha Potvin (lower middle left), dean of the University of North Dakota's largest college, has been named Montana State University's new provost, effective in January, when she will replace interim provost Joe Fedock, who replaced Dave Dooley when Dooley became president of the University of Rhode Island. Bryan Whitemyer, who currently is serving as interim city manager for the City of Patterson, California, has been chosen as the next city manager for the City of Hughson, California, effective Nov. 15. Duane Hampton, lieutenant with the Durham, North Carolina, Police Department, will be the next chief of police for the Hillsborough Police Department, replacing former James PowersTeri TakaiJanie Ramirez DuarteChief Clarence Birkhead, who resigned in April. Pennsylvania State Homeland Security Director James F. Powers (bottom right) has announced he will resign from state government. The Obama administration has pulled the nomination of California CIO Teri Takai (bottom center) to fill the U.S. Department of Defense's top technology job since that position is being eliminated, but the Pentagon could refashion its CIO position into something into which Takai would fit. Janie Ramirez-Duarte (bottom left), former budget analyst, budget manager and budget director at the Texas Youth Commission, has been appointed as chief financial officer for the agency, bringing 22 years of experience in governmental budgeting to her post. The city of Pell City, Alabama, has announced the filling of two positions - Bubba Edge will take over as interim Park and Recreation Department director and Daniel "Patrick" Draper of Montevallo has been selected as new permanent fire chief. The Jacksonville, Alabama, Board of Education has selected Jon Paul Campbell, assistant superintendent at the Etowah County Board of Education, as its new school superintendent. 
 
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AGA Performance Management Conference slated for Oct. 13-14 
The Association of Government Accountants Performance Management Conference will be held Oct. 13-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is designed for both leaders and those new to the process of their government entity's performance practice. New ideas, successful practices and lessons learned will highlight the two-day conference. Among the keynote speakers will be: Beth Blauer, director, Governor's StateStat Office, State of Maryland; Shelley Metzenbaum, Ph.D., associate director of Performance and Personnel Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Harry Hatry, distinguished fellow, director of the Public Management Program and principal research associate for The Urban Institute; and Jonathan Walter, magazine correspondent and author. The conference will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel BWI, Linthicum, Maryland. For registration information, click here.

State Budget Officers plan 2010 Fall Meeting on Oct. 14-16 in Virginia
The National Association of State Budget Officers will hold their 2010 Fall Meeting on Oct. 14-16 at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. This meeting provides budget officers and staff with updates on federal issues affecting the states as well as a chance for idea-sharing and discussion prior to state budget development. Those attending can expect to hear an economic updates, review of federal legislative developments and more. The keynote address will be delivered by Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey and Certification, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To view the agenda, click here. To register, click here.
   
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.
 
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 here. 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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