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Volume 2, Issue 25
October 13, 2010
Why incumbents lose
  
Mary Scott Nabers
Incumbents do not have a good history of winning rebid contracts. One of the last surveys related to this topic documented that throughout the country, incumbents lose rebids 90 percent of the time.

That's a surprising statistic considering that most public entities shy away from change and would prefer to stay with the status quo unless there is something terribly wrong. 

Public sector decision-makers are risk adverse, so when they elect to oust an incumbent, there must be a reason why. It is interesting to hear comments from public sector evaluators who have decided against an incumbent recently.

 
IN THIS ISSUE
$727 million for health care centers
USC approved $239M in spending
Upcoming education opportunities
Opportunity of the week
Other upcoming opportunities
Where are they now?
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Opportunities for construction, renovation to follow funding
 
$727 millon to be used by health care centers to build, improve facilities
 

Mary WakefieldConstruction and renovation contracting opportunities will increase across the country as more than 140 community health centers throughout the United States will have immediate needs met by funding awards announced recently by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A total of $727 million in funding that will be used to expand access to health care through the construction and renovation of many of the nation's health care centers.

  

The funding comes from the federal Affordable Care Act and will help centers across the nation meet the needs of the nearly 19 million patients who seek preventive and primary care services. There are some 7,900 service delivery sites around the United States that provide these services regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Service charges are based on a patient's income. 

  

"Many of these community health centers need more modern space to meet the increasing patient demand for services," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. "These funds will help community health centers build new facilities and modernize their current sites." The Affordable Care Act will provide $11 billion in funding over the next five years for the operation, expansion and construction of community health centers across the nation.

 

Among the largest awards were $12 million allocations to each of the following: Family Health Centers of San Diego, California; the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois; the Mount Vernon, New York, Neighborhood Health Center; the East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc. in New York; the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Cornelius, Oregon; the Travis County Health Care District in Austin, Texas; Community Health Care in Tacoma, Washington; and the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic in Toppenish, Washington. The smallest award was $300,000 to the Park Duvalle Community Health Center Inc., in Louisville, Kentucky. To view the complete list of awards, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

 

For information about these and other opportunities,

contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.

 

University of South Carolina approves $239M in spending
 
New construction, renovations, maintenance projects approved by trustees
 

Ted MooreFive construction, renovation and maintenance projects totaling $239 million have been approved for the University of South Carolina by the university's trustees. Ted Moore (pictured), vice president for finance and planning at USC, told trustees that some $70 million in projects have already bid and are in progress. The university, he said, is taking advantage of lower construction prices as a result of the economy. In fact, he said, the low bid on most of the projects was nearly 20 percent lower than pre-bid estimates for projects.

 

Among the projects approved were:

  • A $91.5 million new facility to house the Darla Moore School of Business. The building will include a 500-seat auditorium which will be outfitted for musical performances from the School of Music in addition to other uses;

  • $2.45 million in renovations of the former Booker T. Washington High School currently owned by USC. The project will include upgraded auditorium seating, refinishing of the stage floor, a lighting system upgrade, installation of audio-video systems, painting, renovation of current classrooms to install an Exhibit/Learning Center, installation of air conditioning, new elevator and stairs and modification to meet code requirements.

  • A $15.5 million project to construct parking and event venues at the former Farmers' Market. Premium football parking for up to 3,000 vehicles will be made available and an area added for tailgate activities, restrooms, amphitheater area, new fencing, lighting and trees.

  • A new $45.5 million Student Health Center will be built. The new 100,000-square-foot facility will replace an older 38,000-square-foot building.

  • Another $17.5 million will be spent to upgrade the two research buildings in Innovista.

  • Some $4 million is allocated for improvements to the Assembly street tunnel.

The university also is looking for property to purchase for a possible new police department.

 

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College lays out plans for additional construction projectsJohn Wells

Construction projects at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, will soon add to its current list of construction projects. At a recent meeting, the Board of Visitors Committee on Buildings and Grounds heard an update from Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Director John Wells (pictured), outlining projects at his institution. In addition to projects nearing completion and under construction, including the $3.7 million planned Eastern Shore Seawater Lab at VIMS, a $1.2 million shoreline erosion control project, development of a comprehensive master plan that will cost $650,000 and $300,000 in electrical upgrades at Chesapeake Bay Hall. Wells noted that other upcoming projects include a Consolidated Science Research Building, replacement of the oyster hatchery and addition of a new research vessel. The board recommended the demolition of 14 older buildings on the VIMS campus to allow for new construction. Main college officials also report that utility upgrades will be installed throughout both the historic and old campuses, affecting heating, cooling and water utilities. The board also is studying the possibility of a new fraternity house complex to replace 1960s facilities. A feasibility study is under way on the project.

 

School district voters say yes to maintenance, but no to athletic projects
Voters in the Mat-Su School District in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska recently gave their approval to a $34 million bond issue that would provide for a number of maintenance projects in its schools but said no to a $9 million referendum for school athletic improvements. The bond issue that passed will provide for replacement of school roofs, upgrades to fire alarms and removal of asbestos from aging schools. An elementary school will also see a boiler replaced.

 

Statewide vote set in Washington for $505 million in energy retrofits

Kevin LavertyA statewide measure will be on ballots across the state of Washington, as voters will decide a $505 million bond referendum. The bond proceeds would be used to pay for energy retrofits at public schools and colleges throughout the state. The ballot issue has garnered the support of teacher unions, labor and contractors. If successful, the bond issue would pay for replacing older pipes and heating and cooling systems and installing energy-efficient improvements. The money "will go a long way," according to Kevin Laverty (pictured), a Mukilteo School Board member and president of the Washington State School Directors' Association. Public schools and colleges would compete for grants from the funds to pay for construction projects.

  

Alaska school district voters OK maintenance project bond issue
Voters in the Sitka, Alaska, school district recently approved two bond measures that will lead to major maintenance projects at Blatchley Middle School and Pacific High School. The high school projects will result from the second proposition that allows the use of some of the local sales tax receipts and state funding. The bond issue for the middle school authorized $5.6 million for repairs to the mechanical and electrical systems, refurbishing the floors, doors and windows. The state will pay for 70 percent of the costs.

 

Stimulus funds to be used for renovations at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 Prem PaulA $1.83 million federal stimulus award to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be used for renovations to expand its high-power laser research capabilities. The National Science Foundation-administered funds will be used to renovate the Behlen Laboratory basement and sub-basement and to convert outdated physics labs and offices into a state-of-the-art lab. Prem Paul (pictured), UNL vice chancellor for research and economic development, said the renovations will make UNL and the United States "one of the most powerful and versatile research laser laboratories in the world." The expansion will include a nearly 5,000-square-foot area to house five laboratories, collaborative research space and a chamber for a second laser that will be built. Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall 2012.

 

South Dakota universities seeking $100M in sports facilities
David SaylerWhen the state Board of Regents in South Dakota meets today and tomorrow, they will consider a feasibility study regarding some $100 million in sports facilities being sought by South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. SDSU officials are hoping for a new football stadium and an indoor multi-sport practice center on its Brookings campus, while USD is seeking a new multi-purpose arena. The USD project in Vermillion would include a new facility for basketball and volleyball and renovations to the DakotaDome. The feasibility study will first look for ways to fund the projects. Officials estimate the new stadium for SDSU would cost $55 million, with the practice facility carrying a $35 million price tag. The USD facility would cost approximately $32.5 million. USD Athletic Director David Sayler (pictured) said the DakotaDome is more than 30 years old and is the state's only indoor football field. But he also pointed out that the university is "outgrowing it space-wise." The new football stadium under consideration would seat 20,000 to 22,000 with individual suites and artificial turf. The indoor practice center would include a synthetic field for practices, a running track, offices, lockers, strength and conditioning rooms and areas for sports medicine.
 

School repairs will be paid for from proceeds of bond vote
Roof repairs to schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska will be made thanks to a successful recent bond election. Voters in the borough approved allowing the borrowing of up to $17 million in general obligation bonds to pay for roof repairs on area school roofs.


California school district to decide $52 million bond referendum
Rachel CancholaWith upgrades to science labs, career/technical and vocational classrooms at stake, voters in the El Rancho (California) Unified School District will soon decide a $52 million bond extension. If approved, it would add another 20 years of repayment to the district's current facilities bond. Also included in the proposal are safety, security and energy-efficient improvements on some campuses. Saying the schools are "in dire need of repairs," Trustee Rachel Canchola (pictured) stressed that passage of the bond extension would not increase taxes, only lengthen the repayment period for the district's $49.5 million bond measure approved in 2003.  Also on tap if the proposal passes are modernization of the gym at El Rancho High School, modernization of locker rooms and performance of a renewable energy assessment to see if projects such as solar power and use of reclaimed water would help cut energy expenditures.
 

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium seeking expansion, improvements

Tom OsborneAn expansion and improvements to Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska is being sought by athletic department officials. The UN department has proposed a $55.5 million budget for the board of regents, including some from private donations and bond revenue generated by the addition of seating in the facility. The expansion - planned for the east side of the stadium - would allow for attendance of 90,000, with some 5,000 new seats being added. Some 400-500 of the seats would be within 30 new indoor/outdoor suites, another 2,000-2,500 would be new club seats and 2,500 to 2,800 would be new general seats, including seating for persons with disabilities. It also would feature a grand lobby and expanded concourse. Another 40,000 square feet of interior shell space would also be created, to serve as space for future growth and future research office and lab space. "We need to find ways to generate additional revenue for athletics as well as for the University at large, and we see great opportunity to do that with the east stadium expansion and with our partnership with UNL Research," said UN Athletics Director Tom Osborne (pictured). If the plan is approved construction could begin in November of next year, with a fall 2013 completion date. 
 

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contact Reagan Weil or Richard Hartmann at 512-531-3900.

 

Opportunity of the week...

A North Carolina community is moving foward to the bid process on a new 864-student middle school it is planning. The school will sit on a 132-acre site. Officials are considering applying for additional Qualfied School Construction Bonds for the project. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.

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Michigan seeks to continue with its tourism plan
Patricia MooradianThe state's "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign, which was canceled in the fall because of a lack of revenues, has a strong supporter for its return. Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she wants to put $25 million back into the campaign to get the advertisements back on the airways before the upcoming holidays. Granholm pointed out that each state dollar spent on the advertising campaign returns $2 to $5 in spending in the state, which helps both state and local coffers. The campaign promotes the state's lakes, golf courses, cities and tourist attractions through television and radio ads, billboards and a Web site. If approved by lawmakers, the campaign fund would reach $30.4 million for the fiscal year that started this month. Patricia Mooradian (pictured), president of The Henry Ford, said her museum complex and others get a boost from the campaign and put their message out "in areas we otherwise couldn't reach." Officials say that much money could fund the regional winter advertising campaign and extend the spring and summer campaign nationally and regionally in fall of next year. With the state's rising income tax adding about $100 million more than expected to the state's general fund, Granholm said the campaign should be fully funded.
 
Police department awarded funding for records management project
The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a grant of more than $41,500 to help defray the costs of implementing a county-wide records management system. The system will allow exchange of information among local policing agencies including the Eastern Pike Regional Police, Shohola Police Department, Milford Police Department and the Delaware Valley School Police. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. It is a competitive grant program. The records management system will now link all of Pike County's municipal departments. The grant is to be used to provide critical hardware and infrastructure upgrades and a unified and standardized records management system. Among other things, the system will be interoperable between outside jurisdictions and enhanced user capabilities including data extraction to reduce user entry and time requirements.

Pennsylvania borough to seek bids for new skate board park
The borough of McDonald, Pennsylvania, will be soliciting bids for construction of its planned $50,000 skateboarding plaza. Heritage Park was one step closer to completion recently when a Missouri-based company that had offered a $10,000 grant withdrew its interest. The company had previously met with borough officials and the engineering firm that designed the park. The loss of the $10,000 grant meant scaling the facility back some, but officials say the park will still be adequate. Other grant funding has been received but carries a stipulation that the park must be built before the end of this year. The park will be for skateboarders, rollerblading and other activities and will also feature benches, trees and recreational features.

 Pedestrian bridge being planned across Tennessee River
David HillA pedestrian bridge that will cross the Tennessee River is being planned in Knoxville, with the city council approving funding earlier this week for consultants for the first phase of the project. The next step will be the conceptual design phase. Phase one that costs $371,000 is being paid for with a federal grant. The project could be two years in the making. David Hill (pictured), senior director of the city's South Waterfront Development, noted there are a lot of federal agencies involved in the process, and all will have to review the proposal before it starts. The bridge will connect the Clancy Avenue area of South Knoxville to the pedestrian concourse between Thompson-Boling Arena and Pratt Pavilion on the University of Tennessee campus. Construction costs are expected to top $1 million.

Vail to issue $12.5 million in bonds for various projects
In Vail, Colorado, the Town Council recently approved a resolution to issues bonds of not more than $12.5 million to fund projects in Lionshead over the next three years. Already in Lionshead, transit and welcome centers have been completed, portal improvements were put in place in West Lionshead, a heated paver plaza, bus shelter, landscaping and public art were designated for East Lionshead, a surface parking lot was constructed on the charter bus lot at the Lionshead parking structure and there has been a first-phase remodel of the Vail Public Library.

California park OKs funding for new pool
A budget of $8.5 million for a new pool at Arcadia (California) County Park has been approved by the county supervisors. The pool is expected to be completed by May 2013. Funding for the project comes from a variety of sources, including $2 million in leftover funds from a lake improvement project and $3 million from local utility tax revenue. The project includes an outdoor competition-sized pool, a shallow children's pond and a 5,400-square-foot pool building that features changing rooms, a classroom, staff offices, restrooms and storage and utility room. A 2,000-square-foot building will house mechanical equipment and provide storage. Contracts are expected to be awarded for construction by the end of March of next year with construction to begin in February 2012. Completion would be expected by the end of May 2013. County officials hope to have the pool built with recycled materials to cut down on costs and landfill waste. Energy efficiency will be built into the design.

Rose Bowl Stadium expecting $152 million in renovations
Host to the "The Granddaddy of Them All" in college football bowl games, Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl Stadium is slated for some $152 million in renovations, following action this week by the Pasadena City Council. The stadium will see the addition of 2,000 more luxury seats, a new scoreboard, additional restrooms and more concession stands. The construction will take place in three phases so that it does not disrupt home football games played there by the University of California at Los Angeles. The project is expected to be completed by 2013. Funding will come from federal Recovery Act money, bonds and game profits.

Ohio to launch new green energy program aimed at job creation
Mark BarbashHoping to create more "green collar" jobs, the State of Ohio has begun a program using $40 million in state and federal funds to invest in advanced-energy projects. Mark Barbash (pictured), assistant director of the Ohio Department of Development, said the goal is to provide funding for at least a dozen projects in the state relating to advanced energy. Two investment partners have been hired to review applications and make funding recommendations. Examples of projects might include a company that would need to purchase equipment of convert traditional manufacturing facilities to build parts for wind turbines or solar panels. Funding decisions could be made within the next 90 days.

Oklahoma county putting fate of jail expansion in voter's hands
Officials in Bryan County (Oklahoma) will let voters decide in November if there will be an expansion to the existing county jail. The referendum would allow allocating funds from a current sales tax to build the expansion. An auxiliary jail stays full and was only initially meant to provide temporary housing. But the inmate population has forced it being used as a permanent jail. Officials say having only one jail would cut expenditures by about 25 percent for operating costs alone. The proposal would add more beds to the existing jail, making it have a capacity of 160 inmates. The total cost for the expansion is expected to be $2.7 million to $3 million.

New library being planned in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Siouxland Libraries is planning a new west-side branch library in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The library will be built at Memorial Park. The money for the library will come from $18.5 million in quality-of-life project bonding authority approved in 2009. Total cost of the new library is expected to be $4.3 million. An architect is expected to be hired by the end of the year. The design process would then begin next year, with construction expected to start in 2012 and be completed in summer 2013.

Architect chosen for proposed Las Cruces museum
Will TicknorAn architect has been chosen for the proposed $5.3 million Museum of Nature and Science being planned in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Will Ticknor (pictured), administrator of the city's museum system, said the city will "be bringing forward a contract within the next 45 days to design and build the exhibits." Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for early April or May, with an opening date slated for September 2012. Multiple funding sources will be used for the project, including federal and state funds and Recovery Act funding. The museum will be linked to the city's Museum of Art. The project has been about 10 years in the making.

Schenectady downtown train station could begin construction next year
A $13 million project to replace the existing downtown train station in Schenectady could be under construction next year. The planned new station will be bigger and have more amenities. The Capital District Transportation Authority has been notified that it will receive $4.2 million in state transportation funds for the project, along with other state funds. Already, $4.5 million in federal funds has been received. The new station would also be at the center of the BusPlus program that has buses that would skip some stops and have priority at traffic signals, allowing a faster trip.

Final grant for public transit awarded to Indiana project
A $2.2 million grant to Indiana's Greater Lafayette Public Transportation - CityBus - is the last grant for public transit awarded from Recovery Act funds. CityBus will use the funds to install three wind turbine units to cut energy costs for its three transit buildings in Lafayette. The final grant was awarded competitively under the Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program, which made $100 million in Recovery Act dollars available for grants to transit agencies for capital projects that reduce energy consumption of the transit agency or reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the transit agency, or both.

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Sona AndrewsAfter earning her bachelor's degree from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her master's and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, Sona Andrews began her educational and professional career in higher education. From 1981 to 1988, she was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. From there, she spent six years as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was named a full professor at the university in 1994 and in 1995, while continuing to teach, she was named assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, a position she held until 2000. Andrews was named American Council on Education Fellow at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 2000-2001, and in 2001, was chosen as associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She held that post until 2003, when she was named vice provost of Academic Affairs. In 2004, she moved to Boise State University, where she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of geosciences. Andrews was recently appointed by the Oregon University System chancellor to the position of vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, which she will assume Dec. 1. Andrews will be stationed at the Portland campus.

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Robert BucklerMark RooseveltJoe RamirezRobert Buckler (top left), chief operating officer for the City of Detroit, has retired from his position of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city due to health reasons and his duties will be assigned to other chief executives while a search for his replacement is conducted. Pittsburgh City Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt (top center) is resigning from his job Dec. 31 in anticipation of being named president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, after being named the sole finalist. Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez (top right), deputy director for plans, policy and strategy for the U.S. European Command has been selected as the new commandant of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, effective Nov. 1. Jaime Aguilera, who has served as city manager in Sunland Park, New Mexico, since October of last year and is a former city official for the city of Truth or Consequences, has mutually agreed with the city to end his contract as the city's chief administrator. East Lansing, Michigan, Police Chief Tom Wibert, a third generation officer who Bill WatkinsTony MarxRon Hubermanhas served in that department since 1985, the last five years as chief, is headed to a new job as chief of police in New Braunfels, Texas, effective Nov. 8. Columbia, Missouri, City Manager Bill Watkins (middle right), who began his duties as city manager in January 2006, has announced that he will retire in March. Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx (middle center), has been hired to be president of the New York Public Library, replacing Paul LeClerc, who will retire next summer. Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman (middle left), who has served in his position since January 2009, when he replaced Arne Duncan who was named U.S. Education secretary, has announced he will leave his job before the Chicago mayor leaves office in mid-May. Former Syracuse City Administrator Rodger Worthen has indicated he will accept the position of South Weber, Utah, city manager, replacing former City Manager Matt Dixon, who left for a position in South Ogden. Joe Smith, former Bowling Green, Missouri, city administrator, has been offered the same job for the city of Hallsville, Missouri. Fort Worth City Manager Dale Fisseler (bottom left), who has served in that Dale FisselerLucia BlissLarry Whitworthcapacity since 2007 when he replaced Charles Boswell, will resign from his post after working for the city since 1990. Lucia M. Bliss (bottom center), executive director of the Jefferson Community College Foundation in New York, is resigning from the position she has held for the last year and a half and Craig D. Johnson, vice president for community engagement, will oversee the foundation until a new permanent director is found. Larry Whitworth (bottom right), Washtenaw (Michigan) Community College President for the last 12 years, has submitted his resignation. Brad Williams, superintendent of the Bloomington (Texas) Independent School District, has announced he is leaving his position, and Dolores Warnell-Filmore has been named interim superintendent. Major Paul King, 28-year veteran of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Police Department and son of former Chief Ted King, has been named Pawtucket Police Chief, replacing the retiring Chief George Kelley III. New Albany Police Chief Greg Crabtree has announced he is stepping down as chief, effective immediately. Mary Blair-Hoeft, who has been serving as interim administrator for the City of Byron, Minnesota, has been named city administrator, replacing previous administrator Jerry Henricks, who was fired in May of last year. Anne Marrin, former assistant city manager of Highwood, Illinois, will begin serving a new city administrator for Prospect Heights, Illinois, following the retirement of Pam Arrigoni.

  

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Higher education government relations conference slated in December
The 2010 Higher Education Government Relations Conference is slated for Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 1-3, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The conference will provide policy and practice insight on delivering results and building public support for higher education through a focus on partnerships, productivity, and public engagement. Among the topics for the conference are: Advancing the Productivity Agenda, Effective Community and Legislative Relations, Third-Party Advocacy Strategies, Navigating State Lobbying Laws Strategic Messaging, Washington Update and 2010 Election Review and Implications. Speaker for the opening general session on Wednesday will be Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas System. Dr. Raymund Peredes, Texas commissioner of higher education, will speak at the Thursday morning session along with Keith Yehle, director of federal relations for the University of Kansas. To view the complete
agenda and to view other speakers and their topics, click here. To register, click here. The conference is a partnership of the associations: the American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
 
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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