|Volume 2, Issue 34||December 29, 2010|
Trends, budgets, mandates shape government in 2011
Wondering what to expect from government in 2011? A few things appear certain based on national trends, budget allocations and federal mandates.
The public sector marketplace will remain strong. Many experts predict that government contracting will be a significant element of the country's economic recovery over the next few years. Here's a surprising fact: government spending is now approaching 50 percent of GDP. That last happened during World War II.
Budgetary problems will result in more outsourcing. Outsourcing will be the norm throughout the country in 2011. Many states have no options left and now must reduce their workforce. Some of the greatest government expenses are related to pensions and employee benefit programs. Outsourcing involves moving government employees to private sector payrolls and, at this time, that is a way to reduce FTEs and still provide government services. Outsourcing in 2010 increased 25 percent over the previous year.
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|FTA announces millions in grants for transit projects|
Parks, recreation areas to benefit; some local transit systems to expand
Millions of dollars in federal transit grants have been awarded for three different programs administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The projects include programs to evaluate and pick the best options to expand or put new transit systems in local communities, projects in national parks, forests and wildlife refuges to improve public and alternative transportation within their grounds and research projects to develop new technologies to let fuel cell buses operate in cold climates.
Forty-seven projects in national parks, forest and wildlife refuges will share $27 million from the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program. In the Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument, a $2.8 million grant will be use by the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority to purchase new buses for shuttle service. In the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City, an award of $1.5 million will be used to replace the breakwater at Riis Landing on Jamaica Bay. Six awards were announced in Utah, including $1.120 million that the Utah Transit Authority will use to replace buses and repair a park-and-ride lot in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. To view the complete list of awards and projects, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
A total of $25.7 million was awarded to 16 states and the District of Columbia through the Alternative Analysis grant program for replacement or expansion of local transit systems. These communities will study costs and benefits, route options and other issues. Once a preferred alternative is chosen and adopted, the analysis is complete. "We depend on our regional and local partners to determine how transportation fits best within their communities," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff (right). "These funds will move these communities forward."
There were 23 winning proposals named, with priority given to project sponsors coordinating transit development with public housing agencies or with energy or environmental public agencies. Among the winners was the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), which was granted $1.5 million to look at transit improvements in a North-South corridor that would support the CTA radial heavy-rail network.
Three projects were funded in Florida, including $425,000 to the Gainesville Regional Transit System. The funds would be to study an alignment that would connect Santa Fe College and Gainesville Regional Airport via downtown Gainesville and University of Florida. The project would improve access for residents of some neighborhoods on the city's east side. To view the complete list of projects, a description of each and the amount of funding made available, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
The National Fuel Cell Bus Program has awarded $10.7 million to CALSTART in California and $6.42 million to Atlanta's Center for Transportation and the Environment to promote advanced fuel cell technologies to power cleaner, more environmentally friendly transit buses. The goal of the program is to facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies and increase public acceptance of the fuel cell vehicles. The Chicago Transit Authority Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration will use its $2.97 million award to develop and conduct in-service testing for a next generation Buy America compliant fuel cell bus in Chicago's RTA fleet. This project will demonstrate a fuel cell bus in a large transit agency, with the potential for larger fleets of cell bus procurements. It will also have as a goal to develop and demonstrate new technology that enables operation of fuel cell buses in cold climates. To view a complete list of Fuel Cell Bus Program projects that were funded, click here and look under "Recent Reports."
|L.A. district may start trend among public school systems|
Cash-strapped district seeking corporate naming sponsorships for facilities
Like many other public schools across the country facing budget deficits, the Los Angeles Unified School District is exploring all available options to find new revenue streams. Its most recent endeavor? Seeking corporate sponsors for athletic fields and other facilities.
The Board of Education recently approved rules that would allow the district superintendent, Ramon Cortines (pictured), to sign agreements of up to $500,000 and even larger agreements with approval by the board. The corporate sponsorships are not intended to sell products or services to students, but to allow the corporations branding opportunities.
Some examples would be the addition of corporate signs to scoreboards, naming rights to auditoriums or stadiums or even putting a brand name on a drum purchased with a corporate donation. "We're not going to put advertising where it offends," said Cortines. Officials plan to spread any of the sponsorship money among all of its schools. Some have estimated that the project has potential revenue of up to $18 million.
|Some high-level Florida staff to stay on - temporarily|
Gov.-elect Scott seeks to keep agency heads another month or two
Some of the high-level staff of outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist are being asked by Gov.-elect Rick Scott to stay on the job - well, for a while anyway. As is customary with a new governor, the outgoing governor's top staff and agency officials generally resign so the new governor can appoint his or her own administration. But Scott is running a tad behind in making appointments.
Thus, he has asked George Sheldon, secretary of the State Department of Children and Families, to stay on for another 30-60 days. He has asked his staff to stay as well. Other Crist administration mainstays also have been asked to stay on temporarily, including Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil; Elizabeth Dudek, secretary of the Agency for Health Administration; Cynthia Lorenzo, director of the State Agency for Workforce Innovation; Jim DeBeaugrine, director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Virginia school district unveils plans for $800 million in renovations
More than $800 million in renovations are being planned over the next 10 years for the Fairfax (Virginia) County schools. The plan recently unveiled will affect 27 schools in the district and will also provide for construction of one middle and one elementary school. "This comes as great news for us," said Sunrise Valley Elementary School Principal Elizabeth English (pictured), who will help plan the renovation at her school before it begins in 2013. Many of the schools are dealing with unexpected growth that is leading to the upgrades of the district's aging facilities. The renovations will be funded by $155 million annual installments from the Board of Supervisors, meaning the renovations will have to be spread out over the 10-year period.
Michigan school district to seek approval for $82 million for schools
The Hudsonville, Michigan, school district will ask voters to approve $82 million in bond funding to build a new elementary school, a new ninth- and 10th-grade building and to make needed upgrades to other facilities. An existing bond is expected to expire soon, and officials hope that with state approval, they can take the bond proposal to voters in May. The school district has grown by almost 600 students in the last five years, according to Superintendent Nicholas Ceglarek and most of the bond money would be used to for a new elementary school and to build the new facility for ninth and 10th graders. It would be built on the grounds of the current high school. If voters approve, a new bus garage would be built and an existing freshman campus would be made into an early childhood center. That alone would free up 16 classrooms for student growth.
Improvements planned for New Mexico schools from bond sales
The Clovis, New Mexico, Municipal School Board will sell $8 million in municipal bonds to upgrade existing schools and help defray some of the cost of a new school. Both construction and purchase of technology will be part of the bond issue, with $1.7 million of the total to be used for design of a proposed $30 million middle school. The bond proceeds are expected to be available to the district in early March.
University of Chicago planning to construct new $215 million science building
Work is expected to begin in 2011 on a new $215 million science building (pictured) on the campus of the University of Chicago. The building will be named the William Eckhardt Research Center to honor its largest donor. Eckhardt is a Chicago futures trader and University of Chicago alumnus. The facility will house parts of the Physical Sciences Division and its new Institute for Molecular Engineering. The building will feature serrated glass facades on one side and a louvered glass ceiling over the north lobby. It will also feature an atrium spanning the top three floors, allowing light to cross from east to west. The new facility will be located on the west side of Ellis Avenue, where the university's Research Institute Building resides now. That structure will be razed to make room for the new building.
Oklahoma school bond issues pass in Marietta, Healdton
A recently passed $1.75 million bond issue in Marietta, Oklahoma, will allow for the construction of a new middle school computer lab, renovate the local high school, auditorium and high school gym. In Healdton, Oklahoma, voters passed a $1.55 million bond referendum. The funding will be used for improvements to a number of Healdton Public Schools, including renovation of the gym and additions to the cafeteria.
Alabama school board approves floor plans for physical education facility
Floor plans for a $2.5 million physical education facility at Andalusia (Alabama) High School were recently approved by the board. Once these plans are approved by the building commission, construction could begin as early as March of next year. The facility will be paid for through a Qualified School Construction Bond. The Bulldog Foundation at the school will make up the difference in the cost and for $8,000 in attorney fees and other costs. The project includes a more than 30,000-square-foot facility that features a 50-yard practice field, a more than 6,000-square-foot facility that includes a classroom, offices, showers, restrooms, a laundry facility, physical therapy room and more.
Illinois schools awarded grant to help pay for geothermal systems
A $481,000 state grant from the Illinois Energy Plan has been awarded to the Champaign, Illinois, school district. The funding will help defray the costs of installing geothermal systems at three of the district's elementary schools. Gene Logas (pictured), chief financial officer for the district, said the geothermal systems should save the district close to $965,000 on energy costs over 20 years. He said the district will also save money on maintenance costs associated with the current 40-year-old systems. The new geothermal systems will be installed at the Westview, Bottenfield and Robeson elementary schools. High-efficiency boilers and chillers will also be installed at the Kenwood Elementary School.
Oklahoma school district approves architects for 2011 bond projects
Architects were approved as well as funding disbursements for many of the projects approved recently in a school bond issue in Edmond, Oklahoma. Among the projects for which architects were approved were for district-wide roofing, design of a new maintenance facility, flooring and heating and air conditioning replacement at three elementary and one middle school, renovations at one high school, renovations at Boulevard Academy, renovations at an elementary schools and to middle school athletic facilities and renovations at another elementary. Disbursements totaling $29.9 million for March and August were also approved.
Louisiana school board approves seeking contractor for bus cameras
The East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish School Board has authorized seeking a contractor to install cameras on school buses to capture photos of motorists who speed through bus stops, endangering school children. The cameras, expected to cost approximately $7,000 each, will be installed on 35 of the school system's fleet of approximately 650 buses. Louisiana law allows bus drivers to report the license plate numbers of motorists who go through bus stops, but prosecutors say the drivers' word may not hold up in court. On the other hand, some parishes already are ticketing violators who are caught by cameras on school buses. The school district will receive approximately 90 percent of the revenue from tickets issued, with the remainder going to the local sheriff's office. Violators will be charged up to $300.
Northern Illinois University planning to fund renovations throughout campus
Northern Illinois University will get a facelift campus-wide after completion of sale of Build America Bonds (BABs). These bonds are subsidized by the federal government, which subsidizes 35 percent of the cost of paying them off. "That is a fantastic savings for the university, for our students, and we are delighted that the board had the foresight to approve this program in a timely manner so that we could complete the sale well in advance of the deadline," said NIU President John G. Peters (pictured). Among the projects to be funded are a new intramural sports complex, remodeling of Grant Towers to expand room size and replace all mechanical, HVAC and electrical systems, rehabilitation and remodeling of Gilbert Hall residence hall to include HBAC, electrical and plumbing replacement, expansion of parking lots, road improvements and addition of bike paths and bike parking lots, repairs and upgrades of the Holmes Student Center including roof replacement, updates to public spaces, modernization of the bookstore and ADA accessibility addressed and addition of fire sprinkler system to Stevenson Towers.
New York contractors find work in publicly financed schools
Construction activity in the private sector may be suffering in New York, but in the public sector, construction companies are finding available money means available work. The School Construction Authority notes numerous schools under construction and scheduled for construction. The authority has built a record 26 new facilities this year. It is in the second year of a five-year, $11.7 billion capital plan that runs through 2014. The city's Department of Education is seeking even more funds for more schools. More than half of all construction starts in New York City for the last couple of years has been in the education sector. That includes traditional schools as well as charter schools. Major expansions are also being planned for City University of New York, New York University and Columbia University. Construction firms that once turned their backs on education projects are now finding them a lucrative marketplace in New York.
New Jersey school district approves $4.18 million bond construction issue
Residents of the Buena Regional School District in Buena Vista, New Jersey, recently approved a $4.18 million bond issue. The bond proceeds will be used for several construction projects. Included are upgrades to the Cleary Middle School in Minotola and reopening it as an elementary school. The existing three-story building will be replaced by a one-story building with modernized heating and power infrastructures. Other projects include replacing windows at Collings Lakes and replacing windows and renovating locker rooms and the auditorium at the high school.
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New $152 million criminal courthouse planned for Santa Barbara
The California State Court System is looking for a location to build a new $152 million criminal courthouse. The facility will be a 97,000-square-foot, eight-story courtroom building. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, with a late 2015 completion date. Steve Cushman (pictured), president of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, called the project "good news" that would spark a retail and residential boom in the area. The judicial branch picked a site, which allows moving forward with purchase negotiations and environmental impact studies. Funding for the courthouse is part of $5 billion from legislation approved to renovate and build 41 California courthouses. The Santa Barbara project ranked at the top of the list.
Oklahoma fire department planning to build new fire training academy
After a deal was struck on a location, the Tulsa Fire Department now will move forward on building a new fire training academy approved by voters in 2005. The facility will be built on the Tulsa Community College campus. The first phase of the project will cost $12.5 million and is expected to take two years to complete. The new academy will begin with a six-story training tower and mock fire station. Future plans include construction of a $5 million classroom building and installation of training props for aircraft and water rescue.
Variety of contracting opportunities available in El Paso area
A number of contracting opportunities are currently available in the El Paso (Texas) area. Among them are the following:
- City of El Paso is seeking bids for bus tire mileage rent;
- Region 19 Education Service Center is seeking bids for retail food, small appliances and related instructional classroom supplies;
- The El Paso Independent School District is seeking bids for El Paso High School running track surface drainage improvements;
- El Paso Water Utilities is seeking bids for Northeast Channel No. 2 Improvements, Phase II;
- El Paso Water Utilities is seeking bids for Chihuahuita storm sewer stations and system improvements;
- El Paso Community College is seeking bids for renovation services; and
- The University of Texas at El Paso is seeking bids for RTV 1140 CPX golf carts.
Baltimore studying new convention center, adjacent arena
Billed as one of the most expensive construction projects in Baltimore history, officials are studying the possibilities of expanding the Baltimore Convention Center and building an arena next to it. The project price is close to $1 billion. Richard Clinch (pictured), director of economic research at the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute, said the project could revitalize the downtown Baltimore area. Officials say the expansion of the convention center and adjacent arena could cost anywhere from $750 million to $930 million, funded by both the private and public sector. Because it would have both a convention center and arena, that would set it apart from others facilities. The project has three major elements: a four-level, 400,000-square-foot expansion of the Convention Center; an 18,500-seat arena with a two-level, 500-space parking facility; and a 500-room hotel up to 25 stories tall. The project could take six to seven years to complete.
Funding allocated to replace Michigan's Black River Bridge
An agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Michigan Department of Transportation opens the door for construction of a replacement for the Black River Bridge in Port Huron. A $30 million grant has been awarded that will help offset the cost to replace the nearly 50-year-old bridge with a modern structure to separate international and local traffic and improve the I-94/I-69 corridors and interchanges. Total cost of the project is $78.6 million. In addition to being used by the local community, the bridge also carries 14 percent of the international trade between the United States and Canada. The new bridge will include three dedicated lanes for eastbound traffic headed to the Blue Water Bridge and Canada and three westbound lanes to increase capacity and improve traffic operations. It will also include a 14-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian crossing. The $30 million grant is part of the USDOT and Recovery Act's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
Ohio police department to get new fleet of vehicles in 2011
The Elyria (Ohio) police department will spend nearly $300,000 in 2011 for a new fleet of vehicles. Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely (pictured) said he expects the vehicles to be on the road by February. The budget includes funding for six cruisers and four, four-wheel-drive vehicles. After two police officers retired and another two were deployed for military duty, Whitely said the department will also have $150,000 that can be used for other equipment needs, such as new radios and lights, sirens and rifle racks for the new patrol vehicles.
Iowa city officials approve three projects to close out year
Members of the Sioux City, Iowa, City Council recently approved three projects for construction. Among them are a West 23rd Street bridge over Perry Creek, extension of Wesley Way to Hamilton Boulevard to connect the west side of downtown and construction of the Kings Highway Bridge. The bridge is expected to be completed by September of next year.
New Jersey county planning first public golf course near Lincoln Park
A nine-hole, 60-acre, $12.7 million golf course will be built in Hudson County, New Jersey, following action of the County Board of Freeholders. The project will be paid for with capital bonds. The site is currently being cleaned up thanks to a $10.6 million federal Environmental Protection Agency grant. Included in the project is restoration of 35 acres of wetlands. State and local government entities ponied up $4 million to the cleanup of the brownfield, which was formerly a landfill for the federal government. Construction will include landscaping, fairway and green construction, lighting and security and a temporary clubhouse that will eventually be replaced by a new one. Construction is expected to begin next summer, with a fall 2012 completion date.
Texas city buys land, moves closer to building new center for indoor events
The Round Rock (Texas) City Council recently approved the purchase of more than 22 acres of land on which it plans to build an indoor event center. The city is hoping to take advantage of current lower construction costs and the price for the land being below the appraised value of $3.427 million to get things moving on the project. Mayor Alan McGraw (pictured) said the city is seeking to build a center that can be used for indoor sporting events and conventions. Preliminary plans, according to McGraw, are for a 60,000-square-foot facility. McGraw said he hopes the city will be able to have the new facility up and running within 18 months. A study conducted in 2006 put the approximate cost of the facility at $12 million to $18 million.
Escondido commitment to ballpark lures minor league baseball club to city
The Escondido (California) City Council has agreed to tentatively fund a $50 million ballpark through the sale of redevelopment bonds, ensuring that the San Diego Padres Triple A minor league club will play there for the next 30 years. Further votes to seal the deal are schedule in February of next year and for next summer, but for now the city and the Padres are partially committed financially to building the park. The ballpark would have 7,500 permanent seats and would be located just east of I-15 and south of Route 78 along North Spruce Street south of West Washington Avenue. The owners of the team would assume responsibility for all operating and maintenance costs year-round, and will pay the city $200,000 annually in rent on the ballpark. The city has committed $40 million for construction and the owners have agreed to cover any cost overruns above that amount. They also will guarantee and additional $5 million for infrastructure.
|Where are they now?|
Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at email@example.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature John Engler.
John Engler, who has headed up the National Manufacturers Association (NMA) since 2004, has spent most of his adult life in public service. He attended Michigan State University and earned a degree in agricultural economics in 1971. He was elected, at age 22, to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1970. He began serving as a member of the Michigan Senate in 1979 and was elected Senate Majority Leader in 1984. During that time he also enrolled in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, earning his law degree in 1981. He was elected the state's 46th governor and served in that capacity from 1991-2003. After his service as governor ended, he joined the NMA. Engler was recently named to lead the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of top American companies. He succeeds John Castellani, who became president and chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America in September.
|Opportunity of the week...|
A Michigan city will issue federal stimulus bonds to defray the $3.2 million cost for consolidation of its garage services. An inactive recycling building will be retrofitted into merged services and a home for a fleet of equipment and vehicles now at numerous sites. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Reid (top left), vice president for finance and administration for the last six years at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, has been named vice president for finance and administration at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, effective March 1. New York Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) Rico Singleton (top center) will be leaving his post to take on the CIO position for the City of Baltimore, where he began his new job on Dec. 15. Ross Philo, CIO for the U.S. Postal Service, has been replaced by former mail carrier and then mail delivery manager Ellis Burgoyne (top right), who also is a former vice president of operations for the Southwest Area, where he was in charge of mail processing and distribution, customer service and administrative operations. Mike Prendergast, a retired U.S. Army colonel who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress last month, has been named chief of staff to Gov.-elect Rick Scott of Florida. Utah House Speaker-elect Rebecca Lockhart has turned to journalist Joe Pyrah, government reporter for The Daily Herald in Provo since 2004, to serve as the new chief deputy of the House, replacing Chris Bleak, now president of the Utah Charter Schools Association. Dr. Debra Kuhl (upper middle right), dean of instruction at Clarendon (Texas) College, has been named vice president of instruction at Galveston College, effective Jan. 3, 2011. MaryAnne Nickle (upper middle center), currently working at the Community College of Denver, has been named the new leader of the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus, replacing Robin Lilienthal, who is leaving after 10 years at Grinnel to become provost of Marshalltown Community College. Waleed Abdalati (upper middle left), a University of Colorado professor specializing in earth sciences and director of the Earth Science Observation Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, has been named the chief scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Karen Himle, vice president of the University of Minnesota, has resigned her position. Mohamed Y. Soliman will become chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering and the George P. Livermore Chair of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University, effective Jan. 10, 2011. Christopher Cerf, former deputy chancellor in the New York City School System from 2006 to 2009, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Christi to head up the New Jersey school system. Cleveland (Ohio) schools Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders (lower middle left) has announced he will retire in February of next year and is expected to take a job in higher education. Robert L. Garza (lower middle center), who has held the positions of chief engineer, acting assistant city manager, public works director and assistant city manager in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been named the city's new city manager, replacing Terrence Moore, who resigned. New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has named former Santa Fe economic development official Ed Burckle (lower middle right) as her nominee to run the state's General Service Commission, which is responsible for managing state buildings and administering group health benefits for government workers, printing and transportation services. Heath Bennett, superintendent of the Foreman School District in Arkansas who has held his post only since July, has submitted his resignation after his wife accepted another job in Hot Springs. James W. Zumwalt, who has spent the last 12 years as city manager in Paducah, Kentucky, and has government experience in South Carolina counties, counties in Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama, has been named the new city manager for Manassas Park, Virginia. Tony Crapp, Jr. (bottom right), former chief of staff to Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, will be the city's next city manager, replacing Carlos Migoya. University System of Georgia Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst (bottom center), who also has served as acting president of the State University of New York at Albany, will be the first female president of the University of Connecticut. Former Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick (bottom left), who has been serving as California's Inspector General, will be without a job soon after Gov.-elect Jerry Brown said he will eliminate that position upon his taking office. Washington, D.C., Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak will end his 14 months on the job when Mayor-elect Vincent Gray takes office and has already told him his services will not be needed. Mukilteo, Washington, has narrowed its police chief search down to three finalists - Kirkland Police Captain Rex Caldwell, former Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper and Chief for the Bureau of Operations with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Jeff Miller. One of the longest active members of the Gilmer County Fire Department, Jess McVaney, will take over as chief on Jan. 1, 2011, after serving in the department for more than 40 years.
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NAICU planning annual meeting in January in D.C.
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities will host its 2011 annual meeting Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Among the speakers will be Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, who will discuss the nation's political, economic and health care realities and the challenges they present for higher education. A team from Abilene Christian University will discuss how to connect emerging technologies to learning. A number of other speakers are also scheduled and attendees can expect to visit with numerous key elected officials in Congress. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
EPA to host annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools symposium
The Environmental Protection Agency annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools national symposium is slated for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 13-15, 2011, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The event brings together teachers, school nurses, maintenance and custodial staff, school decision-makers, school administrators, parents, school and health association members and community leaders from across the country to discuss the importance of developing effective IAQ management practices. Attendees will learn about available resources and materials, including the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, that will enable them to support and implement good IAQ practices in schools. Some of the topics for the event are designing, building and maintaining healthy, high-performance schools, building science and school building design, facility management, effective risk communication and more. 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 1.866.480.2519, 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 businesses 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 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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