Volume 3, Issue 27October 19, 2011
Jobs Bill provision could send billions to schools for construction, modernization, repairs

Mary Scott Nabers

Public school officials throughout America are carefully watching one portion of the federal Jobs Bill. If the proposed legislation should pass, approximately $25 billion would be available for school infrastructure nationwide. Although the bill is currently mired in Congressional debate, there is speculation that the Obama administration will push for passage of the bill piece by piece.


Funding proposed in the Jobs Bill would modernize school infrastructure in 35,000 public schools. In California, for instance, more than $2.8 billion of the total would be used to modernize classrooms and repair and upgrade buildings to meet 21st century needs. Here are a few examples of proposed funding allocations:

  • New York would get $2.02 billion;
  • Florida could expect more than $1.28 billion;



Millions in transit grants awarded
NM approves capital improvement projects
Miami-Dade being downsized
News about P3s
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming contract opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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$98.5M in competitive transit grants awarded by FTA


Projects to include new construction, equipment purchases, plans for future

Omnitrans gets $5M for vehicle replacements.

Nearly $930 million in federal grant funds is headed to transit providers nationwide from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funds will support more than 300 public transportation projects in urban, suburban and rural areas of America. The grants will be used to construct new transit facilities, expand and renovate existing facilities, purchase clean-fuel buses and help communities plan for their future transit needs.


Peter Rogoff
Peter Rogoff

"These grant funds will make sure that bus service in our communities remains reliable and desirable," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff.


The grant selection process was highly competitive, according to Rogoff, as the FTA reviewed 839 project applications representing $4.9 billion in funding requests from transit providers across the country for the Fiscal Year 2011 discretionary grants.


Examples of major projects receiving federal funds include:

  • Orange County Transportation Authority - $80,000 for bus stop solar lighting;
  • Omnitrans of California - $5 million for transit vehicle replacement;  
  • Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - $5.415 million to replace buses in its Seattle-area fleet with hybrid-diesel buses;
  • Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority - $1.24 million for vehicle replacements and bus washer;
  • City of Galveston - $2 million for Seawall Boulevard transit pedestrian access and beautification plan, construction of bus stop amenities to support new transit services;
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority - $5 million to restore Philadelphia's historic 33rd Street and Dauphin Street bus facility, a 110-year-old facility that is in a state of disrepair;
  • Bloomington-Normal (Illinois) Public Transit System- $89,600 for radios, hardware and equipment and $376,000 for ITS software, hardware and equipment for fixed route services;
  • City of Gainesville, Florida - $9 million for Gainesville Regional Transit System facility expansion; and
  • Lafayette (Louisiana) Consolidated Government - $479,762 for maintenance facility rehabilitation.

To view the complete list of projects by state and their funding amount, click here and look under "Recent Reports."


$86 million in capital improvements approved in NM


Figure far short of $213 million in allocations supported by Gov. Martinez

Susana Martinez
Susana Martinez

Capital improvements totaling nearly $86 million in New Mexico were recently signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. The approved figure was short of the $213 million Martinez had asked the State Legislature to approve. That figure would have included some $40 million for road maintenance alone. There are a number of provisions for funding in the bill.


Prisons are allocated $16.6 million for security upgrades, repairs and equipment statewide, completion of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Southern and Central correctional facilities and for continued upgrades at Western correctional facility; complete renovation of kitchens at Southern and Central correctional facilities; plan and design of water and wastewater erosion control at Western correctional facility.


The Human Services Income Support Division will receive $13.6 million for computer system upgrades and improvements.


Water rights settlements with Native Americans will take up $15 million of the total. The settlements are expected to leverage $1 billion in federal money. A long-term care center will be built with part of the $7.3 million set aside for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas.


State museums and monuments will see repairs and renovations to the tune of $1 million from the bill. And $5 million will be used to build a nursing care unit for Alzheimer's patients in the New Mexico State Veterans' Home. Four million dollars will come from the General Fund, 75 percent of which must be spent for state police vehicles and the remainder of which must be spent on motor transportation vehicles.


Another $3.9 million has been allocated for senior centers throughout the state to address safety issues, and includes purchase of high-mileage handicapped accessible vehicles, 12-passenger vans, walk-on vans and special vehicles equipped for food delivery.


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Miami-Dade County government being downsized


Agencies combined, staff released to help streamline,  increase efficiency

Kathleen Woods Richardson
Kathleen Woods-Richardson

Efforts to downsize Miami-Dade county government continues, as Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced recently more changes that have driven down the number of county departments from 42 to 25. Gone or going are Public Works Director Esther Calas, Planning and Zoning Director Marc LaFerrier, whose agency functions have been divided up among other agencies and retiring J.A. "Tony" Ojeda Jr., director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which is merging into the new Department of Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement.


Lester Sola
Lester Sola

Kathleen Woods-Richardson has been named to run the new combined Public Works and Solid Waste departments; Penelope "Penny" Townsley will become the new elections supervisor; and Lucia Davis-Raiford will head the newly combined Community Action and Human Services departments.


Charles Danger
Charles Danger

Lester Sola, who previously served as elections supervisor, will now be in charge of Internal Services, a conglomeration of the procurement, general services administration, human resources and office of capital improvements departments. Gregg Fortner, formerly the public housing agency head, will oversee the combined Public Housing and Community Development department.


Charles Danger, former director of Building and Neighborhood Compliance, will serve as interim director of the new Permitting, Environment and Regulatory Affairs department, which will include most of the functions of all those departments and of the former Department of Environmental Resources Management and zoning and land regulatory matters. Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt has been appointed interim director of Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement. James Loftus remains as director of the police department, Jose Abreu will stay on as director of Miami-Dade Aviation and William "Shorty" Bryson has been named chief of the Fire Rescue Department. All of the changes are aimed at making the government more streamlined and more efficient, and thus saving money.


News about public-private partnerships (P3s)


New Hampshire could turn to private sector to build, operate new prisons

William Wrenn
William Wrenn

Bids will be sought this month by the state of New Hampshire from private businesses that might build and operate two state prisons. The state plans a new 3,000-bed men's prison and a 300-bed women's prison. State officials are considering having private companies build and operate the prisons or build them and then lease them back to the state, according to Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn. The state also is open to other ideas private companies may have to build the prisons and save the state money. Officials hope the bid responses will show how much can be saved by partnering with the private sector. Wrenn said the new facility for men could cost between $150 million and $300 million. The new facility would allow the state to house inmates from other states as well.


One of Nevada city's options for new indoor sports arena is P3

Officials in the city of Mesquite, Nevada, are exploring their options on how to build an indoor sports center. They have instructed staff to bid construction of a membrane and sports center to determine the feasibility and costs of such a project. Among the possibilities being studied is a public-private partnership (P3). Under that scenario, the city would partner with a development firm. Of course, the city can also decide to use the more traditional competitive bids for the project, guaranteeing the city the best price possible. Construction costs for such a center would be between $3 million and $5 million. The economic impact of such a facility, however, would range from $2.4 million to $18.9 million for youth soccer events and $590,000 to $4.7 million for single field events. 


City in Texas releases RFP for convention center hotel development

The City of Irving, Texas, has issued a request for proposals for a convention center hotel development, due Dec. 8. The RFP is expected to be awarded in February of next year. The proposed hotel will be situated adjacent to the Irving Convention Center. Officials are seeking a LEED-certified, 400-plus room, full-service hotel and related function space that will be built adjacent to the Irving Convention Center that opened in January. The hotel is expected to be an upscale convention center hotel with a major national full-service lodging brand featuring related amenities and facilities, such as function and meeting space, a full-service, three-meal restaurant, a signature restaurant, extended-hour room service, complimentary airport shuttle, fitness center, pool and bar/lounge.


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Upcoming education opportunities


Bowling Green State University planning $200M in building projects

Mary Ellen Mazey
Mary Ellen Mazey

The dust hasn't settled around a previous $200 million construction program before the trustees of Bowling Green State University in Ohio approved spending nearly $10 million for planning and designing the next $200 million in projects. President Mary Ellen Mazey said this round of construction will be academic buildings. Noting the university has a large number of deferred maintenance projects, Mazey noted, "In order to be competitive ... we need to have state-of-the-art classrooms and lab facilities for our students and our future students." She called those needs "critical." The next phase of construction on the university will include the academic core. Projects are expected to include a new home for the College of Business Administration and a complete renovation of Hanna, Moseley, South and University halls into 21st century teaching and learning spaces.


Five-story School of Nursing building OK'd for University of Wisconsin-Madison

A new five-story, $52.8 million School of Nursing for the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been approved by the Board of Regents. The new facility will allow the nursing school to move from its space it currently shares with the School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine and Public Health, Comprehensive Cancer Center and two hospitals in the Clinical Science Center. Construction is expected to begin in May, with an August 2014 opening date. The new building will provide space to expand academic and research programs and provide easier access and visible identity for nursing research and education within the health sciences campus. It will include state-of-the-art instructional resources for nursing students, including a Center for Technology Enhanced Nursing. The basement of the building will house the UW Police Department's Emergency Operations Center, funded by a homeland security grant.


Louisiana school board approves amended master plan for school construction

John White
John White

A revised version of the Orleans Parish (Louisiana) school district's master plan for school construction has been approved by the school board and will be taken up today, Wednesday, by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The plan lays out how the district plans to use the approximately $2 billion in federal aid dollars that were allocated to repair and rebuild school facilities damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. Recovery School District Superintendent John White said plans to merge some schools are being taken into consideration. The goal of the plan is to provide equity for all of the students. The plans include construction of 16 new facilities and seven full renovations of current facilities. All facilities will be at least refurbished or repaired to make them sustainable. Among the new schools slated for construction are the $22.5 million Lake Forest Elementary School, the $35.5 million Lower 9th Ward High School and the new $30 million Karr High School. Other projects include a $34.2 million renovation of the John McDonogh High School, the $22.2 million overhaul of the Lafayette Elementary School and the $18.7 million refurbishing of Fortier High School. To view the School Facilities Master Plan with Revised Amendments, click here. The new plan lists all new schools to be built, those with additions and those to be refurbished. The total number of projects in the plan has increased from 23 to 52. To view the School Facilities Master Plan with Revised Amendments, click here. The new plan lists all new schools to be built, those with additions and those to be refurbished. The total number of projects in the plan has increased from 23 to 52. 


Virginia State University plans to use bond proceeds for new construction

A bond sale that will result in approximately $167 million in state debt securities is expected to allow Virginia State University to pay for a number of new construction projects on campus and on the campuses of other state-supported colleges. VSU is planning to use approximately $63.1 million of the bond proceeds to help pay for two new residence halls. Some $35 million will be used for Phase Two of the Gateway Residence Hall complex and another $28 million will be used for Phase Two of the Quad dorm program. Those projects are the largest among nearly a dozen that will be funded at six universities. The other universities that will benefit from the bond sale are Christopher Newport University, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.


Donation will allow Montana to build new College of Business building 

Waded Cruzado
Waded Cruzado

A $25 million donation to Montana State University's College of Business by a successful MSU alumnus marks the largest private gift in the history of Montana's higher education system. Colorado businessman Jake Jabs' donation is likely to be used for a new building for the College of Business, said MSU President Waded Cruzado, who will seek approval for the project from the Board of Regents. If the project is approved, groundbreaking could begin in the spring of 2013 for the building that is estimated to cost between $18 million and $20 million. If that start date is met, officials expect the building to be complete in 2015. "We have a bold plan for the future of the College of Business - for it to be one of the best in the nation," said Cruzado, noting that Jabs' gift will help get that plan started. The gift also will fund new scholarships and academic programs such as entrepreneurship, professional skills development and fostering cooperative work between business students and those in other disciplines such as engineering, the sciences, agriculture, graphic arts and the humanities. Jabs is president and CEO of a large furniture company which has 12 stores and annual sales of over $300 million.


University of Maryland issues RFP for new $190 million building on campus

The University of Maryland has issued an RFP for a $190 million, 330,000-square-foot building that will house the Medical School, the Dental School and the Pharmacy School. The building is expected to be 10 stories. The $190 million projected cost includes funds for construction, including all costs exclusive of hazardous material abatement, the University's contingency and the architectural and engineering fees. The minority business participation level for the solicitation is 30 percent of the total contract value. The initial technical proposal is due by Tuesday, Oct. 25. The second phase technical proposals are likely to be due around Dec. 7. Oral presentations will be conducted with the AE firms on the short list on Jan. 4-6, 2012.


Texas school district purchase 65-acre site for new high school

The Fort Bend ISD in Texas has purchased a 65-acre site for a future high school. Although no timetable has been announced for construction, it would become the second Fort Bend ISD school located in Telfair, a master-planned community. Cornerstone Elementary opened in Telfair in 2008. This would be the district's 12th high school campus.


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California High-Speed Rail Authority to reissue RFP for outreach

For the second time, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued its RFP for an agency to provide its statewide outreach and communications support for California's high-speed rail project. The first RFP was issued in August. This second RFP was issued earlier this month for a $4.5 million, multi-year contract. The winning bid is expected to be announced by Nov. 10, with work to begin Nov. 21 and the contract running through November 2014. The winner of the contract will be responsible for disseminating key messaging and decision points about the project to a broad audience. It must also target key audiences that include the state legislature, business, labor, environmental and other groups. The scope of the contract includes development of a strategic communications plan, research and analysis, strategy development, stakeholder involvement, internal and external management and coordination, design and production of marketing materials, media events and earned and paid media.


Michigan city looking at possibly building new $51 million water plant

Tom Paige
Tom Paige

A joint partnership is being explored in Bay County, Michigan, in which Bay City is discussing building a new water plant that would be jointly owned by the city and its out-of-city water customers. The plant would treat raw water purchase by the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corp. The proposed new plant would use a membrane filtration technology. The city currently gets its water from the inner Saginaw Bay and treats all the water in an aging plant in Bangor Township. Tom Paige, director of the Bay County Department of Water and Sewer, said the benefit for the community is "finally connecting to the Saginaw-Midland water source and filtering water with a state-of-the-art facility." Entities that seek to become part of the partnership are passing resolutions of support for construction of a membrane filtration plant. The next step will be to discuss financing for the project and the costs to each entity involved. No site has been chosen for a plant yet, but officials are hopeful for a new plant to be operational by 2015. Rehabilitating the current plant would have cost about $30 million and an analysis showed that it would be more cost-effective to build a new membrane filtration plant.


Tennessee bond sale to benefit economic development, building improvements

Major economic development projects and state building improvements will benefit from the state of Tennessee's largest bond offering. The current bond sale exceeds the previous record by about $200 million. The current bond sale is $584 million. Bond proceeds will be used to pay for economic development grants awarded to Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Wacker Chemie in Bradley County, Hemlock Semiconductor in Montgomery County and Electrolux in Memphis. The Supreme Court building will also benefit from the bond proceeds as will a new research building at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a new library at UT-Chattanooga, a prison in Bledsoe County and a new driver service center in Memphis.


New $98.8 million VA rehabilitation center to be built in California

A Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center will be built in Palo Alto, California, thanks to a $98.8 million funding award announced recently by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The new state-of-the-art facility is part of a $1.6 billion reconstruction project that will consolidate services and replace aging buildings that were damaged by an earthquake in 1989. The program has been housed in a facility built in 1960. The center will be the first for the VA that has the Rehabilitation Center and Blind Rehabilitation Center combined. Featuring 174,000 square feet of space, it will be the VA's largest consolidated center in its system. It will include 24 beds for the polytrauma program, 32 for the blind program and 12 for transitional rehab. It will also have an outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, an outpatient physical medicine and rehab clinic and clinical programs for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. There will be an adjacent, four-story, 600-space parking garage as well.  


Sacramento County studies addition of 275 more jail beds

Officials in Sacramento County, California, are recommending that 275 new jail beds should be added to its jail to hold inmates who otherwise would be sent to the state prison system. Sacramento County was awarded $13.1 million from the state as part of a realignment plan aimed at diverting thousands of would-be prison inmates back to the counties instead of to state prisons. A committee has recommended that $6 million of that should be used to add a new wing to the current county facilities. The committee has already voted to spend $4.2 million on a day-reporting center that will be administered by the Probation Department, $1.9 million for an expanded electronic monitoring and home detention program and $500,000 on a supervised release program for jail detainees awaiting trial. The Board of Supervisors will have to vote on the proposal for the 275 new beds at its meeting Nov. 1.  


Price tag for California city's proposed Midtown District could be $165 million

Bob Wasserman
Bob Wasserman

Officials in Fremont, California, heard from consultants recently that the costs for the proposed Midtown District and upgrades to the current civic center plaza could reach $165 million. Mayor Bob Wasserman reminded other city officials that the cost 20 years ago for a civic center was estimated to be $100 million. "There was nothing surprising" in the consulting report pricing. The project includes redeveloping 110 acres around the current Fremont City Hall into a central hub that will include a new city hall, a performing arts center and city plaza and residential and entertainment facilities. Consultants were taking a three-phase approach to the project, with the first phase costing $29 million and including improvements to Capitol Avenue and purchase of land. A second phase would involve selling the property to a private developer and creating a mixed-use development. The third phase would include redeveloping the civic center to include an administration building, a public parking garage and a public park or plaza.   


Pennsylvania city preparing for construction of new firehouse, bridges
A 60-year-old firehouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will at last be replaced after the city council approved projects from a $4 million bond issue. The firehouse is one of several capital projects approved, and carries a $1.75 million cost. The firehouse was recently closed because inspectors found molds that were increasing because of recent heavy rains. Bids for construction of the station will be accepted soon, and construction is expected to be completed by next year. In addition to the firehouse, two bridges are slated for upgrades - Union Street Bridge and South Albert Street Bridge. Union Street's will be closed and rebuilt, while the South Albert bridge will be rebuilt with an additional lane. 

San Benito County Courthouse project will be rebid

The state of California must rebid the construction of a new San Benito County Courthouse, estimated to cost $30 million. The project will be reopened for qualifying contractors and suppliers through Oct. 24.  The new facility will include 41,500 square feet and have three courtrooms. Subcontractor bidding is set for November or December. Construction should start in early 2012 and a completion date of fall 2013 is expected. The delay is not expected to affect the $30 million budget. 

Two new VA facilities will soon be built in California

Two new Department of Veterans Affairs facilities are expected in California following the VA's approval of $142 million for their construction. The new Veterans homes will be in Fresno and Redding. The Fresno facility will get $92 million toward its new 120-bed nursing home and 180-bed domiciliary. The Redding facility will feature a new 60-bed nursing home and a 90-bed domiciliary. The VA will fund more than 65 percent of the cost of the two projects and the state will pay 35 percent. The state also will have responsibility for operating and maintaining the new facilities.


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 Who's winning the contracts?


Want to know who your competition is? Who was awarded the contract on a particular project? Below are listed some recent winners of major government contracts:

  • Atlantis Aquatic Group of Abilene won a $1.4 million contract with the City of Abilene, Texas, to build a new pool and bathhouse;
  • CF Jordan Construction of El Paso was awarded a $4.4 million contract with the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to reconstruct the main taxiway at Las Cruces International Airport;
  • Northrop Grumman Corp. has won a contract worth at least $32 million with the U.S.Navy to continue supporting the Navy's Criminal Investigative Service Law Enforcement Information Exchange System known as LInX; 
  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. was awarded $41.0 million of work to deepen the Ambrose Channel, the offshore entrance portion of the New York Harbor deepening project, another part of the deepening of the New York/New Jersey Harbors as they prepare for the modern class of larger draft vessels in international trade;
  • A&T Systems of Silver Spring was awarded a $24 million contract from the Army for voice communications and secret Internet protocol router network support services for the U.S. Army Reserve Command;
  • Standard Parking Corp.'s Plus(R) Transportation was awarded a contract by the University of Washington to operate the University's NightRide and South Lake Union shuttle bus programs;
  • CACI of Chantilly won a $23.8 million contract from the General Services Administration for professional, administrative and management support services;
  • Clark Construction Group of Bethesda won a $39.9 million contract from the Army for the construction of a parking garage, a visitors control center and security and safety improvements to the Intelligence Community Center's Bethesda campus; 
  • InterSystems Corp. was awarded a $7.25-million contract with the state of Illinois to set up a statewide system for doctors and hospitals to share patient records;
  • Urban Service Systems of the District won a $3.2 million contract from the Architect of the Capitol for utilities and housekeeping services;
  • Primus Solutions of Greenbelt won an $85.8 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security for operation of government-owned facilities;
  • SEMA Construction has been awarded a $15.3 million contract by the Bureau of Reclamation for rehabilitation of Red Willow Dam in Nebraska, which has been a concern since discovery of a sinkhole and cracking through the embankment in 2009; and
  • Treas Construction, Inc. was awarded a contract just over $515,000 to replace the Newberry Creek bridge located on county road NS-366 just over one mile north of the US-70 junction in Bryan County, Oklahoma.
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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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Rashad Young.


Rashad Young

Rashad Young earned his bachelor's degree in business management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton. He joined the City of Dayton, Ohio, in 1994 as a W.S. McIntosh Scholar. He spent the next eight years serving in a variety of positions there, including assistant to the city manager, deputy director for the Department of Information and Technology Services and acting assistant city manager. In 2002, Young accepted the post of assistant city manager/director of human resources for the City of Cincinnati, where he served until 2005, when he returned to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, as one of the city's assistant city managers. In 2006, he was sworn in as Dayton's 16th city manager. The veteran city administrator next joined the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2009 as city manager. He served in that capacity until being named last week as the new city manager for the city of Alexandria, Virginia.


Opportunity of the week...

A city in Kansas has revised and re-released its RFP for design work for the $1 million first phase of a downtown Capital District Project. Officials are looking for more conceptual proposals that can be turned into actual designs. The entire project is expected to cost $5.5 million. The $1 million approved for phase one includes $900,000 for infrastructure work and $100,000 for the design. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or




Allen ClemsonRay LaHoodJon TullyExecutive Director Allen Clemson (top left), has delivered his letter of resignation to the North Texas Tollway Authority, effective last week. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (top middle), a former Illinois congressman for 14 years, has announced that he will leave the Obama administration's cabinet position at the end of the president's current term. Carlsbad, New Mexico, Mayor Dale Janway has announced that a former city administrator, Jon Tully (top right), who was a city employee for 33 years and city administrator for 13, will serve as interim administrator while the city looks for a permanent hire. Manny Soto, interim city manager for the city of Socorro, Texas, has resigned, effective Nov. 10, after serving as interim city manager from June 2008 to September 2009 and then being rehired in May 2010. Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed three members of the Florida Ethics Commission - retired FBI agene Ivan "Marty" Ford, attorney Susan Maurer and attorney Linda Robison, all of whom will serve through June 2013. After three years as police chief in Kaufman, Texas, Michael Holder, who also spent 20 years with the Dallas Police Department, has accepted the chief's position for the city of Colleyville. District 7 Michael LandguthCommissioner Kristin JKristin Judgeudge (middle Howard Jordanright) of the Washtenaw County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners, has resigned her office to join the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center that seeks to improve cyber security for government subdivisions. Michael Landguth (middle center), chief executive of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport since 2004, has been chosen as the new director of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, replacing John C. Brantley, III, who is retiring after 29 years as director. Oakland, California, Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan (middle left), a 23-year veteran on the police force, has been named interim chief, replacing outgoing Chief Anthony Batts, who resigned. Stan Osborne, director of finance and operations for the Socorro (Texas) Consolidated Schools District for the last two and a half years, has resigned to accept the chief financial officer post for the Fairbanks, Alaska, school district. John Davidson, who came to South Pasadena, California, as a part-time city manager in 2009 and was later named city manager, has been chosen by the city of Irwindale as its new city manager, effective Nov. 7. Jim Morse, a veteran educator of 25 years who has been superintendent of the Portland, Maine, school district for the last two years, has announced that he will retire when his three-year contract ends at the end of June, 2012. Steve Turner (bottom left), vice Steve Turnerpresident for aTom Keegandministration aWilliam Zeleind finance and executive assistant to the president for governmental relations and economic development at East Central Universityin Ada, Oklahoma,since 2007, has been hired as the 19th president of Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, effective Jan. 1 of next year. Tom Keegan (bottom center), who has served as president of Peninsula College in Washington State for the last 10 years, has accepted the role of president of Skagit Valley College, where he received his associate's degree in 1978. William Zelei (bottom right), superintendent of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools since 1998, has resigned, effective Nov. 21, to accept a position with the Ohio Department of Education as associate superintendent for accountability and quality schools. Baltimore County School Superintendent Joe A. Hairston has notified school officials that he will not seek another four-year contract when his current contract ends next June. Brandon Buchanan, city administrator in Oakley, Kansas, for the last three years, has been chosen by city officials in Williams, Arizona, as their next city manager, replacing City Finance Director Joe Duffy, who has served as interim city manager since 2009. Dan Orr, battalion chief with the City of Santa Maria, California, Fire Department since 2001 and former fire chief for the city of Pismo Beach, has been selected as the city's next fire chief, effective Dec. 20.


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DOE's Cynthia Anderson to address energy parks at upcoming P3 workshop

A recent addition to the speakers lineup has been announced for "PPPs for the Federal Government: Real Estate and Energy Projects," a workshop sponsored by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, to be held Nov. 9-10 in Arlington, VA. Cynthia Anderson of the U.S. Department of Energy will be participating in the event and discussing energy parks. The federal budget, aging administrative infra­structures and new energy policies are all creating a dynamic climate for the use of public-private partnerships in several major federal agencies. Senior administration and industry representatives will outline what can and should be done. Sponsorships are available. For more information, click here. 


KC Business Central hosting Minority Business Forum 

Kansas City Business Central will host a Minority Business Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that includes a panel of minority- and women-owned business experts who will discuss their successes and the resources available to others. Panelists include: Michael L. Barrera, attorney and former president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Consuela McCain-Nunnaly, director of Diversity Business Connection of the Greater KC Chamber; CiCi Rojas, president of Community Engagement with Truman Medical Center; and Daryl Williams, director of Research at the Kauffman Foundation. For more information contact Heather Nicolosi at


14th Annual Construction Financial Management Conference slated for Oct. 26-28

Jointly sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America and the Construction Financial Management Association, the 15th Annual Construction Financial Management Conference is slated for Oct. 26-28 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The program and workshops are designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. There will be 38 interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Sessions are delivered "group-live" and are at an intermediate program level. The conference targets owners, chief financial officers, controllers, treasurers, Certified Public Accountants, auditors, consultants, bankers, sureties, and others interested in the construction industry. Among the topics to be discussed will be: construction market trends; surety, financial and credit markets; health care reform; federal acquisition regulations and more. For more information and to register, click here.


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