Volume 3, Issue 31November 16, 2011 
In bond elections nationwide, voters approve billions for rebuilding, improving schools
Mary Scott NabersDuring last week's bond elections, voters in America approved billions of dollars to rebuild and improve schools. Despite budget reductions and difficult economic times, citizens obviously realized the importance of addressing school district issues related to overcrowding, delayed maintenance and outdated technology. The result of the elections is that there will be thousands of contracting opportunities in the very near future. Examples of immediate opportunities include the following: 



Atlanta voters approved the extension of a special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) that will provide a projected $3.2 billion to fund school construction and renovation across the Atlanta metro area. 
Withholding bill repeal moves on
Upcoming education opportunities
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Oppotunity of the week
Calendar of events
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OMB official urges agencies to protect taxpayer funds


Directs use of suspension/disbarment in dealing with non-responsive contractors

Jacob Lew

Saying some federal agencies have "for too long...failed to adequately use the suspension and debarment tools that are placed at their disposal" to deal with contractors who fail to live up to their contractual obligations, Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is seeking to remedy that situation. Lew this week sent a memo to executives at federal agencies outlining actions they should take.


Noting that federal government contracts amount to more than $1 trillion per year, Lew said in his memo that government departments and agencies "have an ongoing fiduciary responsibility to protect American taxpayer resources." He said all federal departments and agencies have the "suspension and debarment" tool as a way to deal with contractors who are "non-responsible," or have been dishonest, participated in illegal conduct or have been unable to meet the terms of their contracts or responsibilities.


Some agencies use that tool, said Lew, but many do not and have "failed even to maintain the most basic program capabilities" that would be necessary to debar or suspend non-responsive parties. As a result, Lew's memo directs departments and agencies to appoint a senior accountable official responsible for assessing the agency's suspension and debarment program, ensure that the agency maintains effective internal controls and tracking capabilities and ensure the agency participates regularly on the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. Secondly, Lew directed agencies to review their policies, procedures and guidance to ensure that the agency is protecting "the government's interest and taxpayer funds" by using its suspension and debarment authority when necessary.


Lew also said an agency's award officials should review databases and information sources prior to awarding grants, contracts or benefits to prevent awards going to entities that have been suspended or debarred and to take prompt corrective action when the agency sees an award was inadvertently made to one of those entities.


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Contractor withholding bill repeal moves step forward


Would end provision to withhold 3 percent of vendor payments for back taxes

Stephen Sandherr

It looks like the long-debated bill that would repeal a law that would penalize contractors who are behind on their taxes is one step closer to the President's desk. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the bill sent over by the House repealing the bill that orders the withholding of 3 percent of government payment to vendors if the vendor owes back taxes.


The House previously passed the bill, but there was concern for its fate in the Senate after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would try to amend the repeal legislation so that the repeal would stay in effect for tax evaders. But, the Senate passed the bill without Reid tacking on an amendment. They did, however, amend the repeal with provisions to encourage employers to hire unemployed veterans and to require a study of federal contractors' tax compliance.


Associated General Contractors CEO Stephen E. Sandherr said the unanimous approval in the Senate showed the senators understood that repealing the 3 percent withholding measure "is essential to boosting economic growth." He said that with construction activity down and that industry's unemployment rate up, "The last thing construction employers need is to be forced into giving interest-free loans to the federal government." He said that is why the Senate vote was welcomed by the construction industry, workers and taxpayers. "Many firms will be better able to offer positions to the veterans this legislation also supports without the enormous cost of this measure looming."


Government contractors have long said that failure to repeal the 3 percent withholding would have hurt their cash flow and slowed hiring.


Because the Senate added new provisions to the bill, it now goes back to the House for final approval and will then head to the President's desk. The original bill, which was to be implemented in 2013, was seen as a way to reduce tax cheating by contractors.


Contracting Opportunities

Upcoming education opportunities


Pennsylvania community college seeking to expand its campus

The Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) is undergoing a feasibility study regarding the expansion of its campus in the North Hills. The $65,000 study is necessary, college officials say, because of the growing student numbers that are at or above record levels. One of the major problems the campus is experiencing as a result of the growth is lack of adequate parking. The Board of Trustees expects the feasibility study to address parking issues and the need for more classroom space and office space, which likely will lead to the recommendation of relocation. The feasibility study will use up $30,000 of the $65,000 in approved funds. The remainder will be used for subcontractors. Officials have mentioned the Regional Industrial Development Corp.'s technology park in Marshall as a possible alternative site.


North Carolina school board to make changes in bond money spending

Erv Portman

The Wake school board in North Carolina has been granted permission by the Wake County commissioners regarding changes in how it plans to spend some of the district's 2006 bond funding. Some of the funds had been previously earmarked for school construction projects. Some $30 million was to be directed to land purchases, design work, moving classroom trailers and upgrading aging equipment. Now the school will be able to set new priorities, which officials hope to do to build three new schools and use the remainder of the funds for other construction projects. The new uses of the funding are expected to include conversion of the Hilburn Elementary to a K-8 school, renovations at the Cary High School and new single-gender academies proposed for the William Peace University campus. Another $60 million would be used for design and construction of a new high school in Apex. Commissioner Erv Portman asked if the changes would allow the system to stay ahead of the anticipated student growth. "Have we done what we need to do to be ready three or four years out?" he asked. School officials said the district can get by with these changes, but would probably need a bond issue by 2014.


Massachusetts community says yes to referendum on middle/high school

Voters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, recently approved a referendum that will lead to a new co-located middle/high school. The $128 million project is part of the Mass School Building Authority's model school program. School officials now will face picking a construction manger, probably in January. They are hopeful the school can be open in September 2014.


Georgia schools to benefit from $3.2 billion in spending approved by voters
Robert Avossa
Schools in the cities of Atlanta, Buford and Decatur and Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties in Georgia will reap benefits from $3.2 billion in education funding recently approved by voters. The funds will be distributed over five years thanks to an extension of a one-cent sales tax. The districts affected and the amount they will receive include: Fulton County, $912 million; Gwinnett County, $859 million; Atlanta, $513 million; DeKalb County, $475 million; Henry County, $225 million; Cherokee County, $138 million; Douglas County, $122 million; Decatur, $18 million; and Buford, $17.1 million. SPL Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said the $912 million in funding for his schools will be used to improve access to technology for students and renovate schools. "I think it sends a clear message that education is a top priority for the region and that people understand the integral connection between high quality schools and economic development," he said. DeKalb plans school construction with its funds, including replacing seven elementary schools. Two new schools are planned in Buckhead and a new middle school in Midtown in the Atlanta Public Schools. The 15-year-old tax has allowed for the construction of dozens of schools and a variety of infrastructure upgrades.
Baltimore mayor to seek increase in tax to boost funding for schools
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will attempt to increase the city's bottle tax from 2 to 5 cents, with proceeds from the additional funding to be used for school construction and repairs. Revenue from the tax increase would be added to other revenue to create a funding stream the Baltimore school system would use to float $324 million in bonds for renovations and to replace aging buildings. Officials say a 5-cent tax increase would generate up to $11 million per year and would be combined with money from a planned slots casino in Baltimore. The mayor said she would also ask the state legislature to increase the cap on the school system's ability to sell bonds.

Middle school in Colorado in line for major remodeling project

New proposed Erie Middle School

The Erie (Colorado) Middle School will soon see the start of a major remodeling program. Of the school's 115,000 square feet, 50,000 square feet will be renovated. Another 25,000 square feet will be demolished and replaced. A budget of $13.3 million is expected for the remodeling project, out of a 2008 bond issue. Once completed, the school (as seen in accompanying artist's rendition) will have a 1,000 student capacity, nearly twice the current capacity. New classrooms will be added to the northwest and east sides of the school, bringing the total from the current 20 to a new total of 26. Included in the remodeling project is the upgrade to science labs. Another project, construction of the new Frederick High School, is expected to be completed on Dec. 1.


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


California court administrators recommend building new courthouse

California court administrators are recommending the building of a new Stanislaus County Courthouse. They also call for construction of a $69.2 million courthouse in Sonora and construction of a new $32.2 million facility in Los Banos. Two downtown Modesto sites are being considered for the Stanislaus facility. While the courthouses may be built, they are not likely to be as fancy as planned. Appellate Court Justice Brad Hill, who is on the working group that is trying to get the courthouses built, but as reasonably priced as possible, said, "We need to close a significant budget gap in the courthouse construction program for this fiscal year as well as set future direction for the program in light of unprecedented fiscal challenges." The working group was appointed to move courthouse projects along, after more than $1.1 billion in courthouse funding has been spent on other state needs since 2009.


West Virginia government buildings to benefit from energy projects

More than $40 million in federal stimulus funds will be invested in projects to improve energy efficiency in West Virginia state and local government buildings. Among the projects will be replacing heating and cooling systems in two state park lodges and installing a solar power system at the Department of Environmental Protection's headquarters. State agencies will see an investment of $32.7 million in energy efficiency projects. Another $9 million is headed to similar projects at the county and city government levels.


Variety of contracting opportunities available in El Paso area

A number of contracting opportunities are available in various categories near El Paso. They include:

  • El Paso Community College is requesting bids for promotional school items, apparel, recognition awards and trophies.
  • The Teachers Retirement System is requesting bids for TRS Benefits Handbook. The University Medical Center is requesting bids for surgical microscopes.
  • The Comptroller of Public Accounts is requesting bids for plumbing equipment, fixtures and supplies.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for the Hoover House installation of owner-furnished windows and doors.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for development of a marketing plan for a smoke-free Paso Del Norte.

Sacramento airport officials renew efforts to get new hotel built

Still glowing after the recent opening of a new $1 billion terminal, Sacramento airport officials are renewing their efforts to get a new hotel built as well. The county recently released an RFP seeking developers to bid on a three and one-half star airport hotel with at least 200 rooms. Or, an alternative bid would be for two hotels of at least 130 rooms each. Airport officials report there is developer interest in a hotel and this size project seems doable. The county is hopeful to get a developer on board by next spring and build the hotel within 18 months of signing an agreement. The county is hoping to get the private sector to finance the project and does not expect to provide any public subsidies. In fact, the bid documents note that any bid that includes subsidies will be weighted less favorably. 


Renovation project at airport to top $100 million over two year period

The Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is in line for extensive renovations. The $100 million in projects will be completed over a two-year period and will mostly deal with the central section of the airport. The project is slated to kick off in 2012, with a summer 2013 completion date. It will allow passengers to move along concourses A, B and C without having to pass through security twice. Narrow checkpoints will also be replaced with a larger one to help relieve congestion. According to BWI Executive Director Paul J. Wiedefeld, the Maryland Aviation Administration is expected to take the plan to the state Board of Public Works for approval soon. Wiedefeld said the improvements will continue to make the airport known as the "easy-come, easy-go airport." These upgrades will be the first of significance since the opening of a $288 million Southwest terminal in 2005.


Houston Metro to use $900 million in grants for two light rail lines

Officials in Houston are gearing up for the Nov. 28 signing of grants that total $900 million. The funds will be used to assist the Metropolitan Transit Authority as it builds two light rail lines. The announcement came from Metro President and CEO George Greanias. Metro officials have been waiting on the grant funds to come down from the feds for three years. Each grant is for $450 million and will help defray the costs of the North and Southeast light rail lines currently being built. Of the $900 million, Congress has already set aside more than one-third - $334.5 million - and Metro has received checks for about $84.5 million, Greanias said earlier this year.


New Mexico has numerous opportunities for contracts available

The State of New Mexico has a number of entities that have a variety of contracting opportunities available in an array of industries. They include:

  • The Las Cruces Public School District is requesting bids for Fairacres Elementary Lift Station and Force Main.
  • The city of Alamogordo is requesting bids for a dozer crawler loader for city's landfill.
  • New Mexico Tech is requesting bids for bus transportation services and New Mexico Tech is requesting bids for restaurant equipment. 

Funding approved for Calaveras Superior Court facility

Bonds have been sold that will be used to finance construction of the new Calaveras Superior Court facility in San Andreas. The new courthouse will be near the county jail, which is under construction. The court facility will be owned by the State of California and managed by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The county will be reimbursed through proceeds from the bond sale and the bonds will be repaid from fines and assessments in criminal and traffic court cases. It will be approximately 44,600 square feet with four courtrooms, an enhanced security system and a jury assembly room. The contract for construction is expected to be awarded by February of next year with groundbreaking soon after. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2013.


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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: 

  • Gaver Technologies won a $5.6 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for education and training services.
  • Harris Corp. will provide military communications and field assistance to U.S. Southern Command partner nations under a four-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a potential total value of $38 million for radios, accessories, communication systems and services to the unnamed SOUTHCOM partner.
  • National Place Lease Co. won a $57 million contract from the General Services Administration for lease or rental of facilities. 
  • Sterling Structures, Inc. was awarded a $6.43 million contract by the Aransas County Independent School District for revisions to the Fulton Learning Center and $15.9 million for the new Live Oak Learning Center.
  • Segovia won a $742.7 million contract from the Army for information technology services, including telecommunications services.
  • Kaplan-Schmidt Electric Inc. of Rochester was awarded a contract for $61,000 by New York State to provide a fuel dispensing system for the Rochester Army Aviation Support Facility.
  • Mimar Architects, Inc. was awarded a maximum $10 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineering contract for civil/structural/ architectural/ mechanical/ electrical/fire protection services in support of projects at military installations throughout the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility.
  • Apollo Video Technology was awarded a purchasing contract by the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Transportation for an onboard video surveillance system for its buses.
  • Shelly and Loy has been awarded a contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to provide remediation services throughout the state.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff has been hired by Portland, Oregon's, Trimet public transportation system to expand its light rail operations and maintenance facility in Gresham, Oregon.
  • Intrado has contracted with the city of Durham, North Carolina, to launch a Next Generation 911 system.
  • ACS, a Xerox Company, has had its contract renewed with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to manage and operate a call center for the state's Long Term Care Access Service.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3s)


Finley to head Jacksonville's new Office of Public-Private Partnerships

Renee Finley

Renee Finley, vice president for corporate and market strategy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, has been tapped by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to serve as head of the newly created Office of Public-Private Partnerships. Finley serves Blue Cross Blue Shield as vice president for corporate and market strategy. As an executive-on-loan, she will be paid $1 annually.


Finley will be directly responsible to the commissioner of the Economic Development Commission, who has not yet been named. Brown said Finley's success as United Way campaign chair of the year showed the type of community involvement and fundraising success necessary for the position with the city relating to P3s.


She will report to a yet-to-be-named commissioner of the Economic Development Commission, another newly proposed office.


New Jersey puts four state responsibilities in hands of private sector

Privatization is making its mark in New Jersey and the Chris Christie administration is putting more state responsibilities in the hands of the private sector as the state seeks more efficiencies and cost savings. One of the privatizations is in the state's New Jersey After 3, a nonprofit after-school support system in the public schools. Private donors to the program remain anonymous, and Christie is hoping for federal funding as well. That program was on its last leg when Christie stepped in and secured private partners to fund the program whose goals are to keep children safe, improve student achievement and provide support for working parents.


Other P3s in the state include a nonprofit in Atlantic City that is taking over responsibility to market Atlantic City and increase its tourist draw. Additionally, Montclair State University has entered into an agreement that allows a private operator to build and then manage operations of a residence hall of the university campus.


Finally, the state is expected to see RFPs and then select private operators at several state parks in a pilot program to provide food concessions, kayak rental and lifeguard staff. At the same time, the state expects to increase park revenue by increasing amenities other than just park admission and parking, such as cabin rentals.


P3 means Jacksonville Light Parade to be around another year

Alvin Brown

A longstanding holiday event in Jacksonville, Florida, will continue in spite of city budget cuts for the event. Most of the necessary funds for the event have been raised through a public-private partnership. "This public-private partnership effectively takes the financial pressure off City Hall to put on this event," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "This is the work of people who understand the financial bind that hurts our city budget." When the event, which drew 85 decorated boats and a crowd of 200,000 last year, was canceled because the city could not afford the $125,000 cost, the city agreed to provide logistical and special events support, marketing, police and fire staff if funds for the rest, including $30,000 to $40,000 for fireworks, could be found.


Las Cruces seeking master developer for public-private partnerships

Officials in Las Cruces are looking for master developers who will work with them on public-private partnerships, particularly relating to downtown revitalization. City Manager Robert Garza said he is looking for one or more partners for P3 opportunities, which he says are plentiful. He has a goal of seeing the downtown area updated and revitalized in five years. City officials have submitted an application to the New Mexico Finance Authority for a planning grant that would allow the city to begin actively seeking a master developer. Garza said he hopes to hear back regarding the grant by the end of the year. Officials also indicated they are open to considering incentives that would promote partnerships.


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Odds & Ends


Some contracting opportunities from across the country:


  • The City of Richmond is seeking a construction manager-at-risk for the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued a request for proposals for professional engineering services for two bridge replacements in the Salem District on I-81 over Route 8 and associated roadway modifications in the Town of Christiansburg and Montgomery County.
  • Henrico County is seeking bids on an annual contract to furnish all materials, labor, supervision and supplies necessary to provide elevator maintenance and repairs for the county and the Henrico County Public Schools.
  • The City of Richmond is seeking requests for proposals for custodial services for public works facilities.
  • The Tidwater Community College is seeking bids to provide and install a 50KW Photovoltaic System that will be interconnected to the local utility grid that the students and the public can view the energy performance statistics of the Photovoltaic System.
  • Northern Virginia Community College is seeking bids for the renovation of existing student lounge and game room (approximately 800 SF). Work consists of new ceiling, lighting, flooring, storefront, built in furniture, mechanical and electrical.
  • The Virginia Information Technology Agency is seeking RFPs for development and maintenance of the state's Web site portal.

New York:

  • Oneida County has a construction opportunity upcoming that will be bid in December. The $2 million to $3 million project includes providing Field Operations Buildings for the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, New York.
  • Orange County has a construction opportunity available that will be bid in December for an estimated $500,000 to $1million to rehabilitate the kitchen and dining areas of the Goshen Residential Center in Goshen, New York.
  • Monroe County will be seeking bids for a project valued at $500,000 to $1 million to replace boilers at Building 29 at the Industry Limited Secure Center in Rush, New York.
  • Richmond County is seeking bids for a $100,000 to $250,000 construction contract to replace gutters and downspouts on two buildings and to provide snow guards on three buildings at the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island, New York.
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 Bharat Shyam.
Bharat Shyam earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1990. He followed with a master's in computer science in 1993 from Stanford University. He then served two years as a software design engineer for Microsoft Corp. The software executive held a variety of other positions with Microsoft, including Group Program Manager from 1999 to 2001, as Product Unit Manager from 2001 to 2004 and as director from 2004 to 2006, where he helped start up Windows Diagnostics. In 2007, Shyam became general manager of Microsoft Corp., Windows, handling a team with a budget of tens of millions of dollars. From 2009 to 2011, Shyam was general manager, Developer Platform and Engineering Planning, Windows, Azure. Then in October of last year, Shyam began serving on the board of directors and became an investor Real, which provides on-the-go mobile learning, reference and test-taking applications on all mobile platforms. Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire recently appointed the former Microsoft executive and software guru as the state's new chief information officer. He will oversee the state's IT policy, planning and oversight in a newly created position within the restructured Office of Financial Management. 
Opportunity of the week...

Bonds have been sold to finance the construction of a new courthouse for a California county. The facility is expected to be 44,600 square feet and will include four courtrooms, enhanced security systems and a jury assembly room. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or





Marie Head (top left), former president of Prudential Huntoon Paige, the FHA lending business of the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, has been tagged by President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD's the office of Multifamily Housing Programs. William "Bill" Mattiace (top center), former mayor of Las Cruces and deputy director of the New Mexico Border Authority since July, has been named executive director of the authority, replacing Jim Creek, who retired earlier this month. Jim Mann (top right), former CIO and CTO at several private sector firms, was recently named by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as the state's new chief IT officer, but one day later Mann resigned after controversy arose over his reported college degree from a university not accredited by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in the United States. Tim Rabon, who with his brothers Randy and Jeff have for the last 20 years been part of the Mesa Verde, Inc. dirt work and paving business, has been appointed to the New Mexico State Workforce Development Board. Hugo (Minnesota) City Administrator Mike Ericson has announced he will be stepping down from his post on Nov. 21 and Community Development Director Bryan Bear will take over while continuing his current duties. The Alamogordo (New Mexico) Public Library is losing Steve Haydu, its computer systems administrator for the last 12 years, who is leaving to become director of the Ahrens Memorial Library at Holloman Air Force Base. Peter Givler (middle right), executive director of the Association of American University Presses and former director of the Ohio State University Press for 10 years, has announced that he plans to retire in June 2013. Longtime Edmond, Oklahoma, City Councilman Charles Lamb (middle center) has been sworn in as interim mayor, finishing the term of former Mayor Patrice Douglas, who resigned in August after being appointed to the state Corporation Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin. Katherine Thomas (middle right), MN, RN, executive director of the Texas Board of Nursing, was recently designated as Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. Socorro (Texas) city commissioners recently appointed Municipal Judge Alex Vidales as interim city manager, replacing Manny Soto, who resigned last month. Jane Howington, city manager for Kalispell, Montana, has announced she will resign in December to take a similar job in Newport, Rhode Island, after serving as city manager since 2009. Bella Wong, superintendent of Wellesley, Massachusetts, has announced she will resign, effective at the end of the current school year. City Manager Tom Wood (bottom left), who has been in the top job in Anaheim, California, for the last two and a half years, has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 8, closing out a 30-year city government career in the city. Kevin West (bottom center), a former teacher and elementary school principal in Irvington, has been named Roselle's (New Jersey) new superintendent of schools, replacing outgoing interim Superintendent Joe Martino, who is retiring. Peoria Deputy Fire Chief Larry Rooney, who has been with the Peoria Fire Department since 1984, is moving to California to become the new fire chief in Lodi, effective in January. Tommy Bice, who has been serving as deputy superintendent of Alabama schools in charge of curriculum and instruction, has been chosen as Alabama's new school superintendent, replacing Joe Morton, who retired in August. In Moline, Illinois, Police Chief Kim Hankins is now the city's Interim Public Safety Director, assuming the administrative duties of fire chief and continuing to serve as police chief. Mike Cochran, assistant chief at the Lauderhill (Florida) Police Department, will return to the city where he started his career more than 20 years ago, to become police chief in Hanahan, replacing Chief Donald Wilcox, who retired last summer.


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School Equipment Show slated in San Antonio beginning Nov. 30

The National School Supply and Equipment Association will host its School Equipment Show Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. There will be three days of exhibits, sales meetings and education sessions. Products exhibited will include bleachers, lockers, scoreboards, athletic fixtures, classroom seating, computer furniture, preschool furniture, flooring, audio-visual equipment, lab equipment, building materials, lighting, plumbing fixtures, security systems, maintenance equipment, construction materials, playground equipment and more. To view the schedule of events, click here. For exhibitor information, click here.


CEIL to host GOVGREEN Conference, Exposition Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in D.C.

The Center for Environmental Research and Leadership (CEIL) will host its GOVGREEN Conference and Exposition Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event features 25 sessions where attendees will learn to turn green policies into actionable plans and identify green solutions for specific programs, 180 vendor exhibits experienced in selling to government and the military and also offers 48 continuing education units (CEUs). All phases of the event are free to federal and military professionals. For more information and to register, click here.


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