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Volume 2, Issue 37
January 19, 2011
Public-private partnerships attractive alternative for government entities
 

Mary Scott Nabers

With burgeoning needs at all levels of government, elected officials throughout the country are seeking ways to fund badly needed projects. According to estimates by the American Society of Civil Engineers, $1.6 trillion is needed to cover costs over and above anticipated funding during the next five years.

 

Public-private partnerships (PPPs or P3s) offer an attractive option.  P3s are joint ventures between public and private entities and the focus is on accomplishing governmental objectives. A P3 scenario might be something like this... A city or county is in dire need of upgrading or building a public facility. Funding, however, is problematic so the public entity reaches out to the private sector. After a selection process, a private partner is selected and a contractual agreement is signed. Both parties share in the risks as well as the reward. The private sector partner builds the facility and then leases it back to the public entity over 20-30 years.  At the end of the lease, the facility is owned by the public entity.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Pennsylvania studies contracting processes
Virginia closes rest areas
Georgia city wants to improve contracting
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
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Pennsylvania looks to tighten contracting processes

 

Auditor general says process flawed; reform could save hundreds of millions

Jack WagnerThe state contracting process is under scrutiny in Pennsylvania, and a review has resulted in recommendations that state officials say will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Auditor General Jack Wagner (pictured) said there are problems throughout the state's $4 billion per year procurement process and that the system "urgently needs structural reform." 

 

Wagner took the commonwealth's Department of General Services (DGS) to task over many of the findings. DGS is responsible for procurement of all supplies, services and construction needs of state agencies. The state's Procurement Code specifies that contracts be competitively bid, with exceptions for some sole-source contracts and under exceptional circumstances. 

 

In reviewing current processes, Wagner cited examples of how flawed procurement processes cost Pennsylvania. He noted that a special investigation regarding the sale of the Pittsburgh State Office Building revealed that only one bid was received, which Wagner says cost the state almost $55 million, rather than saving money. Review of IT contracts showed the state contracted for nearly 60 contracts over four years that had a combined total payout of $592 million. More than 30 of those contracts were not competitively bid. Although the original value of the contracts was $382 million, change orders, sole source contracts and emergency contracts kicked the cost up 55 percent. The review also uncovered numerous legal contracts that were awarded throughout state government that were not competitively bid. In another instance, it was noted that $7 million in contracts for legal and other professional services were awarded through competitive, sealed bid, emergency and sole-source contracts, outside the realm of state procurement procedures and out of compliance with the Sunshine Act. 

 

Wagner contends that tightening the contracting process could save taxpayers at least $200 million per year. He said the state's current processes discourage competition, which means the state often pays more than it should for goods and services. "Competition is the key to American enterprise," Wagner said. "It generates new ideas and it's the best way to assure taxpayers that they are getting the best price available on goods and services." 

 

Wagner said from June 2008 to December 2010, the commonwealth awarded 511 sole-source contracts and 272 emergency contracts worth more than $250 million. He urged reform in the procurement process as a means of helping bridge the state's $5 billion budget deficit for next year.

 

Virginia closes rest areas to help bridge budget gap

 

Some argue for privatization as means of sidestepping closure

Facing a $2.6 billion budget deficit over the next six years, officials of the State of Virginia are exploring every way possible to save money. One recent casualty was nearly 20 of the state's rest areas along interstate highways. Officials report that closing these rest areas will save the state $8.6 million this year alone.


Although the state appropriated $20 million for repairs of existing rest areas in 2006 and for the rebuilding of several welcome centers and rest areas, only welcome centers were exempt from consideration for closure. Although legislation was introduced to privatize the rest stops, it did not pass. The state looked at the possibility of privatization in the early 1990s, but no action was taken. As the state's transportation budget dwindles, some are seeking to bring the privatization issue back up.

 

Georgia city looking to improve outsourcing contracts

 

Seeking new ways to improve transparency as well as save money

ContractA city in Georgia is looking at more ways to reduce costs and sees increased competition as an easy way to achieve that goal. Dunwoody, Georgia, officials are hoping to improve their outsourcing contracts by increasing competition for them. Instead of seeking a lump-sum contract with one private sector firm, Dunwoody officials are seeking to open up the bidding process to as many companies that want to bid for the work.


Dunwoody now is expecting to receive dozens of bids for services that have become popular for municipalities to outsource - everything from trash collection to street repair. When the city's major contracts expire, local officials will put the services up for bid and be able to deal directly with subcontractors, which they feel will increase accountability. Transparency will be improved and by being able to access specific details on the services offered, officials are hopeful that, in turn, they will realize savings.

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Ohio school district to put $9.75 million bond issue before voters

RuthAnn RintoVoters in the United Local school district in Ohio will in May decide the fate of a bond issue intended to raise $9.75 million toward renovations and rebuilding of the K-12 campus. The total project will cost some $37 million, with the Ohio School Facilities Commission providing most of the funding. The campus is dealing with severe maintenance issues due to age, according to Superintendent RuthAnn Rinto (pictured). Rinto pointed to some of the problems as being collapsing roofs, falling walls and boilers that do not work. "When we look at the cost of replacing and repairing things, it's almost a bargain to build a whole new school for $9 million, our local share," she said. Initial plans call for a new building to be built around the newer parts of the current campus.  

 

Data security project at University of Maine tops $2.6 million

The University of Maine will spend approximately $2.6 million in the next three years to address data security. The purchase was stepped up after more than 4,500 students had their personal information compromised when a hacker attacked two servers at the counseling center. After spending $130,000 to fix that breach, officials decided to spend money to improve the university's data security.

 

Youngstown State asbestos remediation first step in building's renovation

Youngstown State University in Ohio will use $200,000 in federal stimulus funds to remediate asbestos issues at its Garfield Building. Once remediation is completed, the building can be used for research labs and possibly classrooms for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) College. Once the asbestos remediation is complete, the university will begin looking for future funding sources to complete the building remodel, which is expected to begin within the next three months. 

 

Montana school needs bond approval or it could be closed

The Libby School district in Montana is hoping for approval from voters during this month's mail-ballot, $12 million bond vote. Officials say if the bond does not pass, an elementary school will have to be closed and the students from that school consolidated into the middle and high schools. And the district would have to use its building fund that is usually reserved for general repairs, maintenance and emergencies to make minimal renovations. The bond would result in two newly renovated buildings. If the issue passes, officials would like to begin construction this summer, working toward a completion date of fall 2012. The district's building fund includes less than $1 million and officials say it would take several hundred thousand dollars just to reconfigure traffic patterns at the schools after consolidation.  

 

New gymnasium, more classrooms will be added by Missouri bond passage

Roy MossA Feb. 8 bond issue of $3 million will be decided by voters in the Grain Valley (Missouri) School District. The bond election would facilitate construction of a gymnasium at the new Grain Valley North Middle School and additional classrooms at Grain Valley High School. Superintendent Roy Moss (pictured) said the project was aimed at keeping this year's seventh graders as eighth graders at the middle school. He added that growth in student numbers also has resulted in the need for additional high school classes. "Our most pressing need right now is science classrooms/labs." Other upcoming bond issues will address the need for a cooking kitchen and additional classrooms. If the bond is approved, construction could begin next month so the gym would be ready for the 2011-12 school year. 
 

Washington school bond seeks $78 million bond for district-wide improvements

Residents of Peninsula, Washington, are rallying behind a $78 million bond proposal that would provide basic improvements at most of its campuses. The schools in the district are decades old and have only received bond money for maintenance projects once in the last 30 years. 
 

Rebuilding, remodeling on tap for Bellingham schools

The Bellingham, Washington, school board has approved funding for construction that will rebuild and remodel the Birchwood Elementary School. The project will be paid for with unused money from a $67 million bond issue that passed in 2006. There is approximately $18 million in unused funding left. The rebuilding project is expected to take two to three years.
 

North Dakota district to seek bids for renovations, construction

Renovation of an athletic field and construction of a new theater at Red River High are two projects on which the Grand Forks (North Dakota) School Board will seek bids. Bid opening will be in early February. Bids for the Cushman Field, the field used by school district football, soccer and track teams, will be sought through Feb. 3. The project includes replacing the track and converting the field from grass to artificial turf. 
 

Louisiana system laying groundwork for building vocational training campus

Ed CancienneA cooperative agreement between the Iberville Parish (Louisiana) School Board and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) is the first step toward building a vocational training campus. The transfer of 10 acres from the school to the LCTCS marks the beginning of the process. "Through your efforts, you have made this possible by purchasing property and making it available to Louisiana Community and Technical College so more money can be spent on the building and more courses can be offered," School Superintendent Ed Cancienne (pictured) told the school board. He said the land transfer will now mean more money can be spent on the building and more courses can be offered. The new campus is likely to offer programs in health care, industrial maintenance, computer technology and business office technology.

 

East Carolina University proposing new student center on campus

The Board of Trustees at East Carolina University has authorized the facilities committee to begin looking for a designer for a new building and possible locations for a new student center. William Bagnell (pictured), associate vice chancellor for campus operations, said the concepts will be brought back to the board when the process is complete. Bagnell said the new building will have better "draw" than the old one. "People come and go for meetings but they don't really stay. We want to bring in those amenities and make this a gathering place for students," he said. The new building is expected to be approximately 230,000 gross square feet with a price of $105 million. The center will be funded by student fees. The plan also includes a student center for the health sciences campus. That building would include approximately 74,000 square feet at an estimated cost of $31 million. 

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Virginia governor wants part of sales tax revenue for transportation

Bob McDonnellVirginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (pictured) is hopeful to have some of the state's sales tax revenue diverted to transportation needs of the commonwealth. One of his proposals to the General Assembly is to keep a small amount of the existing discretionary sales tax in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia for transportation projects. McDonnell has visions of putting $4 billion into transportation projects throughout the state, with nearly three-fourths of that amount from issuance of debt. He has also studied instituting a transportation investment bank, which he would set up with $150 million of surplus funds and $250 million found in an audit of the state highway department. The "bank" would provide loan funds to help local entities pay for road projects. 

 

El Paso area has variety of contracting opportunities currently available

A number of contracting opportunities are now available in the El Paso area. They include:

  • El Paso Water Utilities is seeking bids for sodium chlorite - 25 percent;
  • CK Construction Inc., construction manager-at-risk for Project Vida Health Center is seeking rebid proposals for roofing, plumbing and mechanical;
  • El Paso County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 is seeking proposals for construction of a 12-inch sewer line replacement;
  • El Paso County is seeking bids to replace floor drains (second floor) for the El Paso County Detention Facility;
  • The Ysleta Independent School District is seeking proposals for reroofing at six campuses; and
  • The Ysleta Independent School District is seeking proposals for instructional materials: multi-sensory structured language curricula.

Iowa city looking forward to new city operations complex

Paul EckertAn $18 million city operations complex is on the drawing board in Sioux City, Iowa, and plans for the facility were recently laid out at a capital improvements hearing. City Manager Paul Eckert (pictured) said the proposal would consolidate all field services departments on 18th Street, the sign and signals shop on Omaha Street and Sioux City Transit System operations on a 40-acre campus. To help get the proposal under way, the city has received $3 million in I-Jobs funding and has requested $4.7 million in next year's capital improvement plan budget and $4 million the following year. Officials are also hopeful to capture $5.5 million in federal transit funding to help defray costs. 

 

Bids released for entities in New Mexico

The City of Alamogordo, New Mexico, is seeking bids for a canopy enclosure at La Luz Filter Plan and Community Action of Southern New Mexico is seeking bids for vehicles, laptop computers, blower door systems, combustion analysis devices and infrared cameras. 

 

Des Moines planning $8.6 million fire department training, logistics facility

Only a public hearing stands between the Des Moines Fire Department and its new east-side training and logistics facility. The facility was recently approved by city council members, but a public hearing must first be held on Feb. 28. The proposed 54,000-square-foot facility would include training areas that can also be used as an Emergency Operations Center for the city. It would include maintenance and shop areas, parts storage, quartermaster spaces and fire department administration offices. The facility carries a price tag of approximately $8.6 million. It would replace the nearly 80-year-old maintenance shop at Fire Station No. 1. 

 

Woody BoyntonFla. city approves $2.1M in improvements to wastewater treatment plant

Some $2.1 million in improvements to the Palatka City, Florida, wastewater treatment plant were approved recently by city commissioners. City Manager Woody Boynton (pictured) said the St. Johns River Water Management District would pay for the entire one-year project. The upgrades should allow the plant to serve the city until 2030. Boynton said the upgrades will allow the city to "treat every bit of its wastewater and allow it to be spent for reuse.

 

Port of Portland lists $4.4 billion in transportation projects on wish list

Nearly 100 projects with a combined price tag of $4.4 billion are on the priority transportation wish list for the Port of Portland, Oregon. Among the projects are the $3 billion Columbia River Crossing project and 98 more highway, terminal, airport, waterway, transit and pedestrian projects for possible development over the next 20 years. The list includes projects Port officials feel are most critical to their marine, aviation and development operations, and most relate to facilities of other entities. Among the priorities:

  • I-205 improvements northbound on-ramp;
  • Construction of an additional through lane and left-turn lane at Northeast 82nd and Columbia Boulevards; and
  • Improvements to the Troutdale interchange on I-84. 

Fort Wayne receives more than $2 million grant for dam repairs, maintenance

The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a more than $2 million state grant that will pay for most of the costs of repairs and preventative maintenance for the dam on the St. Joseph River at the city's water filtration plant. Although the dam is in good shape structurally right now, officials say work needs to be done that will keep it from deteriorating further. Some of the repairs will include sealing cracks, patching some areas on the dam, replacing rebar and patching concrete over the rebar. The walkway will get an entire new deck. The estimated cost is $2.5 million for design, construction, inspection and administration. The city will be responsible for the remaining $500,000. Although design has begun, no timetable for construction has been set yet.

 

Pennsylvania local 'smart transportation' projects awarded $24M in funding

Allen BiehlerForty-one communities throughout Pennsylvania will share $24.7 million in funding from the state's Community Transportation Initiative grants. 'Smart Transportation' projects mean "partnering to build great communities for future generations of Pennsylvanians by linking transportation investments and land-use planning and decision-making," said Allen Biehler (pictured), the state's Transportation Secretary. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation received more than 230 applications for funding, requesting a total of $175 million. The projects funded include those that support local economic development, encourage walkable, multimodal, mixed-use development, improve regional connectivity or enhance the existing transportation network. During the first round of funding, 50 projects shared $59.2 million. This round of allocations includes $74,500 to the Borough of New Oxford in Adams County to develop a plan to calm traffic and improve pedestrian access in the center square area; $1.5 million to the Borough of Lemoyne to implement the second phase of an enhancement project derived from a community-based visioning approach; $617,000 to Somerset County to construct a 20-car park and ride lot adjacent to the Route 30 and Route 219 interchange in Jenner Township; and $300,000 to Luzerne County to complete a two-mile multi-use trail between the Borough of Luzerne and the village of Trucksville.  

 

Adding to previous bond will upgrade reservoir filtration system

The Meriden, Connecticut, Finance Committee and Public Works, Parks and Recreation Committee have voted to provide additional funding for construction at the Broad Brook Reservoir water treatment plant and pumping station. The upgrades will be paid for by increasing a bond issued in 2006 from $1.26 million to $2.19 million. That additional money will allow engineers to design a new filtration system that will incorporate dissolved air flotation techniques that will allow for removal of 60-90 percent of the algae that is affecting the taste and odor of the city's tap water. The design phase is expected to commence within two to three months and the project is expected to be bid out early next year. Completion is expected in 2013. 

 

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Bill RichardsonBill Richardson earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a master's degree from Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After graduation, he worked for a Congressman from Massachusetts and was later a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His first time to seek public office was in 1980, when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico. In 1982, Richardson was elected to Congress and spent 14 years as a member of the House. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1997 and 1998. The former governor served as Secretary of Energy under then-President Bill Clinton from 1998-2001. Richardson was elected governor of New Mexico in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. He entered the 2008 presidential race, but eventually withdrew. President-elect Barack Obama designated Richardson for appointment to Commerce Secretary, but Richardson withdrew his name from nomination. Richardson was recently named special envoy for the Organization of American States. He will focus on immigration and economic development.
 
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Melinda MiguelGeorge GasconRobert CaretMelinda Miguel (top left), former chief inspector general to the Florida Attorney General's Office, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, has been named by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as his chief inspector general. Outgoing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has chosen Police Chief George Gascon (top middle) to replace outgoing District Attorney Kamala Harris. Towson University President Robert Caret (top right), who has led colleges in Maryland and California, has been selected to be the next president of the University of Massachusetts, succeeding Jack M. Wilson as head of the five-campus university. The death of former City Manager Robert Watts has led to the appointment of Police Chief James Fullingim as the interim city manager for the city of Madill, Oklahoma, serving in both capacities until a new city manager is hired. Doug Darling, former inspector general and chief of staff in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and who has held a variety of positions under the chief financial officer and the office of insurance commissioner, has been named by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as deputy chief of Steve RuckerBeth NoveckGary Forseestaff/director of cabinet affairs. University of Missouri System President Gary D. Forsee (upper middle left) has resigned, citing his wife's battle with cancer as his reason for leaving, with his position to be filled in the interim by Stephen J. Owens, the university's general counsel. Beth Noveck (upper middle center), federal deputy chief technology officer for open government in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., will leave the White House for New York Law School, where she will be a professor, director of the Institute of Information Law and Policy and director of the Democracy Design Workshop. Steve Rucker (upper middle right), who most recently served as executive director of Kentucky's Commonwealth Office of Technology's Office of Infrastructure Services and a 25-year veteran of the agency, has been named commissioner of the Office of Technology, with Lori Flanerly to continue service as interim state CIO. Angela Throneberry, associate vice president for administration and finance at New Mexico State University, will continue to serve as interim senior vice president as the current search to fill that position has concluded without a candidate being selected. Steve Dow, chief of the Durant, Oklahoma, Fire Department Philip Conroy Jr.Ben HancockPhil Gunterfor the last 15 years and a veteran of the department since 1986, has announced he will retire, effecting Jan. 31. Dr. Phil Gunter (lower middle right), who came to Valdosta State University in 1993 as an associate professor and head of the Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders and who has been interim provost for the last year, has been appointed provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ben E. Hancock, Jr. (lower middle center), vice president for university advancement at Ball State University since July 2006, was recently named the fourth president of Methodist University in North Carolina, succeeding Dr. M. Elton Hendricks, who is retiring. Dr. Philip Conroy, Jr., (lower middle left) former vice president of enrollment management and marketing for Mount Ida College in Massachusetts, was recently appointed president of Vermont Technical College. Spencer Geissinger has been named director of external affairs for Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Carrie O'Rourke is the new deputy chief of staff, while Diane Moulton will remain director of executive staff while Jerry McDaniel will stay on as budget director and Erik Figlio will remain as general counsel. Glen Carbon, Illinois, Police Chief David Bradford has announced that he will Glen MooreRon BatesScott Silveriiretire after 33 years in law enforcement, the last 13 as police chief. Capt. Scott Silverii (bottom left), Uniform Division Commander in the Lafourche Sheriff's Office, has been nominated by Mayor Tommy Eschete to be police chief in Thibodaux, Louisiana. South Gate, California, City Manager Ron Bates (bottom middle) and former city manager of La Habra Heights and Buena Park, has been chosen as the new city manager of Pico Rivera, filling the post vacated last February by Chuck Fuentes. Glen Moore (bottom right), the St. Augustine provost for St. Johns River State College in Florida, will end a 34-year career when he retires in February from the school he joined in 1996 as the School to Work director. Paul Kozlowski, a member of the Delafield, Wisconsin, Fire Department for 18 years, has been named fire chief and has named Mark Hoppe as deputy chief. After nearly a dozen years as Fort Smith, Arkansas' deputy city administrator, Ray Gosack was recently named city administrator to replace Dennis Kelly, who was fired last November. John J. "Ski" Sygielski, president of Mount Hood Community College in the Portland area, has been named Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Area Community College president, effective July 5, when he will replace Edna V. Baehre, who took a similar job in Napa, California.

 

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NASEO to host energy policy, technology outlook conference

The National Association of State Energy Officials will host its Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference Monday through Thursday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference provides State Energy Office directors, staff and interested stakeholders the opportunity to hear the latest on economic development, technology transfer, innovative financing and clean energy technologies. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will be one of the keynote speakers, addressing "The Changing Landscape of State Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Policy." To view the preliminary agenda, click here. For more information and to register, click here.

 

NASPE plans mid-year meeting in D.C for late January
The National Association of State Personnel Executives will host its 2011 Mid-Year Meeting Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30. The meeting for state human resources officers will be at the Dupont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Those attending will take advantage of networking, learning and leadership development activities. They will discuss cost-effective solutions and latest trends. To view the agenda for the meeting, click here. To register, click here.

Association of American Colleges, Universities planning annual meeting

The Association of American Colleges and Universities will host its annual meeting Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 26-29, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. The meeting will focus on "Global Positioning - Essential Learning, Student Success and the Currency of U.S. Degrees" as colleges strive to become more global. Among the speakers are Kavita Ramdas, former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women; Leo Chavez, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine; Mark Schapiro, senior correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting; Catharine Stimpson, university professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University; and Heather Knight, president of Pacific Union College. Registration is now open. For more information, contact meetings@aacu.org or call AAC&U at (202) 387-3760.

  

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.

 

TxDOT plans final LINC session for Jan. 27 in Austin

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold its fourth and final LINC (Learning, Information, Networking and Collaboration) session on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Holiday Hotel from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to provide small businesses with information on how to do business with TxDOT and other resource organizations.  The Small Business Networking event will provide information on how these resource agencies procure services and purchase products.  TxDOT offers a wide array of contracting opportunities for which small businesses are needed. TxDOT is looking for businesses to contract in its four-core areas:  construction and maintenance, goods and services, IT and professional services (engineering and architecture). TxDOT spends upwards of $6 billion annually.  The agency consists of 25 districts, 20 divisions and 15,000 employees that are supported by small business to help sustain operations in fulfilling contract needs.  TxDOT is holding this small business networking event to introduce business owners to its purchasing department, construction/maintenance areas for business opportunities.  By personally introducing small businesses to these personnel, TxDOT is hopeful they will understand the area in which the agency contracts (construction/maintenance, goods and services, IT, engineering and professional services) and the processes by which TxDOT contracts them.

 

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.
 
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