Volume 2, Issue 41
February 16, 2011
Workforce development initiatives lead to public/private collaborations

Mary Scott NabersWorkforce development has become a hot topic with mayors and council members throughout the country. Many public/private partnerships are resulting because the need to put people back to work has become so critical. Not only do unemployed workers need jobs that provide living wages, communities want to have a local workforce that is skilled and trained in new-age jobs.


Cities and public officials know all too well that that new industry can only be attracted to an area if a trained and skilled workforce is available. While there are other considerations - tax incentives, infrastructure, utilities, etc. - the need for highly trained workers is paramount.





San Francisco passes 'green' ordinance
University plans new budget strategy
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San Francisco passes 'green building' ordinance


Non-residential building owners must report energy consumption

Edwin LeeOwners of non-residential buildings in San Francisco will soon be required to report the annual energy consumption of their buildings, thanks to a newly adopted ordinance. City officials say they expect the new ordinance will not only improve energy efficiency in current buildings, but also reduce greenhouse emissions, lower energy costs and create more jobs in the renewable energy industry. In addition to reporting energy usage, owners of commercial buildings larger than 10,000 square feet must conduct energy-efficiency audits every five years.


San Francisco has an aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goal and Mayor Edwin Lee (pictured) said the new ordinance will help the city reach that goal. Lee said the ordinance will both educate building owners to the advantages of energy efficiency and how to use energy efficiency to save energy and money, but will also help "boost our local green jobs economy." 


Building owners will use an online tool provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to record their energy use and then file those results with the city every year. Seventy percent of the energy audits offered through the city have resulted in building owners doing retrofits. City officials are hoping the new ordinance will lead to as much as a 50 percent reduction in commercial building energy use within the next two decades. 


University plans new budget strategy to address budget cuts


Individual college deans will be given more responsibility in decision-making

John DayA new budget planning strategy will be used in 2012 at Ohio University. State budget cuts for higher education have led the university to proposed Responsibility Centered Management (RCM), a more flexible plan that puts more responsibility on budgeting in the hands of individual college deans.

John Day (pictured), associate provost for academic budget and planning, said incremental budgeting - based on the use of historical budget information for making future budget determinations - is at best inadequate for universities. He said that method reflects "past assumptions and priorities, and often do not reflect current needs." Financial officials at the university say allowing the individuals who understand the needs of each department should be more involved in the decision-making process. They predict that involving those people will increase communication between faculty and deans.

Several schools throughout the country have moved to RCM and many say it gives individual colleges in universities more control over revenues. Ohio University studied the possibility of switching to RCM several years ago and now that the decision has been made, it will take three to five years for it to be implemented, with the end result expected to be saving money. Officials believe that the stronger each college within the university is made, the stronger the university will be.


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University of Tennessee planning largest construction project in its history

University Center

A $130 million new University Center (pictured in accompanying architect's rendering) on the campus of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, promises to be the largest and most extensive construction project in the history of the school. The new center will be at the same site as the old center, which is more than 50 years old. The architecture is designed to mirror the façade and arches of the recently renovated football stadium and another new campus building. The State Building Commission will have to approve the plans and costs before the project, which is hoped to be completed in 2016, can begin. The building will be funded by student fees, sales at the bookstore and dining revenue. It will feature a dining area with 10 restaurants, a new auditorium and a new bookstore. It will also include lounges, conference rooms, recreational areas and a 12,000-square-foot ballroom with capacity for 800. Officials also are hopeful to add a new parking garage across the street from the facility.


Projects planned at Illinois School for the Deaf

Two projects are on tap for the Illinois School for the Deaf. An estimated May bid date is scheduled for a more than $3.1 million project to replace the roof and paint the exterior of the Administration Building and renovate dorm restrooms. Another May bid date is anticipated for a more than $2.6 million project to install a sprinkler system at the school. 


Construction of new high school in California district being planned

Ralf Swenson

Officials with the Grossmont Union High School District in California recently voted to continue planning the construction of a new high school in Alpine. High school-age students in Alpine currently attend classes in El Cajon, Lakeside and Rancho San Diego. Superintendent Ralf Swenson (pictured) also made proposals to the board regarding a new high school, including continuing property purchases, conducting an attendance boundary summary and submitting design plans for review to the state. Swenson has said that the district has funding for the new school from a bond program to build an 800-student school, but said it would take up to 16 months before the design process and state approval are completed.


City Colleges of Chicago has bids for audits, communication projects

Two contracting opportunities are available through City Colleges of Chicago. Deadline is set for early March for proposals for long distance telephone services for in-house phones and audio conferencing services. Another bid is for proposals for internal audit services.


North Dakota school district planning April $14.5 million bond election 

Doug JacobsonBarnes County (North Dakota) voters are going back to the polls in April to decide the fate of a $14.5 million bond issue for the Barnes County North Public School District. The same issue, which would build a new centralized school, failed just seven months ago. If the bond passes, a single school building campus would be built near the center of the district and combine operations of Wimbledon-Courtenay, Rogers and Spiritwood. School officials say roughly 80 percent of the staff is behind the proposal. "We'll be relying on them to inform the people how it can be a great benefit in efficiencies and the potential for growth," said Superintendent Doug Jacobson (pictured). Although bond costs are a little higher now, Jacobson said the cost of running one school program as opposed to three should make up the difference.


Three major projects on drawing board for Kansas State University

Three major projects totaling more than $19 million are on the drawing board for Kansas State University. All are expected to go out for bids within the next month. A $14.75 million indoor basketball training facility is planned at the university, along with a Sheep and Meat Goat Center with a price tag of $1.6 million. Another $1.5 million is expected to be spent on restroom additions to the Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  


Several bond proposals passed in Oklahoma school districts

A $21.6 million bond issue in the Union school district in Oklahoma was one of several passed recently in the state. The Union bond vote will allow for completion of a $16.3 million Union Collegiate Academy by the fall of 2012. The new wing will allow some 10th graders to enroll in high school and Tulsa Community College or Tulsa Technology Center at the same time. The rest of the bonds will be for a Ninth Grade Center, purchase of textbooks and other improvement projects throughout the district. Three school bonds were approved in the Chelsea district in Rogers County. The successful bond issues included $3.29 million for upgrades at the middle and junior high schools, $325,000 for new athletic facilities and $185,000 for new buses. Voters in the Stillwater district in Payne County approved a $59 million bond issue that will allow for construction of two new elementary schools and $2.5 million for school transportation needs.


Massachusetts schools to get emergency funds for weather repairs

Katherine CravenA number of schools in Massachusetts suffered damages from severe weather in recent weeks and state officials have announced that they are eligible to apply for emergency assistance. Katherine Craven (pictured), director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, said only buildings that are declared unsafe will be eligible and that other sources, including insurance, must be used first. Some roofs collapsed and others were in danger of collapse when classes were canceled to remove huge piles of snow and ice from the rooftops. The state is the last resort for funding. Craven noted that these problems will not arise in newer schools, which are built to different codes. 


Missouri voters approve $3 million bond issue for new gym at middle school

A $3 million bond election was recently approved by voters in the Grain Valley (Missouri) school district. The bonds will be used to finance a gym at the new Grain Valley North Middle School. It will also allow for new science classrooms at the high school.


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Simpsonville planning new $9 million city headquarters

Russell HawesThe police and fire department headquarters and a new city court are about to get a new $9 million home in Simpsonville, South Carolina. City officials recently decided to build a new headquarters, with architectural design to start either in the upcoming spring or summer and construction sometime next year, according to City Administrator Russell Hawes (pictured). The city council approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide the city $710,000 in a bond anticipation note for building design. This will be the first major capital purchase since the recession started. The city has requested the county to provide $2 million to fund the fire headquarters part of the projects. The city could match those funds but not until the design phase is completed. Hawes described the facility as a "50-year plus building" that would serve the city for many years.


San Francisco PUC seeking contractor for Calaveras Dam replacement

The 85-year-old Calaveras Dam in California's East Bay will soon be replaced at a cost of $434 million. A bid notice was recently released and a contract is expected to be awarded at the end of March. Construction is expected to begin next summer. Construction costs alone are anticipated to be between $250 million and $300 million. The project is part of a water system improvement program aimed at upgrading pipelines, tunnels and reservoirs for 2.5 million customers in the San Francisco area. The new 201-foot-high earth and rock-fill dam will be built adjacent to the old facility and will have a new concrete spillway and intake tower. The crest length will be 1,210 feet, the crest thickness will be 80 feet and the base thickness 1,180 feet.


Denver International Airport scales back costs on S. Terminal redevelopment

Denver AirportAn original estimate of costs of $650 for a redevelopment project (pictured in accompanying artist's rendering) on the South Terminal of the Denver International Airport has been scaled back to $500 million. The project will include a 500-room hotel, a train station and a public plaza in one structure. It is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion capital funding plan for the airport. Another airport project includes a price tag of $8.5 million for design, environmental work and cost-benefit analyses for a seventh runway at the airport. Even cut by $150 million, the South Terminal project remains the largest part of the capital spending program that will be spread over the next six years. The savings off the original estimate is the result of elimination of one story of the proposed hotel and office space in the facility. The Denver mayor and CFO have both blessed the project. The airport is likely to sell bonds this fall to raise the initial funding for the South Terminal construction.  


Albuquerque voters could soon decide fate of $150 million bond package

In New Mexico, Albuquerque voters could as early as October face a $150 million bond election that would result in renovation and rehabilitation projects.  Mayor Richard Berry has asked city councilors to support the proposal. If they do, the proposal would go before voters to decide its fate. The funding, if approved, would mostly provide for renovation and rehabilitation of city streets, parks and other amenities. Another major portion of the bonds - $10 million - would be used to expand and improve the software system at City Hall. Those improvements are aimed at reducing paper costs and possibly freeing up as many as 50 clerks from doing paperwork. 


Florida governor pushing for privatization of state prisons

Rick ScottFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (pictured) is pushing his effort to reduce the number of state-run facilities for inmates in state prison facilities. Saying his proposal would save the state $82.4 million, Scott would eliminate more than 1,600 state jobs in corrections. It would also put close to 1,500 inmates into privately run prisons and close two state correctional facilities. In addition to saving the state millions, Scott says he would use some of that savings - $10 million in fact - to create substance abuse and education programs aimed at reducing recidivism in the prisons. He also would like to see the state's three public mental hospitals, three centers for persons with developmental disabilities and six homes for veterans privatized. That alone would save the state $103.9 million, said Scott. The state already has privatized seven of its prisons and seven of its mental health facilities. Private prisons are required to operate at a minimum of 7 percent less that state-run facilities.


Illinois correctional centers planning upcoming projects

Two projects are being planned for a pair of correctional facilities in Illinois and bid invitations are expected to be released soon. A May bid date is expected for a $775,000 project at the Vienna Correctional Center in Johnson County. The project includes replacing roofing systems. In Morgan County, the Jacksonville Correctional Center is planning a $1.2 million upgrade of its fire alarm system. The estimated bid date for the project is in May.  


After five decades, BART to get funding for extension to San Jose

Chuck ReedThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has recommended an award of $130 million in federal funds to California's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to extend service to San Jose. The full-funding grant recommended would provide for a 10-mile, $2.3 billion extension from Fremont to Berryessa and could eventually reap up to $900 million in federal funds needed for he project. Construction could begin in 2012, with a completion date of 2018. However, the proposal must now go to Congress for approval as part of the transportation budget presented by the President. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (pictured) called the announcement "terrific news for San Jose and the entire Bay Area." Relocation of utilities and moving tracks for BART has been an ongoing project. Work can now begin on laying BART tracks and building stations. 


New York county takes steps toward building new county jail

The County Legislature in Herkimer County, New York, recently gave its approval for a bond plan that would provide $19.7 million toward building a new county jail. The project's total costs would be approximately $34.5 million, with the remaining funds to be made up from other county funds. The county must next purchase the property where the new facility will be built.


Lawrence Public Library expansion to begin within year

Library RenovationConstruction on an $18 million expansion (as depicted in the accompanying artist's rendering) of the Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library should get under way within a year. The project will include construction of a new parking garage, expanding the library by 20,000 square feet and adding 100 public access computers. An additional parking ramp and bus stop facilities will be added in the garage. The project will be completed in phases so that the library can remain open during the nearly two years set aside for construction. The new parking area will be constructed on to of the current lot. Once construction starts, expansion projects and renovation of current facilities will begin, including the computer upgrades. All phases of the project are expected to be completed by late 2013.  


Nebraska City getting ready to expand its waste water treatment plant

Residents of Nebraska City, Nebraska, will benefit from the upcoming expansion of the city's waste water treatment plant. The improvements are expected to cost approximately $7.5 million. The project includes a new intermediate pump station, two bio-towers, two final classifiers, UV disinfection to replace chlorine and an additional dewatering centrifuge.


Community college getting ready to build public safety training complex

Officials of the Hancock College in California are preparing to build a $46 million, 51,000-square-foot public safety training complex that will offer police, fire and emergency medical technician training. The college is waiting for final state approval before construction can begin. The facility will include classroom and lab space, a 1.25-mile high-speed vehicle course, a six-story fire training tower, an outdoor shooting range and a running track.


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 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 Molly Rauzi. 


Molly Rauzi

Molly Rauzi (pictured) earned her bachelor's degree from Regis University and her master's degree in systems management from the University of Denver's College of Systems Science. From 1998 to 2004, she served as director of technology at the Denver International Airport, writing the first information technology master plan for the airport, including the airport's Y2K remediation efforts. She also had oversight of the IT changes that resulted from response to the 9-1-1 terrorist attack. She was named chief information officer for the City and County of Denver in 2007. She has more than 20 years experience in leading technology initiatives and focuses on collaboration. As both CIO and Deputy CIO, Rauzi instituted a new way for the city and county to provide technology services internally and externally as head of the agency's Technology Services agency, where she helped develop the agency's technology strategy. Rauzi recently decided to go into the private sector, accepting a job as director of a major audit, tax and advisory group focusing on business consulting that will improve business performance, solution selection, software as a service, program and project management and business intelligence and analytics. She will work with the firm's regional team to serve companies, state and local governments and non-profits in Denver, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. 


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Jorea MarpleMichael GalyeanHerbert SwenderJorea Marple (top left), wife of West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and who has more than 40 years experience in education, has been named by the West Virginia Board of Education as the new state superintendent, replacing Steve Paine, who retired. Michael Galyean (top middle), professor and holder of the Thornton Distinguished Chair in beef cattle nutrition and management in Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, has been named interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, effective July 1, replacing retiring dean John M. Burns. Garden City Community College (Kansas) has named Kansas native and Frank Phillips College (Texas) President Herbert J. Swender (top right) as its new president, to replace Carole Ballantyne, who retired last July. Dr. Arthur Tate, former superintendent at the New York Military Academy, math teacher at West Point Military Academy and current superintendent in Tempe, Arizona, has been chosen the new superintendent of the Davenport (Washington) schools, replacing Julio Almanza, who is retiring in July. Macario Tristan, Jr. has been sworn in as the new chief of police in Coppell, Texas. Michael Gomes, who has served as a district fire chief in the New Bedford Rebecca RhodesW.D. HigginbothamRoy Minter(Massachusetts) Fire Department and who is among two generations of male family members on his father's side have been with the department, has been appointed New Bedford Fire Chief, succeeding Chief Brian Faria, who retired. The City of Cayce, South Carolina, has chosen Rebecca Rhodes (middle right) as the new city manager, following the resignation of Johnny Sharpe last year. Madeira Beach (Florida) City Manager W.D. Higginbotham (middle center), resigned suddenly recently, saying he could not work with the new city commission that will be installed following the March election. Denton (Texas) Police Chief Roy Minter (middle left) is leaving the department after three years to become chief of the Peoria (Arizona) Police Department, effective no later than March 21, replacing the current fire chief Larry Ratcliff who is retiring.  Three new leaders have been named at Colorado Mountain College - new Senior Vice President Jill Boyle, former president of Florida Keys Community College; new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Brad Tyndall, former chief academic officer at Crowder College in Missouri, San Juan College in New Mexico and Marcus JonesRichard CollingsJanet BurnetteFront Range Community College-Larimer Campus; and new Vice President of Human Resources Jan Aspelund, former director of human resources at Ohio Northern University, Missouri Western State University and Saint Leo University in Florida. Marcus Jones (bottom left),  former director of Budget and Grants Management and assistant city manager for the city of Norfolk, Virginia, has returned to that city as its new city manager, replacing Regina V.K. Williams, who retired. Southwestern Community College (North Carolina) President Richard Collings (bottom center) has resigned his post and Executive Vice President for Administrative Services Janet Burnette (bottom right) has been tapped to serve as interim president until a new president is named. Touchet (Washington) school officials have named three finalists for district superintendent - Omak Assistant Superintendent Susan Bell, Goldendale Primary School Principal Thaynan Knowlton and Pasco School District Director of Career and Technical Education Chris Martinson. Afton (Minnesota) has promoted Assistant City Administrator Sara Irvine to city administrator, replacing interim administrator Ron Moorse. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Young of Missouri City (Texas) will become fire chief March 1, replacing the retiring Chief Steve Noto.


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NASSP planning conference later this month in San Francisco

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 24-27, in San Francisco. Among the speakers are Diane Ravitch, historian, author and professor of education at New York University; Willard R. Daggett, CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education; and Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University. Among the concepts to be discussed throughout the conference are Collaborative Leadership and Professional Learning Communities, Personalizing the School Environment and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA). For more information and to register, click here.


NASCIO planning 2011 Midyear Conference in D.C. in May

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its 2011 Midyear Conference May 3-6 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Among the topics will be the evolving role of the state CIO and IT's impact in state government transformation. The annual conference provides an opportunity for state government and corporate members to discuss issues facing the IT field in both the public and private sectors. For more information and to register, click here.


TxDOT announces three Small Business Briefing conferences 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Business Outreach and Program (BOP) Services has announced three upcoming FY 2011 Small Business Briefing conferences. A  Nov. 10 conference is set this year in Beaumont, an April 20, 2011, conference is slated in Fort Worth and a July 20, 2011, conference is planned for San Antonio. The conference goal is to provide small and minority-owned business communities an opportunity to learn more about contracting opportunities with TxDOT.  Information will be available to help them do business with the agency and the State of Texas.  The sessions not only allow small businesses to be introduced to TxDOT and other state agencies, but also allow them to learn more about the economic development opportunities in their regions.  It also gives agencies a chance to show the myriad of prospects available for small and minority businesses in the state. For more information and to register, click here or call 1.866.480.2519, Option 2.


Transportation, infrastructure convention slated in D.C. in March

The 4th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention in Washington, D.C.  has been slated for March 9-11. Hear the most up-to-date information on federal policy developments-from the Executive and Congressional branches and national trade associations. Local, state and federal elected and appointed officials will be representing more than 26 states. For more information click here. To register, click here.

AGC planning annual convention in Las Vegas in March

The Associated General Contractors of America will host their 92nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas on March 12-15. General and specialty contractors will hear from experts on the latest impact of state and federal regulations on the construction industry as well as best practices for BIM and contract negotiations and advice on labor management and green building. Those attending the AGC Annual Convention will receive free admittance to the CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exposition that showcases the latest equipment, services, products and technologies, featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors. To register, click here.

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