|Volume 3, Issue 1||April 20, 2011|
Sellling to government tips from the experts
In keeping with the new format of this article, the following are tips about Making the Most of a Pre-Bid Conference. The suggestions represent comments from both public sector decision-makers and very successful government contractors.
1. Show up early. Take the opportunity to mingle with other vendors, agency officials and the customer team. Introduce yourself to public officials and indicate your interest in the project. Remember that public sector decision-makers like to do business with people they know.
2. Listen to what is being said around you. Good information is often obtained in sidebar conversations. Many of the others present are seasoned contractors. Listen carefully to everything said by the public officials. Take notes if possible.
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|Legislation would allow public-private partnerships in NY|
State doesn't have financial resources to meet infrastructure needs of future
Much-needed infrastructure projects in New York have a champion in State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (pictured). The senator from Nassau County is introducing a bill to allow the state to more easily enter into public-private partnerships to help fund infrastructure projects. It comes at a good time. A recent study by the state comptroller's office showed that the state will need some $80 billion to take care of the state's roads and bridges over the next 20 years.
"Public-private partnerships are a proven tool we need to deliver vital projects on-time and under-budget," said Fuschillo. The senator pointed to the state Department of Transportation's (DOT) underfunded capital plan and a number of large, but needed, projects. DOT officials said more than 5,500 of the 17,400 state and local highway bridges in New York State are deficient, with another 3,000 to join that number within the next 10 years.
The Fuschillo legislation would allay the fears of those who think public-private partnerships lead to less government control by providing DOT and other state agencies to partner with the private sector on these projects, but maintain ownership. The agreements would allow the private sector to finance the construction, maintenance and operation of transportation infrastructure and capital projects. The goal is to get projects built quicker and to save taxpayer money.
Given the economy, New York is like many other states in not having available funding for many of these projects. The current capital plan for DOT is a two-year, $7 million endeavor. However, DOT officials say that spending figure is some $3 billion below what is needed. Officials note that the state should be replacing or rehabilitating some 300 bridges and 1,150 miles of highway each year. In 2009, the state was only able to deliver on about one-half that amount.
|USDOT providing funds for damages from natural disasters|
$319 million going to 28 states, two territories from emergency relief program
More than $319 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation is headed to 28 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa to help those areas recover from damages due to storms, flooding, hurricanes and other acts of nature. The funding will come from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) emergency relief program. The program reimburses states for repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways that were damaged in disasters and catastrophic failures.
The funds will be used to repair roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters. "Restoring roads and bridges is critical after a natural disaster or catastrophic event," said FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez (pictured). "We want states to know that we will reimburse them for work that is necessary to get roads and bridges back in service again after an emergency."
Some of the largest allocations include:
- Tennessee - $39 million for damages from storms and flooding;
- North Dakota - $33.5 million for flooding in the Devil's Lake region; and
- Rhode Island - $26 million to deal with flood damages.
The funds will be used to repair or replace highways, bridges and other road structures such as traffic signs, guardrails and lights. Also eligible for funding are costs associated with having to provide detours, removal of debris and other costs associated with restoring traffic flow in affected areas.
|Michigan city to study public-private partnership for zoo|
Goal is to improve operations and ensure no redundancies in separate entities
The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, could soon join the nearly 75 percent of zoos across the country that are being managed under public-private partnerships. The county board recently accepted a consultant's report and recommendation that the zoo be reorganized under a public-private partnership to both improve operations and eliminate redundancies. The report also proposes a dedicated tax revenue source to pay for zoo operations.
The zoo's current budget is approximately $4 million. Of that amount, the county provides $2.5 million and the remainder comes from rental and admission fees.
Kent County Chair Sandi Frost Parrish (pictured) plans to name a team of county and John Ball Zoo Society representatives to discuss options. Currently, the county owns and manages animals and exhibits at the zoo and the zoo society provides fundraising, educational and animal preservation functions.
The committee will develop an operating budget, determine costs of transitioning to a single entity, recommend how the zoo will be governed and which staff and assets remain with the new entity.
The zoo's 2011 budget is about $4 million, with the county providing some $2.5 million and the rest coming mostly from admission and rental fees.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Michigan voters to decide $88 million school bond issue
An $88 million bond issue will be on the local ballot for May 3 in the Mattawan (Michigan) Consolidated School District. Among the projects that would benefit from the bond proposal are the construction of two new elementary schools. Mattawan CSD Superintendent Patrick Bird (pictured), in addition to the two new elementary schools, the bonds would be used for adding new classroom wings at the elementary school and to add spaces to other instructional areas. A science, technology and mathematics wing would be added at the high school and existing space will be outfitted to meet 21st century learning areas. Safety issues also will be explored. A campus connector drive would be added and parking lots and bus loops reconfigured to improve safety as well as traffic flow. "We want to create an overall safe environment. We think we have one now, but it's always something that you can improved upon," said Bird. Also, locker rooms will be added at the high school and athletic field and the athletic field would be converted from grass to artificial turf. The early elementary building will be converted into office and meeting space.
Massachusetts town meeting studies possible rebuilding of school
A town meeting in Lexington, Massachusetts, resulted in the appropriation of $1.05 million for a feasibility study regarding rebuilding the Estabrook Elementary School. The school had a PCB problem uncovered last summer and fall and school officials submitted an emergency statement of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to replace the school. The facility can continue to be used until 2014, when a possible new building would come online. The town meeting also resulted in a $100,000 appropriation to design an expanded road to access the school property.
University of Wisconsin campuses have contracting opportunities
A variety of contracting opportunities are available at campuses of the University of Wisconsin. They include:
- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is seeking a boiler replacement estimated to cost $1.85 million. The bid, which will be awarded in May, includes removal and replacement of Boiler No. 3 with two new 15,000 lb/hr forced circulation steam generators including economizers. Also included are demolition and installation of steam piping, feedwater piping, fuel oil piping, natural gas piping, electrical power controls and associated equipment;
- The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus is seeking bids on an approximately $875,000 Arts and Communication studio light replacement. The project includes replacement of the existing outdated lighting system in the Experimental Theater, including dimming racks, lights, fixtures and power connector strips with a modern state-of-the-art dimming system consisting of 96 dual 20-amp dimmer circuits installed in 48 dual dimmers theatrical racks and subsequent distribution equipment including, but not limited to, connectors strips, distribution boxes, light fixtures, control consoles, other dimming instruments, raceway systems replacement. The project includes similar replacements in the TV studio, an ETC Prodigy Hoist riggings system and complete painting of the Experimental Theatre and TV studios; and
- The University of Wisconsin River Falls campus is seeking bids on classroom improvements that are valued at approximately $840,000. The work includes interior renovation of a variety of classrooms to include removal of interior walls, doors, floor finish installation, ceiling finishes, acoustical ceilings, floor framing, building demolition, concrete floor removal, removal of HVAC components and more.
Millions allocated for Mississippi public university projects
The Mississippi Legislature has passed state bond legislation that will allocate millions of dollars for campus improvement projects at the state's public universities. Some $564.4 million was allocated to the state College Board for universities' education and general budgets. In addition, $313 million more was allocated for other types of support. "We understand that we are still facing a national recession and these are very difficult times, so the universities have built business plans to allow them to manage within the proposed budget and continually look for ways to increase efficiency while maintaining excellence," said Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds (pictured). The $98.9 million in bonds will be allocated for each of the eight universities in the system, the system's central office in Jackson, the University of Mississippi Medical School, MSU's Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine programs and the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast campus.
Mississippi junior college raising funds for four initiatives
Officials with the Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, have announced they have raised $5 million of their $7.5 million goal for the school's Capital Fundraising Campaign. The campaign is being made public to raise the remaining funds. The four initiatives that will be paid for with the funds raised include construction of a centennial plaza (the school is celebrating its centennial this year) for Jones Hall, science education technology, upgrades to 21st century classrooms and scholarship endowments.
Nebraska school district approves bond vote to expand campus
An elementary school near Columbus, Nebraska, will be expanded thanks to the recent passage of a $5.4 million bond election. The proceeds from the bond sales will be added to money the Lakeview Community Schools District received when it sold the Sunrise Elementary School to pay for a $6.36 million expansion at Shell Creek Elementary. The expansion will add more than 30,000 square feet to the school.
Upgrades, addition totaling $67 million planned for UCSB's Davidson Library
A three-story addition is in the works for 2012 at the University of California Santa Barbara. The project also includes structural upgrades. The exterior of the building will also be remodeled and the main entrance moved north of the eight-story tower. The three-story addition will be built on the north side of the existing structure and will be connected to the old facility by walkway. The project will be funded in it entirety by California state lease revenue bonds. "The library is the symbolic heart of the campus, occupying the most important site," said Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect Marc Fisher (pictured). "It will become a signature building set in an enhanced campus landscape." The upgrades to the building will include more power outlets and wireless service. There will also be dedicated areas for study spaces, including group study rooms, a student media center, instructional lab and faculty collaboration studio. It will also be the new location of the 24-hour study room and have a climate-controlled space to house the Special Collections exhibit.
California school to issue bonds for construction, safety projects
Officials of the Martinez, California, school board recently voted to issue up to $25 million of the $45 million approved in a bond vote last November. Among the possible projects from the bond proceeds include an addition to the performing arts building at Alhambra High School, a new fire and security system at other campuses and the district office and an upgraded kitchen at the Las Juntas Elementary School.
New Jersey school district to participate in solar energy project
The Kinnelon School District in New Jersey has signed on to become part of Morris County's second phase of a solar energy project. The county's renewable energy program anticipates $60 million in bonding to fund solar projects in nine school districts, two municipalities and the County College of Morris. The project, set for funding in 2011-2012, will not require any money from the Kinnelon district. The first phase of the project - with a $21.6 million price tag - involved five school districts and county facilities. The school district's part of the project will include the installation of solar panels on the roofs of Kinnelon High School, Pearl R. Miller and Stonybrook School. The county will be responsible for designing, bidding, contracting and managing the entire project. The electricity generated is expected to reduce electric costs in the school district by reducing consumption at the three schools by 10-32 percent. The county expects a solar developer will be selected for this part of the project by the end of this summer and the project will take up to a year to complete.
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$2 million in federal grants will address improved pipeline safety
Twenty-four states will share more than $2 million in grants to improve pipeline safety. The funds are through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and will help the state either establish or improve underground pipeline damage prevention programs. "These grants will help states minimize risks and enforce State laws dealing with damage prevention," said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman (pictured). The goal is increased communication between pipeline operators and stakeholders, use of technology in locating pipelines and partnerships in employee training and public education.
Recipients of the funding include:
- Utility Notification Center of Colorado - $100,000;
- Call Before You Dig, Incorporated in Connecticut - $57,885;
- Georgia Public Service Commission - $100,000;
- Idaho Public Utilities Commission - $100,000;
- Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission - $100,000;
- Iowa Utilities Board - $100,000;
- Kansas Corporation Commission - $82,920;
- Kentucky Underground Protection Inc - $95,738;
- Michigan Public Service Commission - $83,600;
- Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety - $100,000;
- Mississippi Public Service Commission - $100,000;
- Missouri Public Service Commission - $32,000;
- Nebraska Pipeline Safety Division - $65,757;
- Public Utilities Commission of Nevada - $94,500;
- New Mexico Pipeline Safety Bureau - $100,000;
- Dig Safely New York - $99,771;
- North Carolina Utilities Commission - $30,300;
- Pennsylvania One Call System - $100,000;
- Palmetto Utility Protection Service in South Carolina - $38,900;
- South Dakota Public Utilities Commission - $28,337;
- Railroad Commission of Texas - $100,000;
- Vermont Department of Public Service - $99,926;
- Virginia Utility Protection Service - $100,000; and
- Miss Utility of West Virginia - $100,000.
Farmington to use grant for sprinkler systems for fire stations
The Farmington (New Mexico) fire stations are about to practice what they preach. Five of the six stations do not have sprinkler systems. The city is about to remedy that situation through a more than half-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The fire department was awarded $566,088 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and most of it will be used to install sprinkler systems in stations one through five. The sixth local station is equipped with a sprinkler system already. The fire department will also use some of the funding to buy a new breathing compressor used to fill air bottles for firefighters. The city must match 10 percent, or in this case $62,000, to qualify for the grant.
Pair of vendor contracting opportunities noted in New Mexico
Two vendor contracting opportunities are available in New Mexico. The Las Cruces Public School District is requesting proposals for WSMN elementary HVAC upgrade and the city of Alamogordo is requesting proposals for rebid to reroof Alamogordo Public Library. The pre-bid conference is set for April 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Maine DOT releases its 2012-2013 work plan totaling $764 million
Maine Department of Transportation Commission David Bernhardt (pictured) is promising to do more with less as the Maine Department of Transportation recently released its 2012-2013 work plan. The plan, totaling $764.6 million, represents a 5 percent reduction in highway funding form the last biennium. However, the number of road miles that will be repaired and rehabilitated increases by 19 percent. Among the major projects are the rebuilding of the Memorial Bridge between Kittery and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and work on the Route 2 corridor between Newport and Bangor. Bernhardt said there are no bonds in the plan and that he wants to pay off existing bond debt.
Contracting opportunities available in El Paso area
A number of vendor contracting opportunities are available in the El Paso area. They include:
- Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC, Fort Bliss DOC, has issued a solicitation for rental of conference rooms;
- Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for local-let maintenance contracts, El Paso County, bridge repair;
- Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for state-let construction contracts, El Paso County, continuous lighting;
- The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting proposals for purchase of a CNC Horizontal for UTEP Mechanical Engineering Department;
- The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting qualifications for solar photovoltaic parking canopy system;
- The El Paso Independent School District is requesting proposals for district-wide plumbing piping value installation, phase I;
- The El Paso Independent School District is requesting proposals for Bowie High School campus-wide xeriscaping; and
- The El Paso Water Utilities is requesting bids for EPWU transportation of gasoline and diesel fuel.
$120 million upgrade, renovation approved for San Jose Convention Center
The San Jose City Council has approved an appropriation of $120 million for upgrades and renovations to the San Jose Convention Center. The appropriation will pave the way for the addition of 125,000 square feet more of meeting and ballroom space and an overall rehab of the center. A silver LEED certification will be sought. The additions will mean 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 35,000 square feet of ballroom space. Hotel owners in San Jose in 2009 voted for a 4 percent hotel tax increase to help finance the renovation project. "The new convention center will become an icon of pride for San Jose and increase Team San Jose's competitive edge selling San Jose as a destination in the meetings and convention marketplace," said Team San Jose Chief Executive Officer Bill Sherry (pictured). He said he expects the project to be under budget and on time.
Detroit City Council approves bond sale for light rail project
The Detroit City Council has approved the sale of up to $125 million in bonds, part of which will be used to help pay for the proposed M-1 light rail project along Woodward Avenue. In addition, approval was given for a $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from funding from the federal Recovery Act. The funds from the grant and the bond sale will help build light rail from downtown to the New Center and eventually to 8 Mile Road. Another $100 million in financial backing has also been received from individuals and nonprofit community groups. Only approximately $73 million of the bond proceeds will go to the rail project, while the remaining funds will be used for new buses and capital improvements for the Detroit Department of Transportation.
California city looking at privatizing number of city services
Officials in Escondido, California, are looking long and hard at the possibility of outsourcing city services from street sweeping to building cleaning services to city vehicle repairs to pools and parks maintenance. Although a preliminary proposal shows some 50 city employees might lose their jobs, officials are looking closer to ensure outsourcing would save money. Officials also indicated that city employees who might be laid off would be given the opportunity to perform the same tasks a private company hired by the city would perform. Mayor Sam Abed (pictured) said outsourcing is a valid plan to help save money, particularly since city costs for employee pensions cost the city $18 million of its $75 million annual budget. "The private sector doesn't have to deal with pensions, but it's 23 percent of our costs," Abed said. "Business as usual is costing us money." He said no service would be privatized if it could not show a significant cost savings for the city.
Mississippi county courthouse expansion vote could come up in May
Pearl River County (Mississippi) supervisors could vote as early as May on a multi-million-dollar courthouse expansion in Poplarville. They are, however, still considering financing options. They have asked the county administrator to research the options so it can be considered at the group's May 2 meeting. The $15 million construction and expansion project would result in the courthouse square footage being doubled. There would also be two new annexes on either side of the central courthouse. The result would be a centralized, four-block courthouse square expansion that would consolidate county offices.
Citizens of Oregon city looking forward to new $1.3 million city hall
The more than 100-year-old police and civic buildings in Gervais, Oregon, are about to be replaced by a new $1.3 million city hall. The 5,700-square-foot structure (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) could be under construction as soon as June 1. Completion is expected to take 10 months. A contractor is expected to be chosen in May. The building will include the city hall, the police department, administrative offices and council chambers. The 1,000-square-foot council chambers will double as a location for fundraisers and community events. The old city hall and police department buildings are just south of the new site. Officials also are hopeful the new city hall will lead to more development in the area. The city has been saving for 14 years to be able to finance the new city hall. A building permit was applied for by the architect in early April.
South Carolina city to seek bids for wastewater treatment plant upgrade
Officials in Lake City, South Carolina, will soon seek bids for upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant. The city will benefit from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. To qualify for the grant, the city had to commit to 10 percent in matching funds. Lake City will use $20,000 from its depreciation fund and $30,000 contributed by Florence County. The county donated to the project because surrounding areas in the county are also served by the plant. The city will upgrade two screw pumps that lift sewage to the plant and will also upgrade the rotating biological contractors where the water undergoes its first organic treatment.
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Born in Cuba in 1950, Carlos Migoya moved to Miami in 1961. He majored in business and economics while working on his bachelor's and master's degrees at Florida International University and working part-time as a lender in a collections department, looking toward a career in banking. In 1974, he began working for First National Bank of Miami as a credit analyst and later a loan officer. In 1982, he was named branch manager at Southeast, the largest bank in South Florida. Migoya later was named manager of its Miami area branch network. He continued with Southeast and in 1991 was chosen as Southeast's president for Dade. He eventually left Southeast to become president of Consolidated Bank in Hialeah. He returned to his old job when Southeast was sold to First Union. Migoya continued his upward climb in the banking industry and from 1987 to 2006 was Regional President - Dade and Monroe Counties of North Carolina for Wachovia Corp. He then served from 2006 to 2007 as State CEO for the Atlantic Region of Wachovia Corp. From February 2010 to December 2010, Migoya served as the unpaid city manager for the City of Miami. Migoya was recently chosen to be the next chief executive of the Jackson Health System in Florida.
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Dr. Timothy Mottet (top left), chair of the Department of Communication at The University of Texas-Pan American, has been named dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos, effective July 1. Debra Craig (top center), a former temporary, full-time employee of the Department of Human Resources in the Department of Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin and a resident of Union City, has been selected as South Fulton, Tennessee's, new city manager, succeeding Jeff Vowell, who resigned in December to take another job. Ken Mompellier (tip right), who moved from California to New Mexico in 1997 to become executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, has announced his plans to retire on May 27. David Belcher, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been chosen chancellor of Western Carolina University, replacing John Bardo. The new city manager for West Des Moines, Iowa, is Greg Sparks, who currently serves as city manager of Mountain Village, Colorado, and was city administrator of Owatonna, Minnesota, for 11 years. Albany, Georgia, Interim City Manager James Taylor will take over as city manager after beating out two other candidates for the post. After almost six years of service, South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Carol Ann Wehle (middle right) has announced her retirement from the entity that oversees water supplies, guards against flooding and leads Everglades restoration in a 16-county region. Paul Rust (middle center), who has led the Weatherford (Texas) Fire Department as acting chief since October when former Chief George Teague retired, has been named the new chief of the department. Thomas A. Forcella (middle left), superintendent of the Guilford, Connecticut, Public Schools, has been named superintendent of the Chapel Hill-Carrbor City Schools, succeeding Superintendent Neil Pedersen, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 19 years at the helm. Assistant City Manager Birgitta Corsello has been named county administrator for Solano County, California, effective May 1. Sheila Ruhland, vice president of instruction at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, North Carolina, will become the next president of Moraine Park Technical College, replacing current President Gayle Hytrek in July. After 45 years of service, Fire Chief Brad Smith of the Oswego (Illinois) Fire Protection District, is retiring, and has been replaced by Deputy Chief Rick Neitzer. Russell A. Davis (bottom left), president of Gloucester County College in New Jersey since September 2008, has resigned. Darwin McClary (bottom center), who has served as interim city manager of Garden City, Michigan, since former City Manager David Harvey left in September of a new job, has been named the city's new city manager. Myrtle E.B. Dorsey (bottom right), who has led Baton Rouge Community College since 2002, has been named the next chancellor at St. Louis (Missouri) Community College, replacing Zelema Harris, who is retiring in June. Washington, North Carolina's Police Chief Mick Reed, who has served in that position since 2007, has been named as one of three finalists for the title of police chief in Wrightsville Beach. Brenda Fischer, former deputy city manager of Glendora, California, has been chosen the new city manager for the city of Maricopa, Arizona. Bob Bell, who has worked for the city of Redwood, California, for five years and who has been serving as interim city manager since former City Manager Peter Ingram resigned last November, has been named the new city manager.
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NASCIO planning 2011 Midyear Conference in D.C. in May
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its Midyear Conference on May 3-6. The event will be at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Attendees will be presented a unique opportunity in which state government and corporate members discuss issues in the information technology field in both the public and private sectors. Breakfast roundtables will address such issues as social media, virtual desktops, open source solutions, e-government portals, managed print services and more. The keynote address for the opening general session will be John P. O'Leary, research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics. To view the agenda, click here. To register, click here.
TxDOT Fort Worth Small Business Briefing conference
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Business Outreach and Program (BOP) Services reaches across Texas to provide small and minority-owned business communities an opportunity to learn more about contracting opportunities with state entities. The Fort Worth Small Business Briefing conference is set for April 20. Information will be available to help small business owners better understand how to 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. The final conference is planned for San Antonio on July 20, 2011. For more information and to register, click here or call 1.866.480.2519, Option 2.
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