Volume 3, Issue 14
July 20, 2011
'New norm' means change; privatization growing

Mary Scott NabersFor individuals, the "new norm" usually relates to changes in how they shop and make purchases as a result of the recession. For government, it usually means doing more with less - more output with less money and fewer people.

But, like individuals citizens, government is facing changes in the way it shops and buys, too. And, the result is that there will most likely be significantly more privatization by government. 
The public sector is now functioning in a completely new environment and change is rampant. Privatization, once an unpopular concept in government, is becoming the "new norm."


Just last year, New Haven, Connecticut, officials proposed privatizing housecleaning services for schools. The Board of Education had been spending $15 million each year on these services. The mayor proposed privatization of the services at an estimated savings of $7 million.




Semi-privatization gets high marks
New domain names mean cash
Public-private partnerships
Preparedness grants announced
Upcoming education opportunitiesw
Health clincs getting funds
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
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Semi-privatization concept gets an 'A' from higher ed


Schools would trade flexibility in regulations for relinquished state funding

Jim Petro
Jim Petro

First there was privatization. Then there were public-private partnerships. And now...a heralded semi-privatization concept.


And it's one that could catch on at higher education institutions across the country.


State budget shortfalls have many state-supported institutions of higher education nationwide reeling when the dust of budget sessions settled and they were apprised of how big a state funding cut they were facing. As a result, tuition and fees are again climbing, faculty and administrative positions are being eliminated, research budgets are being trimmed and funding for much-needed academic and residential construction on campuses is declining or put on hold. Some maintenance and rehabilitation projects have been put off so long that deferred maintenance is no longer an option.


But help could be on the way. The Ohio State University is touting the fact that loosened regulations on public universities can pay dividends. In fact, OSU officials say elimination of some restrictions on how they hire contractors resulted in a $164.7 million savings on the university's $1.1 billion medical center expansion.


Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, is working on design of a program that would allow public universities to relinquish some state funding in exchange for more flexibility in regulation by the state. This concept, which is already part of the state budget in Ohio, is being called "charter universities."


The possible savings in construction costs alone that could result from loosening of regulations could be significant. Ohio State was part of a test program and used this new program for its medical center expansion. Officials said the new program speeded up the project, allowing it to be bid when interest on bonds and prices for construction materials were both low.


Will new domain names mean a windfall for cities?


Municipalities gear up for selling second-level domain names to make fast cash

Domain Names A recent decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which registers domain names on the Internet, recently decided to allow new Internet extensions, in addition to the commonly used .com, .net and .org endings. Rachel Roubein notes in USA Today that the decision could lead to cities using their names as the top level of a domain and selling second-level domains to businesses.


For instance, Sacramento could register a domain extension of .sacramento. The city could then conceivably sell the rights to others such as DairyQueen.sacramento, TVRepair.sacramento or LocalFlorist.sacramento. The result would be a potentially large amount of cash for the cities. 


Cities first would have to register a new Top-Level Domain. The cost is $185,000 and includes a six-stage process in which applicants must prove their case for operating a domain. That process will open up in January of next year and could take almost two years. 


City officials are looking at the changes as a way of making some fast cash. City governments may have just had a windfall drop in their laps. 


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Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)


New Hampshire seeks P3 to assist with welcome center operations 

Lori Harnois
Lori Harnois

The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism is hoping to form a public-private partnership (P3) within the tourism industry for long-term operation of the state's welcome centers. The department is seeking ways to improve the centers and will create a Bureau of Visitor Services with staff to help improve tourism opportunities throughout the state. The recently passed state budget moved management of the welcome centers from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Resources and Economic Development. While several centers that used to be open for part of the year will be closed, others that were originally set to close will remain open. Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism said the state is "trying to get a good handle on the daily operations" of the centers and then will seek partnerships from the private sector. The overall goal, said Harnois, is to enhance a visitor's experience, since the centers are generally the first interaction they have with the state.


Ohio institute, high school create innovative partnership
An unusual partnership between a public high school and a private institute has resulted in benefits for both. Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, planned a sports academy and built first-class athletic training facilities to attract world-class professional athletes. The Geneva High School, on the other hand, was in need of athletic fields, but did not have funds to build them. Institute founder Ron Clutter approached the high school officials offering to lease classrooms at the high school in the afternoons and evenings and to develop vacant school property for both district and community use. The high school will get new playing fields and $400,000 each year for five years, with possible renewals. Geneva High School officials are excited about a partnership that provides outstanding athletic fields at no cost to the Geneva schools. The high school also has in the past used free the institute's indoor facility for its graduation ceremony and has leased their outdoor stadium for its football games. Spire students will be using almost new classrooms at Geneva High and the school will get four baseball diamonds, six soccer and football fields and a multi-purpose field house and lockers for use by the community, and at no cost to taxpayers.


New Jersey library officials could turn to public-private partnership 

Tish Colombi
Tish Colombi

As officials in Haddonfield, New Jersey, consider needs of he borough's public libraries, they are considering several options, one of which is a public-private partnership in which a private entity would facilitate the construction of a multi-purpose building on private property and using a private developer. The building would be used not only for a modern new library, but for other community facilities. All of the options being studied seek financial contributions from private sources. One of the needs of the current libraries would be to meet mandates to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. "When we have to carry a child into the children's department...that bothers me," said Mayor Tish Colombi. Total cost of the projects range from $6.1 million to $8.5 million. Public funding would range from $3.6 million to $5.9 million.


County in Maryland looking at services that can be privatized
Officials in Frederick County, Maryland, have hired a firm to assess the county's services and departments to see which ones can be privatized to help reduce the cost of government. The result is a report released last month regarding privatizing some county government services and affecting more than 525 full-time positions. Among the services considered for privatization are community development, court, facility services, financial administration, fleet services, human resources, interagency information technologies, internal audits, parks and recreation and public works. The report also recommended the county consider outsourcing the adult detention center, alternative sentencing, water and wastewater services, solid waste management, emergency communications and citizen services. The report notes the county could save as much as $109 million over five years.


Report supports public-private partnership for operation of Los Angeles Zoo 

Miguel Santana
Miguel Santana

A recently released report suggests the city of Los Angeles should move forward with its plans to create a public-private partnership for operation of the Los Angeles Zoo. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said the city should issue RFPs to see what kind of interest there is in a new management structure being developed to operate the zoo. Santana said without an alternative to the current management of the zoo, "The city's general fund subsidy is very likely to be reduced further or eliminated, resulting in the continual increase of admission fees and the possible eventual closer of the L.A. Zoo." He added that a new management system with the zoo operating as its own agency would help with both fundraising and long-term stability for the zoo.


Preparedness grants could lead to contracting opps


Hospital Preparedness Program benefits from more than $352 million in funding

Nicole Lurie
Nicole Lurie

Contracting opportunities for equipment, mobile medical units, communications equipment and training can be paid for with grant funds from the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) to support preparedness activities. The activities are for hospitals, health care facilities and medical surge capability in communities across the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that more than $352 million has been set aside for grant funds for improving disaster preparedness of hospitals and health care systems within each state and in three large metro areas.


Grant recipients, using HPP funds, have installed systems to track the number of hospital beds available. That helps hospitals handle a surge of patients after a disaster and also allows for the registration of volunteers. Planning, training and exercises for evacuating facilities, sheltering patients and staff and for managing mass fatalities also will be funded.


"We want every community to be prepared and resilient when faced with any type of health hazard," said Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response. "State health officials have attributed their ability to respond as well as they have to the preparedness levels they've reached through the HPP and other federal programs." To view the complete list of grant recipients and the amount received, click here and look under "Recent Reports."

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UNC public universities benefit from $20M from UNC Health Care System 

Bill Roper
Bill Roper

 A total of $20 million in relief funds is headed to North Carolina's state universities to help plug budget gaps after $414 million was cut from their budgets by the State Legislature. The money comes from the University of North Carolina Health Care System. While UNC-Chapel Hill was awarded $5 million, the remaining $15 million will be divided among the other 16 institutions in the UNC System. Saying UNC Health Care had a "very good year," Karen McCall, vice president for public affairs, said the institution was able to give $20 million to the system schools. Cuts in state funding for the System schools ranged from $100.1 million at UNC-Chapel Hill to $3 million to the UNC School of the Arts. UNC Health Care CEO Dr. Bill Roper said he expects the worst budget deficits for the state's schools and that is why he recommended the donation from the hospital. As a public institution, he said the hospitals can help other schools in the System.


Kansas schools awarded federal funds to build tornado safe rooms
Nearly $4 million is being made available to 10 Kansas schools and district to build tornado safe rooms. The $3.9 million comes by way of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hazard mitigation grant program. The safe rooms are generally large enough to house the entire school population and must be able to withstand winds up to 250 mph. Receiving the funds were El Dorado/Butler County Community College, Augusta USD 402, Chapman USD 473, Wichita Public Schools and Southeast Kansas Education Service Center USD 609. These schools will join approximately 100 others with tornado safe rooms. The FEMA grant covers 75 percent of the construction costs.


Iowa schools to undergo major renovation projects
Three buildings in the Keokuk (Iowa) School District are about to undergo major renovations as part of a major capital improvement project. The district's high school and two elementary buildings have been chosen for the renovations. The high school will undergo asbestos removal, will have new windows installed as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system. The Hawthorne elementary school will have six new classrooms added. A new boiler will be added at George Washington Elementary, with new sidewalks added and a retaining wall rebuilt.


Alabama school district anticipates summer construction start for high school
Mike Lenhart
Mike Lenhart

The Alabama Building Commission will soon make its decision on the plans for the new Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama. Ozark City Schools Superintendent Mike Lenhart said the school's electrical, plumbing, floor plans and technology plans have been submitted for approval. School officials are confident they will be approved and are looking toward starting the bid process later this month or early August, with construction sometime in August. The school system was approved for a more than $22 million Qualified School Construction Bond last September. Among the plans are the rebuilding of the entire high school into a new school on the current site. The 600 Hall in the high school will be merged with the school's alternative school and the current gym will become an attachment to a new gym. The new building will include two stories of handicapped accessible facilities and four wings. There will be a freshman academy, a health science academy and a small theater. Officials hope to eventually add a culinary arts academy and automotive academy.


Western Michigan University seeking contractor for medical school
An RFQ has been released by the Facilities Committee for Western Michigan University's School of Medicine. Officials are looking at a startup date for the school in fall 2014. The firm chosen to build the facility will work with the architectural engineering team the school selects. The facility to be built will house a new School of Medicine that is a partnership between the university and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Firms interested must have a significant presence in Michigan, have constructed medical school projects of 150,000 square feet or bigger, have constructed simulation labs as part of or associated with a medical school, have constructed projects incorporating sustainable design principles and worked with projects completed for an institution of higher education.


School-based health clinics get money to expand


$95 million headed to 278 programs that provide health care

Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

School-based health clinics will expand and provide more health care services at schools around the country thanks to $95 million in awards from the Affordable Care Act. Some 278 programs will benefit from the funding. Those clinics serve approximately 790,000 patients. The funding will allow them to increase their capacity by 50 percent. That means an additional 440,000 patients can be served. 


These centers provide health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities and enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend schools. The maximum amount of funding awarded was $500,000. Many of the clinics received that top amount, including these from Texas: Hays Consolidate ISD in Kyle, Project VIDA health center in El Paso and the Tarrant County Hospital District in Fort Worth.

In California, some of the $500,000 recipients include Clovis Unified School District, Central City Community Health Center Inc. in Las Vegas, Community Health Centers/Central Coasts in Nipomo, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley and Salud Para La Gente Inc. in Watsonville. Other $500,000 awards went to the school board of Pinnelas in Largo, Florida; Alivio Medical Center in Chicago, the Medicine and Education Group in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Sunset Park Health Council Inc. of Brooklyn, New York. "These new investments will help school-based health centers establish new sites or upgrade their current facilities to keep our children healthy," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "These new or improved sites will help ensure effective, efficient and high-quality care." 


The Affordable Care Act appropriated $200 million for 2010 through 2013 for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program to address capital needs. The recently announced funds are the first in the series of awards that will be made available to school-based health centers. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program. To view the complete list of awards, click here and look under "Recent Reports."


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New $8.4 million medical center anticipated in Connecticut

Dannel Malloy
Dannel Malloy

A new 30,000-square-foot medical center will be built in Connecticut, adjacent to Windham Hospital, to serve patients in the eastern part of the state. The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $8.4 million for the facility in Willimantic, which will include numerous hospital services and dozens of physicians, oncologists, physical therapists and rehabilitators, lab workers and orthopedic and general surgeons. Groundbreaking is expected for the facility later this summer and completion is expected in the fall of next year. "Like Bioscience Connecticut in Farmington, the construction of new space for Windham Hospital will provide construction jobs in the near-term, and sustained economic growth in the longer-term as doctors and others move to the area to open their practice," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Windham is a nonprofit, acute-care hospital with more than 130 beds. It serves 19 eastern Connecticut towns. 

Numerous contracting opportunities available in El Paso area

A variety of contracting opportunities are currently available in the El Paso area. They include:

  • DADS El Paso State Center is requesting bids for various grocery, frozen and dry items to be delivered in El Paso;
  • The El Paso Water Utilities is requesting bids for packed tower air striper at the Woods Reservoir; and
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for local-let maintenance contracts, El Paso County, roadway repairs.

Funding approved for new Daniel Boone Bridge across Missouri
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved $120 million in funding for a new Daniel Boone Bridge across the Missouri River between Chesterfield and St. Charles County. The bridge will be a design-build contracting process and the contract is expected to be awarded in the next year. Construction would then begin in 2013. The Environmental Impact Statement suggests the bridge be built near the existing eastbound bridge, but the location will eventually be determined as part of the design-build contract.


Louisiana regional crime lab gets final funds for construction

Charles Scott
Charles Scott

Legislation was recently signed in Louisiana that provides the final $9 million needed to construct an 82,000-square-foot crime lab on the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center property in Shreveport. To be called the North Louisiana Criminalistic Laboratory, the lab will provide scientific analytical services for 29 parishes. It was awarded $15 million in 2005, but fell short of the $24 million needed. "What this means is that our architects can begin drawing up construction plans," said Caddo District Attorney Charles Scott. The need for a regional forensic science center has been ongoing since the death of the longtime Caddo Parish coroner in 2005. The LSU Health Sciences center donated land for the lab and architects have drawn up building plans, but bids have not been sought. The building will replace a 40-year-old North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Shreveport and accommodate 60 employees. The current lab is half the size of the proposed new lab. Officials say many of the services currently are being sent out of state and the new facility will keep that money in Louisiana while also offering a needed service. The construction document could be completed by the end of the year and then construction could begin in early 2012. A completion date would likely be 18-24 months from the start of construction.


Water, wastewater projects approve in Alaska communities
Fourteen communities in Alaska will share $23.6 million to fund water quality improvement projects in rural Alaska villages. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. There are a number of government entities partnering to help provide clean water and improved sanitation services to the villages. Communities receiving grant funds under this announcement include: Toksook Bay, $5,252,400; Stebbins, $5,064,367; Kasaan, $3,393,750; Togiak, $937,509; Old Kasigluk, $4,082,250; Shungnak, $1,492,500; Nunam Iqua, $137,655; Igiugig, $1,326,122; Kwigillingok, $973,875; Saxman, $303,938; Eek, $210,000; Golovin, $74,700; Kobuk, $33,750; Kotlik, $375,000. Among the projects are core facilities - water treatment plants, water storage tanks, lift stations and a sewer force main to transport wastewater directly to a new sewage lagoon. Some of the communities will be provided services such as clean water for cooking, cleaning and washing while others will see unsound facilities replaced.


Washington town receives federal grant for new sewage treatment plant
A total of $8.5 million in federal grants and loans are headed to the town of Cathlamet, Washington, to help the town replace its sewage treatment plant. The new facility will be built east of town, allowing the riverfront to be opened up for expansion of an existing marina or other improvements. The town is expected to solicit bids in the next few months with a 2013 completion date anticipated.


Two Boston Housing Authority developments benefit from $30 million

Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino 

A $30 million improvement project for two Boston Housing Authority developments has been announced by Mayor Thomas Menino. The Heritage Apartments in East Boston and Lower Mills in Dorchester will use the funds for energy-efficient capital improvements and increased supportive services at both developments that serve the disabled and elderly. "The City of Boston continues to be a leader in merging green technology and affordable housing," said Menino. Some of the upgrades being planned for the two developments include new heating systems, building envelope repair and window replacement, addition of plumbing fixtures with low-flow toilets and aerators for sinks, tubs, showers and lavatories to reduce water consumption, individual heating controls for better resident comfort, kitchen and bath upgrades and significant common area improvements. The changes will affect almost 500 units of affordable housing.


Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Dr. Michael Hinojosa.


Michael Hinojosa
Michael Hinojosa

Michael Hinojosa earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, his master's from the University of North Texas and his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He attended public schools in Dallas. Hinojosa's public education career spans nearly 30 years. He began his public education career as a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District and worked his way up in administration. Hinojosa was named superintendent of the Dallas ISD in 2005, the 12th largest school district in the country. He has been named a Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech and is a former University of Texas at Austin Department of Education Administration Cooperative Superintendency Program Superintendent of the Year as well as being named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. The long-time educator lost his bid to lead the Las Vegas-area schools as their superintendent in September of last year, eventually signing a contract extension with the DISD. In May, Hinojosa was named lone finalist for superintendent of the Cobb County (Georgia) School District to replace the district's retiring superintendent. On July 12, he was sworn in as the 24th superintendent of the Cobb County School District.


Water/Wastewater Opportunities

Opportunity of the week...
Bids will be sought soon for a $4.75 million sewer plant upgrade in a city in California. The new system will include new headworks, a dewatering system and biological treatment system. Bids will be opened in early August and presented to the city council in late August or early September.Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or


Tony Hill
Brendan Miller
Gary Perkowski
State Sen. Tony Hill of Florida has been hired by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown as his director of federal policy, with Hill set to resign his Senate seat next month to take the new post. Brendan Miller, an environmental specialist who was hired by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in 2008 to create jobs through the Economic Development Department and was serving as director of science, technology and energy, has announced he is leaving state government. Gary Perkowski, who took over as interim superintendent of the Carlsbad (New Mexico) Municipal Schools in March, has accepted a one-year contract for the permanent position. City councilors in Sunland Park (New Mexico) have fired City Manager Andrew Moralez after only nine months on the job, and after he replaced the previous city administrator who also was fired. Ray Rael, who has been serving as interim chief of the Santa Fe (New Mexico) Police Department, has been named chief full-time. Bringing years of education experience to the job, Deena Paramo has been named superintendent of the Mat Su (Alaska) School District, replacing Dr. Kenneth Burnley, who died while in office. Florida State Board of Education member Mark Kaplan, who has served on the board since 2010, has announced that he is resigning his post, effective 
Mark Kaplan
Jeff Mullan
Danny Fierro
July 20, as he is being transferred to Minnesota by his employer. Jeffrey B. Mullan, Massachusetts transportation secretary, is expected to step down from his post in the fall. Veteran Carlsbad (New Mexico) police officer Danny Fierro, who has been with the department for 18 years and has been serving as assistant chief since 2010, has been named chief of police, replacing former Chief Tom Whitten, who took a job in Harlingen. Temecula (California) Assistant City Manger Bob Johnson, who is a former Riverside County planning director and has been with the city since 2006, has been named to succeed City Manager Shawn Nelson when he retires at the end of this year. Jo Ann Denning, a 24-year veteran with the Peach County school district in Fort Valley, Georgia, has been chosen as the district's new superintendent, moving up from her present post as director of student services and replacing Dr. Susan Clark, who has retired. James Pantalone, a firefighter and paramedic in Howland Township, Ohio, for more than 16 years and serving as captain since 2004, has been named the new fire chief. Theodore Staton, city manager in East Lansing, Michigan, has been chosen to succeed Virginia Barney as city manager in Upper Arlington, Ohio, when Barney retires at the end of the year. After serving as assistant city manager in Richmond Heights, Missouri, since 2005, as 
Theodore Staton
Bola Akande
Barry Smitherman
well as in other administrative posts in Texas and Oklahoma, Bola Akande has been chosen the new city administrator for Brownwood, Missouri. Barry Smitherman has resigned his post as chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to take on the appointed position of Texas Railroad Commissioner, replacing former Commissioner Michael Williams, who resigned to run for Congress. Galveston, Texas, city council members have chosen former Plano city manager Thomas Muehlenbeck to serve as interim city manager, allowing Brian Maxwell to return to his post as assistant city manager while the city seeks a permanent manager. Richard Boes, a former IT officer at California State University, has been chosen as the State of Vermont's new CIO and Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, replacing interim CIO and Commissioner Ruthann Sullivan. Nancy J. Aumann, who has served State University of New York Cortland as an administrator and educator for 12 years, has retired and has been designated associate provost emerita for academic affairs.
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11th Annual Public-Private Partnership Conference set Aug. 25 in D.C.

A comprehensive day of learning and networking for leaders and staff in the Washington, D.C., region is planned at the 11th Annual Public-Private Partnership Conference set Aug. 25. The conference will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The District Office of Partnerships and Grant Services and Center for Nonprofit Advancement are joined by Greater DC Cares and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. Sessions will provide learning opportunities for all levels of board governance, program evaluation, grants management, fundraising, financial management and volunteer engagement. For more information and to register, click here.


FEMA, other agencies to host National P3 conference in August
The First National Conference on Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships is planned for Aug. 3 - 4 in Washington, D.C. The event will feature an opportunity to learn, discuss and share public-private partnership practices regarding effective collaborations that will enhance the nation's resiliency. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Private Sector, U.S. Northern Command and co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend should RSVP early to For more information, click here.


NASCIO Annual Conference scheduled for Denver on Oct. 2-5

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference is set this year for Oct. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado. "Moving Government Forward" is the theme for this year's conference. The conference focuses on pulling corporate sponsors into the conference to discuss trends and build relationships rather than market their products. The conference also features educational programs based on IT issues that affect both the public and private sectors. To register, click here. To view the agenda, click here. 


KC Business Central hosting Minority Business Forum

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


The biggest meeting of state legislators and legislative staff

Come to San Antonio, Aug. 8-11, for the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual Legislative Summit - the largest and most important gathering of the year of state legislators and legislative staff from all 50 states. Broaden your contacts with state officials, learn the pressing issues facing lawmakers today and hear from top-notch policy experts. For more information, click here

National Veteran Small Business Conference set for August

The National Veteran Small Business Conference is planned for Aug. 15-18, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Billed as the largest nationwide conference of its kind, it provides veteran-owned (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) an opportunity to learn, network and market their businesses. Those who should attend include  VOSBs and SDVOSBs seeking an edge on the competition in the federal government marketplace, along with prime contractors seeking VOSB and SDVOSB partners and federal government representatives who promote both through contracting opportunities. For more information, click here.


AGC's HR Professionals Conference slated Oct. 4-6

The Associated General Contractors Human Resources Professionals Conference is set for Oct. 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. The gathering is billed as the premier event for human resources professionals to learn and share HR practices related to the construction industry. The conference features a number of construction-related sessions on HR topics such as creating a mentoring program, hiring from a remote location, successfully operating in multiple jurisdictions, keep your organization safe from workplace violence, using pre-employment assessments and more. A federal Contracting Compliance Construction HR Workshop will be held the afternoon of Oct. 5 and the morning of Oct. 6. For conference and registration information, click here.


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