Volume 3, Issue 18
August 17, 2011 
In spite of budget cuts, look for increases in government technology purchases

Mary Scott Nabers

Government budgets are being cut. But, interestingly enough, spending in some categories will increase. One of the areas targeted for increases is technology.


The reasoning is sound. Technology offers a way to increase productivity and cut costs - two outcomes that public officials are desperate to accomplish. Government decision-makers throughout the nation are either currently purchasing more technology or making plans to do so in the next few months. Timing may never have been better for companies interested in selling technology products or services to governmental entities.




Georgia officials approve regional projects
Caltrans preparing for road rehab
Upcoming education opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
Other upcoming contract opportunities
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
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Georgia city, county officials approve regional projects


But voters will have to approve 1 percent sales tax to pay for them

Kasim Reed
Kasim Reed

City and county officials in the Atlanta, Georgia, region have taken cooperative efforts to a new level. A total of five cities and counties in that area have agreed on more than $6 billion in transportation projects that will be built across 10 counties. The kicker is that the entire region will pay for the projects. Of course, it all depends on passage of a region-wide referendum set for next year.


The agreement represents the first time for regional leaders to divide up the costs for a regional transportation plan. All of the leaders from the various areas had input and the list of possible projects was then whittled down until a consensus was reached. 


"This is a victory for the region," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "I think what turned the tide is not quitting and not being overcome by frustration or anger. There were a couple of moments where the conversation and the work could have gone either way. And I think all of the members did a good job of walking that back."


The referendum in 2012 would give voters the opportunity to approve a 1 percent sales tax to pay for the projects. The 10-year tax is expected to raise $7.2 billion, $6.1 billion of which would go to the regional project lists. The remaining funds would be allocated to the participating counties and cities to be spent on projects they choose.


Approving the list was somewhat like approving a line-item budget. Officials lobbied for their own projects and then had to come together to make final decisions on what stayed on the list and what was cut. By law, the final draft must win approval from the mayors and county commissioners group by Oct. 15. That already being done, the group will now hold two months of public hearings on the list. 


Among the funding approved was $700 million toward a $1.113 billion project in DeKalb County for three phases of the Clifton Corridor Transit-Rail Transit project; $1.85 million for a bike/pedestrian project in Gwinnett County to provide a multiuse trail and pedestrian improvements on U.S. 29; $35 million toward a $36.5 million road project in Fayette County for new alignment and widening of a section of the East Fayette Bypass; and $95 million of a $1.3 billion roadway project in Gwinnett County for the I-85 North Transit Corridor. The list also includes funding for airports, bus service and other mass transit projects. To view the complete list of projects (subject to change), go here and look under "Recent Reports."


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Caltrans preparing for $41.5M in road rehabilitation


Yuba County project to benefit from 2006 voter-approved bond

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is expected to put a project out for bid next month that will lead to a $41.5 million road rehabilitation project in Yuba County. Much of the funding will come from a 2006 voter-approved bond. The project includes repaving 17 lane miles of Highway 70. Drainage and electrical work is expected to begin in the spring. Contract award for the construction is expected to be in mid-January.


The work will use materials so far only used in select cities, including San Diego and Sacramento. It involves continually reinforced concrete, which means application of deep layers of concrete with steel for reinforcement. It is expected to last 20-40 years.


Other projects in the region included in the funding are a $3.4 million plan along Highway 32 in Chico, a $7 million project in Sacramento County on Highway 80 and $7.5 million in improvements on Highway 113 from Davis to Woodland in Yolo County.


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Upcoming education opportunities


South Carolina higher ed projects costs announced by state board

Clemson Facility
Clemson's indoor football practice facility

Projects at institutions of higher education across South Carolina got a boost from the state's Budget and Control Board recently, which announced almost $63 million in new project costs, funding 14 projects. Among the projects is $10 million for Clemson University's indoor football practice facility. The 80,000-square-foot facility includes a synthetic turf football field, a training room, lighting and sound systems and more. Another $30 million has been approved for Trident Technical College's new nursing and science education building. The new 91,590-square-foot building will house nursing and science labs, general classrooms, study and meeting space for students, faculty office space and the Nursing Resource Center. Renovation projects also were approved, including $15 million to renovate three floors of the University of South Carolina's Discovery I research building on the Innovista research campus. Space will be provided for endowed chairs, offices, laboratories and research facilities for nearly 60 faculty and staff members.


Counties in Washington State get funding for school projects

Four school districts in Pierce County, Washington, will share more than $313 million in capital construction money allocated by the State Legislature for the 2011-13 biennium. Each of the school districts will also contribute funding to the projects. Two schools in the Bethel School District - Clover Creek Elementary and Shining Mountain Elementary - will get $8.9 million and $7 million respectively. The Clover Park School District will receive $12.5 million for Hudtloff Middle School and Geiger Elementary in the Tacoma School District will get $6.3 million. Finally, the Maple Lawn Elementary in the Sumner School District will receive $5.3 million.  


Joplin schools awarded supplemental funding, money for laptops

C. J. Huff
C.J. Huff

The Joplin, Missouri, School District will have some extra funds to help it recover from storm damages after tornadoes tore through the city in May. Because property values decreased when thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by the storms, the school district anticipated a revenue shortfall of from $750,000 to $1.5 million. The state has stepped in and will allocate up to $1.5 million to the district to offset those losses. Joplin Superintendent C.J. Huff said nearly 60 percent of the district's revenue comes from property taxes. Huff said he is hopeful the district will be able to rebuild and be in permanent buildings within three years. In the meantime, the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC, on behalf of the people of the UAE, has pledged a $500,000 donation to the district to help it meet its goal of providing all high school students enrolled in the district with laptops for the start of the upcoming school year. The laptops will allow the students to attend "virtual classrooms" while the high school is being rebuilt. They will also be able to access educational resources, including textbooks. The UAE has issued a challenge as well, noting it will match dollar-for-dollar any funds donated to the initiative, up to an additional $500,000.


Kansas school district seeks bond vote for new schools, renovations

The Gardner Edgerton USD 231 has called for a school bond election on Jan. 31, 2012. If successful, the bond proceeds would go toward construction of a new elementary and middle school and will provide for renovations and upgrades to current schools and facilities. The bond amount would be capped at $72.79 million. Total estimated cost of the construction projects is $72,829,500, including interest accrued during construction and bond issuance expenses.


College's science center in line for $9 million renovation project

The Grant Science Center at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania has been approved for $9 million in renovations. The project includes a new entrance and a foyer space where students can wait for the previous class to finish and leave. The chemical storage area will be modified and labs will be upgraded. The brick exterior of the building will be replaced with a metal exterior. Bid opening for the project is set for Nov. 14. Officials then hope for a May 2012 start date and completion in the summer of 2013.


New Jersey schools getting ready for $12 million in upgrades

Frank Mandala
Frank Mandala

Several schools in the Cedar Grove (New Jersey) district have been approved for $12 million in upgrades, slated to start in summer 2012. The funds for the projects come from a bond issue passed in January. The high school will undergo renovations that include replacement of roofs, windows, doors and a ventilation system. The district is expected to seek bids in early 2012 with a contractor hired to oversee construction at each of the schools. The construction will finish quickly, as all four projects will be under construction at the same time. More than half of the roofs and all windows and doors on the four schools will be replaced. The funding includes: $8.3 million for the high school, $1.7 million for the South End School, $1.3 million to the North End School and $685,000 to the Leonard R. Parks School. The new roofs and other energy efficiencies are expected to save the district $156,000 per year. Board president Frank Mandala urged community support for the projects because he said interest rates may never be as low as they are now. 


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  • Kiewit-General-Manson's bid of $596.5 million for construction of a new, six-lane floating bridge onContract State Route 520 in Washington State is likely to be awarded the contract for the project after final review and acceptance of the proposal and after coming in $163.5 million less than the high-end estimate of $750 million;
  • MicroTech, a technology and systems integrator, has won a $10 billion government-wide acquisition contract from the U.S. General Services Administration for the Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services II (STARS II), for five years with a five-year option and includes IT solutions such as cyber-security, information assurance, virtualization, sustainability, health IT, cloud computing, IPV6, VoIP and Web 2.0 across the government, and allows task orders up to $4 million each for federal civilian and Dept. of Defense activities;
  • McCarthy Building Companies Inc. will serve as construction manager-at-risk for the estimated $191 million construction of a surface-water treatment plant that will provide Montgomery County, Texas, with water for decades;
  • Atlanta-based Hardin Construction Co. has been selected by the Douglasville, Georgia, City Council to build its new downtown conference center and parking garage, with a bid package of $13.35 million;
  • Florida's Harris Corp., has received a $50 million work-order contract from the Oregon Department of Transportation to deliver public safety radios, technology and services for the Oregon State Radio Project; and
  • Aecom Technology's joint venture was awarded a $150 million contract for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission wastewater improvement program and will provide program management services for the utility's $7 billion Wastewater Enterprise Capital Improvement program for projects in San Francisco.


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Mississippi county's hospital looking forward to expansion

Lonnie Graeber

Lonnie Graeber

Residents of Neshoba County (Mississippi) are looking forward to a $19 million expansion of the local county hospital. The addition will be a new two-story structure adjacent to the existing facility. Hospital administrator Lonnie Graeber said the project will be done in two phases - the first a new hospital and the second the renovation of the current 5-year-old hospital, which will house obstetrics and gynecology patients, labor and delivery rooms and a nursery. The first phase carries an $18.75 million price tag while the second phase will cost $14.75 million. Graeber said the hospital secured a federal grant/loan for the remaining $4 million. Graeber said he expects the project's construction to begin by Thanksgiving and be completed and moved into by Christmas of next year. The first floor will include the lobby, emergency department, four ICU beds and radiology. The second floor of the facility will include 25 new patient rooms, surgery and pharmacy.


Maryland wastewater treatment plant to get major upgrades

The Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners has voted to spend $7 million for upgrades to the city's Freedom Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project includes efforts to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in the plant's discharge. That, in turn, will reduce the amount of discharge of both into Chesapeake Bay. The nitrogen must be decreased by 85 percent and the phosphorus by 20 percent. Officials said signing the agreement now will move the project to the design phase.


Community health center announces plans for $5.2 million new facility

Council Bluffs

New Community Health Center

The Council Bluffs (Iowa) Community Health Center is making plans for a new $5.2 million facility. The new facility will feature 18,400 square feet, almost twice the size of the current 10,200 square feet facility. Officials are calling it a "one-stop shop" for primary health care. Last year, more than 6,400 patients - 57 percent of whom were uninsured - were served at the center. The increased size of the facility will allow an additional 1,500 patients per year to be served. The new All Care Health Center will have its own health care model designed to lower insurance rates. It will feature its own in-house pharmacy, additional space for more medical, dental and behavioral health providers and will offer help with diabetes management and smoking cessation. Surface parking will also be available. The new center is being funded by a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a variety of other revenue sources. Bids are expected to be awarded in late August and officials are hopeful there will be an August 2012 opening date. 


Silicon Valley infrastructure projects to benefit from state funding

Some $50 million in state funding will help defray the costs of two infrastructure improvement projects in Silicon Valley. The California Transportation Commission recently allocated $40 million for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley, which is hoped will extend the line to San Jose, Milpita and Santa Clara. Another $10 million is headed to the city of Fremont for the Kato Road Grade Separation Project, which will prepare the corridor for the BART extension. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2013.   


Louisville VA hospital will get $13 million in repairs, new facility 

Although a new facility is planned to replace the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the federal government is spending $13 million on projects to upgrade the facility and could spend another $10 million on additional projects. The projects include a $2.2 million state-of-the-art surgical intensive care unit that is already opened, a planned $10 million parking garage and a $4.8 million addition to expand the polytrauma clinic. Because construction would take probably five years for a new facility, officials said many of the improvements are necessary now. "We want to make sure veterans have the best available care," said the hospital's facilities manager, Irvon Clear. VA officials say the current center eventually can be used as an outpatient facility once the new one is built. Federal officials are looking at five possible sites for the new facility, which they say will cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The federal government has approved $75 million in federal funds to purchase a site and for planning, but no money has been allotted for construction yet.   


Florida Port Authority earns grant for photovoltaic system at Page Field

Robert Ball

Robert Ball

The Lee County (Florida) Port Authority has been awarded a $500,000 grant to install a solar photovoltaic system at Page Field. The funding is made available through the Florida Energy and Climate Commission (FECC). The funds are part of the federal stimulus bill to the State Energy Program by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Florida commission allocated the funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The port authority received the maximum amount available. The photovoltaic system will be on the hangar roof of the Page Field Terminal Complex and will produce power for the terminal building. Port Authority Director Robert Ball noted the importance of grant funding to airports for both infrastructure and renovations. "LCPA worked diligently with FECC staff to secure this funding that will permit us to offset future energy costs at Page Field with an environmentally conscious project," he said. 


Up to $8 million in renovations planned for civic center

Three of six phases of a renovation project at the Asheville (North Carolina) Civic Center are under way, with bids for other projects currently being accepted. The goal for completion of all of the projects - which could cost up to $8 million - is slated for March 2012. Already under construction are fabrication and installation of seating risers for the lower bowl, a new sound system and electronics projects including scoreboards and a messaging system. Bids are currently out for asbestos abatement, a new heating and cooling system for the banquet hall and a general construction contract that will include painting, lighting and locker rooms and concourse renovations. 


Texas county to call $214M bond election for roads, drainage, parks projects

Travis County (Texas) commissioners have approved calling for a $214.9 million bond election in November. Included in the bond election are: $132.9 million for roads and drainage projects; $82.1 million for parks projects, inflation costs and bond issuance costs. A third proposition was discussed as part of the bond vote. It would have included an additional $20 million for acquiring nearly 800 acres for a corridor park system along the Pedernales River.


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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 Reuben F. Young.


Reuben Young

Reuben Young

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Reuben F. Young graduated from Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He then attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor's degree. He earned his law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1985. From 1985-1995, Young lived in Austin, Texas, and worked in the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State's Office from 1985-1987. He entered private law practice and then in 1988 worked as an assistant district attorney for Travis County, Texas, before he returned to private practice in 1992. In 1994, Young was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. Returning to North Carolina in 1995, he worked as both Associate and Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice, representing the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. He remained with the department until 2001, when he was appointed by Gov. Mike Easley as deputy legal counsel. He was the governor's chief legal counsel from 2003 until he was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2009 to the position of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Young was recently appointed by Perdue to head the newly created Department of Public Safety, an agency that will include the Highway Patrol, the National Guard, prisons, parole officers and youth centers. The consolidation will take place Jan. 1, 2012.


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Bryan Bayley


Cynthia Nava


Jim Kelley


Bryan Bayley, an Air Force veteran and former deputy network director of the South Central VA Health Care Network, has been appointed deputy director of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, replacing Edgar Tucker, who retired. After three decades with the Gadsden (New Mexico) Independent School District and having led the district since 2007, Superintendent Cynthia Nava has announced her retirement to give more time to her position as a state senator. Sweetwater (Texas) Chief of Police Jim Kelley will end his 35 years with the department - the last 27 as chief - when he retires May 31 of next year. Lyle Williams, who has spent the last eight months as interim director of human resources for the city of Farmington, New Mexico, has been named director, replacing Donna Brooks, who retired after 20 years. Sean Parker, who has worked at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas for the last 15 years and a native of Ruidoso, New Mexico, has been selected as the new manager of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso. Charles Smith, former director of the Arkansas State Hospital, who resigned, has taken the job as assistant administrator of the Arkadelphia Human Development Center. Bill Lively, president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra until last April, will fill the new position of Vice Chancellor of Strategic Partnerships for

Bill Lively


Marcia Adams


Steve Daniel


the three-campus University of North Texas System. Marcia Adams, who began her budget and finance jobs in South Carolina in 1987 with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, then spent eight years with the Department of Motor Vehicles and has been chief of staff of he Budget and Control Board since January, has been named to head the board. Steve Daniel, former director of Georgia QuickStart and former vice president of economic development programs at Flint River Technical College in Thomaston, has been appointed provost at Southern Crescent Technical College in Georgia. Seaford, Delaware, School District Superintendent Russell Knorr will end a 44-year education career when he retires next summer, after having led the school district since 1983. Judy Smith, who has served in city positions in Palos Verdes Estates (California) for 16 years as assistant city manager, finance director, city clerk, risk manager and acting city manager, has been appointed city manager. John Cook, a 22-year veteran of the Springfield (New Jersey) police force and joined the department as a recruit in 1989, has been named police chief. The DeKalb County (Georgia) Schools have selected Cheryl L. H. Atkinson, current superintendent in Lorain, Ohio, as the district's new superintendent.

Cheryl Atkinson


Spencer Kimura


Mark Pagano


Spencer Y. Kimura, a battalion chief with more than 30 years experience with the Glenview Fire Department, has been chosen as fire chief of the Riverside Village (Illinois) Fire Department. Montana State Billings has chosen Mark A. Pagano, former professor of mechanical engineering technology and dean of Purdue University's Extended Campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, as the Billings university's new provost. In Newton, Massachusetts, Bruce Proia, a veteran of 33 years with the local fire department as lieutenant, captain, assistant and acting chief, has been named fire chief and was recently sworn in along with Assistant Fire Chief Paul Chagnon. Two Bay Area men have been chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve in state health care agencies - Brent Barnhart appointed director of the Department of Managed Health Care and John Shen appointed chief of the Long Term Care Division at the Department of Health Care Services. David Singel, head of the chemistry and biochemistry department at Montana State University, and Ron Larsen, head of the chemical and biological engineering department, have been selected as new associate provosts for the university.


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Design-Build Conference, Expo set in Florida in October

The Design-Build Institute of America will host the 2011 Design-Build Conference & Expo from Oct. 19-21 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. "Integration Magic: Reality of Results" will be the theme for this year's event. Keynote speaker will be Capt. James Lovell, NASA's Apollo 13 commander. Among the educational sessions will be topics that include the latest in design-build caselaw, a look into the future of design-build enterprise, risk allocation in the age of design-build, America's infrastructure challenge, successful teaming, legislative strategies that work and more. The event also features exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to register, click here.


NASTD 2011 Annual Conference set in Omaha Aug. 28-Sept. 1

The National Association of State Technology Directors 34th Annual Conference and Technology Showcase for 2011 is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in Omaha. Jeff Taylor, founder of and CEO of, will keynote the conference. The 2011 conference will offer attendees opportunities to network, share information and learn about new ideas and solutions for improving state government through applied technology. The conference will have breakout sessions to provide specific training opportunities for those technology professionals responsible for managing and operating state networks and data centers. There will also be an e-leadership track to address issues of interest to current and future IT directors. For more information, click here. 


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


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.  


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.


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


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