Volume 3, Issue 19
August 24, 2011
Public sector survey addresses problems, solutions, meeting request issues 

Mary Scott Nabers

Periodically, the SPI Team surveys our public sector friends to ask about current priorities and where they are focusing the majority of their attention. The most recent questions were as follows:


- What are the most immediate problems capturing your attention at the moment?


- Are there certain types of solutions a private sector contractor might offer that would interest you?


- How do you like to receive meeting requests?


The answers were interesting and insightful enough to pass, here's what we heard. Problems receiving the most immediate focus throughout the country appear to be fairly consistent.




States to share highway funding
Housing, economic development grants awarded
P3 news
Upcoming education opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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States to share $417.3M for highway projects


Federal funds to be used to expand highway repairs, roadway safety efforts

Victor Mendez
Victor Mendez

More than $400 million in grant funds has been announced as headed to the states to expand highway repairs and roadway safety. The grants are being delivered through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). When the grant funds were announced as available in June, every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., applied for the $417.3 million available. In fact, there were more than 1,800 applications totaling nearly $13 billion, which is more than 30 times what was available. (To view the complete list of projects and the amount funded, click here and look under "Recent Reports.")


The projects funded are designed to create jobs, increase mobility and improve quality of life for Americans, and according to Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, "will help fill a critical need." He added that the list of critical infrastructure needs that need financial help in the states "grows almost daily."


California projects totaled more than $29.6 million. Some of the projects include $782,640 to leverage an $800,000 (or 38% of the required cost) private sector funding commitment, along with a $100,000 city in-kind contribution, to construct a 100-foot long pedestrian bridge over West Mission Road, $2.25 million to construct a 5-mile segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail commuter bike path linking the Town of Yountville and the City of Napa and more than $3.2 million to construct an additional lane and shoulder on I-680 between San Ramon and Danville.


North Carolina received $3.75 million for the top priority of the state Department of Transportation to improve the I-40/I-77 interchange near Statesville. The project will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety. The interchange that was built in the late 1960s was expected to handle only 5,000 vehicles each day. Currently, the ramps carry about 70,000 vehicles per day.


Michigan was awarded more than $9.1 million. Projects include $2 million to reconstruct I-196 in Allegan County and more than $1.6 million to construct 3.7 miles of trail on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

The discretionary grant programs was created to give FHWA the tools to support projects that maintain the nation's roads and bridges, improve roadway safety and make communities more livable. The funds were awarded through a competitive process.


Grants to address housing, economic development


Construction projects to be plentiful as a result of recent federal funding awards

Shaun Donovan
Shaun Donovan

Construction projects will be plentiful across the country as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $28 million to 46 rural and tribal communities to address sub-standard housing conditions and concentrated areas of poverty. The grants come from HUD's Rural Innovation Fund.


HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said the funding provides "flexible resources to address either housing or economic development needs, or both." These funds allow grants of up to $2 million to support innovative housing and economic development activities in 19 states. Applications were received from more than 300 entities in 48 of the states. The amounts they sought totaled more than $236 million, nearly 10 times the amount available. The funding can be used for construction, preparation of plans, land acquisition, demolition, home ownership counseling and financial assistance.


A number of projects will be funded from a variety of grant types. The San Carlos Housing Authority in Peridot, Arizona, will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Single Purpose grant of $300,000 to build and rehabilitate 40 single family homes and provide quality affordable rental housing. The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin will use their grant of $789,063 to create a visitors center to promote tribal businesses. Housing Development Alliance, Inc. in Hazard, Kentucky, will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Single Purpose grant of $300,000 to construct 25 homes that are at least 40 percent more energy efficient than a standard code home. Chippewa Cree Tribe in Box Elder, Montana, will receive a grant of $2,000,000 to construct a water storage and delivery system. To view the complete list of projects and the award amounts, click here and look under "Recent Reports."


Research Analysts

News about public-private partnerships (P3s)


Alabama city announces public-private partnership to keep local coliseum open

John McMillan
John McMillan

A public-private partnership has been announced as a means of redeveloping the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama. Recent legislation created the Garrett Coliseum Redevelopment Corp., which was seeking a public-private partnership to both redevelop the coliseum and renovate it. Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan, a member of the corporation, said it will cost between $8 million and $12 million to repair the building. This week, McMillan and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange announced the state, city, Montgomery County and the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery are partnering to keep the facility open after state funding ends Oct. 1. McMillan said the agreement buys time for plans to be made to make needed repairs on the aging facility. McMillan said the building needs a new roof, plumbing and electrical repairs as well as possible replacement of the air conditioning system. McMillan is also expecting improvements to be made to livestock barns and horse arenas.


Firm forms partnership with University of Kansas to educate government leaders

Global engineering, construction and operations firm CH2M Hill is partnering with the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration to help educate government leaders. The firm will provide competitive grants for faculty research projects, an educational workshop, an internship for students in city and county leadership and webinars for students and alumni. Public-private partnerships, which are growing in popularity due to the sagging economy, will be addressed as a means of outsourcing local government services.


Washington event to promote public-private partnerships for nonprofits

Lafayette Barnes
Lafayette Barnes

Nonprofits, charities and trade associations will hear from the experts on how to use public-private partnerships to stretch their limited dollars. The 11th annual Public-Private Partnership Conference, sponsored by the D.C. Mayor's Office of Partnerships & Grant Services, the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, Center for Nonprofit Advancement and Greater DC Cares. The nonprofits will have training sessions on managing finances, will learn how to form partnerships with other nonprofits to help them use limited resources to help meet a growing demand for services. Lafayette Barnes, director of the city's Office of Partnerships and Grant Services, said speakers for the event will discuss how to collaborate why collaboration is important and the tools needed to evaluate collaboration.


Public-private partnership to build new Oklahoma visitor center

Three entities are coming together in a public-private partnership to build a 5,000-square-foot visitor center at the Honey Springs battlefield in Oklahoma. The partnership for the $1.9 million project includes the Oklahoma Historical Society, McIntosh County and an area nonprofit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund $500,000 through a grant and $600,000 through a 40-year, 4 percent loan to be repaid by the Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield. The remainder will come from cash on hand or money to be raised by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Officials hope the visitor center will help the area benefit from tourism related to the Civil War battlefield and are hoping to attract up to 150,000 visitors per year, generating $9 million in tourism revenue. "The partnership recognizes that rural areas should increasingly capitalize on the tourism industry," said Ryan McMullen, state director of USDA Rural Development. Architects are currently designing the visitor center.


Upcoming education opportunities


FEMA grant allows school in Arkansas to build safe room

A $1.04 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will go toward building a safe room at Avondale Elementary School in West Memphis, Arkansas. The grant funds are expected to cover 75 percent of the $1.392 million project. The safe room is a freestanding facility that will be used to protect students, faculty and staff as well as residents of area neighborhoods during bad weather. The room will be able to serve as many as 1,000 people. Another $1 million grant was awarded to build a safe room at the high school in Vilona, where an April tornado left five dead.


Utah school district to try to sell property owners on $210 million bond

The Alpine School District in Utah will take a $210 million bond election to voters in November. A successful bond vote would lead to the building of four new elementary schools, a middle school in Eagle Mountain and a high school in Lehi. The schools are needed because an increase of 10,000 new students to the district is expected over the next five years. The bond issue also would pay for renovations at 13 other schools and would add space and address safety issues such as earthquake-proofing.


Illinois school preparing for major changes in campus looks

Meredian Schools
Meridian schools

Four separate buildings in the Meridian, Illinois, school district are about to be reduced to two. When the master plan is completed, all students will be taught in two buildings - a pre-K through fifth grade elementary school and a junior/senior high school featuring grades six through 12. Construction on the junior/senior high will begin in early 2012. The new facility (pictured) will be equipped with new technology in the classrooms and there will be updates to some athletic facilities. There will be more baseball fields and possibly a new soccer field. Also planned are an auditorium with stage, new kitchen facilities and a competition gym with additional bleachers. The total cost for both projects will be between $42 million and $48 million. The new facilities will also be more efficient with geothermal systems. The high school is expected to be completed in time for the 2014 school year.

School construction projects sought through bond in Wyoming district

Officials of the Carbon County (Wyoming) District 1 school district have called for a $26.5 million bond issue to pay for school construction projects. Included are planned improvements at the new Rawlins High School that will not be paid by the state, including an aquatics complex and more space for after-school and vocational programs.


Technology, improvements to Michigan school district part of $22.8 million bond

Voters in the Ferndale, Michigan, School District will face a $22.825 million school bond issue in February of next year. The proceeds from a successful bond vote would provide new technology and a variety of improvements for all facilities in the district. The facilities include most of Ferndale, all of Pleasant Ridge, and parts of the Charter Township of Royal Oak and Oak Park.


Bids could go out this week for construction of new elementary school

Bob Douglas
Bob Douglas

Bids could go out as early as this week for phase one of a new $45 million Bancroft Elementary School in Andover, Massachusetts. Although the ground-breaking had been scheduled earlier, it has now been delayed until after the first of the year. Phase one of the project includes extending a road to provide secondary access to the school. Phase two is construction of the facility, which will begin this fall. The delay is due to permits taking longer than expected. Phase one is now likely to begin in October and phase two will have a January ground-breaking. Bob Douglas, Conservation Commission director, said the permits have now been approved. They were contingent on ensuring the project does not contribute to further flooding


UTEP requesting bids for testing system, door/window replacements

The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for purchase of nanomechanical test system. Bid No. 21102441-WELXM. The university is also requesting bids for Hoover House exterior door and windows replacement. Bid No. 21102442-WEYLC.


New Mexico school, college has bid opportunities available

Western New Mexico University in Silver City is requesting bids for public relations services. Bid No. 01-11/12. The Las Cruces Public School District is requesting bids for Professional Development Center renovation. 


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Who's winning the contracts?


Want to know who your competition is? Who was awarded the contract on a particular project? Below are listed some recent winners of major government contracts:  

  • Federal Express of the District of Columbia; Polar Air Cargo of Purchase, N.Y.; and United Parcel Service, Louisville, Ky., won a contract for $853.3 million from the U.S. Transportation Command for international commercial express package service;
  • Science Applications International Corporation was awarded a prime contract by Marine Corps System Command's (MCSC) Information Systems and Infrastructure Product Group (PG10) to provide systems integration services in support of the Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS). The single-award, follow-on contract has a four-year base period of performance and a contract value of $30 million;
  • Echo Pacific Construction has been selected to build the Vista Del Mar Elementary School by the San Ysidro (California) School District and construction will be delivered through a lease-lease back contract;
  • CACI Technologies of Chantilly won a $24.2 million contract from the Navy for systems engineering services in support of integrated ship self defense; 
  • ICSolutions won a five-year contractto provide pay-phone services at the Bexar County (Texas) county jail, generating estimated annual income to the county of $2.5 million.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton of Herndon won a $10 million contract from the Air Force for report, documents and plans to address strategic, planning and operational requirements;
  • International Relief and Development of Arlington won a $60 million contract from the Agency for International Development for professional, administrative and management support services.
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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


VA making first large-scale purchase of tablet computers

Roger Baker

Roger Baker

The Veterans Affairs Department has added a pair of amendments to its procurement for desktop, laptop and server computers. One of the amendments specifies Apple iPads and other tablets that run the Android operating system and the other addresses tables that run the Windows system. The contract is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, so the actual number of tablets that will be purchased was not specified. The call for the tablets marks the first large-scale purchase of tablets by an agency of the federal government. Roger Baker, the VA's CIO whose division supports 330,000 VA employees, said he plans to allow employees to connect their iPhones and iPads to the VA's network beginning in October. Other mobile computing tools will be added at a later date. Baker went so far as to predict that laptops, tablets and smart phones may eventually put desktop computers on the back burner of technology.


Louisiana prisons to use stimulus funds to address energy efficiency

Louisiana state officials are planning to use federal stimulus funds to help defray the costs of making nine of its state prisons more energy efficient. The money - approximately $31 million - will be for upgrades that include new boilers, chillers and other equipment. Many of the prisons are using older equipment that needs upgrades, said officials. The Louisiana Community Development Authority will issue bonds for the corrections department, with the funds to be used to lease the new equipment from a private sector firm. The state is hopeful to save some $13 million in financing costs over the life of the project by issuing debt as Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, which were made available through the federal Recovery Act.


Variety of bids available for goods, services in New Mexico

A number of bid opportunities are currently available in New Mexico. The Department of the Air Force is requesting bids from economically disadvantaged woman-owned small businesses for command post security system at Holloman Air Force Base, Bid No. F2E0CP1188A001; for tower cab project for Holloman Air Force Base, Bid No. F2E1SS1160A001; and from service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses for press brake upgrade at Holloman Air Force Base. Bid No. F2ETGT1200A001. The Department of the Army is requesting bids for custodial service in Las Cruces, Bid No. W9124N-11-T-0105B. Dona Ana County is requesting bids for an internal affairs investigator for the county's Legal Department, Bid No. 12-0008.


Nebraska town awarded funding for $2.5 million sewer construction

The town of Atkinson, Nebraska, has been awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for sewer system construction. The funding includes both a loan and a grant and will be used to build a new lift station and mechanical treatment plant, which will provide the city with a safe, sanitary sewer system. The $1.7 million loan and $774,000 grant are provided through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Loan and Grant program. The 20-year loan carries a 2.5 percent interest rate.


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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 Stanley Victrum.


Stanley Victrum
Stanley Victrum

Stanley Victrum is originally from Chester, Georgia, and graduated from Dodge County High School in 1976. He attended The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science emphasis and a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He began a military career with the U.S. Marine Corps as Radio Communications Enlisted and Data Systems Officer. He also holds a Master of Ministry degree from Queen City Bible College. Victrum served as Director of Information Technology for the city of Albany and Dougherty County, Georgia, and was later Director of Information Technology for Gaston County, North Carolina. Most recently, he was Chief Information Officer for the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina, after having served as assistant city manager for the city. Victrum, who has 30 years of information technology experience related to the military and local government, was recently named Chief Information Officer for Dallas County, Texas.


Opportunity of the week...


A West Coast city is preparing an RFP for a $6.2 million project to upgrade existing video surveillance cameras on more than 350 of its buses, which will include the ability to have real-time monitoring. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or




Lanuel Ferguson
Peter Douglas
Don Cawby

Lanuel J. Ferguson, a former major in the New Jersey State Police who had been appointed by Mayor Dana L. Redd as Camden (New Jersey) Police Director, has resigned his post only a month after his appointment. Peter Douglas, longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission after having served 26 years since his appointment in 1985, has announced he will retire from his position in November due to health reasons. Don Cawby, former deputy director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and former city manager of Osage City and Parsons, Kansas, has been named Osawatomie's (Kansas) newest city manager. Former Aozora Bank chief executive officer and former vice chair and chief risk officer of BankAmerica Corp. Michael Rossi has been appointed top jobs adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown. Louis Barrow, consultant to Dallas' Behavioral Measures and Forensics Services Southwest Inc. has announced he is withdrawing from the list of candidates for Beaumont (Texas) City Police Chief after taking a full-time position with the Dallas firm. Bob Jones, who has served the last 25 years as chief of the Merkel (Texas) Police Department, has announced his retirement, ending a law enforcement career of four decades. Larry W. Davis, Sr., the highest-ranking uniformed officer in New York's Correction Department, has resigned his post,

Larry Davis
John Sharp
John Mackiel

with Michael Hourihane, deputy chief and a 30-year veteran of the department, named as the new chief. John Sharp, former member of the Texas Legislature and former Texas State Comptroller, has been named the lone finalist for the position of chancellor of the 11-member Texas A&M University System, which includes Sharp's alma mater, Texas A&M University. John Mackiel, superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska's largest school district, has announced that he will retire next year from the position he has held since 1997. Kim Carpenter, who has served as the interim chief executive officer of San Juan County (New Mexico) for two months following the retirement of Keith Johns, has been named the county's new CEO. Sixteen-year law enforcement veteran Jason Goodrich, the current captain for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he supervises 30 police and 20 community service officers, has been named chief of the Lamar University (Texas) Police Department, effective Sept. 13. James Williams, who has served as head of upstate New York's largest public school system for the last six years, has submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 15. The Hot Springs, North Dakota, City Council has hired Harley Lux, business manger at Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, as its new finance officer to replace Cheryl Wait, who has worked for the city for 35 years.Lisa Grillo, a former special education teacher and current principal in the Washington, D.C., Public Schools,

Lisa Grillo
Carter Strickland
Russell Litke

has been hired to serve as the new assistant superintendent of the Wake County (North Carolina) schools. Carter H. Strickland, Jr., former acting director of the Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic and who has served in Michael Bloomberg's administration in New York since 2007, has been chosen commissioner of the city's Department of Environmental Protection. Officials of San Juan College in New Mexico have chosen Russell Litke, controller of the college since May of last year, as the college's new vice president of administrative services, which oversees the college's budget and financial operations. Oklahoma City has named Laura Johnson, former director of the city's Finance Department, and Dennis Clowers, the city engineer and director of the Public Works Department, as new assistant city managers, while Eric Wenger was named to fill Clowers' old post. The City of Gaithersburg (Maryland) has chosen Tom Lonergan, current executive director of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District in New Jersey, as the city's new economic development director. Northeast Community College (Nebraska) President Bill Path, who served as vice president of student services at NECC from 1996 to 2000, left for a year and then returned as president, has been selected to serve as the next president of the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.


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NCPPP planning annual awards, business meeting in Tampa

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships will host its annual Awards Reception and Dinner and its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4 and 5. The events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, Two Tampa City Center, Tampa, Florida. Six public-private partnerships will be honored with awards. Bill Reinhardt, editor and publisher of Public Works Financing, will be the guest speaker for the business meeting. That meeting is open to call NCPPP members and there is no registration fee. For more information, click here.


National Association of State Treasurers plans conference

The National Association of State Treasurers will hold its 2011 Annual Conference Aug. 27-31 in Bismarck, North Dakota. National award-winning artist and historian Steve Stark will be the conference luncheon speaker for the first day of the conference. Other sessions will be on such topics as the Dodd Frank Act, the state of the municipal bond market, economic outlook and a reconsideration of leverage incentives and more. Second day luncheon speaker will be Rich Kilgaard, editor-in-chief and publisher of Forbes Magazine. To view the agenda, click here. To register, click here.


Event addresses public-private partnerships in California

"Implementing Partnerships in California" will be the focus of a one-day event organized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club in Redondo, Beach, California. Among the speakers are representatives of the State of California Department of Transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority. Among the topics for discussion are the framework of public-private partnerships, the California framework for infrastructures, case studies of public-private partnerships and what public agencies should do as the first steps in the process. For more information, click here.


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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