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Volume 3, Issue 39January 25, 2012
Government agencies moving toward 'green' fleets

Mary Scott Nabers

Governmental agencies own lots of vehicles and public officials are focused on making their fleets greener. Companies interested in offering solutions related to this objective will find a huge marketplace.

 

Not only must officials keep the vehicles running and service them in a cost-efficient way, they are now under mandates to begin utilizing alternative fuels and green technology. Federal mandates require fleet managers to operate with 100 percent alternative fuel, hybrid or electric vehicles by 2015. Examples of this trend are being seen across the country and include:  

 

Colorado

Colorado and Oklahoma came together recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at increasing the number of clean-energy vehicles in their states' fleets.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Florida may need P3 help with projects
Headlines from around the nation
Florida faces 'secret privatization'
Upcoming education opportunities
Order caps state funding spending
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events
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Florida schools, colleges find state funding dwindling

 

Once healthy PECO going broke; projects being stalled, abandoned 

Frank Brogan
Frank Brogan

Energy conservation in Florida is both reaping rewards and wreaking havoc.

 

The state fund that pays for new construction and maintenance on state-supported school and university campuses, the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) fund, is out of money. The good news is that more and more Florida residents are switching from land line phones to cell phones and more and more are replacing household appliances with energy efficient models. The bad news is that PECO is funded by a tax on telephones and electricity. As a result, at campuses across the state, school and university projects are either being stalled or abandoned.

 

Education officials are charged with meeting the needs of a projected 30,000 new students in K-12 next fall and Florida colleges and universities also are growing. And because PECO is out of money, the governor has asked the Department of Education, the Florida College System and the State University System to identify an additional $250 million worth of authorized projects that can be delayed. State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan warned the Florida Board of Governors, which is the governing body for the State University System of Florida, "We're probably never going to get back to where we were."

 

Gov. Rick Scott has asked that education officials have their recommendations to him by Feb. 7 on which projects already under way or about to begin can be put on the back burner. While education officials admit they have some money in reserves, the law requires them to keep a 5 percent minimum on hand. Money over that amount can be used for salaries and multi-year contracts. The amount in reserves also can have a positive impact on the schools' bond ratings. Some of the projects could in the future lend themselves to public-private partnerships as student populations continue to increase. 

 

Headlines from around the nation...

 

Conference of Mayors honors P3s of cities, private companies

 

Ohio mulls public-private partners

 

 (To view these stories, click here and look under "Around the Nation.")

 

 

Florida bills could lead to 'secret privatization'

 

Legislation aimed at prison facilities may have far-reaching effects in other agencies

Two bills submitted to the Florida Senate's Rules Committee that would allow what some are calling secret privatization or outsourcing of state agency functions are awaiting the next step of their legislative journey. Passage of SB 2036 would mean that an agency would not have to report its privatization of a program or service until after a contract is signed. The bill caption reads:

 

Outsourcing or Privatization of Agency Functions; Providing that certain information relating to the outsourcing or privatization of an agency function that is expressly required by law is not required to be included in the agency's legislative budget request until after the contract for such functions is executed; providing that procurements for outsourcing or privatizing agency functions that are expressly required by law are exempt from the requirement that they be evaluated for feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency, etc.

 

Another similar bill, SB 2038, relates to the privatization of correctional facilities. Although there is some question about the lack of government transparency the bills might create, they also provide that there must a substantial savings to the state before a privatization can occur.

 

The bills are aimed at turning around a judge's order after a plan to privatize prisons in South Florida that officials said would save the state up to $40 million per year. A circuit judge ruled that the state's plan was unconstitutional because it was passed through the budget and not as separate legislation. The decision is under appeal. But opponents of the bills fear that the bills could impact every state agency.

 

Contracting Opportunities

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Alamogordo bond vote would result in $20 million in construction projects

George Straface
George Straface

A successful Feb. 7 bond election in the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Public Schools balloting would lead to $20 million in construction projects at various schools in the district. Among the projects planned are paying for design plans for a new elementary school, with $4.2 million of the bond proceeds going to match state funds for construction of the school. Superintendent Dr. George Straface said the district made a land swap with the city for the site for the new school. He said the school will have classrooms for 250 students. "That core facility is also for things like a gym, media center, offices, parking areas, a playground and classrooms for 250 students," he said. The bonds would also be used for renovation projects at Oregon, Yucca and Sierra elementary schools over the next four years. Some of the funding also would be used for plumbing, HVAC and other upgrades, said the superintendent.

 

Oklahoma bond would build cafeteria that will also serve as shelter

When Ringling, Oklahoma, voters go to the polls next month, they will be deciding the fate not only of school campus improvements, but also a project that will provide a safe haven for the community in the event of disasters. The $1 million bond vote would pay for a new school cafeteria that would also serve as the city's first storm shelter. If approved, the shelter would be completed in less than two years and will be big enough to house 600 people. Passage of the Feb. 14 ballot proposition would result in a slight tax increase to residents.

 

Louisiana school rejects bids; will rework major renovation plans

A proposed $11 million renovation project for Prairieville Middle School in the Ascension Parish in Louisiana has been put on hold and will be retooled. The changes are due to all five bids for the project coming in well over the estimated costs. Officials rejected all five bids. The lowest bidder's offer alone was $4 million over budget. Officials will now work to break down the project and perhaps plan the renovations in phases, putting the project out for bids again in about a month. The renovations include a new cafeteria, kitchen and office area, a new classroom building and demolition work for an old classroom building.

  

Palo Alto High School approves $24.4 million performing arts center

Melissa Caswell
Melissa Caswell

The board of the Palo Alto, California, schools have approved going forward with a $24.4 million project that will result in a new state-of-the-art performing arts center at the Palo Alto High School. Construction could start as early as the summer of 2013. This newly approved project is one of several new buildings planned for the campus. This one, board members feel, will be large enough to serve students for the next 50-100 years. While some argued for a smaller facility - this one will seat 600 - board members were looking to the future and to student growth. "We probably won't have another opportunity to do something like this for 50 to 100 years. So if we have a substantially larger student body, this is the facility we're going to have," said board member Melissa Baten Caswell. The 26,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in 2015 and will include an orchestra pit and trap room, full fly loft, green rooms with adjacent toilet and dressing rooms, control room and tech equipment support rooms. It also will include a lobby, ticket sales area, concession and display area and a performing arts classroom and office.

 

State says it can't afford capital plan presented by University of Nebraska officials

The University of Nebraska could be ripe for a public-private partnership offer after Gov. Dave Heineman recently said the state cannot afford to help pay for the university's proposed $441 million capital initiative it recently announced. Among the proposed capital projects are a cancer research center in Omaha, a nursing facility and veterinary diagnostic center in Lincoln and a health training facility in Kearney. Heineman has already pledged tax relief to Nebraskans and said the timing for the university's proposal is not right. However, UN President J.B. Milliken said he believes the state can support the capital plan with a one-time investment. Milliken said the state would be asked for a $91 million initial investment and another $50 million later. Private donations and other sources would account for at least $300 million for the cancer center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He also noted that the university has an obligation to address critical research, education and health care issues in the state. He said the capital plan addresses those needs while also generating jobs.

 

Corpus Christi planning new $3.5 million magnet school

The Corpus Christi, Texas, Independent School District is planning construction of a $3.5 million magnet school which could be under construction by this spring. The new school will be on the site of the former Adult Learning Center, which was demolished last year. The school will be built with some of the school district's nearly $21 million in savings realized from its successful 2008 bond program. Officials are hopeful the school will be ready to open by fall 2013.

 

Ohio State arts education program benefits from $6 million donation

Arts education at Ohio State University got a $6 million boost recently from a pledge from a former music industry executive. Lawrence "Larry" Barnett, who also was an agent for famous big-band and Hollywood stars, made the pledge. It will be used to create a center to integrate business teaching into the arts curriculum and to renovate Sullivant Hall, which will reopen next year with new gallery spaces, a performance area and theater. The College of Arts and Sciences has already received $1 million of the gift. The remaining $5 million will come in $1 million increments over five years. The new multidisciplinary center will be named the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for the Integrated Arts. 

 

Order caps state funds spent on contract executives

 

Cuomo's directive also directs 75 percent of funds to be used for services

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order restricting the amount of state funds that a private contractor can use to pay its executives. The order is the result of scrutiny of organizations that contract with the state to provide Medicaid-financed services to the developmentally disabled. In his order, the governor noted that some service providers in the past have used state funds or payments to pay "excessive administrative costs" and "outsized compensation" for some of these senior executives instead of spending more of those funds to provide "direct care or services to their clients."

 

As a result of the order, several agency commissioners will oversee the salary caps, which are set at the federal standard of $199,700. The order also says that 75 percent of state funds must be used for services instead of administrative costs, with that share increasing to at least 85 percent by 2015.

 

Public-Private Partnerships

Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

$400 million federal courthouse approved for Los Angeles

Antonio Villaraigosa

Los Angeles officials are heralding the announcement that a long-stalled new federal courthouse in the downtown area has been cleared for takeoff. The $400 million project has been planned for more than 10 years and will replace an aging facility officials say has both security and asbestos problems. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the project would improve public safety, revitalize the Civic Center and create thousands construction jobs in the city. Martha Johnson, head of the U.S. General Services Administration, said the agency plans to award a contract to construct the courthouse, with construction likely to begin during the last quarter of this year. Officials are hoping for a move-in date of no later than March 2016. The original design for the facility came with a too-high price tag and officials scaled back the design. The original design called for 54 courtrooms. The current design includes a 600,000-square-foot facility with 24 courtrooms and 32 judges' chambers. There is talk about possibly renovating the current courthouse to be used for executive branch agencies that currently are housed in leased space, or perhaps selling the building. 
 

Farmington officials identify 26 capital improvement projects, funding

Farmington, New Mexico, city officials have identified 26 capital improvement projects that are a priority for the city. They also have identified two sources of funding for the projects. They have decided that either the current city-held bonds should be extended for the next 10 years or use the city's 408 or "Rainy Day" fund. That fund has a current balance of $3.6 million that the city has been adding to over the years. City officials recently voted to spend $2.6 million of the Rainy Day fund on smaller capital improvement projects such as roof repairs, fiber optic projects and replacing a fire station. If the bond extension were to be approved, it will raise $10 million in cash needed for a new animal shelter, remodeling the civic center, replacing Fire Station No. 1 and building the Lakewood Detention Pond. 
 

Minnesota governor releases list of proposed public works projects 

Mark Dayton
Mark Dayton

"The contractors and sub-contractors are almost all private sector companies. They employ workers in the private sector," Dayton said. Most of the funding proposed for higher education is for upkeep of current facilities, and those projects dominate the list. The University of Minnesota would get $107 million under the governor's plan, with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System to get $112 million. Some of the other projects include upgrades at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, a new St. Paul Saints baseball stadium and civic center expansion in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud. Saying his bill will upgrade college facilities throughout the state, expand regional civic center and add light rail to the transit system, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has released his list of proposed public works construction projects. The bill calls for $775 million in bonding, which he says can be leveraged to $1.5 billion and will create more than 21,000 jobs, most of which will be in the private sector.

  

Variety of contracting opportunities available in El Paso area

There are a number of contracting opportunities currently available in the El Paso area. They include:

  • The Department of the Army is requesting proposals for grounds maintenance and pest control services at Fort Bliss Industry Day/site visit. MICC-Fort Bliss;
  • Socorro Independent School District is requesting bids for miscellaneous reprographic services;
  • El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for warehouse furniture;
  • El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for the construction of gym bleacher modifications for Bowie, Burgess and Franklin high schools;
  • Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande is requesting bids for computer information system and maintenance services;
  • The Ysleta Independent School District is requesting bids for energy management system; and
  • The El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for construction of Irvin High School attendance office relocation.

County in Georgia offers local-preference provision for businesses

A local-preference provision that went into effect this year gives local businesses in Cobb County, Georgia, a leg up in procurement activities by the county. Called "Keep It in Cobb," this initiative gives five extra points to local companies in the bidding and evaluation system for contracts of $50,000 to $100,000. Contracts larger than $100,000 will receive an additional three points for local companies. The system is in place only for professional services since county code requires product purchases to be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder.

 

Contracting opportunities available in New Mexico

Several contracting opportunities are available in New Mexico. They include:

  • The Department of the Air Force, Air Combat Command, Holloman AFB, is requesting bids for records storage upgrade, total small business set aside;
  • The city of Alamogordo is requesting bids for the purchase of internally illuminated street name signs; and
  • Dona Ana County is requesting bids for a 4,000-gallon water truck for the Dona Ana County Fleet Department. 
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:

  • Wagner Construction has been awarded a $2.2 million contract to renovate the emergency and surgery areas of the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, Iowa.
  • Pierce Manufacturing Inc. was awarded a $7,092,251 federal contract by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, for fire fighting vehicle pumpers.
  • Pomp's Tire Service Inc., won a $1,488,730.90 federal contract from the U.S. Army's Defense Logistics Agency Detachment, Warren, Mich., for vehicular brake, steering, axle, wheel and track components.
  • M.T. Davidson Co. won a $135,000 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the repair of centrifugal pump units.
  • Didion Inc. won a $2,882,600 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, Kansas City, Mo., for subsistence items for U.S. Food Aid programs.
  • Holt Dental Supply Inc., Waukesha, Wis., won a $250,000 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Acquisition Center, Hines, Ill., for dental equipment and supplies.
  • Terra Costa Consulting and JC Baldwin were approved for a $2.2 million contract for construction of the seawalls at Pismo Beach in California.
  • Mortenson Construction has been awarded a contract for the $75 million renovation of a stadium on the Kansas State University campus to include improvements such as a new dining hall, a shop, upgraded media faciliities and new premium seating areas.
  • Brayman Construction Corp. has been awarded a contract for $81,266,742.05 by the Ohio Department of Transportation for the Ironton-Russell Bridge Replacement project.
  • Athens Services has been awarded a one-year contract in the amount of $292,000 by the City of Lake Forest, California, for street sweeping.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3s)

 

City in Arizona looking at P3 to help with costs of athletic fields

Marie Lopez Rogers
Marie Lopez Rogers

Officials in Avondale, Arizona, are considering a public-private partnership help defray some of the costs of maintaining its athletic fields and parks. While the city is not looking to privatize operation of the parks, it is looking for a partner, such as a sports-management company. Under such a partnership, the city would invest in more shade structure, additional green space for family use, expanded play areas and upgraded concessions. However, the city would like to seek a partner to manage the city's sports field. The city already has a similar project that is working - a sports center built by the city with a private sector firm managing the operations.

 

City officials said that well-maintained and managed sports facilities will attract regional and national tournaments that will provide a boost to the local economy. "When we talk about public-private partnerships, I think it's a positive," said Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers. Because the fields are used daily, they undergo wear and tear and thus don't meet the quality needed to attract out-of-area participants. And the city also does not have enough staff to properly organize tournaments. However, they feel a public-private partnership would result in changes in how fields are allocated, resulting in less wear and tear on fields. The private partner would also be charged with soliciting groups to bring tournaments to the city. Rogers noted that during a tournament, a family of four spends an average of $530 over a weekend, which provides a significant boost to the local economy.

 

The city is looking at adding parking to some parks, adding permanent fencing that can be locked, adding lights, expanded concessions and more.

 

Texas courthouse project draws responses from 21 developers

Responses from more than 21 developers regarding a proposed public-private partnership (P3) to build a civil courthouse in Austin are being evaluated by a private firm, with recommendations expected to be presented to the Travis County Commissioners Court in mid-March. A representative of the service and accounting firm hired by the county to conduct a feasibility study on the use of a P3 to build the courthouse said the responses included a variety of proposals for completing the project.

 

Respondents offered everything from including a retail element in the courthouse to adding office space for lease. They also proposed different methods of construction, from the familiar design bid method to a private sector construction that includes both maintenance and operations in addition to construction. Most said the project could take from two to five years to complete.

 

The site for the courthouse would allow for a building of 1.9 million square feet, but the feasibility study will look closely at how much space is needed and how much space might be absorbed by retail and offices. County officials are hoping that a public-private partnership will reduce the county costs for the project.

 

Public-private partnership in Montana results in $33.8M in local contracts

A new federal courthouse in Billings, Montana, is being built with federal economic stimulus funds and with the help of a public-private partnership. The $60 million facility will be the largest dollar amount spent to build a facility in downtown Billings. A Minneapolis-based construction firm will build the five-story justice tower and then lease it back to the federal government's General Services Administration.

 

Not only does the partnership result in a new multi-million-dollar courthouse building, but also 40 Montana companies have been hired on the project, including 32 from Billings. One of the companies was based in another state but has since formed a Montana subsidiary. Already, the construction company has executed $45.7 million in contracts. Companies incorporated in Montana have landed $33.8 million, or 74 percent, of the work. Small businesses have received $21.3 million in contracts. One major contractor on the project said the contract has meant the addition of about 50 percent more of its workforce.

 

Clark College can point to varied list of successful P3 projects

Bob Knight
Bob Knight

Clark College President Bob Knight says that mostly because of public-private partnerships, the Washington state school has gone from being "state funded" to "state assisted." In his recent State of the College address, Knight outlined a variety of new programs and facilities on the campus that were made possible by partnerships and/or contributions from businesses and individuals.

 

Among those projects are a program that trains a local medical center's workers to become state-certified nursing assistances, an early-learning center made possible by a private donation and a new dental hygiene lab paid for by an endowment fund. Dealing with budget cuts from the state level, Clark College has had to be innovative in finding new revenue sources other than tuition increases.

 

Missouri transportation officials look to P3s to build Interstate 70

Although voters twice have said no to constitutional amendments in Missouri that would allow for state toll roads and bridges, transportation officials now say if the state were to enter into public-private partnerships, a vote would not be necessary. Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith offered a proposal to rebuild part of I-70 between Highway 40-61 near Wentsville and Interstate 470 near Kansas City at a cost of between $2 billion and $4 billion. Private sector firms could come in and fund the project and then collect tolls to recoup their investment. Keith said with this kind of relationship, he does not think a public vote would be required.

 

Ohio governor pushing for P3s for highway construction projects

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is pushing for the state's Department of Transportation to look into using public-private partnerships to fund high-dollar highway construction projects throughout the state. The legislature gave the department the authority to explores such partnerships. Many of those agreements involve the state leasing existing facilities to a private sector company, which then collects tolls or fees in exchange for operating and maintaining it. In addition to highway projects, Kasich wants the state to also consider leasing rest centers, the Ohio turnpike and bridges. 

 

Could P3 proposal provide relief for Texas parks facing dramatic fund shortage?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is responsible for the state's park system, might be a prime candidate for a public-private partnership proposal. The park system, like most other Texas state agencies, went under the budget knife when lawmakers faced a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit during the last legislative session and its budget was cut by more than 20 percent. Drought conditions and record wildfires exacerbated the situation as fewer visits to parks were recorded. The department suffered through $8.5 million in damages to Bastrop State Park alone following one of the state's largest and most destructive wildfires. As a result of budget cuts, fewer park visits and natural disaster-related losses, the department has suspended operations in some recreational areas and could face closing some parks. There have already been office consolidations, employee layoffs, reduced services and some daily park closures. Officials have turned to the public to request help in raising $4.6 million to keep the park system viable. As many other park systems in other states are looking to public-private partnerships to help fund and keep their parks open while saving state dollars, interest by a private sector partner in Texas might be welcomed.

 

Odds & ends

 

Some contracting opportunities from across the country
 

Tennessee 

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation has issued an RFP for integrated right-of-way information system.
  • The State of Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development has issued an RFP for banking services for unemployment insurance trust fund clearing account.
  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation has issued an RFP for an outdoor advertising information management system.

 Louisiana

  • The State of Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration has issued an RFP for professional land services, providing landman services for coastal protection and restoration on a project-by-project basis throughout the coastal parishes of Louisiana.
  • The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has issued an RFP for accounting services for the Fishermen's Gear Program.
  • The Louisiana Department of Education, Office of College and Career Readiness, Louisiana Virtual School has issued an RFP for obtaining the use of a Learning Management System and related services to deliver online educational courses to teachers and students of the state.

Massachusetts

  • City of Springfield, Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management has issued an RFP for fertilizer and pesticides for municipal golf courses.
  • The town of Hingham, Hingham Public Schools is seeking a construction firm for the construction of a 176,385-square-foot new Hingham Middle School and development of an 8-acre site.

Arkansas

  • The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is seeking janitorial services for the State Military Department for approximately 57,567 square feet and for approximately 8,931 square feet.
  • The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is seeking bids to coordinate, design, develop and produce five 30-minute (one of which is anticipated to be one hour in length) reality-styled documentaries that educate the public about AMHC's four key focuses of HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease, Health Care Workforce Diversity and Navigation of the Health Care System, as well as, its overarching focus of Nutrition & Physical Fitness.
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 editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Ronald D. Schmitz.
 
Ronald Schmitz
Ronald Schmitz

Ronald D. Schmitz earned his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his MBA from Northwestern University. He got his start in fund management with Kraft Foods Inc. in 1982 and later earned experience in pension management with Sears, Roebuck & Co. and the Stratford Advisory Group. From 1988 to 1998, Schmitz served as director of investments for Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association. He then was named chief investment officer for the Illinois State Board of Investment, where he managed all aspects of the investment of pension assets for the general employee, judges and general assembly retirement systems. In 2003, the veteran fund manager was tabbed to serve as the chief investment officer for the $60 billion Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), managing the investment activities for PERS, the State Accident Insurance Fund, the Common School Fund, the Oregon Growth Account and the Short Term Fund. A couple of months ago, Schmitz was appointed as the new chief investment officer of the $51 billion Virginia Retirement System.

 

Opportunity of the week...

A Nebraska city is planning to begin accepting bids in the spring for a $10 million wastewater treatment plant. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com

 

People

 

Walter DansbyRoelof van ArkPatrick DobardWalter Dansby (top left), a career educator who began his career in the Fort Worth (Texas) ISD in 1974 as a classroom teacher and coach, has been chosen as the lone finalist for the school district's superintendent, replacing former Superintendent Melody Johnson, who resigned. Roelof van Ark (top center), who was to lead California's goal of building the nation's first high-speed rail as head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, has announced he will resign in two months and board chair Thomas Umberg has announced he will remain on the board, but no longer be chairman. Patrick Dobard (top right), former deputy director of governmental affairs in the Louisiana Department of Education, has been named Recovery School District Superintendent, replacing John White, who was recently named the state's superintendent of education. H. David Kotz, inspector general of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will leave the commission at the end of this month to join a private investigations firm. Paul Malone, city manager in San Marcos, California, for more than 30 years, has announced that he will retire in April. Vivek Kundra, who was tapped by President Barack Obama in March 2009 to serve as the first federal chief information officer but stepped down last summer to take a fellowship at Harvard University, has been hired as executive vice president of emerging markets for an John WarnerAlex McIntyreKaren Peetzenterprise cloud computing company. Dr. John Warner (middle right), who has been instrumental in the design and planning of the new University Hospital under construction in Dallas, has been chosen to serve as chief executive officer for UT Southwestern Hospitals, effective Feb. 1. Alex McIntyre (middle center), city manager of Lake Oswego, Oregon, will leave that position March 5 to become city manager of Menlo Park, replacing Glen Rojas. Karen Peetz (middle left), CEO of Financial Markets and Treasury Services, Bank of New York Mellon, business and industry trustee for the Penn State University Board of Trustees since July 2010, has been named board chair. Jeffrey Zients, Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management, has been named by President Obama as budget chief, replacing Jack Lew, who was named White House chief of staff. Montana's top elections and ethics official, Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik, has resigned. Ken Detzner, who served as Florida Secretary of State in 2003, has been chosen by Gov. Rick Scott to fill that position again, replacing Kurt Browning, who has announced he will be leaving the post at the end of the month. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read (bottom left), who Bill ReadKate TorreyScott Posterhas held that position since 2008, has announced his retirement, effective June 1. Kate Torrey (bottom center), who joined the University of North Carolina Press as editor in chief in 1989 and became director in 1992, has announced she will retire this summer. Scott Poster (bottom right), deputy chief for the Los Angeles County Fire Department with more than 30 years of firefighting experience, has been named chief of the Newport Beach, California, Fire Department, effective Feb. 6. Union County Public Schools in Morganville, Kentucky, has named Patricia Sheffer as its superintendent of schools, replacing Josh Powell, who resigned to become superintendent of the Montgomery County school district in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Richard Tubbs, chief executive officer at McCook Community College in Nebraska, who planned to retire in June, has announced instead that he will be leaving Feb. 3. Dave Bowen, a 20-year veteran police officer who has served as patrol supervisor, training sergeant, support services supervisor and then supervised the Detective Bureau, has been named the new Great Falls (Montana) police chief. Caesar Rodney School District in Delaware has moved David Perrington, director of human resources, to the position of assistant superintendent, replacing Lou Ann Carlson, who is retiring.

 

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Small Business Administration plans federal contracting event in Fresno

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a workshop in Fresno on Feb. 9 relating to selling goods to federal agencies. The event will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at 801 R Street, Suite 201, 2nd Floor in Fresno. Free parking will be available on R Street. Those attending will learn how to navigate the procurement process and compete for contracts with the federal government. There will be an overview of SBA's various contracting programs including the 8(a) and HUBZone programs along with contracting information for women- and veteran-owned businesses. The SBA Surety Bond guarantee Program will also be discussed at the workshop. Held in partnership with the Strong Cities/Strong Communities Initiative, the workshop will feature a guest speaker from the U.S. General Services Administration.

 

Contingency Planning, Management Conference set in D.C. in April

Ralph Boelter, assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, will be among the keynote speakers at the Contingency Planning and Management Conference that is planned for April 2-4 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference and expo promise in-depth conference sessions focused on key issues central to continuity of operations (COOP), business continuity, emergency management and risk assessment. Among the session tracks for the conference are contingency planning and management, critical infrastructure protection, cyber terrorism and cybercrime, counter terrorism and network-centric security. The accompanying expo will feature exhibitors with resources and solutions to support government and private industry maintenance of critical infrastructure and services of use during weather, terrorism and other challenges. For more information, click here.

 

SUNY to offer workshop regarding marketing to government

State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego will host a series of Government Contracting Workshops beginning Feb. 2 at the Oswego Phoenix Center. The university will work with the New York State Small Business Development Center to address topics to help develop a strategic plan to win and fulfill government contracts. Each of the workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays, beginning Feb. at the Phoenix Center, 70 County Route 59, Phoenix, just off State Route 481. Registrants may attend any or all of the five workshops in the series: "Getting Started in Government Contracting," "Researching the Potential Market for Your Product/Service," "Contracting Methods and Subcontracting Opportunities," "Marketing to the Government" and "New York State Contracting." Registration fees are $40 for each session or $150 for all of the first five sessions. For more information, contact Barb Metcalf at 315-934-4900 or via e-mail at Barbara.Metcalf@oswego.edu

 

AAC&U annual meeting slated for Jan. 25-28 in Washington, D.C.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities is planning its annual meeting for Jan. 25-28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's meeting is "Shared Futures, Difficult Choices - Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement and Success." The meeting will feature networking, workshops and forums. Among the many topics for some of the sessions are strategies for the 21st century, global learning in a global century, how to prepare global leaders and more. To view the schedule for the event, click here. To register, click here.

 

NABE Economic Policy Conference dates announced for March 25-27

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) 2012 Economic Policy Conference is slated for March 25-27, 2012, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. Theme for the conference is "From Crisis Management to Long-Term Renewal," and will focus on how best to address immediate policy challenges - sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and spiraling deficits - in the context of the nation's obligations to tackle fiscal imbalances, maintain competitiveness and adequately invest in education, energy and infrastructure. There is an early bird discount for early registration by Jan. 31. Among the numerous speakers are FedEx CEO Fred Smith and Doug Elmendorf, Congressional Budget Office director. To view the agenda, click here. For information on registration, click here.

 

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