Volume 3, Issue 42
February 15, 2012
Outdated systems, drought lead to urgent need for water-related projects; opportunities plentiful

Mary Scott NabersThe nation's droughts, its aging pipelines and thousands of out-of-date sewer systems have created an urgent need for water-related projects in almost every part of the United States. Projected expenditures for municipal wastewater treatment alone represent $27.8 billion. Nationally, the cost of addressing critical water system needs will exceed $300 billion over the next 20 years.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently awarding millions for water projects and individual states are beginning to address their dilapidated water systems in spite of shrinking budgets. Almost every state is also helping regions fund critical water infrastructure needs. This makes for a very large marketplace with all kinds of contracting opportunities for private sector firms.




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HUD to invest in public housing
Municipal needs for water projects at $300B
Upcoming education opportunities
NACo to help roll out services
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Odds and ends
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
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HUD to invest $1.8B for improvements to public housing


Contracting opportunities to focus on repairs, upgrades to facilities nationwide

Sandra Henriquez
Sandra Henriquez

Large-scale improvements to public housing units throughout the country will be funded by the recent release of nearly $1.8 billion through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The money was allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island through HUD's Capital Fund Program and will result in a multitude of contracting opportunities.  The funding will be used to build, repair, renovate or modernize public housing in communities nationwide and can be used for such projects as adding new roofs and replacing old plumbing and electrical systems to make housing more energy efficient. HUD Secretary Donovan said these funds only "scratch the surface" in addressing the needs of housing authorities.


Last year, HUD was granted approval to test a tool to preserve public housing. HUD began its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as a way to keep public and other HUD affordable homes financially stable. The needs were estimated at $26 billion to keep those homes safe and livable. RAD will allow public housing authorities and owners to make improvements to their housing inventory. It should bring more than 60,000 properties into a long-term rental assistant contract while allowing housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing toward repairs and at the same time creating jobs.


"We see Congress' decision to allow this demonstration to begin as a victory, not only for HUD, but for countless communities that desperately want to improve their public housing and other affordable housing, as well as a victory for families who need quality housing they can afford and who want more options on where they might choose to live," said Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.


The largest award among the states went to the New York City Housing Authority, which was allocated more than $273 million. Other multi-million-dollar awards include: Chicago Housing Authority - $80.83 million; the Philadelphia Housing Authority - $49.44 million; the Cuyahoa Metropolitan Housing Authority in Ohio - $23.4 million; the Housing Authority of New Orleans - $20.66 million; the Boston Housing Authority - $19.28 million; the Newark (New Jersey) Housing Authority - $17.48 million; the Housing Authority of Baltimore City - $17.34 million; the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles - $15.79 million; and the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia - $12.7 million. To view the complete list of allocations by state, click here and look under "Recent Reports."


Headlines from around the nation


President to seek $8B for job-training partnerships involving community colleges


Tennessee bill could lead to no-bid contracts 


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



Study shows municipalities need $300B for water projects


Local governments' share of costs up to nearly 95 percent since 1990s

Charles Schumer
Charles Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said a recent federal study showing municipalities across the nation have more than $300 billion in needed upgrades to water and sewer systems over the next 20 years is just a "drop in the bucket." The older systems, such as the one in New York, have even more immediate needs - to the tune of $29.7 million. But as Schumer points out, the cost of improvements is nothing compared to what it will cost to continue making upgrades when emergencies happen.


Schumer is seeking passage of a bill that would counter planned cuts in funding in the federal transportation bill. According to the study, the country's 53,000 community water systems and more than 21,000 non-community water systems would need $334.8 billion through 2017 for those upgrades and improvements. Officials of the National League of Cities called the numbers a "very serious concern," adding that it might take hundreds of years for some systems to replace pipe. And add to that the fact that federal aid in recent years has been declining. Officials estimate that local governments have been paying more than 95 percent of the cost of water and sewer upgrades since the 1990s.


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Texas A&M regents approve millions of dollars in construction

R. Bowen Loftin
R. Bowen Loftin

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University will be expanded and renovated to the tune of a $120 million price tag, following recent action by the TAMU System Board of Regents. Another $12 million was appropriated for pre-construction services and project costs. The Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences expansion will be one of the largest construction projects in the university's history, according to TAMU President R. Bowen Loftin (pictured). It will create a new classroom building for the vet school and increase the size of the Small Animal Hospital. A new road will be built connecting the building to the Raymond Stotzer Parkway. Three buildings in the area - the veterinary teaching hospital, veterinary medicine administration building and the veterinary sciences building - will either be demolished or renovated. Loftin said some of those buildings are "dysfunctional." Regents also approved another $38.1 million in other construction and renovation projects on the System's flagship campus. They include an $8 million renovation of Francis Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus. When renovated, it will be used as a headquarters for the Construction Science Department. Another $1.9 million was approved for renovation of the Corps of Cadets dormitories. Lacy Hall will be renovated by building it into 110 two-bed dorm rooms. A new 115,000-square-foot Physical Education Activity Program building was approved at a cost of $21 million.


New Mexico voters approved bond issue for maintenance, equipment

A continuation of a tax of $2 for every $1,000 of assessed property value in the Gadsden Independent School District in New Mexico will continue. Voters approved the continuation of the Public School Capital Improvements Tax to help the school district maintain its building and buy necessary classroom instruction equipment. The tax funds are used to help maintain 22 district buildings and provide learning equipment for more than 14,000 students. The funds are used for purchases such as computer equipment, band instruments, athletic equipment, lawnmowers, tractors and maintenance vehicles. The tax generates about $3.6 million a year for the school district.


University of Iowa making plans for world-class children's hospital

Ken Kates
Ken Kates

A new $284 million, world-class children's hospital is being planned at the University of Iowa. The hospital tower is the first in a planned series of upgrades approved recently by the Board of Regents. "This is part of an entire facilities master plan for UI Health Care," said Ken Kates, chief executive office of the UIHC. He said today's plans represent the start of plans for the next 30-40 years. That plan will include two additional towers that will be used for adult in-patient services. Cost for the new facilities, including several that will be built off campus, will exceed the $1 billion mark. Kates said the new areas could be for additional intensive care beds, but the plan is not set in stone. The University of Iowa Foundation is currently trying to raise $500 million for its "Iowa First" capital campaign to fund programs at UI Health Care, some of which will be used for construction. The new children's hospital will be funded through savings, donations and hospital bonds. Construction on the children's tower is expected to begin early next year. If plans are approved, the facility will feature 11 stories above ground and two below. It is expected to be completed in 2016.


Two school districts say yes to school bond referendums in New Mexico

The Alamogordo and Tularosa school districts in New Mexico both were recently able to pass bond elections. Alamogordo's bond issue of $20 million and Tularosa's $2.2 million bond issue will be used for erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings, purchasing or improving school grounds and purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in the public schools. In Alamogordo, officials are hopeful to break ground on a new school next summer. Officials are hoping for a 70 percent contribution from the state toward the $14 million school. Following the construction of that school, officials will move on to renovation of the Sacramento school building for use by the Alamogordo High School. 


Missouri school district ravaged by tornado plans $62 million bond election

C.J. Huff
C.J. Huff

Joplin, Missouri, is still trying to dig out from under May 22 tornadoes that destroyed or damaged many of its schools. Thus, school district officials are planning a $62 million bond issue in April that not only would build new schools and repair others, but also would rebuild community storm shelters throughout the district. It is the largest bond issue in the school district's history. Superintendent C.J. Huff said as long as federal and state support and donations are coming in, "We need to take advantage of those to offset the taxpayer burden long-term." All of the planned projects in the district carry a total price of about $185 million. The district will receive about $85.9 million in insurance proceeds from the tornado damages and its bonding authority is $63 million. If the bond issue does not pass, the district will not be able to afford its share of a funding match for community safe rooms. If the bond issue does not pass, plans will continue to complete East Middle School and the combined Duenweg-Duquesne Elementary School that will share a campus, and the new Irving Elementary, which will be a combination of two schools that were destroyed. Failure of the bond issue could mean that Joplin High School students for several more years would continue to use the Memorial campus for freshman and sophomore classes, and a converted big-box store for junior and senior classes. The district estimates the cost for building a combined JHS and Franklin Technology Center at $104 million. It will receive about $54.8 million in insurance proceeds for those destroyed buildings.


NACo to help roll out shared services partnership


Michigan county serves as model; will host national shared technologies

Brooks Patterson
Brooks Patterson

When Oakland County, Michigan, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson asked his IT department last year to move to the next level with county technology by beginning to use cloud computing, he probably never expected the results to bring national attention. However, Patterson recently announced a local government shared services partnership that the National Association of Counties (NACo) will help roll out nationwide.


Oakland County will host such applications as an online payment platform that other local governments will be able to subscribe to and use. Patterson says his county and NACo will work together "on a national level to share the best of government technology online." The county previously has been providing shared technologies with other governments in the county and in the southwest portion of the state, but taking the program national was a big step. The county has become proficient at sharing technologies and making them work across multiple agencies. In addition to online payments, the shared technology will also include a health and human services communication portal, Web publishing suite, services registration, food inspection and animal licensing applications, all of which county officials think will be beneficial to other government subdivisions.


Oakland Countyalready has released an RFI to find a private-sector partner and has had nearly 20 responses. An agreement is not likely, however, until the end of the year. NACo will unveil the project at its legislative conference in Washington, D.C., in March. One entity already using the platform has high praise for the online payments system and uses it to collect local taxes, utility fees and parking fines.


Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Ohio officials to contract for study regarding lease of rest stops, turnpike

A legislative committee in Ohio has approved the state using $2.85 million in federal research funds to hire a consultant to evaluate the prospects of privatizing the 101 state-operated rest stops along interstate and state roads. Texas-based KPMG Corporate Finance LLC was awarded the contract and will also look into the possibility of leasing the Ohio Turnpike, which is currently funded through tolls and sale of gas and food at rest stops. Government officials are looking at both proposals as a way to help address the state transportation budget shortfall. The state pays between $30 million and $50 million to maintain the rest stop facilities.


New York City releases RFP for comprehensive redesign of Web site

Rachel Sterne
Rachel Sterne

The first comprehensive redesign of the New York City Web site - - since 2003, is moving forward. An RFP has been released by the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications outlining the city's needs. The goal is to enhance user experience. Last year, more than 100 developers and designers gathered to create a new prototype and points of reference for the city's Web portal, said Rachel Sterne, the city's chief digital officer. The new site will incorporate comments from users to make the site more user friendly and easier to navigate, said Sterne. She said when the design is finished, the site will move faster, be more convenient and easier to navigate. The RFP states that predictive analytics will be utilized and will play a major role in the site's organization and what information is presented. Officials hope to improve search capability, personalize the site for users and improve content. Sterne said the design "ties in with the mayor's plan to make New York City the leading digital city in the world." Sterne also said the Web site will be incorporated to provide emergency information as well. The contract is expected to be awarded by mid-April, with a completion date of late 2012 sought. Although a dollar figure was not given for the contract, it will be for two years with an additional one-year option.


North Carolina prepares to replace, upgrade bridges in Division 3

Bridges throughout North Carolina will undergo a major overhaul in the six-county Division 3. That area includes the counties of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender. The state Department of Transportation indicates 45 bridges are somewhere in the process of replacement. Other bridges will be preserved or overhauled under the state's Bridge Improvement Program. The General Assembly has committed some $450 million in state funds to improve bridges through 2013. In Division 3, that means replacing 25 bridges from state funds. Another 20 will be replaced with federal funds. An additional 40 bridges will be rehabilitated. That can mean anything from new paint, joint work and substructure repairs.  


New Mexico government contracting opportunities plentiful

A variety of contracting opportunities are currently available in New Mexico. Among those opportunities are:

  • The Department of the Air Force, Air Combat Command has issued a combined synopsis-solicitation for equipment for a new fire station for Holloman AFB.
  • The Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command has issued a sources sought for AA&S Mortuary Services for Kirtland AFB.
  • The Department of the Air Force, Direct Reporting Services has issued a sources sought for Air Force combined mishap reduction system, Kirtland AFB.
  • The Lower Rio Grande PWWA is seeking bids for construction of a water well, well building, water storage steel tank and lines and site improvements in La Mesa.
  • North Central New Mexico Economic Development District, Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging is requesting bids for services to the elderly, including meals, transportation, adult day care, respite, etc.

Port of Tampa petroleum facilities to get $45 million upgrade

Rick Scott
Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced that the state will help pay for $45 million in upgrades to the Port of Tampa's petroleum facilities. The project costs will be split between the state and the port. The upgrade will include the addition of two new petroleum berths and rehabilitation of the petroleum terminal infrastructure. The upgrade is expected to allow the port capacity to handle up to 5 million more tons of petroleum products per year, or a total of 70 million barrels. Additionally, it is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.Some $22.5 million is expected to be spent by the state Department of Transportation on the project. The port will pay the remainder of the costs. The port is the primary energy gateway for Central Florida, handling more than 7 million tons of petroleum products each year. That includes jet fuel for Tampa International and Orlando International airports. "This project will enhance Florida's infrastructure and get our state ready for a new generation of international trade with the Caribbean, South America and beyond," said Scott. The design of the project is 90 percent complete and necessary dredging has already begun.


Government contracting opportunities plentiful in Texas

A number of contracting opportunities with government entities in Texas are currently open. Some of them include:

  • The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has issued a Request for qualifications for design-construct-lease NetZero Plus Water, Energy and Waste Community development at Fort Bliss.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for local-let maintenance contracts, El Paso County, illumination maintenance repair.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for Union East Disabled Student Services Office remodel.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for vendor selection to provide socioeconomic impact study services.
  • The El Paso Water Utilities is requesting bids for cast-iron chain and sprockets. 
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  • Kairos Consulting Worldwide has won a $1.5 million, three-year competitive contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to integrate financial systems for the agency.
  • McLean Construction has been awarded a $1.3 million contract by the City of Copperas Cove, Texas, to construct a lift station that will tie in to the Copperas Cove Economic Development sewer and water line project.
  • Walter Strauss Roofing was awarded a $209,490 roofing repair contract from the California Department of Transportation for work on an as-needed basis to make roofing repairs to various CalTrans facilities over the course of two years.
  • Cajun Constructors has been awarded a $1.9 million contract by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to repair the Missouri River levees on the South St. Joseph, Elwood/Gladden levees.
  • TJC Engineering won a $920,000 contract from the U.S. Corps of Engineers to repair the Missouri River levees at Bean Lake.
  • Layne Christensen Co. Inc. won a $20.25 million contract from the City of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to build a new sewage treatment plant.
  • HRI Inc. has been awarded a $4.19 million contract by the city of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, for electrical construction on the city's new sewage treatment plant.
  • XIT Paving and Construction won a $94,629.70 contract from the city of Waxahachie, Texas, to realign Gardner Street.
  • O&G Industries has won a $70 million contract from the city of Burgesses, Connecticut, to take on the role as construction manager in the project for renovating Naugatuck High School.
  • Brinkley Sargent Architects won an $814,000 contract from the city of Keller, Texas, to design an $8.6 million, 12,000-square-foot jail and to expand the animal shelter into the existing jail and court facilities.
  • Express Scripts has been awarded a $2.4 billion, five-year contract with the Maryland Board of Public Works for state employees' prescription drugs.
  • Circle C Construction won a $6.7 million contract with the city of Southlake (Texas) to construct a 30-inch waterline that will stretch 19,665 feet, or three miles, from Texas 114 along FM 1928 to Florence Road.

    News about public-private partnerships (P3)


    North Carolina town to seek formal public-private partnership proposal

    Commissioners in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, will seek a formal proposal from Aqua America, a company that buys municipal water and sewage treatment plants around the country, to enter into a public-private partnership to operate the town sewage treatment system. The company has been working with the town for a year on a plan to buy the entire existing system and then give the collection infrastructure to the town. That agreement would include the town buying the plant in 20 years.


    Aqua America owns approximately 70 sewage systems in North Carolina as well. Kill Devil Hills currently purchases treatment capacity for some 185 customers in one area of the town and commercial properties from a private company that owns the plant.


    Estimates are that a purchase price would likely be around $5 million, with $3 million being financed and $2 million in equity. Aqua America would pay off the debt, with its return on investment coming from the rate it charges the town to treat sewage. The current owner would upgrade its pumping stations and then the entire system would be operated by the public-private partnership between Kill Devil Hills and Aqua America.


    Missouri bill seeks P3 to turn interstate into toll road

    Mike Kehoe
    Mike Kehoe

     A public-private partnership bill has been filed in the Missouri Legislature by Sen. Mike Kehoe that would turn I-70 into a toll road and allow the operator to use whatever method it chooses for collection and enforcing those fees - billing accounts, commuter passes and electronic recording or identification devices. State Transportation Department officials say converting I-70 to a toll road would allow the state to add lanes to nearly 200 miles of the roadway for between $1.5 billion and $4 billion. Private companies, in a consortium, would finance, rebuild and operate the highway. Under Kehoe's proposal, all of the lanes of rebuilt I-70 would go under toll gantries that have devices to read tags in cars on the highway or take photos of license plates so owners can be billed for traveling the highway. 


    Some business owners fear that making the highway a toll road will force some motorists to avoid paying a toll and thus miss their businesses while other say it should be put to a statewide vote before the highway is tolled.


    Illinois counties pick firm for wireless Internet project

    Urban Communications has been chosen to provide the wireless portion of a broadband network that will include nine northern Illinois counties when completed. The iFiber projects is a public-private partnership that seeks to improve broadband infrastructure to institutions in communities such as schools, government entities and libraries. A federal grant will pay the $68.5 million cost of the project. It is expected to be completed in the summer of next year. Counties that will be served include Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. Urban Communications provides high-speed broadband wireless access to government entities, school districts, public colleges and businesses.


    Odds & ends


    Some contracting opportunities from across the country



    • The Maine Department of Corrections has issued an RFP for comprehensive correctional health care services for the prisoners and residents in the MDOC and select county correctional facilities. The state contract will be for an initial term of four years from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016, with the possibility of one additional renewal period of up to three years.
    • The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued an RFP for design and installation of vapor mitigation systems at environmental remediation sites in the state.

    South Carolina

    • The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Administration has issued an RFP for GPS and voice monitoring systems to include all components, hardware, software, training, monitoring, etc. as outlined in the Scope of Work/Specifications.
    • The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has issued an RFP for marketing and public relations for the Smart State Program that creates incentives for research and other higher education institutions to raise funds for specialized research professorships.


    • The State of Nebraska is seeking bids on an LDK 3000 HD camera system.
    • The State of Nebraska has issued a Request for Information for a full risk capitated rate managed care program for mental health and substance abuse services.


    • The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is seeking bids for repainting the wastewater treatment plant surge tank at Petit Jean Park in Morrilton.
    • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is seeking bids for an online payment system and management.


    • The Alabama Department of Finance, Division of Purchasing, is seeking bids for information technology consulting and support services.
    • The Alabama Department of Finance, Department of Purchasing, is seeking bids for basic network maintenance.


    • The Kansas Division of Facilities Management is seeking bids for Docking State Office Building electrical distribution.
    • Pittsburg State University is seeking bids for reroofing of the Gibson Dining Hall and Shirk Annex.


    • The Indiana Office of Tourism Development is seeking bids for advertising agency services for its Visit Indiana campaign.
    • The Indiana Department of Administration is seeking bids on behalf of all state agencies for travel services.
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     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 Jon Barela.
    Jon Barela
    Jon Barela
    Jon Barela earned his bachelor's degree in history and diplomacy from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.  He later served as a senior aide to Congressman Joe Skeen of New Mexico. While working for Congressman Skeen, Barela earned his law degree from Georgetown in 1987. He returned to New Mexico in 1987 and joined the Modrall Law Firm. Four years later, he became New Mexico's Assistant Attorney General and director of the Civil Division. In 1993, Barela returned to the private sector and joined Intel as its government and community relations manager in Rio Rancho and ran a startup technology venture. In 2010, Barela ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Albuquerque area 1st Congressional District, but lost in the general election. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez recently nominated Barela to lead New Mexico's economic development agency. The nomination was recently approved by the New Mexico Senate, making Barela secretary of the Economic Development Department.
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    Terri DayRica Lewis-Payton Joseph JordanTerri Day (top left), former associate director of Institutional Research at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been appointed executive director of Institutional Research and Planning for Tarrant County College. Rica Lewis-Payton (top middle), medical center director of the Birmingham VA Medical Center and former director of Mississippi's Medicaid program, has been named to oversee 10 Veterans Affairs medical centers in eight states as network director of the South Central VA Health Care Network. Joseph Jordan (top right), former Small Business Administration official, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next administrator for federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget. Deanna Hess, who has worked for the city of Moundsville, West Virginia, since 1998, has been named the city's first female city manager. Joseph A. Mastrocola, current superintendent for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts and former assistant superintendent in Peabody, has been chosen as the new superintendent of Peabody. Bruce Lawver, captain in the Canton, Ohio, Police Department, has been named chief of police, replacing Dean McKimm, who retired to become director of the Canton Communication Center, which Scott MakarAndrew Lorenzen-StraitAnn Weaver Harthandles police and fire dispatching. Scott Makar (middle right), Florida's solicitor general since 2007 arguing cases before the state and U.S. Supreme Courts, will join the First District Court of Appeals, replacing Paul Hawkes, who resigned. Senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement adviser since 2008 Andrew Lorenzen-Strait (middle center) has been appointed the Homeland Security Department's public advocate to handle complaints and questions about its immigration enforcement policies. Ann Weaver Hart (middle left), departing president of Temple University, was named the lone candidate for the University of Arizona presidency and would replace Robert N. Shelton, who left for another job. Rob Drake, former mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, has been appointed cit manager of Cornelius, after serving as interim city manager of Carlton since August 2011. Karen Perry, Mokena, Illinois, school district assistant superintendent, has been chosen the new superintendent of the Oakwood school district, replacing retiring Superintendent Keven Forney. Moorhead, North Dakota, has chosen Rich Duysen, who has been with the Moorhead Fire Department for 18 years and as interim chief for the last year and a half, as its new fire chief. Indian Affairs Arthur AllisonScott ScrimizziGreg ChamberlainSecretary Arthur Allison (bottom left) recently won Senate confirmation to that post and becomes the first Navajo to hold the cabinet-level job of leading the Indian Affairs Department. J. Scott Scrimizzi (bottom center), a lieutenant who leads the detective division of the Hamilton, Ohio, Police Department, will become police chief on March 2, replacing retiring Chief Neil R. Ferdelman. President Greg Chamberlain (bottom right), president of Bakersfield (California) College since 2008, will resign at the end of his contract this summer, but will return as a faculty member and teach in the Computer Studies Department on campus. Ron Hoggard, former city manager of Corcoran, California, has been selected as a temporary replacement for former city manager Hilary Straus, who has resigned. The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business Dean Daniel Himarios will begin a new role June 1 as the vice provost and executive director of the Center for Global Academic Initiatives. David Andrews, a native of Freeport, Texas, and a municipal budget and management veteran from Arizona, has been tapped by the Board of Aldermen to serve as Carrboro, North Carolina's, new town manager, effective March 15.


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    WIR Conference set for May 16-18 in Santa Fe County, N.M.

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) will hold its 2012 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference on May 16-18 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The WIR Conference focuses on public lands and other issues critical to the western region of the United States. This year's conference will feature Dr. Lowell Catlett, a regent's professor/dean and chief administrative officer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Catlett's knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way Americans live and work is addressed in his upbeat presentations. To learn more about the conference, click here. To register, click here.


    Associated General Contractors set date of March 13-17 for convention

    The Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention will be held March 13-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Among the speakers for the event are: John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil Co.; Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush; Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), former commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack in Yemen; and Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading technology forecasters and business strategists and founder of a research and consulting firm. Attendees will hear about the latest on industry trends, regulations and best practices. To register, click here. To view the convention schedule, click here.


    Garvey to keynote Florida public-private partnerships workshop

    Jane Garvey, former head of the Federal Aviation Administration, will be the keynote speaker for the Thursday, Feb. 16, "Public Private Partnerships (PPP): The Future of Public Construction in Florida" workshop. The event is being held for businesses, contractors, investors and government officials, and will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel. Those attending will hear information regarding how P3s have emerged as optional revenue sources given budget shortfalls most government entities are facing. Before entering the public sector, Garvey also did a stint in the private sector heading the US Public/Private Partnerships group for a major financial services firm, advising states on financing strategies to facilitate project delivery for state governments. She currently is North American Chair for an investment management company that specializes in P3 projects. Her presentation will be "Demystifying the PPP Process -- The Role of the Equity Partner." The event will begin with breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. For more information and to register, contact Tina Fritz at 954-985-4147,


    NASCIO conference registration begins soon; sponsors sought

    The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will host its 2012 Midyear Conference on May 8-11 in Baltimore. The theme for this year's conference is "Navigating IT Challenges." Registration will begin Feb. 9, with early bird rates offered through March 27. Sponsorships are available at Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at 


    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 that began on 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, after Feb. 2 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


    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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