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Volume 3, Issue 45
March 7, 2012
Hospitals' use of electronic health records doubles

Mary Scott NabersThe federal government is aggressively pushing health care providers to electronic healthcare records (EHRs). To that end, $3.1 billion in incentive payments has been awarded to help them institute health information technology (HIT). This has been a controversial issue and many individuals and organizations opposed to electronic records are working hard to overturn the mandate to convert to EHRs. They argue that individual privacy issues are being ignored.  

 

In spite of the opposition, there appears to be no turning back. The number of hospitals now utilizing electronic health care records has doubled in the past two years. And, under current mandates, providers that do not switch to EHRs by 2015 will be subject to significant penalties. 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Chicago seeks infrastructure bank
Vendors not happy with bill
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Chicago may become first city to create infrastructure bank

 

Five major investors announce their commitments of up to $1.7 billion

Rahm Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel

With a financial commitment from five major financing groups of up to $1.7 billion in initial investment capacity, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former President Bill Clinton recently rolled out plans for what they called an "Infrastructure Trust" for the city. The trust will help finance some of what Emanuel called "transformational" projects that will modernize the city's infrastructure.

 

"What you are doing here is the first infrastructure bank using private capital that any city in the United States has established," Clinton said.

 

"Financing key infrastructure is usually either done by grants or by issuing more debt. This allows other people to invest and see a return while we continue to own all our investments," said Emanuel.

 

Emanuel noted that the city's needs are increasing and funding sources are declining. And the city is facing putting together financing for a bus rapid-transit system whose toll is based on its speed, an extension to the CTA Red Line with fares based on distance traveled and high-speed Internet service paid for with a fee.

 

The consortium of investors is prepared to help fund such projects, said the mayor, with the largest investment of $200 million to $1 billion, expected from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc. Other investors include Citibank N.A., City Infrastructure Investors, J.P. Morgan Asset Management Infrastructure Investment Group and the Union Labor Life Insurance Co.

 

The first project expected to be launched is a $225 million energy efficiency project for government buildings. On this project, investors will recoup their investments from the $170 million in expected energy savings from retrofitting more than 125 state buildings.

 

Overall, the trust will seek out projects with an identifiable revenue stream or a level of savings that will allow for recouping of investments. Any projects whose investment could not be recouped in full would likely result in the city finding other revenue sources for financing.

 

Public-Private Partnerships

Part of proposed legislation would affect contractors

 

Bill would eliminate ability of vendors to respond to performance reviews

ContractCompanies that may have gotten a less-than-favorable performance review from government officials relating to their contracting performance are wary of a new contracting bill under consideration in Congress. The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act (S. 2139) would deprive those companies of the opportunity to respond to those reviews.

 

The bill seeks to revise language in the Federal Acquisition Regulation that allows vendors 30 days to comment on, refute or provide additional information related to a government official's review of their contract performance. Those who contract with the government say the new bill prevents them from offering their perspectives on circumstances that might have led to a poor grading of their performance, or to point out mistakes that might be in the review.

 

Headlines from around the nation

 

Lawmakers agree on twelfth state university

 

Oregon Legislature adjourns 2012 session with final flurry of agreements

 

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

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

LSU's Tiger Stadium expansion plan given approval

Joe Alleva
Joe Alleva

The Tiger Athletic Foundation board of Louisiana State University (LSU) has given its approval to move forward with an expansion of Tiger Stadium. The plans include enclosing the south end zone upper deck. The project is subject to bond approval, according to LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director Joe Alleva, and will also have to be approved by the Board of Supervisors and Board of Regents. The project calls for building a free standing structure above the south end zone to connect the east and west upper decks. The expansion will mean the addition of a 1,500-seat upper deck on top of a club level of 4,000 seats and two levels with 60 suites that each seat 24. That would increase the capacity of the stadium to nearly 99,500. No price tag for the project was given, but Alleva said he expects the project would pay for itself. The Foundation will pay for the construction and use the proceeds from the suite and ticket sales to repay the debt. The athletic department also is working with the Foundation to build a tennis complex. Alleva said he would like to build a gymnastic practice facility where the current tennis facility is located.

 

Mississippi school district to use grant funds for technology upgrades

A Rural and Low Income Grant in the amount of $76,992 will be used to upgrade technology in classrooms throughout the Itawamba County School District in Mississippi. Most of the funds are expected to be used for purchase of interactive whiteboards, hovercam projectors, new computer and slates for interaction between students and teachers. The grant is awarded each year to qualifying schools that agree to spend the money on specific projects. It can be used for teacher recruitment and development, technology or drug reduction. Some of the funds also will be used for new computers and software for the Itawamba Agricultural High School and the county's GED program. Some also will be used for teacher training and other programs.

 

University of Nebraska's performance lab, rec center renovation approved

Timothy Clare
Tim Clare

A $5 million price tag was approved recently by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for the East Stadium Athletic Performance Lab Fit-out. The lab will link the University's athletics program, its academic departments and private partners. "I think it shows tremendous vision for an area that is much needed," said Vice Chairman Tim Clare. He called the combination of athletics and academics "great partnerships." Construction is expected to begin as early as November, with a hoped-for completion date of June of next year. Also approved was a recommendation for renovation and additions to the East Campus Recreation Center. Construction on that project is expected to begin October 2012 and be completed by February 2014.  

 

Virginia school district awarded FEMA funds for new high school

Louisa County Public Schools in Virginia has been awarded $19 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild the Louisa County High School, damaged by an Aug. 23 earthquake and aftershocks. The cost to rebuild the school is set at $43 million, which will include the federal funds, insurance and state and local funds. On Feb. 3, FEMA awarded $3.2 million to Louisa County to help rebuild the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

 

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Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

DFW announces plans to build $176.7 million parking garage

Jeff Fegan
Jeff Fegan

Officials with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday announced plans for a $176.7 million parking garage at Terminal A. The garage is part of a seven-year, $1.9 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program to upgrade the airport's four original terminals that are more than 35 years old. Airport CEO Jeff Fegan said the new garage "will have greater improvements in terms of accessibility, lighting, convenience and technology." It will replace three existing garages and will have 7,700 spaces, making it one of the largest parking facilities in the state. Among the features are 3 million square feet of space in five levels, enhanced terminal entries with covered walkways, more brightly lit parking areas, more ADA accessibility, a pedestrian bridge from infield parking to the parking structure, a guidance system to direct motorist to empty spaces and more.

 

South Dakota to use funds to relocate railroad section

A section of railroad near the border of South Dakota and Iowa will be relocated after the state receives close to $2 million in funding. The State Department of Education will receive $1.8 million for the Sioux Valley Railroad Relocation project, which will move the rail section along the side of a hill near the Big Sioux River. The relocation is intended to eliminate frequent service interruptions that are required to maintain the existing track. The grant comes from the Federal Railroad Administration's Rail Line Relocation and Improvement and was part of $17 million in grant funds recently awarded to 12 cities and states to relocate, replace and improve railroad track sections.

 

Water supply corporation awarded funds to make improvements

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved a $3.945 million loan from the Rural Water Assistance Fund and a $3.9 million loan from the Texas Water Development Fund to the Central Texas Water Supply Corporation (Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, Milam and Williamson counties) to finance water system improvements and to refinance existing debt. The corporation will use the Rural Water Assistance Fund loan to construct four high-service pumps and to install approximately 25,000 feet of water line to improve water delivery to customers. The Texas Water Development Fund loan will be used to refinance four outstanding loans the corporation has from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development. This refinancing will decrease the annual payment amount required for the four loans by 42 percent. The lower payment will allow the Corporation to minimize the need for rate increases. 

 

Corps of Engineers to seek private sources for renewable energy

Nello Tortora
Nello Tortora

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is turning to the private sector to help provide up to $7 billion in shared energy capacity contracts. The contracts will be to purchase "reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy" through power purchase agreements of other contractual equivalents, according to the draft RFP. Col. Nello Tortora, Huntsville Engineering and Support Center Commander, said the Corps will be "buying energy produced, rather than the equipment to produce it." He said it will move the Army forward in meeting its required energy reduction and energy security goals. The draft RFP seeks comments from private contractors, and that feedback will be used to develop the final RFP. Contractors will finance, design, build, own and operate their energy plants. The government will contract to purchase the power in agreements of a multiple Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. The RFP addresses solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy technologies and both large and small businesses are eligible. The Secretary of the Army has set a goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

 

Michigan city to seek bids for $4.2 million sewer project

A $4.2 million sewer project will soon be bid out by the City of Plainwell, Michigan. The sewer plant included upgrading the sewer plant and building a second one for sewage to be pumped across the Kalamazoo River. The current secondary treatment system will be replaced with a new one. Plans call for adding a system that will collect more biogas that can be burned to generate power for the sewer plant. Bids are expected to be approved in March or April, but the state review is expected to take some time. Officials also plan to break the project down into pieces so that more contractors will have the opportunity to bid. Work could begin as early as this summer.

 

Bridge project finally gets congressional approval

The proposed St. Croix River crossing bridge bill has finally been approved by both houses of Congress and is headed to the President for his signature. Congress was facing a March 15 deadline to pass the issue before Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he would reallocate state funding. Congressional input was needed for the $690 million project to exempt the bridge from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Unless there are legal challenges, the work on the bridge could begin in the fall of next year or spring 2014, according to officials of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Construction is expected to take three years, with the cable-stayed span ready for use by 2016.

 

D.C. mayor plans to put security contract up for bids

Nello Tortora
Vincent Gray

The $41 million contract with a security company in Washington, D.C., is going to be put out for bids, according to Mayor Vincent Gray. The contract includes security and protection for D.C. government buildings and many D.C. public schools. The company reportedly has failed 23 weapons inspection tests since 2009 and been fined nearly 120 times for violations on security and contract requirements at city government buildings. The current vendor that holds the contract was hired during the previous administration when a former city contractor went out of business. At that time, Vincent was a council member who urged moving the contract to another vendor. More than 700 parents of children in D.C. schools also signed a petition demanding that the city replace the security company with one that could provide more reliable protection.

 

New Mexico town seeks bond vote for public safety services

Voters in Mesilla, New Mexico, are facing a $1.5 million bond issue that would help maintain and improve public safety services for town residents. If approved, much of the proceeds from the bond sale will be used for renovations to the Mesilla Public Safety Building, and to buy a new fire truck. Officials also note that a new roof, new heating and cooling system, improvements to the electrical system and repairs to make the building more energy efficient are needed. The building also has numerous code violations that need to be corrected. The town currently has four fire-fighting vehicles and last year alone, spent $40,000 on maintenance of two of the trucks.

 

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:

  • The Fain Group has been awarded a $1,552,233 contract by the city of Cleburne, Texas, for repairs to Poindexter, Mansfield and Park streets, including a complete rebuild of the roads including curb and gutter and some sidewalk work.
  • Jacob's Engineering has been awarded a $1.3 million contract by the city of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to provide the environmental assessment, design and permitting associated with the multi-faceted capital improvements project at the Provincetown Airport.
  • The Hamister Group, Inc. has been chosen by Empire State Development, USA Niagara Development Corp. and the City of Niagara Falls as the preferred developer with its $22.4 million proposal in response to an RFP for development of a key city-owned site that will become a mix of retail, hotel and residential space.
  • Gilliatte General Contractors Inc. was awarded a $715,400 contract by the North Montgomery School Board in Indiana to build a new Transportation Building.
  • HMH Builders (Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders Inc.) has been chosen as the construction manager-at-risk for the new Los Banos courthouse for the Superior Court of Merced County, California.
  • Executive Technology Inc. was awarded a $9.6 million contract by the Air Force Mobility Command to acquire up to 18,000 Apple iPad 2 computers to store and display digital flight charts and manuals.
  • Interior Construction Services was awarded a $6,448,000 contract by Southern Illinois University for general contracting related to expansion and renovation of the Engineering Building on the SIU Edwardsville campus.
News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Private partners to be sought in bridge construction

The state of Indiana is seeking a private sector partner to help pay for its commitment toward two new bridges across the Ohio River. The governors of Indiana and Kentucky recently signed documents to pay for the bridges, with construction now set to begin before the end of the year and be completed within six years. The cost of the bridges is expected to come in $1.5 billion less than originally projected. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by both governors outlines each state's respective obligations. Indiana will oversee construction of the East End bridge between Utica and Prospect, Kentucky, and Kentucky will oversee financing and construction of the downtown portion that includes a new I-65 bridge, a reconfigured Kennedy Bridge and modernization of the downtown interchanges on both sides of the river. Kentucky plans to use a design-build method with the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority issuing toll revenue bonds to help defray costs. Kentucky recently issued an RFQ for teams interested in the project. Kentucky has pledged $536 million toward the project and Indiana has pledged $432 million. 

 

University of Kentucky going forward with private developer dorm deal

Residence Hall
Preliminary design for the new 600-bed residence hall

The University of Kentucky has approved a deal with a private developer that will result in the construction of a new 600-bed residence hall that will be built on what is now an intramural sports field. The signing of this agreement will lead to an even bigger agreement between the two that eventually could culminate in the developer financing, constructing and managing all of the university's student housing. The first phase is this new $26 million dorm. Once students begin occupying the dorm, the private developer will collect 10 percent of the gross revenue off rental costs. Once the developer starts to receive a 9 percent rate of return, the university will start receiving 25 percent of the net income. The developer would receive a 4 percent management fee. The agreement is expected to be finalized in March. The goal is an agreement later that will replace most of the 6,000 outdated residence hall beds at the university and add 3,000 more. Construction on this first facility is expected to begin in April.

 

Deteriorating buildings at Utah universities could benefit from P3 arrangement

Weber State University in Utah has requested $63 million from the state to replace an aging science building, but that building is not the only one on campus desperately in need of updates and renovations. Word is that dozens of buildings on the campus will need probably billions of dollars in rehabilitation or replacement in the coming years. The University of Utah facilities face leaky water lines, aging and non-energy efficient HVAC systems and other problems that result in constant repairs and maintenance. Three buildings on that campus - the School of Medicine, the law school and Orson Spencer Hall - are among the most needy. Officials at the university are anticipating a $43 million renovation of Orson Spencer Hall, but no funding is currently available. The School of Medicine, a 600,000-square-foot facility, is also getting close to ending its life expectancy. The art and architecture complex and Bennion Hall are also moving quickly up the list of facilities with dire needs. A few facilities are being rehabbed through private pledges. The law school is looking to the legislature for a $60.5 million proposal to build a new building.

 

Odds & ends

 

Some contracting opportunities from across the country

  

Montana

  • Montana Department of Transportation is seeking bids for building and grounds maintenance for the Clearwater Rest Area.
  • The Montana Department of Environmental Services is seeking contractors to provide various services in the environmental arena, including general environmental contracting oversight, landfill and other types of solid waste management systems engineering, waste treatment design and construction, mine engineering, surveying, waste disposal, forest and land management and more.
  • Montana State University is seeking proposals for performance of a comprehensive review of food service at MSU-Bozeman.  

Vermont

  • Vermont Department of Corrections is seeking a vendor to procure services and partner with the state to create an Offender Management Solution (OMS) that takes maximum advantage of the state's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure. 
  • The Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is seeking bids to establish purchasing agreements with one or more companies that can provide statewide carpentry services.
  • The Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is seeking bids to establish purchasing agreements with one or more companies that can provide Hon furniture for the VTARNG Green Mountain Armory at Camp Johnson in Colchester, VT.

Maryland

  • The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections is seeking bids for elevator maintenance.
  • The Maryland Department of General Services is seeking bids for improvements to the Nature Center at Assateague State Park.

Arizona

  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security is seeking bids for janitorial services at Location 310, 397 Malpais Lane, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Arizona State Parks is seeking bids for modifications of existing showers at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
  • The Arizona Department of Education is seeking bids for a digital color copier with maintenance.

Georgia

  • The City of Stockbridge is seeking bids for janitorial services.
  • The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is seeking bids for facilities condition assessment services.
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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 editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature James H. Page.
 
James Page James H. Page was born and raised in Maine, growing up in Caribou. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Maine at For Kent, attended Harvard University, obtained his master's degree from St. Andrews University in Scotland and was awarded his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Page served as teaching fellow at Harvard University in 1990 and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Macalester College in 1991. He was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Dartmouth College in 1990 and from 1991-1992 and an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas from 1992-1998. Page has worked at the University of Maine since 1998 as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Philosophy. During the period of 1997-1999, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer at the James W. Sewall Company, a professional services consulting organization. He served as president from 1999 to 2007 and in 2001 added CEO to his title as well, a position he still holds. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees recently announced that the board's executive committee has appointed Page as the System's new chancellor.  
 
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People

 

Doug WilsonTheresa ChangKyle SchaferDoug Wilson (top left), the top public affairs official at the Pentagon who was appointed by President Barack Obama two years ago, has announced he is stepping down next month. Theresa Chang (top middle), who served as the Harris County (Texas) district clerk from 2007 until being unseated in the 2008 general election, was appointed Tuesday as a civil county court-at-law judge, taking over for Jacqueline Lucci Smith, who resigned in January. West Virginia CTO Kyle Schafer (top right) since 2005 has resigned to take a job outside of state government. The Eureka Union School District in California has hired Paul Carras as the new interim superintendent to replace outgoing interim superintendent David Dominguez, who resigned Feb. 14. Scott A. Green has been selected as the new executive director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the bi-state agency which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May-Lewes Ferry, succeeding Jim Johnson. Sabrina Hooper, Director/ADA Coordinator of the Office or Equal Opportunity for Murray State University, has joined the Tennessee Human Rights Commission as the deputy director. The chair of the Lauren McDonaldGail ThaxtonRay MerrillParkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Dr. Lauren McDonald (middle right) has announced her resignation, after having been appointed in 1999 by County Commissioner John Wiley Price. The North Georgia Technical College, part of the Technical College System of Georgia, has a new president - Dr. Gail Thaxton (middle center), current preseident of Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross. Longtime community firefighter Ray Merrill (middle left) has been recommended by Mayor Scott Dudley to serve as fire chief of the city of Oak Harbor, Washington, replacing former Chief Mark Soptich. Less than two weeks after he resigned as superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District, Robert Duron has been named deputy commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. Edwin Van Petten, who was executive director of the Kansas State Lottery for 11 years, has been named by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to lead the Minnesota State Lottery. Steven W. Hicks, who served on the James City County, Virginia, administrator's executive team, has been selected as the new public works director for the city of Petersburg, Virginia. Dr. Toni Ganzel Toni GanzelTim OlivasKaine Kelly(bottom left), who has served as senior associate dean for students and academic affairs at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has been named interim dean, replacing Dean Edward Halperin, who is leaving March 19. Morro Bay, California, police Chief Tim Olivas (bottom center), who has headed the department for nearly two years, will leave that post to become undersheriff of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. Kaine Kelly (bottom right), high school principal in the Sherman Central Schools in New York, has been hired as the district's new superintendent. The Citizens' Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has appointed Marjorie Hughes, former chief of DEP's Conservation District Support Division in the Bureau of Waterways and Wetlands, as its executive director. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has announced that Elisha Figueroa, project director for the Mayor's Anti-Drug Coalition in the City of Meridian, will become administrator of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy on April 2. James Smith, who has served as the assistant city manager of Brewer, Maine, since 2007, will be the next city manager of Rockland.

 

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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.

 

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 www.nascio.org/events/2012Midyear/sponsor.cfm. Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at svaughn@amrms.com. 

 

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.

 

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. 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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