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Volume 3, Issue 49April 4, 2012
Port projects growing; many could result in P3s

Mary Scott NabersPorts are currently hot spots of economic activity. Almost every port in the country is either in the midst of a dredging project, planning an upcoming dredging project or trying to find funding for dredging work.

  

Shipping is continually changing and port facilities must keep pace. Erosion alone creates a need for dredging, but even more urgency is created as larger vessels become the norm and they require wider and deeper channels. Dredging projects are critical activities for ports to stay viable. Such projects create jobs and stimulate local economies.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Congress to face transportation bill again
P3s crux of Chicago plan
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
Odds & ends
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Congress to return to unresolved transportation bill

 

Extension keeps funding flowing to state, local governments for 90 days

Projects Continue
Transportation projects nationwide will continue after passage of an extension of the surface transportation act.

Just before taking its Easter break, the U.S. Congress used a barbed wire and baling twine approach to at least temporarily keep federal transportation dollars flowing to state and local governments. Both houses of Congress last week approved a 90-day extension of the surface transportation act. The program was due to expire on March 31 had they not acted.

 

Two days before the deadline, the House approved the highway spending extension, with the Senate following suit later that day. The extension was necessary because neither the House nor the Senate could get a consensus from the other on the transportation bill that originated in their own chamber.

 

Although only a stop-gap measure, the extension ensures that the federal government can continue to collect gasoline taxes that help fund projects at the state and local levels...until June 30. Without that extension, some $110 million per day in tax revenues would have been lost.

 

What both chambers want is a multi-year fix. The Senate version, a $109 billion bill passed in March, would have provided funding for two years. The House version was a $260 billion bill that would have provided five years of transportation funding. While the Senate version had bipartisan support, that was not enough to steer it to passage in the House, where there have been attempts to include the controversial expansion of oil drilling that backers say would generate money for road projects.

 

It has been estimated that with the current methods of funding, the Highway Trust Fund will go broke by 2014. Many members of Congress argue that continued extensions without additional revenue sources, is quickly moving toward insolvency of the fund, leading them to say they will not support additional extensions.

 

When Congress returns from its break, the transportation issue will still be on the table. However, many have predicted that action in earnest on a bill will not take place until after the upcoming elections.

 

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Public-private partnerships crux of Emanuel's plan

 

Chicago mayor proposes $7 billion undertaking for city's infrastructure needs

Rahm Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel

Two newcomers to the financial tool kit for local governments take center stage in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed $7 billion plan to transform his city's infrastructure - an infrastructure trust and public-private partnerships (P3s). The results, he said in announcing his initiative, are leveraging private investments to fund public works. The proposal comes in the wake of the U.S. Congress passing a 90-day extension of the Surface Transportation Act that continues federal funding for state and local governments for 90 days.

 

Emanuel is among a growing number of public officials who are seeking alternate funding methods to deal with aging infrastructure rather than putting all their transportation eggs in a congressional basket. Collaboration with the private sector is growing across the nation.

 

Emanuel says passage by the City Council of his proposal for a privately funded Infrastructure Trust to finance major projects will boost economic development and provide jobs. Although there would be public sector investments in projects, Emanuel said the city will continue to control its assets in any P3 agreement. "Five leaders in infrastructure finance have expressed interest in investing in Chicago's publicly owned properties that will stay Chicago's publicly owned properties," said the mayor. Among the possibilities for these types of projects are expanded broadband service and bus rapid transit.

 

Other projects in Emanuel's $7 billion plan include: $1 billion for the Chicago Transit Authority to renovate more than 100 stations; $1.4 billion to expand capacity at O'Hare International Airport; $1.4 billion to upgrade the city's water system, including replacing 900 miles of pipe that is more than 100 years old and replacing or relining 750 miles of sewer lines; and nearly $300 million to buy new parkland and to build playgrounds, basketball courts, sports fields, nature trails and bike and running paths.

 

Headlines from around the nation

 

Bunnell using old-school tactics when utilizing public/private partnership

 

Good: Partnerships can solve water needs

 

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

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

University of Iowa will build new $53 million residence hall

A new 10-story tower will be the University of Iowa's next residence hall. The $53 million structure was recently approved by the board of regents. It is planned to serve some 500 students. Construction is expected to begin this summer and finish in spring 2015. The new facility will end the need to lease an off-campus apartment building to provide housing for students and ensure that more non-freshmen can continue living in residence halls. It will also mean other dorms can be closed temporarily for upgrades. The facility will feature "Living Learning Communities" for students with similar interests, who will live in double rooms and share community study and living space. Part of the top three floors will include single- and double-occupancy rooms and the bottom two would be a public area.

 

Oswego school to seek voter approval for $15 million bond issue

Bill Crist
Bill Crist

Schools in the Oswego school district would benefit from a proposed $15 million bond issue planned to go before voters in May. Although some of the ground work is still under way, Superintendent William Crist expects the issue to be on the ballot May 15. Five of the seven schools in the district would be affected. Voters also will decide on whether to spend nearly $1 million to replace 10 school buses. Other elements in the proposed bond issue include roof replacement at the high school; reconstruction of the bleachers and tennis courts and installation of lights at the middle school multi-use field; roof replacement and air conditioning added to 29 classrooms and the main office at Leighton Elementary; roof replacement, cooling fan coil units and shelving upgrades in eight rooms and asbestos abatement at Minetto Elementary; and roof replacement, reconstruction of terrazzo floor in various locations and air conditioning addition in 34 rooms at Riley Elementary.

 

Las Cruces High School to undergo major remodeling project

A major remodeling and expansion program is in the works for the Las Cruces High School. Officials anticipate the project costs will be $75 million to $80 million, paid for by bond money and state funds. The project includes an overhead walkway over El Paseo Road connecting a new two-story classroom building across the street and a new student parking lot. A new playing field would be built to replace a current student parking area.

 

Dalton State College could soon construct new academic building

Academic Building
Proposed academic building

Dalton State College in Georgia may soon start construction on a long-awaited and much-needed new academic building (pictured in the architect's rendering at right). Included in the Senate and House Conference Committee budget of $19.3 billion for fiscal year 2013 that was recently approved by the Georgia State Legislature is $15 million for construction of the classroom/laboratory building. The appropriation is one step closer and now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. If the budget is approved by the governor, Dalton State President John Schwenn said construction could begin as soon as fall of this year. Deal has said no to the project previously when he cut funding for it and 10 University of Georgia construction projects valued at $40 million. But in May, legislators approved more than $8 million to pay for half of the new academic building with funding from bonds.

 

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North Carolina city plans $926 million in road, bridge, sidewalk projects

Curt Walton
Curt Walton

The city of Charlotte has laid out its plan that calls for $926 million to be spent over the next 10 years on roads, bridges and sidewalks. The plan also calls for renovating the city's Bojangles' Coliseum that opened in 1955. Much of the funding would be dedicated to projects in some of the neighborhoods in the city that are deteriorating. Officials are hopeful that those investments will lead to economic development in those areas. City Manager Curt Walton told council members the city only has $5 million in borrowing capacity, so a tax increase is imminent. Among the major projects planned are $119 million to extend a planned streetcar line; $60 million toward the Coliseum upgrades so that it will attract more events, plus an additional building for indoor sports; $102.5 million for infrastructure from sidewalks to drainage projects; $64 million for a new joint communications center; and $43 million in road improvements.

 

Massachusetts city seeking land for new fire station

Officials in Malden, Massachusetts, are trying to purchase land on which they can build a new fire station. The closure of one station last year due to mold moved fire fighters from that station to another existing station.

 

Spaceport officials approve $7 million runway extension

A 2,000-foot, $7 million extension to Spaceport America's runway has been approved by New Mexico spaceport officials to accommodate Virgin Galactic spaceflight vehicles. The current runway is 10,000 feet. Approximately $5 million of the cost will come from some $15 million previously budgeted for spaceport visitors centers. That led to the creation of a new financing plan for other projects. A public-private partnership will be sought that will seek developers to finance construction in return for the spaceport authority entering into a long-term lease for the finished buildings. The state will seek an operator for the visitors' centers, which will pay a fee to the spaceport authority, like "rent." The fees in turn will be used to make the lease payments.

 

Yancy McGill
Yancy McGill

Officials looking for funding for dredging of Georgetown Port

Local, state and federal funds are being sought to help pay for dredging of the Georgetown Port in South Carolina, which is expected to start next year. Officials are seeking to have the port dredged to a depth of at least 27 feet to accommodate larger ships to allow for new industries to use the port. Sen. Yancey McGill said that if the $33.5 million for the dredging project can be found it could result in four or five new industries in Georgetown County and that could translate to 2,500 to 3,500 new jobs in the region. Officials said they do not want to have to rely on a proposed penny sales tax in the county to pay for it.

 

Developers being sought to build community recreation center

The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. is seeking a developer to build a nearly 6,000-square-foot community recreation center as part of the Kapolei Village Center at Kamaaha Loop. A request for proposals has been issued, with deadline for responses on May 14. A developer is expected be selected this summer.

 

Ohio city planning public service facility project

City leaders in Chardon, Ohio, will advertise for bids for a multi-building project for a public service facility. The $4.9 million facility's purpose is to replace the Park Avenue maintenance garage destroyed by fire in March 2008. The plan is to issue 20-year bonds to pay for it and begin construction this year.
 

City in Georgia to seek bids for trash service in city

The City of Newman, Georgia, is doing what a lot of other cities are doing - testing the marketplace when services contract is set to expire. Officials there are contemplating seeking bids for a new contract, or possibly a new service provider, when the current trash service agreement expires later this fall. The current contract expires in September and city officials say an RFP would allow them to include options and perhaps settle on a better price. An analysis revealed that the city providing this service would not be cost-effective. Start-up costs would be approximately $1.47 million, with $1.5 million in annual operating costs. Officials are not only seeking bids with a price for the service, but also innovation such as contributions to cleanup efforts and beautification programs.

 

Variety of contracting projects listed in El Paso area

A number of contracting opportunities are available in the El Paso area. They include:

  • The Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for picnic area maintenance in El Paso County;
  • El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for evaporative cooler-air conditioning units;
  • El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for retaining wall replacement at Crockett Elementary School;
  • The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting bids for electric service upgrades in administration and physical science buildings; and
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for pavement markings in Culberson County.
Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:

  • Aliron International, CentralCare and Chesapeake Educational Services won a contract worth up to $492 million from the Army for medical services.
  • Premier Demolition Inc. was awarded a $171,600 contract from the Cape Girardeau School Board for demolition of the Franklin Elementary School since a new $10 million school will open in August.
  • Attain won a contract worth up to $3.7 million from the Army for information technology services, including telecommunications services.
  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was awarded a $34.6 million contract by theU.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration for the design and construction of a new facility for eight of the largest government-ready reserve fleet cargo ships on the Neches River near Beaumont, Texas.
  • Indrasoft won a contract worth up to $4 million from the Pension Benefit Guaranty for information technology services, including telecommunications services.
  • Sports Facility Construction Company was awarded a $1 million contract by the Greenville, Texas, City Council to revamp Graham Park.
  • DynCorp International won a contract worth up to $19.3 million from the Air Force for professional, administrative and management support services.
  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. has won a $46.5 million dredging contract by the state of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to restore shoreline on Scofield Island along the barrier shoreline in Plaquemines Parish.
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Odds & ends

 

Some contracting opportunities from across the nation:

 

Kansas

  • The Kansas Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the Gage Area shop addition, estimated to cost $225,000.
  • Pittsburg State University is seeking bids for Kelce Center Masonry, estimated to cost $380,000.

Illinois

  • The Vienna Correctional Center in Johnson County will soon seek bids on an approximately $1.9 million project to upgrade roofing and security systems and replace windows.
  • The Chicago Veterans Home in Cook County bid for a new $50 million, 200-bed facility is expected to be released in July.

 New York City

  • The New York City Dept. of Education, Office of School Food is in the process of preparing a Request for Bids to seek competitive bids for Food Distribution to schools citywide.
  • The New York City Dept. of Education, Office of Pupil Transportation is in the process of preparing a Request for Bids document to seek competitive bids for portions of K-12 pupil transportation.

 Colorado

  • Adams State College is seeking bids for planetarium seating and installation.
  • Colorado State University is seeking bids for a highly qualified search engine optimization consultant (SEO) with a deep understanding of compliance, authority and relevance.

New Mexico

  • The New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell is requesting bids for painting of barracks.
  • New Mexico State University is requesting bids for landscaping services (on-call services).
  • Cooperative Educational Services, Albuquerque, is requesting bids for Category 1: reissuance of RFP for janitorial services.
  • The Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC, is requesting solicitations for grounds maintenance, Silver City.
  • The Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, MICC, at White Sands Missile Range is requesting bids for support assistant.
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 Jeff Uyeda.
 
Jeff Uyeda
Jeff Uyeda
Jeff Uyeda earned his bachelor's degree in accountancy and management information systems from California State University, Sacramento. Today, he boasts more than 30 years of state government and private-sector technology experience. In the private sector, Uyeda worked as director of business development of state and local government with IBM. He is also a former assistant secretary of state at the California Secretary of State's Office. He most recently served as chief of administrative services for the California Highway Patrol. The California Technology Agency recently named Uyeda as the chief deputy director at California's Office of Technology Services (OTech), where he will manage shared IT and data center services for the state. OTech is one of three offices in the California Technology Agency that delivers computing, networking, electronic messaging and training services to state agencies. He is expected to begin his new charge on April 9.
 
Opportunity of the week...

 

A North Carolina city is getting ready to seek bids for a vendor to run its solid waste transfer station, truck trash and dispose of garbage at a landfill and for a company to run the city recycling program. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.

 

People

 

Andy ColeKumble Subbaswamy Daniel GarciaAndy Cole (top left) has been named research leader for two programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation and Production Research Laboratory at Bushland, Texas, a position he's filled on an interim basis for more than two years after serving as an animal nutritionist at the lab since 1976. The University of Massachusetts has chosen Kumble R. Subbaswamy (top center), a physicist who is now provost at the University of Kentucky, as chancellor of the system's flagship campus at Amherst, replacing Robert C. Holub, who is stepping down in July. Dallas Assistant Police Chief Daniel Garcia (top right), who has been with Dallas PD for 34 years, has been selected by the city of Phoenix as its next police chief, effective in May. John A. Fallon III, who was fired from his post as president of Eastern Michigan University in 2007, has been hired by Ball State University as vice president for economic development and community engagement.Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer will leave the university to assume the presidency of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on Sept. 1, succeeding Paul Brest, who is retiring. New Mexico State University Police Chief Jaime Chavez is retiring after 31 years of service, but will continue operating his David WilkinsRenee_FooseDallas Dancesmall business that provides handgun and concealed weapons training. Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins (bottom right) has been tabbed by Gov. Rick Scott for a new role focused on streamlining state government and cutting costs, Chief Operating Officer for Government Operations.The Howard County schools in Maryland has chosen Renee Foose (bottom center) as its next superintendent, making her the first woman to lead the district and replacing Sydney Cousin, who is retiring July 1. Dennis Dance (bottom left), Houston ISD's chief middle school officer, has been chosen to lead the Baltimore County school district as superintendent. Former Jacksonville City Councilman Matthew Carlucci has been selected by Gov. Rick Scott as the newest member of the Florida Ethics Commission, replacing Cheryl Forchilli. Jane Light, head librarian for Redwood City, California, for the last 13 years, has announced her retirement, bringing to a close a 38-year career in library sciences. The Pittsburg, Kansas, City Commission unanimously approved Daron Hall, the city administrator of Ulysses, for the position that will be vacated by Interim City Manager John VanGorden.

 

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One-day P3 workshop slated in Connecticut for June 14

"Implementing Public-Private Partnerships in Connecticut" is the title of a one-day workshop being organized by the State of Connecticut, the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at Central Connecticut State University and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. This workshop will cover the new statute for state-owned properties and provide townships and cities with methods for addressing public needs through the use of public-private partnerships.  To view the agenda, click here.

 

Public-private partnership workshop slated for Dallas in May
"Implementing Public-Private Partnerships in Texas: Practical Steps for SB 1048" is the topic for a May 15 workshop organized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. The one-day event will be at the Dallas Omni, 555 South Lamar Street. This workshop is a follow-up to a similar January workshop in Austin. Recent revisions in Texas statutes provide for improved opportunities for the use of public-private partnerships at all levels of government, and a wide range of project types such as public buildings, water/wastewater systems, transportation and energy projects. The workshop's goal is to outline the specific skill sets needed for P3 arrangements. For more information, click here.

 

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.
 
NASCIO conference registration begins; 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 began Feb. 9. Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at svaughn@amrms.com.

 

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