Volume 4, Issue 1April 11, 2012
Schools districts, cities, counties seek corporate sponsors to advertise on buses, other assets 
Mary Scott NabersCash-strapped school districts are aggressively embracing corporate sponsors interested in advertising on school buses or on municipally owned assets. While some object because they see advertising in schools as distracting to students, others think it is an attractive solution to augment dwindling budgets. This highly debated issue is being discussed in legislatures around the country.

California currently allows advertising on the inside of school buses, but a bill has been introduced in the Senate that encourages lawmakers to allow ads on the outside of buses. The state already allows sponsorships and advertising to be purchased and placed in lunchrooms, hallways, school publications and even test-taking materials.  




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Yonkers schools explore P3
NY budgets $45M for projects
Small business incentives planned
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Yonkers school district hires experienced P3 team


Three-group advisory team to determine if partnership can revamp schools

Bernard Pierorazio
Bernard Pierorazio

Looking for revenue necessary to upgrade all of the 40 schools in the Yonkers (New York) Public Schools, the school district is headed toward becoming the first in the country to turn to a public-private partnership (P3) to rebuild or replace its aging facilities, most of which are an average of 73 years old.


The school district recently selected Macquarie Capital, Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and URS Corporation as its financial, legal and technical advisors for this P3 project. The three firms are a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services and a world leader in P3s; a leading international law firm and acknowledged P3 leader; and a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The three will jointly use their expertise to determine a public-private partnership's feasibility.


The school district already has drafted a $1.7 billion Educational Facilities Plan that includes all schools in the district. However, as Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio notes, the district does not have the money to take on the projects and continues to face ongoing funding cuts. While maintaining or rebuilding the current infrastructure is a priority for the district, finding funding to go forward with the facilities plan required an innovative solution. "The P3 transaction provides a highly innovative solution to the district's capital improvement needs to provide our students and staff with the safe, healthy and functional 21st century educational environments that they deserve," said the superintendent.


Paresh Patel
Paresh Patel

The district released its RFP for advisory services regarding a possible P3 in November of last year. Eight teams responded with proposals. Yonkers Board of Education President Paresh Patel said that process gave the district "extremely high caliber proposals" from which to pick the winner, and described the winning team as having a "deep bench of global P3 experience."


The Macquarie-Freshfields-URS team has been involved in every major P3 transaction with similar financing throughout the country. Their goal is a cost-effective, long-term, sustainable P3 solution for the Yonkers district.


The team will be looking for innovative solutions to upgrades and rehabilitation of some of the oldest school buildings in the state. State-mandated guidelines describe 95 percent of the facilities as "unsatisfactory." With its limited funding, the district has not been able to make strides toward putting new life in the aging buildings. The P3 solution may have been the district's last - and best - resort.


New York budgets additional $45M for roads, bridges


Nearly 50 projects to repair bridges, highways expected to create thousands of jobs

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

Nearly 50 projects under the New York Works project will benefit from an additional state investment of more than $45 million - resulting in the repair of 345 miles of roads and 11 bridges in the North Country region of the state of New York. In announcing the funding, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state budget's cornerstone this year is the New York Works program, which he called "a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state's economy back on track." He said the additional investment will not only rebuild the region's infrastructure, but will also rebuilt the economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers.


This accelerated list of projects prioritized by the Department of Transportation will use either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery system or the newly enacted design-build project delivery method. Hundreds of critical infrastructure projects are expected to be accelerated as a result of the funding.


The state budget provides $247 million in capital funds for the NY Works program and $917 million in new federal funds for a total of $1.2 billion to repair, replace and improve the region's roads and bridges. This is in addition to the $1.6 billion already allocated this year for road and bridge projects and is in addition to the advancement of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project that is expected to pump billions of dollars into the regional and state economy.


The state will allocate $212 million for bridge deck and structural replacement or rehabilitation needs on approximately 115 bridges, $250 million for more than 2,000 miles of pavement preservation and pavement treatments and $687 million for transportation projects that had been halted due to lack of funds.


To view the complete list of projects planned in the North Country as a result of the additional funding, click here and look under "Recent Reports."


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Texas city developing incentives for local small businesses


Plan could include tax credits, fee waivers and other proposals

Small businesses in Austin, Texas, have some friends at city hall.


The Austin City Council recently approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to develop an incentive program that may include providing tax credits, fee waivers and free or reduced-price business skills development and job training for companies with 20 or fewer employees. Like most other large cities in Texas, Austin routinely provides such incentives for big companies. The city, in fact, is currently considering incentives for Apple as it talks about doubling its workforce in the city.


But with small companies accounting for more than 80 percent of all business growth in the city, officials are turning their attention to incentives for those companies. The resolution provides for the appointment of a city advocate for small businesses and a promotion encouraging local shopping. The plan is to be presented to the city council by June 14.


Upcoming education opportunities


Oregon community college taking $57M bond issue to taxpayers

New FacilityA successful $57 million bond issue slated for May 15 would mean major renovation projects for the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. A successful bond would allow the college to build two new multipurpose classroom facilities on its Roseburg campus as well as add a classroom facility in south Douglas County. Current classroom facilities date back to the late 1960s and in addition to being overcrowded because of increasing enrollment, do not provide room for simulation labs necessary to teach today's subjects, such as nursing and dentistry. Those students currently must complete their classroom study at local hospitals and local dentist offices. One of the proposed buildings, a three-story, $21-million allied health and sciences building (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering) would mean students could complete their studies on campus in state-of-the-art facilities. That new building alone will provide 57,000 square feet that would include labs, classrooms, computer space, a 70-person lecture hall and a health clinic. Another building that would benefit from the bond proceeds would be a two-story, 69,500-square-foot, $19.4 million industrial arts building. If the new buildings are constructed, officials would then move on with renovations to other UCC older buildings, and an $8 million facility would be built in Douglas County.


School district to seek funds to assist with AC, mechanical issues

The Brookhaven School District in Mississippi is planning to apply to the State Department of Education for federal stimulus funds to replace or repair air conditioning systems and other mechanical issues at schools throughout the district. The district would not be bound to borrow the money if it is made available, but officials say that it would help identify available funds to go toward the much-needed projects. The loans generally are at a low interest rate.


State budget provides funding for University of Nebraska facilities

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will get $15 million from the recently passed state budget to expand its nursing facility. Plans call for a 30,000-square-foot addition to the Bruner Hall of Science, making space for teaching and research space. Another budget bill was also signed that provides $71 million for three other construction projects - a $50 million University of Nebraska Medical Center cancer research tower and $6.1 million toward a Veterinary Diagnostic Center in Lincoln.


University of Florida planning $50 million school of business facility

Student UnionThe University of Florida will issue up to $50 million in bonds to expand its Reitz Union and build a new facility for its undergraduate school of business. Heavener Hall will be named for Full Sail University CEO James W. "Bill" Heavener, who led off donations to help defray the cost of the building. The new facility will include more than 50,000 square feet and construction is expected to begin in the fall. A 2014 completion date is expected. The expansion of the Reitz Union (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) will include 100,000 square feet. It is expected to begin next spring and be under construction for a year. The university plans a subsequent $25 million, 75,000-square-foot renovation to the existing student union that would take another year. The Reitz Union expansion is contingent of the governor allowing a bill to become law that would allow an exception to limits on using student fees for building construction. If that bill does not become law, the project is likely to be delayed. That project is expected to be a three-level expansion on the site of the current union colonnade.


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New Jersey proposes $3.2 billion in spending on infrastructure, transit

James Simpson
James Simpson

Highway, mass transit, bridge and public works projects totaling $3.2 billion have been proposed for the 2012-13 fiscal year by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Should the legislature approve that funding, $2.056 billion of it would go to NJDOT and $1.155 billion would go to New Jersey Transit. State support for the spending is estimated at $1.6 billion. NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said the proposal "provides for significant road, bridge and transit infrastructure investments while also funding initiatives that will promote safety for all who share our roads and access our public transportation system." State support for NJDOT includes $353 million to advance projects within the port district; state and local bridge repair and rehabilitation at $685 million; $311 million for highway pavement resurfacing, rehabilitation or reconstruction; $105 million for safety programs; $343 million for congestion mitigation efforts; $42 million for investments in maritime, freight and rail initiatives and bicycle/pedestrian improvements; $380 million for local aid grant programs.


Numerous contracting opportunities available in El Paso area

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

  • The El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for Bradley Elementary School exterior and interior painting;
  • The El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for Andress High School gym sound system;
  • The Socorro Independent School District is requesting bids for full-line food service; and
  • The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso is requesting bids for design-build services for Elvin Estates.

Hudson Valley to get millions for infrastructure projects

Hudson Valley, New York, has been approved for more than $200 million in state funding for dozens of infrastructure improvement projects that are expected to create thousands of jobs. Most of the funding will be for bridge and roadway repairs, but $106 million of the total will be used to replace and paint portions of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Two other bridges that span the Sprain Brook Parkway over Route 119 in Greenburgh will be allocated $24 million for replacement.


Louisiana seeking to privatize state employee health plan

Paul Rainwater
Paul Rainwater

Looking to save money, the state of Louisiana is seeking to privatize its state employee health plan that provides health and life insurance for about 250,000 current and retired state employees and their dependents. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said that while some state employee jobs might be lost, but that will happen over time as the administration decides which jobs can be absorbed by a private company. State officials say as much as 90 percent of the Office of Group Benefits book of business may be part of the RFP as the state seeks to hire a single contractor for the job. The Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is operated by state employees and insures more than 60,000 people. It is a group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who provide care at reduced rates. An RFP is expected to be released within the next few weeks.


County seeking developer for old downtown transit center site

Officials in Milwaukee County have issued a request for interest (RFI) seeking developers to buy and redevelop the old transit center site in downtown Milwaukee.  A committee has recommended the bus transit operations be moved from the downtown area and that site redeveloped. The transit center site includes 2.2 acres and a two-story waiting station and bus marshaling structure. Fewer and fewer buses have used the 20-year-old facility since bus routes have been modified.


Missouri city passes bond referendum for new wastewater treatment plant

Voters in Maryville, Missouri, recently approved a $13.7 million bond issue that will lead to the construction of a wastewater treatment plant mandated by the government. A new mechanical plant will be built to replace the current lagoon-based system, which meets neither state nor federal standards for ammonia removal. City officials warned voters than even if a bond issue did not pass, environmental agencies would likely force the city to build a plant anyway, and likely under a more expensive financing plan. The result would have been higher water and sewer rates for taxpayers.


National park airport in Arizona looking forward to major renovations

Officials of the airport at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona are looking forward to recently approved renovations. One major improvement is the addition of a new terminal, which will replace the current terminal, and is expected to draw more major airlines to the facility. The terminal is expected to take three to five years to complete. Airport officials are also studying the possibility of public-private partnerships to add commercial developments and retail sites such as restaurants and gift shops to the airport. 


Headlines from around the nation


Joplin voters approve $62 million school bond by thin vote


New plans for Detroit Public Schools: Sell services to other districts 


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


Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards:

  • Rodriguez Barr Inc. has been awarded a $1.7 million construction contract by the city of Austin, Texas, to repair and replace signage at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
  • Riveer Environmental has been awarded a $10.4 million contract by the U.S. Army to build 50 systems that soldiers will use to power wash vehicles, including transports and tanks.
  • Accenture LLP has won an $800,000 contract from the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance to create the information technology framework for the District's nascent health benefits exchange, an Internet marketplace for health insurance required by the 2010 health care law.
  • Orion Health Inc. won a $500,000 contract from the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance to begin work on a secure email system for the District's doctors, hospitals and clinics to share patient health data.
  • Mike Hooks Inc. has been awarded a $9.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, for maintenance dredging on the Houston Ship Channel, removing approximately 800,000 cubic yards of material between the Greens and Sims bayous.
  • Sundt Construction Inc. and Guido Brothers Construction have jointly won a $56.7 million construction and renovations contract from the San Antonio Independent School District to renovate and provide new construction work at three high schools.
  • Brunner Inc. has been awarded a $183 million advertising contract from the Pennsylvania Lottery on the strength of its vow to give $6.62 million in work to five women- and minority-owned businesses.
  • RL Persons Construction Inc. won a $5,566,006 contract from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the first phase of the Oak Grove Road interchange in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, with the interchange providing full access between U.S. 67 and Oak Grove Road.
  • Northrop Grumman Corp. will modernize the Air Force's Air and Space Operations Center as the result of an eight-year contract worth $504 million if all options are exercised.
News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Massachusetts town hoping for feasibility study regarding water project

The town of Westminster, Massachusetts, is hoping for $22,000 for a feasibility study to determine if an independent wastewater treatment facility is a viable option for the city. The study would determine also where it would be placed, costs and size of such a facility. The town is dealing with a recent rate increase from the city of Fitchburg for sewer service and the town wants to know if having its own facility would be less of a burden on taxpayers. If the town had its own wastewater treatment facility, officials believe it would have better control of its revenues and costs, and would be better able to accommodate a pump station and other high-priority sewer-expansion projects. A previous rough estimate of the costs to the town are between $5 million and $7 million. An unsolicited proposal for a public-private partnership might be another alternative.


AirRide bus system in Ann Arbor result of public-private partnership

John Hieftje
John Hieftje 

A new, less expensive bus system - AirRide - is now under way in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to ferry residents and visitors to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. AirRide is the result of a public-private partnership that involves several entities - the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority, the convention bureau and the Michigan Flyer bus company. For those making reservations, the cost is $12 one-way and walk-on commuters are charged $15. The service offers a dozen trips each day and the University of Michigan's Central Campus Transit Center hosts four pickups each day. The buses feature comfortable seating and offer WiFi service as well. Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje looks at the service as bringing the city one step closer to his vision of a community with families having only one vehicle and residents using transit services instead of their own vehicles.


North Carolina Zoo considering public-private partnership for management  

Officials have, for the last three years, been discussing the possible privatization of the North Carolina Zoo. Those discussions have continued in earnest over the last year. The General Assembly recently issued a report recommending privatization of the zoo and three state aquariums. A member of the state House has indicated he will introduce a bill regarding the public-private partnership after the General Assembly convenes on April 23. If privatized, the state would still subsidize it with an annual $10 million stipend, $700,000 less than this year. The zoo is one of only a handful run by state government. The more than 740,000 visitors last year led to revenue of about $6.6 million, but spending on the zoo totaled $17.4 million. Officials say the zoo needs approximately $30 million worth of work and would better be able to provide upkeep and improvements with a private plan through which private donations could be received. 


Pennsylvania Senate to take up P3 legislation when it returns April 30

The Pennsylvania House last week passed a bill that would allow the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) to be used for funding transportation and infrastructure projects in the state. The bill will go before the Senate when it returns on April 30. Facing financial needs that officials estimate at $3.5 billion per year to meet the state's immediate transportation and infrastructure needs, lawmakers are exploring all avenues to find new revenues. One of those options is public-private partnerships. The state currently has the most structurally deficient bridges of any state in the country, and has approximately 8,000 miles of roads described as in very poor condition. Under a P3 agreement, the government entity would retain ownership of an asset such as a bridge or highway, with the private entity putting up funding to develop, construct, manage, operate and/or finance a project. The Senate had its own version of P3 legislation, but it is held up in a House committee.


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Odds & ends


New Mexico

  • Dona Ana County is requesting bids for access to health services: orthopedic services for the DAC Health and Human Services Department.
  • New Mexico Tech (Socorro) is requesting bids for monthly and on-call pest control service.
  • Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Region, is requesting bids for CFO Eagle Creek Pipeline (Chavez and Eddy counties).
  • Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, Las Cruces, is requesting solicitations for parking lot asphalt resurfacing in three parking lots.


  • Education Service Center Region 19 Purchasing Cooperative is requesting bids for glass and glazing materials and services.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is requesting bids for state-let construction contract, Hudspeth County, barbed-wire fence removal and replacement, IH0010.

New York

  • The New York City Fire Department is seeking services of a qualified contractor to inspect, test, upgrade, repair and maintain underground petroleum storage tanks and related dispensing equipment, corrosion protection systems and leak detection systems; install new "Veeder-Root" TLS 350R LDS remote monitoring leak detection systems; monitor existing and new leak detection systems; and provide disposal services for waste petroleum products. These services will be provided at various facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
  • The New York City Department of Education is seeking bids from both qualified distributors and manufacturers experienced in providing security devices and installation for computer hardware and audio visual equipment.
  • The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the renovation operation and maintenance of a newsstand at City Hall Park, Murray Street on Broadway, Manhattan.


  • The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is requesting bids for ceiling tiles with two potential options. The first would be supplying standard ceiling tiles and the second would be supplying the ceiling tiles cut to Revenue's specifications.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Administration, Bureau of IT Procurement, is soliciting suppliers to submit proposals in response to the Master Information Technology (IT) Services Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) Contract, 4400004480. Those suppliers that respond to this ITQ, if determined to be qualified, will be eligible to provide proposals for various types of IT services to Commonwealth agencies and Local Public Procurement Units.


  • The Nevada State Purchasing Division, on behalf of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS), is seeking proposals to create and maintain an online social network for use by the veteran community. The network must incorporate all of the features and functionality of the existing NOVS Web site, and include additional functionality consistent with other social networks available on the Internet. Vendors will be required to work with NOVS to create an integrated graphic design for the network, including all art work and site navigation, create the Web site itself and complete market research studies related to the use of the community to provide recommendations for future direction of the site.
  • The Nevada State Purchasing Division is soliciting bids for a two-year open contract for structural firefighting personal protective fire gear. FOB Destination requested; unit cost should include shipping costs.
Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Daniel M. Tangherlini.
Daniel Tangherlini
Daniel Tangherlini

Daniel M. Tangherlini earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in public policy from the University of Chicago and a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, Tangherlini moved to Washington, D.C., to begin working for the federal government. When President Bill Clinton took office, Tangherlini joined the Clinton administration in Leon Panetta's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a budget preparation specialist. Tangherlini served in a variety of roles at the OMB over a six-year period. He also worked in the policy office of the U.S. Department of Transportation. From 2002 to 2006, Tangherlini was director of the Department of Transportation for the District of Columbia. He then was named interim general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a post he held from 2006 to 2007. Tangherlini has been with the Obama administration since July 2009, where he was primary policy adviser on the development and execution of budget and performance plans for the U.S. Treasury Department. He most recently was assistant secretary of the Treasury for management and the department's chief financial officer. After the resignation of General Services Administration (GSA) Chief Martha Johnson last week, Tangherlini was named acting administrator of the GSA.


Opportunity of the week...


An Oklahoma city has been awarded a $950,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that is likely to be used to build a new emergency operations center. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or




Janet AllanToni PendergrassCharles ZukoskiDr. Janet Allan (top left), a nurse since the 1960s and former dean and professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, will retire this summer from her post as dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, a position she has held since 2002. Dr. Toni Pendergrass (top center), Vice President for Learning at San Jacinto College South in Texas for the last four years, is leaving that post to become president of San Juan College in her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico. Charles F. Zukoski (top right), currently the Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Buffalo, and will be joining UB this summer. Although snubbed by the Florida Senate during the 2012 legislative session, several state agency heads were reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott, including Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner, Secretary of Corrections Kenneth Tucker,Office of Early Learning Director Melody Jurado and Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Mike Hansen asking them to continue to serve in his administration. Ben Scaggs has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to serve as the director of the Gulf of Mexico Program after serving the agency as Office Director overseeing the agency's operation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. New York University has Thomas HarriganDavid VaughtJohn Andrewsnamed two academics to lead its Shanghai campus, with Yu Lizhong, president of East China Normal University, named chancellor, and Jeffrey S. Lehman, chancellor of the Peking University School of Transnational Law and a former president of Cornell University, named vice chancellor. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Thomas Harrigan (middle right), who has been with the agency in a variety of positions since 1987, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the agency's new deputy administrator. David Vaught (middle center), who has led Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's Office of Management and Budget since 2009, has been picked to head the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, with Quinn's Chief of Staff Jerry Stermer to serve as acting director of the budget office. U.S. Navy Capt. John S. Andrews (middle left), who is retiring from military service in June, has been chosen to serve as special assistant to Norfolk, Virginia, City Manager Marcus Jones. Palmdale, California, Assistant City Manager Laurie Lile has accepted the position of city manager for the City of Monrovia, effective at the end of April, replacing Scott Ochoa, who resigned to take a position in Glendale. Barry Feldman, one of two vice presidents at the University of Connecticut whose jobs were eliminated last month when UConn combined the posts of chief operating officer and director of human resources into a single position, has been named director of the school's Torrington campus, effective Doug ShulmanLa Mar HasbrouckEileen TeichertJuly 1. Cheryl Joy Norton, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and former president at Southern Connecticut State University, will take over as president of Slippery Rock University on June 4, succeeding Robert Smith, who retired. Internal Revenue Commissioner Doug Shulman (bottom left), who came to the agency five years ago from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, said he plans to leave the agency when his term ends in November. Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck (bottom center), a director of public health and commissioner of mental health in upstate New York, has been chosen to head the Illinois Department of Public Health, effective April 23, succeeding Dr. Damon Arnold left last year to oversee a new master's program at Chicago State University. Sacramento City Attorney Eileen Teichert (bottom right),who is one of the city's highest-ranking officials and who has held her post for six years, has resigned, but will continue her municipal lawyer role in an organization closer to her family in Southern California. Des Plaines, Illinois, Mayor Martin Moylan has appointed Michael Bartholomew to the position city manager, replacing Jason Slowinski, acting city manager since 2010, who has taken a village administrator position in Lake Zurich. Mike Miles, superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this week was named lone finalist for the superintendent job at the Dallas Independent School District, to replace Michael Hinojosa, who served six years at DISD before announcing his departure.


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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


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