Volume 4, Issue 6May 16, 2012
Social media catching on throughout government

Mary Scott NabersGovernment has adopted social media in a big way. Public officials were understandably slow to move into the new technology, but now the barriers are down and social media appears to have become the communication vehicle of choice. Facebook, Twitter, blogs and LinkedIn networks have become the most efficient way to reach collaborative communities.


Some examples of public sector social media initiatives:

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spearheaded a comprehensive social media campaign for the city of New York. A "Chief Digital Officer" was hired last year to lead the city's social media strategy. The mayor's office has its own Twitter account that provides links to press releases, answers to citizens' questions, city news and information.



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Options explored for $2.4B bridge
Senator predicts bill passage
Upcoming education opportunities
Texas bond issues pass
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
Procurement and advocacy services
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Ohio, Kentucky exploring options for $2.4 billion bridge


Tolls examined as one possibility for helping finance much-needed project

Gov. John Kasich
Gov. John Kasich

It's not a popular concept with the public - tolls to help pay for infrastructure projects. But, Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks that is the best way to get the Brent Spence Bridge project off high center. The $2.4 billion bridge project is set to begin construction in 2016 and be completed in 2023, but a funding mechanism must be the first step. Kasich said he thinks charging tolls could move the construction schedule up so that construction could start in 2014.


The new double-decker bridge would replace the nearly 50-year-old Brent Spence bridge that has been declared "functionally obsolete." But, Kentucky owns the bridge and it will take a partnership between the two states to get it off the ground. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear admits he, too, is not opposed to tolling as a financing option. Beshear says "all financing option, including tolling, must remain on the table."


Gov. Steve Beshear
Gov. Steve Beshear

Beshear says the time is now, and there is no reason to continue to wait for federal funding that may or may not come. Officials with a coalition formed to move the project forward have indicated that if the project starts four to five years earlier than expected, it could save $500 million.


Kentucky must pass legislation first that would allow the charging of tolls on the bridge. And the business community, government officials and the public must get on board for the project to be successful. Plans were floated to create a bi-state authority to develop a financing plan. Kentucky already has experience in such an effort, as it formed a bi-state agency with Indiana to help build the $2.5 billion Ohio River Bridges Project that is part of both states. But Kasich said he would rather work directly with his gubernatorial counterpart to work out the plans. At a recent meeting, the two agreed to keep all funding options for the bridge project on the table. It's a critical artery for our region, and we must build a new bridge soon," said Kasich.


Senator predicts passage of long-term transportation bill


Hoeven says Keystone provision should be included in legislation

John Hoeven
John Hoeven

At least one member of Congress is confident that a long-term federal transportation bill will pass before funding runs out on June 30. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota said after the first meeting of the bill's conference committee that he also believes a provision that requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be included in the bill.


The House version of the Surface Transportation Act included the Keystone XL measure and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. "These provisions are integral to a highway bill, and both enjoy strong bipartisan support. But, it's not just that they're bipartisan, we need to include them on their merits," said Hoeven, saying they also will create jobs and strengthen the economy through "good environmental stewardship."


The proposed pipeline would transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day to American refineries, which Hoeven says will take some 500 trucks per day off roads in the oil patch in his state alone. The price tag on the 1,700-mile transcontinental pipeline is estimated at $7 billion, but the senator says it will reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and help lower fuel costs.


The Surface Transportation Bill has undergone more than10 stop-gap continuation measures, but a long-term reauthorization is being sought.


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Upcoming education opportunities


$2.7 million facility expansion approval up to school board

The Unioto (Ohio) schools' Board of Education will decide if the Unioto Junior High School will transform into the Unioto Middle School. A $2.7 million expansion plan decision rests with the board. As the school system's population increased, the board ordered a facilities study that revealed growing numbers in the elementary school. The study recommended a 12,400-square-foot addition to the existing junior high school. That area would then house the sixth grade, giving the elementary school more space. If approved and supplies and materials are readily available, officials say construction could be completed in less than 90 days. The project is expected to be put out for bids in November, with an opening date for fall 2013.


Colorado State planning $108 million residence hall complex

Jim Dolak
Jim Dolak

Colorado State University officials are planning to raze an existing residential village that houses 280 people in 146 units and replace it with a much larger residential hall complex. The proposed $108 million development will house up to 1,000 and will also feature a dining hall. The proposed facility is part of the university's plans to add more residential space on the main campus. Part of the new facility would be apartments or suite-style rooms. There will be anywhere from 900 to 1,000 beds, not all of which would be for students. Jim Dolak, CSU's executive director of Housing and Dining Services, said the new building will "meet the needs of various audiences," saying that will allow the university to "hedge on student growth." CSU also plans to raze an apartment complex on the north side of campus where approximately 100 single students live. Another new facility that would house up to 600 students would serve as a replacement.


Massachusetts schools preparing RFP for solar array initiative

A solar array that would have powered schools in Belmont, Massachusetts, has been slightly delayed, but installation could be completed while students are at school. An RFP seeking solar firms to complete the project is forthcoming. As part of the RFP, the town will allow the solar firms to up their portion of the power purchase if they upgrade and repair the roofs and become responsible for that part of the roof over the 20-year contract. But for now, only the school buildings are being considered for the solar panels. The city-owned properties were excluded mainly because some buildings were not structurally able to support the infrastructure or have existing construction deficits. While the project has been delayed, preparation work is being done in anticipation of responses to the RFP.


More than $1.5B in bond issues approved in Texas


Millions of dollars in contracting opportunities will result from local referendums

More than $1.5 billion in bond issues drew voter approval last week in elections throughout Texas. As a result, millions of dollars in contracting opportunities will open up for new building construction, facility renovations, technology needs, street improvements and a variety of local initiatives.


Statewide, 11 cities, two community colleges, one hospital district and 46 school districts held bond referendums. They ranged from a $700,000 bond issue by a city in North Texas with a population of about 2,000 to pay for much-needed street improvements to a more than half-billion bond vote in San Antonio. That successful $596 million bond vote will provide for funding in four categories - streets/bridges/sidewalks, drainage, parks and facilities and community initiatives.


The bond issues up for vote totaled more than $1.7 billion. One city northeast of Dallas passed two of five propositions. The total bond package was $60 million. The two propositions that passed, related to downtown improvements and street improvements, together totaled more than $20 million. A school district in East Texas passed two of its four propositions that had a combined total cost of $77.9 million. Passing were a proposition for energy and security improvements for all campuses in the district, HVAC replacements for all campuses and renovations to a high school. Those projects alone will total $28.57 million.


Additionally, a new allied health building and parking garage that will cost $25 million was approved for a junior college in northeast Texas while a new hospital was approved with passage of a $594 million bond vote in a Texas hospital district vote.


Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has compiled a comprehensive list of the projects in the various bond elections that passed. This research is available for purchase. For more information and to order the package, click here.


Headlines from around the nation


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Municipal bonds likely to finance Tappan Zee Bridge

Tom Madison
Tom Madison

Officials now say that municipal bonds are likely the financing method that will be used for the $6 billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York. The bridge is expected to be paid for by a $2 billion federal loan, investments by pension or private funds and bonds backed by tolls, according to Tom Madison, executive director for the New York State Thruway Authority, which owns and operates the bridge. Construction could start later this year and be completed by 2017. The amount of federal funding, said Madison, will be dependent on the funding available if the federal transportation bill is again authorized. Plans to use a public-private partnership for the project were scrapped because officials said it would take too long to pass legislation that would allow entering into that kind of partnership. Bidders have until July 27 to submit their design and build plans for the bridge. Officials expect a plan for financing will be available by August. Motorists are likely to face higher toll rates once the bridge is completed. 


SPAWAR seeking proposals for Next-Generation Enterprise Network

At a cost of between $7 billion and $10 billion over the next 10 years, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has issued an RFP for its Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN). The contract is expected to be awarded in February of next year. NGEN will serve as a replacement for the Navy Marine Corps intranet that has been under contract for 10 years, through 2010, and a $3.4 billion continuity-of-services contract that will expire in 2015. Users will begin transitioning to the new system early next year. It will provide service to 400,000 desktop and laptop computers and 900,000 end users in more than 2,500 locations. It will also provide service for overseas users. The contract is being broken into enterprise services and transport services. Separate contracts can be awarded for each piece or they can be bundled into a single contract. Deadline for bidders to submit their proposals is July 18.


Major upgrade to sewage plant being planned in Palo Alto

The city of Palo Alto is seeking to retire the incinerators it uses at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant to destroy its sewage sludge. The city is working on a long-range plan that will help eliminate the aging technology and replace it with one that converts waste into energy. The plant serves Palo Alto, Mountain View, Stanford University, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the East Palo Alto Sanitary District. Officials estimate that renovating the plant will cost as much as $250 million, while meeting state and federal regulation could end up costing another $150 million. The costs would be split among the agencies using the system and could be funded either by bonds or a low-interest state loan. Officials hope to be able to retire the current incinerator process as soon as a process for conversion to energy is available. Officials are looking at a number of possible processes for making energy from the sewage sludge.


Penn Station's $270 million first phase of expansion about to begin

Patrick Foye
Patrick Foye

The first phase of the expansion program for New York's Penn Station is about to get under way. The $270 million first phase will include expanding a concourse and adding entryways on the west end of the station. Work could get under way by the middle of this year and be completed in 2016. Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, called the announcement of the upcoming construction "good news." The Farley Post Office building across from Penn Station is the planned site for a new Amtrak terminal that will get under way after the second phase of the project is finished. The first phase is funded mostly by federal transportation and federal stimulus funds. The proposed expanded concourse will mitigate congestion by providing new escalators and elevators for riders to move upstairs as well as adding more street-level entrances. Foye said that would be "a significant enhancement." The second phase that will provide the new Amtrak terminal will cost approximately $500 million.


Town in New Mexico stops RFP for moving dispatch operations

A request for proposals by the town of Taos, New Mexico, has been halted and is expected to be reissued at a later date. The RFP was seeking a contractor to move emergency dispatch operations into the Kit Carson Regional Command Center. Instead, another engineer's estimate for the project is to be sought. Although bids were opened last month, the RFP process was stopped so that an independent analyst can be brought in to evaluate the scope of work necessary for the move. Town officials are hopeful that independent analysis will save the town money. They also note the result could be a modified RFP. Estimates for the move range from $50,000 to more than $800,000.


Louisiana city will seek bids for new natural gas lines

The city of Baker, Louisiana, will seek bids for new polyethylene natural gas lines. They will be used to replace steel piping in the Baker Heights, Leland College and Morvant areas.


Jacksonville seeking real estate assistance from private sector

Renee Finley
Renee Finley

A request for proposals for real estate services is being prepared by the city of Jacksonville, Florida. The RFP is aimed at vacant, public-owned property in the downtown area. Renee Finely, director of the mayor's Office of Public-Private Partnerships, said the city is looking for partners who can assist with taking inventory, performing assessments, providing strategy, management and handling transactions. Officials expect numerous parties would be awarded the work. In addition to responses to the RFP, Finley said unsolicited proposals will also be accepted. Some of the buildings will be sold and some will be leased, according to the city official. Riverfront land that is vacant is likely to be leased.


Collaboration Nation

Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards:

  • The Corbet Group has been awarded a $905,000 contract by the city of Greenville, Texas, to build an administration building at the new wastewater treatment plant.
  • Woolpert has been awarded two contracts totaling approximately $2 million by the city of Indianapolis Department of Public Works to survey pavements and develop a street sign inventory using mobile mapping technology.
  • Kaye Electric won a $43,975.70 contract from the city of Newton, Kansas, for detention center surveillance cameras. Science Applications International Corporation was awarded a prime single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with a five-year base period of performance and a total contract value of approximately $37 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District to provide hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste (HTRW) investigation and remediation programs in St. Louis and Burlington, Idaho.
  • MedPro Technologies LLC has won a $14.1 million contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Concord, Massachusetts, to provide information technology support services to the government.
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has been awarded a contract worth nearly $68 million by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide on-orbit operations engineering support regarding research and development for the first two next-generation satellites for the Global Positioning System.
  • Twin Falls Crane Service has been awarded a $24,000 contract for demolition of the old City Hall building in Kimberly, Idaho.
  • Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabuam was awarded a $155 million contract by the San Mateo, California, County Board of Supervisors for construction of a new 206,000-square-foot jail in Redwood City.
  • Cardinal Design has secured a contract for $100,095 from the city of Riverton, Wyoming, to prepare plans and specifications for remodeling of the Johnson Rehabilitation Center.
  • Dondlinger & Sons Construction won a contract worth almost $6.5 million from Harvey County, Kansas, for a runway reconstruction project at the Newton City-County Airport.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton  has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million task order award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide privacy and compliance services. 
  • Orion Marine Construction Inc. was awarded a $2.687 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District for maintenance dredging of the lower reach of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway's Channel to Victoria in Calhoun County, Texas.
News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Georgia to resurrect Northwest Corridor project as public-private partnership

Nathan Deal
Gov. Nathan Deal

Officials in Georgia are considering adding toll lanes to Interstate 75 and 575 as part of a public-private partnership. Gov. Nathan Deal said that the new plan will allow the state to keep more control of the lanes both during and after completion of construction and will also have input on how much the toll costs will be and when private partners will begin to receive a return on their investment.


Deal said the new plan will help protect the state's rights and that the state will retain its assets. The original deal was benched because of the long-term commitment that the state would have to buy into. Deal said that plan would have limited the improvements the state could make along the I-75 corridor outside the toll lane project for years into the future. The new plan includes two new express lanes along the west side of I-75 between I-285 and I-575. The lanes will be reversible and tolls would vary according to traffic volume. Single toll lanes would be built along I-75 from I-575 north to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 north to Sixes Road, for a total road length of 30 miles.


The state has set aside $300 million in motor fuel tax revenues for the project. A total of $270 million more would come from a low-interest federal loan and the Department of Transportation has also set aside another $200 million toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from private sector partners. An RFQ for interested contractors will be released next month, with a list of qualified vendors then picked for a short list that will receive RFPs. 


Partnership will lead to construction of $200M O'Hare cargo facility

A $200 million air cargo center will be built at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, thanks to a partnership between developer Aeroterm and the city. Aeroterm will pay $130 million of the construction costs, with $62 million coming from airport funds. The agreement between the developer and the city is for 35 years. The first phase of the project would open in 2013, with the entire facility to be open by 2020. The facility will cover 820,000 square feet and will increase drastically the air cargo space at the airport. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Aeroterm's willingness to participate in the project is a good sign that the company is anticipating continued growth in the import-export business. Emanuel also said not only will the expansion be a boost to the local economy, but it will also mean "a critical investment in the cargo part of this airport."


City in Mississippi seeking public sector partner to address water issues

Samantha Abell
Samantha Abell

City officials in Gautier, Mississippi, are looking for a private partner to help them address water needs the city cannot afford. City Manager Samantha Abell described the priority water issues for the city as water that has a brown tint to it, the replacement of water meters and resolving increasing sewer problems. Abell said the city is inviting proposals from professional service vendors who are experienced in operating public works. Maxed out on its debt service, the city has taken loans against its sales tax as well as incurring $16 million in debt when the city incorporated. "We can't afford to improve or properly address our capital needs," said Abell.


Aging meters and those that were under water during Hurricane Katrina need to be replaced, she said. And while the city can afford to purchase the meters, it can't afford labor costs to install them. With a professional service, Abell said the city could save enough money to install a system to clear up the water. And a needed video survey that costs $1.2 million could be paid for by the private partner. 


Odds & ends



  • Wichita State University is seeking bids for the Duerksen Fine Arts Center HVAC system replacement, estimated at a cost of $3.2 million.
  • Kansas State University is seeking bids for ceiling/roof deck repairs on Ackert Hall, estimated at a cost of $480,000.
  • The Kansas Department of Transportation is seeking bids for reroofing the Syracuse area shop, estimated at a cost of $75,000.

New York City

  • The New York City Department of Sanitation seeks proposals from qualified contractors to develop a facility or facilities demonstrating the application of new and emerging technology in the processing of DSNY-managed waste.
  • The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation has issued an RFP for the renovation, operation and maintenance of a Snack Bar/Beach Shop and the optional operation of up to five (5) Mobile Food Units at Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
  • The New York City Department of Education is seeking bids for lead-based paint abatement including painting, plastering and finishing in various school buildings and leased premises throughout the boroughs of the City of New York. 


  • The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is seeking a roofing project at the Washington Crossing Historical Park to include removal of the existing asphalt roof, flashing, underlayment, gutters and spouting and the installation of new underlaying, flashing, asphalt shingles and gutters and spouting on the Lower Park Maintenance Building.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is seeking bidders to lease 5,763 usable square feet of office space for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in Butler County, PA.


  • The town of New Fairfield is seeking qualified housing rehabilitation contractors to perform housing rehabilitation activities for the town.
  • Connecticut Community Colleges have issued an open call for consultants in technology, science, engineering and manufacturing to high school and college students.
  • The town of Tolland is seeking to retain the services of a qualified firm to operate and maintain its water production, treatment, storage and transmission/distribution systems within the town for not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) years.


  • Prince George's County is seeking bids for demolition of the OMES Building.
  • Prince George's County is seeking bids for a complete audio-video conferencing system.
  • Harford County government is seeking qualified vendors for the installation, lease/rental, supplies and maintenance of six (6) wide format machines.
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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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Michael Martin.


Mike Martin
Mike Martin

Minnesota native Dr. Michael Martin earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics and a master's degree in economics at Mankato State College (Minnesota State University) in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1977. He began his higher education career as a faculty member of the Oregon State University Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He later was named vice president for agricultural policy and dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environment at the University of Minnesota. Martin for six years was vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, heading up the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences there. He was named senior vice president of the University of Florida prior to being picked in 2004 to serve as president of New Mexico State University. Four years later, Martin was selected to serve as chancellor of Louisiana State University and A&M College. Martin recently was named lone finalist for the post of chancellor of the Colorado State University System. He would succeed Joe Blake, who retired in December and currently serves as chancellor emeritus. The Colorado State University system includes Colorado State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo and Colorado State University-Global Campus.


Opportunity of the week...


An Arkansas city will borrow $7.5 million to finance all or part of construction of its new airport. The project will include a new access road, terminal building, three hangars with 54 bays, fueling facilities, maintenance hangar, equipment and more. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or




Frederick Bealefeld Neil MatkinJack MartinDr. H. Neil Matkin (top left), president of San Jacinto College Central in Pasadena, Texas, for the last four years, has announced he will step down to accept the position of executive vice president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Jack Martin (top center), Highland Park Public Schools Emergency Manager, has been named chief financial officer for the City of Detroit, and will be replaced at Highland Park by Joyce Parker president of Ann-Arbor based The Municipal Group L.L.C. Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld (top right), who joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1981 and has risen through the ranks to lead the department for the last five years, has announced that he will retire after 31 years with the police force. Cathy Canorro, director of Washington State's minority contracting agency, has resigned her post following complaints about the agency's performance and allegations of fraud regarding eligibility of some minority businesses for government contracts. Eddy County, New Mexico, Finance Director Larry Augsbury, who has only been on the job for 18 months, has resigned, effective immediately, with former finance director Debbie Penaluna-Funk to serve as acting finance director. Cranston, Rhode Island, Superintendent of Schools Peter Barbara Byrd BennettSteve MacNameraAdam HollingsworthNero has announced he is retiring after reportedly being named lone finalist for the superintendent's job in North Stonington, Connecticut. Barbara Byrd Bennett (middle right), a national education consultant, will take over as interim chief education officer for the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Noemi Donoso, who resigned. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's chief-of-staff, Steve MacNamara (middle center), recently resigned his post after a series of news stories were published that detailed his job performance and handling of contracts and will be replaced by Adam Hollingsworth (middle left), who leads the right-of-way division for Flagler Development Group and is a former chief-of-staff to former Mayor John Peyton of Jacksonville. Eric Swanson, who has been city manager in Roseburg, Oregon, since 2005, has been chosen by the Medford City Council as their choice for city manager, to replace the former Medford city manager, who stepped down in August. David Lussier, the Austin, Texas, Independent School District's executive director for educator quality, has been chosen to become the next superintendent of the Wellesley, Massachusetts schools. Thirty-year law enforcement veteran Eugene Lowery, who currently is deputy chief of the Crystal Lake Police Department, Beth Mascitti-MillerEd NicholsLinda Hickehas been named chief of the DeKalb, Illinois, Police Department. Beth Mascitti-Mille (bottom left), who served as a deputy superintendent of teaching and learning in Rochester, New York, with retiring Chicago Public Schools Early Childhood Officer Barbara Bowman, has been named as Bowman's replacement. Dr. Ed Nichols (bottom center), who has served as assistant superintendent in the Decatur, Alabama, schools for the last nine years, has been named superintendent of schools. Linda A. Hicke (bottom right),associate vice president for research at Northwestern University, has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Tony O'Rourke, who has served just under two years as South Lake Tahoe's city manager, will be leaving that post to accept the city manager's position in Yakima, Washington. The Maricopa, Arizona, Unified School District has named Steve Chestnut, who has spent more than two decades in administrative posts in Washington State, most recently as superintendent of the Selah School District in Washington, as its new leader. Fort Wayne, Indiana, Fire Chief Pete Kelley, who has been chief since 2007, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 3. 


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GMIS International, the premier organization for public sector IT leaders, will hold its Annual Conference August 19 - 22, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference brings together public sector technology leaders and decision-makers representing a wide variety of government agencies from throughout the United States. Representatives from international organizations will also attend and provide updates on technology initiatives in their respective countries. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to interact in the heart of downtown Chicago. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, click here.


USP3 Training Institute announces 2012 schedule

The U.S. P3 Training Institute is planning three additional training schedules following its March session in Sacramento. Additional training is scheduled in Austin, Texas, for May 24 and 25, in New York for July 12 and 13 and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 18 and 19. These two-day courses are for government officials, contractors and investors seeking to understand P3 concepts and methodologies. The course is for anyone managing or planning P3 projects. It is an education course, not an industry event, and focuses on P3 methodologies and concepts, not on selling one approach or product. Trainers are P3 practitioners and experts in their fields. There will also be opportunities for networking. Among the topics are how to identify P3 projects and develop a project pipeline, how to set business terms and optimize risk transfer, managing the P3 procurement process and much more. Lead trainers are Brien Desilets, a P3 specialist with more than 15 years of experience and managing director of Claret Consulting, and John Buttarazzi, a P3 professional and founder of Liberty Hall Advisors LLC. For more information and to register, click here.


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.


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.
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