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Volume 4, Issue 16Aug. 1, 2012
Cities innovative in addressing parking problems

Mary Scott NabersFinding a parking space in any major city in America is stressful. In spite of the increased use of public transportation and bicycles, city parking still represents a daily struggle for workers, shoppers and visitors.

 

Studies show that in some cities, drivers can expect to spend up to 45 minutes searching for a place to park. The problem is growing more significant each year.

 

Local businesses sacrifice customers. Emissions are increased significantly. Unhappy and stressed drivers are not respectful of pedestrians. City officials are seeking remedies. One way to make some of the stakeholders happy is through a new technology, dubbed "Smart Parking."

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
FCC subsidizing broadband plan
$17B cited for infrastructure projects
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning government contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
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FCC to subsidize broadband Internet access project

 

Nearly 400,000 in 37 states will benefit from first phase of 'Connect America Fund'

Julius Genachowski
Julius Genachowski

About $115 million of public funding will be coupled with tens of millions more in private investment to expand broadband infrastructure to rural communities in every region of the nation. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that nearly 400,000 residents and small businesses in 37 states will benefit from Phase One of the "Connect America Fund." 

 

As a result of the program, the FCC will subsidize broadband Internet providers in an effort to encourage extension of their services to rural parts of the nation. It will do so by paying $775 per household connected, while the private companies will be required to invest in the network infrastructure that will result in about 7 million customers being able to obtain high-speed Internet over the next six years. The subsidy is funded by "Universal Connectivity" fees charged to phone customers. Internet providers who receive the subsidy must agree to follow oversight procedures, including reports on how the money was spent. 
 

"Millions of Americans still live, work and travel in rural areas where access to high-speed Internet does not exist," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. He said the Connect America Fund initiatives will help complete the nation's broadband infrastructure, "which will lead to job creation, economic growth and innovation in the 21st century. "

  

The ultimate goal of the program is to connect all 19 million unserved residents by 2020. Some examples of the funding by states include: 

  • Texas - 1,226 locations to receive $949,697 in funding to affect seven counties.
  • New York - 619 locations to receive $479,000 in funding to affect eight counties.
  • California - 294 locations to receive $227,775 in funding to affect two counties.
  • Wyoming - 96 locations to receive $74,400 in funding to affect 32 counties.
  • Illinois - 6,047 locations to receive $4,685,925 in funding to affect 27 counties.
  • Florida - 932 locations to share $721,675 in funding to affect six counties.
  • Montana - 2,425 locations to share $1,879,275 in funding to affect six counties.
  • Nevada - 1,800 locations to share $1.395 million in funding to affect two counties.
  • Colorado - 8,102 locations to share $6,279,050 to affect 19 counties.
  • Virginia - 2,739 locations to share $2,122,725 in funding to affect 11 counties.
  • Minnesota - 14,137 locations to share $10,956,175 in funding to affect 21 counties. 

To view an interactive map showing all of the 37 states that received funding, the amount and how many counties and individuals will be positively affected by the funding, click here.

 

USDOT announces $17 billion in infrastructure funding

 

Officials expect grants can leverage up to $50 billion for transportation

Ray LaHood
Ray Lahood

Hoping to leverage up to $50 billion for transportation projects nationwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the availability of $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the money is available to both states and cities. Interested entities are urged to submit letter of interest for the Transportation and Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program that provides loans, loan guarantees and standby lines of credit for major infrastructure projects with the potential to create jobs and lead to economic development and growth. "These investments will help cities and states create jobs right away building the big transportation projects we need," said LaHood.

 

The TIFIA funding is part of the recently passed surface transportation bill, which set aside $1.7 billion over two years. Officials expect each dollar from the funding can leverage up to $10 in TIFIA credit assistant, which translates into $17 billion in loans that are expected to leverage $20 billion to $30 billion in infrastructure investment.

 

Among the types of projects eligible for the funding are highways, passenger rail, public transit and international bridges and tunnels. To date, the TIFIA program has used $9.2 billion in funding to leverage more than $36.4 billion in private and other capital to help build 27 major transportation projects around the country.

 

LaHood also announced the establishment of the Project Finance Center (PFC) to help state and local government project sponsors analyze financial options for highway, transit, rail, intermodal and other surface transportation projects that are short of funding. 

 

Collaboration Nation

CNG vehicles being sought for fleet use by 21 states

 

Officials release RFP on their behalf to auto manufacturers; bids due Sept. 7

Mary Fallin
Gov. Mary Fallin

New compressed natural gas vehicles could be in the future for 21 states after an RFP was recently released to 19 auto manufacturers on their behalf. Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently met with representatives of the Big Three - Chrysler, General Motors and Ford - auto makers to pitch their need for CNG vehicles for state automobile fleets in those 21 states. However, at the time, none of the three indicated they had any such vehicles in production and the RFP was issued.

 

In addition to Colorado and Oklahoma, the other states that are part of the RFP include Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. Thirteen states originally signed a memorandum of understanding in November noting they intend to buy CNG vehicles for use in state fleets. Eight additional states have since signed on. Officials also believe using CNG vehicles in state fleets will spur more interest by the general public in these vehicles.

  

The closing date for proposals is Sept. 7 for bids on CNG-powered compact and midsize cars, four-wheel-drive pickups and cargo vans. Fallin said by using more CNG vehicles in state fleets, "We can save tax dollars by reducing the amount we spend on fuel. We can also support the use of American-made energy that will help create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Miami-Dade schools considering $1.2 billion bond referendum

Alberto Calvarho
Alberto Carvalho

Facing roofing problems, aging HVAC systems, needed upgrades in technology and more at many of its schools, the Miami-Dade School Board is considering a $1.2 billion bond vote. "The solution is the community," said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. A successful bond vote would provide for new schools, upgrades to current school, renovation of older schools and replacement of parts or entire campuses. The district would also ensure that all campuses have access to updated technology. The district is already facing about $2 billion in capital needs and deferred maintenance among its nearly 400 schools, half of which are more than 40 years old and a third of which are at least 50. Carvalho has promised a proposed solution that will need community support, public-private partnerships and one that will not burden taxpayers. If the board OKs the proposal, the district will seek authorization from the state Department of Education to issue up to $1.2 billion in bonds and approve needs by school. Language for a bond issue would then have to be developed. If the issue goes before voters and is approved, the district would likely issue $400 million of the proceeds in 2013 and then issue $200 million every other year until 2021.

  

Oregon school district to sell three schools to bridge budget gap

An Oregon school district is looking to fend off having to fire teachers by proposing to sell its three elementary schools. The Gervais School District plans to sell the buildings for about $3.7 million. It will then move the nearly 500 students who attend the schools into a consolidated K-8 campus by utilizing the middle and high schools. If necessary, the district is prepared to spend about $1.8 million for portable buildings, but would still save more than half a million dollars annually. The bulk of the savings would be in maintenance and administrative costs.

 

Oklahoma State will build new residence hall, new track facility on campus

Mike Holder
Mike Holder

Two major construction projects are on tap for Oklahoma State University following recent action of the Board of Regents. Regents approved the selection of an architectural firm to design a new 800- to 900-bed residence hall to be built where the current track and field facility stands. Kerr-Drummond Hall will be demolished and replaced by the new dorm facility. The regents also chose an engineering consultant and construction manager to design and build the new track facility. It will be the newest addition to an athletic village that began taking shape in 2006. OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said the university plans to duplicate the current track site and then the university athletics department will be responsible for any additional facilities. Holder said there will be a track that "will be able to host conference championships and national championships," along with a locker room and storage building. He said there will be grandstands, lighting and other amenities in the future, but they will have to be paid for through donations and fundraisers. The cost and timeline on the new track complex won't be known until later in the design process. The regents also selected an architect and construction manager for a new academic building on the OUS-Tulsa campus and a construction manager for the renovation of the Math Learning Success Center in the Edmon Law Library on the Stillwater campus.

 

Carlsbad Municipal Schools to vote on $60 million bond in February

Voters in the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district will go to the polls in February to decide the fate of a $60 million bond proposal that would result in the building of four new elementary schools. If the bond issue passes, construction of the first two schools could begin very quickly. The last elementary schools built in the district were built in 1956. A successful bond issue could lead to consolidation of some schools while some students would attend school in a new, more centralized area. Officials say they will build elementary schools because of the demand for space for that age students. If four more are added, each school will have approximately 650 students. Technology is also a problem, say school officials, and installation of new technology usually means asbestos problems because of the age of the buildings, pushing up the costs for the renovation. The four schools would be cookie-cutter, looking the same and each with modern technology and smart labs. 

 

For information about these and other contracting opportunities, contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900.

 

Contracting Opportunities

Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

Plans to redevelop Union Station laid out by Amtrak, developer, city

Carrying a $7 billion price tag, a plan to redevelop Union Station in the District of Columbia has been announced. City leaders, Amtrak officials and developer Akridge said the project will triple the capacity of the station. The original architecture of the facility, which dates back 100 years, will be unchanged. The key to the project, however, is funding. Amtrak representatives say 50-80 percent of the project will be paid for by federal funds, with the remainder expected to come from the state and local governments and the private sector. The plan includes a new train shed behind the current station for boarding and departing trains. There will be multiple levels of tracks to increase the station's capacity. The developer also is looking at a $1.3 billion project - Burnham Place - adjacent to the rail hub that features 1.5 million square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail, 1,300 residential units and 500 hotel rooms. It will also feature a plaza and pedestrian walkway. If funding is put together for the Amtrak project, Amtrak expects the project to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2029.

 

Santa Clara Pueblo to be recipient of $11 million in federal assistance

A total of $11 million in federal assistance has been earmarked for a New Mexico pueblo that was victim of flooding following a wildfire. The Santa Clara Pueblo will use the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for mitigation and restoration efforts. The tribe will use the funding to help repair roads, remove debris and build infrastructure to control runoff caused by the scarred landscape after the Las Conchas fire last year. More flooding this month led to another disaster declaration in the area. The FEMA funds will cover 75 percent of the cost to remove the sediment from the pueblo's boundaries.

 

Bill filed in State Legislature would ensure more state work for Ohio companies

Roland Winburn
Roland Winburn

 Ohio State Rep. Roland Winburn has filed legislation that would further strengthen the "Buy Ohio" provision relative to state purchasing and steer more state government business to Ohio companies. The bill would allow a company in Ohio to be given preference on a bid for a public project if its bid was no more than 10 percent greater than a bidder outside the state and if the Ohio company can demonstrate that its contract would create or retain Ohio jobs. "We must work to ensure that we are investing right back into our local economies and not handing state funds over to out-of-state or overseas companies," said Winburn. The current "Buy Ohio" provision gives preference to neighboring states, except West Virginia, the same preference as Ohio companies, in return for the same treatment in those states for Ohio companies. State officials say those agreements rely on all involved states maintaining similar preference provisions. Winburn's bill followed the announcement by a local newspaper that more than $790 million in large Ohio contracts have been awarded to out-of-state companies since 2009. And in many instances, Ohio firms never got the chance to compete for the contracts because of waivers of competitive bidding. Winburn's bill is part of a Democrat-sponsored initiative that also would limit outsourcing for state-funded projects and only allowing the privatization of state property or functions if the work goes to an Ohio entity.

  

Connecticut ports seek single monitoring system for security purposes

The three deep-water ports in Connecticut plan to seek $600,000 in federal Homeland Security grants to pay for a system that would link cameras at all three ports to a single monitoring system. The system would link the cameras in New Haven, New London and Bridgeport. Officials are looking at creating a single video platform that could be monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies and the ports to perform surveillance of all three locations. While the New Haven and Bridgeport ports are both using the same software for the more than 50 security cameras they collectively use are limited in their ability to share information. Officials note that collaboration is an important part of basic homeland security protection and sharing information among the ports will lead to getting more information out and getting it out quicker. The funds would come from Homeland Security's Port Security Grant Program.

 

Billion-dollar extension of Arizona's Metro light rail approved

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the regional transportation planning authority, has given its approval for the planned expansion route of the Metro light rail. The project, which will cost an estimated $1 billion, will extend light rail to the Arizona State Capitol and along Interstate-10 in West Phoenix. The 11-mile route will start in downtown Phoenix and go to the State Capitol area and then up Interstate-17 and west on Interstate-10. The route would end at a commuter parking lot on 79th Avenue. The projected extension will not be completed until 2023. Phoenix officials say the route will both help commuters and spur economic development opportunities.

 

For information about these and other contracting opportunities, contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900.

 

Headlines from around the nation

  

Port issues RFQ for $1B redevelopment plan

 

Ramsey County, St. Paul poised to enter fiber optics fray 

 

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

 

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:

  • Barnhart-Balfour Beatty has won a $35.5 million government contract to replace a fighter-jet hangar at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, including demolishing an existing double hangar and build a new two-bay hangar to accommodate MV-22 aircraft with adequate space to support maintenance.
  • American Constructors has been awarded a $2.45 million contract by the Pflugerville (Texas) ISD to build the district's fourth high school.
  • Redstone Defense Systems, a joint venture between Yulista Aviation and Science and Engineering Services, was awarded a $4.5 billion contract from the U.S. Army to support the prototype integration facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • LCG Systems has been announced as the winner of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chief Information Officers Solutions and Partners 3 Small Business IT Services/Solutions Government-Wide Acquisition Contract, a 10-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with a ceiling of $20 billion available for use by any Federal civilian or Department of Defense agency. The contract's focus is on health and biomedical-related IT Services, and can be used for acquisitions across a broad base of functional areas.
  • FuelCell Energy Inc. has been awarded a $3.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop and test a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Battery power system for large displacement undersea vehicle propulsion. The objective of the project is to develop a refuelable power system, with high energy density, that is suitable for undertaking long-duration underwater missions of unmanned submersibles.
  • McKesson has been provided a $32 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide pharmaceuticals for its health facilities.
  • Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. has been awarded a $19 million contract from the U.S. Navy for construction of a new medical and dental clinic at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, including demolishing two buildings and a car wash on the site where the clinic will be built and designing a replacement car wash at another site.  
  • Journeyman Construction Inc. has been awarded an $8.2 million contract by Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, to build a music building addition and refurbish the existing music building on the college's East Campus. The project includes reroofing the building, revamping the Wolfe Recital Hall and building two sound recording studios, classrooms and a rehearsal hall and demolition of the Stone Writing Center near the expansion.
  • Critical Power and Cooling won a contract worth up to $1 million from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for installation of equipment.
  • URS Federal Services won a contract worth up to $86.3 million from the U.S. Treasury Department for operation of government-owned facilities.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Texas parks system offers unique corporate public-private partnership proposal

Carter Smith
Carter Smith

As state park systems nationwide labor to stay open because of dwindling revenues and declining state support, Texas has come up with a public-private partnership opportunity to try to make up those lost revenues. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), which oversees the Texas State Parks System, previously asked Texans to donate funds, add a tax-deductible donation to their motor vehicle registration and to return to visit state parks. Visitor fees, which account for nearly half of the park system's $69 million annual operating costs, were down because fewer people were visiting parks after last year's drought and wildfires.

 

Although $1.7 million in donations were received, it didn't bridge the $4.6 million budget gap. TPWD is for the first time in the agency's history, and for what officials believe is a first for any state agency in the United States, looking for corporate partners to help bridge what remains of the budget gap. TPWD has issued a request for proposals (RFP) targeting would-be partners in the automotive, banking, insurance, mobile phone/wireless and computer equipment industries as well as beverage and energy companies, gas station/convenience stores, hotel/motel and outdoor apparel businesses to offer them designation as Official Corporate Partners. 

 

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a trusted brand, synonymous with outdoor experiences, wildlife, state parks and conservation," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "We believe that this private-public partnership will be a smart business move for the right companies, offering access to a marketplace of millions of outdoor enthusiasts and recognizing partner roles in helping to preserve state parks and the outdoor lifestyle that are such important parts of our Texas heritage."

 

Benefits for businesses selected for Official Corporate Partnerships are numerous, depending on the level of their financial donation. Some may be allowed to use the partner designation in marketing and have joint promotional campaigns between the business and the agency. Not only will many of the corporate partners be allowed to license products, but they will also be allowed to advertise in TPWD publications, and they will also be allowed banner ads on the TPWD Web site - to be seen by literally millions of visitors who frequent the site. Companies interested in applying to become an official corporate partner can view the RFP on the TPWD Web site. Deadline for submitting proposals is Aug. 30.

 

ZooMiami seeking to negotiate to bring entertainment complex near facility

Miami-Dade County is expected to seek proposals through an invitation to negotiate for the development of a hotel and motel or hotel and campgrounds with retail stores, restaurants and family entertainment center for ZooMiami. County officials say some interest in such a project has been expressed, and they plan to move forward. In the late 1990s, efforts were made to bring a major development to the zoo.

 

Kevin Asher, supervisor of special projects for the county's Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, said several respondents from the hotel and theme park industry responded when asked what they might build on nearly 280 acres nearby. Asher said three of the groups showing interest have the financial ability to develop the property. Part of the proposal includes purchase of 279 acres near the zoo, 240 of which are owned by the Coast Guard and the remaining acreage owned by the county.

 

Once the invitations are released in September, those interested will have until January to submit their proposals. The county can then negotiate with either one or more developers on the project.

 

Public-private partnerships likely to play important role in New York megaprojects

Patrick Foye
Patrick Foye

Officials in New York City say public-private partnerships could very well play a significant role in their upcoming planned "megaprojects." Examples are the $1 billion rehabilitation of the Goethals Bridge, the $3.6 billion upgrade of the LaGuardia Airport central terminal and the $5 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge.

 

The LaGuardia project is expected to seek $2.4 billion in private funding and Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York, said 15 responses were received when an RFI was issued to gauge interest in the airport terminal project. Three teams have already been qualified in relation to a 35-year concession to finance, build and maintain the Goethals Bridge.

 

However, some local officials question the commitment to megaprojects, as two of the four under way now are nearing completion. They point out there are another 20 contracts in the near future that could cost up to $50 million, so there are an abundance of smaller contracts as well.

 

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Odds & ends

 

Georgia

  • Athens-Clarke County government is seeking bids for refurbishing existing auditorium seats in the Morton Theatre, a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Georgia State University is seeking requests for qualifications for architectural/engineering services for renovation of the third floor men's and women's basketball locker rooms.
  • Athens-Clarke County government is seeking bids repaving, repair of the current transit vehicle storage lot and expansion of the vehicle storage lot. Improvements include new asphalt pavement structure, concrete pavement, pervious concrete pavement, storm sewer, a keystone retaining wall, landscaping, fencing and an enhanced dry swale.

Pennsylvania

  • The Pennsylvania General Services Commission is seeking bids for traffic control equipment, including arrow panels, portable changeable message signs, speed display signs, traffic alert radio, automated flagger assistance device and temporary traffic signals.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is seeking bids to refurbish freight elevators in the KD Dietary Building at the Torrance State Hospital including all labor, materials, fabrication, equipment, tools and supervision to refurbish the elevator door and gate operator systems for Freight Elevator Nos. 16 & 17.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is seeking bids for kiosk and kiosk services including design, installation and implementation of a turnkey kiosk-like system that will provide the opportunity for institutionalized offenders to obtain a variety of offender services through a secure, offeror-hosted and managed kiosk system. Provision of secure MP3/Media players that will be offered for sale to offenders is also included in this procurement.

 Nebraska

  • The State of Nebraska is seeking a qualified contractor or contractors to provide Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Services.
  • The State of Nebraska is seeking bids for a contract to supply and deliver deicing and windrow gravel for a one year period from date of award.  

New Mexico

  • The Motor Vehicle Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department is seeking proposals for the acquisition, implementation and maintenance of a Web-based system for administration by MVD Commercial Vehicles Bureau of motor carrier registration and tax transactions under the Internal Registration Plan and the International Fuel Tax Agreement.
  • The New Mexico Department of Transportation is seeking services from multiple vendors for the safe removal and disposal of outdoor advertising devices (signage) located both within NMDOT rights-of-way and on properties adjacent to Highway Beautification Act controlled highways statewide as needed.

Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut State University is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified freelance video producers to create an assortment of video clips for use in promoting various University programs.
  • The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Property Management and Facilities is seeking bids to remove, abate, protect indoor air quality and install new windows at the Uncas on Thames campus in Norwich.
  • The Connecticut Department of Construction Services is seeking bids for construction of a Simulation Center for the Army National Guard and Camp Niantic.

For information about these and other contracting opportunities, contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900.

 

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Where are they now?

 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Danny Jacobs, M.D.

 

Danny Jacobs
Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs. M.D., is a native of Camden, Arkansas, and was recruited during his sophomore year of high school to attend The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont. After graduating from high school there, he earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1975 from Harvard University. He earned his medical degree in 1979 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Jacobs completed his internship and residency training in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where for two years he was the Harrison research fellow. In his final year there, he was chief resident. Jacobs began his academic medical career in 1989 as an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and in 1993 was promoted to associate professor of surgery. During this time, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health and was named a Robert Wood Johnson Medical Faculty Development Award. He was then named director of the Clinical Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, chief of the Metabolic Support Service and director of the Laboratory for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition. Jacobs was named professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2000. A year later, he was named the Arnold W. Lempka Distinguished Professor of Surgery. Jacobs joined Duke University in 2003 as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. He was named holder of the David C. Sabiston Jr. Professorship and chair of the Department of Surgery in 2007. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Nutrition Support. Jacobs was recently named as the new executive vice president and provost, and dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. He will join UTMB on Oct. 1, where he will lead the UTMB Academic Enterprise as it pursues its strategic mission goals in the areas of health sciences education, research and patient care. He will hold faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Translational Sciences. 

 

Opportunity of the week...

 

A total of $12.2 million in grants has been approved for road projects in a California county. The projects range from widening roads to building a new Interstate on-ramp. Want to know more? Contact Reagan Weil at 512-531-3900 or rweil@spartnerships.com.
 
People

 

Mary Elizabeth MagillJohn Ellis PriceCharlie NelmsMary Elizabeth Magill (top left), former vice dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been named the new dean of the Stanford University Law School. John Ellis Price (top center), president of the University of North Texas at Dallas, has announced he will leave his position as CEO of the institution he has served since it opened in 2001, when his contract expires in 2013. Charlie Nelms (top right), chancellor of North Carolina Central University since 2007, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 6, and Charles L. Becton, former judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals will become interim chancellor. Michael Brown, assistant vice president for solutions development at the University of Maryland University College, has been named deputy chief information officer for enterprise software engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park. David Brandt, former city manager in Redmond, Oregon, has been chosen the next city manager for the city of Cupertino, California, succeeding David Knapp. Capt. Brian Neagle, a 27-year police veteran, has been named the city of Auburn, New York's, new police chief, replacing the retiring Gary Giannotta. Steven Jahr (middle right), former Steven JahrCraig HunterMelinda JamesShasta County Judge, has been selected as the new California Administrative Director of the Courts, the first chief administrator with judicial experience and replacing Willliam Vickery, who retired. Craig Hunter (middle center), a  38-year law enforcement veteran, has been selected to lead the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division, succeeding recently retired Col. Pete Flores. Melinda James (middle left), vice president for student development at Waubonsee Community College has been named the new president of the Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers. Alison Robinson, information technology director of application services at the University of South Florida has been selected as deputy chief information officer for support and enablement at the University of Maryland at College Park. Capt. Kevin Baker, who has 22 years of experience with the Westminster, California, police force, has been chosen as police chief, replacing retiring chief Ron Coopman. Vicki Fuller, managing director, public funds at Alliance Bernstein, was Cathy Bates Jim Colson Joyce Jones recently chosen as the chief investment officer of the $150.3 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. Cathy Bates (bottom left), university information security officer at the University of Arizona has been selected as the associate vice chancellor and chief information officer for Appalachian State University. Jim Colson (bottom center), deputy city manager in Glendale, Arizona, since 2009, will take over the helm as city manager in Topeka, Kansas, succeeding Norton Bonaparte, who left the post in 2011. Joyce Jones (bottom right), vice president for student services and dean of students at Augusta State University will become the new vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Georgia. Morgan State University in Baltimore has promoted campus police Chief Adrian J. Wiggins to the new post of chief public safety officer, where he will explore changes to campus safety and emergency management systems. Mascotte, Florida, Deputy Fire Chief Jan Otero has been tapped to be chief of the Minneola Fire Department, replacing Darryl O'Neal, who has taken the chief job in Madeira Beach. Augusta (Maine) School Superintendent Cornelia Brown is resigning after 13 years as the head of the city's schools to become executive director of the Maine School Management Association.

 

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NASCIO planning annual conference in October

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is planning its 2012 Annual Conference for Oct. 21-24 in San Diego. The event will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Registration has opened and early bird rates will apply through Sept. 5. Among the events for state government members are a public sector leadership forum and a networking lunch. The State IT Recognition Awards will be presented on Monday, Oct. 22. The State Technology Innovator Award will be presented at a Tuesday, Oct. 23, luncheon. To view the agenda, click here. To register, click here.

 

National Association of State Technology Directors set conference

The National Association of State Technology Directors will host its 35th annual Conference and Technology Showcase on Aug. 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2012 conference theme will be, The State of Service - Creating Business Value. The conference will feature presentations from public and private sector leaders, including Michael Rogers, MSNBC's 'The Practical Futurist' and Technology Expert, and Dr. Alan Shark, executive director, Public Technology Institute and assistant professor, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs & Administration. Technology experts from a number of private sector firms will also speak. To view the agenda, click here. To register, click here. Sponsorship information is available here.

 

Executive Women in Texas Government plans November conference

The Executive Women in Texas Government will sponsor its 2012 Annual Professional Development Conference on Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel-Spa and Conference Center located at 1001 East McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666. This full-day event features prominent keynote speakers as well as more than 35 workshops to provide participants with opportunities for hands-on learning and development of leadership skills for multiple career levels. The conference is open to all interested professionals and is designed for those working in government and for organizations that collaborate with government agencies. Members and non-members are encouraged to view the EWTG Web site for conference details.

 

National Association of Social Workers plans annual state conference

More than 1,000 social worker are expected for the upcoming 2012 National Association of Social Workers/Texas 36th Annual State Conference. The event is set for Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. Among the speakers for the event are Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSWand his perspective on "The Social Work Story" and Vicki Hansen, LMSW-AP, ACSW, will discuss "What Social Workers Want" in the context of NASW's Social Work Reinvestment Initiative. Those attending will be able to expand their skills through targeted training, tracks representing a variety of practice areas including ethics. Supervision credits and licensing review courses for the LBSW and LMSW exams will also be available and exhibits will be open. For more information and to register, click here.

 

GMIS International - "Connect with IT Leaders from Around the Globe"

Shrinking budgets? Increased demands on your time? Staff resources consistently stretched to their limits? If this sounds like your government's IT department, you're not alone. Join your peers in Chicago, Aug. 19-22, for the GMIS International 2012 conference. The event will bring together IT leaders from city, county and state governments throughout the United States and abroad to review and share ideas and creative solutions to what have become common challenges throughout the United States and beyond. Click here for conference details and registration information.

 

National Conference of State Legislatures meets Aug. 6-9

The National Conference of State Legislatures will meet for its legislative summit on Aug. 6-9 in Chicago. More than 100 policy sessions will be slated for the summit on topics such as criminal justice, deficit reduction, education, jobs, energy, taxation and much more. Attendees will meet with their colleagues from across the country, share ideas, talk with experts, learn from nationally renowned speakers and discover policy solutions. Exhibit space is available. For more information and to register, click here.

 

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