Volume 4, Issue 22September 12, 2012
Fleet managers seek cost-saving innovations

Mary Scott NabersCommon expenses such as education, public works projects and public safety are openly discussed by citizens, the media and elected officials. These expenses often overshadow other important, but not highly visible, divisions within the jurisdictions of cities. One good example is the importance and cost of maintaining public fleets. In fact, most citizens rarely think about how much it costs to purchase, maintain and provide fuel for all the vehicles government employees utilize.


Fleet managers at every level of government are seeking innovative ways to cover their areas of responsibilities. They are continually pushed to use alternative fuels, ensure green technology and reduce ongoing costs.




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Cuomo to seek loan for bridge
Oklahoma adds bridges to plan
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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Cuomo to ask feds for loan for Tappan Zee Bridge project


Governor will seek $2.9 billion loan to supplement $2.7 billion in bonds

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

A new approach for financing a new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River is being embraced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the people of New York State. To help pay for the $5.9 billion project, Cuomo is asking for a federal loan for close to half of those costs - $2.9 billion. The governor made a similar request for loan funding last year, but this latest request increased that amount by about $900 million.


In the past, government entities were allowed to seek federal loan funding of only a third of a project's cost. But recently passed legislation upped that amount to 49 percent of a project's costs. The remainder of the project costs would be made up by up to $2.7 billion in bonds which will be backed by tolls charged for using the bridge. The amount of the loan sought is subject to change, depending on the final cost estimate that will be determined in October when a construction bid is awarded.


Tom Madison
Tom Madison

On Aug. 20, Cuomo held a press conference announcing that the state is finally moving forward on the bridge project. He said the government has wasted millions of dollars patching and fixing the bridge. But he said lawmakers put politics aside and found "commonality, not differences." He said the bridge project has now made more progress in the last few months than it has in the last 13 years. The project will go to a private contractor with responsibility for the design and construction of the bridge. The result, he said, will be "one contract, one price." The next step, said the governor, "is to go to Washington and apply for a federal loan to make sure we can build the bridge and keep tolls affordable." Cuomo said the bridge will be "a jewel on the Hudson" when completed.


Tom Madison, executive director of the New York Thruway Authority, said because of the economic importance of the bridge, officials are seeking "the maximum we can possibly receive with the hope that we will get the most support possible." Madison said regardless of the amount of the loan, he is confident the bridge will be "completed in a timely manner and without creating an excessive burden on toll payers."


Hear Mary Scott Nabers interview on C-Radio on Oct. 9

C-RadioMary Scott Nabers

Mary Scott Nabers (pictured), president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc., co-founder of the Gemini Global Group and author of Collaboration Nation, will be the guest for an upcoming interview on C-Radio, a live national talk radio show dedicated to business and personal finance news and information. Nabers, one of the nation's leading experts on business opportunities, will be interviewed by host Cynthia Nevels, Visa Practical Money Awards winner, author and entrepreneur. The program's theme will be "Public and Private Collaboration That Work." The interview will air live here at 11:30 a.m. (CST) on Oct. 9.


Oklahoma adds last of deficient bridges to rehab plan


All now scheduled to be replaced, refurbished by end of 2020

Gary Ridley
Gary Ridley

An additional 167 bridges deemed to be deficient were recently added to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's eight-year plan. The addition means all of the bridges previously identified as deficient are now in the plan that covers the period of 2013-2020.


State transportation officials last year announced a plan to provide funding to fix nearly 300 of some 700 structurally deficient bridges in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation system. Repair and upgrades to the remaining 400 or so structurally deficient bridges that were identified were funded from other sources.


"Oklahomans will finally have a safe and reliable bridge network that meets the needs of our growing state and one for which we can all be proud," said Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley. Ridley cited decades of major bridge problems throughout the state.


The new funding for the last remaining bridge projects will come from Gov. Mary Fallin's Bridge Improvement and Turnpike Modernization Plan that became law three months ago. The eight-year plan is updated each year. This year marks the first time that all of the state's deficient bridges have been addressed in the plan. Ridley said that since the plan for refurbishing bridges was adopted a decade ago, adding bridges to the plan each year has kept the improvement plan for bridges manageable. The 20-12-2020 plan includes more than 2,000 projects and more than 950 bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects. It will funnel approximately $5.5 billion in highway and bridge improvement into the transportation system by the end of 2020. 


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Upcoming education opportunities


Gloucester approves sale of $6 million in bonds for new school

The Board of Supervisors for Gloucester, Virginia, recently approved the sale of $6 million in bonds as part of an $18 million funding package for construction of a new middle school. The board stressed that the bonds will be part of the $18 million pledged to finance construction of a new school on T.C. Walker Road. The Qualified School Construction Bonds stipulate that the interest will be reimbursed by the federal government. The new school will replace another school that was heavily damaged last year by a tornado. There was some opposition to building a new school rather than reconstructing the damaged school, but the School Board decided to take the insurance settlement of $8.2 million because it didn't see the 60-year-old building with major infrastructure problems as worthy of being rebuilt.


Nevada school district ballot issue OK'd by state Supreme Court

Joyce Haldeman
Joyce Haldeman

In spite of local think tank's efforts to have a November ballot issue in Clark County, Nevada, removed from the ballot, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling denying a preliminary injunction to keep the issue off the ballot. As a result, the Clark County School District's tax initiative for school maintenance and renovations will remain on the ballot. The school district is seeking a six-year capital levy to raise $669 million to fund renovation and maintenance projects throughout the district. Joyce Haldeman, assistant superintendent of community and government relations for the school district, expressed gratitude for the Supreme Court ruling. In the face of one school closing one day recently because of ongoing air conditioner breakdowns, which are being felt district-wide, Haldeman said it is important to put the issue before voters. She called the need for the renovations and upgrades "severe," and said it is only right to let the voters in the district make the decision on whether they favor a tax increase to ensure educational opportunities in a comfortable environment for children in the district's schools. "Let the voters make the decision," she said.


Bond election in November would build new stadium at Alamosa school

Officials in Alamosa, Colorado, are putting a $7.9 million bond issue before voters in November that if successful will help pay for a new stadium and agriculture building at the high school. Although the project is estimated to cost only $4.9 million, the debt repayment will drive the cost up. A similar proposal was rejected by voters last year.


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Alabama city planning purchase of radio equipment, sirens

Officials in Albertville, Alabama, are planning to solicit bids for radio equipment for the public works department and eight outdoor warning sirens. The purchases will bring the city into compliance with mandates of the Federal Communications Commission that go into effect Jan. 1 of next year. The city will seek bids for 21 radios at a cost of approximately $73,000.


RFQ going out for architect, construction manager for library project

A request for qualifications (RFQ) for an architect and construction manager is being solicited for a new library building project in Galesburg, Illinois. The library board recently approved the solicitation that includes listing of what architects interested in the project should submit to be considered. A committee will review the RFQ responses in October and an architect is expected to be named by January of next year. The $15 million to $20 million building project will move forward more quickly with an architect on board. An architect also can assist with the fundraising efforts, according to library officials. In addition to fundraising, the library project also will depend on grants and other revenue sources. The library has its eye on property owned by the city, but the city has not committed to turning the property over to the library.


Officials in Durant will use grant to help upgrade water system infrastructure

Ross Walkup
Ross Walkup

A $950,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration will be used by the city of Durant, Oklahoma, to build a new water tower and upgrade water system infrastructure. Land on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) campus has been donated as the site for the water tower. SOSU Vice President of Business Affairs, Ross Walkup, said the tower not only will provide the city with better water pressure, but will also result in savings on future construction. Walkup said in the past, the water flow in the city has not passed inspection. The new water tower, he said, will help when a new facility is being built or renovated. The university is also a partner in the project, after having donated $500,000 to building the tower. City officials note the tower also will help with commercial growth in the area, as many commercial entities need higher than normal water pressure for fire sprinkler or fire suppression systems. City officials note that the growth in the city warranted the new water tower, which will cost approximately $3 million and take two years to complete.


Airport improvements on tap for Farmington thanks to grant funds

The Farmington, New Mexico, Four Corners Regional Airport is in line for an improvement project after a grant was received from the Federal Aviation Administration. Bids were opened for the project on Aug. 1, but all were rejected. The bid process was reopened on Aug. 28. The grant will fund almost 94 percent of the cost to reconstruct the airport apron area and to purchase airport firefighting turnout gear. Officials are hopeful to get the pavement work completed before winter. The apron area has cracks more than an inch wide, according to officials, and loose and exposed gravel can cause damage to aircraft. Cost of the project is estimated at $960,093. The grant will provide $900,087 of the project costs, with the city and the state each kicking in $30,003 each. The airport paving is expected to be done next year and a five-year capital improvement plan for the airport is expected to be finalized between January and March of next year.


County in Kentucky exploring construction of new federal prison facility

Plans are moving forward on the process of constructing a federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky. Officials are currently exploring a pair of sites for the facility - either in Van or Roxana. With the sagging economy, some in the two cities would welcome the addition that would create jobs and stir the local economy. On the other hand, some cite security concerns. The next step on the project would be completion of an environmental impact study. When that study is completed, a construction start could begin as early as 2014, with a completion date of 2018 expected.


Arizona county issues RFP for operator of large municipal landfill

Officials in La Paz County, Arizona, have issued an RFP for vendors interested in operating a large municipal and special waste landfill site. The facility has support for importing municipal and special waste either by rail or truck. The 160-acre landfill is permitted for up to some 24 million tons, with another 480 contiguous acres of county land that could be developed to add 75 million more tons. The facility, in operation since 1994, is about 300 miles east of Los Angeles and 25 miles from the nearest residence. Without daily tonnage limits, the site has received both municipal solid waste and waste from California. The vendor chosen will assume operation of the facility in December of next year. Vendors will be required to provide detailed information on a waste marketing plan, waste commitments to the site, landfill developments, operations and closure methods and history of working with government entities. Also included is transfer and disposal for some residential trash throughout the county delivered to transfer facilities and recycling services and capacity for local industries and private haulers.


Mississippi officials planning to improve lighting at county airport

A grant of more than $222,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration will be used to help finance improved runway lighting at the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport in Mississippi. Both the city and county will contribute just over $6,000 each to match the federal funding. Included in the plans are upgrades to airfield lighting controls, replacement of the Precision Approach Path Indicator and an update of the airport master plan. The grant also includes $63,000 for planning and the remainder to be used for development of the airport. The boards previously agreed to match an Airport Multi-Modal Grant to be used to enclose T-hangars to protect aircraft from the elements.


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  • Visionary Integration Professionals has been awarded a $6.5 million contract by the California Department of Health Care Services to provide project management support services for the California Medicaid Management Information System project.
  • E.F. Johnson Technologies has been awarded a $430,500 contract with the city of Lufkin, Texas, for radio equipment and installation for the city's police, fire and public works departments. The bid included radio repeaters, network interface controllers, routers, antennas, portable radios, mobile radios and system engineering services.
  • PAR Government Systems Corp. has received a five-year, $48 million contract with the U.S. Army to provide it with full-motion video, geospatial information systems and ISR technologies. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract was issued by the U.S. Army Contracting Command/Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division.
  • EF Johnson Technologies Inc. has landed a $4 million contract with the city of Waterbury, Connecticut, to supply a new radio communications system for emergency responders.
  • Discovery Education has been awarded an $11.3 million contract by the Albuquerque Public Schools for Web-based resources instead of paper educational materials and textbooks.
  • DeSilva Gates Construction and Flatiron West Inc. have been awarded a $107 million contract by the California Department of Transportation for the first phase of the Willits Bypass in Ukiah, California.
  • Lockheed Martin was awarded a $152 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod sustainment support. The Sniper pod provides precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information for several U.S. Air Force and international aircraft.
  • Railworks Track Services Inc. has won a $12.2 million contract from the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority to install railroad tracks and signals that will clear the way for expansion of the airport's main runway.
  • Harris Corporation has been awarded a 15-year, $291 million contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide the communications network that will serve as the cornerstone of NextGen, the FAA's initiative to transform the U.S. air traffic control system to meet future requirements. Under the National Airspace System Voice System contract, Harris will provide a secure, Internet Protocol-based voice communications network based on its VCS21 family of commercial off-the-shelf voice communication solutions.
  • Globecomm Systems Inc. has been awarded several infrastructure contracts with federal government agencies, totaling $5.9 million. Contracts include providing software and hardware including WGS-certified SummitTM X band field terminals with integral AxxSys® Orion Monitor and Control Software, Gateway Terminal Technology Refresh incorporating solid state amplifier hardware and AxxSys® Orion software and Life Cycle Support services including spares, training and installation.
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VA hopes to team with private sector partner for North Carolina health care center

Dawn Morgan
Dawn Morgan

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a nearly 40-acre site in Kernersville, North Carolina, for a proposed new health care center. The facility, which is expected to include 280,000 square feet and three stories tall, will also include approximately 1,900 parking spaces. It will replace a 57,000-square-foot facility in Winston-Salem that employs about 125. This new facility is expected to employ as many as 500 workers. The selection of the site preceded an upcoming pre-bid conference. The bid deadline is set for Nov. 5. Officials are hoping for a solicitation in which a builder will build the facility and lease it back to the VA for 20 years. That lease payment is anticipated to be approximately $11 million per year. The center is expected to offer numerous health services, but not hospital beds. Kernersville Mayor Dawn Morgan said the VA facility being close to the Kernersville Medical Center will provide veterans with more convenient care and additional services. She called it a "great location" since it is often hard for veterans to travel very far for their medical needs. Morgan said the new facility will also likely increase the number of medical specialists locating in the area. Officials say the health care center is one of three planned in North Carolina by the VA.


LSU health care system to seek private partners for all of its system hospitals

Frank Opelka
Frank Opelka

Facing steep cuts in financing for its medical centers, the Louisiana State University (LSU) System Board of Supervisors has approved health care officials' development of a request for proposals (RFP) to seek private sector partners for the public hospitals. Dr. Frank Opelka, executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, warned of increasing cuts for the medical facilities, even deeper than the first round of cuts announced in July. The RFPs were originally only going out for the facilities in Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, but now have been expanded to include all of the LSU System hospitals. Changes in the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates have been blamed for the need for the cutbacks. Those cuts are estimated at approximately $329 million. Opelka said a consultant will be brought in to help set the scope for a partnership. However, some officials warn that these types of partnerships are not generally done quickly and could take years to implement. LSU officials noted that they do not have to accept any public-private partnership proposals that might come in.


Kent State University to use P3 to develop new hotel, conference center

A public-private partnership will allow Kent State University to be able to build a new hotel and conference center that officials say will not only spur regional tourism growth, but also create jobs and enhance economic development. The facilities will be built thanks to $9 million in New Markets Tax Credits from the Finance Fund and $6.5 million from the Development Fund of the Western Reserve. The project itself is a partnership between the Kent State University Foundation, the Pizzuti Companies of Columbus, the city of Kent, the Development Fund of the Western Reserve and the Finance Fund. The group together will help see the $156 million Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent become a reality. The 95-room hotel is one piece of a $100 million redevelopment project that will include retail, office and residential space. The hotel is expected to be operational in the spring of next year. Because there are no comparable hotels in the immediate area, officials believe the new facility will have a significant impact on the local economy through job creation and additional development that is expected to follow. The hotel and conference center will be designed for use by the university as well as tourist trade. The conference center/ballroom will be 5,400 square feet and a 300-seat capacity.Kent State students enrolled in the hospitality management degree program will be able to use the hotel as a learning facility as well.


Private partner to redevelop two aging travel plazas in Maryland

Maryland HouseA public-private partnership that will span 35 years is being implemented to redevelop and operate two travel plazas along the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (Interstate 95) in Maryland. The partnership will be between the Maryland Transportation Authority and Areas USA. State officials say the partnership will bring 21st century customer-service facilities to the two aging plazas - the Maryland House and the Chesapeake House. And the project will be completed at no cost to the state. One plaza will remain open while the other undergoes redevelopment efforts. The Maryland House is expected to close on Sept. 15 and the Chesapeake House will remain open. New concessions will be added including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut and Wendy's. The lone drawback to the overhaul of the facilities is that truck parking in Harford County will be limited when the Maryland House closes. The New Maryland House (as depicted in the accompanying artist's rendering) is expected to open in the fall or winter of 2013 and will feature Phillips Seafood as one of its food retailers. The temporary Chesapeake House will have Dunkin' Donuts, Cinnabon, Nathan's Famous and Freshens. The new Chesapeake House will feature Wendy's, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, KFC, Wetzel's Pretzels and Caribou Coffee. Concessions for the new Maryland House include Phillips Seafood, Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts, Jerry's Subs & Pizza, Currito, Nathan's Famous, Auntie Anne's and Carvel. This public-private partnership is anticipated to create $400 million in revenue for the state. The overhaul of the two travel plazas is anticipated to cost Areas USA $56 million. Among the other amenities will be a contemporary design, more parking for buses, free WiFi, LEED Silver-certified buildings and a staffed Welcome Center. 


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Odds & ends



  • The City of Gloucester is seeking the services of a qualified "Owners Project Manager" to provide services for the design, construction, addition to and/or renovation for the West Parish Elementary School Project.
  • The City of Gloucester is seeking proposals for Internet provider services. The scope of the work includes providing connectivity, IP address, DNS, e-mail and support services. 


  • The State Comptroller's Office is seeking bids for emergency bus transport services for recliner-type coach bus transport services with qualified bus operators who agree to provide the services required for contingency purposes and will be used as an emergency resource capability to support the TDEM Hurricane Preparedness Program or any other situation that requires mass emergency evacuation of Texas citizens.
  • The Texas Department of Information Resources is seeking proposals from vendors to provide augmenting hardware, software and related services for surveillance, security and monitoring to Texas public entities.

North Dakota

  • The North Dakota Department of Health is seeking proposals for a statewide TV and radio influenza campaign media buy to increase awareness of the importance of being vaccinated for influenza.
  • The North Dakota Department of Transportation is seeking bids from licensed secure courier service to handle the pickup of bank deposits from Driver's License offices statewide and the Bismarck Motor Vehicle location with delivery to designated banks.


  • The University of Iowa is seeking bids to provide the infrastructure required to support temporary back-up boilers should the need arise due to problems at the Main Power Plant.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health is seeking bids for integrated HIV and viral hepatitis counseling, testing and referral (CTR) services.


  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking bids from vendors interested in the operation of a marina and concession building at Golconda Marina located in Golconda, Illinois. The concession will be authorized to rent boat slips on a seasonal and overnight basis and to rent, sell, serve or dispense fuel, food, confections, hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, selected souvenirs and novelties in good character, clothing, newspapers, post cards, boating equipment, State of Illinois Lottery tickets, bait, hunting/fishing licenses, marine, fishing, hunting, picnic and camping supplies.
  • The Illinois Housing Development Authority is seeking bids from vendors to provide property management services for a development owned by the Authority located at 445 E. Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, and identified in the Authority's records as Lake Shore Plaza. The development consists of 567 dwelling units, 254 garage spaces and 54,058 square feet of commercial space.


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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 Dr. Dorothy Robyn.


Dorothy Robyn
Dr. Dorothy Robyn

Dr. Dorothy Robyn earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1983 to 1987, she was an assistant professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, teaching public management, policy analysis and business-government relationship courses. From 1993 to 2001, Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. She managed interagency coordination on high-priority issues in aviation and transportation, aerospace and defense, science and technology and competition policy. She also was responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of the Clinton Administration's Defense Reinvestment and Transition Initiative, which encompassed adjustment programs for workers and communities hurt by defense downsizing, a comprehensive strategy to accelerate reuse of closing military bases and efforts such as housing privatization, defense acquisition reform and "dual-use" research and development that were designed to allow for greater Department of Defense reliance on commercial markets. Before her stint with the White House, Robyn was with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment. In 2002, she was named a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm specializing in competition and antitrust, energy and the environment. Robyn was named Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in July 2009. While serving in that position, she provided management and oversight of military installations worldwide and managed environmental, safety and occupational health programs for the Department of Defense. She also served as the designated Senior Real Property Officer and the Department of Defense representative to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The General Services Administration recently chose Robyn as its new commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, the unit that oversees the federal government's real estate portfolio.


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Tom BuchananStan TinneyLarry ShumwayUniversity of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan (top left) recently announced that he will retire next year, after more than 30 years at the university, having begun his career there as an assistant geography professor and named president in 2005. Stan Tinney (top center), former assistant fire chief for the Odessa, Texas, Fire Department, has been chosen as the new fire chief for North Richland Hills, replacing Andy Jones. Utah State Superintendent Larry Shumway (top right), has officially announced his retirement after serving as the state's top education official for the last three years. Tittabawassee Township, Michigan, Supervisor Brian Kischnick was chosen recently to become the next city manager for the city of Troy. Michael Long, city administrator in Poughkeepsie, New York, will leave the post he has held since 2008 to become the first city manager for the city of Oneonta in Otsego County. Monmouth, Illinois, City Administrator Eric Hanson, is leaving the city to become city manager in Indianola, Iowa, ending a five-year stint in Monmouth. Yvonne Pimentel Quiring Yvonne Pimentel Quining Angela Baier Kathleen Hart (middle right), currently the city manager in Fillmore, California, will begin serving Oct. 1 as assistant city manager and administrative services director for the city of Davis, replacing former Assistant City Manager Paul Navazio, who left to become city manager in Woodland. Angela P. Baier (middle center), former executive director of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, will become the chief executive officer of Colorado's 529 college savings program and federal student loan guarantee agency, after having served in that role on an interim basis since March. Kathleen Hart (middle left), who has been serving as interim president and superintendent of San Joaquin Delta College in California, has been named president of the college, replacing Jeff Marsee, who resigned. The city of Shawano, Wisconsin, has chosen Shawano Municipal Utilities General Manager Brian Knapp as its new city administrator, but Knapp will also continue to head the utility, under an agreement by both the Shawano Common Council and the utility. Joe Bertolino, former vice president for enrollment management at Queens College New York, has become the 15th president of Lyndon State College, replacing Steve Gold, who Ted Spring Jeff Piechura Bill Mahon served as interim president. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has named Teresa James, who has been serving as acting commissioner, is the new head of the Department for Community Based Services that oversees child and adult protection, food stamps and other benefits programs. Cape Fear Community College has selected Dr. Ted D. Spring (bottom left), president of the New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia, to serve as CFCC's next president, replacing Dr. Eric McKeithan, who retired. Jeff Piechura (bottom center), founding chief of the Northwest Fire/Rescue District in Tucson and a firefighter since 1979 with Caricopa County, has been chosen as the new fire chief in Stockton, California. Bill Mahon (bottom right), vice president for University Relations at Penn State, has announced that he plans to step down from his position later this year and will take a teaching position in the University's College of Communications. Bruce McPheron, dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Stan Witt, who began his law enforcement career with the Walnut Ridge Police Department in 1975 and joined the Arkansas State Police in 1985, has been named the new director of that law enforcement agency. Ralph Scianni is the new Chief of Police of the Bayonne, New Jersey, Police Department, having joined the department in 1980 and worked his way up the ranks.


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Facility planners group hosts 2012 World Conference event

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International will host the 2012 World Conference on Educational Environments on Sept. 22-24 in San Antonio. The event will be a gathering of educational facility planners, architects, designers, educators and suppliers in the K-12 school facility industry. Keynote speakers will be Jason Ryan Dorsey, the Gen Y Guy, speaking on "Crossing the Generational Divide" and Jamie Vollmer, president of Vollmer, Inc., a public education advocacy firm working to increase student success by raising public support for America's schools. The event will feature breakout sessions and numerous opportunities for networking. For more information and to register, click here.


National Emergency Management Group plans October forum

The National Emergency Management Association Management Policy and Leadership Forum is scheduled for Oct. 5-9 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle in Seattle, Washington. In addition to officer, task force and committee meetings, the event will also feature a workshop on Social Media and on Expanding the Reach of Cross Border Mutual Aid and Leadership Development: What the Public Sector Can Learn from Business. Special guest speaker will be Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information and to register, click here.


Transportation group to hold annual meeting in Seattle

The American Public Transportation Association's Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. Guest speaker will be Alan S. Boyd, first secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Seattle. Others featured at the event will include Gary C. Thomas, 2011-12 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation; and Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC. To view the session agendas, click here. To register, click here.


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. 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.


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. 


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