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Volume 4, Issue 28October 24, 2012
'Big data' - another sweeping trend 
Mary Scott NabersBig data is a new buzz word that is taking the technology industry by storm, and both the private and public sectors are tapping into the trend. Big data refers to the massive amounts of information collected and maintained on a daily basis by government and many large companies. The data and information, because it is so incredibly large, is increasingly becoming digitized. And, new software programs are designed to provide analysis that has never been possible in the past. The move to this new computing capability is quickly becoming the norm.
 
The federal government announced what is being called the "Big Data Research and Development Initiative" in May. The program provided $200 million in funding to explore how governmental agencies can utilize the troves of data collected to augment the business of government. The TechAmerica Foundation was commissioned to study the possibilities. 
 
 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Tennessee has infrastructure needs
Metro rail studied for part of Colorado
RR votes against funding
Upcoming education opportunities
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
Procurement and advocacy services
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Tennessee infrastructure needs top $38 billion mark

 

Limited funds hinder what government officials can do to address problems

Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick
Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick
Tennessee's infrastructure needs are growing faster than the revenue streams necessary to address both new construction and current structure maintenance. In fact, a recent report notes that the state needs $38 billion to address its growing infrastructure needs and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) indicates that it has nine times more projects in its work plan than it has funding.


The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations projected the state's infrastructure needs between now and 2015 - from road and bridge repairs to adding water and sewer lines. However, the majority of the projects that need attention, according to the commission's report, are for transportation. The group identified nearly 4,000 transportation and utility projects that need funding to the tune of $19.1 billion. Schools are the second largest group of projects needing attention - requiring $8 billion for new construction and renovations through 2015. And finally, health, safety and welfare projects that include sewer and water treatment plants would cost $7.3 billion statewide. All of the categories for infrastructure spending have seen increases in the dollar amounts needed over last year's figures.


One common thread that runs throughout the report for funding of all type of infrastructure at both the state and local government levels is "limited funding." While the reports are helpful for rural cities and counties that may not have a strong capital planning operation of their own, Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick, executive director of the Commission, said it is challenging to get local officials to report their needs. She said local officials often "are more likely not to give us the information if they think they can't do the project."

 
TDOT recently produced its own report on infrastructure needs, along with Smart Growth America. Project stakeholders including lawmakers and representatives of state associations, state agencies, school organizations, ports, environmental groups, transit authorities and others, noted that one key shortcoming they found is that there is not a process in place for building public-private partnerships. They called building P3s "critical" to being able to meet the ever-growing infrastructure needs. 

 

Northern Colorado Commuter Rail project draws attention

 

Officials unveil plans to provide system from communities to Denver metro area

Colorado Rail
Commuter rail cars like this one built in Colorado could be making a comeback.

A proposal to establish commuter rail between communities in Larimer and Weld counties in northern Colorado with each other and with the Denver metro area was recently announced by the Northern Colorado Commuter Rail, a nonprofit organization. The $3 billion project would include an eight-route system. The founders of the organization hope to establish a nearly 213-mile rail system with 94 stations, one nearly every two miles along the route.

 

The system would use existing freight lines and some new links that would be built. Lines of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Great Western and Union Pacific would be used. In addition to a line from Wellington to Fort Collins and then south to Boulder would be dedicated as well as a line from Ault south to Brighton and into Denver. A high-speed rail line would also connect Wellington to Denver. The project would be in several phases over a period of 5-10 years.

 

The first phase is expected to be funded with revenue bonds and cost $1 billion to build the top five corridors and 27 stations. Public Access to Transit fees, a Real Estate Transit Access fee and fare box fees would help defray the costs of the projects. Officials expect 277,000 to 284,000 riders each weekday.

 

All of the plans will be superseded by a $33 million feasibility study that will be necessary to determine if local governments are prepared to back implementing the proposed system. Because the system would provide service in several communities and two counties, it would have to be developed and operated by a regional transit authority or agency. Among the positives of creating a rail line, according to the developers, are the reduction of energy consumption, decreased wear and fewer maintenance needs on highways and bridges and reduced traffic congestion.

 

Collaboration Nation

Railroad votes against $70 million being sought by state

 

Funds would have helped build $120 million handling facilities at two port sites

Two port projects valued at $120 million will not get the $70 million in funding state officials sought from the state-owned North Carolina Railroad company. State officials asked the railroad to fund the $70 million over 10 years to help build wood pellet handling facilities at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City.

 

The projects, dubbed the most expensive in the history of the state's ports, got a "no thank you" from railroad officials when asked to sign on to help financially. Lining up solidly behind the railroad were environmental groups that question whether the state has looked closely at the potential effect the projects might have on the environment. There also has been concern expressed on how more train traffic in downtown Morehead City would affect forests in the eastern part of North Carolina.

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Connecticut state universities approved for millions in project spending

Lewis Robinson
Lewis Robinson

Thirteen projects at state universities across Connecticut have been approved for funding by the state's Board of Regents for Higher Education. Regents agreed to borrowing $118.5 million for these projects. Among the projects are a 500-space parking garage at Western Connecticut State University, an $82 million residence hall at Central Connecticut State University and repairs and upgrades at Southern Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University. University officials report that student fees and student housing rents will be used to pay back the loans. Some members of the Regents questioned if the projects were "critical," while others noted that the list of needed projects seems to grow every year. The board is still reeling from a pay raise scandal that resulted in the resignation of two regents. Board chair Lewis Robinson said the board is trying to "sort out by priorities the things that must be addressed and deal with them not on an ad hoc basis, but thoughtfully in an approach that ends up with a policy and procedure that can be used with the next incident." In the meantime, staff noted that an inventory is being performed throughout all of the state's higher education facilities, including state universities, community colleges and an online college to determine other project needs.

 

Indiana University School of Medicine expanding program in Evansville

Indiana University officials are actively seeking a location to expand the university's medical school in Evansville from two years to four years of study. The Evansville campus is one of eight regional medical schools operated by the university. All are either four-year institutions or are being expanded to four years. One of the sites being considered is the former Roberts Stadium property that closed after a new $127 million Ford Center was opened. City officials are currently studying demolishing the structure. A study of other potential sites is expected to be completed by early January of next year. While the current facility is adequate for first- and second-year students, there is not enough room for expanding the program so that students can meet residency requirements at hospitals and medical facilities in the area. As the area faces a shortage of physicians, officials know that 70 percent of students who complete their residency in an area generally stay in that area after earning their degrees.  

 

Community college looks for private sector financing for new facility

Laura Brown
Laura Brown

Illinois' McHenry County College is looking for a private sector partner to help finance a new health and wellness building. The Board of Trustees will vote this week on a second-phase feasibility study to study whether a public-private partnership (P3) will work to build the proposed $42 million facility, discuss possible sites for the facility and look into possible private sector partners. Officials are aware that a P3 can help build the facility without having to turn to taxpayers for the funds. "We are not going to a referendum," said Laura Brown, vice president of institutional advancement. The college would leverage debt or employment alternative revenue bonds as its part of the partnership, with the bonds to be repaid through tuition revenues. And those student using the building would also likely see additional classroom fees. Officials have done the math and determined that to meet the needs of expanding occupational, physical and respiratory therapy as well as other health and wellness curriculum would require a 120,000-square-foot building, with nearly 70 percent of the space being used for classrooms and the remainder for a fitness center.

 

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Illinois village approves $17.6M capital improvement plan
Arlene Mulder
Arlene Mulder

The village board of Arlington Heights, Illinois, recently approved a $95.5 million capital improvement plan that includes public facilities, infrastructure and streets and equipment repairs and replacements. Some $17.6 million will be budgeted for 2014.  Included in the five-year plan is a new $40 million police station. The current 38,000-square-foot police station was built in 1978 and officials anticipate it would need $8.78 million in maintenance from 2014 to 2017.  A previous needs assessment called for a new 75,000-square-foot facility at a cost of approximately $28 million and $10 million to $12 million more for design, engineering, temporary relocation, demolition and other costs. Because the village's bond debt would decline during the last years of the five-year plan, it would be able to afford construction of a police facility without turning to taxpayers for more funds. "We will not raise the current debt. We got the message that we need to hold the line on property taxes," said Village President Arlene Mulder. "The police department has been on hold for over a decade and we're trying to get by with as little spending as possible in a lot of areas." Current plans are to discuss and make a decision about the new police facility location in 2014, with architecture and design in 2015 and 2016. Construction is slated to begin in 2017, with the new building completed and ready for occupancy by 2019.

 

Indiana city approves $50 million in bonds for wastewater projects

Officials in Jeffersonville, Indiana, have approved the sale of up to $50 million in bonds for a variety of wastewater projects throughout the city. Some $34 million of the bond funds would be used for a combined sewer overflow interceptor to meet an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree. Officials said that about $11.4 million of the funds would be used to construct a pump station on the south side of town and a north wastewater treatment plant. The remainder of the bond funds would be used for other costs that might be incurred in the projects. The bond funds would be paid back through sewer rates, which already are under an ordinance that provides for a 200 percent increase incrementally through 2015.  Officials are hopeful the rate structure will be sufficient to repay the bonds without further increases. City officials also are planning to try to recover some revenue from individuals who over time have not made payments or have been late on payments and from persons in newly annexed areas who are now using the system.

 

Seattle RFP seeking proposals for energy conservation pilot program

Jorge Carrasco
Jorge Carrasco

Public utilities officials in Seattle, Washington, are planning a pilot program aimed at helping commercial electric customers save on their energy bills. Known as "pay for performance," the plan will have commercial partners working with the city to develop innovative and verifiable approaches that lead to conservation. An RFP for the pilot program will be issued in November by Seattle City Light. "City Light will provide financial incentives through annual payments for incremental energy savings, as opposed to a one-time rebate," said City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. The utility official said the city is seeking partners to create a "modeling tool" that can be replicated for future investments. Energy savings would be based on a consumer's power use. "City Light receives the benefit of actual delivered energy savings performance, with limited financial risk," said Carrasco. Officials believe the program may be the first of its kind in the nation. The original pilot will target three commercial buildings. Those responding to the RFP can combine capital, operations and maintenance and behavioral change activities. If energy savings are achieved, they will qualify for incentives at 3 cents per kilowatt hour. City Light was the first utility in the country to include conservation as an energy source and has instituted conservation programs to help customers reduce their energy consumption, which collectively have reduced their electric bills by $797 million.

 

Rhode Island airport planning to use grant funds for runway, safety
Federal funds totaling $110 million will be applied to a runway extension and for safety enhancements at the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. Officials are expecting these changes to affect more non-stop flights coming in and out of the airport. Some $50 million of the grant funds will be used to extend the 7,200-foot runway by almost 1,500 feet so the airport will be able to accommodate longer national and international flights. Another $30 million will be used for runway safety improvements and $30 million will help defray the costs of noise abatement for residents near the airport. The funds will be distributed over five years by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport will throw in $42 million of its own money toward the project, too.   

 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park moves closer to becoming reality  
Don Garber
Don Garber

A Major League Soccer team has announced it may soon cut a deal with the city of Flushing Meadows for a 35,000-seat stadium. Don Garber, MLS Commissioner, said the proposed development would include 10-13 acres of land on the current Fountain of Planets and will include another acre of adjacent grass land. The stadium would carry a $300 million price tag and would be the most expensive soccer stadium in North America. In addition to filling the stands for games, the stadium is expected to add 160 full-time jobs for the area as well as 750 part-time positions. "We looked at a lot of sites and we believe that Queens and Flushing Meadows Corona Park was right for us," said Garber. There are some who are opposed to the stadium, but Garber blames that on misinformation. The project also calls for improving the turf on all existing soccer fields and adding new volleyball courts. While a new owner for the team and stadium have not been identified, officials note that an architectural firm has been signed on in advance of the first phase of construction. If the issue is approved, construction could begin by 2014, with an opening date of around 2016.
 

County-owned medical facility planning $40 million remodel project

The county-owned Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico, is making plans for a $40 million expansion and remodeling project. Included in the upgrades will be HVAC systems; creating private room with private bathrooms and shower; replacing labor, delivery and postpartum rooms; expanding the Surgical Center area; updating patient access; creating physician specialty clinic space; and establishing outpatient service areas. To pay for the project, the hospital will bring $6.34 million to the table and the balance will be paid by a bond that will be paid back through hospital operating revenues. Construction on the Grant County-owned medical center is expected to begin with the expansion part of the project in 2014, with the remodeling projects starting in 2015.

 

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Check out these recent awards: 

  • Advanced Engineering Associates won a $65.39 million contract from the Agency for International Development to implement an energy policy program.
  • Saint-Gobain was recently awarded a three-year, $20 million contract with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to develop bullet-resistant windshields and door windows.
  • Wyle has been awarded a $49 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to conduct medical research for its School of Aerospace Medicine.
  • Atmospheric Products & Services won a $10,197 contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs for nitrogen auto-fill tanks.
  • Healthways Inc. won a five-year contract with a maximum value of $19 million per year with the State of Tennessee's Partners for Health population health and wellness program to provide wellness services to state and local government and education employees and their eligible family members.
  • Computech won an $11.29 million contract from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for database stabilization services.
  • Graycon Construction was awarded a $1,216,750 contract by the city of Italy, Texas, for its water storage tank construction.
  • Energy Research won an $11.58 million contract from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for technical assistance activities related to new reactor license applications.
  • Southern Health Partners was awarded a $76,000 contract by the Adams County (Tennessee) Board of Supervisors to provide health care for county jail inmates.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a three-year contract with a maximum value of $7 million by the Washington State Department of Transportation to provide on-call engineering and operations services in support of the agency's capital rail improvement program and other rail projects.
  • Program Insite won a $996,226 contract from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for lobby exhibit interactive screen display systems.
  • TriTech Enterprise Systems was awarded a contract worth up to $14.45 million from the U.S. Department of Labor for Web and mobile application development services.
Headlines from around the nation

 

Quinn unveils $1 billion water, sewer upgrade push

 

Light rail defining part of CRC plans, says Washington DOT 

 

(To view these stories, click here and look under "National News.")

 

News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

P3 partnership will have US 460 toll project starting in 2014

Gregory Whirley
Gregory Whirley

A $1.396 billion public-private partnership to fund the U.S. 460 toll project in Virginia is expected to get under way in 2014, with an opening date slated in 2018. The starting rates for tolls will be $3.69 for automobiles and $11.72 for trucks to navigate the 55-mile roadway, or 6.7 cents per mile for cars and 21.3 cents per mile for trucks. Toll rates are expected to increase 3.5 percent per year. The toll road is intended to provide for easily moving freight traffic out of the state's Hampton Roads marine terminals. Federal officials also say the project will open sites for manufacturing and distribution centers that will spur economic development. The Virginia Department of Transportation has committed $753 million to $930 million in public funding for the project, with the state's Port Authority to throw in $202 million to $250 million. Although the private sector contractors will not contribute money to the project costs, they are arranging the financing. That should reduce the project's cost as well as the length of time tolls will be used to pay for it from 99 years to 40 years. "It's a great investment in the future," said State Highway Commissioner Gregory Whirley, "particularly when the Panama Canal opens up." The expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to be a boon for many American ports. Whirley said Virginia needs to be competitive to gain additional shipping business that will bring jobs to the commonwealth. The private sector partners have indicated they will be hiring numerous Virginia companies for the project.

 

Grant for public-private partnership will help revitalize neighborhood

A public-private partnership in Honolulu is the recipient of a $300,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant that will be used to help revitalize the neighborhood around Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes. The partnership, between the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and a private development partner, was one of 17 applicants selected for grant funding from a total of 72 applicants. Called a Choice Neighborhoods grant, the funds are used to encourage collaborations among housing developers, educators, the criminal justice system and others for mixed-income neighborhoods to have good housing, high performing schools and safe streets. The project that the P3 is working on is a $135 million rehabilitation of the Towes at Kuhio Park, the first phase of a multi-year revitalization.

 

Michigan seeking to restore MCCC through public-private partnership

Phil Pavlov
Phil Pavlov

Lawmakers in Michigan are pushing for passage of legislation that would restore the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (MCCC). The MCCC program would provide jobs for young adults who want to work on public works projects. The best part of the program, they say, is that it will not cost taxpayer money. The legislation recently was passed in the Michigan Senate. The bill, championed by Sen. Phil Pavlov, would operate the MCCC in partnership with universities, private companies and nonprofits with goals rooted in field-based training, conservation and restoration work. The program would be open to Michigan youth ages 17-27 and provide them with work training. The goals of the new MCCC program are retention of Michigan's youth, stewardship of the state's natural resources, enhanced education and employment opportunities and improved labor resources for state agencies and other conservation organizations. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the nonprofit MCCC program will be encouraged to work on projects to increase public access to land that will spur the local economy. Parks generally are credited with increasing nearby property values and enhancing quality of life while helping provide an economic stimulus. Lawmakers added to the bill to include some high school students and returning veterans in the program. The bill heads to the House after the November election.

 

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Odds & ends

 

Colorado

  • The University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking bids from qualified vendors for advertising sales for the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association to increase sales of advertising through its communication channels.
  • The State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is seeking bids to pre-qualify and establish a pool of vendors who will have an opportunity to be considered to provide Health Care Consulting Services for the Department.
  • The Community College of Denver is seeking bids for managed print services for the college.

Wisconsin

  • The Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, is seeking bids for the removal of the existing fire alarm systems and replacing it with a new 25 addressable horn/strobe intelligibility system. This new system will be a Notifier product.
  • The University of Wisconsin at Madison is seeking bids for replacement at the Babcock Area 7A of the existing BUR roof system with fully-adhered 60-mil 26 EPDM over increased "R" value roofing system and related work, all under a single lump sum bid.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Corrections at Portage, Wisconsin, is seeking bids for demolishing an existing chiller and outdoor condensing units and the furnishing and installation of a chiller and outdoor condensing units. Vendor will also furnish and install a boiler (Alternate Bid A) and provide electrical work in support of mechanical installation. 

North Carolina 

  • Trident Technical College is seeking bids for an emergency alert notification broadcast system.
  • The State of North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services is seeking bids for audio visual for Laerdal AVS System for the Guilford Tech Community College.

Virginia 

  • Norfolk State University is seeking bids for ADA door repairs and replacements.
  • Norfolk State University is seeking bids for the furnishing and installation of campus exterior lighting.

New York State

  • The State of New York is seeking bids for vendors to provide authorized users with a means of acquiring miscellaneous office supplies. The standard set of miscellaneous office supplies includes, but is not limited to, breakroom supplies, business machines, janitorial/sanitation supplies, paper, limited technology and accessories and toner cartridges.
  • The State of New York is seeking bids for the purchase of office equipment, which is defined as workgroup printers, multifunction printers (MFPs) and production printers.
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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 Laura Fucci.

 

Laura Fucci
Laura Fucci

Laura Fucci earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Oregon State University. She spent 11 years at MGM Mirage, one of the world's leading development companies with holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment. She held a variety of positions with the company, including vice president and chief technology officer, and was responsible for infrastructure and design at the company as well as security and compliance. Fucci also led a variety of engineering efforts related to two property openings and assisted with two large mergers and acquisitions. She also is a former vice president of technology for CityCenter, the largest private development in the country. Fucci left MGM Mirage in 2006 to take a position as chief information officer of Clark County in Nevada, the 15th largest county in the country. In that capacity, she was responsible for serving the technology needs of more than 40 local government departments and agencies including health and human services, justice and public safety, development and environmental management and internal solutions. On Oct. 15, Fucci submitted her resignation, effective Nov. 15, to become CIO of the city of Henderson, the state's second largest city.

 

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A city in Louisiana recently unveiled its plans for a new $5 million city hall. The two-story facility would include the city's water department, council meeting room with seating for 50-60 people, a pre-event lobby space to be used for meetings and exhibits and a reception area on the first floor. The second floor would include administrative offices, a small conference room and storage. The project is expected to go out for bids in January of next year. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 

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Bernette JohnsonDon AlleeJonathan JettBernette Johnson (top left), elected in 1994 to the Louisiana State Appeals Court and assigned to the state's Supreme Court until 2000 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit, when she was elected to the high court after it reverted back to seven districts, won unanimous approval from the court to succeed Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball as chief justice. Don Allee (top center), longtime director of Mississippi's Gulfport Port, has announced he will resign Nov. 2, amid scrutiny over how the port is spending $570 million in federal funds it was awarded to deal with damages from Hurricane Katrina, with current port COO Matthew Wypyski named to serve as interim director. Jonathan Jett (top right), maintenance and transportation director for the Perry County (Kentucky) Schools, has been awarded a six-month contract to serve as interim superintendent while a search begins for a permanent new superintendent. Laura A. Winters, who has worked in the Lakewood (New Jersey) School District since 2001 as a teacher, assistant principal and interim superintendent, will be the district's new superintendent full-time, replacing the retiring Superintendent Lydia R. Silva. Los Banos, California, has appointed Police Chief Gary Brizze to serve as acting city manager beginning Nov. 1 while also serving the police department until a new permanent city administrator is named, replacing retiring City Manager Steve Rath. Kimberly R. Jozwiak, a court Karen Remley Marion Martinez Eddie Manfro administrator in the Central Texas city of Bellmead, former Justice of the Peace in Washington County and former municipal court judge in Brenham, has been appointed municipal court administrator for the city of Corpus Christi. Virginia's health commissioner, Dr. Karen Remley (middle right), recently resigned her post in response to a host of new abortion clinic regulations and will be replaced by Dr. Maureen Dempsey, deputy commissioner, until a full-time commissioner is named. Marion Martinez (middle center), has been hired as the new Binghamton City School District superintendent in New York State and will replace the retiring Superintendent Peggy Wozniak on Jan. 2, 2013, as head of the region's largest school district. Former Westminster, California, Assistant City Manager Eddie Manfro (middle left), is moving up to Interim City Manager, replacing Mitch Waller, who was forced out of that post last July. Beth Brown, an experienced emergency management official who headed up the Virginia emergency management department, where she planned and coordinated emergency preparedness for the state of Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area, has been selected civilian emergency manager for the city of Fresno, California. The city of Greenville, North Carolina, has chosen Chief Planner Chris Padgett to serve as interim assistant city manager, Capt. Ted Sauls to serve as interim police chief replacing retiring Interim Chief Joe Bartlett and Human Resources Manager Leah Futress will serve as Interim Director of Human Resources. Clifton M. Irene Parisi Louis Atwell Patrick Hogan "Clif" Smart III, who began his career at Missouri State University in 2007 as general counsel and has served as interim president for 16 months, has been named the university's new president. Irene Parisi (bottom left), director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the East Windsor Public Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been selected as the schools' new assistant superintendent. Louis Atwell (bottom center), former deputy director of Public Works for the city of Downey, California, where he was in charge of the Utilities and Operations divisions, has been announced to fill the post of Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager/CFO in Inglewood, California. A retired Ernst & Young executive, Patrick Hogan (bottom right), is the new chief operating officer and executive vice president of the University of Virginia, succeeding Michael Strine, who resigned in August. Russ Widman, director of aviation for the city of Fresno, California, has resigned from the post he has held since April 2004 and Assistant Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle will serve as interim director. Scott F. Lucas. a 21-year firefighter who spent the last three years as assistant fire chief for the Westland Fire Department in Michigan, has been chosen as fire chief for the city of Bangor, Maine, effective Dec. 3. Ocean City, Maryland, Police Chief Bernadette DePino, a fourth-generation police officer who started her law enforcement career in 1985 with the Baltimore County Police Department, is leaving her post to begin serving as chief of the Sarasota, Florida, police department.

 

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TxDOT to host 2013 Small Business Briefings across Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Office of Civil Rights-Supportive Services Section will conduct briefing conferences around the state for small, minority- and women-owned businesses providing contract opportunities and information on how to do business with TxDOT and the state. Corpus Christi is the location of the first of four briefings events being offered in fiscal year 2013. The day-long briefings include general industry sessions and specific information on how to do business in the construction, goods and services, information technology and professional engineering service industries. Breakout sessions will cover small and minority-owned business certifications, resources for business development, marketing for state contracts and information on TxDOT toll projects. Each briefing also includes a contracting opportunity fair, industry sessions and a multitude of networking opportunities. Please join us! The Corpus Christi event will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Holiday Inn Hotel-Emerald Beach, 1102 S. Shoreline Drive, 78401. Other briefings include Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Arlington; Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Lubbock and Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Odessa. To register, click here. For more information call 1-866-480-2518, Option 1. For questions regarding the Office of Civil Rights-DBE/HUB/SBE and Supportive Services programs, click here or call 512-486-5510.

 

P3C, public-private partnership conference, scheduled for Dallas in February

P3C, the Public-Private Partnership Conference, is scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22, 2013, at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The event brings together real estate community development professionals and municipal leaders to highlight the latest development trends and opportunities involving public-private partnerships across the United States. The conference is a high-profile setting for municipalities to announce, unveil and discuss upcoming development projects. More than 30 cities and public agencies from across the country will take the stage next year at P3C to showcase their capital projects to a nationwide audience of developers, builders, architects and investors. P3C attendees participate in multiple networking elements within the conference, which provides presenters broad industry exposure to their projects. The agenda is designed to touch upon the most relevant and pressing issues vital to today's successful public-private partnership ventures. The event will bring together more than 65 thought-provoking and engaging speakers to exchange valuable insights with the country's leading development organizations. For more information and to register, visit www.P3C2013.com.

 

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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Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), a leader in state and local government procurement, national research and government relations, offers client-customized services to help companies find and capture government contracts. Click here for details. 

 

 

For more information contact:
 
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Mary Scott Nabers, President
Ph: 512.531.3900

 

For information about SPI's products and services: sales@spartnerships.com  
 
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