Volume 4, Issue 29October 31, 2012
Here's a new trend to watch - 'managed competition'

Mary Scott NabersPublic officials in many parts of the country are testing their own internal teams. Simply put, they are engaging in what is called "managed competition." Here's how it works. Private firms are invited to compete with government departments on contracts. The result is that taxpayers can be assured that services are being provided at the lowest possible cost.


Local governments are beginning to solicit proposals from private firms for various services including infrastructure maintenance, facilities maintenance, utilities and water and wastewater projects. The competitive process is considered to be "managed" by the government, which sets guidelines for private and public bidders. This allows the city to conserve resources through the efficient provision of services that naturally result from the competition.




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Senator seeks port funding
City issues RFPs for services
Arizona parks seek funds
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcontracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Calendar of events
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Senator seeks funds to modernize ports, waterway facilities


Wants more opportunities for United States trade after Panama Canal expansion

Lamar Alexander
Lamar Alexander

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander wants America's ports, locks and dams to be ready. He and a bipartisan group of senators have vowed to introduce the American Waterworks Act when the Senate returns after the November General Election. The act would provide for the modernization of American ports and waterway facilities so the nation will have more opportunities for trade.


Alexander said that the bill will nearly double the amount of funding in the Inland Waterways Trust Fund through increased commercial user fees.


Alexander noted there are currently two trust funds to support waterway infrastructure, such as the Chicamauga Lock in his home state of Tennessee. He said neither of those funds works. "The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund collects a lot of money, but doesn't spend it well," said Alexander. "The Inland Waterways Trust Fund doesn't collect much money, but spends it well. This bill would fix the way our ports and waterways are funded so that we can meet the challenges they face."


Some of the provisions of the bill include:

  • Providing full federal funding for maintenance of harbors up to 50 feet deep so it can accommodate ships coming through the Panama Canal;
  • Speeding up construction permit approval and providing states to appeal slow-moving regulatory decision-making;
  • Authorizes a five-year construction program to expand harbors to accommodate the larger ships expected after the Panama Canal expansion;
  • Funding the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Inland Waterways Trust Fund construction projects to authorized widths and depths as part of the construction program; and
  • Funding landslide infrastructure at ports. 
New city in Georgia issues RFPs for most city services


Brookhaven to rely on private contractors; to have only four senior executives

J. D. Clockadale
J.D. Clockadale

Brookhaven is Georgia's newest city, or at least it will be officially on Dec. 17. In the meantime, the soon-to-be-city is issuing RFPs for qualified vendors who can provide many of the city's services. The city plans to have only four senior administrators - a city manager, finance director, city clerk and city attorney. Those administrators and a police department will be the only full-time city employees. 


J.D. Clockadale, a member of the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven, said until the city hires its own police force, it is likely to contact with another government entity for police services.


Brookhaven is expected to rely heavily on private-sector partners, who will participate in a competitive bid process to become the providers of city services. RFPs were planned for finance and administration, information services, media relations, municipal court services, public works, transportation planning and parks and recreation.

Now that the RFPs have been released, vendors will have until Nov. 23 to return their bids. Responses can only be accepted by e-mail through the Commission's Web site or by using the special e-mail being established for vendor questions. The commission will accept electronic vendor proposals only via USB, but a paper proposal is also required.


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Arizona Park officials seek $15M for 'critical' funding


Say cuts in recent years have led to deterioration of numerous sites, facilities

Bryan Martyn
Bryan Martyn

Arizona Parks officials are asking for $15 million in funding from the state for capital projects, operations and staffing. Parks Director Bryan Martyn said state parks have been suffering from funding cuts in recent years and thus parks and their facilities have deteriorated.


Martyn, who has only been parks director since May, has asked Gov. Jan Brewer for the additional funding in the fiscal 2014 state budget, which begins July 1 of 2013. Martyn described the state's parks as a vehicle "running down the road 100 miles per hour with bald tires," noting it is now time for the state to provide the parks with "money for tires and gas."


The Parks Department is not the only department submitting budget requests, and the governor will make her budget proposal in January. Martyn said the parks need improvement because of their use by both locals and tourists. He is seeking funding to provide for electricity at some parks, to provide new boat ramps, roads and parking at others, all of which he said would increase park visits. Other proposals include building and installing a potable water line from Benson to Kartchner Caverns State Park in Cochise County, replacing the current well that draws water from an aquifer that feeds the caverns, replacement of a wastewater treatment plant for Patagonoia Lake State Park and other repairs and maintenance throughout the park system.


The park system includes 30 parks, 27 of which are currently in operation. It operates on a $21.1 million annual budget that supports 146 full-time employees.


Upcoming education opportunities


Wake Technical Community College floats $200 million bond election

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott

As Wake Technical Community College expands, so do its needs and college officials are turning to taxpayers to approve $200 million in borrowing to help meet the college's needs. Passage of the bond issue vote on Nov. 6 would mean the college can add classroom buildings at its Northern Wake campus in addition to constructing a new Research Triangle Park branch in Morrisville. Also in line for funding would be repair projects at the Raleigh campus and completion of the Public Safety Education campus there as well. All of the new and upgraded facilities are necessary because of a growing student population. Degree-seeking student numbers climbed to more than 20,000 this fall, with 66,000 taking at least one course at the college. It has become the state's largest community college based on full-time equivalent measures. College President Stephen Scott said the college reached capacity about four years ago and the fall semester had 5,400 would-be students on a waiting list. The college previously approved bonding of $40 million in 2004 and $92 million in 2007. The bond issue, plus another $10 million from the county, would also help alleviate parking problems on campus, with 4,500 spaces to be added and 2,000 repaved. Regarding new construction and upgrades, Scott noted, "It will allow us to serve about 20,000 more people, and that would be equivalent to over 5,000 full-time students." Scott said.


McHenry County College looking for P3 for health sciences center

Officials at McHenry County College in Illinois may seek a private partner to help build a new $42 million health sciences center. A $50,000 study was approved recently to look at the possibility of a public-private partnership for the project. The study will help identify partners, which could come from the ranks of hospitals, YMCAs and school districts, to build a facility that would include classroom and laboratory space plus serve as a wellness center, offer rehab and therapy services, disease management and more. Officials are seeking out a P3 engagement so that taxpayers will not bear the financial burden of the new building. The study should be presented to the college's board next February.


University of Iowa to get funds to rebuild flood-damaged buildings 

Sally Mason
Sally Mason

The Department of Homeland Security ruled Wednesday it will allow federal funding to replace University of Iowa buildings damaged in the 2008 flood, seeming to end months of uncertainty about money for the construction. A previous ruling by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said federal funds would not be coming to build new facilities, but to repair them. The new action frees up $84 million for the new construction. University of Iowa President Sally Mason said the new action will allow for replacement of the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex and the Art Building East. "Our students and campus can now move forward with certainty that they will have the facilities they need," said Mason. In August, FEMA officials said they were in favor of the new construction instead of repairs and Gov. Terry Branstad sent a letter to DHS asking for approval of the new construction. Design work already has been completed for Hancher's $176 million replacement. A groundbreaking has not yet been set.


University of Nebraska approves downtown parking complex

A new downtown parking complex that features 130 apartments, more than 1,650 parking spots and office and retail space has been approved for the University of Nebraska. A private firm was recently picked by the Board of Regents as part of a public-private partnership to build the new building. The public-private partnership with an Omaha developer will ensure that the developer will own, maintain and manage the residential, retail and office parts of the facility, along with more than 380 parking stalls. The university will pay for the $16.7 million cost of the garage and the developer will pay all remaining construction costs. The developer will then pay the university $120,000 per year and 80 percent of gross revenues of more than $3.7 million. Construction will begin in March and the project is expected to be completed in August 2004. The developer agreed to a stipulation that would allow the university to take ownership of the entire project should the developer fail to properly maintain the property.


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Cincinnati looking at possibility of privatizing its parking services

Milton Dohoney
Milton Dohoney

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney is trying to sell city officials on his proposal to privatize the city's parking services. Dohoney said leasing the parking service could provide numerous benefits, among them the fact that a private sector partner could invest funds the city does not have in technology across the entire system. The private sector firm could also better enforce parking regulations and fines and be responsible for costly maintenance and upgrades to the system that the city cannot afford. The city manager said an up-front lease payment would also provide the city with more funds to focus on other city services and free up employees to focus on other services as well. Although privatization of city parking in Chicago was deemed a failure, New York City's plan for privatized parking meters kept the city in charge of pricing. The approach being taken by the city of Cincinnati could be similar to that approach and keep meter rates at a palatable level.


Bond sale to begin for construction of new Chico courthouse

Construction of the new Butte County courthouse in Chico, California, will be financed by a state government bond sale. The bond sale will address several projects. The $500 million bond sale is likely to take up to two weeks. The new North Butte County Courthouse is expected to cost $53 million. The bonds are to be repaid from court filing fees and fines that have been earmarked for the courthouse project. The new courthouse will feature five courtrooms and will replace the current Chico courthouse and the former courthouse in Paradise that has been closed. The facility will also have a jury assembly room, service counters, self-help and family services. The state is currently seeking qualified contractors before it puts the project out to bid over the next three months. A groundbreaking is expected next spring with completion expected in late 2014.


Anaheim city officials approve concept for $319 million streetcar system in city

Tom Tait
Tom Tait

Anaheim is on its way to securing a $319 million streetcar system. The city already has identified and secured $24.6 million in transportation funds for the project and will now start looking for revenue sources for the remaining $294 million after the City Council recently voted its support for the concept. Half of the funding will likely come from federal sources, through the Federal Transit Administration's "New Starts" program, competitively based award. Other funds are available through Measure M2, the county's half-cent sales tax it collects for transportation projects and through other state and federal grant funds. Some 10 percent of the project costs, or $32 million would have to come from local sources. Mayor Tom Tait was one of two members of the Council voting against the proposal, saying he was not against the streetcar proposal per se, but wanted to know more about it to ensure that city taxpayer funds would not be at risk if enough grant funding is not available. The annual cost of operating the streetcar system would be about $4.3 million. "I'm not against the project," Tait said. "I'm against not knowing enough about the project." The rail line would consist of 10 streetcars transporting passengers from the ARTIC transit hub, expected to open in 2015, to a variety of different locations. Officials are hopeful to keep the cost or riding the streetcars to a nominal fee, thus encouraging more riders. Operating costs could be covered by ad sales at streetcar stops and within the cars and from a 2 percent tourism-improvement district tax on hotel bills in the area.


Minnesota DOT commits funds to improve hundreds of miles of highway
The International Road Federation will honor the Minnesota Department of Transportation for its commitment to funding that will provide for improving hundreds of miles of state highways that are in need of repair. The Federation will recognize MnDOT's "Better Roads for a Better Minnesota" program during its January Global Roads Achievement Awards luncheon. The Minnesota program competed with agencies and businesses around the world in the finance and economics category. The state has spent $398 million in state and federal funds for resurfacing and rehabilitation projects. The agency also has committed another $980 million for the program through June 2014. Officials say that without that state investment, the number of state highway miles in poor condition would increase from the current 700 to 1,900 miles by 2020. The program also expands the MnPass program and builds stronger shoulders for mass transit. Other projects funded relate to safety and accessibility and improving infrastructure.
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Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards: 

  • Wombat Security Technologies has been given a $750,000 U. S. Department of Defense grant for its anti-phishing filtering technology to be used to protect against smartphone and social network-based phishing attacks.
  • Honeywell International Inc. signed a new eight-year, $365 million extension with the U.S. Air Force of its Secondary Power Logistics Solution contract to provide logistics and depot support for F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft.
  • ICF International has won an $18.1 million contract from the U.S. Homeland Security Department, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, State and Local Program Office to help sustain and improve the integrated national network of state and major urban area fusion centers.
  • Odyssey Systems Consulting Group is one of five contractors awarded the "Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS) II" contract to provide support to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The ceiling value of the contract is $851M over a five year period of performance. Odyssey's Team members include: Battelle, Blue Force LLC, DSD Laboratories, EWA, MacAulay Brown , Paradigm Technologies Inc., Quasars Inc., The SI Organization, Vantage Applications and Wyle.
  • Harris Corp. has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a potential value of $397 million over two years with two additional one-year options to continue providing Falcon III® handheld tactical radio systems to the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • J&H Erectors have been awarded a $2.3 million contract by Scioto County (Ohio) to construct the Eden Park Sewer Project.
  • Aquaterra-CAYO has been awarded an $8.1 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a floodwall to protect the Diamond Pump Station in southern Plaquemines Parish (Louisiana) from hurricane storm surge.
  • Bombardier Transportation was awarded a $204,686,938 contract by the Maryland Board of Public Works for the operations and maintenance of the Maryland Transit Administration's MARC Train Camden and Brunswick lines. The award will be spread over a five-year, eight-month contract term. The contract also includes a five-year renewal option, valued at $205,000,000.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a three-year contract with a maximum value of $7 million from 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.
  • Celerity Government Solutions has won a contract worth up to $1 million from the General Services Administration for professional, administrative and management support services.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Town in Texas using public-private partnership for infrastructure

Ray SmithThe growing town of Prosper, Texas, has turned to a public-private partnership to help keep up with its infrastructure needs relative to that growth. A master plan community in the North Texas area has resulted in a partnership between the city, the developer and land investors. "With our budget right now, we don't have the funds to build these trunk lines for water and sewer," said Prosper Mayor Ray Smith. The three partners have teamed on a $5.1 million partnership that will result in construction of two miles of sanitary sewer lines and some five miles of water lines. Both are expected to be completed sometime in 2013. The utility work is necessary for the new residents who will be moving into the planned community, as many as 20,000 people. The current population of the town is about 13,000. So officials are expecting the population to surge to as much as 80,000 over the next several years. The developer can construct the water and sewer needs cheaper and faster than the city.


Montclair State using P3 to meet energy needs at less expense

Montclair State University is hoping its public-private partnership will lead to significant energy savings. The university is partnering with a company that designs, develops, builds and operates energy projects. The private sector vendor is building a $92 million combined heating, cooling and power facility on the school's campus. The new system is to replace a two-decades-old co-generation plant that produces steam and energy. The new facility will also replace other older cooling plants on the Montclair State campus as well as an underground distribution system for steam. Under the terms of the partnership, the private sector firm will finance the construction of the plant and operate it once it is completed. The university basically leases the company the land. The university will then purchase the energy generated by the plant from the private sector firm. The system will produced all of the school's steam and 75 percent of its electricity needs. The plant represents Montclair State's second public-private partnership, and only the third statewide since New Jersey passed P3 legislation. Other P3s on the campus are a $211 million residence hall and dining complex known as The Heights, which was completed in 2011.


Army base public-private partnership may be one of largest in Oakland region

Jean Quan
Jean Quan

Plans to repurpose Oakland's former Army base could be the largest public-private partnership ever in the Oakland area. Plans are to turn the old base into a logistics and warehousing center that is expected to create several thousand blue-collar jobs for Oakland residents and to help the Port of Oakland remain competitive. The $1 billion project is expected to begin in June. The 366-acre base was abandoned by the Army in 1999. The facility was later divided between the port and the city. Plans are to turn the port into a logistics center that manages the flow of cargo at the adjacent port. Officials are hopeful the new center will lure companies to the region as well as reducing truck traffic in Oakland. "This is one of the most important engines for economic growth in Oakland history and will provide 5,000 good jobs," said Mayor Jean Quan. Additionally, the agreement calls for road and rail improvements, a deep water port terminal to handle goods too big for shipping containers and up to five billboards the city hopes will generate about $500,000 a year. City officials and developers said they had been working for weeks to finalize the deals with the council to consider the powers of a commission that will oversee local hiring guidelines. Construction work will begin next June. 


Public-private partnership to allow county to purchase water from desalination plant

Details of a proposed contract for the San Diego County (California) Water Authority to purchase water from a future seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad are being reviewed by the authority's board. The vote could be as early as the last week of November. The current agreement under review is the result of nearly a year of negotiations. The private developer and its investors have targeted a 9.38 percent internal rate of return for the "equity return charge" component of the water unit price. They will, in turn, provide $164 million in equity to complete the construction financing. The bulk of the project - more than 80 percent - will be financed through tax-exempt bonds and will be a direct pass-through to the Water Authority at some of the lowest interest rates in history. The developer's return on investment comes based on its performance. If the project is completed on time and within budget and meets the Authority's demand for water while being operated efficiently, the developer could see an ROI of 10-13 percent. If all those performance measures are not, the developer's equity return will be much smaller. The facility is expected to provide 48,000 to 56,000 acre-feet of desalinated seawater each year. Those figures could mean 50 million gallons per day starting in 2016. By 2020, the plant would provide 7 percent of the projected regional supply and one-third of all locally generated water in the county, making it the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere.


Some community colleges begin adding residence halls through use of P3s
Bruce LesllieAlamo Colleges, the San Antonio community college system, is taking advantage of a public-private partnership to join a growing number of two-year campuses to offer student housing. The system is partnering with a private sector developer to build the Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College. The facility will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units and 14,000 square feet of retail space. The developer will build the $30 million student housing and commercial project, which is expected to have the first phase of apartments open in August of next year. This is the first of its kind student housing project for larger community college systems across Texas. Because it both has the potential to make money and lure students to the campus, the Alamo System is expecting this will not be the last P3 in which it becomes a partner. Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie said he will offer a proposal to his board next month for another P3, a mixed-use administration building. And if the residence hall now under construction is a hit, the district might consider more for its other campuses. The developer estimated the apartments would bring the system about $3.8 million over 12 years.
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Odds & ends



  • The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is seeking proposals for non-exclusive auction services for selling particular state real property inventory and/or Permanent School Fund (PSF) land. The Asset Management Division (AMD) seeks one or more highly skilled auctioneers to provide comprehensive and professional auction services under terms and conditions established by the AMD. The services sought include planning, analysis and marketing of tracts in order to maximize revenue for the PSF and the State of Texas and to expedite and increase public participation in the sale process.
  • The Texas Department of Public Safety is soliciting bidders for the removal of existing flooring and the installation of ceramic tile and carpet at the Texas Department of Public Safety office located in Garland, Texas.

New Jersey

  • The State of New Jersey Office of Information Technology is seeking proposals for data communications network services that will provide basic data network connectivity, as well as enhanced information network support services.
  • The New Jersey Division of Purchase and Property (DPP), on behalf of the Division of Lottery, is seeking proposals from qualified and interested bidders to enter into an agreement to provide certain services, goods and equipment for the operation of the Lottery. 


  • The State of Delaware Sussex Technical School District is seeking proposals for modified construction management services.
  • The State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is seeking bids for sprinkler system installation at Williams State Service Center in Dover.


  • The State of Nebraska is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide on-site, secure document shredding.
  • The State of Nebraska has issued a request for information to gather information to perform a review of software systems that provide for the collection, analysis, reporting, hosting, service and support of pre-hospital emergency medical services data, trauma registry data, fire incident reporting system, hospital resource data and patient tracking data.

South Dakota

  • The Office of the State Engineer, on behalf of Dakota State University, is soliciting statements of interest from firms interested in providing professional architectural and engineering services for the Trojan Center Student Union.
  • The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) is soliciting proposals for the removal and disposal of hazardous waste materials from the SDSM&T campus in Rapid City and the Black Hills State University campus in Spearfish.
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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 Briget Lott.


Bridget Lott
Bridget Lott

Bridget Lott earned her bachelor's degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her master's degree from San Jose State University. She completed an executive-level leadership course at the California Leadership Institute, Sacramento, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Lott is a 29-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and is a former assistant chief in the Golden Gate Division, with leadership responsibilities for five commands encompassing most of the East Bay, including Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. She also served as transportation management coordinator and occupational safety coordinator for the entire Golden Gate Division. Lott's other previous assignments include serving as commander of the CHP's Redwood City office for four years. While in that post, she collaborated with a number of law enforcement agencies and other public and private organizations, as well as homeowners, in developing a working tri-county motorcycle safety task force. Lott also worked in the CHP Headquarters as a commander, overseeing motorcycle safety programs, grants, transportation planning and older California driver safety. Lott has worked a variety of other assignments during her career and across the state. She rode a motorcycle in a supervisory capacity and served as an administrative assistant to the CHP's assistant commissioner. Lott was recently named a new commander for the agency's Northern Division, based in Redding, which includes 13 Northern California counties and 36,000 miles of interstate and state and county highways.


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Henry GilesGiuseppe ColasurdoDoris HelmichHenry C. Giles, Jr. (top left), Spartanburg Community College interim president and executive vice president for Business Affairs and an employee since 1969, has been chosen as the college's next president, effective Nov. 1. Pediatrician/researcher Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D. (top middle), who has served at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for 17 years, was recently officially appointed president of UTHealth by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, replacing Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., who stepped down to head up the Temple University Health System. Dr. Doris Helmich (top right), interim president and CEO of Central Arizona College was chosen by the Pinal County (Arizona) Community College District Governing Board as the next president of Central Arizona College. The Lake Elsinore (California) City Council announced the selection of Grant Yates, who has spent the last 21 years working with the city of Temecula, as city manager. Dexter (Michigan) Community Schools Superintendent Mary Marshall, who has been at Dexter for 20 years, has been selected as the finalist for the post of superintendent/principal for Pentwater Public Schools. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has hired former New York City Police Department first deputy commissioner Joseph Dunne its first chief security officer, charged with developing, implementing and auditing Javier Miyares Otto Drozd Reginald Avery security programs across the agency. Javier Miyares (middle right) has been named as president of University of Maryland University College after having served UMUC as acting president since February and as part of the UMUC management team for more than 10 years. El Paso Fire Chief Otto Drozd III (middle center) has announced that he will leave El Paso next month for the same position in his home state of Florida, where he will replace former Orange County, Florida, Chief Carl Plaugher, who resigned earlier this month. Reginald S. Avery (middle left) president of Coppin State University in Baltimore since 2008, will resign in January of next year after a no-confidence vote by faculty members. Merle Lindsey, deputy director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, was tabbed by the agency's governing board as interim director to replace Director Steve Pharo, who is retiring at the end of next month. Pierce County, Washington, has selected Jennifer Joly, a 20-year veteran of state government in both the executive and legislative branches and former chair of the state Public Disclosure Commission, as government relations director. Chase D. Waggoner, deputy fire chief, chief of EMS and grant administrator for the Eldridge, Mo., Fire Department, has been named Fire Chief Joyce Parker Walter Burt David Borofsky for the city of Girard, Kansas. Joyce Parker (bottom left), emergency financial manager of Highland Park Schools, has been chosen by the Local Emergency Financial Assistant Loan Board to serve as Allen Park, Michigan's, emergency financial manager. Western Michigan University has appointed Walter Burt (bottom center) to serve as the interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, replacing Van Cooley, who died while serving in that capacity. David Borofsky (bottom right), interim president of Dakota State University since February, has been selected as the 22nd president of the university, replacing Douglas Knowlton, who took another higher education position in Minnesota earlier this year. Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Police Lieutenant Fred Bittner, who has worked for the city's police department since 1989 and currently commands the Suburban Police Anti-Crime Network Unit, will become police chief when Joseph Donnelly retires Nov. 1. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board of Directors has approved Rochester real estate financial developer Scott Woosley, principal and founder of a commercial and residential real estate advisory firm, as the new executive director in charge of managing the agency that promotes community development and affordable housing. The retired head of Wisconsin's largest private medical group, Marshfield Clinic executive director and general counsel Reed Hall, was named by Gov. Scott Walker as the interim director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.


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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


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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