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Volume 4, Issue 31November 14, 2012
Local governments facing trillion-dollar needs

Mary Scott NabersAmerica has huge water and wastewater needs. It is almost impossible to find a state that is not currently attempting to solve some sort of costly water-related problem.

 

Large infrastructure projects cost millions - sometimes billions. Because public funding is simply not available and because the country's water needs get more critical each day, opportunities abound for private sector investors.

 

The American Water Works Association predicts that the United States will need to spend $1 trillion over the next 25 years to modernize and repair the country's water and wastewater infrastructure.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Health exchange deadline extended
Texans OK $5.45B in bonds
Infrastructure projects funded
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
People
Calendar of events
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. provides opportunity identification for all 50 states. Click here for more information.
States get deadline extension for health exchanges

 

Will sell health plans, offer federal tax subsidies as part of Affordable Care Act

Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

States will get a 30-day reprieve from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the deadline for filing their health insurance exchange plans. The exchanges, which will sell health insurance plans and offer federal tax subsidies as prescribed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are supposed to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, 2013. More than 20 million people are expected to use them.

 

Although Friday remains the deadline for states planning for a state-run exchange to submit their letters of intent, their complete Blueprint for Approval of State-based and State Partnership Exchanges will not be due until Friday, Dec. 14. Sebelius said HHS still is looking at a Jan. 1, 2013, date for the agency to grant either full or conditional approval of those plans.

 

In a letter to the states, Sebelius noted that the agency has heard from many state officials who said that being allowed a little more time before the deadline would allow for "a more comprehensive, complete" Blueprint application.

 

"Funding is now available to you no matter where you are in the process of establishing an exchange and no matter whether you plan to run your own e, partner with another state or work with the federal government," said the HHS Secretary. She pointed out that the states have until the end of 2014 to apply for these federal funds and can use the funds for both building their exchanges or for ancillary start-up costs if the state's exchange is not yet self-sustaining. The next application deadline for establishment grants is Friday.

 

States that plan to create a partnership exchange with the federal government will have until Feb. 15, 2013, to submit their blueprints. Those that do not will be a participant in a federal-run exchange. However, they will also have the opportunity to transition to either a state or a partnership exchange later. Consumers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have access to insurance through these new exchanges beginning Jan. 1, 2014. 

 

Government Contracting Pipeline will not publish next week during holiday

 

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday next week, the Government Contracting Pipeline will not publish on Wednesday, Nov. 21. We will resume our regular Wednesday publication dates on Nov. 28.

 

The offices of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving and will open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.

 

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

Texans approve $5.45 billion in local bond referendums

 

School district in major metropolitan area leads successful votes at $1.9 billion

School Construction
School construction such as this in Central Texas will result from successful bond votes throughout the state.

Some $5.45 billion in local bond issues in Texas cities, counties, public school districts, a community college district and a water district were approved by voters last week. A total of 36 of 45 bond referendums passed in Texas, opening up millions of dollars in contracting opportunities throughout the state for vendors.

 

Almost 60 other school districts, counties, community colleges, cities and towns are discussing possible bond elections for May 2013 and beyond. Those entities are discussing bond elections for such issues as local infrastructure improvements, city street and road work, capital improvement projects, parks and recreation projects, library projects, drainage projects, public works facilities, community and multi-purpose centers, new public school buildings, renovations and upgrades to existing public schools, technology upgrades, HVAC projects, school bus purchases and more.

 

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has compiled a comprehensive list of the bond issues that passed, including a rundown of what projects are part of each successful bond issue that passed and the dollar amount for each. Information on the possible bond discussions for votes for May 2013 and beyond is also part of the bond package, which is available for sale.

 

The largest successful Texas bond vote was in a major metropolitan public school district, where the district's largest bond ever - $1.9 billion - was passed. Contracting opportunities from that bond issue alone will include new school building construction, renovations, technology purchases and upgrades, safety and security projects and more. From a $306 million Central Texas city bond issue to a $90 million South Texas city bond referendum, projects for bond funding include libraries, museums, public safety upgrades and quality-of-life projects such as community activity centers and parks and recreation projects.

 

Annie's List - Grossman Solutions

Three major projects in three states to get NADB funding

 

Goal of loans, grants to improve infrastructure, health along border

Three new infrastructure projects in states along the United States-Mexico border have been targeted for funding by the North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission. NADB is a San Antonio-based financial institution established and capitalized by the United States and Mexico to finance environmental infrastructure projects along the border. The Border Environment Cooperation Commission works closely with NADB regarding projects related to human health in the border region.

 

The United States projects, and two in Mexico, were approved to share $158 million in loan and grant financing. The American projects include: 

  • $1.46 million for construction of a wastewater collection and conveyance system for Tintown, Arizona.
  • $155 million in financing for two renewable energy projects. The Ocotillo Express Wind Energy project in Imperial County, California, is a 265.4 megawatt wind farm that will consist of 112 wind turbines that will generate enough electricity to power 120,000 households. The energy generated will be sold to San Diego Gas and Electric.
  • $45 million to be used toward the development of a 12.5 megawatt solar park located inside the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base southwest of Tucson, Arizona. The solar park should generate about 35 percent of the base's electrical needs.
'RFP Central'

 

Free listings offered for RFPs to public sector entities, nonprofits

ContractIn response to a suggestion by one of our readers, the Government Contracting Pipeline this week begins a pilot program we're calling "RFP Central." Any public sector jurisdiction, from local to state government to public and higher education, as well as nonprofits and other quasi-governmental entities will be allowed to place their RFPs free on our "RFP Central" Web page. Each week, we will use this space to provide a link to the RFPs (and RFIs and RFQs) submitted. The only stipulation is that the RFP posting must be sent in one of two formats - as an original pdf or as a link to the posting of the RFP as it is hosted on your Web site. No other formats will be accepted. We'll try the program - a beta, if you will - to see if we can gauge reader interest in the proposal. Please send your RFP in one of the two formats mentioned previously to editor@spartnerships.com. See an example of how the RFPs page will work. 

 

Nov. 2012 Tx Bond Election - Results Package

Upcoming education opportunities

 

New Mexico passes higher education, seniors, library bond issues

Bob Frank
Bob Frank

Colleges and universities, senior citizens and local libraries will benefit from bond issues approved last week by New Mexico voters. One bond issue allocates $119.4 million to state college and universities to help them renovate aging facilities. One state bond issue will fund higher education institutions in more than 20 counties. Two other bond issues that were successful will mean $10.3 million for senior citizen centers and $9.8 million for libraries. Of the higher education funding, the lion's share - $24.5 million - is headed to the University of New Mexico (UNM) for renovations to its science labs and to complete renovations to its chemistry and biology buildings. UNM President Bob Frank said the renovations will provide "facilities that are critical for (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and it'll allow them state-of-the-art facilities." Officials are particularly pleased with passage of the bond issues after the last bond issue floated that would allocate funding for capital projects failed. Unlike that bond issue, the one that passed last week does not raise taxes.

 

Kansas school district planning school addition for shelter

A middle school addition in the Hays (Kansas) school district will also mean there will be a storm shelter available. Construction on the eight classrooms that will be added to the Hays Middle School should begin in April. The school district will soon submit its plans to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is providing grant funding for the addition that will serve as a shelter. The addition, which is expected to cost about $2.7 million, will be built to FEMA specifications. The district will be responsible for only about $1.4 million of the costs.

  

New Jersey voters approve $750 million bonding for colleges, universities

In spite of a major hurricane, New Jersey voters went to the polls to cast votes to approve $750 million in borrowing for state colleges and universities. It marks the first time in nearly 25 years that the state has borrowed money for higher education construction projects. The funds will be used to build laboratories and classrooms. Public research universities, including Rutgers, will get $300 million of the funding. Other public four-year colleges will share $247.5 million. County colleges will get $150 million and private colleges $52.5 million. The funding was criticized by some after Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damages along the East Coast. However, the majority of voters saw an investment in higher education as a way to ensure the future prosperity of the region. 

 

Iowa school district plan would build new facility for three schools

Paul Gausman
Paul Gausman

A $16.35 million plan to consolidate three grade schools into one building is under consideration by the Sioux City (Iowa) school board. Superintendent Paul Gausman has suggested consolidating grades one through five from three complete schools and part of another at the site of the former middle school. A fourth elementary school would be left standing. One of the three schools whose students would be among those in the consolidation would then be used for pre-K and kindergarten students. That school would also be renovated. The new school would facilitate nearly 650 students. Another $1.15 million would be used to install energy-efficient windows and air conditioning at one of the older buildings. The plan, say some, would take some students out of one overcrowded school but avoid the "megaschool" that many parents oppose, Gausman said.

 

Massachusetts district planning to build new model high school

A $356 million, 20-year bond was approved recently by the Marshfield (Massachusetts) Board of Selectmen to pay for a new model high school for the town. Some of the funds will also be used for other town projects. Officials see now as the time to move forward, as interest rates are extremely low. The low interest rate is expected to save taxpayers approximately $7 million over the 20-year life of the bond. Officials had anticipated the rate would be approximately 4.85 percent if they had waited for two years. The current rate came in at 2.43 percent.

 

 

Collaboration Nation

Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

Pennsylvania Lottery studying privatization, possible expansion

Tom Corbett
Tom Corbett

The Pennsylvania Lottery is considering expanding its games to include keno and online games. Gov. Tom Corbett said expanding the games could produce more revenue from the system whose $3.5 million in revenue funds programs for the elderly. The state is currently in talks with companies about privatizing the lottery management and Corbett admitted expansion was one idea being discussed. There is disagreement as to whether Corbett can authorize that action without the approval of the state legislature. While the Corbett administration is currently meeting with companies interested in managing the lottery, Corbett has not released the names of those companies. Last year, the lottery earned a little over $1 billion for state programs. While some question why privatize the lottery when state employees currently in charge of its operation are producing increased sales and could also manage any expansion of gaming, Corbett said the state would only turn to privatization if more money could be guaranteed to the state as a result. "If we can ensure increased funding and protect our seniors who are the recipients of the lottery, then we have our obligation to take a look at privatizing," Corbett said. He said while the private partner would earn an incentive fee, the state would keep its rights to conduct, control, inspect and audit the lottery. Other expansion options could include online ticket sales or addition of more lottery retailers. Pennsylvania would require the winning bidder to set aside $150 million should the bidder fall short of its profit promise.

 

Arkansas voters approve sales tax to fund road improvements

After a voter-approved sales tax, motorists in Arkansas will soon see construction start on road improvements throughout the state. One of the major projects will be construction on Interstate 540. The remainder of the $1.3 billion approved by voters will be for other projects. What the voters approved was a half-cent sales tax that will not begin being collected until July of next year. The tax would expire in 10 years. Once the funds are starting to be collected, the state's highway department will sell bonds, seek bids and sign contracts with private sector contractors beginning in 2013. Among the projects on tap in addition to the widening of I-540 to six lanes from Fayetteville to Bentonville are two lanes for the Bella Vista Bypass and the first phase of the 412 bypass.

 

San Francisco vote to result in $195 million for parks, open spaces

Phil Ginsburg
Phil Ginsburg

Facing having to have two-thirds approval, voters in San Francisco have approved a $195 million bond issue that will provide the city with funding for improvements in its parks. A total of 72 percent of those who voted cast a vote for the bond issue. Passage of the measure now will lead to work that will start next March. Phil Ginsburg, chief of the city's Recreation and Park Department, said the bond funds are absolutely essential to both improve and repair the city's parks and open spaces. And there was certainly opposition by some to the bond proposal. "It's certainly comforting to note that San Franciscans are clearly more interested in building playgrounds than playing politics with them," Ginsburg said. "It feels good that residents are aware of the importance of our park system and were able to rise above the noise to invest in our families and in future generations." The funds will be split - $99 million for open spaces, $40.5 million for citywide programs, $34.5 million for the waterfront and $21 million for parks. A similar proposal also passed in 2008, when voters approved $185 million in bonding authority.

 

Bids to be sought for paving of access road to Grand Canyon West

Bids are being sought this month for the paving of the Diamond Bar Road in Arizona, the primary access road to Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Native American Reservation. The road is owned by the Hualapai Tribe and is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park. The road has been designed to meet the guidelines of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Mohave County. Two years ago, a third of the 14 miles of the road was paved. The current bid will be for the final 9.5 miles of paving. Officials say the road will significantly cut down on travel time for tourists seeking to travel to Grand Canyon West. The project started more than a dozen years ago, but environmental considerations, dealing with multiple government entities and securing funding stalled the project. 

 

Public-Private Partnerships

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • SDV Construction was awarded a $647,389 contract by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority to oversee Phase 2 construction at the spaceport in southeastern Sierra County. The company will be tasked with overseeing construction of the visitor experience facilities, runway extension, the entrance facility and associated utilities extension. Re-aligning internal roads is another activity.
  • MCM Construction, Inc. was awarded a $55.7 million contract by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners for a grade separation project that involves building an elevated 4,100-foot roadway that links Harry Bridges Boulevard, Pier A Street and Fries Avenue to TraPac's new entrance and separates truck from rail operations for safer and more efficient flow of traffic.
  • Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a $13 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational medicine research modeling services including support services for research modeling such as casualty projection in support of operational medicine.
  • iSYS has been awarded the second option period contract worth $11.6 million to provide mobile Telecom Expense Management Services (TEMS) to the Transportation Security Administration.
  • AMEC Environment and Infrastructure Inc. was awarded a $488,969, 12-month contract by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority to do quality testing, including for the runway extension.
  • Bray Architects was awarded a contract worth about $1.2 million by the city of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, for architectural and other related services for construction of the city's new library, city hall and fire station.
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a $1.5 million contract by the U.S. Naval Education and Training Command to provide training development and implementation for the U.S. Naval Chaplaincy School and Center.
  • James Construction Corp. was awarded a $241.3 million contract by the Texas Department of Transportation to widen Interstate 35 from four to eight lanes, six miles between north and south Loop 363 in Temple.
  • S. J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. was awarded a $71.5 million project by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners for new buildings and state-of-the-art truck entrance and exit gates at TraPac's rear Berths 136-139.
  • Northrop Grumman Technical Services won a contract worth up to $2.2 million from the Air Force for maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment.
Headlines from around the nation

 

Virginia has high hopes for HOT lanes on the Beltway

 

Los Angeles mayor supports sales tax increase with conditions 

 

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

 

News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Minnesota includes public-private partnership on health insurance exchange

Jim Schowalter
Jim Schowalter

When Minnesota officials present their proposal for a health insurance exchange mandated by federal law, the state will include a public-private partnership to oversee the online health insurance marketplace. Jim Schowalter, commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget, said the blueprint is designed to show the federal government that the state is working toward being in position to have its exchange operational on schedule and on time. Documents showing how the exchange will work are already being placed online. They show how the state will certify plans to participate in the exchange, outline information technology infrastructure for the exchange and job descriptions for those involved in the proposal. The documents, however, do not yet show who will serve on the governing body of the public-private partnership. The governor is pushing for creating a public-private partnership and a board that includes public and private sector members. That should allow the state to take advantage of the strengths of the private sector's expertise while allowing the state to use the exchange for public health care initiatives.

 

El Paso stadium could become water park as result of P3

A private company has approached the city of El Paso with a proposal to build a water adventure park at the current site of the Cohen Stadium. A water park could work on the same property as the stadium because there is enough land for both there, said City Manager Joyce Wilson. Wilson said the private company suggested formation of a public-private partnership for the project with the city having a "significant" financial stake in the project. The company, which asked that its name not be released, is a national firm with water parks throughout Texas. A team of El Pasoans will visit some of its other parks and evaluate partnerships that led to those facilities. Another option for the city is asking El Paso Community College to transform the stadium into an amateur baseball complex for schools and college teams to use. A baseball complex and water park could also fit on the site. The tenant of the facility, the Tigua tribe, already owes the city $70,000 in stadium utility costs, but improvements they made to the stadium could cut that figure down. The city is more interested in a cooperative transition out of the lease.

 

Solar installation result of public-private partnership in city in California

Solar Installation
Pictured is one of the solar installations that are part of the public-private partnership.

The city of Gonzales, California, and its private sector partner recently announced completion of a public-private partnership that is expected to reduce the city's carbon footprint while helping reach its conservation goals. Additionally, the project is expected to reduce the city's energy and maintenance costs. Included in the project are infrastructure improvements in the city that include streetlight upgrades, two solar installations that will produce 462kW of power and changes to the city's water pumping station aimed at conserving both water and electricity while reducing costs. Gonzales officials say they hope the project will be a model for other communities. City Manager Rene Mendez said that over the lifetime of the project, "We expect to generate $4.7 million in savings, allowing the city to maintain and enhance services to its more than 8,000 residents." In addition to an energy company geared toward saving government entities money and providing a sustainability program and that developed, designed and built the project, the partnership also included a local winery where one of the solar installations is located and a financial services business that arranged financing. 

 

Research Analysts - Solutions

Odds & ends

 

Arkansas

  • The Arkansas Department of Corrections (AD) is seeking bids for solid waste removal/disposal services for the ADC North Central Unit located in Calico Rock, Arkansas.
  • The Military Department of Arkansas is seeking bids for Janitorial Services and Glass Cleaning to the 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, located at the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Michigan

  • Macomb Community College is seeking bids for a media server and streaming media systems replacement.
  • The Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Design & Construction is seeking bids for a 2-13 roof system evaluation program.

Maryland

  • The Maryland Department of General Services is seeking bids for unarmed, uniformed guard service.
  • The Maryland Department of General Services is seeking bids for security fencing and gates at the War Memorial Building.

New Jersey

  • The New Jersey Division of Purchase and Property is seeking bids for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for grounds maintenance.
  • The New Jersey Division of Purchase and Property is seeking bids for livescan, non-criminal fingerprint services for various state agencies.

Pennsylvania

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is seeking bids for a security system upgrade that includes replacement of security fences and systems and other renovations at the existing facility, including site work.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking bids to replace or rehabilitate the engineering office. The project includes construction of a new two-story office building of approximately 73,000 square feet and a separate pre-engineered maintenance garage of approximately 6,500 square feet; the work includes site clearing and alkaline addition, ground improvement, site construction, minipiles, concrete footings/slabs, structural steel/joists, steel deck, unit masonry, stone veneer, metal roof/wall panels, metal doors/frames, wood doors, finish hardware, aluminum windows/storefront, gwb partitions, interior finishes, building specialties and equipment; also includes associated HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems for both buildings.
Contracting Opportunities

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 Sandra K. Woodley.
 
Sandra Woodley
Sandra Woodley

Sandra K. Woodley earned both her undergraduate and her master's degrees in business administration from Auburn University and her Doctor of Business Administration-Management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She began her education career at Auburn University as coordinator of the Economic Forecasting Group at the university's Center for Government and Public Affairs. Woodley also served as Vice President of Finance, Planning and Performance at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the coordinating board for all public universities and community colleges. She is a former associate executive director for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and a fiscal analyst in the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office. Woodley currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at The University of Texas System, a system of 16 academic and health institutions. Prior to taking that post, she was Strategic Planner and Chief Financial Officer for the Arizona Board of Regents that governs three public research universities. The longtime higher education official was recently named the next president of the University of Louisiana system, effective Jan. 1, 2013, succeeding Randy Moffett, who retired in September. She will be in charge of a system that includes Southeastern Louisiana University, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, the University of New Orleans, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State and Northwestern State.

 

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A Missouri city is applying for a loan from the state and will likely soon ask its citizens for approval for borrowing to help fund an $18 million wastewater treatment plant. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.
 
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People

 

Larry RiversChuck FrancoMary GavinLarry E. Rivers (top left), president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, recently announced that he would step down in June, following an April Senate vote of no confidence in him that was later rescinded. Chuck Franco (top middle), husband of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and a sheriff who turned in his badge when his wife was elected, has taken a job as a security officer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Santa Fe. Falls Church (Virginia) Deputy Police Chief Mary Gavin (top right), who has been deputy chief the last seven years and who spent 21 years of her law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department, will assume command of the Falls Church Police Department after the current chief, Harry Reitze, retires. Ben Blackburn, top administrator in Lowell, North Carolina, will leave that post to become city manager of Cherryville, filling a position left vacant when former city manager David Hodgkins resigned in June. Adam Horst, the top state budget official under Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. will leave his post as director of the Office of Management and Budget to become vice president and controller of Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. Pamela Jim Thomas Howard Baldwin Alan Cohen Watson has been hired as executive director of the Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Housing Authority, replacing former Director Barry Bordelon, who resigned. Jim Thomas (middle right), who has served as city manager in cities in Utah, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has been selected as city manager in Claremore, Oklahoma, replacing Daryl Golbek, who is vacating that post. Howard Baldwin (middle center), commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services since January after serving as interim commissioner since last October, has resigned his post. Alan Cohen (middle left), a former strong mayor in Ithaca, New York, and former city manager in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, has been chosen city manager of the city of Sunrise, Florida. San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley has promoted Peter Zanoni to deputy city manager to succeed Pat DiGiovanni, who left that position for a new job. Lt. William Messerich, a member of the South St. Paul, Minnesota, police force and lieutenant in charge of operations since 2008, has been named the new police chief of South St. Paul, succeeding Daniel S. Vujovich, who Reggie Taylor Sonya Christian Zulma Toto-Ramos retired last summer. Wisconsin state schools superintendent Tony Evers, who was elected to the position in April 2009, has announced that he will seek another term. The East Point (Georgia) City Council has chosen Reggie Taylor (bottom left), who previously worked for the Marietta Redevelopment Corp., as its new city manager, succeeding interim city manager Siegfried Jones. The Kern Community College District has hired Sonya Christian (bottom center), a past math instructor and dean of science, engineering, allied health and mathematics and former Lane Community College vice president and chief academic officer, as Bakersfield College's 10th president. Zuma Toro-Ramos (bottom right), dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University in Kansas, will be the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Twenty-five year veteran fire official and interim chief of the Rochester, New York, Fire Department,Salvatore Mitrano III, has been named fire chief, succeeding retired Fire Chief John Caufield. Floyd County (Georgia) shools Chief of Academics Jeff McDaniel, who has been with the school system since 2003, was recently named superintendent of the northwest Georgia district. Bonnie Ammons, who has worked in state government for more than two decades, most recently as assistant director of Federal Grant Programs in the grants division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, was named the first executive director of the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. 

 

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NLC Congress of Cities & Exposition slated Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Boston

The National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Nov. 28 through Dec.1. The exposition will bring together local leaders from cities across the United States. Conference participants will find a range of learning and networking opportunities highlighting successful programs from the city of Boston and communities across the country. The Congress of Cities program will focus on three overarching strategies for cities: Promoting Strong Local Economies, Building Sustainable Communities and Strengthening Neighborhoods and Families. Each of the strategies will be explored through keynote addresses, workshops, peer networking sessions, mobile workshops, leadership training seminars, the City Showcase and the Exhibit Hall. Before and after the main conference programming, NLC will offer the traditional governance activities, state municipal league activities and meetings of NLC committees, councils and constituency groups. Registration is now open and the agenda is available for viewing.

 

2012 AASHTO Annual Meeting slated for Nov. 15-19 in Pittsburgh

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO) will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting Thursday through Monday, Nov. 15-19 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The recently approved MAP-21, a two-year, $105 billion, long-term highway reauthorization bill, will be a major focus of the meeting. Several AASHTO committees - including the executive committee and the Board of Directors - will come together to discuss how MAP-21 will affect transportation programs and funding. With the theme "Where Rivers Converge to Forge Leaders," several meeting sessions, including the Sunday morning plenary session, will look at recruiting younger employees and developing them into transportation leaders. In addition to standing committee meetings, there will be a Policy Forum on Transportation Funding. The Sunday plenary session will feature Jason Ryan Dorsey, known as the "Gen Y Guy," who will discuss how to make each generation in their workplace and marketplace a competitive advantage. Following Dorsey's presentation, he will facilitate a panel discussion on how state DOTs can attract, welcome and mentor the newest generation of professionals, and why engaging younger employees is critical to the transportation future. Among the numerous track sessions are Using Social Media to Recruit Our Future Leaders, Expanding the Potential of Tolling: A 21st Century Look and Transportation Investment to Meet the Needs of Growth and Change. Registration is now open and the agenda is available for viewing.

 

Western Governor's Association plans winter meeting in December

The winter meeting of the Western Governor's Association is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Among the plenary topics are Drought and Wildfire Implications in the West, Federal Deficit Discussion and Future of Energy and Responsible Western Energy Development. Registration is now open and the agenda is available for viewing.

 

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.

 

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