Volume 4, Issue 42February 13, 2013
Higher education facing new concept in funding

Mary Scott NabersWith state legislative sessions in full swing, the focus on public funding appears universal. Every state is struggling with public funding issues.


Higher education funding has become a hotly debated subject and postsecondary institutions in many states have suffered significant funding cuts. In spite of less revenue, higher education executives are being asked to find innovative ways to accommodate more students, increase graduation rates, hold down student fees and make the American workforce the most competitive in the world. 


The typical model of allocating state money to public universities and community colleges has, in the past, been based on enrollment or recent funding. However, there appears to be a clear movement to performance-based funding. This is a new concept for some and a type of funding that people need to understand. 




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Feds study infrastructure needs
Miami looks for EB5 investors
More data centers to close
Upcoming education opportunities
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Federal committee meeting on transportation infrastructure


Eyes of state, local governments on how much federal funding available

Bill Shuster
Bill Shuster

Calling the nation's surface transportation network "the foundation on which our economy and our way of life are built," new U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania is focusing the committee on the role of the federal government in ensuring a healthy transportation infrastructure.


The committee is meeting today, Wednesday, and over the current session of Congress will be addressing the need for a new Water Resources Development Act, reauthorization of passenger rail safety and reform legislation and getting ready for reauthorization of the surface transportation act. State and local governments will be paying close attention to this committee's actions, as they face aging and deteriorating highways and bridges and no funds to maintain or repair them.


Shuster is all about modernizing the nation's national transportation system. "Our national surface transportation network is the foundation on which our economy and our way of life are built. Without significant improvements to this network, and additional reforms to federal programs, transportation will become increasingly inefficient and unreliable, will be a drag on our economy and will hurt the ability of our businesses to remain competitive in the global economy," he said.


Shuster and the committee will be examining ways to pay for transportation improvements without incurring more debt. Last year, Congress approved a two-year surface transportation bill that authorized $105 billion in federal funding. Recognizing that transportation and infrastructure have in the past been seen as both a state and federal responsibility, lawmakers are faced with the fact that the federal gas tax can no longer provide for necessary transportation projects.


Miami looks for EB5 investors to help fund local projects


Seeks to become leader in having foreign investments grow economy

Miami is looking to become the city to which others point when it comes to foreign investments in local construction projects, through the EB5 program. Gaining in popularity as governments face widening budget gaps and less and less federal aid, the EB5 program allows foreign investors to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a project that guarantees at least 10 jobs in exchange for visas.


This year, Miami is hopeful to set up a number of EB5 program projects to raise foreign cash for a variety of businesses and developments in the city. Among them are an 85-story apartment complex in downtown Miami. The developer has estimated the cost of the project at $700 million, $100 million of which is hoped to be raised from foreign investors.


Officials plan to use the city's own EB5 successes as leverage in competing with other EB5 proposals in the Miami area. The city plans to name a committee to screen possible EB5 projects and then another group of experts to approve the projects. The goal of the program is to find new sources to fund projects, create jobs and have a positive effect on the local economy.


Research Analysts - Solutions

Another 400 federal data centers to be closed by 2015


Officials say move could save government up to $5 billion over time.

Steven VanRoekel
Steven VanRoekel

Another 400 federal government data centers are expected to be closed by October, after 420 have been closed since 2010. The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said those data centers that have already been closed are part of a total of about 3,100 federal data centers.


OMB plans to eventually shutter 40 percent of those more than 3,000 centers by the end of 2015.


Officials say closing the centers could save the federal government up to $5 billion over time, according to federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.


The $5 billion will not be realized, however, by the 2015 deadline and officials also note that because the data centers being closed are varying sizes, those closed do not always provide a clear picture of how close the initiative is to reaching its goals.


Upcoming education opportunities


Wayne State University looking at six major projects on two of its campuses

Rick Nork
Rick Nork

Six capital projects between now and 2016 are being planned for Wayne State University in Michigan. The university is planning to add some 115,000 square feet to include new buildings, research labs, classrooms, parking areas and a new vehicle technology center. The projects planned together will carry a cost of $170 million in its campuses in Detroit and Warren. The impetus of the construction is in the science and technology areas, but funding is also included for electric grid improvements campus-wide, along with classroom improvement to the school's center for linguistics and international language programs. A bond sale of $90 million was authorized this spring and Rick Nork, the university's vice president of finance and business operations, said the bonds will be financed through future general revenue fund and not from the state's budget allocation. RFPs are expected to be issued soon for the projects. The largest project is a $93 million Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building in Detroit. The building will be paid for with $31 million in bond proceeds, $30 million in state funds and private fundraising to make up the remainder. The project includes renovation of the Dalgleish building and a 75,000-square-foot new building with parking. "The biomedical research facility is the largest single project the university has ever undertaken, and that in and of itself will mean in three or four years we will be at or near our highest level of construction activity, for all the projects," Nork said. Other projects include a $12 million Advanced Technology Education Center in Warren and renovations to the WSU Student Center building, new lab classrooms and renovated research lab space in the physics, engineering and Shapero buildings.


North Carolina State University issues RFP for $3.5 million water-related project

A request for proposals has been issued by North Carolina State University for commissioning services for a project that will provide complete design, procurement and installation of equipment to increase the chilled water generation capacity at the Centennial Campus Chiller Plant.  The project will include a 2,000-ton chiller, 3,000-ton cooling tower and all auxiliaries to support the chiller installation.  The project includes a review of the current plant design, utility requirements, development of cost options and life cycle analysis along with schedules, critical milestones, design documents and commissioning. Budget for the project is $3.5 million.


Maine school district awarded additional funding for new high school

Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee

The Brewer, Maine, School District has been awarded a second multi-million-dollar, zero-interest federal bond that will help it improve classrooms and technology. The district was awarded a similar bond last year for $5 million that led to new and improved security at the Brewer High School as well as a new school entrance. The project also adds a 100-seat lecture hall, moves administrative office, increase the size of the cafeteria and added a new bus lane on a road to the school. Renovation is also part of Phase One and is in the design phase. The new bond totals $2.7 million. The Quality School Construction bonds now will have to be approved for acceptance by residents. "We've already been approved for $5.4 million and now we've received authorization from the state for an additional $2.7 million," said Superintendent Daniel Lee. "We have to go to the voters again." Officials are confident voters will once again approve acceptance of the funding. If they do not, the funds will go to another district. Phase One work is expected to be completed in spring 2014.


University of North Carolina-Charlotte seeks bidders for hall renovations

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte has issued a request for proposals to provide professional construction management services during portions of the design phase and possible construction for the renovation of the 12-story Holshouser Hall. The 106,000-square-foot facility will be renovated to include the addition of suite-style facilities, semi-private bathrooms, stair and elevator upgrades, mechanical and electrical upgrades and/or replacements, full window replacements, full roof replacement and brick and/or brick type clad façade on the exterior of the building. The renovation will provide for 400 beds. Work will begin in May of 2014 and must be complete for occupancy in July of 2015. The project has a budget of more than $12.5 million, including all design costs, CM fees, university support, construction costs, material testing and inspections. 


Texas A&M approves $36 million in building renovations

Texas A&M University Board of Regents recently approved plans to renovate three campus facilities at a total cost of about $36 million. The facility upgrades reflect the university's plan to restore existing facilities when feasible with adding new facilities as necessary at the campus in College Station, A&M officials said. Regents allotted $11.37 million to upgrade the four-story Jack K. Williams Building located at the entrance to the university. Plans call for the 68,000-square-foot building that houses the offices of the president, four vice presidents and associate offices to be completed in October 2014. Renovations to Scoates Hall, a three-story building with about 67,613 square feet of space, are expected to cost about $10.6 million and be completed in November 2013. Plans call for the renovation to include space for the Center for Heritage Conservation, Center for Health Systems and Design along with classrooms and other programs in the College of Architecture. The third project approved is to spend $15.45 million to complete the third phase of a plan to renovate 12 dormitories housing the Corps of Cadets. Current plans are to rebuild one of the dorms to accommodate 220 cadets along with an adjacent leadership learning center to replace a small, outdated lounge.


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Pennsylvania national memorial projects to begin this summer

A visitor center and other improvements at the Flight 93 National Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania are slated to begin this summer. The National Park Service said final documents will be ready for contracting no later than March 19. The visitor center will house permanent exhibits and have a viewing window through which visitors can look down on the site. The project - which will cost $20 million - will include a pedestrian bridge over the wetlands and possibly a learning center. The final phase will be the 93-foot Tower of Voices that includes 40 wind chimes, one for each passenger and crew member who died while successfully preventing a hijacked plane from crashing during the terrorist attacks on 9-11. The project is expected to be completed by September 2016.


Agency announces financial assistance of $43.9 million for Texas water projects

Many government entities, particularly local governments, are facing aging and deteriorating water and wastewater infrastructure. The Texas Water Development Board recently announced financial assistance in the form of loans and grants that total more than $43.9 million that will be awarded to cities, water supply corporations and water control and improvement districts. Following is the breakdown of those allocations:

  • City of Carbon - $200,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to replace an existing old and deteriorated water line along State Highway 6 and to install two water well sites to provide a second source of water to the city.
  • City of De Leon - $80,000 loan and $80,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to design the replacement of approximately 17,600 feet of deteriorating cast iron pipeline.
  • City of Goldthwaite - $1.48 million loan and $620,296 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to construct approximately 70,700 linear feet of raw water line and a water intake structure to convey untreated water purchased from the City of San Saba to the city's existing raw water transmission infrastructure.
  • City of Hondo - $490,000 loan and $43,074 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to increase operational efficiency of the water distribution system and reduce water loss due to deteriorating water lines.
  • City of Lawn - $200,000 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to either locate a new source of water through a regional provider or construct a new surface water treatment plant to replace the city's old, deteriorating plant. The city will also plan and design improvements to reduce water loss.
  • City of New Deal - $142,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to address pressure, water loss and storage issues.
  • New Ulm Water Supply Corp. - $535,216 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to replace approximately 12,400 linear feet of deteriorating and undersized distribution water lines to address water loss issues.
  • City of Reklaw - $176,810 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to plan, acquire land, and design a new well geographically remote from its existing wells along with separate storage and pumping facilities.
  • City of San Juan - $1.4 million loan and $600,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to install approximately 16,000 linear feet of line to transfer treated water from SWTP #2 in the northern part of the city to the ground storage tank at SWTP #1 to address its water treatment capacity issue.
  • City of Smyer - $369,767 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to install a water adsorption treatment system. In addition, it will replace approximately 4,900 linear feet of a water main to reduce water loss, upgrade the existing pump station with NEMA Premium efficiency motors and SCADA, construct a new pump station building and make other miscellaneous improvements.
  • Valley Water Supply Corp. in Dickens County - $121,825 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to replace existing old and deteriorated water distribution system piping in an effort to address the high water loss within the system.
  • Zavala County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 - $760,000 loan and $738,785 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund funds to replace aged and undersized water lines and to install gate valves throughout its distribution system. The district seeks funding for planning and design of the entire two-phase project.
  • City of Alpine - $3.5 million loan from the TWDB Fund to complete a wastewater collection system improvement project.
  • Coastal Water Authority in Harris County - $28.754 million loan from the State Participation program funds to plan, design and construct the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project to meet the surface water demands of the metro Houston area.

Detroit creates public lighting authority to improve street lighting

Gary Brown
Gary Brown

A new public lighting authority has been created by the city of Detroit to help improve lighting in neighborhoods throughout the city and on major thoroughfares. The authority is expected to issue debt to pay for the lighting improvements. With thousands of street lights in the city not working, Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said the authority is necessary for the city to be able to manage city lighting. "The city needs to get out of the business of public lighting. We don't do it well," Brown said. A five-member board will be appointed by the mayor's office and the council. The enabling legislation to create the authority was passed in December by the state legislature. When the authority was first discussed in August, Mayor Dave Bing said he expected the authority would issue bonds in the amount of $160 million to ensure the lighting system and the city's 88,000 street lights are improved by the spring of 2015.


GSA seeks vendors for mobile device management contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking vendors through a request for technical capabilities with the capacity to provide security for federal employee smartphone and tables and their applications. GSA is seeking device management and mobile application management that can be added to existing contracting vehicles throughout the federal government. The tools sought would allow agency information technology shops to detect unusual usage patterns and remotely remove any government information from a suspect device in case a smartphone or tablet fell into the hands of non-government employees. The federal government is seeking to lower its cost for mobile and wireless services by bundling services at agency-wide or multi-agency levels. 


New Hampshire passenger rail feasibility study funds approved by Council 

Chris Pappas
Chris Pappas

The New Hampshire Executive Council has approved financing a study to discuss extending commuter rail service from Boston to Concord, via Nashua. A $3.7 million contract was approved with URS Corp. of Salem and San Francisco, which will conduct the study and explore the costs and benefits of such a rail line. The study will be completed by December 2014. Saying a rail spur would bring more travelers to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Councilor Chris Pappas called the study a "critical step forward." He said the study will reveal objective findings on the viability of such a project. "The study will put facts on the table and allow us to make informed decisions as we seek to grow our economy and develop our transportation infrastructure," said Pappas. While there is opposition to the project, Gov. Maggie Hassan said a study will provide information that both sides of the issue can use. Proponents see the rail as a way to deliver more products over the 73 miles of track.


City in Illinois seeking bids for $1.1 million in wastewater plant upgrades

The city of Oglesby, Illinois, will seek bids for $1.1 million in planned improvements to its wastewater treatment plant as part of a $6.6 million overall project. The city must first, however, obtain environmental clearance. The facility is seeking to replace its drying bed with a filter press and replace the the anaerobic digestion system with an aerobic system.


Parking study in Georgia city could lead to building parking facility

A request for proposals has been issued by the city of Canton, Georgia, for a qualified vendor to analyze the city's current downtown parking and determine whether a parking garage would help solve parking issues. Because of new developments, the area is growing and parking is at a premium. The proposals will be in three pieces - existing parking conditions and recommendations, future parking needs and recommendations and recommended parking structure requirements. The three-part plan will allow the city to enter into each proposal when budget funds are available. 


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Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards: 

  • E.R. Snell Contractor has been awarded an $8.7 million contract by the Georgia Department of Transportation to replace the 55-year-old Clarks Bridge on GA 284/Clarks Bridge Road at Lake Lanier. The new two-lane bridge will feature bike lanes, sidewalks and a 63-foot pedestrian tunnel.
  • Dane Construction has been given a $2 million contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace a bridge on the Yarborough Mill Road in Caswell County.
  • Tetra Tech was awarded $1.7 million by the city of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, for a study regarding the city's wastewater treatment plant upgrade project.
  • Insituform Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of Aegion Corp., was awarded $5 million contract from the Metropolitan District in Hartford, Conn., to install more than 10 miles of wastewater pipelines.
  • Williams Design Group has won a $950,889 contract from the city of Las Cruces to design a new East Mesa Public Safety campus, which will house the city's police and fire departments.
  • High Performance Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Dynamics Research Corp., won a $50 million task order contract with the Food and Drug Administration to provide scientific computing services. The contract's period of performance began Sept. 17, 2012, and lasts five years. DRC will provide science and engineering services to support FDA's use of new technologies and ensure the necessary processing, storage and connectivity support for its scientific computing objectives.
  • McCarthy Building Inc. was awarded a $52.3 million design-build project for The University of Texas Medical Branch Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center expansion in League City. The project will add an extra 142,000 square feet, including additional operating rooms, an emergency department and observation units to the existing outpatient center at Victory Lakes.
  • Flatiron has been awarded a $74.5 million contract by the California Department of Transportation to upgrade a two-mile section of I-5 close to the city of Norwalk, and also to build five bridges and a pedestrian overpass.
  • Sherwood Construction won a $15 million contract from the Oklahoma Transportation Commission to replace the Interstate 44 bridge over 177th East Avenue near Catoosa and widen the highway from four to eight lanes.
  • Austin Bridge and Road of Irving has won a $14.58 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to build a new bridge over the Red River on State Highway 37, north of Clarksville.
  • Meltech Corp. of Landover, Maryland, has won a $350,000 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to upgrade the eternal flame marking the grave at Arlington National Cemetery of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Virginia transit company looking into possible P3 for headquarters

New Transfer CenterA public-private partnership is being considered by the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company in Virginia for construction of its new headquarters proposal. General Manager Karen Walton reported that the landowners of the property on which the headquarters would be built (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) suggested they team with the transit company to facilitate an earlier completion date. As the transit company is running out of room, it is seeking to replace its administrative offices and maintenance facility. While the agency has been getting its transfer center off the ground, the headquarters project didn't get much attention. The new transfer center, which was begun earlier this year, is expected to be completed in 2014. But, with the offer for a possible partnership, the headquarters project is on the minds of the transit officials again. One site the system was considering has been put on hold pending possible federal funding to purchase the land. The property's real estate agent suggested the public-private partnership, which would mean a smaller cost up-front for the system and the facility being built faster. Generally, P3s call for a private sector developer to build a facility and then lease it back to the government entity or enter into a partial ownership agreement. System officials are not expected to make a quick decision, but will be expecting to hear more about the current project that is under way at their March meeting before moving forward with P3 discussions.


Ohio DOT pursuing its first public-private partnership on bridge project

In its first-ever public-private partnership, the Ohio Department of Transportation has announced the three finalists who are seeking to nab a $330 million contract to design, finance and build the second I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. Part of the project also includes the demolition of the current span. Under the P3 agreement, the private partner will not only construct the bridge, but also finance a portion of those costs. The Department of Transportation will repay the borrowed funds for the project over a set period of time. The P3 agreement is expected to result in millions of dollars' worth of savings in taxpayer funds. It is generally agreed that the longer an aging bridge's replacement is put off, the more expensive it becomes to continue maintenance. One estimate showed that if the state waited 10 years to replace the bridge, it could end up paying as much as $89 million in repair and maintenance costs. ODOT also is expected to have the project finished by 2016 under the P3 agreement, not the date of 2025 had it taken on the project under traditional design-build. ODOT will begin evaluating the three proposals soon and the project will be awarded to the team which provides the best value. The winning team is expected to be selected sometime this summer.


'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 has begun 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 This week's RFPs are listed. 


Odds & ends


South Carolina

  • The South Carolina Information Technology Management Office, on behalf of the Office of the State Treasurer, is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced companies to perform a detailed and comprehensive information technology (IT) security audit.
  • The Florence Darlington Technical College is seeking bids for janitorial services.


  • The State Comptroller's Office has issued a request for proposals to establish a term contract to cover traffic control devices and related supplies ordered by statewide customers including the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation seeks the services of a professional debt collection service for doubtful accounts typically associated with fines and penalties.


  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking bog and brush mowing by tracked mowing machines and operators to mow up to 300 acres of primarily scattered bog conifers in western Carlton and southern St. Louis counties. The project is divided into four bid groups based on location.
  • The Minnesota Transportation Department is seeking bids for security fencing and gates.
  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking bids for lighting and materials for Itasca State Park.


  • The Arizona State Procurement Office is seeking bids for meeting and conference planners.
  • The Mohave Community College is seeking bids to monitor and maintain fire, alarm service, smoke detectors and sprinkler system service along with monitoring of applicable security panels and associated devices at the college.
  • The Mohave County Community College District is seeking proposals from qualified firms for operation/management of the college bookstore either through a physical presence on the campus locations or through an online bookstore.

New Jersey

  • The New Jersey Division of Purchase and Property has issued a request for proposals for non-criminal livescan fingerprint services for various state agencies.
  • The New Jersey Division Office of Travel and Tourism has issued a request for proposals for printing, production and ad sales for the New Jersey Travel Guide.
  • The New Jersey Division of Purchase and Property has issued a request for proposals for a WIC System-based electronic data processing system.
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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 Debra Saunders-White.
Debra Saunders-White
Debra Saunders-White

Debra Saunders-White attended the University of Virginia as a DuPont Scholar, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in history. She earned a master's of business administration from the College of William and Mary in 1993 and a doctorate in higher education administration in 2004 from George Washington University. She also has participated in executive leadership programs sponsored by the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Hampton University. After earning her bachelor's degree, she began working for IBM in 1979, spending 15 years with the company in positions from systems engineer to public-sector marketing, where she assumed increasing levels of managerial responsibility for IBM's higher education, finance and public-sector marketing. From 1994 to 1998, she taught college-prep mathematics at St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1999, Saunders-White became assistant provost for technology at Hampton University. She joined the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2006 as vice chancellor for information technology systems. From 2007 to 2008, she also served concurrently as UNCW's interim associate provost in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and as chief diversity officer. Since 2011, Saunders-White has worked for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs. Saunders-White recently was chosen as the new chancellor at North Carolina Central University. She will assume her duties on June 1, succeeding Charles L. Becton, who has served in an interim role since the retirement last August of Chancellor Charlie Nelms.


Opportunity of the week...

A sanitary district in Minnesota has been awarded $2.012 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair damage to a wastewater interceptor caused by massive storms and flooding last summer. The district also intends to replace an additional 265 linear feet of nearby corroded pipe segments and renovate some existing manholes.Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or


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Sally JewellKate O'DayTom PaukenSally Jewell (top left), CEO of outdoor gear and apparel retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., has been named by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as head of the Department of Interior. Kate O'Day (top center), commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, has resigned two years into her term amid mounting criticism. Tom Pauken (top right), the Texas Workforce Commissioner representing employers, has announced that he will leave that post at the end of this month, after having been appointed in April 2007. The city of Winchester, Virginia, is reinstating the position of assistant city manager and Doug Hewett, former Fayetteville, North Carolina, assistant city manager, has been named to the post. Rita Geldert, former city manager in Vista, California, for 14 years before she retired, has been chosen as executive director for the California City Management Foundation. Anthony Mejia has been selected as the next city clerk for Pomona, California, after serving as deputy city clerk for the city of San Clemente. Cheryl Atkinson (middle left), superintendent for the Cheryl Atkinson Louis Ucillenni Steven Leslie DeKalb County School District in Georgia, has reached a mutual separation agreement and is resigning from her post. Louis Uccellini (middle center), who has been serving as the director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, has been selected as the next director of the National Weather Service. Steven Leslie (middle right), executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin, has announced he will step down from his administrative duties on Aug. 31 and will return to research and teaching. Leigh Anne Knight will be the next city manager for Covington, Georgia, after having served for nearly four years as the city's finance director. North Las Vegas has named Jeff Buchanan, acting chief and former assistant chief, as chief of the city's fire department, replacing former Chief Al Gillespie. Joe Petties, who has worked for the Fairhope, Alabama, Police Department for 21 years, has been named chief of the fire department. Stefani Hicswa (bottom left), president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Wyoming, will be the next president of Northwest College in Powell, replacing Stefani Hicswa Mark Linder Robert Shaner Paul Prestwich, whose resignation is effective June 30 after five years in the position. Mark Linder (bottom center), former Cupertino director of parks and recreation, has been tabbed as the new city manager for the city of Campbell, California, replacing former City Manager Amy Brown, who took a post as director of agriculture and environmental management for Santa Clara County. Robert Shaner (bottom right), former police officer and investigator with the U.S. Marines and current executive director of instruction and technology at the Warren Consolidated School District, has been chosen as the Rochester, Michigan, school district superintendent. Diane Dugas, current director of curriculum, teaching and learning for the Granby, Connecticut, school system, has been chosen as superintendent of the East Hampton, Connecticut, schools, replacing Judith A. Golden, who retired. Tim Moerman, former assistant city manager for Ankeny overseeing special projects and economic development, has been selected as the city administrator for Waukee, Iowa. The Sweetwater Union High School District in California has hired Albert Alt, former vice chancellor for administrative services at the Yuba Community College District in Marysville as its new chief financial officer, replacing Dianne Russo, who retired.
Headlines from around the nation


Gary airport to take look at public-private partnership


SF Housing Authority shake-up signals new direction in public housing 


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AGC 94th Annual Convention set in California in March

The Associated General Contractors of America will hold its 94th Annual Convention March 6-9 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California. Dr. Peter Diamandis, chair and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, will be the keynote speaker for the opening general session. Other speakers include Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Andy Stefanovich, chief curator and provocateur at Prophet; and Matt McFadyen, adventurer and world-class storyteller who addresses adventure, leadership, team work, motivation and inspiration. The convention schedule is available for viewing and registration is now open. The convention program will focus on innovative ways to grow a business, with an emphasis on doing more with less. More information on the conference, including numerous sessions and activities is available.


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. Arlington is the location of the second 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! Briefings include Wednesday, March 20, in Arlington; Tuesday, April 23, in Lubbock and Tuesday, June 11, in East Texas (location to be determined). 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

P3C, the Public-Private Partnership Conference, is scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22, at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel in Dallas. 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


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