Volume 4, Issue 44February 27, 2013
Cities, businesses, taxpayers, public officials
all benefit from this program 
Mary Scott NabersThere is a unique program where neighborhood businesses, property owners and cities are able to partner in an economic development effort that ensures benefits to all stakeholders. Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), also known as Community Benefit Districts (CBDs), have been utilized for numerous years, but a large percentage of the general public has never heard of them. Here's an example of how this program works.
Specific Business Improvement Districts can be created in a designated area for a specific purpose. This usually occurs when property owners identify a need for city services not currently available. The BID oversees whatever enhanced services or capital improvement that have been agreed on and the city acts as the fiscal agent. The neighborhoods continue to receive standard municipal services, but a yearly fee from property owners is used for the additional services or to fund a specific project.




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President pushes 'Fix-It-First'
Kentucky files P3 legislation
SPI launches blog
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming 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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President pushes for 'Fix-It-First' infrastructure policy


Also supports public-private partnerships to bring resources, ingenuity to projects

HighwayA proposal aimed at repairing and maintaining the nation's roads while putting more Americans to work is part of President Barack Obama's "Fix-It-First" policy.


The Administration is pushing for an investment in the nation's infrastructure to first fix existing roads, bridges and public transportation systems before investing in construction of new facilities.


And one way of financing these numerous projects that is drawing the support of the Administration is tapping the resources and ingenuity of the private sector through public-private partnerships. His proposal calls for a "Rebuild America Partnership" that is aimed at bringing private capital to the table. 


The "Fix-It-First" plan would immediately invest $50 billion in transportation infrastructure, the bulk - $40 million - for the most urgent needs. The "Rebuild America Partnership" would bring together federal, state and local government entities with businesses and private sector capital to work together to create a network of transportation, electric, water and communications. The Administration notes that these types of partnerships, coupled with the modernization of permits and review of regulations and policies, have the potential to cut timelines for completion of projects in half.


Another piece of the Obama plan is the creation of a national infrastructure bank, whose goal would be to leverage private and public capital in support of infrastructure projects. Recalling the success of the Build America Bonds (BABs) that were part of the Recovery Act, the Administration is supporting America Fast Forward Bonds (AFF) that would build on the success of the BABs program, the AFF bonds would be used to attract new sources of capital for investment in infrastructure, including from public pension funds and foreign investors.


Kentucky bill filed regarding public-private partnerships


Legislation also allows working with adjoining states on transportation projects

Kentucky could become the latest in a growing list of states to allow public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance road and bridge projects. A bill has been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly to permit these types of arrangements.


A summary of House Bill 456 notes, "There is a clear need for greater efficiency in which transportation projects may be delivered in Kentucky. Traditional delivery and contracting approaches typically separate silos of responsibility that, in practice, yield inefficiencies that increase project cost and reduce the overall availability of public funds." As a result, the legislation would allow Kentucky to work with adjoining states to develop and improve Kentucky's transportation projects through P3s.


The bill permits Kentucky to partner with a private entity to design, construct, finance, maintain and/or operate a project for a specific time period while the state maintains ownership of the project and has the right to oversight of the project during the design and construction phases.


Cited as possible P3 projects in Kentucky are:

  • The I-69 highway and bridge project, a seven-state corridor that connects 2,000 miles of roadway, with the bridge as a connector;
  • The highway widening on Mountain Parkway; and
  • The $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project to rehabilitate the existing bridge and build a new one immediately west of it and remodel eight miles of highway and access ramps leading up to the bridge between Kentucky and Ohio.
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SPI launches blog addressing P3s, trends, contract news


Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has launched its blog - Strategic Partnering with State and Local Government. The blog will serve as a venue for sharing and discussing public sector contracting news, trends, public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative solutions for transforming government. The group includes business development, government affairs and marketing professionals as well as government contracting experts interested in discussing the state and local government marketplace.


Among the topics to be discussed are discussions on strategic approaches to selling to government, opportunity identification and other government contracting news and trends.


Join our blog! Check us out and see what we've got to say and tell us what you think!


Upcoming education opportunities


Durant school district plans $5.8M bond election in March
Jason Simeroth
Jason Simeroth

The Durant, Oklahoma, ISD has set a $5.8 million bond election for March 5, with some of the proceeds from a successful bond to be spent on school safety issues. Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said some of the security projects would include enhancing security at school entrances, erecting fences around school playgrounds and adding surveillance cameras. Simeroth noted that the security measures in the high school are "phenomenal," adding, "We want to make it exactly the same way in the rest of our district." Simeroth also said the bond proceeds would be used to help maintain the district's fine arts program and pay for upgrades to textbooks and technology, particularly the district's efforts to provide a laptop for every middle school and high school student in the district. The technology program that provides the laptops was begun three years ago from bond proceeds. Simeroth said passage of the March bond election would help maintain the program to include additional students in the schools. Because the district spends 90 percent of its budget on staff and faculty salaries, the bond issue is needed to supplement other projects.


Elementary school renovation in East Rochester moving forward

Plans for a $13.1 million construction and renovation of the East Rochester elementary school are moving forward. The district's building committee has approved the budget for the project. It will now have to be approved by the Finance Committee and then sent to the school board for approval. The new school will have more square footage in classrooms, an additional kindergarten classroom, larger music and art classrooms and three additional preschool rooms. Part of the project includes the demolition and construction costs as well as for incidentals such as furniture purchases. If approved by this summer, officials expect the project could be completed by summer 2015.


Broward schools studying pilot outsourcing of transportation
Robert Runcie
Robert Runcie

After years of financial woes in its transportation department, the Broward County, Florida, schools are considering outsourcing one of the district's bus terminals to a private company. Outsourcing was a last resort, according to Superintendent Robert Runcie. School officials said they were giving the internal management team the opportunity to propose a solution as well. Thus, a pilot program was born and the success of the one terminal that is being outsourced will be compared to costs and management provided by the private sector. "It's a wake-up call to management to get together and figure out how we can achieve lower cost operations," said Runcie. The action was the result of the department failing to meet a proposed $14 million savings goal. Instead, only $2.8 million was trimmed from last year's $84 million budget. The transportation department has done some work toward cutting costs, having installed a computerized payroll system and studying use of a GPS system and new management. But, school officials feel it is still important to look at alternatives for solving the department's money problems.  

Illinois State University to build $54 million Fine Arts Complex

A $54 million capital investment will mean a new Fine Arts Complex for Illinois State University. The announcement of the investment was made by Gov. Pat Quinn. "This investment means Illinois State University will be able to build on its excellent reputation in the fine arts while creating hundreds of good jobs in Normal," said Quinn. The funding will come from the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program, with an initial $7.5 million for design and planning. Renovation of existing buildings and construction of instruction and performance space is part of the project. As a result of the funding, three buildings will be renovated or replaced. The next step of the project will be the hiring of an architectural and engineering firm to design the facility.


University of Colorado unveils plan to upgrade football facilities
Philip DiStefano
Philip DiStefano

A $170 million, multi-year proposal has been unveiled that will upgrade the University of Colorado-Boulder's football facilities. The project will include $50 million in private support, with additional funding from other athletic revenue sources. Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said the plan "balances equally our commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes, the comfort and safety of our fans and the long-term success of our combined coaching staffs." The project includes a new academic center beneath the east stands. Also, the north side of the field's east stands will be supported against shifting ground under it. Dal Ward will be expanded to consolidate football operations and provide more physical resources in one space. An indoor practice facility also would be built adjacent to outdoor practice fields. A study on redeveloping family housing west of Folsom Street is also part of the plan. And finally, the west side stands at Folsom Field would be redeveloped. Campus officials say the project is an example of the effectiveness of a partnership among donors, alumni, fans and stakeholders.


North Carolina State issues RFP for energy performance contract

Seeking to evaluate energy usage for nine of its campus buildings and to identify energy conservation measures, North Carolina State University has issued an RFP for energy performance contracting. The university is seeking an engineering firm that can perform energy audits and design including connection of selected buildings to the campus central utilities and energy conservation measures relating to lighting, controls, water conservation, building envelope, HVAC systems, fume hoods and electrical systems. The RFP is for advance planning only, however, the firm selected could be retained through the design and construction. Five of the nine buildings have been identified as Tier 1, with the heaviest energy usage. The other four buildings are Tier 2, and will be included as funding permits. Separate utility plant infrastructure improvements will be evaluated for the Centennial Central Utility Plant, including thermal energy storage and cogeneration.


Dallas ISD studying spending millions on campus security
Craig Miller
Craig Miller

The Dallas ISD is considering spending millions of dollars on security issues on its campuses, particularly at 150 elementary schools. We need to shore up the actual physical security of the campuses, that's the most important thing," said DISD Police Chief Craig Miller of the status of elementary schools' security. He is seeking locked entryways and installation of a buzzer system for entry. The projects at the elementary schools could cost $2.5 million. A security task force recently toured each DISD elementary campus. A proposal from the task force includes a security surveillance network for primary grade schools. Portable buildings would all get peep holes added to their doors. The proposal also calls for about $2 million to upgrade security cameras at high schools. If approved, the projects would be paid for with funding from the 2008 bond program.  

Los Angeles Unified School District approves funds for tablets
The Los Angeles Unified School District will spend $50 million to provide computer devices to students at close to 50 campuses this fall. The school board approved the expenditure, which will allow for the purchase of tablets, installation of wireless networks and providing teacher training at 47 schools. That would be the first phase of a plan that would eventually put tablets in the hands of the more than 600,000 students in the district. Specifications are being compiled so the project can be put out for bid.
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Pascagoula prepares to seek bids for water treatment plant

Officials in Pascagoula, Mississippi, are preparing to seek bids for a new water treatment plant project within the next month. The project is currently in the final design stage. Plans are for the multi-million-dollar plant to treat water from the Pascagoula River to serve residents in east Jackson County. The city is planning on using $12 million in federal Environmental Protection Agency grants to help pay for the project, which will tie into existing distribution lines. The plant is designed to treat an average of 1 million gallons of water per day and has the capacity to expand to treat 2 million gallons if necessary. Officials predict the project will take approximately one year to complete after the contract is awarded. The project was originally designed as an economic development tool at the Singing River Island Naval Station. When the Navy left, the grant program was rewritten and the project was redesigned to supply water to the eastern county residents in Escatawpa, Helena and Big Point and possibly Wade and Hurley.


Repair work on Route 35 to benefit from federal funding grant
Jim Simpson
Jim Simpson

Thanks for $215 million in federal funds, repair work on Route 35 in New Jersey from Point Pleasant Beach to the entrance of Island Beach State Park will begin. This major reconstruction project, which is slated to start this summer, will be split into three phases. The first phase will include the stretch from Point Pleasant Beach to Mantoloking. Bids will go out later this fall for the other two sections that include the central and southern portions of the peninsula. The project includes resurfacing, replacement of all underground pipes for utilities, storm water and sewer, according to Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson. The part of the highway that is concrete will be replaced by a thick stone base covered with asphalt. That should make the roadway stronger and more resilient. The project, which is slated to start in June, includes the stretch of Route 35 from Point Pleasant Beach to Mantoloking. It is slated to finish in only two and one-half years the project that previously had been scheduled to be completed in six years.


Kansas City seeks team to analyze possible rail-based transit options

A team to survey and offer possible options related to the expansion of a planned streetcar route in Kansas City, Missouri, is being sought by the city. City officials are hopeful to expand the planned 2.2-mile streetcar route by the end of this year. An RFP has been released seeking a consultant qualified to analyze rail-based transit options and develop a strategy for expansion of the line. The plans are for the line to run between River Market and Crown Center, along Main Street. The winning team will receive a notice to proceed by May and will then be required to submit a plan by the end of the year. A number of corridors are under consideration, and the winning team will be required to analyze the pros and cons of each corridor, including criteria such as potential economic development and connections to existing activity centers. The top three corridors will be chosen and in the final analysis round, a potential track alignment will be developed for each of the final three routes. The team then will provide a cost estimate, locations for stops and track, ridership rate and economic effect of each route. Private-public funding options should also be considered.


California issues RFP for integrated Business Connect Solution program

The state of California recently released an RFP for a systems integration contractor for its California Business Connect Solution for the California Secretary of State. The successful contractor will be responsible for developing, maintaining and operating an integrated solution. The proposed software and equipment for the project must ensure statutory and regulatory compliance and making all public data available online. It must also establish a Center for Excellence for the successful processing, storage and retrieval of records, eliminating paper-based, manual transactions. The project also includes minimizing economic losses due to processing delays by establishing uniformity in data entry and data capture so that records of the Secretary of State are available to the public and to state agencies and employees. The estimated cost of the project is $20 million.


CPUC issues RFP for operation of telecommunications program

Operation and management of the California Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) is being solicited through a secondary RFP from the California Public Utilities Commission. Bidders should have extensive administrative experience in program and contract management, knowledge of the state's DDTP program and those it serves, as well as experience in working with state programs that serve individuals who are deaf or have disabilities or have other physical and/or special needs. The term of the contract is approximately 16 months, with two one-year options. The selected contractor will not be eligible to bid on future RFPs for the DDTP Equipment Processing Center, the DDTP Marketing Services, nor any other new contract related to the provision of goods and services for the DDTP, except for captioning services, during the term of the contract.


Headlines from around the nation


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Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards:

  • Unisys has won a $650 million single-award Enterprise Computing Center Support contract from the Internal Revenue Service for continued support of the computer systems the IRS uses to process taxes. The contract has a one-year base worth $14.6 million and nine one-year options.
  • Accenture Federal Services has won a $24.4 million contract from the U.S. National Science Foundation to modernize the foundation's financial accounting system. The cloud-based system will be fully integrated, based on commercial-off-the-shelf software and will be hosted in a shared service environment.

  • Phillips & Jordan, Inc. has been awarded a contract of just under $4 million by the Federal Highways Administration for the repair of U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • Macnak Construction LLC has been awarded a $1,365,021 contract by the National Park Service for upgrades to the diversion pump station intake at an industrial water treatment plant on the lower Elwha River.

  • Pacific Excavation won a contract of $2.1 million from the city of Hillsboro, Oregon, for the second phase of Northeast Veterans Drive.

  • East Coast Plumbing and HVAC has been awarded a $355,900 contract by the Delaware National Guard for boiler replacement at the Guard's 198th Readiness Center.

  • Rieth-Riley Construction Co. has been awarded an $11 million contract by the Indiana Department of Transportation to add travel lanes on Interstate 69 between 116th Street and I-465. The company will rebuild the median shoulder to add a southbound travel lane between 116th Street and I-465. The contract also calls for construction of auxiliary lanes to connect interchange ramps between 82nd, 96th and 116th Streets.

  • Philmor Contracting, Inc. has been awarded a $2,911,145.71 contract by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to correct a rockfall hazard on KY 7 in Perry County near Fusonia.

  • Macaulay-Brown Inc. won a $514,584 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Va., for contract, procurement and acquisition support services.

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. was awarded a $9.4 million contract by the New Hampshire governor and Executive Council to design the final leg of the Interstate 93 widening project.The work includes the design for widening 4.1 miles of I-93 from Windham to Derry. It also encompasses reconstruction of the Derry-Londonderry Exit 4 interchange, including a redesign of Route 102 and a new bridge, and widening 2 miles in Londonderry and another 3.2 miles from Londonderry to Manchester.

Nabers cites future of P3s in 'McCombs Today' interview


Public-private partnerships are catching on throughout the country. "This area is probably the hottest new business trend that we will see in the next two decades, and here's the reason - it will spur economic activity more than anything else." That's what Strategic Partnerships, Inc. President and CEO Mary Scott Nabers says in a recent interview with McCombs Today, an online publication of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Read the complete interview and see what Nabers thinks the future holds for public-private partnerships involving government entities from cities and counties to college campuses.


News about public-private partnerships (P3)


UConn looking to P3 to build downtown campus student housing

Susan Herbst
Susan Herbst

The University of Connecticut is looking to a public-private partnership (P3) to help expand the university's city campus in Stamford through addition of residential housing. We absolutely have to have a residential component to the Stamford campus," said UConn President Susan Herbst. Herbst said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was pushing the university toward creative thinking regarding upcoming projects, including the use of a P3.


The campus is hoping also to expand programs and add faculty. Malloy pointed out that the state has requested $5 million for Stamford campus housing in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.


Housing has long been influential in where students attend institutions of higher education. The governor pointed out that the Stamford campus is one of only a few in cities or 100,000 or more that does not have on-campus housing for students. Malloy said $1.5 billion worth of projects are scheduled between 2014 and 2024 as part of the "Next Generation Connecticut" program that is expected to attract 6,500 more undergraduate students.


Texas transportation agency issues RFQ for P3 for toll lanes

In a re-bid of a solicitation from last year, the Texas Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to develop, design, construct, finance, op­erate and maintain tolled managed lanes, general purpose lanes and associated facilities along an approximately 14 mile portion of State Highway 183. The project includes the area from State Highway 121 to Interstate Highway 35E in Dallas and Tarrant counties, through a public-private part­nership agreement (P3A).

Copies of the RFQ will be available at the Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas District Office located at 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas, 75150-6643 or on the following Web site.  


City in Texas hoping for P3 for hotel, convention center complex

A three-phase, public-private development plan has been recommended for the $161 million resort hotel and convention center complex on a wish list for the city of Lewisville, Texas. To be located on Lewisville Lake, the project is part of a redevelopment plan. The project would include a 300-room, full-service hotel and an adjoining 56,000-square-foot conference center. Also part of the plan is a possible restaurant complex. The first phase of the project would include a multi-family housing complex on private property north of the hotel-convention center. The second phase would include a resort lodge with cabins, with a transit-oriented residential project in the final phase.


Officials are expecting $137 million of the cost to be furnished by private developers. Roads, infrastructure and dredging of a cove - totaling $24 million - would be borne by the public partner. In addition to the possibility of using a public-private partnership, another finance option is creation of a tax increment financing district. Officials estimate such a district could raise $91 million for the city and $10 million for Denton County over the next 30 years. Because the peninsular property is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an application would have to be filed to redevelop the land.


'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



  • The Kansas State Department of Facilities Management is seeking bids for upgrades to fire alarm systems in various buildings at the Lansing Correctional Facility.
  •  The Kansas State Department of Facilities Management is seeking bids for second floor variable air volume (VAV) improvements to Rarick Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.


  • The Wisconsin Division of Natural Resources is seeking bids from qualified contractors for construction of an unheated storage building at the Eagle River Ranger station in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison is seeking bids for a West Campus cogeneration facility addition and chiller installation.


  • The Texas Department of Public Safety is currently seeking bids from qualified vendors to establish a one-time procurement for monthly satellite radio service that includes Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup (SMART) for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking qualified respondents to print and ship approximately 300,000 copies of the tenth annual issue of the Texas State Park Guide booklet, English version. Option to purchase Spanish, sponsor and/or digital Guide versions, plus additional maps.

New Hampshire 

  • The town of Londonderry New Hampshire, through its Planning and Economic Development Department, is requesting the submittal of qualifications from economic development consulting firms for professional services to assist the community in developing its economy through Economic Development Specialist Contract Services. Submissions will be reviewed using a Quality Base Selection process.
  • The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is seeking qualified vendors to provide residential treatment unit and outpatient psychiatric services for inmates and inpatient services for state inmates and non-adjudicated residents of the Secure Psychiatric Unit (SPU).


  • The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is seeking a responsible vendor to provide playground equipment and installation services at the Michael A. Bilandic Building (160 N. LaSalle) in Chicago.
  • The Illinois Bureau of Communication and Computer Services of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services is issuing a Request for Information to collect information that will facilitate development of a Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP will seek to engage a partner with exclusive rights to the sale and marketing of Illinois Century Network dark fiber and lit services to the commercial sector.

South Carolina 

  • The South Carolina Judicial Department is seeking bids for acquiring and implementing a statewide electronic filing and electronic service portal for the South Carolina courts.
  • The State of South Carolina Materials Management Office is soliciting proposals for food service operations for Lander University. This resulting contract is for one year with nine one-year options for a possible maximum term of 10 years.
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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 Tim Stewart.


Tim Stewart
Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart graduated from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City with a degree in civil engineering. He has spent the last 32 years in construction, engineering and maintenance. He began a 28-year career with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in 1984 in field maintenance and worked his way up through the organization, serving as director of patron services, director of maintenance and director of planning and operations. Stewart has served as deputy director and CEO of the Authority since 2005. The Authority oversees the state's 10 turnpikes, the second-largest system in the country. Stewart was recently named director of the Authority, succeeding Gary Ridley, who serves as director of both the turnpike authority and the Oklahoma Transportation Commission and and who will retire at the end of March. Stewart will oversee 550 employees, an operating budget of $73 million and a capital budget of $89 million. He will begin his new duties on April 1.


Mary Scott NabersPublic procurement has meticulously defined rules, procedures...


Collaboration Nation"Private companies seeking their first contracts often do so believing that even if they don't  get it just right at first, they can tweak a project to preserve a profit. That's a fundamental mistake. Government projects don't allow for tweaking and public officials don't like to make changes. "


- From Collaboration Nation, How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government, by Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc.  


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Opportunity of the week...

A variety of construction projects have been approved for a major university in the Great Lakes region, with large-scale renovation for two residence halls, including plumbing, heating and a fire detection system. Other improvements will be to bathrooms, lounges and study rooms. Design plans were also approved for a dining center. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or


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Holden ThorpRoger BakerMelody RoseUNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp (top left) is stepping down as chancellor, and will head to Washington University in St. Louis to become provost there instead of staying on at UNC-CH as a member of the faculty. U.S. Department of Vveteran's Affairs Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology Roger Baker (top middle) has announced he will resign, but has not yet announced the date. Melody Rose (top right), one of two vice-chancellors of the Oregon University System, will become the Oregon System's new interim chancellor, replacing George Pernsteiner, who stepped down earlier this month. Diane Dugas, who has also been an assistant superintendent in the Region 4 school district, which covers Chester, Deep River and Essex in New Hampshire, will be the new superintendent of the East Hampton schools. Former Vista, California, City Manager Rita Geldert will start a new job in March as the executive director of the California City Management Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes good government by helping to train city managers and educating the public about the role of city managers. Cedric Alexander, who currently oversees Transportation Security Administration for Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport, will become the Daniel LaVista Reginald Mayo Jean-Lou Chameau new police chief of DeKalb County, Georgia, on April 1. Daniel LaVista (middle right) has announced that he will resign this summer after serving three years as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. New Haven, Connecticut, School Superintendent Reginald Mayo (middle center) is retiring June 30 after more than two decades as head of the school district and 46 years in the New Haven public schools. Jean-Lou Chameau (middle left), who has served as the California Institute of Technology's president since 2006, will leave the institution later this year to become the next president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia. Redwood City, California, has picked Audrey Rambert, who has held positions with San Mateo County, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, as the new assistant city manager. The City of Tacoma, Washington, has hired Andrew Cherullo, the chief financial officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority, to be its next finance director, replacing Steve Call, interim finance director. Reed Hall, interim head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has been named as the corporation's new chief executive officer, replacing Paul Jadin, who left Pamela HilbertWilliam HunterRon Carleeto lead another economic development group. Robeson Community College in North Carolina has named Pamela Hilbert (bottom left), Pitt Community College's vice president of Academic Affairs since 2006, as its new president, to replace the retiring Charles Chrestman. The new Polk County (Georgia) School District has picked Dr. William A. Hunter (bottom center) as its superintendent, to replace Marvin Williams, who retired last year. The Charlotte, North Carolina, City Council has offered the city manager job to Ron Carlee (bottom left)  chief operating officer of the International City/County Management Association and former county manager of Arlington, Virginia. Regina McDonald, a 32-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Department, has been chosen as acting police chief, replacing former Chief Nate Harper. Deputy Director Michael Sprayberry, who has held that post at the North Carolina Emergency Management office since 2005, has been promoted to head of the department by Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. A 26-year veteran of the Aurora, Illinois, Fire Department, Deputy Fire Chief John Lehman has been appointed fire chief.


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National Association of Counties conference March 2-6

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will hold its 2013 Legislative Conference March 2-6 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. This meeting brings together more than 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government. Attendees will hear from key Obama Administration officials and members of Congress and are offered a myriad of additional educational opportunities addressing current and hot topic issues. Among the featured speakers are U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., Missouri Sen. Roy Blount, Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The agenda and more information are available.


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.


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