Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 6May 15, 2013
P3 trend is sweeping the nation

Mary Scott NabersPublic-private partnerships (P3s) are becoming more attractive each week in America because there is simply no funding available for thousands of critical public projects nationwide. A new trillion-dollar marketplace is emerging.

 

More than 30 states have already enacted legislation encouraging and regulating P3s. And, both public officials and private-sector executives are trying hard to understand the somewhat complicated issues surrounding the various types of P3 engagements.

 

A Webinar about the basics of P3s is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, at 2 p.m. (EST). Vendors interested in partnering with public officials may want to participate. The interactive broadcast is entitled P3 Revolution: The Impact of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) on Government Contracting.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
TIGER grant funds available
Texans approve $3.56B in bonds
Upcoming education opportunities
Upcoming education opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
Check out our blog!
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events

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More than $473 million in TIGER grant funds available

 

Competitive process will fund surface transportation infrastructure projects

TIGER GrantsThe latest round of TIGER discretionary grants has been announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and $473.847 million in grant funds is available for awards. The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants allow for capital investment in surface transportation infrastructure on road, rail, transit and port projects that will significantly impact the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

 

The grants are competitively awarded. The first round included $1.5 billion. TIGER II was $600 million, with $526.944 million for FY 2011 and $500 million for FY 2012. Over the years, the funding has allowed for 51 innovative projects in TIGER I and 42 more in TIGER II. For FY 2011 and 2012, a total of 93 projects were funded.

 

Some previous TIGER awards have included:

  • $1,496,600 for a bridge replacement in Stinesville, Indiana;
  • $15 million to New York for the Rochester Intermodal Transportation Center;
  • $10 million to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Nueces River Rail Yard expansion;
  • $31 million to New Mexico for US-491 safety improvements;
  • $23 million to Pennsylvania and New Jersey for a Philadelphia-area pedestrian and bicycle network;
  • $34 million to the city of Seattle for South Park Bridge replacement;
  • $16 million to South Dakota for reconstruction of the MRC Railroad; and
  • $20 million to Virginia for I-95 HOT lanes.

The TIGER funds are aimed at providing benefits and ensuring quicker delivery of projects with construction cost savings. Applicants can include state, local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of state or local governments and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant. The projects can include (but are not limited to) certain highway or bridge projects, some public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail transportation projects and marine port infrastructure investments. Each applicant can submit no more than three applications. The awards may be not less than $10 million, with exceptions made for rural areas, and not more than $200 million. Rural-area minimum awards can be a minimum of $1 million. Application deadline is June 3.

 

Texas voters approve $3.56 billion in bond referendums

 

Millions of dollars' worth of contracting opportunities for vendors will result

VoteMillions of dollars' worth of contracting opportunities, including building construction, building renovation, HVAC services, furniture needs, security, technology and more, will result from the passage May 11 of 91 bond elections in Texas. The referendums were held in cities, school districts, community college districts and hospital districts. There were more than 100 bond elections held throughout the state. The 91 that passed total $3.56 billion.

 

Two extremely large issues failed - one a Houston area community college bond of nearly half a billion dollars and one a Central Texas school district that in the past has found voters bond friendly. The school district put its bonds before voters in four propositions totaling $892 million, and only two of the proposition passed.

 

But other voters across the state were more supportive. An East Texas school district passed a $56 million bond vote that will include new construction, campus renovations, security issues and parking solutions. A Dallas area city passed a $98.3 million bond election. The result will be $27 million in park improvements, $43.8 million in road construction and repair, $15 million in economic development projects and $12.5 million for rec center improvements. In Reagan County, voters passed a $32.5 million bond election that will build a hospital, 42-bed care center, clinic, pharmacy, wellness center and an apartment complex for employees.

 

These are only a sampling of the bond issues that passed and some of the many projects planned that will result in contracting opportunities for private sector vendors. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has compiled its Texas Bond Package, a comprehensive elections results report of the $3.56 billion in projects passed in the bond elections. The package includes a list of each of the 110 public entities holding a bond election as well as information on the more than 90 bond issues that passed, with details on each entity's planned projects. Purchasers of the Texas Bond Package will also receive a second report that lists possible upcoming bond elections in Texas for November 2013 and beyond. The bond package is available for purchase now.

 

May 2013 Texas Bond Results

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Cornell approved for NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island

Jessica Lappin
Jessica Lappin

Beating out 16 other qualifying proposals from universities around the world, the land use application from Cornell has been chosen for a NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Cornell was one of 17 applications that responded to a request for proposals in 2011 for a campus on Roosevelt Island. The city of New York is providing free land and up to $100 million in improvements. "Cornell NYC Tech is about the future of New York - it will drive innovation and economic growth for generations to come," said NYC Council member Jessica Lappin. The campus will be built on the Goldwater hospital site, after the hospital is demolished. Officials expect the first phase of construction to begin early next year, with that demolition. The first buildings are expected to be ready for use in 2017, with the entire project completed by 2037. The project will use barges for delivery of approximately 50 percent of the materials to the construction site, thus reducing the number of trucks on the island. Over three decades, the project is expected to create 48,000 jobs, 1,000 spin-off companies and will have a $33 billion impact.

 

Missouri schools will get $5.7M in capital improvement projects

The Ferguson-Florissant School Board in Missouri has approved a $5.7 million capital budget for improvements to be made in the district this year and next. The funding for the projects will come from a bond issue passed by voters in 2010 and will not results in a tax increase. That bond was to pay for facility and technology upgrades. The board passed a similar amount for improvement - $5.8 million - last year. These allocations precede what could be another bond election for other school and infrastructure needs. The largest piece of the pie, $2.7 million, will be for infrastructure and building systems. Technology services will benefit from $1.2 million in funds. Other projects funded include equipment replacement, major replacement outlays and other miscellaneous projects.

 

North Carolina school district picks projects for possible bond election

Keith Sutton
Keith Sutton

Construction projects totaling $940 million were given preliminary approval by the Wake County (North Carolina) school district recently. The projects are likely to be part of a bond issue in the fall. Among the projects on the list are 16 new schools. Six others will get massive renovations and other schools will also get started on necessary renovations. "This is the board's recommended priorities for the bond," said school board Chairman Keith Sutton. The board will take up the proposals again later this month, which is required before a bond issue can be called. Officials say that large a list of projects would likely require a bond issue close to $800 million, which means a property tax increase. Some projects that were not on the list will likely be completed by using about $43 million in unspent school bonds that will be sold this spring. Sale of certain properties is expected to bring in an additional $10 million. That $53 million will likely be used for renovations that have been needed at Athens Drive High School's stadium and for security upgrades to schools, such as increased number of surveillance cameras in certain schools, electronic locking systems in elementary schools and a front entrance buzzer system for allowing entry. 

 

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Long Beach issues RFQ for new civic center project
Mike Conway
Mike Conway

The City of Long Beach has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified vendors seeking to develop, construct and operate a new city civic center. The project also includes a new city hall and main library. "This is just a way to find qualified firms, to create a short list that is prequalified for that RFP," said Mike Conway, director of Business and Property Development for the city. In 2007, an engineering study showed that the current city hall was at risk in the event of an earthquake.  And the city library's roof problems almost led to closing the facility, but it eventually cost the city $1.4 million to fix. The project area includes city hall, the library, the plaza, the courthouse, the parking structure on Broadway, a surface lot across Broadway next to the State Building and Lincoln Park. Under current law, the park must remain public parkland or the space must be replaced on a 2-for-1 basis. Part of the RFQ stipulates that any proposal must keep the amount the city pays for maintenance and debt service at its current rate of approximately $12.57 million for another 30 years. Conway said the city could possibly realize another revenue stream if a new headquarters for the Port of Long Beach is included along with allowing commercial use of the courthouse property now owned by the city. The deadline for responses to the RFQ is July 26. Given that deadline, Conway said a short list of qualified respondents could be released at the end of August, with a Request for Proposals to follow.

 

City of Los Angeles seeks vendors for LED streetlights project

A Request for Proposals has been issued by the city of Los Angeles for purchase and installation of LED streetlight luminaires for a region of the city in the San Fernando Valley region. The city is seeking to replace 140,000 existing traditional streetlights as part of an ongoing project that officials hope to have completed within five years. The project calls for the replacement of those traditional lights with energy-efficient LED streetlight fixtures. The current project includes 54 new streetlight poles and LED fixtures and replacement of nearly two-dozen existing high-pressure sodium streetlight  fixtures with LED light fixtures. The bid documents specify a stated manufacturer for the lights or approved equals. The lights will also be equipped with a remote wireless monitoring system  that will enable the Bureau of Street Lighting to respond quickly to outages and other problems that can result from failure of a streetlight. The project is expected to cost about $619,000. The project will be paid for with federal funding and a local match.

 

$54 million capital improvement plan to address Alabama city roads
Troy Truluck
Troy Trulock

A $54 million capital improvement plan for the city of Madison, Alabama, would ensure all areas of town will see many of their transportation and road and street problems addressed. Mayor Troy Trulock described the plan as a seven-year project, about half of which will be paid for by public bonds. The city's improved credit rating will significantly lower borrowing rates. The remaining funding has not yet been finalized, but under consideration are increases in either sales or property taxes. "Roads are our number one priority," said Trulock. The mayor said department heads within the city recently met and the underlying need among all was for taking care of the roads in the city. Also a part of the capital improvement plan is expansion of the city's library and addition of a new municipal sports complex. Trulock pointed out that the library is current over capacity. Some $6 million of the capital improvement plan has been dedicated to a makeover of the downtown area. 

 

City of Tulsa to use grants to clean up contaminated industrial sites

Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency totaling $1.4 million will be used by the city of Tulsa to help clean up former industrial sites now deemed contaminated. The grants include $600,000 to rehab sites once used by a paper recycling facility and a steel company. A former metal manufacturing and producer of heat exchangers site also will be rehabilitated. Cleanup will address arsenic, metal and other contaminants. Another $800,000 was received by the city for a revolving loan fund in partnership with the Indian Nations Council of Governments and the Tulsa Industrial Authority. Grant funds will be used with the revolving loan fund for loans and subgrants to developers to clean up the sites that have been contaminated. 

 

Toll lanes coming to Highway 91 in Corona, California
Anne Mayer
Anne Mayer

The Riverside County Transportation Commission has approved a $632.6 million contract that will result in the addition of four more lanes to the main freeway connecting Riverside and Orange counties. The project also will include toll lanes. This latest contract is part of the $1.3 billion State Route 91 Corridor Improvement Project, which includes the contract as well as additional money already spent on land purchases, project design and an environmental study. Officials say some early parts of the project could start this year and if so, construction could begin next year, with lanes open by 2017. Transportation Commission Executive Director Anne Mayer hailed the 27-0 vote by the commission to go forward with the project "a really historic day."  The improvements, according to city and commission officials will benefit residents of both Riverside and Corona counties, employers, businesses, users of public transit and tourists. The upgrades are an attempt to end gridlock on the 91. Originally designed for 280,000 users per day on the Corona section, another 140,000 are expected by 2035. It will replace carpool lanes with two toll lanes in both directions that connect to toll lanes in Orange County. A fifth convention lane will be added in each direction. The project also will include rebuilding seven interchanges, providing a connector from northbound I-15 to the 91 toll lanes, street improvements in Corona and additional express bus service. The project will rebuild seven interchanges and provide a connector from northbound I-15 to the 91 toll lanes. Street improvements in Corona and additional express bus service also are part of the project. Funding for the project will come from bonds paid for with revenue from tolls and Measure A sales tax receipts.

 

Caltrans awards millions for 72 projects involving public transit

A total of $301 million has been awarded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for 72 transit service projects. The projects include improvement, station modernizations and other upgrades. The award from Caltrans also includes $149.5 million for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Regional Connector (LACMTA) projects. LACMTA's connector will link the Metro Gold, Blue and Expo lines, and allow riders to travel from Azusa to Long Beach, and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. LACMTA will also benefit from an $11.4 million award from Caltrans to extend light rail more than eight miles from Crenshaw and Exposition to the Metro Green Line at the Aviation/LAX Station. The projects will be paid for by voter-approved transportation bonds from 2006. That bond will provide $3.6 billion over the next decade to be used to improve public transportation. Caltrans also awarded $15.2 million for the South Sacramento light-rail stations. Another $9 million was awarded for operational costs to acquire additional track, signage and power equipment. 

 

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Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • Archer Western Construction has been awarded a $55 million contract by the Commonwealth of Virginia to build the new Interstate 395 HOV ramp and extend the northbound auxiliary lane at Seminary Road.
  • T. Johnson Industries, Inc. was awarded a contract for $689,924.50 by the city of Bridge City, Texas, for a proposed sanitary sewer improvement project.
  • General Dynamics' subsidiary won a $28.1 million contract from the federal government to run a call center to handle consumer questions about the new online insurance marketplaces that are slated to begin selling insurance policies Oct. 1. The call center will be responsible for all inquiries related to the insurance marketplaces in at least 34 states that will be run wholly or partly by the federal government.
  • Texas Sterling Construction won a $3.14 million contract from the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority in Houston for the construction of underground utility duct banks between Shepherd and Kirby drives.
  • Boeing has been awarded a $65 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to produce special munitions for the State of Israel.
  • Remteck Services has won a $766,000 contract from the Mount Holly Schools in New Jersey to put a spray polyurethane foam roof on the Levis Drive school that should last up to 30 years.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty's professional services division, won a two-year, $120-million contract extension from the California High-Speed Rail Authority for program management services on the California High-Speed Rail project.
  • R. K. Hall Construction, Inc. won a $1,043,361.65 contract from the Arkansas Highway Commission for the 5.5 mile section of Hwy. 278 between Ozan and Washington which will be resurfaced in Hempstead County.
  • Maymead Inc. won a $2 million contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to apply asphalt surface treatments to 60.8 miles of secondary roads in Caldwell, Watauga and Avery counties.
  • Kirkland Construction won a $3 million contract with the state of Wyoming for the reclamation of the Hakalo Quarry near Glenrock. The limestone quarry, which has provided rock for road base on highway projects throughout central Wyoming, will be reshaped and reseeded.

 

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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Brown continues push for public-private partnerships in Maryland

Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown continues a push toward public-private partnerships (P3s) for funding state transportation projects after backing legislation during the recent Maryland General Assembly to make it easier for businesses to partner with the state. That legislation, he says, could lead to funding for as much as 10 percent of the state's future infrastructure projects.

 

Brown said without public-private partnerships, it would cost the state about $12 billion to fund the top infrastructure projects in the state. "We could not raise enough taxes, even if there was an appetite for it among the public, to meet all of our infrastructure challenges," Brown said at a recent P3 forum.

 

The new law makes the process easier for private sector firms to work with the state. The first anticipated use of the new law could be the proposed Red and Purple rail lines. The Purple Line, valued at $2.15 billion, and the Red Line, with a price tag of $2.57 billion, will be the subjects of a forum today, Wednesday, to examine the use of possible P3 agreements.

  

Florida community to get park as result of public-private partnership

Park DevelopmentOfficials in the Brooklyn community in Florida will use a public-private partnership (P3) to bring a new park to the area where a new mixed-use development (as shown in the accompanying artist's rendering) is planned to help revive the community. A deed to the park was recently accepted by city and nonprofit executives. The nonprofit will manage the new plaza, which officials say will provide a new entertainment hub with year-round events. Developers say the project also will likely include a fountain, lake and staging area with a 2,000-capacity amphitheater.

 

Hallmark Partners is the developer for the mixed-use project. The P3 agreement provides that the developer donate the Unity Plaza property, establish a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fund the operations of the nonprofit that will manage the property as a community park. The developer said the project is "a community service project disguised as a real estate deal."

 

The plaza is at the core of the development of the Brooklyn neighborhood. It is adjacent to a project with 294 apartments and 18,000 square feet of retail space. Planned activities include seasonal events, concerts, educational programming and unique activities that utilize the nearby St. Johns River.

 

Headlines from around the nation

 

Giving women more opportunities at federal contracts

 

Lawmakers advance bill to cut state contracts

 

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Where are they now?

 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Jim Fowler.

 

Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler has held leadership roles in Information Technology in both the public and private sectors for the past 30 years. Before entering the public sector, he was director of Telecommunications and Strategic Partnerships for Navistar and later was chosen as the chief information officer of York International Corporation, a post he held for more than six years. In 2004, Fowler took the plunge into the public sector as the Vice President of Technology & Telecommunications at the New York City Transit Authority, overseeing the IT efforts of the country's largest mass transit organization. In 2008, Fowler was chosen as chief information officer for the Chicago Transit Authority. In late 2010, he returned to New York to take on the challenges of a major consolidation of the city's infrastructure as first deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. There he provided executive oversight for development and implementation of a shared services environment that aimed at consolidation of 60 individual datacenters and multiple telecommunications networks. Fowler was recently chosen by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to serve as the Commonwealth's new chief information officer. 

   

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Ted RaspillerBeverly MackerethJeff ZientsThe Virginia Community College System has hired Dr. Ted Raspiller (top left), current president of Blinn College's Brazos County (Texas) campuses, as incoming president of John Tyler Community College in the communities of Chester and Midlothian, Virginia. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has nominated the state's acting secretary of the Department of Public Welfare, Beverly Mackereth (top center), also a former mayor of Spring Grove and former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, to serve as the agency's secretary. Jeff Zients (top right), who has served as Office of Management and Budget deputy director for management since June 2009, has stepped down as the agency's number two official. Richard Spires, the Homeland Security Department's chief information officer, who had been on indefinite leave since March, has resigned, and Deputy CIO Margie Graves, who had been filling in for Spires as acting CIO, will continue serving in that capacity. Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan, who has served the police department for the last 45 years, is planning to retire as the city continues its search to fill the job permanently. Ellen Biben, the executive director of the New York state ethics commission and former state inspector general, plans to resign, making her the Howard Jordan Jane Oates Michael Ming second senior official in recent weeks to leave the panel. Howard Jordan (middle right), who has served as police chief for less than two years, is stepping down and Anthony Toribio, a 23-year department veteran, will serve as interim chief. Jane Oates (middle center), a top Labor Department official, has resigned her post as assistant secretary of the agency's Employment and Training Administration. Oklahoma Secretary of Energy Michael Ming (middle left) is stepping down from his post in Gov. Mary Fallin's cabinet to become general manager of GE's Oil & Gas Technology Center in the Oklahoma City area. After two years as the emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools, state-appointee Roy Roberts will retire in the next two weeks from his job at the helm of the state's largest school district. University of Hawaii System President M.R.C. Greenwood will retire from the presidency of the institution in September and will return to her tenured faculty position. Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso has announced his resignation, effective June 30, and will teach part-time at Harvard University, with Tisha Edwards, his chief of staff, to serve as interim superintendent. President Barack Obama Nicole Wong David Carter Gloria Hernandez has picked Nicole Wong (bottom left), Twitter's legal director and former vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, to be the White House's first chief privacy officer. David Carter (bottom center), the Austin (Texas) Police Department's chief of staff, has accepted the position of chief of The University of Texas at Austin's Police Department, succeeding Chief Robert Dahlstrom. Gloria Hernandez (bottom right), assistant superintendent in the Twin Rivers Unified School District in California, has been named the finalist to replace the retiring superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District. Ridgecrest, California, Interim City Manager Dennis Speer, who has served in that capacity since August of last year, will become the full-time city manager, replacing former City Manager Kurt Wilson, who left to become the Deputy City Manager in Stockton. Alvin Garrison will leave his post as principal of John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to become superintendent of the Covington Independent School District. Charles "Chuck" Peraza was recently named the permanent fire chief of the city of Brawley, California, after serving as acting chief for more than a year, replacing Frank Contreras, who retired.

 

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Opening Doors to Government Contracting conference in Syracuse
Minority and women entrepreneurs are invited to the "Opening Doors to Government Contracting" conference slated for 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 21 at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse. The conference is presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Syracuse District Office, Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Procurement Assistance Center, North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Onondaga SBDC, Syracuse SCORE, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women's Business Center. The conference will provide key information, resources and practical advice on how to do business with federal, state and local agencies. It includes presentations from procurement resource specialists and successful business owners who are currently selling to the government. Procurement resource specialists will present specific government procurement programs and certifications for minority and women entrepreneurs. Participants can attend two of five concurrent workshops that will cover federal contracting, federal certifications, WOSB certification, NYS MWBE certification and contracting opportunities with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Entrepreneurs will network with the sponsoring organizations, as well as Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse and Empire State Development. The conference includes a continental breakfast. Call (315) 443-8634 for more information or view the agenda. 
  
GMIS International - 'Connect with IT Leaders from Around the World'
GMIS International, the premier organization for public sector IT leaders, will hold its Annual Conference August 18 - 21, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference brings together public sector technology leaders and decision-makers representing a wide variety of government agencies from throughout the United States. Representatives from international organizations will also attend and provide updates on technology initiatives in their respective countries. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to interact in historic Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about how you can participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, please click here.
  
Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships Conference set
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Northern Command and Rutgers University's department of supply chain management, will present the third annual Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships Conference on July 23-25 at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. Each year the conference attracts more than 300 participants from the public and private sectors to promote innovation in furthering public-private partnerships across the homeland security enterprise. For more information, contact the DHS Private Sector office at 202-282-8484 or PPPConference@hq.dhs.gov. 
  
TxDOT Tyler Small Business Briefing rescheduled
The Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Office of Civil Rights Business Development Section-Supportive Services Section Small Business Briefing planned for June 11 in Tyler, Texas, has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please call 1-866-480-2518, Option 1, or visit our Web site (www.txdot.gov) more information and questions regarding the Small Business Briefings and other Office of Civil Rights Business Development Section programs.
 
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