Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 18August 14, 2013
Smart Cities - making huge strides for citizens, taxpayers

Mary Scott NabersUrban areas are growing at unprecedented speed and city leaders are faced with numerous challenges as they struggle to provide the services and infrastructure required to support growing populations. By 2008, more than 50 percent of Americans lived in urban areas and that trend is on the incline.


To meet critical needs and citizen expectations, public officials are opting for cutting-edge technology, innovation, shared services, energy conservation and public-private partnerships. The new buzz word for a progressive community is "Smart City." And, as elected officials rush toward the goal of achieving smart city status, a huge new marketplace is emerging.




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Funding leads to contracting opportunities
Congressional P3 Caucus launched
Unused toll booths may be repurposed
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Check out our blog
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events

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Housing authorities to share $1.7 billion in funding


Contracting opportunities to be plentiful for building, repair, renovation projects

Roof Repair Contracting opportunities will be plentiful across the country for construction, repairs, renovations and modernization projects as a result of the recent award of $1.7 billion to housing authorities in all 50 states. The funding is being made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program.


Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan (pictured) called the funding "critical" to maintaining and upgrading public housing across the nation. But, the housing Secretary said the money might not go far enough, given the repair backlog many housing authorities are facing. HUD is, he said, looking at "new, innovative, long-term solutions that can be combined with this funding to not only protect and preserve this housing for the next generation, but to also build the quality infrastructure for families to thrive."


Shaun Donovan The Capital Fund grants are made available annually to the more than 3,000 public housing agencies for development, financing and modernization of public housing units and for management improvements at the various housing authorities.


Donovan noted these funds are necessary to both maintain and improve housing conditions and protect current housing and quality infrastructure for future generations. He said the country loses approximately 10,000 public housing units each year, primarily due to disrepair. A study conducted in 2011 showed America's 1.2 million public housing units are in need of $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs. These types of repairs are rated as extensive and among those needed to make the housing decent for living in and economically sustainable.


Among the allocations to the states, the largest funding amount - more than $307 million - went to California. Illinois was approved for $119.8 million, followed by Pennsylvania with $117.3 million and California with more than $69.3 million. To view the complete list of allocations to various housing authorities by state, click here.


U.S. Representatives launch Congressional P3 Caucus


Rogers, Connolly hope to focus on growing use of public-private partnerships

Rep. Mike Rogers Recognizing the infrastructure needs of the country, but realizing that the federal government can no longer be the main source of funding for state and local projects, Congressmen Mike Rogers (right) of Alabama and Gerry Connolly (left) of Virginia recently announce formation of a new Congressional caucus focusing on the country's infrastructure. The bipartisan group will focus on the growing use of public-private partnerships (P3s) for building and maintaining that infrastructure at all levels of government.


The new Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships, or the more commonly called Congressional P3 Caucus, will examine what Rogers calls a "severe crisis" in the nation's infrastructure funding. The two lawmakers are hopeful the caucus will help increase awareness of infrastructure issues and examine P3s being implemented throughout the country. Rogers says government will have to keep infrastructure up to date in spite of tight budgets as infrastructure is key to growing the economy and creating jobs today and for future generations.


Rep. Gerry Connolly "We have an enormous backlog of infrastructure needs all across our country," said Rogers, "But the federal government simply can't fund them all." He also said that in spite of those needs, Congress can't just raise taxes to fund the projects.


In his own congressional district, Rogers cited examples of P3s being used that partner military installations with the private sector. A former local official, he knows first-hand the difficulty of state and local officials in meeting the needs of their infrastructure. Many struggle just to maintain infrastructure, let alone build new infrastructure. And cuts at the federal level result in cuts at the local level.


Rogers said the caucus will focus on infrastructure needs that include defense, energy, technology, transportation, water and more. The two congressmen said they will seek out other members of Congress to become members of the caucus, and will also involve public- and private-sector stakeholders. "Building and maintaining infrastructure is an issue for both rural and urban areas," said Rogers, "and I hope this caucus will help advance the debate in Washington and across the country."


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Colorado issues RFQ for makeover of unused toll booths


Officials looking to convert some into gas stations, convenience stores

Colorado tollway
These electronic toll readers have replaced toll booths on E-470.

Abandoned toll booths along E-470 in Colorado could soon undergo a makeover. Because the tollway was changed to all-electronic tolling (as seen in accompanying photo) in 2009, toll booths along the roadway were shut down. Now, E-470 officials are hoping to convert five of those abandoned toll booths into gas stations/convenience stores.


A request for qualifications (RFQ) was released recently, seeking potential private-sector firms interested in financing, constructing and then operating such road stops.


Randy Drennen Although original plans for the nearly 50-mile toll road did not include gas stations or convenience stores, since the old toll booths were closed, officials began looking for ways to use them to generate money. E-470 board chair Randy Drennen (pictured) said officials were looking for a project that could benefit both the users of the toll road and the toll road authority.


Motorists using the road have long sought having a place to fuel their vehicles without having to exit the toll road. A survey supported the idea of gas station/convenience store. And, toll authority officials see an RFQ as a way of pulling in innovative ideas. The survey noted that such a facility could generate about $1.2 million in retail sales in its first year, while pumping 1.7 million gallons of fuel.


Officials are hopeful to have such a facility in operation by next summer. Original estimates are that the project could cost as much as $1 million. One of the sites projected as a prime location for such a facility is Toll Plaza B, which features a 5,600-square-foot building and close to 15 acres of land that could be developed.


Upcoming education opportunities


Mississippi high schools to get athletic facility upgrades

Two high schools in Pascagoula, Mississippi, will soon see work begin on a $10 million upgrade to their athletic facilities. Pascagoula and Gautier high schools will see the first upgrades to some of their facilities in 30 years. The project includes new lighting - lamps, wiring and poles - for Pascagoula's War Memorial Stadium, its baseball and softball fields. Also included are new football field houses for both high schools, with dressing rooms for the soccer and track teams in those facilities. New dugouts for baseball and softball will be added at both schools and an on-site dressing room will be built for Pascagoula softball and new public restrooms will be built. An indoor practice facility will be built for softball and baseball and Gautier baseball and softball will get dressing rooms and indoor practice facilities. The lighting project is currently up for bid. Much of the work for the various projects is expected to be completed by December.


Oklahoma school district seeks voter approval for new high school

Karen Lyles Officials in the Hugo School District in Oklahoma will take a bond issue before voters, hoping for their approval to build a much-needed high school. With walls cracking in classrooms, halls and closets and the brick exterior splitting, school officials and community members think the time is right for the bond issue. And, with the roof leaking over computer equipment, Superintendent Karen Lyles (pictured) is quick to point out that if the roof fails, the school's technology equipment could be lost. The proposed $1.4 million bond issue would be used to construct a new high school building on the same block, utilizing the newer part of the main building and the gym as part of the project. Although bond issues in 2006 and 2008 did not pass, Lyles notes that the tax increase proposed for this current bond issue is much less than was proposed for either of those years. The bond issue is set for Sept. 10.


Transportation, construction, technology part of $29 million bond

With transportation, construction and technology projects on the line, officials in Woodward, Oklahoma, will take a $29 million bond issue to voters in the Woodward school district in October. The bond proposal will be split into two propositions - one for $1.85 million for transportation needs for the school district and one for $27.15 million to address construction and student technology needs. If the transportation issue passes, it will mean replacing two to three buses each year for five years. One activity bus would be replaced annually for five years and replacing small vehicles at the same rate. The proposition dealing with technology will provide $2.875 million for iPads for all students, computers, connectivity, servers WiFi and instructional technology equipment. The remaining $24.275 million of the bond proceeds would address construction and safety and security issues. Among those projects are: security controlled entries at all schools, security monitoring cameras, additional classrooms at elementary schools, safe rooms at elementary schools, a multi-purpose safe room at the high schools, handicap accessibility projects, a new entry way and new restrooms in the high school gym, a new media center at the middle school and more.


Colorado State to issue RFP for lead contractor for stadium project

Mike Hooker A lead contractor for a $243 million, 43,000-seat football stadium at Colorado State University (CSU) is being sought. Officials with CSU are issuing a request for proposals for a contractor to take the lead in the project and begin pre-construction work for the project that is expected to be completed by July 2016. Officials expect to hire a lead contractor for the Fort Collins project by sometime next month. Although the RFP does not mean the university must accept a proposal, it is required by law. Officials say the university must collect half of the cost of the project from private sources in advance of construction. "Issuing the RFP is a necessary step to move forward in the event that the fundraising is successful," said CSU spokesman Mike Hooker (pictured). "This RFP is one piece of the multitasking that we must do to stay on schedule should the project move forward." The RFP seeks a contractor for pre-construction services that include plans, documentation, cost estimates, schedules, etc. If the fundraising is successful, the project could get under way as early as October of next year. 


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Contracts worth $1.5 billion for park services up for bid

A major contract opportunity worth more than $1.5 billion over 15 years will be going up for bid by the National Park Service. The two contracts are for the Grand Canyon National Park, that include management of 1,000 guest rooms, more than a dozen restaurants and bars, grocery stress and mule rides. Also included in the contracts are to add valet service at a hotel, eliminate on-site laundry services, set up mobile food trucks and start a lottery system for cabins and dorms at Phantom Ranch. The Park Service has concession contracts - some 500 of them - for everything from fishing boats to transportation services that result in revenues of $1 billion that are also periodically bid. The proposals for the services at the Grand Canyon will be due by Nov. 25, with contracts expected to be awarded by January 2015. The company that has held the larger of the contracts for several years, valued at $66 million, could compete again.


Massachusetts city will build new public works facility after bond

Michael McGlynn A successful bond issue in Medford, Massachusetts, will result in the construction of a $13-million public works facility. The new facility will replace one that was built in 1937 as part of the Works Progress Administration, said Mayor Michael McGlynn (pictured). The new building will be a 44,000-square-foot facility with six maintenance bays, a shed for storing salt for roadways, a training room and a conference room. Officials hope to have the facility completed in 2014. City officials are hopeful that land seized under eminent domain procedures by the state, but never used when a Route 16 bypass was built in the 1950s, will be returned to the state and can be used for the site of the facility. The state paid $1 for the land and McGlynn says he plans to file legislation to return the land to the city for the same price. The new facility will be spacious enough to facilitate all 59 of the city's vehicles. The project is expected to be bid out in November and be completed by December of next year.


Peoria Civic Center to upgrade arena seating, do remodeling

A state grant of $2.6 million will be used by the city of Peoria, Illinois, for upgrades to arena seating and to remodel meeting rooms. Legislation was signed recently by the governor that will also require the facility to be made available to the American Red Cross and other emergency response entities when needed. The upgrades not only are being made to help the facility meet the emergency needs of the community, but also as a way to draw events and visitors to the area as a boost to the local economy and for economic development.


Hospitals in Cook County area in Illinois to benefit from $47 million in grants

Several Cook County-area hospitals have been granted $47 million in state funds to be used for improvements. These hospitals historically serve some of the state's neediest residents. Not only will the funding make much-needed upgrades to the facilities, but they will also provide construction jobs for many in the area. Among the awards are $3.6 million to Mercy Hospital to renovate its patient tower. Other hospitals will use the allocations to upgrade equipment and technology and to provide renovations to facilities. The other hospitals in Cook County that will receive Illinois Jobs Now! funding include:

  • Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million for equipment upgrades;
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey, $2.3 million for new equipment and HVAC upgrades;
  • Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million to renovate Women's Health Services;
  • LaRabida Children's Hospital, Chicago, $2.3 million to construct a new building and renovate existing space;
  • Loretto Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million to renovate clinical space and upgrade equipment;
  • MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, $2.3 million to renovate medical/surgical units;
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million for building renovation;
  • Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million for building renovation and equipment upgrades;
  • Presence Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago, $3.5 million for equipment upgrades;
  • Roseland Community Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million to renovate obstetrics and surgery areas;
  • St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million for new medical and IT equipment;
  • St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million for roof replacement and building renovation;
  • St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields, $2.3 million to replace chillers, boiler and a generator; and
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, $3.5 million to construct an Ambulatory Care Building.


Tulsa airport projects to benefit from bonds for two large renovation projects

Jeff Mulder Two bonds for a pair of renovation projects at Tulsa International Airport have been approved by the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust board. One bond for $42.5 million will be used for renovation of Concourse A, while the other bond of $35 million has been approved for future renovations to the rental car facility at that site. Officials have not yet decided if the rental car facility will add a new garage or add a level to the existing garage. "We are just bursting at the seams with our space, and our car rental activity is very strong," said Jeff Mulder (pictured), director of airports. Once final plans are approved, construction could begin late next year. The Concourse A project includes moving gates, and renovation to follow early next year. The project will take about 18 months. The project got good news when the airlines said they would be willing to up their rents to help contribute to the cost of making Concourse A more modern. The construction estimate is a little less than $30 million for the concourse renovation, with the additional cost to be used to service the bond and other costs associated with the renovation.


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  • Technical and Project Engineering won a contract worth up to $10.8 million from the Defense Logistics Agency for services in support of Army training models.
  • Norfolk Dredging Company has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $8.4 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for dredging and disposal services along the Delaware River. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Salem, New Jersey; and New Castle, Delaware.
  • Shirley Contracting won a contract worth up to $3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for construction of structures and facilities.
  • Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc. won a professional services agreement not to exceed $2.5 million from the city of Austin, Texas, to provide engineering services for the Austin Bergstrom International Airport storm water drainage improvements.
  • Integrity National won a contract worth up to $10 million from the General Services Administration for maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment.
  • ImageWare Systems, Inc. has been awarded a $2.2 million contract by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to expand its personal identity verification credentialing capabilities.
  • Espina Stone won a contract worth up to $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for construction of structures and facilities.
  • AT&T's Federal Government was awarded two contracts worth more than $50 million by the U.S. Postal Service for enhancement of data network connectivity to USPS retail and support locations and for Managed Trust Internet Protocol Services to USPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for two major data centers in California and Minnesota.
  • General Dynamics One Source won a contract worth up to $96.4 million from the Department of Homeland Security for information technology services, including telecommunications services.
  • CACI International won a $14 million contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide core development support on the VA's Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program. The contract is a one-year base plus a six-month option.


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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Public-private partnership will provide millions for Grand Teton National Park

Sally Jewell A $16 million public-private partnership (P3) was recently announced that will launch a renovation of the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. The P3 will be part of the Inspiring Journeys Campaign that will make renovations at the lake area in advance of the National Park Service's Centennial in 2016. "Through the power of this partnership, we will help improve the visitor experience for the nearly two million people who use the visitor center and trails in the Jenny Lake area each year," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (pictured). "Renovating trails and protecting habitat in the heart of Grand Teton National Park is a fitting symbol of the projects needed nationwide to prepare our parks for the National Park Service's upcoming Centennial in 2016 - and the next 100 years after that." The P3 seeks to secure $13 million in private contributions through the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and $3 million from the National Park Service cyclic maintenance funds. Some $5 million in private funds have already been raised. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, many of the trails in the Jenny Lake area have been compromised by poor drainage, erosion and heavy use. The project will revitalize routes, introduce a series of looped path and create a trail system that is easy to maintain. The west boat dock will get improvements and welcoming facilities will undergo restoration work and a comprehensive interpretation, education and orientation plaza will be created.


Maryland county planning to use P3 for waste-to-energy operation

Washington County in Maryland will partner with a private-sector firm to begin a waste-to-energy operation. A facility will be built to convert solid waste from the city into refuse-derived fuel. That will be the first phase of the project. The second phase will build a full-scale gasification plant. While the county will provide the land on which the plant will be build, the private-sector partner, America First, Inc., will bring funding to the table for the project, leaving the county with no financial risk in the project. County officials estimate that the facility will generate profits of up to $200,000 through the supplying of refuse-derived fuel. The plant also will employ between 40 and 70 people, contributing to the local economy and creating jobs. The first phase of the project is expected to begin six to eight months after the groundbreaking, with the second phase 12-18 months after the groundbreaking.


Lots of interest in potential P3 for Gary/Chicago International Airport

Karen Freeman-Wilson Nearly 30 private-sector entities have expressed interest in becoming part of a public-private partnership with the city of Gary on the Gary/Chicago International Airport. Representatives of those entities recently toured the airport and the surrounding area in response to a request for proposals (RFP) city officials issued for the partnership. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (pictured) told those attending that the proposed partnership "will not only be a development at the airport, but its footprint as well." She pointed out that there would be many contracting opportunities resulting from the project. Those in the group on the tour represented industries including aviation, finance, urban planning, retail, real estate management and environmental design. A committee issued a request for expression of interest and qualifications ahead of the July release of its RFP. All proposals are due on Aug. 26 for a possible award of contracts in October. Officials say they are considering all proposals, except for residential development.


Tennessee city considering P3 for biosolids disposal alternative

After years of trucking loads of biosolids - a mixture of water and treated human waste - from the city's wastewater treatment plant to a privately owned landfill 100 miles away, officials in Franklin, Tennessee, are studying alternatives to treatment of those biosolids. And, one of the alternatives would be a public-private partnership. Consultants and city staffers have explored an option involving a public-private partnership with a private-sector firm that specialized in wastewater treatment as a potential means of cutting costs and getting the needed upgrades. Officials see their current trucking method as outdated, unsustainable and expensive - costing about $1.4 million annually for gasoline, employees and other expenses. A recent study gave city officials options, including continuing what they're doing now and making $19 million in necessary improvements at the plant. Another more expensive suggestion would cost $82 million and is a three-phase plan that would add new improvements to the wastewater facility and would install a solar drying facility to change the biosolids to Class A, which could potentially be used for compost or road-building materials.



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 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 Frank Brogan.


Frank Brogan Frank Brogan (pictured) earned his bachelor's degree in education magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 and his master's degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 1981. He began his career in education in 1978 as a fifth grade teacher in the Martin County, Florida, school district. He moved quickly to the administrative side of public education, serving as the Dean of Students at Indiantown Middle School. He later was assistant principal and then principal of Murray Middle School, eventually serving two terms as the Martin County schools superintendent. In 1994, Brogan was elected Florida Commissioner of Education, overseeing education activities in Florida as a member of the Florida Cabinet. When his first term was up, Brogan was asked by eventual Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to be his running mate as lieutenant governor. The team was elected and then re-elected in 2002. In 2003, Brogan left his post as lieutenant governor to become president of Florida Atlantic University. He served six years and was reappointed by the university's Board of Trustees. During that second term, which began in 2009, Brogan left that post to become chancellor of the State University System of Florida. The longtime educator was recently named chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He replaces former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who resigned. Brogan will assume his new post on Oct. 1.


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Luanne Lawrence Deborah Lee James Billy Hamilton Luanne Lawrence (top left), formerly of the University of South Carolina and former communications and marketing head at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, the University of Baltimore and Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, as associate chancellor for strategic communications at the University of California, Davis. President Barack Obama has nominated Deborah Lee James (top center), president of the technology and engineering sector at Science Applications International Corp., as the next Air Force Secretary. Longtime Texas state employee and financial expert and former Deputy Comptroller for the state Billy Hamilton (top right) has been recommended to serve as executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the Texas A&M University System. Diane Dugas, former director of curriculum, teaching and learning for Grandby's school system, has been chosen superintendent of the East Hampton Public Schools. The leader of the University of Florida Levin College of Law for 10 years, Robert Jerry, has announced he will be stepping down in June of next year, but will remain on as a faculty member. Lori Romano, who spent more than a decade in Florida education, including nine years at the Florida Department of Education, is the new administrator of the Hernando County Schools. The Tulsa school board has approved the naming of Kim Kim Dyce Steve Cates Howard Bicker Dyce (middle right), former superintendent at North Syracuse Central School District in New York, as the new deputy superintendent. Tennessee General Services Commissioner Steve Cates (middle center), is leaving Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to return to his Williamson County real estate company. Howard Bicker (middle left) has announced he is leaving his job as Minnesota State Board of Investment executive director after four decades in that office, 32 as head of the department. The Ankeny, Iowa, City Council has chosen Polk County Administrator David Jones as its next city manager, giving him the job over four other finalists. Former state schools superintendent Tom Watkins, president of his own education consulting business, has been named president, CEO and executive director of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, the public mental health system serving the county and its largest city. Roanoke City Public Schools has named Matt Hurt, succeeding Vella Wright, who retired last month. Steve Purves (bottom left), former president and CEO of Munroe Regional Medical Center in Florida, has been Steve Purves Farzad Mostashari chosen as tJohn Heltzelhe new chief executive and president of Maricopa County's public health care system. Dr. Farzad Mostashari (bottom center) is resigning as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which he joined as a principal deputy and was named chief in 2011. Brig. Gen. John Heltzel (bottom right), has resigned as director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and Mike Jones, administrative officer for the Department of Military Affairs, has been named as acting director. Jason Orr, currently operations manager of the City of Enid Public Works Department, has been chosen as the new city manager for Newkirk, Oklahoma. The City of Shoshone, Idaho, hired Marshall R. Emerson, an assistant sheriff at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in Nevada since 1990, as its new police chief. The city of Redmond has hired Tommy Smith, a longtime Colorado Springs firefighter, to replace retired Chief Kevin Donnelly, effective Sept. 3.


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NASCIO 2013 Annual Conference planned for Oct. 13-16

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 13-16 at the Philadelphia Marriott. Registration for the conference, "Leadership Through Innovation and Collaboration," is currently open and early bird registration rates will be offered through Aug. 27. Information is also available by contacting Shawn Vaughn at


Public-private partnerships water conference set in Austin Sept. 11

"Public-Private Partnerships: A Solution for Texas Water Management," an interactive workshop on water issues, is set for Sept. 11 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Information sessions featuring panels of experts will be held throughout the day. Among the moderators for panels are public-private partnership expert Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. and co-founder of the Gemini Global Group, and Mark Ellison, special advisor on economic development at the Texas Water Development Board. Nabers, author of Collaboration Nation: How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government, will both address conference attendees regarding public-private partnerships and then moderate a panel on "When to Use a P3 in Texas." Registration is now open and the agenda is available. The event is organized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.


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 Aug. 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. 


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