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Volume 5, Issue 27October 16, 2013
Universities launch innovative research partnerships

Colleges and universities are vital to the continued well-being of all Americans. Our educational institutions provide critical human capital that in turn guarantees us a coveted competitive advantage in the world. And, it is on university campuses where an abundance of cutting-edge research is performed. This work product also contributes to the global stature of America.

 

The research capabilities of a university attract students, motivate benefactors and bring prestige to the state where the institution is located. There is always a need for more funding and now, with reduced funding available at the state level, educational institutions are competing ferociously for federal grants and other available program funds. 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Maryland seeks private partners
California touts transportation projects
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events

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Maryland seeking private partners for Purple Line

 

State officials seeking new source of revenue, ability to shed some of risk

Purple LineThe Purple Line, a 16-mile railway proposed in suburban Maryland, is looking for a partner. The Maryland Department of Transportation apparently is seeking a private-sector partner(s) for a public-private partnership (P3) that will bring new funding to the table and decrease the amount of risk the state will take on.

 

The Washington Post reports that what is being considered is a P3 that spreads the risk between all partners, public and private. Such an agreement will spare the state financial liability as a result of construction delays or materials price increases. If such a partnership comes to fruition, the private sector partners likely would provide half of the funding for the $2.2 billion project. The private partners would be reimbursed their funding as the work is carried out. The Maryland Board of Public Works was scheduled to review the plan today, Wednesday, to determine if the proposal process goes forward.

 

The biggest question facing the project is how the residents of the area will react to having the transit line run through their neighborhoods. Concerns about noise from the line already have been expressed by those living in residential areas near the proposed line. Others have expressed concern about the interruption of pedestrian crossings. 

 

California to fund 36 transportation projects across state

  

State Transportation Commission allocates $359 million for projects

Malcolm DoughertyThirty-six highway, bike and passenger rail projects have been singled out by the California Transportation Commission for funding. The Commission is allocating $359 million for those projects.

 

"These projects allow millions of dollars to flow into construction and produce enormous economic benefits for California," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty (pictured).

 

Some of the projects funded include:

  • $140 million to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to purchase 46 new rail cars for the BART/Caltrain Milbrae Station;
  • $20.5 million for San Joaquin County to build 3.8 miles of double railroad track and related infrastructure modifications on the BNSF Railway Co. main line for intercity rail passenger services;
  • $9.95 million for San Joaquin County to widen and upgrade road intersections, repair pavement, place shoulder and median rumble strips and upgrade drainage on 12 miles of Highway 4;
  • $1.752 million to Sacramento Regional Transit District for improvements on connectivity of Sacramento Regional Transit service to high speed rail, with relocation of existing light rail track, storage tracks, passenger platform and associated systems;
  • $43.8 million to Modesto for the Pelandale Avenue Interchange;
  • $3.25 million for Stanislaus County to widen Claribel Road from Highway 108 to Oakdale Road to two lanes and to install a necessary signal; and
  • $840,000 for Stanislaus County to build a bike path.
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Oklahoma considering constructing safe rooms on school campuses

The Oklahoma City School Board recently rejected all bids it had received for a new gym at Nichols Hills Elementary in favor of asking those who bid to offer new proposals that include costs for both a gym and a safe room. The school board is considering a policy that would mandate construction of safe rooms to protect the students and teachers from inclement weather. That decision follows the deaths in May of seven elementary school students when a tornado hit their school. An initiative is being pushed that would allow voters in the state to decide if the state should borrow $50 million to improve school safety after the governor said the building of school shelters should be left up to local voters. The city has 84 schools.

  

Oklahoma State approves $65 million University Commons project

Matthew BrownA $65 million project is slated at Oklahoma State University (OSU) that will replace one of the university's oldest residence halls with the two-tower University Commons. Kerr-Drummond, which opened in 1967, will be demolished. Matthew Brown (pictured), OSU's director of Housing and Residential Life, said it would cost more than $50 million to refurbish the old residence hall. "We decided to evaluate the option of new construction and find it would make more sense to replace Kerr-Drummond," said Brown. Although building the University Commons will cost more than the cost of rehabilitating Kerr-Drummon, Brown said in the long run, "It makes the most sense." The new facility will have what Brown called "world-class, country club-style bathrooms" shared by about 20 students. The new facility is expected to be completed in time to serve the class of 2015. Construction is expected to take 20 months and be completed by August 2015. The new towers also will feature more than 950 beds.

 

Three major capital projects approved for Washington State University

Regents at Washington State University recently approved construction of three multi-million-dollar capital projects on the campus. The projects include a $52.8 million Clean Technology Laboratory Building, a $40 million residence hall and a $10 million replacement of the university's plant science research infrastructure with a new building. The Clean Technology Laboratory Building will house science and engineering programs in its 96,000 square feet on the Pullman campus. The building's design was approved in May 2012, and construction is expected to be completed in summer 2015. The facility will be partially funded by a $20 million general revenue bond. The university has also requested that the state appropriate $30.3 million toward the project. The dormitory will be a second Northside Residence Hall building. The 100,000-square-foot building will house 250 beds. Construction is expected to begin next March and be completed in June 2015. The plant science research infrastructure will be replaced with a new 34,000-square-foot plant growth facility. It will include both new greenhouses and approximately 50 growth chambers.  

 

Construction to begin soon on Connecticut high school renovation project

Doug CutlerA bond issue approved last spring will result in the renovation of the Putnam High School in Connecticut. Officials have applied for construction approval from the state, which would result in about $20.1 million reimbursed toward the $36.6 million project. Town Administrator Douglas Cutler (pictured) is applying for short-term borrowing to start the project. The short-term borrowing will allow the project to get under way while the long-term financing is still being resolved. If the state legislature approves the financing, Cutler said construction could begin in June when school is out for the year. The project will include addressing compliance needs as well as window replacements, renovations to science labs, upgrades to electrical, heating and structural systems and expansion of the school gym. The superintendent's office would be moved to the school from the Town Hall. Cutler said short-term borrowing will be sought from the local private sector. That will allow officials to have projects "up and running as fast as possible," he said, because it will ensure financing is in place to begin the project. 

 

Missouri school district plans $50 million bond election next April

With more than 150 portable trailers for classrooms and an elementary school already over capacity by 100 students, officials in the Columbia (Missouri) Public Schools have set a $50 million bond election for April of next year. If successful, the bond issue would build a new elementary school, provide for technology needs, repair roofs and expand schools. The district plans to seek non-bond income every two years until 2020. The last bond issue was passed in 2010, leading to the construction of a new high school.

 

Clear Lake ISD unveils plans for $98.6 million high school project

New SchoolClear Lake, Texas, Independent School District officials recently unveiled plans for a new $98.6 million project to renovate Clear Lake High School into a more modern and larger facility, as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering. Current plans call for connecting an existing field house to the main campus, moving the main entrance and creating a more impressive main entrance. The futuristic design also calls for the extensive use of glass and creates an S-like main corridor to science labs for the two-story facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in late April 2014 with the first phase to include the fine arts complex with an auditorium, library, theater, art rooms, practice rooms and counseling center. The second phase calls for renovating the classroom section, while the third phase is expected to address locker rooms, gym lobby, practice fields and building or renovating parking lots. Voters approved a $367 million bond election in May 2013 to pay for the renovation.

 

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City in Texas gearing up for bond election in November 2014

Denton, Texas, City Council members recently began gearing up for a proposed bond election in November 2014 asking voters to approve from $30 million to $50 million to pay for construction projects for the next five years. In a recent council session, city department heads outlined their priorities for capital improvement projects, including street reconstruction, a new library branch and numerous upgrades to parks. The cost of the priority projects backed by staff ranged from $141 million to almost $162 million. Council members also agreed they support $4 million yearly in bond funds allotted for street reconstruction and to renovate fire stations, at a total cost of $19 million, while the mayor supported building a downtown parking garage. Council members plan to appoint 50 members to a bond committee that will be charged with planning the November bond election in addition to reviewing and prioritizing the capital improvement projects to be included in the bond proposition.

 

Connecticut issues request for proposals for renewable power

Daniel EstyThe Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in Connecticut is issuing a request for proposals for renewable energy - electrical power produced by biomass, landfill gas and run-of-river hydropower facilities - to help the state meet its renewable requirements. To be accepted are proposals for energy and renewable energy credits from new and existing facilities. The proposals will be evaluated for pricing, reliability and environmental and economic development benefits for the state. Those selected will be able to enter into power purchase agreements for up to 10 years with the state's two major electric distribution companies. DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty (pictured) said the RFP is designed to help the state provide "cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for our residents and businesses." Esty said the projects being sought would help the state meet its renewable needs "at a lower cost and from cleaner sources." DEEP can select proposals that meet up to 4 percent of the state's total electricity demand.  

   

Missouri county to use $3 million grant toward biosolid facility

Taney County, Missouri, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which would be used toward the costs of a regional biosolid dewatering and drying facility. Biosolids are generated when sewage is treated at a wastewater treatment facility. The dewatering and drying will help reduce pathogens, volume and odors. The agency grant will be matched by county funds. Total price tag for the project is expected to be $6.25 million. With a completion date of July 2015 expected, a portion of the funding for the project will be dedicated to green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects. The grant funds come from the state's Clean Water Revolving Fund.

 

San Diego convention center $520 million expansion plan approved

Officials of the California Coastal Commission recently approved a $520 million expansion of the convention center in San Diego. The decision put Comic-Con leaders against the San Diego Chargers football team. While Comic-Con leaders say the expansion will keep the summer pop-culture extravaganza from leaving San Diego for a larger host spot, the NFL football team sought a joint stadium-convention center close to the current center. The team has for years been seeking a replacement for its home Qualcomm Stadium. The expansion is expected to add 740,000 square feet of convention space so that it can keep the Comic-Con and attract other large conventions. The Coastal Commission commissioners went against the recommendation of their staff in approving the expansion. Comic-Con officials say they were near being forced to find another larger venue, particularly since their contract for the space ends in 2016. The expansion is expected to create 7,000 permanent jobs and 3,000 construction jobs. Its economic impact is expected to be $700 million per year and $13.5 million in additional tax revenue from new conventions. A large part of the $520 million cost would come from a surcharge on rooms agreed to by the hotel industry. City officials have pledged to assist the Chargers in their quest for a new stadium and are hopeful a plan can be developed that will go before San Diego taxpayers.

 

Port of Gulfport preparing to spend millions on deepening of 18-mile channel

Jonathan DanielsThe Port of Gulfport is preparing to spend between $8 million and $11 million for dredging to deepen its 18-mile ship channel. The Port is expecting to help pay those costs with $3 million from the Army Corps of Engineers and will make up the difference itself. Port Director Jonathan Daniels (pictured) said every inch of dredging could mean 200-300 tons of additional carriage capacity. "So you are able to bring in more cargo and the vessels are here longer, which ultimately leads to more hours for the shore men, more business and more important opportunities for those who service the vessels," he said. The channel has been 36 feet deep in the past, but storms since 2009 have cut down that depth. Daniels said increasing the depth would be good for current and future tenants. A study is currently under way to see if he port can deepen the channel another 11 feet. Port officials are seeking to make the channel as deep as it can to continue to draw more businesses to South Mississippi. Daniels said negotiations are expected to take approximately six months, which would mean dredging could begin next year.

  

Minnesota city planning to issue bonds for $4.8M in road projects

Bonds totaling $4.8 million are being issued by the city of Waite Park, Minnesota, to pay for road improvement projects. The bond proceeds will only pay a portion of the $7.1 million in construction projects being planned. The remaining funds will include special assessments, park dedication funds and municipal state aid. City officials last month approved several projects, including improving Fourth Street South and Frontage Road North. A number of other neighborhood projects were also given the OK. The Fourth Street South project would include building a new 18th Avenue South that would connect with Minnesota Highway 23 near Menards. Officials are hopeful the new road will lead to new commercial development. Construction is expected to begin next year.

 

Wastewater treatment repairs being planned by city in New York

The Rome, New York, wastewater treatment plant is in line for major repairs to its aging system. Officials in the city recently voted to bond $3 million to cover the repairs. The most costly portion of the expense will be $1.2 million to repair cracked settling tanks. The remainder of the funding will be spent as follows: $646,000 for a study to repair two siphons that bring wastewater from the main pumping station to the treatment plant; $480,000 for three full trough skinners and gearboxes for three clarifier tanks; $350,000 to install a new bar screen; $96,000 for a high-tech inspection camera; $95,000 to replace the roof on the main office; $70,000 for a replacement main pump control panel that is becoming obsolete and has high maintenance costs; and $50,000 to replace the bypass gate. 

 

Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • Lee Lewis Construction was awarded a $32,495,000 contract by the San Marcos (Texas) Independent School District to build a new 8,000-seat football stadium at San Marcos High School.
  • Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Defense Electronic Systems, was awarded a $102,426,881 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., for full rate production Lot II of the advanced anti-radiation guided missile, to include conversion of 112 AGM-88B high-speed anti-radiation missiles to AGM-88E all-up-rounds and captive air training missiles for the U.S. Navy and the Government of Italy, to include related supplies and services.
  • Raytheon was awarded a contract valued at $1.6 billion by the U.S. Department of Defense to make missile and defense-radar systems for the U.S. Navy's Flight III AlreighBurke class destroyers launching in 2016.
  • Norris Brothers Excavating LLC won a contract worth about $1.3 million from the city of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, to replace some 18,000 feet of 16-inch water line as part of an $8.6 million new water treatment facility project.
  • Exelis has won a five-year, $121.8 million contract from the Fleet Readiness Directorate of the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego for end-to-end systems engineering support for Navy command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems.
  • Herring-Rivenbark, Inc. won a contract for $2,357,746.14 from the Northampton County, North Carolina, Board of Commissioners to begin work on the Phase B Water Improvement Project.
  • Alstom won a $27.5 million contract from the Bureau of Reclamation to rebuild four of the eight hydroelectric power generation units at Glen Canyon Dam that have reached the end of their service life.
  • Blackboard won a contract worth up to $529.6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for general purpose information technology equipment.
  • Orion Marine Construction won a $5,034,950 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, to dredge the High Island to Bolivar Flare portions of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas. The contractor is required to remove approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of dredge material and place the useable material on the beaches of Rollover Pass.
  • Concussion has won a contract up to $6.3 million from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to manage b-to-c marketing, advertising and public relations. The contracts have an initial three-year term plus two one-year options.
News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

University of Kentucky uses P3 for expansion, modernization project

Eli CapiloutoThe University of Kentucky recently celebrated a groundbreaking of its Gatton College of Business and Economics expansion and modernization project, the result of a public-private partnership (P3). It is just another example of a P3 the university has instituted as part of its capital improvement plan. UK President Eli Capilouto (pictured) is not unlike the heads of many other state-supported universities - all experiencing reduced state support and looking to P3s to help provide necessary revenue for the continuing needs of the university. "If we were going to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff and the state we serve, we had to collaborate to find the solution," said Capilouto. He said this new project is "a concrete example of the power of partnership." The $65 million project will go forward thanks to passage of legislation in the state that authorized $363.3 million in agency bonds by Kentucky's public universities for campus improvements supported by university revenues. The university already has raised $45 million in private donations toward the project. Once the expansion and renovation is completed, Gatton College will be larger and more modern, with living and educational areas, a 500-seat auditorium, 20 new classrooms and an outdoor garden plaza. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

 

Six global technology companies participate in P3 for nanotechnology hub

Six leading global technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create New York's second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the P3 will be spearheaded by the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). The partnership is expected to create more than 1,000 new high-tech jobs on the SUNY Institute of Technology campus in Marcy. The consortium of six companies will be headquartered at the CNSE-SUNYIT Computer Chip Commercialization Center. The partnership is expected to further elevate New York as the preeminent hub for 21st century nanotechnology innovation, education and economic development. "This partnership demonstrates how the new New York is making targeted investments to transition our state's economy to the 21st century and take advantage of the strengths of our world class universities and highly trained workforce," said Cuomo. Research and development to be conducted at a complex currently under construction includes computer chip packaging and lithography development and commercialization. Nano Utica, a $125 million facility, is being expanded to include state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, hands-on education and workforce training facilities and offices. New York State will invest $200 million over 10 years for the purchase of new equipment.

 

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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 editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Larry Parman.

 

Larry ParmanLarry V. Parman (pictured) earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1978. Parman served as president of The Hawthorn Group, a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Virginia, and was president and CEO of Trencor Incorporated, an Oklahoma-based financial holding firm. He has been a partner in Notch It Up Strategies LLC, a firm that offers marketing and executive development programs to business owners and C-level executives. Parman served as the CEO of an Oklahoma City estate planning, elder law and business planning firm. In March of this year, Parman was appointed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin as Secretary of State. He also served as a senior advisor to the governor on policy, economic and legislative issues. Fallin recently announced that she would appoint Parman as director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and he will become the governor's Secretary of Commerce on Nov. 1. If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Dave Lopez, who stepped down in August to become interim superintendent of Oklahoma Public Schools. Parman will oversee the day-to-day operations at the Department of Commerce and will act as a liaison to the governor. He will also continue his current role as senior policy advisor to the governor.

 

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Opportunity of the week...
 

A town in New York will receive $12 million in funding for a sewage treatment plant upgrade. More than $8 million of that amount will be in the form of a grant. The project is expected to cost $22 million. An $8.09 million grant and an additional $2 million investment from the town added to the $1 million already spent by the town on design and engineering will leave the town needing to borrow $12 million to complete the project.Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 

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Mark WandroJackie SelfLaura CrawleyMark Wandro (top left), who has spent the past nine years working for an Ankeny-based engineering consulting firm, has been named the next Polk County administrator, after having served as an assistant Polk County engineer before taking over as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation in the late 1990s. Vernon Parish, Louisiana, public schools Superintendent Jackie Self (top center) has announced that after 44 years with the system, he will retire on June 30, when his current contract ends. Laura Crawley (top right), director of the Executive MBA Program in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University since 2009, has been chosen as the director for the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus and will also be assistant vice president for academic affairs, succeeding Ruth Bettandorff, who retired in September. The Oceanside, California, City Council has appointed Steve Jepsen, current city manager of Yuba City, as its new city manager, effective Nov. 18, and replacing outgoing City Manager Peter Weiss, who resigned in August 2013. The city of Prescott, Arizona, has chosen Division Chief Eric Kriwer as its acting fire chief, replacing Chief Dan Fraijo, who recently resigned, effective Nov. 15. James Cochrane, vice president of the Postal Service's product information department and a 39-year veteran of the service, as its acting chief information officer, replacing former CIO Ellis Burgoyne, who has retired. KayKay Schallenkamp Bill Malinen Kent Hance Schallenkamp (bottom right), president of Black Hills State University in South Dakota for the last seven years and a veteran of four decades in higher education, has announced she is retiring at the end of the school year. Bill Malinen (bottom center), who most recently served as city manager in Roseville, Minnesota, and who has nearly 30 years of experience as a city manager, including stints in White Bear and Roseveill, Minnesota; Lincoln and Avenal in California; and Fife in Washington, has been selected as the new city administrator in Branson. Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance (bottom left), who has served as chancellor since December 2006, has announced he will retire in 2014, and will at that point become chancellor emeritus of the System. Kerry McDuffie, current town administrator in Fremont and a former town administrator in St. Pauls, Tobaccoville and Troy, North Carolina, has signed a contract to become the new city manager in Southport. Aiken resident and former state Sen. Greg Ryberg was recently named the South Carolina Investment Commission's chief operating officer and will head the agency responsible for investing pension money for South Carolina workers. Robert Broscheid, a longtime member of the leadership team and current special assistant to the director at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has been chosen as the new director of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, replacing Rick Cabled, who resigned, and taking over for Acting Director Steve Yamashito.

 

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8th Annual Utah Procurement Symposium set for Oct. 22

The 8th Annual Utah Procurement Symposium is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street in Sandy, Utah. The symposium historically is attended by more than 500 people who want to learn more about government contracting. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosts the day-long symposium so that Utah businesses can learn about the government contracting process, meet senior officials from military, state and local government purchasing offices and meet major prime contractors looking for subcontractors. Breakout sessions will be conducted by individuals and panels that will teach attendees how to market themselves to prime contractors and government agencies. More than 50 large prime contractors and government purchasing officers will have booths to introduce individual companies' products and services. The cost is $50 for individuals and $40 for persons from the same company. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all training sessions, exhibits and materials. Registration is open and more information is available at myrnahill@utah.gov.

 

AGC Building Contractors Conference slated for Oct. 16-19 in Colorado 

The Associated General Contractors of America will host its Building Contractors Conference Oct. 16-19 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Theme for the conference is "Increasing Your Firm's Productivity through Industry Innovations" and brings together high-level leaders in the building construction industry to share, learn and discuss the issues that are essential to them and their business. The sessions on Oct. 18 are led by the AGC Public/Private Industry Advisory Council and are open to all conference attendees. The conference is focused on sharing best practices, learning from each other's experiences, exploring challenges and solutions and encouraging an open dialogue. There are also numerous networking opportunities. Senior-level building contractors, large project owners and other key industry stakeholders will gather at the breakfasts, luncheons, networking breaks, evening receptions and golf tournament featured throughout the conference. The conference schedule and information on registration are now available.

 

Florida PPP workshop to address projects, new state statute

"PPPs - A Solution for Florida Public Construction Projects," an interactive workshop on public-private partnerships, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown, 304 West Colonial Drive in Orlando, Florida. Florida has extensive experience with PPPs for transportation and also has new state legislation that provides the same opportunity for social infrastructure projects. This full-day workshop will offer both Florida and nationally recognized PPP professionals, who will cover the new statute and the methods for its use for with projects from education to water and a host of other infrastructures. Fundamentals of PPPs, First Steps in the Process, The Unsolicited Proposal Process and Financing Tools are among the topics for discussion. The agenda is now available and registration is open.  

 

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