Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 29October 30, 2013
The world of work is changing dramatically in America

In 2010, the federal government passed what is known as the Telework Enhancement Act. The authors of this legislation hoped it would increase government efficiency, reduce commuting costs and lessen the need for office space. Since then, dramatic changes have occurred in federal agencies.


Today, every federal agency is required to institute a uniform telework policy, so that employees who want to telework are able to do so. The law also requires federal agencies to develop training programs for both employees interested in telework and for individuals who will manage teleworkers. Each federal agency must designate a Telework Managing Officer who is responsible for leading the telework program and overseeing employees who prefer this environment.




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Water infrastructure funded
RFQ issued for high-speed rail
Texas voters to decide bond issues
Upcoming education opportunities
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Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Opportunity of the week
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Pennsylvania water infrastructure projects share $53M


Total of 17 projects in 15 counties awarded low-interest loans and/or grant funds

PENNVESTFifteen counties in Pennsylvania will see water infrastructure projects in their respective counties funded through a $53 million investment by the state. Gov. Tom Corbett (pictured) recently announced the funding through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The funding is a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and funds made available once previous loans are repaid.


Tom CorbettThe 17 non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects (15 to water, sewer or municipal authorities) will be funded either by low-interest loans or grants. Of the $53 million in funding to be made available, $44 million will be in the form of loans and $9 million will be grant funds. The smallest allocation is $460,000 to the Howe Township Municipal Authority to design sewer line extensions to serve areas of the township where individual on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and contaminating private drinking water wells. The largest investment is to the Union City Municipal Authority in Erie County. The Authority was awarded a $3,094,763 loan and a $4,405,237 grant to install new water transmission lines, construct a new finished water storage tank and make a variety of improvements to its water treatment plant in order to meet existing disinfection and drinking water filtration requirements.


Other authority projects funded include:

  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority - $2.72 million loan to construct new storm inlets and catch basins, along with more than half a mile of new storm sewers, to eliminate illegal storm water inlet connections to the authority's sanitary sewer system.
  • Northern Cambria Municipal Authority - $3,458,776 loan to eliminate sulfate and other contaminants by expanding an existing water treatment plant, constructing water storage tanks and other improvements that will make the authority's water drinkable.
  • Emporium Water Company - $2.5 million loan to eliminate water outages and low water pressures by installing two new finished water storage tanks, rehabilitating a third tank and constructing a pump station and additional transmission lines.
  • Huston Township Water Authority - $645,000 loan to eliminate water outages and the contamination of drinking water due to leaking water lines by replacing more than three miles of water distribution mains and making other system improvements.
  • North Warren Municipal Authority - $2.80 million loan to construct more than three miles of water distribution lines, install 320 new service connections and make other improvements to eliminate significant water losses and frequent breaks of water distribution lines.
  • New Kensington Municipal Authority - $6,739,150 loan to replace more than seven miles of old, deteriorated water distribution lines and installation of nearly two miles of new distribution lines to provide service to homes currently using wells.
  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority - $2.3 million loan to construct new storm sewer pipes to eliminate storm water flows into the authority's sanitary sewer system.
  • Hawthorne Redbank Municipal Authority - $739,251 loan and a $2,642,499 grant for more than five miles of new gravity sewers and force mains.
  • Altoona Water Authority - $6.525 million loan for more than two miles of new sewer lines and make a variety of improvements to the authority's sewage treatment plant.
  • Girard Borough - $6.1 million loan for a 500,000-gallon equalization basin and make various improvements at the borough's wastewater treatment plant.
  • Saltsburg Borough - $1,602,665 loan and a $1,582,335 grant to construct a new wastewater treatment plant, a pump station and new sanitary sewer lines.
  • West Branch Regional Authority - $3,924,600 loan to decommission and demolish two outdated wastewater treatment plants that are causing wet weather overload conditions in the authority's system, as well as to replace or rehabilitate more than two miles of deteriorated sewage collection lines.
  • Shenango Township Municipal Authority- $1.275 million loan for a variety of improvements to the authority's wastewater treatment plant as well as collection line extensions.
RFQ issued for second phase of high-speed rail project


California High-Speed Rail Authority seeks design-build contractor for next 60 miles

Jeff MoralesThe California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for contractors interested in bidding on the next 60-mile phase of the state's high-speed rail project. A contract for construction of the first 29 miles of high-speed rail from Madera to Fresno has already been approved. This next phase will link Fresno to the Tulare-Kern County line near Bakersfield.


Jeff Morales (pictured), chief executive officer of CHSRA, called high-speed rail a "critical investment" in the state's transportation infrastructure. He said this project will not only address population growth and the need for increased transportation options, but also will address traffic congestion, growth in airport passengers and air quality issues.


Firms responding to the RFQ will have until Dec. 6 to make their submittals. These will be reviewed by CHSRA and a shortlist will be released of the most qualified firms for the design-build portion of the project. Firms are rated on such issues as experience, technical competency and performance ability. Those chosen can then submit a formal design-build proposal next year. The project carries a $1.5 billion to $2 billion design-build contract award and is expected to provide thousands of jobs and provide a shot in the arm to the economy along the way.


The firm chosen for the contract will have to design and construct the segment in the Central Valley, including final designs for bridges, culverts, trenches and tunnels, utility relocations, aerial structures, grade separations, tunnels, security and drainage. Environmental clearance for the project is anticipated to be finalized by next summer.


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Texas voters to decide $5.2B in bond issues next week


Contracting opportunities will be plentiful in schools, cities, counties, other entities

VoteContracting opportunities for architectural and engineering services, construction, renovations, HVAC, security improvements, technology upgrades and more will result from $5.22 billion in local bond elections in Texas. Texas voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to decide the fate of those proposals.


Among the bond votes are 21 city elections totaling $509 million, two community college ballots totaling $174 million, nine county elections with projects totaling $989 million, two special district referendums valued at $92 million and 54 school district elections totaling $3.36 billion.


The November election is the first since last May, when Texas voters approved more than $4.6 billion in bond projects.


Strategic Partnerships, Inc., as part of its 2013 Texas Bond Package that lists all of the more than 85 bond issues at stake, will provide an update following the election regarding which bond issues passed. The bond package also includes a look ahead at entities that are talking about bond votes in 2014 and beyond. Those ballot items total millions of dollars and will also bring new contracting opportunities to the private sector. The bond package is currently available for purchase. Not all of the bond proposals will pass, but the needs represented by the bond issues will not go away, and will provide vendors an opportunity to offer those governmental entities possible solutions through methods such as public-private partnerships and unsolicited proposals.


Upcoming education opportunities


School district in Georgia county plans expansion wing project at high school

Buddy CostleyIn Butts County, Georgia, the County Board of Education has approved $5.69 million for an expansion wing at the Jackson High School. The project will be funded by special purchase local option sales tax revenue and nearly $1 million from the Georgia Department of Education. The proposed 26,000-square-foot facility will include administrative offices, a broadcast journalism lab, two computer labs, two science labs and eight classrooms. Officials say the addition of costs for furnishings, technology, security and architectural fees will bring the total closer to $6.3 million. The new wing will feature student and faculty restrooms and utility space. This proposed renovation is part of a three-phase renovation program in the school district. School Superintendent Buddy Costley (pictured) said the $5.69 million price tag includes the guaranteed maximum price with contingency funds and funding for replacing the current high schools HVAC units. The funds also will pay for several other projects, including paving the new driveway at the transportation department, a new freezer/cooler for the cafeteria and paint work at Stark Elementary.


Pennsylvania school district to sell bonds toward new school

Pennsylvania's West Jefferson Hills School District has approved the issuance of $9.9 million in general obligation bonds toward its planned building of a new $70 million high school. This will be the first of numerous annual bond issues by the district - through 2018 - to help pay for the high school. "We want to go build a school and we're looking to spend about $70 million," said Superintendent Michael Panza. "We don't have that kind of money, so we're undertaking a process over the next five years to borrow money toward that project." The new school, set to open for the 2018-19 school year, is still in the concept stage, but officials say they have been interviewing construction management firms already and will also need to hire an architect.


Texas school district to seek sealed bids for technology, stadium facilities

Randy McDowellTrustees for the Canyon (Texas) Independent School District recently agreed to seek competitive sealed proposals to locate contractors to build a new facility for industrial technology and agricultural programs and a second project to upgrade concession and restroom facilities at a football field. Assistant Superintendent Randy McDowell (pictured) outlined five options for bidding construction projects and urged the use of competitive sealed proposals. Current plans call for architectural drawings to be completed by January and trustees to review bids and choose the winning bids in February, McDowell said. Construction on both projects should begin in March and be completed in July or August 2014, he added.


University of Minnesota issues RFP for utility extensions to new center

The University of Minnesota has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for engineering and construction services necessary for the extension of utilities to the site of a proposed $182 million Ambulatory Care Center. The project is aimed at connecting the electrical and mechanical utilities to the soon-to-be 330,000-square-foot medical center in Minneapolis at the Twin Cities campus. The utility extensions are necessary for the new care center that will provide expanded clinic space and replace some outdated clinics in another building. Construction on the new care center is expected to begin in December and be completed in late 2015. The utility work alone is expected to cost $5.2 million and is expected to start next summer.


Texas' Midland College's three-phase master plan includes $50 million in facilities

Steve ThomasMore than $50 million in new facilities is part of a Midland (Texas) College three-phase master plan being touted by MC President Steve Thomas (pictured). Thomas said the college will use some reserve funds for the projects, but also is anticipating a capital campaign. The first phase, which carries a price tag of $20.1 million, includes a $7.8 million dining hall expansion at the Scharbauer Student Center and a $12.4 million building for the Early College High School. Phase two would include a $10.4 million professional retreat complex and a $300,000 renovation to the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall. The remaining $4.2 million of the $14.9 million second phase would be used to relocate the Petroleum Professional Development Center to the main campus of the college. Phase three, valued at $15.1 million is likely to be used for additional student housing. Total cost for the entire three-phase project, including site work, furniture and 5 percent inflation, is $50.2 million.




Other upcoming contracting opportunities


Second phase of Dulles Corridor Metrorail project to seek bids

Jack PotterA contractor will soon be sought for construction on the second phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project. The first phase of construction is nearing completion. Four stops on the $2.6 billion first phase of the Silver Line are nearing completion and are expected to be operational early next year. Another major part of the second phase of the project will be construction of the rail maintenance facility and storage yard at the Washington Dulles International Airport. The second phase also includes three more stations in Fairfax County, in Reston and in Herndon. There will be another stop at Dulles Airport and two stations in Loudoun County. Initial site work and testing is already under way and construction is expected to begin in the spring, according to Jack Potter (pictured), Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority president and CEO. The rail yard contract request for qualifications is expected to be released this month with a contract award in June 2014.


Port of Lake Charles to get $100M in revenue bonds for various projects

Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District will issue $100 million in revenue bonds for a variety of construction projects at the Port of Lake Charles. The projects are expected to improve port access and to provide a shot in the arm for economic development in Southwest Louisiana. Port officials said the issue of the bonds will depend on the timing for expansion projects at the port. The first series of bonds, about $50 million, will be issued in December, with $17 million of the bond proceeds to finance Shed 1, the first dock and transit shed constructed at the port in the 1920s. The other projects include remodeling of the old administrative offices at a cost of about $4 million and adding two docks at Bulk Terminal No. 1. The new administrative offices will allow the federal government to locate a regional Customs, Immigration and Homeland Security office there. The port currently leases office space and will build out new office space as part of the bond.


San Diego Convention Center expansion gets support of Coastal Commission

Bob NelsonA Coastal Development Permit for the construction of a $520 million San Diego convention center has been issued that will lead to a proposed groundbreaking late next year. The Port of San Diego had applied for a Port Master Plan Amendment to allow for expansion of the convention center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Ensuring the approval was the result of a collaboration of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, hotel developers, business groups and the San Diego community. Bob Nelson (pictured), vice chair of the Board of Port Commissioners, called the project a "win-win" for the community. He said the expansion will ensure that the city remains a top meeting and convention destination "with this world-class regional project." When it is completed, the project will include an additional 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, making it the largest contiguous exhibit hall on the West Coast. It will include a rooftop park and a new 500-room hotel tower.


RFP issued for electric power from biomass, landfill gas, hydropower

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for electric power produced by biomass, landfill gas and run-of-river hydropower facilities to help the state meet its renewable requirements. DEEP is seeking proposals for energy and renewable energy credits from new and existing facilities, either in-state and anywhere in the Northeast. The department will evaluate proposals on a range of criteria focused heavily on pricing, but also considering reliability and environmental and economic development benefits for the state. Deadline for the RFP is Nov. 18. Those chosen under the RFP will have the opportunity to enter into power purchase agreements for up to 10 years with Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, the state's two major electric distribution companies. Proposals can be chosen that meet up to 4 percent of the state's total electricity demand. 


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Who's winning government contracts?


Check out these recent awards: 

  • Patrick Construction Co. won a $1.5 million contract from the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Department to replace a portion of the state Route 80 bridge over Prater Creek in Dickenson County.
  • Gamma Construction was awarded a $10.694 million contract by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg, Texas, for a new 40-meter natatorium.

  • Northrop Grumman has won a five-year, $5-million contract to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with navigation systems and software to support polar ice breakers.

  • RTI International has won a $77.4 million U.S. Department of Education contract to help the department collect information on post-secondary education from around the country.

  • Tyler Technologies has been awarded a $6.2 million contract by the Idaho court that would bring its case management system into the state of Idaho to assist with court case management, content management, financial management, jury management, public access and e-filing.

  • Science Applications International Corp. has won a $14.1 million option to support the U.S. Transportation Command's business process management activities.

  • Grant MacKay Company won a $1.3 million construction contract from the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority for projects including demolition and removal of existing concrete and steel building structures at multiple locations at the Turning Basin, including asbestos abatement, security lighting, fencing and camera relocation.

  • CACI International has won a two-year, $22-million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to support the engineering efforts and to improve the Defense Department's Mobile Electric Power generating sources.

  • Cleco Corp. was awarded a $3.4 million contract by the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Department to reconstruct about one mile of state Route 658 in Smyth County.

  • QSS International won a contract worth up to $1.1 million from the Department of Homeland Security for maintenance, repair and alteration of real property.

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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


South Bend negotiating public-private partnership for zoo management

Pete ButtigiegThe City of South Bend, Indiana, is working with the Potawatomi Zoo Society (PZS) on a public-private partnership that would have the PZS assume management of the operation of the zoo at the first of next year. Under the proposed multi-year agreement, PZS would assume operational management of the zoo on January 1, 2014. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (pictured) said such a partnership will "provide an effective management model for long-term success." He added that it will also mean a savings for taxpayers in the city while maintain a popular community attraction. The agreement being negotiated includes providing city financial support for the zoo, outlining a pay structure for staff at the zoo and preserving all positions and existing salary levels. Officials also made sure that it was understood that the zoo animals will continue to get the same high standard of care that they have been receiving. The city will provide an annual operating and capital investment, and will continue to own the facility. The city subsidy will decrease as the PZS assumes more of the financial responsibility for the facility. City and Zoo Society officials say they would no longer share operating responsibility, which they say will improve efficiency and promote cost savings.


Public-private partnership builds graduate housing at University of Nevada, Reno

A new graduate and family student housing project at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been approved. Balfour Beatty will design, build and finance the $22 million public-private partnership project, which is expected to open in August of next year. The facility will include 132 one- and two-bedroom units that will seek graduate students and graduate students with families to rent the units. The facilities will include six, three-story buildings with a total of 133,000 square feet. There will be a separate community center for offices and common space that the residents can use. An existing facility for graduate housing has been demolished to make room for the new facility. The facility will be financed and owned by Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions through a 42-year ground lease from the university. The university will operate and manage the facilities through its Residential Life, Housing and Food Services group.


Former Connecticut city landfill to be future home of 50-acre renewable energy park

Bill FinchThe city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is partnering with the United Illuminating Company in a public-private partnership that will transform a former city landfill site into a new 50-acre renewable energy park. The park will house solar, fuel cells and wind installations. "We are working diligently with public and private partners to transform Bridgeport into a green city, focused on job creation and climate change. Converting a former landfill site into a green energy park that will generate clean, renewable energy for our city is emblematic of our BGreen efforts," said Mayor Bill Finch (pictured). The park will reduce the city's dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The park will be the private company's first project built, owned and rate-based under the company's Renewable Connections Program. It will also anchor the city's Eco-Technology Park, which is already home to several new green businesses.


Arkansas city to use P3 to fund Markham Street Corridor project

A public-private partnership involving retail, commercial and residential developers and public infrastructure will allow the city of Conway, Arkansas, to begin design and economic studies of its Markham Street Corridor project. The city has set aside $50,000 in matching funds for a $180,000 Metroplan grant to help urbanize and redevelop the corridor. The main public infrastructure will include the redevelopment of a scrapyard into a retention pool. The pool, which will hold 1.6 million gallons of water, is geared to solve flooding problems in the downtown area of the city. The funding approved will help get the design and study of the project under way. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2016.


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Where are they now?

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


Arthur TylerArthur Q. Tyler (pictured) earned a master's degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a doctorate of management from the University of Phoenix. Before he began a career in higher education, he spent time in the private sector in a number of roles at several electronic engineering and manufacturing companies. Tyler also spent more than two decades in the Joint Military Commands and the U.S. Air Force, serving as antiterrorism manager. His last assignment before leaving the military was as a presidential adviser responsible for United States activities in the Middle East. Tyler led Sacramento College and is a former state-appointed trustee at Compton College, the only state college to lose accreditation. He also was part of the accrediting team that evaluated Napa Valley Community College District in 2003. Tyler was a vice president of administration of budget and management at Los Angeles City College as well. As a member of select American educational groups, Tyler led efforts to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Vietnam to discuss challenges of developing community college systems in those countries. The long-time higher education expert most recently served as deputy chancellor and chief operating officer of the Houston Community College System, which operates six community colleges and serves more than 72,000 students in the greater Houston area. He resigned from the Houston Community College System in July. Tyler was recently chosen to become the new chancellor of the City College of San Francisco. 


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Dennis MichaelisAndre DuPerryThpmas RosenbaumFormer McLennan Community College President Dennis Michaelis (top left) is coming out of his retirement from the Waco, Texas, college to begin a new job as the interim chancellor for the St. Louis (Missouri) Community College district. Detroit Chief Procurement Officer Andre DuPerry (top center) resigned his position, effective Oct. 11, saying he could no longer work for the city because of how lucrative consulting contracts were being awarded under the city's emergency manager. Thomas F. Rosenbaum (top right), provost at the University of Chicago for the last seven years, has been chosen as the next president of the California Institute of Technology, succeeding Jean-Lou Chameau, who left to lead the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Mike Jump, who was offered the post of city manager in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in August and declined the offer, has had a change of heart and will take over the city's top job in November. Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy, who has led the nation's second-largest school system since 2011, is expected to leave that position in the coming months. The Princeton (New Jersey) Public Schools have chosen Stephen C. Cochrane, assistant superintendent in the Upper Freehold Regional School District, to succeed Judith A. Wilson as superintendent of schools, effective at the first of next year. Adams County (Colorado) has chosen their new county manager from within, picking Todd Leopold Ted Mitchell Leslie Boozer deputy county manager Todd Leopold (bottom right) to fill the position, succeeding Jim Robinson, who is retiring. Ted Mitchell (bottom center), a former president of the California State Board of Education and leader of a nonprofit that funds education, will be the nominee of President Barack Obama as undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. The Fontana (California) Unified school board has named a Harvard-educated Chicago schools system chief with a law degree - Leslie A. Boozer (bottom left) - as the school district's new superintendent.The Kalamazoo (Michigan) City Commission has hired Jim Ritsema, assistant city manager in Battle Creek since 2008, as the city's new city manager, replacing Ken Collard, who will retire at the end of the year. The Cincinnati Police Department will have a new chief when Jeffrey Blackwell, current deputy police chief and 26-year veteran of the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department, is sworn in. Dan Stefano, a fire marshal and division chief for the Laguna Beach (California) Fire Department, has been named chief of the Costa Mesa Fire Department, ending a string of interim chiefs who have led the department during a city reorganization.


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32nd Annual Government Contract Management Symposium starts Nov. 18

The National Contract Management Association's 32nd Annual Government Contract Management Symposium 2013 is scheduled for Nov. 18-19 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The "Leveraging Change, Bridging Strategies, Moving Forward" themed event will feature speakers and sessions that allow attendees to learn about and discuss recent and pending legislation, federal budget cuts, the relationship of government and industry, strategic sourcing, pricing, human capital and more. Some of the benefits for attendees are exposure to more than 25 educational sessions led by leaders from the field, an exhibit hall with more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors offering critical contracting solutions, a free Contract Management Career Fair with more than 20 organizations ready to hire, the ability to attend several additional training and networking events and the opportunity to network with more than 800 government contracting professionals from around the nation. The agenda is now available and registration is open. 


NCSL Fall Forum planned in Washington, D.C., for Dec. 10-12

The National Conference of State Legislatures Fall Forum will be held in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10-12. The conference will be at the Marriott Wardman Park. The Fall Forum brings together legislators and staff to craft solutions to critical issues and to network with colleagues from around the nation. The event features a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for the states. There will also be exclusive briefings for legislative staff. The meeting schedule is now available and more information on registration is available on the Web site. Among the topics will be energy supply, the changing role of states in long-term services and supports, elections policy for 2014, women's health issues, elections technology, insurance issues, transportation access and performance and more. More information, including the agenda and registration, is 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.


Defense Energy Summit planned in Austin for November 11-13

The 2013 Defense Energy Summit, aimed at accelerating the discovery, development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions for installations and operational branches of the United States military, is planned for Nov. 11-13 in Austin, Texas. It features the nation's energy, business and defense leadership as they focus on the foundation for a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence. The summit's focus will center on this proposed initiative and how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the Department of Defense. Among the keynote speakers will be William Bryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy; Joseph Kopser, chair, Defense Energy Summit; and Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense. The summit delivers the entire defense energy ecosystem, focusing on the needs and solutions of energy providers, project finance sources, early stage companies, defense contractors, military installations and purchasing agents. The agenda is available and registration is now open. To learn more about the Defense Energy Summit or the Defense Energy Center(s) of Excellence Initiative, please contact Jennifer Rocha at For support and sponsorship interests please contact Chris Erb at


Early registration for TCEA convention ends on Nov. 1

Early registration ends Nov. 1 for the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2014 Convention and Exposition to be held Feb. 3-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This 34th annual convention will include educators from across the country and around the world as they network and share experiences to help them better integrate technology in the classroom and improve teaching skills and learning practices. Ten specialized academies will offer in-depth tech integration tips and best practices on a variety of topics. More than 400 workshops and hands-on sessions will be held and more than 450 companies will offer the latest technology solutions in the exhibit hall. More information is available and registration is now open.


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