Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 26October. 9, 2013
Water shortages create thousands of public projects 

Water - specifically the lack of it - has become one of the hottest topics in America. Massive population growth, aging delivery systems and a nationwide drought have culminated into a crisis that cannot be ignored. Cost estimates for water-related needs in America over the next 20 years amount to about $1.5 trillion.


Finding solutions to water scarcity will require billions of dollars for mega-projects including construction of treatment plants, building reservoirs and desalination facilities, laying expansive new pipelines and/or drilling water wells to access new supply. There are no quick, inexpensive or easy solutions. Government will not be able to fund the projects without reaching out to the private sector for additional capital. Simply put, there is not enough public funding available and the projects cannot be put on hold.   

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
PennDOT taking unsollicited proposals
California to reform use of CABs
Reorganization means more P3s
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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PennDOT to accept unsolicited proposals through Oct. 31

 

Private partners can offer solutions for transportation-related projects

Barry SchochPennsylvania is already reaping rewards from its Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act that was passed last year. The state's Office of Public-Private Partnerships recently approved two projects that qualify as public-private partnerships (P3). Bridget Project And now, that office is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects in the state. Unsolicited proposals from the private sector generally offer solutions for problems the state cannot afford to undertake on its own.

  

The office will take unsolicited proposals from the private sector through Thursday, Oct. 31. The new law allows the board to vet and recommend potential public-private partnership transportation projects, with private firms delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects. In the case of current programs in place, the board would make a recommendation if a private company could show it could take over that operation and do it successfully and efficiently and at a cost-savings.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary and Public-Private Partnership Board Chair Barry Schoch (pictured) said the program already is yielding results. "I'm expecting that we will continue to see innovative ways to expand our partnerships with private industry to bring new and more efficient transportation services to Pennsylvanians," he said.

 

The period for submitting unsolicited proposals applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure project applications the private sector seeks to submit to the P3 Board, but does not apply to transportation entities outside the governor's jurisdiction. Private-sector firms can submit proposals that provide innovative and efficient ways to deliver transportation projects such as those dealing with roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Also accepted will be proposals for better management of existing transportation-related services and programs.

 

Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state's P3 Web site, www.P3forPA.com.

 

California law reforms use of capital appreciation bonds

 

Goal is to help eliminate long-term debt for future generations for schools

Bill LockyerBonds that have in the past allowed California school districts and community colleges to defer payment for up to decades are being reformed thanks to legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Long-term capital appreciation bonds (CABs) have long been used as a method of financing for some schools and colleges, but opponents say they can saddle future generations with debt payments that end up being many times what was borrowed.

 

The legislation that was signed by the governor will rein-in the use of these types of bonds. California Treasurer Bill Lockyer (pictured), an opponent of the bonds, said they allow schools and colleges to postpone the start of repayment for 10 years and longer. "The reforms are reasonable and balanced, and they won't harm districts' ability to meet their school construction needs," said Lockyer.

 

According to the new law, the maximum maturity of CABs is reduced from the current 40 years to 25 years. It also limits the school's repayment ratio to no more than $4 in interest and principal for every $1 borrowed. The bond deals also must allow schools an early repayment option for maturities that extend longer than 10 years.

 

Schools also must provide their boards with public reports that detail planned borrowings that involve capital appreciation notes. The analysis would include the cost of the bond issue, a comparison with conventional forms of financing, the reason for using capital appreciation bonds and disclosures by brokerages hired as underwriters.

 

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Reorganization in North Carolina to lead to more P3s

 

Economic Development Partnership efforts will help boost state's economy

Sharon DeckerA reorganization in the North Carolina Department of Commerce will result in creation of a new organization that officials say will create public-private partnerships (P3s). The P3s are expected to boost the state's economy.

 

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker (pictured) recently told state lawmakers in two legislative committees that the new entity is expected to be operational next year. She is currently looking for a chief executive officer for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. The entity was set up with $1 million budgeted by lawmakers. Programs it will oversee will be for both the public and private sectors. A five-member temporary board is currently in place to handle legal work to get the group started up. Eventually, the private-sector programs will be under a 15-member appointed board.

 

Decker told committee members that disabling the Rural Economic Development Center in the state would add about $24 million for the state's general fund. Many of the center's programs will now fall under the responsibility of the Commerce Department's Rural Economic Development Division. Decker said that although the state may not have the best incentives to offer as other nearby states with which it is competing, "If we had no offer, we would not be in the game."

 

Upcoming education opportunities

   

Voters in Fairbanks give approval for two school bond propositions

Two bond issues totaling $56 million were recently approved by voters in Fairbanks, Alaska. Proposition One, valued at $37.2 million, will replace the Ryan Middle School. Proposition Two, valued at $19.4 million, will provide for repair and renovation to five other schools in the district. Officials say that the vote of confidence through passage of the bonds by local voters show their confidence in the district to build and maintain schools in the district. Some 60 percent of the new Ryan Middle School construction cost will be reimbursed by the state as will about 70 percent of the costs at the other schools.

 

Florida college to use P3s for 1.4 million square feet of construction

Joe SarnovskyNine buildings and parking structures are likely to pop up soon at Seminole State College of Florida thanks to public-private partnerships. The master plan for the college's Altamonte Springs Campus calls for creating 1.4 million square feet of construction. By focusing on programs in high-demand industries and locating partners for the programs, the Altamonte Springs Campus, say officials, can become a regional center for education and job opportunities. "With public-private partnerships, we're looking to transform this campus - with nine buildings as high as 15 stories - and create a place where students can learn and also find high-paying jobs," said Dr. Joe Sarnovsky (pictured), executive vice president at Seminole State. The college is planning on using the construction for areas that will enhance connection jobs to higher education, by identifying degrees in high-growth industry areas and using private partners to help fund construction. Once zoning approval is given - and that could be as early as next month - the college will issue a request for proposals. The college will also reach out to the University of Central Florida and Seminole Public schools to help develop necessary programs to serve the region. The plan for the college calls for academic programs and partnerships in health care, modeling and simulation, education, business and hospitality. The partnerships are being sought to elevate the college's visibility while aligning with the college's mission without duplicating or being a program that competes. Construction would be completed entirely through public-private partnerships.

 

UC Riverside issues RFP to privatize management of its campus store

A request for proposals has been issued by officials at the University of California riverside to privatize operations and management of the UCR Campus Store. The move to Internet sales of branded college merchandise, computers and a changing market condition for books and textbooks has led college officials to seek a private company to take over management of the campus store by July 1 of next year. Many collegiate book stores have suffered declining revenues in recent years. The RFP has been written so as to ensure the 15 jobs remain for current employees. The successful bidder must retain at least five current employees and the university will find positions on campus for the remaining career employees. The UCR Campus Store was established in 1954 and is self-supporting. Textbook sales alone have declined more than 50 percent since 2005. The successful bidder also will be required to remodel the facility.

 

Jefferson Community College library about to be renovated

Robert HagemannThe Jefferson County (New York) Board of Legislators recently approved spending up to $7 million in county funds to help defray the costs of building a study center and renovating the Jefferson Community College library. The funding is part of a $14 million building and renovation plan. The Collaborative Learning Center will be a 41,000-square-foot facility that will allow students access to library materials, computers and integrated technology that includes Smartboards, counseling, tutoring and learning skills support. The center will cost approximately $12.5 million. The remaining $1.5 million would be used to renovate the Melvil Dewey Library Building, where classrooms and office space will be added. The next step on the project will be sending the proposal to the State University of New York Construction for evaluation. County Administrator Robert F. Hagemann III (pictured) said the project will be measured against other construction proposals from community colleges statewide. Hagemann said if the project is approved, the county would likely borrow the funds. The construction project is part of the Facilities Master Plan adopted in 2008 and would be the third major construction project in the plan. 

 

Wake County voters approve $810 million school bond issue

Voters in Wake County, North Carolina, this week approved an $810 million school construction bond issue that will lead to one of the school district's largest construction programs in its history. The bonds will support a $939.9 million construction program throughout the district that will mean 16 new schools, six major renovation projects, repairs at nearly 80 schools, technology upgrades and other projects. No sooner had this bond issue passed than school and county leaders began looking at another possible bond vote in 2016. This was the district's first successful bond issue since 2006.

 



Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

City in New Jersey seeking bids for construction of electric generating station

Joseph IsabellaThe city of Vineland, New Jersey, is seeking bids for a project being called the largest municipal construction project in the city's history. The bids are for construction of an electrical generation station that will be financed with $72 million in bonds. Called the Clayville Unit 1 project, the construction will be for a 64-megawatt capacity electrical generation station for the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility (VMEU). Officials are hopeful the project can be completed by June 2015. A total of 47 companies have expressed interest in the project and the City Council recently approved advertising for bids. VMEU Executive Director Joseph Isabella (pictured) said there are probably a dozen "major players" among those showing an interest. "That is a good sign which indicates a very competitive procurement," said Isabella. The proposed new station would bring the utility close to its goal of energy self-sufficiency. "Our goal is to be capacity self-sufficient to eliminate a major source of rate variability for our customers," said Isabella. The executive director said he does not expect the project will be more than $72 million. The city will receive and open bids on Nov. 14. A project manager is already in place.

 

Pennsylvania park releases RFPs for commercial leasing of buildings

Two separate requests for proposals have been released by the National Park Service at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania for commercial leasing opportunities of commercial buildings. Among the leasing opportunities are the historic Philander Chase Knox house and grounds on Yellow Springs Road for use as a private event venue for a five-year term. The second opportunity is the available lease of the historic Kennedy Supplee mansion on State Route 23 for commercial use approved for a term of 10-50 years. The lease term length will depend on the level of investment by the proposed responder. RFP information is available on the park's Web site. 

 

New York MTA has $106 billion plan for new options, technology over 20 years

Richard BaroneThe more than 100-year-old New York MTA recently announced a $106 billion, two-decade plan that will bring new transit options and technology to the system. The 20-year plan is crucial to the system's next five-year plan that will include funding for the second phase of the Second Avenue subway and replacement of the MetroCard fare payment system. All of the changes are geared toward record ridership that is only expected to continue to grow. Richard Barone (pictured), director of transportation programs at the Regional Plan Association, said the current system "operates very much as it did when it opened." Officials estimate that by 2030, the transit system will make close to 3.1 billion trips per year, as compared to the current rate of 2.7 billion per year. MTA officials plan to replace much of the current signal system with a communications-based train control that allows train cars to run closer together and more often. The signal plan would cost about $4 billion every five years over the next 20 years and be installed on 322.5 miles of track. Barone said adding train service in the system "does produce a greater amount of capacity and reliability and it's one way we're going to be able to handle growth." The MetroCard system will be eliminated and likely replaced by smart chips in credit cards, key tags and smartphones, which have been part of a pilot program already. The MTA also plans to expand the system. The MTA also wants to expand its Select Bus Service, with help from the city, to create more routes.

 

DFW International Airport issues RFP for services in terminals

A request for proposals for 18 locations for retail, food and beverage and currency services for two terminals has been released by the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The RFP addresses four outlets in Terminal B and 14 in Terminal D. They have been divided into six packages with contract terms in most cases at seven years. Proposals are due Dec. 3. The packages include:

  • Five landslide locations for currency exchanges in Terminal D;
  • Six locations across both terminals that include three retails spaces for high-end fashion and accessories concepts, two news/convenience stores in Terminal B and one news store in Terminal D;
  • Two locations in Terminal D with airside news/convenience store and landslide arrivals news/convenience store;
  • One location each in both terminals with an airside news/convenience store in Terminal B and an upscale men's fashion center airside in Terminal D;
  • Two airside locations in Terminal D for a destination-themed gifts concept and personal care concept; and
  • A bar and grill airside in Terminal B.

Proposals are due Dec. 3. DFW is also offering four restaurant pad sites for its new Southgate Plaza, which is a mixed-use development that will also house new DFW Airport Administration offices, a hotel and a U.S. Postal Services Center.

 

Borough in Pennsylvania making plans for finances for wastewater plant

Mike HaysOfficials in Spring City, Pennsylvania, are planning to apply for grant funds to help provide close to $4.8 million in upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. The upgrades are necessary to bring the plant into compliance with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations. The borough is planning to apply for a loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help with the costs. The upgrades are a result of the council completing its plan resulting from a mandate for municipalities from the DEP in which officials were asked to explain how wastewater will be treated to safeguard public health of the community. Councilman Mike Hays (pictured) said the plan must include treatment methods, maps, treatment capacity calculation and other details. "We could not approve any new residential or commercial development because DEP determined that our plant was over capacity," he said, and the new regulatory limits on phosphorus and total dissolved solids were coming soon. So the council is now interested in investing in a long-term solution. Hays said the improvements will not only improve the quality of the water discharged into the Schuylkill River, but also increase treatment capacity. Officials said the upgrade will be cheaper than replacing the plant. 

 

Raleigh voters OK $75 million transportation bond issue

A $75 million transportation bond issue was approved this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. The resulting bond proceeds will be used for a number of road projects. The bond issue includes 18 projects throughout the city that will result in streets being widened, bus stops improved, roundabouts added and sidewalks and bicycle lanes being built. About $1.6 million of the bond proceeds also will be used to design improvements for 1.4 miles of Six Forks from Rowan Street in North Hills to Sandy Forks Road. Another $6 million will extend Hillsborough Street changes several blocks west, add wider sidewalks, roundabouts and bike lanes. 

 

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Check out these recent awards: 

  • Rosco Rescue Inc. has been awarded a $12 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for four rescue kits, related training courses and other support for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WISK at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, with training to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in North Texas won a $3.4 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to build fighter planes for the U.S. military and foreign services.
  • Boh Brothers Construction and National Services Inc. won $42 million in contracts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help create a new box culvert under the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground in New Orleans and widen the Murphy Canal in Jefferson Parish as part of a drainage project in the metro area. Boh Brothers' contract was for $38 million and National Services' contract to widen and improve about 3,300 feet of the canal along Peters Road was for $4.4 million.
  • Pogue Construction won a $1.56 million contract from Collin College (Texas) to be the construction manager-at-risk for the college's new health sciences building, conference center and parking project at the Central Park Campus in McKinney.
  • Abide International was awarded a three-year, $6,899,878 construction contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District to upgrade tainter gates at New Hogan Dam, a facility near Valley Springs, California.
  • General Dynamics won a $26.5 million engineering and manufacturing development contract from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command for the Mission Payload Module - Non-Lethal Weapon System that provides counter-personnel and graduated response options for scenarios involving crowd control, access or area denial, convoy operations or direct-threat engagement.
  • EMC Corp. has won a $210 million, 10-year contract from the Social Security Administration to support mainframe storage needs.
  • Manhattan Construction won a $30.9 million contract from the Oklahoma City Airport Trust to build a new consolidated rental car facility at Will Rogers World Airport. The facility will accommodate 900 rental vehicles as well as administrative, customer service and maintenance operations for the car companies.
  • Simon Pearce was awarded a $5 million contract by the U.S. State Department to provide 20 different styles of custom handcrafted stem and barware for use in American embassies around the world.
  • FedCentric Technologies won a $16.7 million contract from the U.S. Postal Service to deliver a High-Density Supercomputing solution including Silicon Graphics International high-density hardware platforms and FedCentric Technologies products and professional services to provide high availability and expanded functionality to the Transactional Record Processor system.
Collaboration Nation

News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Town in New York seeking private partner for park operations

Operations at Rye (New York) Town Park could be managed through a public-private partnership (P3). Officials in the town are looking into the possible use of a P3 engagement. Town officials released a request for proposals (RFP) earlier this year that resulted in little interest. Since then, a consulting firm is being sought to assist the town and the list has been narrowed to two. Once a consulting firm is in place, a second RFP is likely to be issued. The park is currently managed by the Rye Town Park Commission and the commission's capital committee was responsible for issuing the first RFP. Officials were hopeful that a corporation or perhaps a nonprofit would be interested. The cost of managing the park is split between the Town of Rye, the city of Rye and the villages of Rye Brook and Port Chester. The park is facing declining revenues and recently identified $12 million in capital repair needs, $4 million to $5 million at the administration building alone. The goal is to come up with some practical solutions and seek the public's input on what a park solution might look like.

  

Passenger rail system in Florida takes another step forward

Frank KruppenbacherConstruction could begin late this year or early next year on a privately financed $1.5 billion All Aboard Florida rail line. An agreement reached recently calls for the Orlando airport to seek a $200 million state grant to pay for a station south of the main terminal. "We are embarking on a new business frontier, making us the true hub of Central Florida and the true hub of the state,'' said Frank Kruppenbacher (pictured), airport board chairman. Once completed, individuals seeking to move from Central to South Florida would be able to take a train for a three-hour trip instead of by car. All Aboard Florida is owned by Florida East Coast Industries and plans stops at Orlando International Airport, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami on a more than 200-mile route. Some 200 miles of track from Miami to Cocoa are owned by a sister company of All Aboard Florida. The depot would serve All Aboard Florida, but also have space for a future spur. All Aboard Florida would pay the airport $2.8 million per year for rent and up to $1.50 per passenger leaving from Orlando. The train company would be obligated to spend $50 million to build a maintenance facility at the airport and pay $580,000 annually to lease the land on which it sits. All Aboard Florida will construct, operate and maintain the rail corridor through the airport, including making improvements for grade crossings for roads around the airport.

 

Research Analysts

Where are they now?

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

 

Jeff DeWittJeff DeWitt (pictured) holds a bachelor's degree in geology and earth science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and a master's degree in water resource management from Southern Illinois University. DeWitt is a former resource specialist and economic analyst with the Phoenix Water Services Department. He also previously served as a research associate for an Illinois consulting firm. He is also a U.S. Army veteran. DeWitt currently serves as chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix, a post he has held since 2009, and which required managing a $3.4 billion budget. DeWitt was recently nominated by Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray to take over the District of Columbia's finances. His nomination follows the announcement by longtime CFO Natwar Gandhi that he will retire. If confirmed, DeWitt will become D.C.'s third CFO since the post was established in the mid-1990s. Since taking over the CFO sot in Phoenix, the city has incorporated technology that has reduced the cost of city government to its smallest size in 40 years. If confirmed, DeWitt will manage a D.C. budget of approximately $10 billion.

 



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Jason ZamkusDavid WorleyRuffin HallJason Zamkus (top left), deputy director of the Missouri State Department of Economic Development and the agency's liaison to the state legislature, has been chosen as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's top legislative aide, replacing Daniel Hall, who was appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission. David Worley (top center), who has served as commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home at Mashalltown, has announced his resignation after three years, with Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson, the facility's chief operating officer, named to succeed Worley. Ruffin Hall (top right), assistant city manager in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also the city's budget director for 10 years, has been named new city manager of the city of Raleigh. Ken Domer, assistant city manager in Placentia, where he oversaw multiple departments including economic development, planning and building as well as development services director, has been chosen as the city of Huntington Beach, California's, new assistant city manager. Smithtown, New York, schools Superintendent Anthony Annunziato is leaving the school system to take a position with St. John's University and is being replaced by Interim Superintendent Judith Elias. The East Hampton, New York, Town Board has chosen Capt. Michael Sarlo, the police department's executive officer who has been with the police department for 19 years, as the new Ed Wolverton Beth Cobert Susan Lawrence police chief, replacing Chief Edward Ecker, Jr., who is retiring at the end of the year. Ed Wolverton (bottom right), former chief executive officer of Downtown Greensboro, Inc., has been chosen as the new CEO for Wilmington Downtown, Inc., the public-private partnership that focuses on economic development of the Port City's downtown area. Beth Cobert (bottom center), senior partner with McKinsey and Co., is President Barack Obama's choice for the top post at the Office of Management and Budget, and will hold the title of deputy director for management once confirmed, replacing Jeff Zients, who left last April. Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence (bottom left), who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1979 and is serving as the Army's chief information officer, is retiring after 41 years of service. Jim Ritsema, assistant city manager in Battle Creek, Michigan, has been chosen by the Kalamazoo City Commission to serve as that city's new city manager, succeeding current City Manager Ken Collard, who is retiring before the end of the year. The New Rochelle, New York, Board of Education has appointed Jeffrey Korostoff, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and overseeing the K-12 academic program, to serve as acting superintendent of schools as current Superintendent Richard Organisciak steps down due to health concerns. Larry Skogen, president of Bismarck State College in North Dakota and who has been serving as acting interim chancellor of North Dakota University System since June, has been named interim chancellor.

 

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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.

 

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. Information is also available by contacting Shawn Vaughn at svaughn@amrms.com.

 

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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