Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 30November 6, 2013
Good news from the Nation's Capital
 

Something good happened in Congress!!

 

Last week, the House approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. This is a significant piece of legislation that addresses a $60 billion shortfall on vital waterway infrastructure projects and the $12 billion shortfall on other inactive projects that are currently stalled because of lack of funding.

Senate passed its version of the bill earlier and, this week, Congress will meet to reconcile the two versions and send the bill to the President before the end of the year. Due to overwhelming bipartisan and bicameral support, and the similarity of the two versions, the bill will likely pass with only a few minor changes.   

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Army seeking partnerships
RFQ to be released for Illiana project
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Check out our blog
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
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Army seeking to partner with private sector for savings

 

Officials hope to realize savings similar to those from privatizing housing units

Kathleen HammackIf necessity is the mother of invention, the U.S. Army may win the prize for inventiveness. Encouraged by previous efforts to turn over some of its services to the private sector, the Army is now looking for even more savings by shifting more of its non-core operations to commercial providers.

 

Like other federal entities, the Army is facing budget cuts. Those cuts already have led the Army to privatize housing and lodging on many of its bases. Now, the Army is looking to partner with private firms for a variety of other services, including information technology, security, medical and even electricity generation. Addressing the recent U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, Kathleen Hammack (top), the Army's Assistant Secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment, said the Army needs to focus on core competencies such as war-fighting and enter into public-private partnerships for non-core tasks. "For the Army to succeed in this [budget] climate, we need to focus on what we do best - our core competencies," she said.

 

Mike FerriterHammack said that already, the Army is seeking partnerships with private firms to develop renewable energy production facilities on bases to increase energy security.

 

Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter (bottom), assistant chief of staff for installation management and chief of the Installation Management Command, said more bases also are expected to seek partnerships with local communities to save money through purchasing municipal services such as water and waste water treatment and even library services. "We will partner with anyone who can cut costs," he said.

 

"There are dozens and dozens of opportunities that we are looking at all the time to see where partnerships are feasible," Ferriter said. He pointed to the success the Army has had with privatization of some of its housing as one of its major partnership successes. Private firms have provided 86,000 housing units at 44 of the Army's installations.

 

Ferriter said the private-sector housing is superior to what the Army could afford on its own. He noted that the Army paid $1.4 billion for that housing that was worth $13.2 billion. He said that is the model on which the Army seeks to expand.

 

RFQ for Illiana project expected to be released Friday

 

Illinois reaching out to private sector for efficiency, cost savings on new highway

Pat QuinnAnother step toward the start of construction of the Illiana Corridor will take place this week. That's when the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking private-sector partners to finance, design, build, maintain and operate the Illinois portion of the corridor utilizing an availability payment structure.

 

The Illiana Corridor is a proposed 47-mile, acces-controlled highway facility that extends from I-55 in Illinois on the west to I-65 in Indiana on the east. The preferred corridor is located in counties in both Illinois and Indiana. IDOT and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are hoping for construction to begin in spring 2015. The Corridor Project is aimed at reducing truck traffic on local roads, thus improving safety, improving travel times and improving accessibility to jobs.

 

"We're eager to begin the procurement process on the Illiana, which will bring jobs, promote business growth and boost the economy in Illinois," said Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured).

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation will issue a Request for Qualifications on Friday, Nov. 8, seeking submission of qualifications by private industry partners to design, build, finance, maintain and operate the Illinois portion of the Illiana Corridor utilizing an Availability Payment structure. The Indiana portion of the project will be developed under a separate public-private partnership (P3) process.

 

Firms responding to the RFQ will submit a Statement of Qualifications that will determine their eligibility in the proposed P3 process. After release of the RFQ, IDOT will host an event for Illinois Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and other firms seeking to bid on the work involved in the project. Officials are confident that private-sector participation will complete the project more efficiently and more quickly and at less cost.  

 

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Upcoming education opportunities

 

South Dakota's Warner School District bond issue successful

Kirk EastonStudents in the Warner School District in South Dakota can look forward to a new gymnasium, an elementary school computer lab and two new elementary classrooms, thanks to the recent passage of a $2.2 million bond election. Superintendent Kirk Easton (pictured) said the second gymnasium will allow for more flexibility in scheduling and benefit students in all grades. "It will give the kids more opportunities to get into the gym at reasonable times," he said. The second gym should add between 300-400 seats. Plans for the school addition are expected to be finalized in December. A contractor is expected to be selected sometime after the first of the year after the bid process is completed. That timeline would allow the construction to begin in late March or early April, with a completion date of nine months to a year.

 

Voters in Oklahoma school district asked to approve bond for shelter

Officials in the Whitesboro (Oklahoma) Public Schools district are asking voters only for a $380,000 bond issue. But the need is great, according to school officials. The school is looking to build a storm shelter for its students, faculty and staff. Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 12 to decide the bond issue. If successful, it would provide for construction of a stand-alone storm shelter that would provide shelter for the district's 250 students and staff as well as members of the community. School officials began work toward a bond issue after a deadly tornado earlier this year killed a number of elementary school students in Moore, Oklahoma. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the bond issue, which school officials say would be paid back over 10 years.

 

University of Oklahoma considers possible makeover of university's stadium

Joe CastiglioneThe University of Oklahoma is considering a facelift for its Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. Officials say they are looking at features that will enhance the recruiting and fan experience. Among the proposed projects are increased seating capacity, player facility upgrades and a press box makeover. Although legendary OU coach Barry Switzer says adding seating will only decrease the demand for tickets and the university will risk not selling out games. He noted that happened when Oklahoma State added more seating capacity to its stadium. But, he did say that updates to player facilities would certainly help recruiting in the football program. "We're initiating a comprehensive review of one of the most tradition-rich sporting venues in the country and our ability to attract and train the country's top student-athletes and serve the best fans in college football," said OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione (pictured).

 

Maryland school district earning millions from cell towers on school property

In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, officials are using idle property to make millions of dollars. The school district is allowing cell phone carriers to build antennas on some property. The school district is hoping to erect at least 40 towers. Each can hold antennas from up to five carriers. That kind of usage would result in the school earning $5 million in payment through 2021. The district's Broadneck High School on the Broadneck Peninsula already has its first tower under construction. The practice is not uncommon. Baltimore City Schools earned more than $675,000 when it allowed more than a dozen cell phone towers to be built on school property this year. Montgomery County is expected to make close to $832,000 from cell towers on its properties this year. While there is some concern about the safety of those towers, in Montgomery County, voters can decide if they want a tower on certain properties. Cell phone providers say there is a continued increase for wireless networks in residential communities and schools often are at the center of those communities where there is not another place for towers. Although there is some opposition, the Federal Communications Commission says that cell phone towers generally operate well below safety limits for emissions.

 

Baltimore County schools planning major overhaul of some facilities

Dallas DanceBaltimore County schools in the central and southwestern neighborhoods where overcrowding is continuing are expected to get some relief from the proposed addition of 1,700 new student seats. Superintendent Dallas Dance (pictured) has announced that the Loch Raven Elementary will be reopened and the Catonsville Elementary will be moved to the Bloomsbury Community Center. All other sites will be renovated. The projects are expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. The construction in the southwestern and central communities will carry a price tag of approximately $100 million. Officials expect to put a bond issue before voters in November of next year. State money will also be sought toward the projects. Dance said the additions and renovations will result not only in additional room for a growing student population, but also will mean additional security measures and technology upgrades. Dance also wants to add new buildings at the Westowne and Relay elementary schools as well as additions to Westchester Elementary. All of the proposals will add about 1,000 new seats in those areas.

  

Illinois school district to fund expansion with successful $10M bond issue

The Hamilton school in the Moline (Illinois) school district will undergo an expansion program following the recent passage of a $10 million bond. Some 200 students from the Ericsson school, including those at Garfield Elementary, will eventually be moving into the Hamilton school, but not before the expansion is completed. The Ericsson and Garfield schools will then be closed. 

 


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City of Sacramento plays to build new $1.2 million running track

The city of Sacramento is seeking to once again become a bastion of track and field events, committing to an agreement to build a $1.2 million, state-of-the-art running track. That alone has led the city to being named a host city in 2014 for the USA Track and Field National Outdoor Championships. The city is putting together a five-year financing plan to pay for the new track, which is expected to be under construction by next spring. Even though the Sacramento State track is only 15 years old, it lacks some of the newer technology now producing faster running surfaces of major track meets. Part of the new track will be paid for by the Sacramento Tourism Marketing District, which includes mostly hotels, and by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is financed mainly by hotel taxes. The new track is also expected to bring several other major track events to the city over the next five years. Money from those events is also expected to help pay for the cost of the new track.

 

Planned upgrades to two Queens Borough parks will cost $1.5 million

Helen MarshallA total of $1.5 million in capital improvement funding has been approved for three parks in the Queens Borough. Two parks in Springfield and one in Flushing will be upgraded. The funding is part of the capital budget of Borough President Helen Marshall (pictured). At Springfield Gardens, $700,000 has been set aside for reconstruction of the field house. The field house will undergo construction of a refurbished roof, new lighting and improved utilities. It will also be brought up to standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the Springfield Park North, $400,000 will be spent to repair the roof and improve accessibility for persons with handicaps at the comfort station on the one-acre playground. The Bowne Park comfort station in Flushing will get similar upgrades, also costing $400,000. "All of our borough's parks play a key role in promoting quality of life by providing the people of Queens with much-needed space for recreation and relaxation," said Marshall. "That's why it is vitally important that all the recreational and comfort station facilities located within these parks be in good repair and fully available for public use."

 

Largest loan in DOT history approved for Tappan Zee Bridge project

The largest-ever loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), totaling $1.6 billion, has been approved for construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. The funds come from DOT's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program. Congresswoman Nita Lowey said the loan is a "huge milestone" toward construction of the bridge. She called the bridge "a critical link in our region's infrastructure system and lifeline for commuters and businesses." Lowey said the loan will allow work on the new bridge to continue to move forward. She pointed out that the project also will create jobs and contribute to New York's economy.

 

Airports in Oklahoma awarded millions of dollars in grants for infrastructure projects

Victor BirdThe Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recently awarded grants to airports in three Oklahoma communities to help pay for infrastructure projects. Included in the projects are runway and taxiway construction, airfield sign purchases and terminal and navigation equipment upgrades. Grants totaling $1.07 million went to airports in Chandler, Pauls Valley and Goldsby. Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird (pictured) said the grant will assist communities in making airports better and safer for those flying in and out of the airports. "A community's airport is their gateway to the world, providing their citizens and businesses access to destinations and markets throughout the state and nation -- and, in many instances, the world. Airports are truly economic engines," he said. A $66,000 grant will go to the David Jay Perry Airport in Goldsby to help defray the cost of construction of a parallel taxiway system. To meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements, the apron will also have to be reconfigured. That includes moving the fuel tanks at the airport and moving the main hangar, which is also the public terminal building. The Goldsby airport will also benefit from federal grants totaling close to $1.2 million and a matching $66,000 grant from the town of Goldsby. The largest grant - nearly $897,000 - went to Chandler Regional Airport to overlay the runway with a new layer of asphalt. The city will contribute $47,000 to the project as well as $38,000 in repairs. The Pauls Valley Municipal Airport will use its $106,000 in grant funds along with $1.7 million in federal funds for a new parallel taxiway system. The city will add about $94,000 in matching funds.

 

New public works facility part of bond issue for city in Tennessee

A $1.3 million proposed new Public Works facility is part of a $4.3 million bond issue being planned by the city of Cookeville, Tennessee. An animal shelter with a $1.4 million price tag is also part of the issuance of bonds. Among the other projects to be funded by issuance of the general obligation bonds will be design fees of $724,000 for Bennett Road North and $401,500 for improvements to the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, including $300,000 for the roof and $101,500 toward the fly system. Another $287,000 is dedicated for the next phase of the Dogwood Park project. There will be $85,000 set aside for pavilion dressing rooms, $75,000 for fencing, $75,000 for a bridge, $40,000 for a harbor and $12,000 for event barriers.

 

South Carolina city looking forward to building $75 million museum

Joseph RileyConstruction could begin in late 2015 on a proposed $75 million International African-American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. "We've been working for over a decade to plan this museum and to carefully understand the opportunity and responsibility we have to tell this part of the American story," said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (pictured). The mayor said the city has been working on the project for more than a decade. When officials first began talking about the project 10 years ago, the price tag was considerably less at $37 million. The $75 million facility being considered now will be a 42,000-square-foot facility. It will be financed by a combination of city, county and state funds as well as private contributions. The Charleston City Council recently approved a revenue bond for its $12.5 million share of the project. If projections on the start date are correct, the facility could be completed by 2018. Ralph Appelbaum, designer of the Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibits in Washington and the new Visitor Reception Center at the United States Capitol, is designing the exhibits for the museum.

  

RFP issued by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for rail cars

A request for proposals by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) seeks bids for a $13 billion project to replace and increase capacity of its Red and Orange line trains. MBTA is looking at purchasing 152 cars for the Orange Line as replacement for its entire fleet of 120. The addition of 74 cars for the Red Line would bring its total fleet to 132 cars. MBTA expects to award a contract by winter 2014-15. As part of the RFP, the final assembly must be performed in Massachusetts. Orange Line cars are expected to be delivered by winter 2018-19 and Red Car delivery is expected in fall 2019. The new cars will feature additional seating and wider and electrically operated doors. Each car will have four accessible areas, modern HVAC systems and advanced passenger information and announcement systems.

 

Contracting Opportunities

 

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • Michael J. Albano has been awarded a $10,000 contract by officials of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, to conduct a casino economic impact study to gather data and study the economic effects of a casino in a neighboring community on public safety, housing, social services, schools, roads and businesses.
  • Akima Construction Services won a contract worth up to $80 million from the U.S. Army to provide design, build and construction capabilities.
  • Zenith Tech has won a $7.7 million contract from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for repair work to the closed Leo Frigo Bridge on the north side of Green Bay.
  • DynCorp International won a contract worth up to $72.3 million from the U.S. Army to provide mentoring and training services.
  • Lewis Contractors has been awarded a $3.13 million contract by the city of Cedar Park, Texas, for the Buttercup Creek Wastewater Interceptor Replacement Project that will result in replacing aging wastewater line infrastructure as a part of a multi-year effort.
  • Ernest Bland Associates won a contract worth up to $1 million from the General Services Administration for maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment.
  • McCownGordon Construction LLC and Treanor Architects have been selected by the University of Central Missouri for a contract to build a new $42.15 million mixed-use student housing project on the campus at Warrensburg.
  • Harris IT Services won a contract worth up to $10.1 million from the U.S. Transportation Command for customer services support.
  • Insituform Technologies won a $2,534,750 contract from the city of Odessa, Texas, for the rehabilitation of old sewer lines and the repair of 47 manholes.
  • New Target won a contract worth up to $1 million from the General Services Administration for general purpose information technology equipment.

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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Virginia Supreme Court reduces lower court ruling; OKs tolling for P3 projects

Ken CuccinelliPublic-private partnership (P3) proponents in Virginia welcomed a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court last week regarding tolling on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels. The high court ruling reverses a decision by a Portsmouth Circuit Judge who ruled that the Virginia Department of Transportation and Elizabeth River Crossings did not have the authority to impose tolls, which he said are taxes. The Supreme Court was charged with determining if tolls on the two existing tunnels were an impermissible tax, or a permissible user fee. Many felt the state's increasing and successful use of P3s was at stake in the decision.

 

The high court ruling overturned the circuit court's decision, which will allow for tolls to be collected on the two tunnels, and those toll funds will help defray the costs of a new Midtown Tunnel, rehabilitation of the Downtown tunnels and extend and upgrade the Martin Luther King Freeway. Officials expect the tolls will be between $1.59 and $1.84 per car for the tunnel and 50 cents for the MLK extension for those who use the tunnel and $1 for those who do not use the tunnel. Tolling is expected to begin sometime next year.

 

While there is some citizen opposition to the tolls, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (pictured) noted, "Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act is a significant law that makes it possible to develop major transportation projects that might not otherwise be built. Those projects are needed to decrease congestion on our roads, which is critical to keeping business and commuters moving throughout the commonwealth."

  

Florida P3 will help fund construction of college's campus expansion plans

An expansion of the Seminole State College of Florida's Altamonte Spring campus will be funded entirely by a public-private partnership (P3). The college's Board of Trustees recently invited the Seminole County School Board to become a partner in the project. With a focus of educating Seminole County residents, the college board wants to ensure the local school board approves of all aspects of the property before moving toward seeking other partners.

  

When completed, the campus will feature 1.4 million square feet of space and eight new high-rise buildings and parking structures. The campus would have a capacity of 35,000 students and 1,000 full-time employees. At a joint meeting of the college and local school boards, the two were directed to collaborate to determine what types of programs would be offered.

 

The public-private partnership is the result of legislation that went into effect in July that allows the use of P3s for facilities that serve a public purpose. Another possible partner in the venture is the University of Central Florida, and Seminole College officials have already been meeting with UCF officials. The College plans to solicit proposals for other partners at the campus next spring. College officials are discussing the possibility of offering new master's, bachelor's and associate degrees in five high-demand areas - health care, modeling and simulation, education, business and hospitality.

 

New York town moving toward P3 for management of public park

Joe CarvinOfficials in the town of Rye, New York, are considering a public-private partnership for management of the Rye Town Park. The 62-acre preserve on Long Island Sound has 28 acres of lawns and paths, rolling hills, benches, a naturalized pond and a beachfront with a swimming area of 34 acres. The town will soon be issuing a request for proposals from private organizations interested in redeveloping and managing the park.

 

Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin (pictured) said the park has not had any financial investment in five decades. "It's an absolute disgrace. It's a wasting asset that should be available to the community," he said. "And I think with the right public/private partnership, we can work magic down there." A planning firm has been hired to assist with the bid process.

 

Although the park operated within its budget this season, revenue was down $50,000 because weather affected park usage. Some of that shortfall will be made up when the park is open year-round under a proposed P3. The Town Commission is backing new management for the park and is working toward a proposal that will also have support from the community. 

 

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Where are they now?

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

 

John ReinhartJohn F. Reinhart (pictured) earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio University and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan. He joined Maersk Inc. in Human Resources in 1991. In 1992, he accepted a position with Universal Maritime Services, holding positions that included General Manager Maintenance and Repair, General Manager of Operations and then president. In 1996, he returned to Maersk, Inc. as a regional director, Northeast Region and then was elevated to senior vice president. In August 2000, Reinhart was named chief executive officer of the company. He was named president of Maersk Line, Ltd. in April 2004. He serves as a director of Nauticus, LLC and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Maersk Line, Ltd. since 1998. Reinhart announced his resignation after 23 years with Maersk in October, effective at the end of January, 2014. He was recently chosen as the new chief executive officer of the Port of Virginia. He will begin his job there on Feb. 10, 2014. Reinhart will succeed Jerry Bridges, the former executive director, who stepped down last fall after five and one-half years as head of the port.

 

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A New York school district recently was successful as floating a $26.4 million bond issue. The bond proceeds will be used for extensive building upgrades, new security measures and a makeover of athletic facilities. Most of the spending will be for replacing aging boilers, roofs and windows throughout the district, overhauling the fire-alarm system, installing air conditioning in the high school and upgrading technology. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 

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Luke McCormackLeonard FittsHarrie Lynne BueckerLuke McCormack (top left), chief information officer at the Justice Department who was also CIO for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and at Customs and Border Protection and acting director of infrastructure services, will be the new CIO at the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Richard Spires, who resigned in May. New Jersey educator Leonard Fitts (top center), who most recently was interim superintendent for the Berlin Township (New Jersey) school district, has accepted the post of interim superintendent of the Coatesville (Pennsylvania) Area School District, replacing Angelo Romaniello, who will return to his post as assistant superintendent. Harrie Lynne Buecker (top right), who has spent three decades in K-12 education, most recently as superintendent of the Franklin County schools in Frankfort, Kentucky, has been named the new liaison for district and school partnerships at the University of Louisville, where she also serves as director of educator development and clinical practice. The City of Los Alamitos, California, has appointed Bret Plumlee, who most recently was city manager in La Puente, as the city's new city manager. Robert Hoecherl, a 27-year veteran of the city of Fort Lauderdale's fire department and who has been serving as interim chief since former Chief Jeffrey Justinak retired earlier this year, has been named the city's new fire chief. Letizia Tafliafierro, former director of intergovernmental affairs for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been named executive director of the state's Joint Commission on Public Ronald Davis Alan Ingram Molly Hood Ethics. Ronald Davis (bottom right), East Palo Alto's police chief for the past eight years, will leave his post to become director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has appointed Alan Ingram (bottom center), who has served the last four years as superintendent of the Springfield, Massachusetts, school district, as deputy education commissioner. Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has named Molly B. Hood (bottom left), a senior planner in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with private-sector government relations and consulting experience, as its new assistant city manager and director of development services. Sue Ott Rowlands, who currently serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the next top academic official at Northern Kentucky University, effective Jan. 6, 2014. Capt. Robert O. Jones, a 24-year veteran of the Gautier, Mississippi, Fire Department, has been named the city's new fire chief, replacing Ray A. Frair, who retired last June. Lewis Ledford, who has served as North Carolina's state parks director for the past decade after joining the agency in 1976 as a ranger at William B. Umstead State Park, is leaving the department to become the executive director for the National Association of State Park Directors. 

 

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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.

 

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 jrocha@techconnect.org. For support and sponsorship interests please contact Chris Erb at cerb@techconnect.org.

 

TCEA convention for 2014 will be held in Austin, Texas

TheTexas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2014 Convention and Exposition will 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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