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Volume 5, Issue 40January 29, 2014
Cities' unique models decrease traffic congestion

Some metropolitan areas are dealing with traffic in an entirely new way. And, the result is that Americans are driving their automobiles fewer miles each year. That trend has been under way since 2007.


The decrease has been slow, but steady, and it is obvious that people throughout the country are using more public transportation, riding bikes and walking to destinations they once traveled to in automobiles. At least that is what the Federal Highway Administration says.


One of the reasons is because of a relatively new initiative that is proving to be quite successful - transit-oriented development projects, or walkable communities in urban areas.




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Pennsylvania seeks partner to deal with deficient bridges


RFQs due Friday to weed out firms to design, build, maintain state infrastructure

Erin Waters-TrasattThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) should know within days how many private-sector firms are interested in partnering with the state to help replace some of Pennsylvania's approximately 4,200 state-owned bridges that have been designated as structurally deficient. A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued last December, giving interested parties until Jan. 31 to submit their qualifications.


PennDOT is seeking to replace about 500 of those bridges in 2015 if it can find a partner to design, build and maintain the bridges, with PennDOT making payments to the private partner relative to performance. Pennsylvania leads the nation in deficient bridges, with 18 percent of its bridges structurally deficient, 11 percent higher than the national average. The average age of Pennsylvania bridges is 50 years.


Currently, some 60 smaller bridges in Allegheny County are likely to see replacements. Most are less than 60 feet long. With a number of bridges up for replacement, the Transportation Department is hoping to save money by using the same or similar design for the replacement bridges. PennDOT spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt (pictured)  said by bringing private-sector funding into the mix, the state will be able to replace 550 to 650 bridges that would otherwise take the state acting alone some 15-20 years to replace with a traditional design-build method of delivery.


Interest in the project has been high, with some 150 companies, including contractors, engineers and financial organizations attending a November presentation. The executive vice president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania said companies are hurriedly putting together teams to submit proposals.


Once the submissions of qualifications are received, qualified teams will submit proposals. "With a project of this scale, we anticipate that proposers will establish their own teams including multiple contractors, but the exact structure is up to them," Waters-Trasatt said. She added that it is hoped that construction could be under way on 50-100 bridges sometime next year. The winning bidder will maintain the new bridges for up to 40 years.


Bill would re-establish state infrastructure banks


Authors say nation facing crisis for funding for transportation projects

Richard HannaSaying the nation is facing an "infrastructure crisis," U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (pictured) of New York has introduced legislation, along with U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn of California, that would re-establish state infrastructure banks. Dubbed the State Transportation and Infrastructure Financing Innovation Act, the bill would update the federal highway bill and allow states - the ones that choose to do so - to use federal funding to establish their own infrastructure banks.


Although a State Infrastructure Bank program was established by Congress in 2005, it expired in 2009, no longer allowing states to receive money through reduced-interest borrowing for roads, bridges, sewers and other necessary infrastructure. The original program allowed states to use up to 10 percent of their existing federal transportation dollars to start infrastructure banks to finance their projects. At the time, 10 states established such banks, all of which have been inactive since the original legislation expired.


Hanna said state infrastructure banks can help leverage private investment in local projects nationwide. The bill Hanna has co-authored with Hahn not only would reauthorize the program, but also increase the funding cap from 10 percent to 15 percent of federal transportation dollars. States would then loan those funds to local communities. "This legislation is an important step in ensuring local infrastructure projects get the vital funding they need to create jobs and build the goods movement system our businesses need to succeed," he said.


Hanna said the goal of the legislation, if passed, is to begin making loans by 2015. 


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Illinois school district getting funds for replacement gym, classrooms

Structural issues blamed on shifting ground led the Chester, Illinois, Elementary School gym and connecting classrooms to be condemned in mid-2012. Officials found the facility to be structurally unstable. But the school district will now get $4.4 million in tax money to help replace the facilities. The funds are part of the state's Illinois Jobs Now! program and will be matched by $1.5 million from the school district. When the facility was declared unusable, it left more than 600 pre-K to eighth grade students without a facility to use during bad weather. The new building will be built on more stable ground near the school.


North Carolina county to build new $40.5 million middle school

Middle SchoolBuncombe County, North Carolina, commissioners recently voted to build a new $40.5 million Asheville Middle School. The new facility will replace a structure built in 1965. Problems with the school were plentiful, leading to the vote to build a new school. In North Carolina, the law provides that a county government must finance capital needs of local public schools. Although originally planned for construction in 2018, the new school will be built this year. There was some concern that the school would not be built this year, as commissioners had previously approved spending $20 million to build a new Isaac Dickson Elementary School. The original cost for the Asheville School was $47 million. But, school and county officials were able to work with the architects to bring the costs down. Officials did not say when the project would be shovel-ready but have since said construction could start as early as July. Officials are hopeful students will be able to use the new school by August 2016. Until the new school is completed, students will continue using the old school. The new facility (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering of possible looks for the school) will be built on land adjoining the old school. The school will not, however, have the new auditorium that was originally planned. The school will instead have a "gymnatorium" for events that have large groups attending.


Massachusetts city approves $2.7 million for 32 capital projects

More than 30 projects will benefit from $2.7 million approved by the Woburn, Massachusetts, City Council, 13 of which are school-related capital projects. The School Department will have to recoup about $83,000 of the total for repaving projects and the replacement of stucco at an elementary school. Funding for those projects was approved, but not used, last year and thus went back to the general fund. So the school must make up that part of the funding. The school projects include new storage sheds at four schools, a new water heater for a middle school and new student furniture throughout the school system. Some $50,000 will be for security upgrades that include card entry systems and intercom system expansions. Student furniture is expected to cost $20,000 and there will be a $125,000 upgrade to the telephone system for safety concerns. Another $125,000 will be spent for technology upgrades, including WiFi throughout the district. The prefabricated sheds will cost $15,000 each for three elementary and one middle school. Another expenditure will be $15,000 for software upgrades for the HVAC system at the Reeves School. Another expenditure will be $25,000 for a new water heater.


Indiana school district moving forward with its construction bond project

Tom EdingtonThe Wawasee school board in Kosciusko County, Indiana, has decided to pursue a bond project for construction on the high school. Dr. Tom Edington (pictured), superintendent of the Wawasee schools, said most of the projects will involve athletic facilities and thus cannot be paid for with capital project fund money. Among the projects are upgrades to the track around the football field, adding parking spaces behind the football stadium, building a new entrance with restroom and concessions building at the football stadium and building similar facilities near the soccer fields and tennis courts. The bonds would also pay for a new phone and public address system in the high school, renovations in the athletic training room, replacement of groundskeeping and maintenance equipment, replacement of softball and soccer bleachers, security camera upgrades at the high school and replacement of auxiliary gym backboards. The project costs are $1.847 million. More specific information on the costs will be presented by the architects at the March school board meeting.


$20 million bond issue approved for Alabama school district

A $20 million school bond issue was recently approved by the Phenix, Alabama, City Council - an issue previously approved by the city's Board of Education. The school district will borrow about $10 million for new capital projects and refinance another $10 million in existing debt. The bond, being issued through the city to take advantage of its good bond rating and lower interest rates, will be paid by the school district. Among the projects likely to be funded through the bond are more than $1.9 million for cafeteria, kitchen and office renovations and the addition of several classrooms at Westview Elementary School; $1.5 million for roof renovations at Central High School; $1.5 million for a bus barn; $525,000 for a new access road; $1,802,500 for a four-classroom addition and multi-purpose room at Sherwood Elementary School; $1.2 million for a 12-classroom addition at Lakewood Primary School; and $1.5 million for 14-15 new school buses.


Illinois school district to issue $4.2 million in bonds for projects

Cheryl WithamThe New Trier Township school district will issue $4.2 million in bonds to pay for renovation projects on its Northfield and Winnetka campuses. Included among the projects, according to Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Cheryl Witham (pictured), are changes that will help meet requirements of access for persons with disabilities to the Gates Gym on the Winnetka campus and to the auditoriums on both campuses. Among the alterations will be construction of an enclosed area with an elevator outside the Gates Gym. Ramps will be built in the auditoriums to allow access to the stage areas. The projects are likely to begin in May. Other bond proceeds will be used for maintenance and repairs to some older facilities. Witham said over the next five years, the campuses will need roof replacements and new HVAC systems. 


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City in Kansas approves $7 million in capital improvement projects

Karen HillerThe city of Topeka, Kansas, has approved $7 million for eight capital improvement projects that include sidewalks, traffic safety, traffic lights and major infrastructure improvements. All but one of the projects, to be funded by general obligation bonds, were approved unanimously. There was some discussion about the term of the bonds, and Council member Karen Hiller (pictured) noted that 20-year bonds add a significant amount to the city debt. She added that if only $5 million of the project costs were reduced to 10 years, it would save the city $1.5 million. "We need to treat our borrowing and bonded projects just like cash," said Hiller, agreeing that becoming debt-free overnight is not plausible, but something the city should work on. Some of the other projects that are part of the approved $7 million in projects include: $1.4 million for neighborhood infrastructure improvements in the Central Highland Park and Hi-Crest target areas; $3.5 million for final design and the first phase of construction for improvements on a section of S.W. 37th Street; various traffic safety and improvement project budgets, including $640,000 to replace traffic signals at five locations; $370,000 to improve safety in the city's transportation network and $200,000 for design of improvements on a portion of S.E. California Avenue; $180,000 for neighborhood infrastructure improvements within the city; and $150,000 for citywide infill sidewalk projects. 


Detroit light rail seeking contractors to work on $140M project

Contractors are being sought to work on Detroit's $140 million light passenger rail project. The company that was chosen as construction manager is seeking proposals from contractors to assist with projects that include paving, salvage, traffic signals, water main work and landscaping. The 3.1-mile project is expected to be up and running in 2016. Stacy and Witbeck Inc. has created a Web site for contractors who are interested in working on the project. More than two-dozen bid packages are currently available and more than a dozen more are expected to be added soon. The mass transit project will provide a streetcar line along Detroit's Woodward Avenue, with the help of $25 million in federal aid.


GSA receives RFI responses for building maintenance, operations services program

Tom SharpeA request for information was recently released by the U.S. General Services Administration regarding industry feedback for development of a new Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) services program that could be instituted government-wide. The program includes services from HVAC to utilities. GSA sought input and demonstrated best practices to incorporate federal sourcing principles including pricing discounts, better operations management and small business support. GSA sought recommendations about how cost and operations savings can be measured and achieved through a BMO-focused strategic sourcing solution, either by demand management strategies, better acquisition or improved performance management. The proposed services that GSA is seeking to improve regarding purchase and management are HVAC, electrical, elevator, road work, janitorial, landscaping, pest control, waste management and utilities. "The federal government's portfolio of building assets contains more than double the square footage of the top five U.S. commercial real estate companies combined," said Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe, Jr. (pictured). "This program has the opportunity to significantly change the way the government approaches the services used to maintain and operate its buildings and structures, saving money and streamlining processes." The BMO program also seeks to create opportunities for small business in the development of the program. The responses will be used to discuss a going-forward strategy.


New York village gets federal funding for downtown redesign work

A $1 million federal grant has been awarded to Port Jefferson Village, New York, to assist with a project that is part of its redesign of its downtown area. The funding will be used to upgrade Main Street and its sidewalks and is part of the waterfront revitalization plan. Port Jefferson Village's award is part of a pot of $67 million in federal grant funds being made available in New York through the Federal Highway Administration and is one of 63 projects statewide. The projects are being undertaken to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation and multi-use paths, with a goal of increasing tourism and economic development. The $1 million in federal funding will cover about 80 percent of Port Jefferson's project, with a local match making up the difference. Plans are to eliminate parking on the east side of Main Street in the village and use that space to widen sidewalks and the roadway. The revitalization plan also includes adding a children's park and an amphitheater on West Broadway and reconfiguring the ferry property to relieve traffic congestion on East Broadway.


MTA to get additional federal funding to defray cost of damages from storm

Peter RogoffNew York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will get $886 million in additional federal dollars to help the mass transit authority rebuild following damages caused more than a year ago by Superstorm Sandy. The MTA funds are part of $3.8 billion that will be distributed by the Federal Transit Administration to continue rebuilding. More than $500 million of the money headed to MTA will be used to make repairs to three tunnels - the Montague, Steinway and Greenpoint - that were badly damaged. "Everyone saw the pictures of flood waters filling the subways. What may have been less visible was havoc all that sea water wreaked on the electrical systems, signals and communications equipment," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff (pictured). "We'll give back to the people of New York reliable access to jobs, school, doctors, friends, their place of business." U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the funds will not only allow for rebuilding, but will also strengthen the transit system against future storms. Metro-North will get more than $103 million for projects to protect against flooding.


State to fund much of $3 million in Alaska city's street project

The city of Seward, Alaska, is in line for $3 million in street improvements after receiving $2.7 million in funds backed by the Alaska Department of Transportation and $300,000 in city matching funds. The funds will be used for improvements and upgrades to some trouble spots on certain streets. Another $87,000 in sidewalk improvements was also approved and will be done before road work starts. 


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  • The Boeing Company received a $17.8 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade F/A-18 Hornets, with 92 percent of the work coming to Boeing's Cecil Airport facility.
  • Plote Construction Inc. won a $12.6 million contract from the Illinois Toll Way for construction of retaining walls and noise walls between Illinois Route 25 and Illinois Route 59 as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project; Meade Inc. won a $10.4 million contract for electrical work between the Kishwaukee River and the Elgin Toll Plaza and F. H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC won a $4.1 million contract for demolition of the Des Plaines Oasis building over I-90.
  • Western Builders was awarded a $2.618 million contract from the Amarillo (Texas) Independent School District Board of Trustees to convert the tennis courts into additional parking and build a new tennis complex at Bonham Middle School. The contract also includes construction of dressing rooms, a coaches office, a trainer's room and public seating.
  • Windstream Holdings Inc. has secured a five-year, $1.6 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to install fiber-optic cable at three military bases: Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City and Kelly Field Annex in San Antonio.
  • Reynolds, Smith and Hill architectural and engineering firm won a $10 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for work to enhance or replace elementary and secondary schools on U.S. military bases and other overseas territories.
  • Pepper Lawson Waterworks won a $17.25 million contract from the city of Abilene,Texas, for Phase Two of the Hamby Wastewater Treatment Plant project for mechanical piping packages, minor site work, final concrete work and more.
  • Goodrich Corporation was awarded a nearly $7.6 million cost contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for engineering design services and fabrication of a full-scale prototype submarine rotor component under the Hybrid Demonstration program.
  • DynCorp International won a task order from the U.S. Air Force under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program III to provide engineering design and support services in the United Arab Emirates. As part of the task order, DynCorp will provide personnel, supervision, software, reference materials and other items and services necessary to provide design, consultation, engineering and construction management services to the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. The competitively awarded task order has a one-year base period with two one-year options and a total contract value of up to $4.4 million.
  • Acentia has been awarded a five-year, $1.25 million contract from the state of Rhode Island Department of Health to provide a secure cloud-based National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System for the Department of Health's Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology.
  • King Construction was awarded a contract for $1.14 million from the city of Clear Lake, Iowa, to renovate city hall and the police department.
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Developers named finalists for MDC medical campus expansion

Roman MartinezThree development teams have been named finalists to participate in a public-private partnership to expand the Miami Dade College medical campus. The campus is located near Jackson Memorial Hospital. Plans are for the college to develop some 170,000 square feet and a parking garage on a 4.5-acre site. The development could be used for a hotel, conference center, medical office building, residential facilities and retail space. The finalists chosen include: Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a team including Concord Eastridge, Pirtle Construction Co., Perkins+Will, Zyscovich Architects, Miller Legg and Gadinsky Real Estate; Lend Lease, a team including D. Stephenson Construction, Ivory Construction, HKS, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Premier Parking and law firm GrayRobinson, P.A.; and MCM-BAP, a team including law firm Greenberg Traurig, Dunlap & Associates, Walker Parking, the Miami Parking Authority and BBVA Compass Bank. The three teams of finalists will meet with the evaluation committee probably by the end of February, according to Miami Dade College Director of Purchasing Roman Martinez (pictured), to discuss their proposals. The college could then require a best and final offer from the developers to pick the best proposal.


P3s being used by national cemeteries; could lead to new trend

National cemeteries throughout the country could eventually benefit from public-private partnerships like the one recently used at the Sarasota (Florida) National Cemetery. A $10 million amphitheater project at the cemetery is the first-of-its-kind P3. The Patterson Foundation has been working with the Patriot Project amphitheater since 2009. Steve Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs at the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C., called Patriot Plaza a model for other cemeteries. Muro said partnerships with the city, county and state are necessary to open and maintain a cemetery. The amphitheater will serve as a replacement for events there, such as the dedication of the cemetery in 2008, when 3,000 people showed up and a tent was put up that had seats for only 1,000. The Patriot Plaza features statues, inspirational quotes and photos of veterans and their families.


State-run hospitals in Hawaii could enter into public-private partnerships

Alice HallState-run hospitals in Hawaii could enter into public-private partnerships if a bill expected to be debated in the Hawaii Legislature passes. Hawaii Health Systems Corporation President and CEO Alice Hall (pictured) testified at a recent budget briefing at the State Capitol about the need for increased funding for state-run hospitals. She said this year the system was asking for an emergency appropriation of $18.2 million, but with many of the state-run hospitals facing revenue shortfalls, the need is closer to $26 million. Hall said the bottom line is that "something does have to change." She said it has become increasingly difficult for the state legislature to come up with millions of dollars to support the hospital system. She said what the various boards have come to realize is that probably the best solution is public-private partnerships. Hall said through the use of P3s, the hospitals would gain access to private capital to meet their needs. She said the results would be implementation of private-sector compensation packages, reduction of waste and a decrease over time of system hospitals' dependency on subsidies from the government. Last year, Arizona-based Banner Health was in talks with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation about managing various facilities, but the legislature filed to approve any legislation that would allow P3s.


Idaho mayor pushing for public-private partnerships in his city

If Bob Henry has his way, there will be more public-private partnerships in the city of Nampa, Idaho. In his first State of the City address recently, the mayor of Nampa said he is interested in entering into more P3s so that private businesses can help fund community projects. In his address, Henry cited a number of P3s that benefitted the city in the past, including naming rights with Ford for the Idaho Center, the Gardner Company contributing to building Library Square in the city and road and traffic improvements. Henry cited a number of upcoming safety improvements this year that will be funded through partnerships with the state and private firms. "And we leverage those projects with federal dollars," he said.


Mississippi enters into P3 to help with telehealth initiative on diabetes

Kristi HendersonA public-private partnership is being launched in Mississippi to treat at-risk patients in underserved areas via a telehealth initiative. The partnership includes the state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, GE Healthcare, Intel and C Spire Wireless. The group has created the Diabetes Telehealth Network that is the first of its kind. Because the state has the highest rate of adult diabetes in the nation, its annual medical expense for diabetes-related treatment is $2.74 billion. The $1.6 million project costs are divided among the partners. The project calls for using computer tablets connected to the Internet for patients to share data on their medical statistics and then talk by phone or video chat with physicians and clinicians with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Kristi Henderson (pictured), telehealth director at the Medical Center, said this type of care has never been an option before. Henderson said the 18-month telehealth pilot will "serve as a proof-of-concept as we look to expand this model geographically and to other diseases." 


P3 will be used for overhaul of I-4 in Orlando area with toll lanes added

The Orlando area is slated to begin a $2 billion overhaul of Interstate 4 through the downtown area this year or perhaps in early 2015. The project, a public-private partnership, will add four toll lanes. This concept of adding toll lanes to what has previously been a "free" road for motorists to travel has been prohibited by federal law for years. That prohibition was rescinded in 2012 and the Florida Department of Transportation is now taking advantage of the new law by adding tolls lanes. Four private firms are on a short-list to participate with the state in this P3, with the private partner likely to absorb nearly half of the costs of the project. Tolls collected over a period of 30 years or more will be used to repay the private investment. The state is likely to put up close to $1 billion toward the cost. The winning private firm is expected to be named by June. Construction could then probably begin by the end of the year, with a completion date expected in 2020.


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


Clay JohnstonClay Johnston, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College. He completed medical school at Harvard University. Johnston completed his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993 and finished his residency in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1996. Johnston later received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing his residency at UCSF, Johnston stayed on at the university. He eventually was named professor of neurology and epidemiology at UCSF and was selected as director of the Clinical and Translational Service Institute (CTSI) at UCSF in 2008. He specializes in preventing and treating stroke. As director of CTSI, Johnston was responsible for oversight of the planning, development and implementation of a $112-million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant award. In 2009, Johnston was named UCSF's Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Johnston was recently selected as the inaugural dean of the new Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Claude SteeleKent WallerCarlos Lopez-CanteraClaude L. Steele (top left), the I. James Quillen Dean of Stanford University's education school and former provost at Columbia University, has been chosen as the University of California at Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost. Former Eddy County Sheriff Kent Waller (top center) has been named Carlsbad, New Mexico, Police Department's police chief, replacing recently retired Daniel Fierro. Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera (top right) has been appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as the state's new lieutenant governor, effective Feb. 3. Eric Madoff, former chief of staff at the New York State Department of Financial Services and former Chief Investment and Strategy Officer for the New York Liquidation Bureau, has been chosen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as executive director of the New York State Insurance Fund. Brad Whitehead, son of former Union County, Florida, Sheriff Jerry Whitehead, has been appointed to replace his father, who recently died, becoming the third generation of his family to be the top lawman in the county. Rose Duhan, former director of government programs at the New York Health Plan Association and former senior budget analyst for Albany County, is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pick to serve as the state's Assistant James Milliken Paige Day Mary Bassett Secretary for Health. James B. Milliken (bottom right), president of the University of Nebraska, has been appointed chancellor of the City University of New York , effective June 1, succeeding Matthew Goldstein, who stepped down last year after 14 years in office. Paige Day (bottom center), former Missouri City Assistant Fire Chief, recently became the first woman in the 142-year history of the city of Smyrna, Georgia, to serve as fire chief. Dr. Mary T. Bassett (bottom left), former deputy health commissioner under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been chosen by new Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's health commissioner. Dick McGinity, holder of the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming and interim president of the university since last December, has been promoted to president of the university. Alamogordo, New Mexico, Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Straface, who has been with the school system since 2011, recently announced his retirement. Lee Violett, former San Bruno police chief for eight years, who retired in 2006 with 30 years in law enforcement, has been named interim chief in East Palo Alto. 


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P3C 2014: The Public-Private Partnership Conference, February 24-25

P3C returns to Dallas next month, and will bring together the top industry minds and decision-makers to address the most relevant and pressing issues faced by public-planners, developers and A/E/C professionals. Over two days, P3C attendees will discover creative project finance solutions, learn strategies for handling the complexities of public-private partnerships and network with a vast pool of professionals experienced in all facets of planning and finance. P3C will also host Deal Day Showcase Sessions where public planners preview some of the newest development and procurement opportunities in America. Presenters will discuss their development goals, redevelopment visions and the details behind their capital projects. How will you grow your business and find new partners in the near year? Space is limited and registration prices increase on Jan. 31. For more information, visit


NAICU plans annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in February

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities will hold its annual meeting Feb. 2-5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's meeting is Securing Our Future: "Capitol Conversations." Among the topics for the sessions are student aid funding and higher education tax benefits, campus-based aid, key federal issues and emerging ideas, student debt and more. The agenda is now available and registration is open.


ASPA plans 75th anniversary celebration in March in D.C.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will hold its 2014 Annual Conference March 14-18, 2014, at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. One of the keynote presentations will be given by Elaine Karmark, a public policy expert who founded the New Democratic Movement that helped elect President Bill Clinton. She is also the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings Institution. This year's conference celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ASPA. The conference programming examines the challenge of managing and leading public service organizations in the 21st century, public human resource management, budgeting and finance management and policy formulation and service delivery. Featuring more than 150 panels led by public-service experts, the event will address changing public-sector ethics, how to create smarter government and working across levels of government and sectors. Conference registration is now open and additional information is available.

TCEA convention for 2014 will be held in Austin, Texas

The Texas 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.


2014 Energy Outlook Conference slated for Feb. 4-7 in D.C.

The 2014 Energy Outlook Conference, hosted by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Association of State Energy Research & Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), is planned for Feb. 4-7, 2014, at the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on state-federal energy collaboration in a new budget and policy era. This year's conference will explore the national energy policy outlook and the state, federal and private-sector partnerships that will advance United States energy policy. Click here for more information.


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