Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 25October 1, 2014
Will data collection consume us?
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.


Big Data - it's one of the hottest buzzwords of the decade - but what does it mean? For some, it congers up frightening scenarios related to a loss of privacy. For others it is a way to incorporate huge amounts of data into processes that allow for mining, categorizing, storing and accessing information. 


Some argue that big data is a bad thing while others say it is the only way to analyze data repositories for better and more strategic decision-making.


Both the public and private sectors use big data extensively. Public officials use it to collect information from cell phone GPS systems as a way to predict better and more efficient traffic patterns. 




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S. Carolina faces transportation needs
$100M going to bus transit projects
Upcoming education opportunities
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Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Opportunity of the week
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South Carolina transportation needs in billions


Transportation plan through 2040 estimates state revenues will fall $1.5B short

Highway Construction Yet another of the states is contemplating how it will meet its transportation needs, given the growing maintenance requirements of its roads and bridges, the increasing traffic congestion and declining revenues. In South Carolina, the Department of Transportation projects that by 2040, the state will need to spend an additional $70 billion on transportation needs. And, $60 billion of that amount is needed for roads alone.


Unfortunately, the news gets worse. The state's 2040 Multimodal Transportation Plan, the subject of a variety of public meetings and public comments, indicates that current revenues will be only $28 billion through 2040. That means that the state will be about $1.5 billion short of what it needs to maintain its transportation system.


Like other states, South Carolina is exploring its options. There is talk of increasing the state's gas tax. Other states are considering increases in fees and other charges. Public-private partnerships and even tolls are under consideration.


With South Carolina's population expected to increase by 1.3 million between now and 2014, maintenance and new construction of transportation infrastructure will grow as well.


The Intermodal Plan projects that $13 billion will be needed to increase the state interstate system capacity. Projects will include additional lanes, upgrades to interchanges and work toward completion of Interstate 73. With nearly 8,400 bridges in the state, $4 billion is anticipated to be needed to replace obsolete bridges and another $1.3 billion for maintenance. Officials expect to need $22 billion for new roads and expansion of current roads. Maintenance and resurfacing of current roads will cost $23 billion.


Public transportation will eat up $2.4 billion in maintenance costs. Hopes are that the current services can be expanded, but at a cost of $1.2 billion. Bicycle lanes and trails would need $1.2 billion, with another $1.7 billion needed for rapid rail and bus transit. One billion dollars would also be needed for the state's portion of a proposed high-speed rail corridor.


Grants totaling $100M to fund projects in 19 states


FTA awards money to be used to improve, expand transit bus service

John M. Lewis Competitive grant awards from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Ladders of Opportunity Initiative will help finance projects in 19 states. Twenty-four recipients were awarded funding totaling $100 million. The money is aimed at improving, modernizing and expanding transit bus service, which is Americans' number one choice for transit.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, in announcing the awards, said transportation is more than getting from on point to another. "It's about getting from where you are to a better life," he said.


Transportation needs nationwide are growing exponentially with a rapid increase in this country's population. That, combined with declining revenues at the federal, state and local levels, has government officials seeking financial assistance to make necessary infrastructure improvements. These grants will modernize bus service, replace aging buses with new ones and provide reliable transportation for those who depend on public transit. The need for these improvements is obvious in considering that FTA received 446 proposals for projects to be funded. The proposals came from 282 applicants and represent a total of $1.4 billion, 14 times the funding available.


The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (known as LYNX) will receive $9.39 million in funding to replace up to 10 diesel buses with a fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles, and to construct the Pine Hills SuperStop."Now the West Orange community will have access to a much needed and safe transfer facility, and by purchasing new articulated vehicles we can transport more riders to jobs or wherever they desire to travel more quickly and at a lower operating cost," said said LYNX CEO John M. Lewis Jr. (pictured).


The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System received more than $18 million to purchase a fleet of Gillig buses powered by compressed natural gas, replacing up to 51 older models that have reached the end of their useful life. The new buses will be environmentally friendly and provide residents of San Diego reliable transportation to job and education centers.


The  new bus transfer center will consolidate bus stops and eliminate the need for pedestrians to cross busy highways in order to transfer lines. Both projects will enhance efficiency for the region's transit network and improve access to Orlando's job centers, particularly for disadvantaged populations.


To view the complete list of recipients and how their grant funds will be used, click here. 


November 2014 Texas Bond Results

Upcoming education opportunities

Kansas school district considering $233 million bond issue

Jim Hinson Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas is considering taking a $233 million bond issue before voters. Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson (pictured) recently outlined a possible bond issue and reported on how the bond proceeds might be used. Hinson discussed the possibility of the district creating a state-of-the-art aquatic center that would include a 50-meter pool with diving wells. The district does not have adequate facilities for hosting a league meet and has to rent space at another district for such an event. Other projects under consideration for the bond issue include a new elementary school in each of the high school feeder areas, a new cafeteria separate from a gym for Brookwood Elementary School, a full-service kitchen at all schools, new flooring for elementary gyms and more. "We're really excited about the enrollment trends, what's occurring in the re-greening of the school district," Hinson said. However, he said the district must be "proactive and not reactive" and be prepared for student population increases and the needs of the district.

Texas Education Agency posts RFP for school assessment contract

A major public school assessment contract between the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Pearson is being rebid. The contract was once exclusively held by Pearson, but is now for the first time being broken out into parts for multiple vendors and the contract period will drop from five to four years.  Pearson has held the contract since 2000 and has received two extensions. The last contract, for five years, was valued at just under $500 million. Individual vendors or consortia have until Oct. 17 to indicate a preference to bid. There will be eight different bid packages - all of which together comprise the Texas assessment program. Vendors may bid on one or more of the components or can respond to the RFP in its entirety. But, each component on which a proposer is bidding must be priced out separately. The TEA will retain the right to select a contractor on a component-by-component basis. Should multiple contractors bid, they must show evidence that the state assessment program will be both coherent and manageable and will meet the timelines required.


Colorado State University turning to facilities staff to analyze stadium proposals

Tony Frank Four newly proposed options for upgrading the football stadium at Colorado State University (CSU) will be analyzed by the CSU facilities staff, according to CSU President Tony Frank (pictured).  Frank said they are salaried employees of the university paid to provide data on projects being evaluated by the university. Frank has said he will ask the CSU system governing board for an additional two months to study at least four upgrade options before making a final recommendation to the board at its December meeting. The CSU president said fundraising to build a $254 million stadium on the southwest side of the university's main campus did not reach its October goal. About $50 million - less than half of the $110 million goal - has been raised in private donations for an on-campus stadium.

Pennsylvania school district planning to build new middle school

A new middle school is on the drawing board for the Ringgold School District in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. The school would be built next to the Carroll Township high school The new middle school, for which new general obligation bonds would be issued, carries a cost of $34.7 million. The district's engineering firm has been asked by the district to submit plans, including project justification and schematic drawings, to the state Department of Education for review and approval. The school would replace one in Finleyville. The new school is expected to be completed by fall 2017. New bonds totaling $9.275 million for the school have been approved by the school board. "I feel like we're moving this school district forward, in the right direction, and an important part of that is building a centrally located middle school," said Superintendent Dr. Karen Polkabla. 


Veto denies extra $100M for University of California, Cal State

Jerry Brown California Gov. Jerry Brown (pictured) has vetoed part of a state budget bill that would have given an additional $50 million each to the University of California and California State University. The loss of the anticipated funds leaves both universities lacking funding to take care of what have been described as "critical" deferred maintenance projects on both campuses. Although Brown said he has an interest in maintaining the state's aging infrastructure, paying down state debit is a priority as well. "We are nearly one quarter into the fiscal year now and we should not commit additional General Fund monies of this magnitude when we are facing unanticipated costs such as fighting the state's extreme wildfires," wrote Brown in his veto message. 


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State grant funds of $10M to fund projects in Pajaro Valley

PV Water Logo State drought emergency funding of $10 million has been set aside for water supply and conservation projects in the Pajaro Valley area of California. "We're talking real money here," said Mary Bannister, general manager of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA). Among the grants are: $6.3 million to Watsonville for a new water filtration plant on Corralitos Creek, doubling surface water output for a savings of 1,100 acre feet of groundwater; $2.1 million to the PVWMA to extend a pipeline to supply as much as 750 acre-feet of treated wastewater to farms for irrigation; $500,000 to PVWMA for a conservation program to assist farmers in improving irrigation efficiency; $2.2 million to Santa Benito County Water District for expanding a recycled water project; and $121,000 to Santa Clara County for its South County Recycled Water Pipeline improvement project.  


Capital improvements approved by Whitman County Port board

A $2.3 million runway reconstruction projects is part of the major capital improvement projects for the Colfax Airport approved recently by the Port of Whitman County (Washington) Board of Commissioners. The runway project will be 90 percent paid by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with the port and the Washington Department of Transportation each kicking in 5 percent. The runway project will include new lighting, drainage and electrical work. It is expected to be completed next year. The FAA will also pay for 90 percent of a $170,000 taxiway and apron pavement rehabilitation project to be completed in 2015.  Officials say these projects will be the last major ones at the airport that will be using FAA discretionary funds through 2025. Future capital projects will likely include expanding vehicle access lanes and an on-site weather system, depending on demand and the availability of port funding.


Voters to be asked to OK $25M in bonding for wastewater plant improvements

Charles Cristello Improvements needed at the Middleborough, Massachusetts, wastewater treatment plant will be in the hands of voters on Oct. 6. That's when residents of the town will vote at a special called town meeting on whether to authorize up to $25 million in borrowing to upgrade the plant. The sewer plant's equipment, which was installed in 1977, is in need of replacement. And, the new five-year discharge permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes more stringent requirements for reducing nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the wastewater being discharged into the Nemasket River. Cost estimate for the upgrades necessary is at $23 million, including contingencies. The project, which is expected to go out for bids next spring, could be completed by August 2017. Town Manager Charles Cristello (pictured) said the town will apply for a zero interest loan and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved new wastewater policies that are needed to qualify for the loan program. An 80 percent design report is due to DEP by Oct. 15. Officials are hoping to meet the new EPA requirements while continuing to treat 1.6 million gallons of wastewater per day. The plant will get a top-to-bottom upgrade, with new construction to include a new tertiary treatment facility, new systems for chlorination and dechlorination, new leachate receiving and septage receiving stations, a new maintenance garage and control building. Wastewater rates have been increasing annually at a rate of 15 percent since 2011 to help pay for the upgrades.


2020 Project at UC Merced request for qualifications being reissued

A request for proposals (RFP) for development of the University of California Merced 2020 project has been canceled and reissued. The original RFP was issued in April. It has since been amended and reissued last month with Statements of Qualifications now due Oct. 24. UC Merced officials said there were a number of administrative deficiencies in the Statements of Qualifications received from teams expressing interest in the project. It was determined that it would be in the best interest of the university to issue a new solicitation so that fully compliant Statements of Qualifications can be received. The 2020 project will develop the second phase of the UC Merced campus as a mixed-use, master-planned development. The project will include academic, research, housing, athletics and support facilities and accommodate 10,000 students. The site for the project is a more than 200-acre section of the campus that has more than 130 acres of undeveloped land. The project consists of the comprehensive development, including the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of some or all of the elements, of academic, administrative, research, recreational, student residence and student services buildings, utilities and infrastructure, outdoor recreation and open space areas, and associated roadways, parking and landscaping, for UC Merced.


Knoxville adding parking garage to Cumberland Avenue area

Anne Wallace A redevelopment plan recently approved by the Knoxville City Council includes more parking. The developers will build a parking garage that will allow more easy access to Cumberland Avenue. The $15 million garage would provide between 500-800 parking spaces for customers of all businesses in the area, trying to offer an alternative to motorists instead of private surface parking lots. City of Knoxville Project Manager Anne Wallace (pictured) said the surface parking is "sporadic" in its enforcement of rules and regulations. "What happens is a lot of people come down to the area, park, feel like they've paid to park or parked in an appropriate area, then find themselves towed," she said. The plan is to provide free parking on nights and weekends. In addition, the city wants to charge a flat rate for Tennessee football games, but Wallace is concerned about its abuse. She said some may abuse the system by setting up weeks in advance or staying there for days at a time. 


Leaked information, other factors contribute to new RFP on Texas data project

Kyle Janek Saying he is "committed to getting it right," Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said last week that the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will re-issue its request for proposals (RFP) for an upcoming major data project. Janek said the project is key to improving both the quality and efficiency of Medicaid services in the state. The commissioner said there were also concerns that a state employee "inappropriately provided information" to at least one of the private-sector vendors that bid on the project. Janek said the alleged information leak is being investigated by the agency and could result in disciplinary action if the employee involved is identified. Non-disclosure forms are signed by agency employees to prevent the release of information regarding procurements and offering information to a vendor violates that agreement. The original bids were reviewed, according to HHSC, and the agency began negotiations in June with the vendor that submitted the best bid. No agreement had been reached when HHSC announced on Sept. 5 that it would cancel the original procurement and issue another RFP. Janek said the original procurement was canceled so revisions could be made that could lower the cost for the project. Making such changes would alter the scope of the procurement, he said, warranting a new RFP with a revised scope of work. "It's important that we have a level playing field for all potential bidders," he said. The commissioner also said that the alleged leak of information could have hurt the state's negotiating position, raising the question of whether there could have been other inappropriate communications.


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  • Renda/J Bros. JV won a $147.5 million flood control contract from the U.S. Corps of Engineers to widen a drainage canal in New Orleans. The company will widen the Florida Avenue Canal from St. Ferdinand St. to Peoples Ave.
  • Webber LLC was awarded a contract of about $11 million from the Port of Galveston for the expansion of Cruise Terminal No. 2 to accommodate more and larger passenger vessels planning to sail from the island. Plans call for expanding the 90,000-square-foot terminal by 60,000 square feet on two stories - 30,000 square feet on each floor. The expansion would allow for seating for at least 2,000 people and would expand areas for passenger screening, baggage handling and customs enforcement.
  • Morel Construction Company was awarded a $7.658 million contract from the Newport (Kentucky) School Board for the renovation of Newport High School including track and pavement coating, cafeteria upgrades and LED light fixtures.
  • Waynesboro Construction won a $16.3 million contract from the Washington County (Maryland) Board of Education for the construction of a new "West City" elementary school and the renovation of a Frederick Street building in Hagerstown that will serve as a public service academy.
  • JE Dunn Construction was awarded a $199 million contract from the state of Wyoming to rehabilitate and renovate the Wyoming State Capitol Square. The project includes a 130,000-square-foot renovation of the Historic Wyoming State Capitol, renovation of the 280,000-square-foot Herschler office building, an 83,000-square-foot expansion and the addition of an 18,000-square-foot central utility plant.
  • 3 Phoenix won a contract worth up to $9 million from the U.S. Navy for support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware and software integration.
  • Satterfield & Pontikes Construction has been awarded a $128 million contract from the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District to build a 592,000-square-foot high school. The project includes four buildings - a three-story academic wing, a community building for fine arts and indoor athletics, a dining facility and a central utility plant building. The company will also construct baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, track and field facilities and football fields.
  • HDR Engineering won a $26 million contract with the city of Arlington, Virginia, to build a 7.4-mile streetcar line between Fairfax and Arlington counties.
  • R.A.C. Builders Inc. was awarded the $3.87 million contract by the township of Milford, Massachusetts, for the Milford Youth Center renovation project. The project includes motorized basketball backboards in the gymnasium, ceiling improvements at the mezzanine level, acoustical ceiling panels and new steel-framed windows.
  • 381 Elden Street LLC won a contract worth up to $6.7 million from the U.S. General Services Administration for lease or rental of facilities.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Ohio ready for its first-ever public-private partnership for road project

Ohio could be about to begin its first public-private partnership (P3), the $429 million Portsmouth Bypass. This 16-mile highway runs from US 23 north of Lucasville to US 52 near Sciotoville. The construction will be handled by a private firm, the Portsmouth Gateway Group. In addition to being the state's first P3, the project also is the largest project in the history of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).


The project will be the culmination of more than two years of development of the partnership. As with many P3s, Ohio officials expect to cut what could be decades off the completion time for the project and with the current economic conditions, competition is keen - resulting in the best possible pricing for the state. The proposals of the three teams interested in the project were recently opened and the Portsmouth Gateway Group - including Dragados, USA, Inc., the Beaver Excavating Co., John R. Jurgensen, Co., Inc., ms Construction Inc., ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., Infrared Capital Partners Limited and Star American Fund GP - moved to the top of the list. The property has already been acquired and clearing and demolition are under way. An anticipated start date of summer of next year is anticipated.


P3 sought for fueling stations for public transit in Pennsylvania

Barry Schoch Officials in Pennsylvania are looking for a partner to develop clean-burning natural gas (CNG) fueling stations throughout the state. The stations would be at public transit agencies, but would also be open to the public.


"This is a tremendous opportunity for PennDOT and its transit-agency partners to team with the private sector to take advantage of the state's natural gas resources, save money and improve our environment," said PennDOT Secretary and P3 Board Chairman Barry J. Schoch (pictured).


Officials are looking for a private partner that will design, build, finance and operate these filling stations at more than three-dozen transit facilities. PennDOT will then also enter into a CNG contract with the private partner and purchase agreements with each of the transit agencies. PennDOT will invite interested parties to submit a response to its Request for Qualifications and submit proposals by early next year. The project team would then be chosen next summer. 


Partnership would help create $2 million solar project in Idaho

An alternative energy company hopes to install about 3,600 solar panels on six acres of land in central Idaho. Sagebrush Solar has applied for a 50-year lease to build the solar project. Officials say the project would likely produce 1.1 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power close to 160 homes. The company is working with the Idaho Department of Lands to try to secure the partnership. The solar company's owner has completed 60 smaller projects in other areas. The project could be a boon for the state thanks to declining solar energy production costs. If the project is approved, it will be the first of its kind on state endowed land in the state. Before the private firm can begin operation, however, it must secure a 25-year power purchase agreement with Idaho Power. To ensure a community-owned buy-in, the private firm will sell more than 3,600 shares in amounts equal to the cost of individual solar panels to help fund the project.

A public-private partnership may soon mean increased recreational opportunities

David Heiar Officials in northeast Iowa have announced a proposed public-private partnership that will result in three counties serving as a pilot area for increased recreational opportunities. Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties among them have four state parks in the pilot area - the Grant Wood Mississippi River region. The area lent itself to development and expansion of infrastructure, water trail and land development.


The state will provide close to $2 million for amenities. Private funds of $6 million will be sought. "We are anxious to begin the planning process and, of course, even more enthusiastic about implementing the vision that is created," said David Heiar (pictured), director of the Jackson County Economic Alliance. Gov. Terry Branstad said he is hopeful that as the state approaches the 100th anniversary of its state parks system in 2020, that more local communities will partner with the state to create similar regional projects that will positively affect the economy while improving the quality of life for Iowa residents.


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Where are they now?

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


John Thrasher Florida State Sen. John E. Thrasher (pictured) has been named the 15th president of Florida State University (FSU). Thrasher succeeds Eric J. Barron, who became the FSU president in 2010, and left FSU to become president of Penn State University. An FSU alumnus, Thrasher was one of four finalists for the post. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from FSU in 1965. He then joined the U.S. Army, earned the Army Commendation Medal in Germany and was awarded two Bronze stars for his service in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1970. He returned to FSU and earned his law degree with honors in 1972. Thrasher was in private law practice for several years and was general counsel to the Florida Medical Association for 20 years. He later served as a partner in a government relations firm for eight years. Thrasher's political career began in 1986 when he was elected to the Clay County School Board, where he served as vice chairman, then chairman. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992, and he was re-elected without opposition in 1994, 1996 and 1998. He was named House Speaker in 1998. In 2009, Thrasher was elected to the Florida Senate and re-elected in the next election cycle. From 2001 to 2005, Thrasher served as the first chair of FSU's Board of Trustees. 


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Richard Sarles Eric Holder Harold Nolte Richard Sarles (top left), chief executive of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), and former head of the New Jersey Transit, recently announced that he is stepping down as chief executive of Metro, a position he has held since 2011. Eric Holder (top center), the 82nd U.S. Attorney General since 2009 and Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, has announced he is resigning after six years on the job. Dr. Harold Nolte (top right), Blinn College (Texas) district president who has served in that capacity since November 2011 and has 35 years of higher education experience, recently announced that he will retire, effective Jan. 31, 2015. Daniel W. Lucas, a top Navy investigator who since 2010 has served as deputy inspector general for the Naval Sea Systems Command, has been nominated by Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray to become the District's next inspector general, to replace Charles J. Willoughby, who retired in May after nine years in office. Jesse Register, superintendent of the 83,000-student Metro Nashville (Tennessee) Public Schools since 2009, has announced that he will not seek to have his contract renewed when it expires in 2015. The Reading (Pennsylvania) City Council recently appointed First Deputy Chief William Stoudt, Jr. to fire chief, to replace Acting Fire Chief Gary Mogel, who Paul Ferguson Julie Hopwood Julia Wallace replaced Dave Hollinger in July 2013. Ball State University President Paul Ferguson (bottom right) has added a new position to his cabinet, appointing longtime right-hand person Julie Hopwood (bottom center) to the position of senior adviser to the president and chief of staff. David R. Troast, city manager for the Township of Sparta, New Jersey from 2010 to 2013 and Sparta's planner from 1996 to 2010, has been chosen by the Hackensack City Council as Hackensack's new city manager. Julia Wallace (bottom left), the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs since 20009, has submitted her resignation from both positions, effective immediately. Rich De Nava, the former director of internal business for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, has been appointed assistant superintendent of business services, according to Superintendent Gary Thomas. South San Francisco has selected Jeff Azzopardi, a 22-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department, as its new chief of police, to replace former chief Mike Massoni, who recently retired after 35 years of service with the Department, the last five years serving as chief. Vermont Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding, who is also a former state treasurer and state senator from Washington County, has been named the next chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges on Wednesday and will step down from his state government position.


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APTA annual meeting, triennial expo set Oct. 13-15 in Houston 
Billed as the world's largest public transportation expo, the annual meeting and triennial expo of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will be held in Houston Oct. 13-15. The event will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center, with more than 15,000 leaders and innovators in the public transportation industry expected to attend. The event will feature more than 750 global exhibitors with information on new products and services, more than 80 educational sessions where industry leaders will share their perspectives on the future of public transit and other issues such as aging infrastructure, funding needs and mobility keys. The agenda is now available and pre-registration ends Oct. 7.

Georgetown Law to host public-private partnership symposium
As a follow-up to the White House Rural Council's Rural Opportunity Investment Conference held recently, Georgetown Law is hosting a series of symposiums on public-private partnerships (P3s) during the 2014-2015 academic year. Each symposium will feature government officials, commercial practitioners and academic leaders in a neutral space, to encourage effective and innovative approaches to P3s. The first of the three full-day sessions was held on July 24, and will be followed by events on Oct. 31 and another at a yet-to-be-announced date in early 2015. The October session, "Structuring Public-Private Partnerships for Asset Management," will focus on ways the public and private sectors can partner. The 2015 event, "Partnering with State and Local Governments," will discuss paths for recognizing partnership opportunities, collaborations among state and local governments to share expertise and how to structure partnerships to reduce risks while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars. Later in 2015, another session, "Driving Successful Execution of Public-Private Partnerships," will identify challenges to implementation of P3s and factors that can lead to successful partnerships. For more information, click here.

NASCA plans Institute on Management, Leadership in Santa Fe

The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) will meet in New Mexico this month for its 2014 Institute on Management and Leadership. The event will be Oct. 15-17 in Santa Fe at the Drury Plaza Hotel. Facilitated by the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, the agenda is aimed at executive development and will feature executive development sessions, case study dialogues, networking and peer-to-peer coaching. For more information, click here.

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