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Volume 6, Issue 27 October 15, 2014
No way yet to text 9-1-1 when emergencies occur
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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Texting has become so common that people no longer think about not having cellular communication. Texting is almost always possible - except when it isn't. Throughout most of the United States, it's not possible to text 9-1-1 in an emergency. Cellular coverage for emergency calls to 9-1-1 is not yet available in most places.


Black Hawk County, Iowa, was one of the first to pilot emergency cellular technology in 2009. Since then, about 40 counties and a few states, including Maine and Vermont, have implemented similar systems. Other states, including California, Massachusetts, Kansas, South Dakota, New Mexico, Tennessee and Oregon are in the process of implementing emergency cellular systems.  

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Corridors of Commerce projects funded
Port Everglades announces 20-year plan
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
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MnDOT says competition for $70M shows acute need for more transportation funds

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Another $70 million is being invested in a baker's dozen transportation projects in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton (pictured) recently announced 13 more transportation projects in line for funding as part of the Corridors of Commerce initiative. That initiative will fund 12 of the 13 projects. The last of the 13 is being funded partly by $45 million in cost savings that have been realized by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). That last project includes the expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins.


Dayton said the projects will "reduce travel times, improve safety for Minnesota citizens and help our businesses Mark Drayton transport their products more efficiently." In 2013 and 2014, the legislature invested more than $331 million in the Corridors of Commerce initiative. State officials were overwhelmed by how many projects across the state sought funding. Dayton said that "underscored the acute need for more transportation funding." A total of 27 transportation projects have received Corridors of Commerce funding since November 2013.


The projects are expected to add capacity and improve movement of freight across the state. Among the projects funded are: $500,000 for design passing lanes on Highway 11 from Greenbush to Warroad; $45 million to expand Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins; $1.5 million for design work for bridge replacement at Nine Mile Creek on Highway 169; $2 million for design work for new pavement, bridges and managed lanes on I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul; and $1.4 million to provide additional funding for a reconstruction project for Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.


To view the complete list of projects that received the latest round of Corridors of Commerce funding click here.

 

Port Everglades announces 20-year master plan

 

Infrastructure improvements totaling $1.6B will also create thousands of jobs
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A new terminal means larger cruises will be able to dock at the port. (Port Everglades photo).

The 20-year master plan for Port Everglades was recently released. The $1.6 billion plan not only pours money into eight projects to improve the port's infrastructure, but also promises to create thousands of jobs.


The port currently supports 11,700 jobs locally and more than 200,000 statewide. The new plan is expected to create nearly 15,000 direct jobs. Many are temporary construction, but close to 7,000 will be permanent jobs. The plan is expected to support 135,000 indirect jobs statewide over the next 15 years.


Among the planned projects are improvements aimed at adding more space for ships that will include five new berths and the widening and deepening of the channel some 50 feet. That will allow for more freight entering into the port. One of the projects expected to be completed in December is the opening of the newly renovated Terminal 4, a $24 million project. It will mean larger cruises will be able to dock at the port. The terminal will include an upgraded transportation area, 172 parking spaces and 50 check-in counters.


Other projects are $14.9 million in improvements to the port and convention center's security checkpoint and a $42.5 million overpass for Eller Drive for traffic to be routed over rail tracks and expedite cargo to the port. In 2016, Florida Power and Light Next Generation Clean Energy Center will be completed. The $1 billion project will replace the Port Everglades Power Plant that was razed in 2013. A project to widen and deepen navigation channels to Port Everglades by 50 feet will be completed in 2022 and carries a price tag of $368.7 million. The port will use its own revenues from its profits to pay for its projects.

 

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Upcoming education opportunities

 

New York school district to undergo repairs after successful bond

A successful $4.6 million bond issue in the Irvington Union Free School District in New York will result in numerous building repairs and installation of an artificial turf field. The new turf at Meszaros Field, next to the high school and middle school, will be made from organic materials including cork, rice husk and coconut fiber, according to the district. In addition to the artificial turf, the district will also replace the Oley track at a cost of $1.8 million and put down a new grass surface, including drainage and irrigation at a cost of $1.1 million. Other bond projects will include upgrades to the HVAC system at Dows Lane Elementary, restoration of the gym roof and boiler work at the Main Street School.  Pending necessary New York State Education Department approval, it is anticipated that all projects will start during summer 2015. The athletic fields and Peter Oley Track construction are anticipated to be completed by the fall with East Field opening for play 12-18 months later. All other facility and infrastructure projects should be completed during the 2015-16 school year.

 

Omaha Public Schools set $421 million bond vote for November

Chris Proulx A $421 million bond issue, one of the largest in recent school history, will be voted on by residents of the Omaha Public School District in November. Of the $421 million in bonding being sought, $131 million would be for upgrades to fire, life safety, security and technology. Another $259 million would be used for capital improvements and renovations, with the final $30 million for increasing capacity for high-growth areas. "This bond is about helping the Omaha community be prosperous and help advance all of our students," said Chris Proulx (pictured), president of the Omaha Education Association. Major support for passage of the bond has come from the Greater Omaha Chamber, which describes passing the bond issue as a vote for Omaha's future by ensuring the district has the facilities necessary to educate students who will be part of tomorrow's workforce. The election is set for Nov. 4.

 

Expansion being discussed by officials at Texas Woman's University

With a need for more residential and academic space and on-campus parking, officials at Texas Woman's University in Denton are likely to take their list of needs to the university's Board of Regents soon. The wish list is long - needs include a new student union, parking garage, satellite utility plant, science and technology center and residence halls. From estimates of two years ago, the wish list carried a $231 million price tag. Brenda Floyd, university vice president for finance and administration, said with interest rates low for the university, now is a good time for construction projects. Floyd said the satellite utility plant, part of the science and technology center and the first phase of a student union could be paid for with bonds. Another part of the funding mechanism - cash - could be used for a parking garage, renovations to the Old Main Building and part of the science and technology center. With the move among many universities toward public-private partnerships, TWU could possibly go that route for residence halls and another parking garage. Under that scenario, a private partner would build facilities and the university would pay to use them. Right now, the projects remain on the wish list. Officials will begin updating the plans and putting together cost estimates to take to the Board of Regents in the near future. 

 

WSU looking to expand with new University Center of North Puget Sound

Bob
                                                    Drewel Washington State University (WSU) has asked Gov. Jay Inslee for $61 million to construct a multi-story building across from Everett Community College that would be the site of the university-managed University Center of North Puget Sound. WSU is also seeking $4.5 million to begin other degree programs at the center, such as software engineering, sustainable food systems and aviation maintenance. The proposed projects could find their way into the governor's 2015-17 budget proposal that is expected to be released in December. Money would come from the governor's capital construction budget, funded through bond sales. Academic programs would come from a separate budget, the operating budget. Bob Drewel (pictured), interim chancellor for WSU operations, said the two initiatives are "clear evidence" of the university's commitment. WSU began offering some classes in Everett in 2012 through the University Center, a collaboration among public and private colleges and based at the Everett Community College campus.  The building under consideration would be 95,000 square feet and would include 12 classrooms and 10 labs. Areas for a cafe and public gatherings are also in the plans. Should construction begin in 2015, officials say it could be completed by mid-2017. 

 

Grant will help restore Central Oklahoma facility, oldest in state

A $500,000 grant to the University of Central Oklahoma will be used to help restore the Old North building on the campus, the oldest higher education building in the state. The grant comes from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation and is part of a $40 million fundraising campaign the university is conducting. Of the $40 million being raised, $6 million will be used to renovate the interior of the circa-1893 building. The building has been closed since 2000 because of structural issues. Funds for renovation of the exterior have been raised and interior work will begin once the $6 million goal is reached. 

 

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Variety of projects funded in Native American communities nationwide

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                                                    Castro Grants that will address housing needs and totaling $60 million have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants were awarded to 90 Native American communities throughout the country, including several in Alaska, and include construction projects and local jobs for low-income families. "These grants are intended to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development, including construction projects which will generate local jobs here in Anchorage and neighboring communities," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro (pictured). The funds are part of HUD's Community Development Block Grant program. A grant of $600,000 went to the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska for land purchase for development of a three-story, 23-unit senior rental housing facility with 7,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 26 one-bedroom rental units on the second and third floors. In Montana, the Blackfeet Housing Authority will use its $1.1 million grant to rehabilitate 24 low-rent housing units in the communities of Browning and Heart Butte. The Northern Ponca Housing Authority in Nebraska will use its grant of $1.1 million to rehabilitate 82 substandard homes, occupied by low- to moderate-income families. Colorado's Ute Mountain Ute Housing Authority, located on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation will use its grant of $900,000 for infrastructure development, constructing water/sewer lines and a roadway in support of the first 10 homes on a proposed 200-home development site. All of the projects will provide a number of contracting opportunities. "These grants are critical to promote better housing and economic development, and they also support self-determination," Castro said. To read a summary of each of the grants awarded, click here

 

Bike, pedestrian projects in DFW area in Texas benefit from $38 million in funding 
More than $78 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects will soon get under way in the Dallas-Fort Worth area following allocation of $38.2 million from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC). A total of 25 cities and seven counties are recipients of the funding, with those entities contributing more than $40 million to the overall project costs. The funding is part of the RTC Transportation Alternatives Program. The money for these projects comes from funds that were allocated to the region from the current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead of Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). As a result, 33 bicycle and pedestrian proposals in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties were funded. Once completed, more than 46 miles of sidewalks, trails and on-street bikeways will be built. Other projects are aimed at improving bicycle and pedestrian safety near schools. Regional trails will connect cities and other projects provide access to transit stations and major employment centers. Some examples of the projects funded are a 4-mile extension of the Northaven Trail in Dallas to the WalnuHill/Denton Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail station, a 2.1-mile extension of the Dudley Branch Trail in Carrollton linking to the North Carrollton/Frankford DART rail station, a 1.9-mile extension of the Cottonwood Creek bicycle trail in Plano and a 3.1-mile extension of Trinity Trails in east Fort Worth. To view the complete list of projects with a brief description and the dollar amount for each, click here.

 

New York county to address infrastructure needs with $8M in bonds

Chuck
                                                    Nesbitt Bridges, culverts and structural assets in Orleans County, New York, will get some much-needed attention after lawmakers recently announced that the county will use bonding to pay for the necessary infrastructure needs. County Chief Administrative Officer Chuck Nesbitt (pictured) called the $8 million in upgrades a stop-gap measure that will carry the country through the current federal transportation improvement program that is in effect until 2017. "We saw the availability of federal funds and know that we couldn't go three more years," said Nesbitt, reacting to the lack of available funding until 2017. The recent action will result in the replacement of about six bridges, six culverts and new roofs and pole barns that will affect four county government facilities. Engineering work on the projects is expected to begin immediately, although actual construction will not start until the 2015 budget year. The replacement of two of the bridges with three-sided rigid frame bridges is expected to carry a price tag of $1.276 million. Four other bridge replacement projects are tentatively slated for 2016 and 2017. Completion of all six of the bridges is expected to cost $4.963 million. In addition to bridge repair, the bond funds also will pay for culvert replacement at two locations. Two pole barns, both for storage, will be built and there will be a roof replacement of the County Office Building and the Public Safety Building. 

 

Homeland security grants fund $4.8 million in Virginia projects

Emergency preparedness projects in Virginia, from creating a hazardous materials team to equipment purchases for law enforcement agencies will share $4.8 million in federal homeland security funding. The money will fund close to 80 projects throughout the state. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the allocation of the grant funds since the funding is administered by a state agency, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. The grants include $150,000 for hazardous materials response team equipment in Fairfax County, $72,000 for protective equipment for a law enforcement tactical response team in the city of Roanoke, and $100,000 for a hazardous materials team in Virginia Beach for railway incident responses. Alexandria City is being awarded $79,600 for hazmat team equipment and Chesterfield County was allocated $147,000 for a Virginia Search and Technical Rescue Program support. Hazmat team equipment in Henrico County will be purchased with an $18,000 allocation and $42,789.50 will be spent by Newport News City for mass care shelter equipment and training. Portsmouth City was awarded $18,850 for law enforcement to spend on surveillance camera expansion and Westmoreland County will use its $35,050 award for local law enforcement for license plate reader integration. To view the entire list of funding grant amounts and what the funds will be used for, click here.    

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Check out these recent awards: 

  • All Native Solutions, a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc. won a $6.5 million contract from the U.S. Defense Department to provide office furniture for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and at other United States and international offices.
  • Coastline Consulting and Development LLC won a $2.2 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, for maintenance dredging on Guilford Harbor, Connecticut, to correct damages by Superstorm Sandy.
  • Appledore Marine Engineering was awarded a $10 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Navy to make repairs at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Naval Shipyard that will include expanding the capabilities of the dry docks at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard, and repairing and rehabilitating existing piers and wharfs. It also will do a study to assess the feasibility of a berth to increase the capabilities of the Navy to moor vessels there.
  • Vsolvit has won a $500 million ceiling, five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency (FSA) to provide information technology support services for the delivery of business solutions for the FSA mission areas of Budget and Finance, Geospatial Service Oriented Architecture services, Common Information Technology Solutions and Administrative and Executive Management Solutions.
  • Accenture plc has been awarded a contract worth up to $16.3 million by the U.S. Department of the Navy Sea System Command to provide mobile maintenance support to the Naval Sea Systems Division.
  • Layne Inliner LLC won a $139 million contract from Hoover City, Alabama for repairs to the sewer system that served the Inverness community, replacing and repairing sewer lines and manholes and possibly raising some manholes.
  • Alltech Engineering Corp. has won a contract of more than $11 million to repair the radial gates at the Nimbus Dam in Folsom, California. The project will involve the repair of 14 spillway gates and the construction of a bulkhead storage facility. Work will include removing and disposing of the coating that potentially contains lead and other heavy metals and performing mechanical repairs on the nearly 70-year-old gates. The contract also calls for making concrete repairs to the dam's spillway and piers.
  • Brewer Construction won a more than $1.7 million contract from the Wyandott, Michigan,  Board of Education for a safe room/cafeteria project. The bid excludes food service equipment.
  • M.J. Harris Construction Services was awarded a $41.79 million contract by the Jasper, Alabama, City Council to build a new Walker High School.
  • Lovell's Mountain Construction won a $1.6 million contract from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Commission  to level the pavement and chip seal an 8.2-mile section of Wyoming highway 132 between Ethete and Kinnear. 
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City in Washington studies possible capital projects list

Micah
                                                    Cawley The city of Yakima, Washington is studying possible projects on which it should spend the $17 million it can borrow next year to spend on capital projects. One of the proposals is for an indoor pool, which has been proposed before. Mayor Micah Cawley (pictured) said he would support a pool because "parks and recreation has always been the one cut." 

 

Other possible projects include upgrades to public safety departments, police and fire, a new soccer complex and possibly a Yakima Speedway. However, Cawley said a lot more will have to be learned about such a complex before it moved to the top of the list. A $5 million public market is also under consideration. Public-private partnerships are being considered for some projects. Both the fire and police departments are seeking upgrades and some new facilities. 

 

City officials planned a study session to discuss the possibilities. Voters are expected to decide next month if they want to take $750,000 from the general fund each year for parks and recreation. If it passes, that will mean more money available for other projects. 

 

Community college partners with bakery cafe on initiative

The Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Community College is using an unusual initiative in a public-private partnership to benefit students. The college recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the retail bakery cafe at the college's Culinary Arts Institute in Towamencin Township. The college plans to use sales revenue from the cafe to support the culinary arts programs. Tips will be used to help students pay for competition and entry fees, equipment and other related items. The cafe will be open two days a week - Wednesdays and Thursdays - from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The project is being hailed as a way for students to offset ever-increasing college costs.   

 

New Mexico State forms nonprofit to help create successful partnerships

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is successfully moving forward with its new nonprofit corporation. 

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Bylaws were recently adopted by the university Board of Regents for the Aggie Development Corp. The nonprofit corporation, which is tax-exempt, was created to help NMSU manage its land and property and water assets. T


 
Aggie Development Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act. Ben Woods, NMSU special adviser to the NMSU president and president of Aggie Development Corp., is leading the effort to establish the corporation.

 

A board consisting of seven members oversees the workings of the corporation and all of the corporation's revenue is being donated back to the university. Among the members of the board are NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and Regents Mike Cheney and Kari Mitchell. 

 

Mixed-use development in Miami will result from public-private partnership

Miami River, a mixed-use development planned near I-95 will employ a public-private partnership. The project garnered the support of the Miami River Commission recently when the developer sought to double the density current zoning restrictions allow. The project would include four 60-story towers that feature both office and retail space, along with 1,600 residences. Once all five phases of the project are completed, Miami River would include more than 1,600 residences, 300 hotel rooms, retail and office space, a new seawall with 19 boat slips and a public landscaped riverwalk the length of the property. 

 

To reach the additional density, the developer is seeking a special designation under the Miami zoning code.  This designation, called Special Area Plan, allows sites larger than nine acres to be master planned for greater public and private improvements and infrastructure. To reach that nine acre goal, the developer and the city are partnering to include a portion of a city park, making the city a co-applicant for the Special Area Plan. The developer plans $22 million in improvements or cash payments as a public benefit portion of the project. 

 

In its recommendation, the River Commission urged the city of be sure that the $22 million in public benefits results in improvements within the river district, ensue that the developer agrees to build and improve the riverwalk easterly under the Second Avenue Bridge if Latitude and have the developer commit $5.5 million to be held in trust to ensure construction of the riverwalk. 

 

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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 editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Joseph C. Rallo.

 

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                                                      Rallo Texas Tech System administrator Joseph C. Rallo (pictured) has been selected as Louisiana's next higher education commissioner. Rallo succeeds former higher education Commissioner Jim Purcell, who didn't seek a contract renewal. Purcell held the position for three years before leaving to serve as commissioner of higher education in Rhode Island. Rallo taught at Rutgers and the University of Southern Colorado and was director of the West European Program and Associate Professor of International Relations at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a retired Air Force colonel and previously served as an intelligence officer in the Navy. He also served as Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of International business at Michigan Technological University. Since his entrance into college administration, he has served as the Dean of Business at Ferris State University, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, director of the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation and provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University.He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar and a NATO fellow. In 2007, Rallo was named president of Angelo State University. He served in that capacity until 2012, when he was named vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Texas Tech University System. Rallo holds doctoral and master's degrees from Syracuse University, a law degree from Western New England University and a bachelor's degree from Lafayette College. As Louisiana's higher education commissioner, he will oversee implementation of state-level policies, as well as coordination between Louisiana's college and university systems that include 38 institutions, a $2.6 billion budget and more than 217,000 students. He is expected to take over his new position early next year.

       

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Construction of a new middle school and replacement of a junior high school will be the result of a recent successful $65 million bond issue in a North Dakota school district. Officials expect to make a decision on the site for the new school and bids will be opened next March or April. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 
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                                                        Merlo Ray Gibson Michele Campbell  (top left), who has worked at Southeastern University for more than two decades,  has been named Assistant State Director of Communications, Research and Organizational Development for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. Scott Merlo (top center), a Western Michigan University (WMU) alum and who retired from the Kalamazoo Department of Safety as an executive lieutenant in 2012, has been named the chief of the WMU Department of Public Safety. Ray Gibson (top right), who currently is administrative and community services director for Stockbridge, Georgia, and is a former city manager of Cochran, Georgia, has been chosen as the new city manager in Fayetteville, Georgia. Ray Brown, former deputy superintendent in Howard County, who has extensive budget and financial experience, has been chosen an interim chief financial officer for Prince George's County schools in Maryland. Marcus Abernethy, town management assistant in the town of Matthews, North Carolina, has been chosen the next city manager for the city of Hamlet, North Carolina, replacing Marchell David, who resigned after serving in that position for more than 20 years. Paul Westerhoff, an Arizona State University engineering professor who joined the university in 1995 and is a former associate dean for research and graduate affairs in engineering, has been appointed vice provost of academic research programming at the university. Stan Stan
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                                                        Johnston Meiburg (bottom right), who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency since 1977 before retiring earlier this year as deputy regional administrator for the southeastern office, is being brought back  to serve as the No. 2 official for the agency. Gary Ludwig (bottom center), a 37-year veteran in emergency services, most recently as deputy fire chief in Memphis and a fire and emergency services training consultant, has been named fire chief for the Champaign (Illinois) Fire Department, succeeding Doug Forsman, who retired last November. Michelle Johnston (bottom left), former senior vice president for administrative affairs at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, has been named president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College in Ohio.  Philip Zacche, a 35-year veteran of the Jersey City, New Jersey, Fire Department who has served as deputy chief since 2012 and most recently served as chief of the Investigation Bureau, has been named the city's new police chief. The Florence School District One in South Carolina has picked 37-year veteran educator Dr. Randy Bridges of Burlington, North Carolina, as the new superintendent of Florence One, effective January 1, 2015. Keith Wright, current deputy city manager for the city of Lufkin,Texas, who has served the city for 20 years and has also been the city's emergency management coordinator, was recently named Lufkin's new city manager.

 

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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.

International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure set Nov. 6-8
The International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, will be held Nov. 6-8 in Long Beach, California, at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. This international conference is the first of its kind and is designed to address how to deal with the consequences of non-sustainability, that is, how to plan, design and construct infrastructure for a new and increasingly harsh operating environment. Tianjin University China is a co-sponsor of this conference. Two sessions of the conference will be dedicated to the challenges faced by and progress towards sustainable urban infrastructure development in China. The conference will stress the importance of infrastructure to the United States and world economy and risks posed by a continuation of society's unsustainable engineering practices. At the opening plenary, leaders from the World Bank, China, the U.S. Homeland Security and state and local officials will offer their unique perspectives on sustainability in the built environment. The plenary will be followed by two full days of knowledge-building and networking opportunities. For more information, click here.

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