|Volume 6, Issue 28||October 22, 2014|
Community colleges provide big benefits to a region
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Change is rampant in the community college world. Historic student growth is occurring and many believe that part of the growth is a result of the workplace training that community colleges offer. More than 12.8 million students now attend classes on community college campuses and a large percentage of them are enrolled in career training programs.
Federal grants flow to community colleges and these funds have greatly enhanced curriculum offerings and created a vibrant environment on campuses throughout the country. Many community colleges, through partnerships with local school districts, also begin working with students before high school graduation.
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|Virginia officials propose stricter rules for P3s|
See need for transparency, accountability, communication for successful projects
Once burned, Virginia officials are tightening the rules on public-private partnerships (P3s) in the Commonwealth. Under newly proposed rules, any potential risks to the state from new transportation P3s would have to be explained to lawmakers and the public. Although the number of successful P3s in this country far outweigh unsuccessful ones, officials almost universally agree that the P3s that failed did so because they lacked transparency and because of a lack of communication.
The new rules result from the controversial $1.4 billion Commonwealth Connector project. Already under way, the project kicked off before final environmental clearance was received. The contract was awarded by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell for the Connector project to a joint venture group in 2012, in spite of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials warning the state against beginning construction until final environmental clearance was received. But the state went ahead on the project, taking the risk that the environmental permit would be obtained.
In January, Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, Jr. (top) stopped state spending on the project to wait on environmental clearance. The private joint venture group stopped construction until the environmental reviews are completed in early 2015. The result was tighter P3 rules.
"With guidelines like this in place, we would have never gotten to the point we did and spend the money we did on the Route 460 P3 project," said Layne of the new P3 rules. The Secretary said the agency now understands "the need for more accountability and transparency in the process."
According to J. Douglas Koelemay (bottom), director of the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships, any new P3 proposals will requires the panel's review and approval at three major junctures of a P3 project's development. The transportation board will be charged with reviewing the financial risks involved before any state money is spent on a P3 project, before it goes into the procurement process and before a final contract is signed.
Layne said the US 460 project ran into problems not because it was a public-private partnership, but because of all the risk being taken on by the state. "It was not because it was a P3," said Layne. "It could have been any project." In fact, an inspector general's report on the 460 project noted that the McDonnell administration did not adequately communicate the project's risks to the public or the state board.
The newly proposed rules provide that the state board and transportation officials are to determine the risks of proposed public-private partnerships and should communicate those risks to state legislators and the public. Transportation officials have pledged more attention to transparency and accountability in how they assess, approve and carry out major public-private projects. They have seen the importance of transparency, accountability and communication in ensuring successful P3s and the new rules support that notion.
California to test possible use of mileage tax
Pilot program to explore possible implementation of mileage-based charge
California is set to test drive a new law that allows the state to implement a pilot program calling on charging motorists a mileage-based tax.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will have the state test whether charging a usage fee for driving on state roadways, commonly called a mileage-based tax, could conceivably replace current fuel taxes that provide the majority of the funds to build and maintain highways and road projects.
The pilot would begin prior to Jan. 1, 2017. Road funding nationwide, much of which is derived from a gas tax, has not kept up with the need for new infrastructure due to population growth and for upgrades needed to help mitigate congestion. With more efficient motor vehicles and a reluctance by lawmakers to increase the gas tax, many states are looking for other solutions to transportation infrastructure needs. California is now the third West Coast state to implement test programs for mileage-based taxes.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Renovations, repairs, technology upgrades part of $800M bond issue
Broward County school district in Florida will put an $800 million bond election before voters on Nov. 4. If successful, the bond proceeds would be used to pay for renovations and repairs to the district's aging schools and for technology upgrades district-wide. "This is really about having safe and modern schools across the entire district," said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie (pictured). Major renovations are needed throughout the district, as 40 percent of the district's more than 230 schools are at least 25 years old, some older. Some of the projects that would be paid for with the bond money would be roof and window replacements, updating aging HVAC systems, and fire alarm, sprinkler and security system improvements. Approximately 10 percent of the bond money would be used for technology upgrades throughout the district. The school district has one of the highest student-to-computer ratios in the state at 5-1. "We have to have sufficient technology to be able to put our kids in a 21st century learning environment," said Runcie.
Arizona school district seeks district-wide improvements, technology upgrades
Improvements throughout the district would result from passage of a $125 million bond election Nov. 4 in the Marana (Arizona) Unified School District. With a population growth from a little over 14,000 in 2000 to near 35,000 in 2010, the school bond proceeds would help improve the aging facilities throughout the district and build new ones to meet the needs of a growing student population. The $125 million bond would include $34.1 million to improve and renovate school and athletic facilities. Another $67.6 million would build two new elementary or K-8 schools, a performing arts center and a transportation, maintenance and operation facility. Instructional technology for classrooms would cost $12 million and $11.3 million would be used to purchase new school buses.
Technology plan approved for school district in Minnesota
A two-year technology upgrade plan for the Richfield (Montana) School District was recently approved by the district's school board. The program includes new digital infrastructure to enhance network access in the classroom. The project, which carries a price tag of $3.8 million, will include replacing wiring and network switches and installing an Internet-based phone system. Improved wireless connections and faster Internet speeds are expected to result from the two-year program. School technology officials recommended a lease-purchase, five-year plan for the $800,000 for network switches. The upgrades would take place during 2015 and 2016 with the first phase including Richfield High School, Richfield Middle School, Central Education Center and South Education Center. The four elementary schools would be upgraded in 2016. A request for proposals will be prepared for the project. "We need to have a robust infrastructure, and this will get us there," said Business Manager Michael Schwartz.
New York voters to decide $2B bond for tech improvements for state's schools
Whether the state of New York will borrow $2 billion for the schools in the state to purchase computers, improve Internet connections, install high-tech security features and build new classrooms for Pre-K students will be decided in the Nov. 4 state election. The bond issue is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (pictured) proposed Smart Schools Bond Act that was part of his State of the State address last January. With more than 50 percent of the state having inadequate broadband capacity, being able to provide that for schools, more than 30 of which have no broadband access at all, without a tax increase would be a boon for schools in the state. Funds could also be used for items such as tablet computers, interactive whiteboards and laptop computers. The funding would be allocated via the school aid formula and plans decided on by parents, students and community leaders would have to be approved by the state before funding is allocated.
New York district capital plan would include $19.95M capital bond
With a $22.6 million capital plan proposed for the Manhasset, New York, school district, officials will ask voters to approve a $19.95 million bond Dec. 3 as part of the proposal. An additional $2.4 million will be transferred from the 2010 capital reserve fund. Those funds will be used to reconfigure the interiors of science classrooms. The Manhasset School Community Fund has donated $250,000 to install air conditioning throughout the district. With the December vote, work could begin as early as summer of next year. A committee made recommendations on projects and then prioritized them by both need and cost. In addition to the science classroom expansions, $375,000 would be used to convert a computer lab into two classrooms to be used as a computer lab and technology center. Another $252,000 is proposed for science classroom and laboratory reconstruction at Munsey Park Elementary and upgrades costing more than $348,000 are proposed for science classrooms at Shelter Rock Elementary. Manhasset Secondary School would spend more than $6.21 million for renovation and relocation of art and music classrooms. Other projects include a $3.2 million bus garage renovation and a $2.34 million kitchen renovation to make additional storage at the Munsey Park Elementary. Renovations valued at $1.7 million would be on tap for renovation and extension at the Manhasset Secondary School cafeteria.
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San Antonio to seek proposals for $45 million Alamodome upgrade
San Antonio City Council members recently agreed to seek a design architect and contractor to oversee a proposed $45 million renovation of the Alamodome (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) in order to meet standards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The renovation will proceed only if the NCAA selects San Antonio as one of the open slots for the NCAA Final Four expected to be announced in November, city officials said. Preliminary plans call for adding a 24,000-square-foot multipurpose room, new technical equipment and new locker rooms. Those items would be funded by increased user fees, such as raising the parking fee from $10 to $15 and adding a ticket service charge of $2, city officials said.
City in New Mexico seeking grant to build homeless facility
City officials in Carlsbad, New Mexico, have announced that they will seek a $500,000 federal community grant to help build a homeless shelter. The city currently suffers from a lack of services for homeless families and individuals. The City Council recently approved a resolution to seek the grant. Previous attempts to build a shelter for what is becoming a growing number of homeless individuals in this southeastern New Mexico community have been defeated. The city is seeking a more localized homeless facility, since the closest shelter is in Roswell, nearly 100 miles away.
Washington port planning rail expansion in phases starting in 2016
Dockside handling of wind turbine blades at Port of Longview. (Port of Longview photo)
A $10 million expansion is planned for the Port of Longview in Washington State, as port officials say they are making plans to help serve potential industrial tenants. The expansion would include the port's railroad corridor, as additional track would be needed if new employers are added. Officials are seeking to expand the rail corridor from two to five tracks. That would include one through track and two side tracks for trains waiting loading or unloading. The project would be completed in phases, with groundbreaking on the first phase expected in 2016. One of the port commissioners said the port can only continue to grow if the rail expansion proposal is approved. He said if there is congestion on tracks at the port, potential new clients are likely to go elsewhere. Adding the new track would require widening of the rail corridor by 85 feet, which would require the purchase of additional land. Negotiations are already under way to buy the necessary land. If negotiations fail, port authorities are prepared to begin eminent domain procedures. No one is saying yet how the project will be financed, but Port CEO Geir-Eilif Klahagen has ruled out the use of tax dollars from property tax. Other possible funding mechanisms are issuance of revenue bonds, using port revenue and grant funds and public-private partnerships.
Reef, restoration projects in Texas to benefit from BP funding
Two artificial reef and two state park restoration projects have been approved for $18 million in funding to the state for lost human use of natural resources as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These projects are part of a total of 44 that total about $627 million across the Gulf. Close to 65 percent of the projects, or $397 million, address ecological losses. The remaining 37 percent, or $230 million, address recreational services losses. The restoration efforts are led by state and federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees. In 2011, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion to fund early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to begin addressing injuries to natural resources caused by the spill. The five Texas projects all address lost recreational services. Among the projects:
- The Galveston Island State Park Beach Redevelopment project, valued at $10.7 million, includes new multi-use campsites, tent campsites, equestrian facilities, beach access via dune walk-over boardwalks and other recreational enhancements on the Gulf side of Galveston Island State Park.
- At Rim State Park in Jefferson County, $210,000 has been allocated for a fish cleaning station, vault toilet and two wildlife viewing platforms.
- Two alternatives exist for Ship Reef/Corpus Reef in federal waters in Nueces County. The Ship Reef project will enhance fishing and diving opportunities by sinking a suitable ship at least 200 feet long to create an artificial reef approximately 67 miles offshore of Galveston. The alternative reef project would increase the amount of concrete pyramids (artificial reef materials) at an existing artificial reef site.
- In Brazoria County, an artificial reef project at Freeport, valued at $2.2 million, would increase the amount of reef materials in a currently permitted artificial reef site, approximately 6 miles from Freeport, placing concrete pyramids at a water depth of 55 feet.
- A project in Matagorda County valued at $3.6 million would create a new artificial reef site approximately 10 miles offshore by adding concrete pyramids at a water depth of 60 feet.
Port of Pascagoula construction projects going out for bid
The Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi is advertising for bids for the demolition of the Terminal E and F shed and for bulkhead repairs at the Bayou Casotte facility. The construction bids being sought are part of a $44 million intermodal improvement project to be carried out in phases at the port. This project represents the first phase. Once completed, the project will relocate the downtown Pascagoula railroad interchange and construct a wood pellet export terminal in Bayou Casotte. Most of the phase one work will be occurring inside the port gates, according to Port Director Mark McAndrews (pictured). McAndrews said that will mean the work is not visible to the public when it first begins. This early work will set the stage for the construction of the wood pellet export facility, according to McAndrews, who said the relocation project should be under way by the second quarter of next year. To pay for the project, the port will be using a $14 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation toward relocating the railroad interchange.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
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- 4371 Elite Tech Group won a contract worth up to $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for electrical and electronic equipment components.
- Progressive Commercial Aquatics was awarded a $4.5 million contract by the city of Pasadena, Texas, for pool and bath house improvement for the Strawberry Park waterpark complex.
- Balfour Beatty Construction won a $533 million contact from Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston to provide construction and reconstruction services for a major renovation and expansion of the Texas Medical Center campus.
- 21st Century Software won a contract worth up to $2.3 million from the U.S. Postal Service for research and development.
- Duit Const. Co, Inc./ TTK Const. Co. was awarded a $4.6 million contract from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for road repairs in Jackson County, which calls for reconstructing added lanes, modifying the intersection and adding signals to one mile of Park Lane, starting from Falcon Lane to Tamarack Road in Altus.
- Turner Construction Co. won a $23 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a new 40,000-square-foot computational research facility at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
- VSE won a contract worth up to $1.5 million from the U.S. Navy for utilities and housekeeping services.
- Emery Sapp and Sons was awarded a $20.3 million contract from the Missouri Department of Transportation for improvements to a major Jefferson County roadway. The improvements include a new interchange at Highway 50 and Lafayette Street and adding a lane in each direction from Monroe to Lafayette, and from Lafayette to Clark Ave. Five bridges will be replaced along the corridor and one will be rehabilitated.
- Techanax won a contract worth up to $1.1 million from the U.S. Army for general purpose information technology equipment.
- Engility Holdings, Inc. was awarded a $23 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide engineering and analytical support to help DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implement the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, commonly known as NextGen. NextGen is the FAA's key initiative to shift air traffic control from ground-based radar to "smarter," satellite-based and digital technologies and procedures.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
Massachusetts governor wants P3s in use for state transportation projects
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (pictured) is not wasting any time in plunging the state into the realm of public-private partnerships (P3s) before his term expires in a little over two months. His hope is that by involving the state in P3s now, disputes over how to fund them can be resolved. Although the legislature passed a $500 million tax law in spite of Patrick's veto, the governor said it was not enough. Now, he and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey want to try some P3 projects before Davey leaves his post two months early.
Patrick says he wants to get residents of the Commonwealth used to this financial tool so they can see its potential as well as its efficiency. One of the main advantages of a P3, many state officials agree, is that P3s transfer the risk on a project from the public sector to the private-sector partner. Thus, the private partner is responsible for ensuring the quality of a project and for maintaining the project, "The resources we have to pay for these improvements are limited, and that requires us to think creatively about how we deliver the projects people want responsibly. And public-private partnerships are one of these creative solutions," said Patrick. Two potential opportunities are express toll lanes on Route 3 south of Boston and a third highway bridge across the Cape Cod Canal.
Longshoremen push for expansion of Port of Wilmington; P3 envisioned
A recent feasibility study regarding the proposed expansion of the Port of Wilmington (Delaware) shows such an expansion could keep the port competitive for the next five decades or longer. The $400 million to $500 million plan would expand the port to a 176-acre site on the Delaware River in New Castle. The study was conducted for the International Longshoremen's Association and notes that a privately financed port development in Riveredge Industrial Park would allow Delaware to compete for cargo with regional ports in New York/New Jersey, Baltimore and Norfolk, Va.
Additionally, the study says that an expansion could lead to the creation of some 4,000 high-paying jobs. New Castle County officials point to the creation of jobs as a way to reduce crime and grow the middle class. Longshoremen have been pushing for this expansion for about eight years. With new mega-ships expected at ports in the United States following the expansion of the Panama Canal, many longshoremen feel there will be a need for bigger terminals and terminals that are more modern. The current port facilities may not be able to handle those larger ships. The proposed Riveredge project would include a single large pier, or dock, at Riveredge with seven or more berths for ships. Six or more large container cranes would give the port the capacity to work on larger container ships. A public-private partnership is envisioned that would be a partnership between the port authority and a private company. The private partner would develop and operate the port for 30 years or more.
City of Live Oak to partner with developer on new hotel with conference center
Live Oak, Texas, city officials recently approved a public-private partnership with a San Antonio-based developer and a Grapevine-based investment group to build a new hotel with a conference center (as pictured in the accompanying artist's rendering) at the corner of Loop 1604 and Interstate 35.
City officials agreed to provide a grant and tax abatement for the proposed 138-room hotel that includes a 12,000-square-foot conference center. City officials also agreed to a 20-year lease for the conference center. The city also will be providing a grant and a tax abatement for the hotel to help defray some of the costs of construction.
Phoenix Hospitality Group will oversee development of the hotel and will manage the property once it is completed. Real estate investment firm 2GR Equity officials say this is the first hospitality-related investment for the three-year-old company. The firm's officials say the location, brand and visibility made the project an attractive one for 2GR Equity to enter into the P3. They also said the incentive package offered by the city and the use of a public-private partnership for the project were key parts of their consideration to participate in the project.
MoDOT seeking input on draft of state's possible new freight plan
Development of a public-private partnership (P3) to improve rail infrastructure is part of the consideration of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) state freight plan. Cheryl Ball, MoDOT waterways and freight administrator, said the plan is a matter of "setting the platform for a to-do list for MoDOT." Officials are visiting with others in the state for comments on the plan. Among the recommendations are a MoDOT framework for ranking freight projects and expanding the collaborative effort to include the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The plan outlines what the state has in its freight network, defines which assets of the state are important to the freight community and begins the steps toward integrating freight into MoDOT decision-making.
Partnership leads to project to turn bridge into park in Washington, D.C.
The 11th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., could soon become the 11th Street Bridge Park. Two design firms recently submitted their concepts for the project. The old infrastructure will be transformed into a striking park (as shown in the accompanying artist's rendering) that will provide park facilities for an underserved area of the community. The original 11th Street Bridge finally outlived its life expectancy and was replaced.
While the deck of the old bridge was demolished, the piers remain in the water of the Anacostia River. City officials want to use those piers to build a new park and a new bridge for foot traffic. Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, noted, "We are working hard to ensure the 11th Street Bridge Park continues to be an inclusive project as it has been from the very beginning,"
He said if the project is successful, it can become "an example of how the public and private sectors can invest in and create world-class public spaces in an equitable manner." Some of the design elements on the bridge include a main plaza in the middle of the bridge that provides a gathering space. There will also be an overlook area with views of the river and surrounding areas. Environmental aspects are also part of the design, including waterfalls falling from the bridge to aerate the polluted river. Floating wetlands will circle the piers to help filter the water. The bridge park could become the model on which public-private partnerships are engaged. The District has committed $14 million to the project and private donations are close to $1 million already. The estimated price for the project is around $27 million.
Proposals for Long Beach Civic Center explained by developers
Two teams recently laid out their proposals for construction of the Long Beach Civic Center and its surrounding area. Between the two, the proposals included everything from a hotel, residential possibilities, mixed-use retail space and a new ports headquarters building. City officials note that they are still in the study stage, not committing to either developer. If the council moves forward, the project would likely be a public-private partnership.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Dr. Kent Fuchs.
Dr. Kent Fuchs (pictured), provost of Cornell University, has been named the 12th president of the University of Florida and will assume that position Jan. 1, 2015. Fuchs was appointed Cornell's provost in January 2009. He served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering from 2002 to 2008. He is also the former head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Michael J. and Catherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor at Purdue University, serving from 1996 to 2002. Prior to his positions at Purdue, he was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois from 1985 to 1996. The new University of Florida president is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He also is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honorary Society. Fuchs has received awards for both teaching and research and has won alumni awards from Duke University and the University of Illinois. Fuchs holds a B.S.E. degree from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett (top left), a longtime community health leader and the third commissioner at the agency in two years, is leaving state government to take a job at a Cape Cod health agency. Texas Department of Information Resources Executive Director Karen Robinson (top center), who also serves as the State Chief Information Officer, has announced she will retire from the agency on Dec. 31 after a five-year stint. Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon (top right), who has served in that capacity since March 2010 after coming to the school system from the Edgecombe Public Schools system in Tarboro, North Carolina after four years as superintendent, has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31. The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Lucia Savage, an attorney at insurer United Healthcare, as the new chief privacy officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Steve Beam, director of the Raleigh Housing Authority for 18 years, will retire in December because of health concerns. Rich De Nava, the former director of internal business for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, has been appointed assistant superintendent of business services, Superintendent Gary Thomas announced recently. LaMarque, Texas, Police Chief Randall Aragon (bottom right) will leave the LaMarque police force in mid-November to accept the police chief position with the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. Michelle Greene (bottom center), has been appointed new city manager for the city of Goleta, California, after holding the interim position since April, the second-in-command spot since 2013, and working for the city for a decade. Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden (bottom left), the city's longest-serving Council member, has been chosen to replace Rochester Housing Authority Executive Director Alex Castro, who was terminated from that position. Assistant Yolo County Administrator Dirk Brazil, who has served in that capacity for the last eight years after Steve Pinkerton left in 2014 to become general manager of an improvement district in Nevada, has been selected as the new city manager for the city of Davis, California. John S. Pistole, the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) longest serving administrator, has announced his retirement from public service, effective Dec. 31, following more than 31 years in the federal government, including four and a half years at TSA and 26 years at the FBI. Michael Quick, executive vice provost and professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California, will take over as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs beginning Dec. 1, replacing Elizabeth Garrett, who is leaving to become president of Cornell University.
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Oil Industry Economics class set in Houston in November
The Energy Management Institute will host a class, "Oil Industry Economics: From Wellhead to Gas Pump," on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Norris Conference Center, 10 Katy Freeway Area, 803 Town and Country Lane, Houston, Texas 77024. The course is designed to help attendees understand the factors that establish the price of crude oil in the upstream, and every facet of refined product in the downstream. This course will delve into the detailed economics from the wellhead to the final consumption point.This course earns 13 CPE credits. EMI awards credit hours towards CPE and Certified Purchasing Manager status (CPM). Some of the topics will include: economics of moving refined products to various spot markets by various methods...truck, rail, pipeline, barges and ocean-going vessels; economics of moving products to wholesale and retail level; how the economics relate to various pricing methods at each level; economics of storing crude oil; all about the economics of crude oil arbitrage trading; macro economics of worldwide energy complex and more. More information is available here.
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
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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