Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 29October 29, 2014
Competition from abroad keen in United States
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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Hundreds of companies from Canada, Europe and Asia are sending representatives to the United States each week to set up operations. Their objective is pursuit of upcoming opportunities in the United States government marketplace. 

 

The new competitors have done their homework and they are interested most in state and local opportunities. Most focus on regional public markets rather than on the federal government. That's because the upcoming opportunities at the state and local levels of government are more abundant and the bureaucracy, although it still exists, is much smaller.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Texas voters face $6.8B in bond votes
PennDOT funds 12 projects
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events
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Texas voters to decide $6.8 billion in bond issues

 

Passage will lead to variety of contracting opportunities for many vendors
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New construction such as this will be spread out across Texas from successful bond issues..

More than $6.8 billion in bond issues will be decided in Texas on Nov. 4, and will result in millions of dollars in contracting opportunities for a variety of vendors, from multi-million-dollar construction projects to street improvements to new public safety facilities.


Seeking to pass bond issues are 48 school districts,17 cities, towns and villages, four community colleges and two hospital districts.


The largest bond issue by far is the $1 billion in bonding authority sought by the city of Austin for urban rail ($600 million), highway projects and related studies. 

 

The smallest bond vote is in the Richland Springs ISD - a $2.86 million referendum to build a new elementary school. 

 

Some of the city bond issues will seek funding for parks and recreation projects, new city administrative buildings and public safety buildings and projects related to water, sewer and drainage needs.


The four-dozen school bond issues will account for most of the vendor opportunities. Among those opportunities are construction of new schools, athletic facilities and parking areas. Some of the schools will be looking to purchase new buses. And, there are projects that include new roofs, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire alarm and security systems. Many schools are seeking technology upgrades, including infrastructure, wireless upgrades and replacement of aging equipment.

One Houston area suburban school district is seeking bonding authority of $748 million. Included are nine new schools - six elementaries, two junior high schools and one high school. Not only will construction be involved in these types of projects, but there will also be contracting opportunities for landscapers, furniture dealers, engineers and architects, to name a few.

There are two hospital districts in the state holding bond elections, one for a new hospital and one for renovations and expansion of an existing hospital.

At stake in the four community college bond issues are a total of more than $1.04 billion in projects, including upgrades, renovations and new construction. Campus infrastructure needs also are addressed in the bond votes as are technology improvements and upgrades.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has produced a research report, the Texas Bond Package, which is a valuable tool for government contracting sales teams. The Texas Bond Package includes a list of every public entity that has called a bond election along with the dollar amount and details on project information. The package also includes a list of the bond election results, which will be emailed to purchasers on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and a list of proposed upcoming bond elections under discussion for May 2015 and beyond, which will be delivered along with the bond election results. For more information and to purchase your copy, click here

 

Nabers' notes on Biden address to infrastructure group

Strategic Partnerships Inc. President and CEO Mary Scott Nabers is in Washington, D.C., this week for the 6th North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum. More than 400 executives are attending to hear experts discuss infrastructure development in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and to also learn more about regional projects. Last night, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the group about the importance of infrastructure to the national and global economies, how more private investment is needed in those projects and that more public-private partnerships are essential to meeting this country's infrastructure needs. Read more in Nabers'  notes regarding Biden's speech.

 

PennDOT awards $19.2M for development projects

 

Investment will result in contract opportunities throughout many areas of state

Barry Schoch A dozen projects in Pennsylvania will benefit from $19.2 million in state funds that are being allocated to enhance safety, aid local economic development efforts and create jobs. The funds, from the Governor's Transportation Infrastructure and Investment fund, will include $4.2 million for the reconstruction, partial realignment and beautification of Langley Avenue within the Philadelphia Navy Yard and $1.2 million for the installation of three roadway access points and roadway improvements to Moore Road for improved access to the King of Prussia Business Park in Upper Merion Township.


"Strong transportation infrastructure is the centerpiece of a strong economy," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch (pictured). "These projects were selected specifically for the benefits that they'll bring to local economies throughout the state."


Some of the other projects and funding allocations include:

  • $700,000 to Iron Springs Plaza, Fairfield Township to upgrade Fairfield Road and Iron Springs Road for increased traffic due to construction of a new shopping center; 
  • $500,000 to Cranberry Township to pay for a traffic study on Route 228 for potential safety enhancements and roadway improvements; 
  • $1 million to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Cranberry Township, for roadway enhancements along Route 228 for the development of a multi-use regional facility for the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex with additional commercial space;
  • $1.5 million to Jackson Township Transportation Improvement Project to make roadway and intersection improvements including traffic signal installation on Route 19, Little Creek Road, Mercer Road, and Wise Road; and 
  • $2.35 million for LORD Corporation, Summit Township for transportation infrastructure improvements including turning lanes, traffic signal upgrades, installation of a roundabout and the widening and straightening of existing roadways.
November 2014 Texas Bond Results

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Minnesota district's proposed levy would fund technology needs

Dennis Beekman Technology is the name of the game for the upcoming November election for a new levy for the Robbinsdale Area Schools in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Voters will be asked to approve the technology levy to be used for IT purchases such as computers, whiteboards and other digital products. Four school districts in Hennepin County do not have a technology levy. Although a plan for keeping up with technology in the schools has been approved and put in place, it has been "chronically underfunded," according to Dennis Beekman (pictured), technology director for the district. Having a dedicated source of funding would ensure a better learning environment, he said. The levy being planned would provide $3.5 million per year to the district for 10 years. Most of that money would be put into tablets or laptops. Some of the funds would be used to train teachers in the use of the technology and upgrade the district's network infrastructure. 


 

School district in Texas to seek bids for first phase of bond projects 
Trustees for Gonzales (Texas) Independent School District recently agreed to seek bids in December for the first phase of several projects approved in a bond election this year. The first phase includes renovations to North Avenue Elementary and Gonzales High School in addition to remodeling a former grocery store into a pre-kindergarten campus. After bids are approved, the renovations should take about 10 months to complete, district officials said. Once the first phase is complete, trustees plan to move into the second phase and then the third phase of the district's construction plan.

 

Bond issue would mean renovations, restoration for S. Carolina schools

A $225 million bond issue will be voted on in the Lexington (South Carolina) School District 2 on No. 4. With some facilities in the district at "senior citizen age" according to some residents, repairs and renovations are long overdue. Most of the school buildings are suffering from needs that include roofing, electrical, mechanical and some mildew because of flooding. At least one building is forced to use portables, which officials say does not create a good learning environment and also poses a security risk. The proceeds from the loan of $225 million would go toward renovation and restoration projects at each school in the district. Some older buildings are also slated for demolition. 

 

Ohio school district to spend $46M on rebuilding part of high school

Dining-Media Space Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio, will soon be getting a makeover on part of the school (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering). The school district will spend $46 million on the project, with half of the costs being paid for by the state. More than 20 classrooms will be reconstructed. They will replace modular classrooms across the street from the school. A music wing will include a band and orchestra room, a vocal room and a piano lab. A theater and TV production area will also be added. Upgrades also include a new cafeteria and physical education facilities that have three basketball courts, a weight room, wrestling room, team and physical education locker rooms, athletic offices and a concessions area. Other additions include new administration offices and a student health center. Demolition is expected to begin in December, with a completion date of June 2017 expected. This project is part of a larger project that includes rebuilding three elementary schools as well. The elementary school projects are part of a $3.75 million voter-approved bond issue that passed last year and a permanent improvement tax that allowed the district to get $50 million in matching funds from the state, for a total of $100 million. 

 

Minnesota bond issues would pay for technology, renovations, security

Four school districts in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, metro area are planning Nov. 4 elections that, if successful, would mean technology upgrades, security upgrades and a variety of renovation projects. The Waconia school district voters will be asked to approve $75 million in general obligation bonds for construction of a new elementary school and modifications to the high school and middle school. In the Westonka school district, voter
s will be asked to renew its technology levy, which would raise about $10 million over 10 years. A capital projects levy is being pushed in the Columbia Heights district that would provide an additional $1 million each year for 10 years to pay for facility renovations. And, in the Centennial district, voters are asked to approve the district taking out $49 million in general obligation bonds to renovate existing facilities and improve security on campuses.

 

Multi-million-dollar gift to be used for sports upgrades at MSU

A $10 million gift from Bob and Julie Skandalaris to Michigan State University will help the university's football, basketball and golf programs. That would include $3 million to improve the training and locker rooms at the Skandalaris Football Center, $4 million for improvements for the Breslin Center and $3 million to help defray the cost of construction for a new golf facility. "MSU and its intercollegiate athletics program have been important to our family, and we believe in the power of the student-athlete experience," said Bob Skandalaris. "We desire to provide our student-athletes with a championship-level experience while they work toward their degrees." 

 

Sibley East school district seeking bond funding for new elementary

The Sibley East School District in Minnesota is seeking approval of a $43 million bond issue next month that would result in funding for construction of a new elementary school in Gaylord and building improvements in Arlington. Voters said no to a similar proposal for building a pre-K through 12th grade three years ago. School officials looked at a less expensive bond that would have cost $32 million, but said it was not adequate to provide necessary kitchen space and would not meet state guidelines for classroom size. Also, remodeling would have required students to be relocated for 18 to 24 months. 

 

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City in Arkansas presented with capital projects list for parks, recreation

Mack Hollis The city of Russellville, Arkansas, now has a plan for projects for its Recreation and Parks Department after Director Mack Hollis (pictured) presented his Capital Projects plan recently to the Recreation and Parks Commission. Hollis said one of the major projects is a $5.5 million Russellville Aquatic Center. "I think we're looking at moving forward on it pretty quick," Hollis said. The center will feature an eight-lane competition pool, a therapy/aerobic pool and children's play pool. It will also have party rooms, dressing rooms, classrooms and offices. Construction will begin in 2015 and is scheduled to be complete in May 2016. Field lights for the Russellville Soccer Complex are expected to cost $456,151 to light the three fields on the south end of the complex. Trails in all city parks represent another project planned. Officials hope to construct 10-foot improved pedestrian trails throughout the city. The project is estimated at $539,037 including a grant. If the grant is not awarded, the project costs would have to be scaled back to $425,000. Replacing backstops on three fields is expected to cost $140,000 and the final project includes new restrooms at Shiloh Park. Maintenance and repair projects could cost up to $214,000. 

 

TWDB approves financial assistance totaling $39.2M 
Two water-related projects have together earned financial assistance totaling more than $39.2 million from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Both projects address water supply issues that are impacted by a growing local population and provide additional water sources during drought conditions. TWDB approved $5.5 million in financial assistance to the city of Laredo. The money will be used to construct an elevated 3 million gallon storage tank. It will become part of a new water system that includes a recently built new water treatment plant. The city of Wichita Falls will benefit from more than $33.79 million in financial assistance for a permanent indirect potable reuse system. The system will treat effluent and blend it with water in Lake Arrowhead at a treatment rate of 16 million gallons per day.

Revenue bonds to be sold to expand, remodel Louisiana hospital

Larry GrahamThe Louisiana State Bond Commission has approved the sale of $10 million in hospital revenue bonds that will result in the expansion and remodeling at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. The money will be dedicated for work that needs to be completed on the hospital emergency room and intensive care unit. The bonds will be executed by the Southwest Louisiana Hospital Association and will be paid off with revenue generated by the hospital. With more than $70 billion in industrial projects planned or already under construction in southwest Louisiana, hospital CEO Larry Graham (pictured) said the expansion is needed because of the increased number of workers and their families coming into the region to work on those projects. Another reason for the expansion is the growth of emergency room visits since July 2013, following a public-private partnership between Memorial and W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center.

 

FAA awards $10.2 million in grants for six airports in United States

A half dozen airports in the United States will benefit from $10.2 million in grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grants will be used to help reduce emissions and improve air quality at the airports and are part of the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program. VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas of marginal air quality. Airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and passenger facility charges to help acquire low-emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification and other airport-related air quality improvements. The following airports were grant funding recipients:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport was awarded $431,479 for infrastructure upgrades to switch to low-emission technology by replacing four boilers in the central utility plant. 
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport received $2 million to install 12 electric gates at Terminal B and install and connect seven pre-conditioned air units for parked aircraft that will limit the need for diesel or jet-fuel powered auxiliary power while passengers load and unload.
  • At Chicago O'Hare International Airport, $2 million will be used to install an underground fuel-hydrant system, eliminating the need for diesel-powered fuel trucks.
  • Purchase of two alternative-fuel garbage trucks and conversion of two passenger vans to cleaner burning fuel instead of diesel will be paid for with a grant of $102,456 to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will receive $2 million to install 43 charging units to support electric ground support equipment such as luggage loaders and aircraft tugs, reducing the use of conventional fuels and reducing emissions.
  • Yeager Airport in West Virginia will get $3,678,168 to fund both gate power units and pre-conditioned air units at seven of the airport's gates, allowing parked aircraft to connect to terminal power and eliminate the need for diesel or jet-fuel powered auxiliary power. 
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  • Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction won a $16.6 million contract from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to pave the new Casper West Belt Loop Road connecting WYO 220 to US 20-26 west of Casper.
  • Dunaway Associates won a $190,000 contract from the city of Denton, Texas, to design two pedestrian bridges in Evers Park.
  • Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLC won a $1.18 million contract from the Washington County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners for design of a new bridge over Antietam Creek and design of the rest of the planned four-lane roadway that will become Professional Boulevard.
  • CNR MA Corporation, a Chinese government-owned rail company, was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the "T," the nation's oldest subway system. The company will build 284 new subway cars. CNR MA is a joint venture of China Changchun Railway Vehicles and China CNR Corporation Limited, a Chinese government-owned enterprise.
  • Gracon Construction won a $5.8 million contract from the city of Longview, Texas, to upgrade the city's lone sewage treatment plant. A grease delivery station will be built and a main digester, which breaks down bacteria in a zero-oxygen environment, will be converted to release more methane. That gas will in turn help power a generator at the plant.
  • United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engine was awarded a $591,919,496 modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract from the U.S. Navy.
  • LeGrand Johnson Construction submitted the low bid of $11 million and won the contract from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to widen a 3.3-mile section of WYO 789 south of Riverton from two lanes to five lanes. The section includes a bridge over the Little Wind River.
  • Pierson-South State II won an $84 million contract, the final portion of contracting to widen the Garden State Parkway through Atlantic County, New Jersey. Pierson will widen the remaining four-mile section of the project, which started in Toms River and add a third lane to the Parkway in both directions and add shoulders. Pierson also will repave three interchanges, build a new acceleration lane from the Parkway south to Tilton Road in Egg Harbor and widen a bridge that carries the Parkway over Tilton Road.
  • LPCiminelli won a $226 million contract from the State University of New York (SUNY) for the second phase of construction for UB's new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Shortlist announced for D.C. system including streetcars, buses

Vincent Gray Three teams have made the shortlist for the development of the Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made by Mayor Vincent Gray (pictured) and District Department of Transportation Director Matt Brown.


"The announcement of the short list of contractors brings us one significant step closer to making the visions for a comprehensive District streetcar system a reality," said the mayor.


Named to the shortlist are:

  • DC Transit Partners, which includes Clark Construction Group, Shirley Contracting Company and Herzog Transit Services, Inc.;
  • Capital Transit Partners, including Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure, Inc., FCC Construction, CPS Operators and Parsons Brincherhoff; and
  • Potomac Transit Partners, which includes URS, MC Dean, Facchina and RDMT.

The IPT system includes a streetcar network, local bus provisions and both existing and new transit facilities. It will offer transportation alternatives to link neighborhoods and reduce short inner-city automobile trips. It will also positively affect the local economy and housing options in the District.


The project will be developed on a design, build, operation and maintenance (DBFOM) basis and will be developed in phases. It will include 22 miles of dual/single track fixed guideway, ancillary equipment and facilities and up to 15 miles of fixed guided track. It covers all local bus service in the District. 


"Moving forward with the IPT is a game-changer in delivering streetcars to the District. Issuing the short list is an exciting first step in the process," said Brown. 

 

Long Beach gets proposals for P3s for new city hall, Innovation Village

Long Beach CiviCore Alliance has offered to partner with Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach, to create an Innovation Village. The project will be a melding of business incubator, adult education and think tank. Another partnership studied would be with the Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners. Both proposals provide for the private developer group to build a new city hall and main library. The buildings would then be leased back to the city for no more than the $12.6 million for current operation and debt service.

 

The developer, in exchange, would be allowed to develop the remainder of the property, including an old courthouse. However, Lincoln Park will be retained and restored. Both of the developers' proposals include an 11-story port headquarters that would produce revenue, providing a new revenue stream. The library proposed by Plenary is 15,000 square feet larger than CiviCore's, but Plenary also did not offer anything that is comparable to CiviCore's Innovation Village.

 

University of Iowa negotiating P3 to rebuild university's Museum of Art downtown

Sean O'Harrow The new University of Iowa Museum of Art will be built on a prime corner in downtown Iowa City through a public-private partnership with H+H Development Group and Mortenson Inc., UI announced Wednesday. " Sean O'Harrow (pictured), director of the UI Museum of Art, praised the future museum's location, citing its nearby highway access, ample parking and public exposure. It is also in close proximity to the future Voxman Music Building. "It's one of the few locations that's accessible to both students and the public," O'Harrow said. "There are a lot of locations that can be accessible to students but not the public and vice versa."


 
H+H Development Group will pair with Mortenson Inc. on the project. Although not in the design phase yet, officials say that in addition to the museum, the project will include both commercial and residential space. The new museum is being built after the original one on the UI campus suffered $629 million in damages during a major floor in 2008. Four years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the facility did not reach the threshold of damages that would qualify it for total replacement. That's when the university reached out to developers to develop a partnership. Now, the university is ready to begin negotiations to determine cost estimates, select a design team, chose the design and move forward.

 

Public-private partnership will facilitate Union Station makeover

A three-phase project that will lead to a makeover of Union Station in Washington, D.C., will involve a public-private partnership. The result will be a more efficient, modernized system.

 

Phase one will include redesign of the existing concourse and beginning work on tracks and platforms. The second phase results in tracks and platforms being reconstructed on the east side of the yard, with development above the yard to begin then as well. Demolition of the parking garage and the construction of the train shed will be phase three. Officials are hopeful for a 2030 completion date.

 

Akridge, a real-estate development firm that purchased the air rights above the yard in 2006, is part of the P3, along with Amtrak and Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC). Unlike some P3s in which the public partner leverages one large firm that will then own future revenues and rights, this one has all partners contributing funds towards the planning, design, engineering and construction of this project.

Because of its historic significance, developers and planners are attempting to make sure that the modernizing of the station is in tune with its storied history. 

 

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Where are they now?

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

 

Cathy Sandeen Cathy Sandeen (pictured), vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, has been named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension. She replaces Ray Cross, who left the job in February to become UW System president. She will begin her new charge on Dec. 15, when she becomes the third chancellor with responsibility for the integrated administration of the two statewide institutions. UW Colleges consists of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an associate degree in arts and science and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. Sandeen has more than two decades of experience in continuing education and professional development at three University of California campuses. From 2006-2012, she was dean of Continuing Education at the UCLA Extension at the University of California Los Angeles. She served as vice provost and dean of University Extension and Summer Session at University of California Santa Cruz from 2000-2006 and has also held a number of leadership positions at University of California San Francisco. Sandeen earned her bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University, a master's from San Francisco State University, a Master of Business Administration from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

       

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Gregory Wingfield Robert Griffin Billy Jones Gregory H. Wingfield (top left), president and chief executive officer of the Greater Richmond Partnership, has announced that he will retire next year from the organization he helped found two decades ago. Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Griffin (top center)  as the Science and Technology Directorate's Deputy Under Secretary, after serving as acting Deputy Under Secretary since May 2014. The Texarkana (Arkansas) School District Board of Directors hired Billy Jones (top left), a certified FBI Agent, certified Law Enforcement Officer and certified School Resource Officer, as the TASD Security Director. Chris Cummiskey, the acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, who took over on an acting basis for Rafael Borras in February, is leaving government after 24 years to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Edward Lee Vargas is stepping down as Kent (Washington) School District superintendent, a post he has held for the last six years, to accept a position with a national educational nonprofit organization.A.A. "Butch" Ayers, a 30-year-veteran of the Gwinnett County (Georgia) Police Department, has been named the department's new chief, replacing Chief Charlie Walters, who is retiring Michelle Lee John Cross Karen De Salvo after 35 years with the department. Former Google Inc. executive Michelle Lee (bottom right) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she has managed a staff of roughly 10,000 federal employees since her appointment in January to deputy director. John Cross (bottom center), the first official to oversee municipal-bond regulation for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will leave the position next month to join the Treasury Department's office of tax policy. Karen DeSalvo (bottom left) is leaving her job as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to take on the post of acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she will be the point person for HHS's response to the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Mark Johnson, the current assistant superintendent of the Los Alamitos School District in California, will take over Fountain Valley School District's top seat beginning Jan. 1, 2015, replacing Dr. Marc Ecker, who has served at the post since June 1996 and has announced his pending retirement. Myron "Rob" Jacyna, a 28-year veteran of the village fire department, has been chosen fire chief for Johnson City, New York, succeeding Stephen Hrustich, who resigned in 2012. Larry Shaffer, who has been acting city manager for the city of Portage, Michigan, since May and who is a former city manager of Jackson, has been chosen as Portage's new city manager.

 

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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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