Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 31November 12, 2014
EB-5 program: creating jobs, stimulating economy
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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It is extremely difficult for most people to become United States citizens or to stay in the country for long periods of time. Visas are hard to come by and difficult to keep. 

 

However, coming to America is not all that big a problem for wealthy families from foreign countries. A 1990 law that authorized the EB-5 program in America allows immigrants to pay $500,000 and obtain EB-5 visas rather quickly. 

 

Depending on whom one might ask, the EB-5 program is either one of the greatest job-creating innovations of all time or it is shameful because of its exclusions and occasional glitches. 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Smart Schools Bond Act passes
Texas voters approve $5.59B in bonds
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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Gov. Cuomo's Smart Schools Bond Act easily gains approval of state voters

Andrew Cuomo Nearly a year after announcing his proposed Smart Schools Bond Act in his January State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (pictured) claimed success when the state's voters passed the referendum last week. As a result, the state comptroller will issue and sell up to $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology equipment and facilities.

 

Students and teachers throughout the state will now have access to a variety of new technology. And they'll have the advantage of high-speed broadband Internet connectivity. That will be particularly important to areas of the state that have inadequate broadband capacity. A report from the Smart Schools Commission appointed by Laptop the governor to determine the technology needs of the state show that more than 500 schools in the state actually report no broadband service at all at the state's minimum speeds.

Cuomo said the digital divide that exists, particularly in rural and low-income districts is causing academic disadvantage for those students. "Some schools don't even have the access and that is the lack of broadband," Cuomo said in an October news conference. "What's even worse is it tends to be the poorer areas and the poorer schools that don't have the broadband and they're actually the ones that need it the most and they're the ones that don't have it."


Now that the referendum has passed, a methodology will be used to determine how much will be allocated to the school districts in the state. The allocation will be in proportion to each district's share of total formula-based school aid in the 2013-14 school year. 


The program will allow school districts to purchase technology equipment or facilities that can include such items as interactive whiteboards, computer servers, desktop computer, laptops and tablets. Installation of high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity will also be provided with some of the funding. Other technology projects that can be funded include video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls.

The three-member commission wrote in its report, "The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act has the potential to provide capacity for schools and classrooms to meet the demands of the 21st century, help students achieve and teachers teach, and ensure that New York's students graduate with the skills they need to thrive."

 

Texas voters approve more than $5.59B in bonds

 

Millions of dollars' worth of contracting opportunities will begin soon

Bond Construction
Construction projects will soon begin in Texas after voters approved $5.59 billion in local bond issues.
Construction activity in all areas of Texas will begin soon after voters in the state last week approved more than 60 local bond issues valued at upwards of $5.59 billion. More than 70 entities - school districts, counties, community colleges, hospital districts, cities, towns and villages - asked voters to approve bond issues.

The resulting contracting opportunities will come from passage of several community college bond votes that will result in new construction, technology upgrades and security upgrades. Public schools will see renovations and maintenance efforts from new technology to expansion of cafeterias and athletic facilities.

A North Texas city was successful in passage of a $236 million bond issue that mostly would dedicate bond proceeds to public works and transportation projects. A Houston area city passed a $5 million bond vote that will pay for a new fire station and fire truck.

Among school bond issues, a $748 million bond referendum for a school district in the Houston area passed that will provide for construction of a number of new schools and a $58 million new football stadium. Other school projects that will result from successful bond votes include maintenance of aging facilities including new roofs, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire alarms, security cameras and new, safer entrances. There will be security and technology upgrades, new bus purchases, new school construction, upgrades to athletic facilities, cafeteria and kitchen remodeling and more.

SPI's 2014 Bond Package, which is available for sale now, includes a listing of each bond issue, the amount of the bond, which of the bond issues passed and what projects the bonds would fund so that vendors can identify upcoming contracting opportunities. The report also includes information on nearly 50 bond elections being considered for May 2015 and beyond.

 

November 2014 Texas Bond Results

Upcoming education opportunities

 

County voters approve four bond measures in California districts

Voters in Monterey County (California) gave the nod to four school bond measures recently that will result in projects that include technology upgrades, new facility construction, facility upgrades, land purchases and more. Millions of dollars' worth of projects will soon be under way as a result of passage of the bond issues. One measure, an $18 million bond vote, will pay for more computers, software upgrades and a technology education plan implementation in the Pacific Grove Unified School District. A $128 million measure in the Salinas Union High School District will build a new high school and provide upgrades that include capacity expansion, infrastructure repair, upgrades to electrical systems and removal of hazardous waste. In the Greenfield Union School District, two measures passed that together will mean $20 million for improvements district-wide. Some classrooms will be replaced, new technology added and restrooms replaced. A new multipurpose room will be built at one school as will a library/media center. Land will also be purchased from bond proceeds for a site for a new school. A large part of the $128 million measure will be used to address needs outlined in the Master Facilities Plan. The plan, written in 2011, identified $232 million in repairs and upgrades needed throughout the district.  

 

Provo voters approve rebuilding of five schools with $108M bond passage

Keith Rittel Five schools in the Provo, Utah, community will be rebuilt after voters gave their stamp of approval for a $108 million bond issue recently. Provo City School District Superintendent Keith Rittel (pictured) said the school board and district were grateful for the community support of the bond referendum. "Our intention now is to continue to be excellent stewards of the public's money by building excellent and efficient schools." Schools that will be reconstructed include Provo High School and Rock Canyon, Edgemont, Provost and Sunset View elementaries. Two of the elementary schools and the high school should be completed in three years. The four wings of the high school are expected to be reconstructed one at a time. Students will be housed in portable facilities during that time. Most of the district schools are from 50 to 65 years old and their rapid deterioration led to the bond issue. An advisory committee worked with architects and engineers to determine which schools were facing the greatest needs, and those are being addressed first. Officials expect the savings they will realize from no longer having to perform maintenance will help with other capital needs in the district. That could also include future new school construction. 

 

San Mateo ballot measures approved; two bond issues pass

A pair of bond issues in San Mateo County were recently approved, giving the San Mateo County Community College District and the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district additional funding to deal with overflowing classrooms and aging structures. The Community College District will benefit from a successful $388 million bond measure. With the bond proceeds, the college will address construction, rehab, replacement and upgrades to facilities. Furnishings and equipment will also be upgraded. At the San Mateo, Canada College and the Skyline College, students will see modernized math and science classrooms and labs. Transportation infrastructure will be upgraded and computer upgrades are planned as well. Access for students with disabilities will be improved. There will also be fire and safety improvements, and addition of energy efficient systems to replace aging infrastructure. A new science building is planned for the Canada campus and an environmental science building is to be built on the Skyline campus. The Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District's $48 million bond issue will provide funds for addressing the need for additional classroom space. Some campuses will benefit from the addition of two-story modular facilities that cost $1 million each. 

 

State invests $58.5 million in University of Hawaii System component projects

Neil Abercrombie Infrastructure needs throughout the University of Hawaii System got a boost from Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (pictured) recently, when the governor released $58.5 million for capital improvement projects at the System's various campuses. Abercrombie said students need adequate facilities to get the foundation needed for success in higher education. "In order for UH to fulfill its educational mission, we must invest in the system's physical infrastructure," said the governor Among the projects to be funded are:

  • Funding of $50 million will go to repair and maintenance projects at System components. That includes $37.5 million for UH Manoa, $3.45 million to UH Hilo, $24,000 to UH West Oahu, and $251,000 for UH Systemwide. The backlog projects include such issues as reroofing, mechanical and electrical systems, painting projects and more.
  • The Leeward Community College, Theatre Renovation at Oahu gets $8 million for design and construction funding for structural repairs, interior upgrades and improvements.
  • A total of $500,000 is headed to Kapiolani Community College renovations of Wing B, which has three classrooms used by the nursing program. Upgrades will include technology and renovations to link to the outdoor courtyard.

Higher education officials in Oklahoma seek additional funding from state

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have asked the state legislature for more than $1 billion in funds for the upcoming fiscal year. The request is nearly $100 million over the current year budget. The Regents oversee the state's 25 colleges and universities and recently approved a $1.08 billion budget during its regular meeting. Close to $88 million of that funding would be dedicated to the state's Complete College America program. The program's goal is to increase the number of students in the state who either receive a college degree or some type of job certification. The Regents also are seeking $8.7 million for debt service payments. The funding increase being sought would be used to help state colleges and universities develop degree completion courses on their various campuses. The money also would help defray the costs for extra courses, financial aid and faculty. 

 

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MTA cost-cutting will help defray costs of expansion projects

William Wheeler Crediting "the most aggressive cost-cutting in our history," William Wheeler (pictured) told New York officials that the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has determined how to pay for more than half of the agency's $32 million in planned expansion projects. Wheeler, director of special project development and planning at the MTA, told city council during a hearing on the city's transportation infrastructure that this cost-cutting resulted from a reduction in operating costs and staffing levels as well as savings due to new labor agreements and without increasing tolls or fees. Among the expansion projects planned are the second phase of the Second Avenue subway line, which will add four Metro-North stations in the Bronx and a direct link to Penn Station. Even with cost-cutting, the agency will still have a $15 billion deficit in its capital plan that includes track replacement, structural repairs, signal system improvements and fleet replacements. "These are the critical projects we must and will fund first, and they make up about two-thirds of the budget for the 2015-2019 program," Wheeler said. The agency plans to put up $290 million per year for a pay-as-you-go account that could generate up to $5.4 billion for projects in the 2015-19 capital program. However, the agency also will be asking the city to contribute to help close the funding gap. 

Texas city's council approves construction of new expo center

A new Expo Center at JB Wells Park in Gonzales, Texas, was recently approved by the Gonzales City Council. No date has been given for starting construction or for completion. In fact, the issue had been tabled by the City Council for about three months before it was finally approved. The council is expected to hold a construction workshop this week to discuss building plans and possible contractors. The Expo Center will be a multi-purpose building with doors that can roll up to allow entry for conventions, wedding receptions, car shows and more. The facility will be available for use by the entire community. Although no dollar estimate on the cost has been released, last year when the project was under construction, some officials estimated the costs to max out at $2 million to $3 million. 

 

Pennsylvania city plans to fund parking garage at cost of $5 million or more

Tom Donaldson

Trying to avert the collapse of a $9.7 million Centre City project, Butler, Pennsylvania city officials are planning to spend between $5.5 million and $5.7 million on a downtown parking garage. "It would be irresponsible to not follow through with this project," said Mayor Tom Donaldson (pictured). "The project was starting to languish." Centre City includes a hotel of up to 90 rooms and a pharmacy. After the city parking authority's recent announcement that it planned to scale back plans for a multi-level parking garage, the city council and mayor reversed that decision following complaints by business owners and the chamber of commerce. Donaldson said he is opposed to any tax increase and that instead, the city would pay off the bonds for the garage with an increase in the cost of monthly parking permits issued by the city.


California releases water plan calling for $500B investment in projects

California water officials recently announced release of a water plan that shows $500 billion in additional investment will be needed for water projects in the coming decades. New state fees could result. The plan was the first in more than 50 years aimed at managing the state's water. The plan takes into consideration the state's growing population and dwindling water supply. With that demand, water costs are going to increase, say officials. The plan urges better coordination among state, federal and local agencies making water supply decisions and for more efficient decision-making on water issues, including conservation and water storage. State officials will seek another $500 billion for water projects in the coming decades, $100 billion of which would be for flood-control projects and $400 billion for a variety of projects throughout different regions in the state. Officials said a stable funding source will be needed to fund the projects, and that could include increases in fees for water users in the state.  

 

Financial assistance of $99 million awarded for Texas water projects

More than $98 million in financial assistance for water-related projects in Texas was recently approved by the Texas Water Development Board, including allocations for both urban and rural projects. Among those receiving financial assistance are:

  • City of Euless - $5,493,050 to replace approximately 14,000 aging water meters with automated meter reading meters.
  • City of Kirbyville - $2,712,466 for wastewater treatment plant improvements. Wastewater collection lines, manholes and lift stations will be rehabilitated and various pumps, piping and electrical components will be replaced on the existing wastewater treatment plant.
  • Port Mansfield Utility District in Willacy County - $200,000 for emergency storage tank structural repairs and to apply a protective coating to the steel on the inside and outside of the tank to prevent corrosion.
  • North Alamo Water Supply Corporation in Hidalgo County - $9.8 million for a new wastewater treatment plant and collection system.
  • City of Pharr - $3,525,000 for surface water rights purchase.
  • Nueces County - $200,000 for water system improvements that include a new transmission line to allow more residents to connect to a new water supply and disconnect from their current water wells.
  • City of San Marcos (Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Comal counties) - $811,915 for completion of a four-phase expansion of its existing reclaimed water system.
  • City of El Campo - $150,000 for wastewater treatment plant upgrades including construction of a new effluent filter and new belt filter press.
  • City of San Antonio by and through the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) - $75.92 million for the Water Resources Integration Program for SAWS to convey large quantities of treated potable water into its distribution system from its water supply and development programs. 
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  • Dragados USA  won a $154 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build the first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway. The first section of the road will be built between Highway 158 and Interstate 40 Business.
  • Battle Creek Construction was awarded a contract worth up to $1 million from the U.S. Navy for maintenance, repair and alteration of real property.
  • Durwood Greene Construction Co. won an $878,488 contract from the Texas Transportation Commission to repair SH 6 from Voss to US 90A in Harris County.
  • Information Sciences Consulting won a contract worth up to $36.3 million from the U.S. Navy for motorcycle traffic safety training courses.
  • Pitney Bowes won a contract worth $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for mail and document processing technology developed at Pitney Bowes' Global Technology Center in Commerce Park. The technology will allow the department's U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services division to streamline and consolidate the production and distribution of communications and notifications into two processing centers.
  • Gracon Construction was awarded a $5.8 million contract from the city of Longview, Texas, for upgrades to the Grace Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade will help power the sludge portion of the plant by allowing the city to take in grease, convert it to methane and generate energy with the gas.
  • Ohmshiv Construction LLC won a $1.27 million contract from Gwinnett County, Georgia, to add a deceleration lane on State Route 120 and a new left turn lane. Other planned improvements for S.R. 120 include a new eastbound through lane, signal and pedestrian upgrades at Boggs Road and a new deceleration lane from S.R. 120 eastbound onto Boggs Road southbound.
  • Strategy and Management Services won a contract worth up to $10 million from the General Services Administration for general purpose information technology equipment.
  • APAC-Texas was awarded a nearly $4.3 million contract from the Texas Transportation Commission for a project that will include installation of new railroad tracks inside the Port of Port Arthur.
  • Judlau Construction has been awarded the $58.8 million contract to build three new railroad stations in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin (Connecticut) as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail line. 
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Bidders sought for heavily congested I-285/Georgia 400 interchange project

Interchange Rendering Mitigation of traffic congestion is a $1 billion project in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Transportation has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for qualified contractors interested in overhauling Interstate 285/Georgia interchange (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering), a particular traffic headache area for drivers in the state.


State officials expect that respondents to the RFQ will likely be a consortium of companies, each with a particular skill set and expertise. Such a consortium will be asked to finance, design and build the new interchange through a public-private partnership (P3).


The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) has pledged $235 million toward the project, but most of the funding will have to come from the private sector.


Statements of qualifications for those responding to the RFQ are due to DOT by Dec. 15, and a short list of contractors deemed among the best qualified will then be asked to respond to a request for proposals (RFP). The short list will be selected on Jan. 15, 2015. Construction could then begin as early as 2016, with a completion and ready-to-use date for opening to traffic sometime in 2019. 

 

Public-private partnership adding digital screens to assist riders on NY MTA

With interactive digital screens to assist riders already in place at 30 New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) stations, more are on the way. Thanks to a public-private partnership (P3), another 153 of these "On the Go Travel Stations" are expected to be ready for use by the end of the year. The program began three years ago as a pilot.

 

The digital, interactive screens, now in stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, assist MTA riders in planning their trips. The partnership includes New York City Transit, Outfront Media and Control group NYC.

 

About 1.2 million MTA riders have access to the screens daily, according to the agency. Not only do the screens allow riders to retrieve transit information, but they also allow MTA to communicate with them and at the point where travelers are making their decisions on routes.


 

The touch screens, touted as "first in the world," are encased in stainless steel enclosures. They feature large screens offering information that include trip planning, real-time service status, local neighborhood maps and can even provide shopping and dining options nearby as well as news and weather information. 

 

County in Washington State studies partnership to build administration building

Nine Stories A nine-story administration building (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) could begin rising into the Washington skyline next year as Pierce County executives are considering recently released designs for a public-private partnership (P3) effort to build the facility.

 

The building, which was originally expected to be half as tall as the current design, would feature 300,000 to 340,000 square feet. Cost estimates are at about $90 million. It would be home to some 1,300 county employees.

 

The County Council is expected to vote on Jan. 27, 2015, on whether to enter into a public-private lease agreement with the developer. Such an agreement would be structured so that after the long-term lease ends (usually 20 to 30 years), ownership of the building would revert to the county. In the meantime, the developer would be responsible for any cost overruns on construction and would pay penalties for not meeting set deadlines.

 

Officials expect the lease rate as well as the project cost to be determined in December. The lease amount would include construction and financing costs, long-term maintenance fees and a developer fee. Savings from consolidating and leases for other space is expected to provide enough funds to offset the county's lease payments. Centralizing county staff could save up to $39.65 million in taxpayer funds over 25 years.

Construction could start next year, say officials, with occupancy expected in late 2016.  

 

Partnership will help Fort Worth restore, repurpose historic building

History is getting a facelift in Fort Worth. The city has entered into a public-private partnership with private-sector developers to redevelop the historic Hunter Building. The facility, once upgraded, will feature 10 stories of apartments and retail and commercial space on the ground floor.

 

The Hunter Building originally was built as the Fortune Arms Hotel. Nearly 20 years later, in the 70s, it was sold to the Fort Worth Housing Authority and provided public housing through the 90s. The facility was closed in 2010 and has not been used since then.

 

A total of $29 million will be invested in the project. A portion of the apartments to be created will be designated as low-income housing. Mayor Betsy Price said the exterior of the building will keep its traditional look, in keeping with the city and the public's efforts to maintain the original look of historic facilities in the city.

 

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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 Sara Heyburn. 

 

Sara Heyburn Sara Heyburn, head of teacher and leadership initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Education, has been selected as the State Board of Education's next executive director. Heyburn has held her current position as assistant commissioner for teachers and leaders for three years. Before overseeing the division of teacher and leadership, Heyburn was an education policy adviser for the state and a policy analyst at Vanderbilt's University National Center on Performance Incentives. As head of the State Board of Education, the longtime educator will set the state's academic standards. She will assume the new position at the beginning of 2015. Heyburn holds a B.A. in English and a master's degree in teaching, both from the University of Virginia, and she earned an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2010. She began her work in education as a high school English teacher in Jefferson County Schools in Kentucky and Williamson County Schools in Tennessee.

       

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An Illinois school district is issuing a request for proposals for a guaranteed energy savings contract to reduce the district's energy and operating cost through an energy conservation project. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 
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Jerry Abramson Crit Luannan Vera Bumpers Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson (top left), who won five terms as Louisville's mayor, will leave to become director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House, and Gov. Steve Beshear said former state auditor Crit Luallen (top center), who has decades of experience in Kentucky's executive branch and will become the third woman to serve as Kentucky lieutenant governor, will take Abramson's place, serving until the end of Beshear's term in December 2015. Houston METRO has named Vera Bumper (top right), a 30 year METRO veteran who has held posts at every level of command in the METRO Police Department - officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant police chief - has been named METRO Chief of Police, the department's first female and first African-American chief. Dr. Cynthia Griffith, former dean at Lone Star College and at Alamo College as well as director and faculty member at Angelina College, all in Texas, recently retired as vice president for technical and workforce education at Blinn College in Brenham. Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, who worked for the city of Coral Gables, Florida, for 20 years as development director before taking the city manager post in Hollywood, Florida, has been named city manager for the city of Coral Gables, replacing Pat Salerno, who resigned in April. Tony Bruno, former deputy chief and then interim chief of the Middlebury, Connecticut, Fire Department after former chief Paul Perotti was fired, was Kevin Kerrigan Belinda Miles Benjamin Tucker recently named the department's fire chief. Kevin Kerrigan (bottom right), who served as vice president of the automotive office for the state of Michigan and is a former automotive design and engineering company owner for 20 years, was recently named to head the Michigan Automotive Industry Office. Belinda S. Miles (bottom center), longtime administrator at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, has been named the new president of Westchester Community College in New York, replacing Joseph Hankin. New York Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton has chosen Benjamin B. Tucker (bottom left), the department's top training officer who joined the department in 1969 as an 18-year-old high school graduate, as the new first deputy commissioner. Qiong Liu, who came to the Las Vegas Valley in 1999 to work as Las Vegas' transportation planning manager after working for engineering firms in the private sector and who has been acting city manager since June, has been chosen as the North Las Vegas city manager. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board In North Carolina has voted to accept Superintendent Heath Morrison's voluntary resignation and named Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark as interim superintendent. Don Hunt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, who was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to lead the department in January 2011, has announced he is leaving his post as part of an agreement with newly re-elected Hickenlooper, but will stay on as head of the agency through the end of the year. 

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One-day Pega Texas Conference 2014 slated in Austin on Dec. 3

A complimentary, one-day educational forum on "A Roadmap for Digital Government" is being hosted Wednesday, Dec. 3, by Pegasystems. The Pega Texas Conference 2014 forum will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Commons Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758. Industry experts and thought leaders will discuss topics that include the evolution and promise of digital government, the role of the Internet of Things/Process of Things (IoE/PoE) in digital government, the roadmap for digital government - Digitize to Modernize, and a hands-on technical workshop focusing on incorporating mobile and social channels into an application. The event is free, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) will award three hours of continuing education credit for the morning session. More information on the event is available here,


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, the second was on Oct. 31. Two January 2015 events are also planned - "Partnering with State and Local Governments to Revitalize Critical Infrastructure" on Jan. 27 and "Uncovering Partnership Opportunities and Driving Toward Execution" on March 31. The January event 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. The March 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.

 
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