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Volume 6, Issue 30November 5, 2014
Detroit pulling out of bankruptcy - vibrant future ahead
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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A ruling on Detroit's bankruptcy plan is due Nov. 7 and thousands of individuals as well as numerous creditors, stakeholders and organizations will be watching with anticipation to see what happens. Either the judge, Steven Rhodes, will accept the city's plan, or he will reject it. If the judge accepts Detroit's plan, the city could be beyond the stigma of bankruptcy by Thanksgiving. That would make city leaders very happy.

 

The highly visible bankruptcy received national attention for many months and city officials have worked diligently to reach agreements and compromises. All parties have now agreed on a plan that was sent to the judge. 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
$84M for safety, mobility projects
Rural water systems funded
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
People
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Mobility, safety improvements get $84M in funding

 

Total of 86 projects in 35 counties in Pennsylvania to share allocations

Barry Schoch Improved safety and mobility are the goal of the $84 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund investments recently announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The funding, which was made possible through the state's transportation plan (Act 89), will benefit 86 projects in 35 counties in the state. The projects require a 30 percent local match. Projects range from $1 million to the Port Authority of Allegheny County to demolish the McKeesport Transportation Center and construct a new multimodal terminal serving regional bus, local bus, vans and ACCESS paratransit to $1.74 million to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority to construct an Intermodal Ground Transportation Center adjacent to the existing airport terminal for bus, taxi, shuttle and rental cars. 

 

"All types of transportation drive our economy and Act 89 gave us the tools to ensure our non-highway modes receive the funding they need to maintain a connected transportation system," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch (pictured). 

 

Not only are multimodal projects funded, but PennDOT also is putting $7.2 million in Act 89 transit funds into five transit projects that applied for multimodal funding. Act 89 upped transit funding, securing dedicated funds for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port and bicycle-pedestrian projects. 

 

The projects for which applications for funding were submitted were then reviewed by PennDOT, and awards made based on criteria that included such issues as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

 

Some of the projects include the following:

  • Borough of Gettysburg - $495,192 to relocate utility poles, install light fixtures, street furniture and a bus shelter and complete landscaping on the Steinwehr Avenue Corridor;
  • Patton Township - $800,000 to install turning lanes at four intersections  along the Valley Vista Drive corridor serving commuters, businesses and residents in Patton and Ferguson townships;
  • Landsdale Borough - $2.7 million for streetscape improvements along East Main Street between Broad Street and Greenwood Road and enhancements at SEPTA's track crossing of Main Street;
  • West Lampeter Township - $700,000 to replace a functionally obsolete bridge and realign the roads at the intersection of Route 2039 and Long Rifle Road (T-537);
  • New Garden Township - $979,431 for site preparation including drainage, taxiway/apron paving, storm water management and the construction of seven individual t-hangars and two box hangars;
  • River Valley Transit - $3 million to construct the Trade & Transit Centre II, a new intermodal facility for River Valley Transit in the City of Williamsport; and
  • Drexel University- $2.5 million to create an integrated plan to address transportation, commercial opportunities and the station and facilities for the Philadelphia 30th Street Station precinct. 

To view the complete list of the 86 projects funded, their location and the amount of funding allocated, click here.

 

Rural water systems in New Mexico funded

 

$17 million headed to three systems through grants, low-cost loans

Tom Udall Federal funding totaling $17 million will be shared by three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding includes nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low-costs loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

 

The three communities that will share the funding include the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Dona Ana County and the city of Truth or Consequences.

 

Sen. Tom Udall (pictured) said the rural water investments are important to the health, well-being and development of the communities in which they are located. "These projects not only provide clean water to rural families, but also help keep rates down and create jobs in New Mexico."

 

Here's how the funding breaks down:

 

Truth or Consequences - $4.492 million in rural development funds ($910,000 in low-cost loans and $3.582 million in grants) to address an aging wastewater treatment plant, including electrical upgrades, a disinfection system upgrade to ultraviolet upgrades, a sludge handling system, aerators and overall site condition improvements and safety upgrades.

 

Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County - $4.274 million in rural development funds ($649,000 in low-cost loans and $3,625,100 in grants) to remove and replace a water tank, replace existing water lines and add new lines to loop dead end lines. Twenty-six new users will be connected to the system as a result of the upgrades.

 

Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Dona Ana County - $8,027,800 in rural development funds ($357,000 in low-cost loans and $7,670,800 in grants) to construct a gravity and pressurized sewer system to address the most immediate needs of the service area and extend sewer service to underserved areas in Mesquite and to the unserved unincorporated community of Brazito. A total of 490 new users will be connected to the system. 

 

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Upcoming education opportunities


 
University of Illinois exploring possible alternatives for renovating hall

The University of Illinois could well turn to a public-private partnership as it seeks to renovate one of the oldest buildings on its Urbana-Champaign campus. Built in 1897, Altgeld Hall has since served in a variety of capacities - as the university library, to house the College of Law and as the university's business office. It has been home to the Department of Mathematics since 1956. A feasibility study conducted by the university revealed that the cost to renovate Altgeld and Illini Hall would be about $90 million. So, now the university is exploring other alternatives for funding, which could include public and private funding sources. 

 

Bid opportunities, subcontractor work available for Houston ISD projects

Robert Sands Bid opportunities and opportunities for subcontractors will be abundant as the Houston Independent School District's renovation and rebuilding efforts related to a successful 2012 bond issue are under way. Seventeen schools in the district will be affected by the activity. In addition to renovations and rebuilding, the bond issue also included $100 million in technology upgrades, $44.7 million to replace regional fieldhouses and improve athletic facilities, $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms and $17.3 million for safety and security improvements. Care is being given to ensure that testing is not interrupted for students and that any student relocations during construction are kept to a minimum. "We are working with school principals to make sure testing dates and other key events are shared with contractors so they can be sensitive to these activities," said Robert Sands (pictured), HISD's Officer of Construction and Facility Services. Bid opportunities and deadlines for subcontractors are nearing. The following bid packages are expected to be released before the end of the year. Each construction manager-at-risk handles the opening, releasing of information, public notices, and pre-bid meetings on their own bids. As required by law, bids will be announced via public newspaper notices, and most will also be available on contractor Web sites.

 

Bid packages coming soon (contact CMAR for additional information):

  • DeBakey High School (demo pkg. and bldg. pkg.) - Tellepsen Builders
  • Condit Elementary School - DivisionOne
  • Mandarin (site pkg. and main bldg. pkg.) - Satterfield & Pontikes
  • Milby High School - Tellepsen Builders
  • Sterling High School - Cadence McShane
  • Furr High School - KBR Building Group
  • High School for the Performing and Visual Arts - Cadence McShane
  • Lee High School - Satterfield & Pontikes
  • Sharpstown High School (demo pkg.) - KBR Building Group
  • Leland Young Men's Prep - KBR Building Group
  • Mark White Elementary School - DivisionOne
  • High School for Law and Justice - B3Ci
  • Barnett/Butler Sports Complex - DivisionOne

 

Spring could bring $340 million bond election for Oklahoma district

Officials in the Broken Arrow schools in Oklahoma are looking at a possible $340 million bond issue next spring. Expected to be part of a proposed bond issue would be funding for construction of three new schools. The plan also is to turn the vacant North Intermediate High School into an alumni center and activity center. The center would feature an Olympic-sized pool. 

 

Superintendent asks for $220.8 million increase for construction projects

Joshua Starr Seeking an additional $220.8 million for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools six-year construction plan, Superintendent Joshua Starr (pictured) told the Montgomery County Council the funds would address space needs within the schools. The amendments Starr is seeking would result in the FY 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program budget increasing to $1.75 billion. Starr said most of the funds would help restore timelines of some projects that were delayed last year because of insufficient funding. Starr is now depending on the State Legislature to grant the extra funding. "Enrollment in our school district is increasing every year and if we are going to keep up with that growth, an even bigger investment is going to be needed," said Starr. "It is our hope the state will step up this year and provide additional revenue to its largest and fastest-growing school district." The enrollment in the school system this year increased by nearly 3,000 over last year's figures and the overall enrollment has increased by nearly 16,500 since 2007. The result has been the addition of more than 400 relocatable classrooms, 90 percent of which are at elementary schools. The overall enrollment is expected to increase to more than 165,300 by the 2020-2021 school year. Last year's lack of funding left 20 revitalization/expansion projects across the county and new elementary schools in the Richard Montgomery and Northwest clusters delayed. The increase Starr is requesting will put these projects back on the schedule originally approved by the board. The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet in a work session on Thursday to discuss the issue. Two public hearings will follow, with a final Board vote expected on Nov. 17.

 

University of New Mexico seeks private partner for project

Calling its proposals a "south campus sports and entertainment district," officials with the University of New Mexico are seeking a private partner for a public-private partnership to develop the project. The two-acre site for the development would be immediately west of the university's football stadium and is now used for a parking area for sports events. Ideally, the project would include restaurants, nightspots and entertainment venues. Lobo Development, a regent-owned nonprofit created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act to facilitate nontraditional real estate development, already has released a request for proposals seeking restaurant and retail owners as well as developers and operators interested in becoming part of a partnership. The university is seeking a long-term lease, with the private partner earning a percentage rent and sharing in profits from the endeavor. RFP responses are due by Dec. 1. 

 

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Water supply authority in North Dakota seeks upgrade funds

Jaret Wirtz The Western Area Water Supply (WAWS) in North Dakota is expected to seek $120 million in funding from the State Legislature next year for a major water-related project. The funding - $90 million in grants and $30 million in loans - would be used to install more transmission lines and also pay for water depots and other infrastructure, according to WAWS Authority Executive Director Jaret Wirtz (pictured). These projects began in 2011, following an appropriation of $150 million by the legislature. Another $79 million was allocated in 2013. Wirtz said that more than $460 million is likely to be requested through 2021. Designed to serve about 48,000 residents, those benefitting by 2035 should total closer to 160,000.  "The numbers keep growing; that's why the project keeps growing," Wirtz said. The project will use an expanded water treatment plant in Williston and provide municipal and rural water to the Watford City, Ray, Tioga, Stanley, Wildrose and Crosby areas. Already under way is a $105 million project that will double the capacity of the Williston water plant, which currently serves about 30,000 people. 

 

Facelift sought for downtown arena, entertainment venue in Albany

A multi-million-dollar facelift is being sought for the downtown entertainment venue in Albany, New York. Management of the downtown arena says the venue, which is also used for entertainment events, is aging. The 15,000-seat arena will turn 25 years old next year. Bob Belber, general manager of the Times Union Center, reportedly has given Albany County legislators a proposal for a $13 million overhaul. If the plan were put into place, the county-owned arena would be enclosed at the front atrium entrance. Not only would that affect the look of the facility, but it would also make it less expensive to heat and cool. The entire exterior would also get a remake. More indoor capacity would be added as well. The project would need the approval of the county Legislature to move forward. 

 

North Carolina rural water systems get $19 million in loan, grant funding

Doug O'Brien A total of $19 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds is headed to rural water systems in eastern North Carolina. The funds will be used to upgrade both water and sewer infrastructure. This type of funding routinely occurs once a year, according to Douglas O'Brien (pictured), USDA deputy undersecretary of rural development. "Without doing this," he said, "the quality of life in these towns is severely at risk and their ability to grow economically and create jobs is hugely challenged." says O'Brien. The funding is part of $175 million in loans and %$165 million in grants through the Water and Environmental Program and is used for projects across the country for rural water and sewer lines, projects and studies. One of two recipients of a major portion of the funds is the Central Pender Water and Sewer District, which was allocated a $6 million loan and $3.9 million grant for construction of a water distribution system that will serve the central and northeastern part of the county. The Moore's Creek Water and Sewer District will receive a $5.2 million loan and a $3.4 million grant to build a water distribution system for a neighborhood and an elementary school. Smaller projects that address issues such as environmental reports will use the remainder of the funds, with $140,000 going to the state's Water Well Trust.

Austin apparently eyeing major convention center expansion

Expansion of the Austin (Texas) Convention Center is apparently on the drawing board. The Austin American-Statesman reports that city officials are considering an expansion that would include the addition of three or four city blocks and that property owners in those areas are being notified that their land is being considered for public use. That sets the stage for negotiations and if negotiations fall through, condemnation proceedings could follow. The Statesman reports that a consulting team has recommended expansion that will include additional exhibit, ballroom and meeting space. City officials say that because of the growing number of downtown hotels in the city, that alone is reason for the center to expand to keep up with all sizes of conventions and events, allowing Austin to be a prime destination for conventions.

 

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  • Judlau Construction won a $58.8 million contract from the Connecticut Department of Transportation for construction of three new train stations in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin, Connecticut, as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program.
  • Hooker Engineering Services won a $1 million contract from the city of Greenville, Mississippi, for engineering services relating to a 1.7-mile walking trail atop the Mississippi River levee. The project includes a 16-foot-wide paved pedestrian and bicycle trail on top of the levee from Ferry Road, by the Greenville Yatch Club, north to Nelson Street.
  • APAC-Texas was awarded a $9 million contract from the Texas Transportation Commission to build an overpass from Old U.S. 90 on the Orange County side of the Neches River into the Port of Beaumont's Orange County terminal.
  • Reiman Corp., a subsidiary of Cheyenne, was awarded a $10 million contract from the Wyoming Department of Transportation for a 3-inch asphalt pavement overlay and replacement of three bridges in the westbound lanes of I-80 immediately west of the Nebraska border.
  • RISE Engineering has been awarded a $3.6 million, competitive-bid contract by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to serve as the lead contractor for a comprehensive energy and water efficiency project at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Allison Park Contractor Inc. was low bidder and won a $1.209 million contract from the Waynesburg (Pennsylvania) Borough Council for the first phase of the Jackson Run project, which will include replacing the bridge carrying High Street over Jackson Run, which runs just west of Woodland Avenue, and installing new culverts on both sides of the road.
  • Colorado State University has been awarded $2 million by the U.S. Department of Defense to begin developing and manufacturing an Ebola vaccine.
  • Measurement Inc. has been awarded a more than $100 million contract by the state of Tennessee to develop and produce standardized tests for the state's public schools.
  • HP Enterprise Services was awarded a $116.5 million, five-year contract extension from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to continue managing the state's Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS), one of the largest electronic corrections systems in the United States.
  • Windstream won a four-year, $1.1 million contract from the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to deliver a Virtual LAN Service network.
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Erie Transit to benefit from $30M project, public-private partnership

Tom Corbett Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority's recently announced funding for a $30 million transit project will not only improve operations of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA), but also lead to further downtown redevelopment. Gov. Tom Corbett (pictured) announced the funding, stressing the importance of public transportation. The project includes an intermodal facility that will consolidate fixed-route and shared-ride vehicle storage, provide an operations support center and provide parking access for the authority, commuters and businesses.

 

"The entire project encompasses so many positive aspects, from job creation, expanding the use of compressed natural gas, public-private partnerships, governmental cooperation, improvement of the mass transit system, neighborhood revitalization and creation of multi-use facilities," said EMTA CEO Mike Tann.
 
 

Corbett also noted that the EMTA will be part of a public-private partnership (P3) that will install compressed natural gas fueling stations at transit facilities across the state. Also available to the public, the stations will be designed, built, financed, operated and maintained by a private partner. The state would receive a portion of the fuel sales revenue and the money would be allocated to transit agencies for future capital projects.

 

"EMTA is already taking advantage of our natural gas resources with its 18 CNG buses, and they plan to expand their fleet in the future," said Corbett. "This facility improvement will ensure that EMTA is prepared to be one of the first agencies in the state to join this exciting P3 project."

Amarillo to lay out changes to P3 document approved in 2011

Downtown Development In 2011, the city of Amarillo voted to approve a public-private partnership with Walalce Bajjali Development Partners that would have led to construction of a $69.3 million convention hotel, a $13.4 million garage and a $30.3 million sports stadium and redevelopment of the downtown area (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering). Three years later, the city is about to unveil its revised plan during upcoming public meetings. The hotel and parking facilities are expected to start the redevelopment, with the ballpark and event site to follow.

 

What changes are made to that agreement in 2011 will become amendments to the agreements. Among the expected changes to the original agreement are the bringing on of a new hotel developer. There is also expected to be an interlocal agreement with Potter County. The county has long suffered from a shortage of parking at the county courthouse and Courts Building. The county is studying becoming a partner in the parking garage project.

 

Officials on hold for determining final path of I-69 in Indiana

An environmental impact statement that could take up to three years will likely delay the start date by the same three years on the route of Interstate 69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis.

 

The state will finance the Evansville to Martinsville section with a public-private partnership. The state will make an upfront payment of $80 million to the private-sector developer to offset the cost of construction. Once the road is completed, the state will make annual payments to the developer, which will operate and maintain the road for 35 years. The maximum payment in current dollars is $21.8 million.

 

A study of interstate expansion from Evansville to Indianapolis in 2004 - 142 miles - recommended that the stretch from Martinsville to Indianapolis follow the path of Ind. 37 to I-465. But, in 2006, legislation passed that included language intended to prevent I-69 from passing through Perry Township in Marion County. 

 

New University of Illinois building result of partnership

Neal Merchen The Illinois Jobs Now! program has contributed $13.3 million toward the University of Illinois plan to build a Feed Technology Complex. The project will be on UI's South Farms and will replace a circa 1927 feed mill.


The new ag building will be the result of a public-private partnership between UI, the state of Illinois, industry partners and private donors. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will put up $1.5 million toward the project and is in hopes of working with the university on new food and feed solutions. The state funds will go toward design and construction of the facility. But, with UI still needing to raise several million dollars toward the project, no timeline has been set. However, planning is expected to begin soon, according to Neal Merchen (pictured), associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 


UI has committed $6 million toward the project. The state money and ADM brings the total raised to about $11 million. The new facility will provide a better training platform for students, providing skilled workers for the industry. The facility will also be used for research and education efforts in food security and safety, alternative energy and health issues. 

 

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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 Dean Kruithof.

 

Dean Kruithog A 30-year veteran of government management has been named city manager for the city of Miami, Oklahoma. Dean Kruithof, who is also a former city administrator for the city of Branson, Missouri, will be replacing Interim City Commissioner Jacque Wedding-Scott, who replaced former City Manager Jeff Bishop, who left the office in August. Kruithof was also up for the Joplin city manager position, but has since taken his name out of the running. Prior to his employment with the City of Branson, Kruithof served as deputy city administrator for the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Kruithof is not unfamiliar with the city of Miami, as he graduated from the Miami High School in 1975.  He received an undergraduate degree in political science at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University. He then went on to get a master's degree in public administration at Oklahoma State University.   

 

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Kevin McAleenan Colleen Smith Brian Maxwell Kevin K. McAleenan (top left), who has served as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, since April of last year, has been chosen as the full-time deputy commissioner, where he will become the chief operating official of the border agency. Dr. Colleen Altaffer Smith (top center), a veteran educator with more than three decades in teaching and administration, including senior vice president of academic affairs and student development at Collin College in Texas, and former president of Cisco College, is the new interim Collin College District interim president. Brian Maxwell (top right), who has twice been tabbed as interim city manager for the city of Galveston, and has been serving as interim manager since Steve LeBlanc was fired in 2011, has been selected as the city's new city manager. Charley Barth is leaving his post as director of the Office of the Federal Register, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration, to accept a private-sector job with Cummins Inc. in Indianapolis. Jacquline D. Price, superintendent of the Quartzsite Elementary School District in Arizona, has been appointed the new La Paz County School Superintendent and will complete the term of Janice Shelton, whose retirement becomes official at the end of October. John Pederson, assistant city manager for the city of Myrtle Beach since 2001, has been named to the full-time city manager position and will replace Tom Leath, who is stepping down at the end of the year. Traci Davis (bottom right), deputy Traci Davis Carmen Coballes-Vega Kenneth Ferrante superintendent of the Washoe County School District, and former area superintendent in the Clark County School District in Nevada, was recently named the interim superintendent of the Washoe district through June 2015. Rock Valley College has hired Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega (bottom center), provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Eugenio Maria De Hostos Community College of the City University of New York in Bronx, New York, as the college's new provost and chief academic officer. Lt. Kenneth Ferrante (bottom left), who has worked for the Hoboken, New Jersey, Police Department for 21 years moving up the ladder from patrolman to serving the last 11 years as a supervisor, has been named the department's new police chief. Battalion Chief Vince Beasley of the Kennewick (Washington) Fire Department, who has been a city employee since 1982 and was promoted to battalion chief in 2003, has been chosen as Kennewick's new fire chief. The University of Montana Western in Dillon has chosen Beth Weatherby, provost of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, as the 22nd chancellor for Western. Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana has selected Michelle Simmons, who recently served as vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech's Kokomo Region, to serve as president of the College's Kokomo Campus. 

 

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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, 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.

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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