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Volume 6, Issue 34December 10, 2014
Ingenuity, innovation - salvation for public parks
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.


Local, state and national parks have great value and are recognized as high-dollar public assets.

Parks are attractive aspects of any economic development effort and they draw tourists, local residents and the traveling public at-large. Their appeal is often the "tipping point" for corporations making relocation decisions and parks attract families to housing or retail developments. 


 According to Resources for the Future and the National Association of State Park Directors, public parks cost about $2.3 billion to operate, but provide 720 million people with at least $14 billion in the form of recreation.


Budget woes and slashed spending have forced many states to reduce their financial commitments to parks.  




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North Carolina floats $15B plan for transportation projects


Emphasis placed on safety, mitigating traffic congestion, promoting economy

Pat McCrory North Carolina's draft State Transportation Improvement Plan promises $15 billion in spending through 2025 and more than 550 road, aviation, walkway and public transportation projects. Now all the plan needs is the blessing of Gov. Pat McCrory (top right) and the Board of Transportation.

More than half of the 1,000+ projects in the program were scored by a method outlined in legislation. Others of the projects, chiefly bridges, interstate highway maintenance and projects with contracts already expected to be big by next July were also added to the list. 

Many of the projects left in the plan would not have made the grade under the old rules. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata (bottom left) said the new formula would allow for more than 400 projects. Under the old Tony Tata rules, only about 175 projects would have made the cut under the program list in 2013. The state's efficiency in the use of its road funds has allowed more spending in addition to the annual $200 million allocated each year. 

Not only will the plan take care of many necessary and long-overdue transportation projects, but officials say 300,000 jobs beyond project construction would be created under the new law, compared to only 174,000 under the old rules. 

The old plan did not have many supporters. Many said it was not favorable to areas in need of large interstate projects and urban area officials said the formula favored areas that were less populated and that had political connections. The new program, on the other hand, is credited for grading projects based on their significance to the state's transportation division, the region and the state. It also focuses on mitigating traffic congestion and promoting the local economy of the area. 

"I'm pleased that the transportation law and vision, which is based on economic development, safety and congestion instead of politics, is working as intended and exceeding our expectations," said McCrory in a statement.

DC approves public-private partnership legislation


Mayor-elect calls new program innovative tool, 'win-win' for constituents

Muriel Bowser The District of Columbia has opened the door to large-scale infrastructure projects with the passage of a public-private partnership (P3) bill. The bill is the handiwork of Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (pictured).

Bowser's bill seeks to involve more private-sector partners as a means of financing much-needed infrastructure the District otherwise could not undertake, and complete them in less time and at a lower cost. She pointed to the success of P3s in Virginia and Maryland, where private companies have constructed toll roads and new rest stops in exchange for revenue generated by the facilities. 

The District, said Bowser, should have ample opportunity for public-private partnerships as it is nearing its debt cap for borrowing.

Infrastructure needs in the District total in the billions, according to the mayor-elect. She said the new law "gives us an innovative tool to close that gap and deliver on major projects in an efficient and cost-effective way." Bowser called P3s in the District a "win-win" and an effective way to meet the needs of constituents.

In addition to allowing for private funding for District projects, the new law creates an Office of Public-Private Partnerships, and encourages transparency in P3 agreements while streamlining completion of projects. The District is also looking forward to cashing in on study results that show that every $1 billion infrastructure investment creates 18,000 jobs and every $1 invested returns $1.44 into the local economy.

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UNC System seeks additional funding for education buildings

Seeking a 1.9 percent increase in its legislative budget request for next year, the University of North Carolina System is asking for a budget of $2.57 billion. There are the usual expenditures in the budget, but System officials are particularly interested in $84 million sought for repairs and renovations plus $122 million for 11 new or refurbished engineering, nursing and science buildings on campuses throughout the state. UNC System officials are hoping rumors of borrowing to renovate and upgrade state facilities suffering from neglect will help them along the way. UNC Finance Committee Chair Harry Smith said if the state approves borrowing over the next few years, UNC would ask for $1 billion for new construction and $500 million for renovations. UNC would also like an additional $10 million to be spent on medical schools at East Carolina and UNC-Chapel Hill. The board OK'd $8 million for ECU and $2 million for UNC. System officials also are considering imposing an annual campus safety fee on students to help fund a recommended $13 million in security improvements on the campuses. A proposed $50 annual fee would raise about $9 million.  


University of Montana gains approval for campus Champions Center

Champions Center A $7 million gift will help defray the cost of a new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) on the campus of the University of Montana. Kyle and Kevin Washington presented the gift on behalf of the Washington Foundation to help the university complete the $14 million project. The facility will include 46,000 square feet and will be situated at the southwest corner of the stadium on campus. It will include new football locker rooms and a two-level weight room available for the 15 athletic teams at the university. While university officials praised attendance at sporting events, they also point out that the facilities are old and not up to standard. Training rooms are too small and locker rooms are both small and old. The $7 million gift from the Washington Foundation will be added to $9 million the university has on hand to pay for the facility and $5 million that will have to be financed. Already, $500,000 has been collected toward the project from private donations. Officials say that there should be enough additional revenue from box sales and ticket revenues to pay off any funding that is financed. No state funds are expected to be used and athletics revenues are expected to pay the approximately $210,000 annual operating costs. 


New York school OK's projects for safety, security, technology, more

A nearly $12 million capital improvement project has been approved by the Carthage, New York, Central School District. The funds would help pay for safety and security projects, technology infrastructure and building maintenance throughout the district. School officials point out that the upgrades are bare bones, with nothing glamorous. The school superintendent stressed that the technology part of the program is not for hardware such as computers or iPads, but to upgrade the network to make it better and more reliable. Now, all that remains is for the issue to go before voters after the first of the year. Officials also are looking for some of the upgrades to provide a savings to the district, such as installation of a new energy-efficient boiler.  The good news is that there will be no increase in taxes for property owners. The school district is eligible for state building funds to pay for about 98 percent of construction costs. Reserve funds also will help ensure no tax increase as will close to $2 million in Expanding Our Children's Education and Learning (EXCEL) funds. Among the proposed expenditures are district-wide Voice over Internet Protocol - $440,000, district-wide technology upgrades - $912,000 and a $606,320 transportation facility.  

Washington school district bond vote could result in new schools

Brian Wallace Voters in the Washougal, Washington, School District will go to the polls on Feb. 10, 2015, to decide a $57.7 million bond issue that would result in construction of three new schools. The funds would also be used for increased security throughout the district. A similar bond issue, valued at $55 million, failed in 2008 and the current bond vote would require at least a 60 percent approval rating to pass. The Washougal district's Business Manager Brian Wallace (pictured) said reaching that 60 percent threshold will not be easy, calling it a "very high bar" to reach. Included in the bond issue is a $4 million replacement of Jemtegaard Middle School and the addition of an elementary school. Both would be built on the current Jemtegaard site. The new middle school would accommodate 600 students while the elementary school would provide space for 400 students. "The middle school is our biggest challenge," said Wallace, of the project that failed in the 2008 election. However, he said he is confident voters will get behind the project this time. The bond issue also would replace three older portable buildings that are the district's small alternative high school. The portables serve 70 students and are not big enough for that many students. Instead of the portables, the bond would allocate $4.8 million to build a single building to accommodate 90 students. Another $2.3 million would move the bus storage facility to a larger area and $1.2 million will be used for security upgrades throughout the district.  


Successful $6 million bond election in Missouri funds various projects

A $6 million bond issue was recently approved by the North Callaway R-I Schools in Missouri, and a variety of much-needed projects will be funded by the bond proceeds. Among the planned projects are construction of a new ag/science building and a track at the high school. Technology upgrades throughout the district are also planned. Officials recently met to discuss issues related to the bond projects, including where to put the ag/science building. School officials were to meet with their architects this month and then possibly sell bonds by January 2015. 


New Sandy Hook elementary school approved for Newtown, Connecticut

Sandy Hook Elementary A new elementary school is on the drawing board to replace the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The old school was the site of a mass shooting that resulted in the deaths of both students and teachers at the school. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state Bond Commission recently announced approval of $5 million in funding for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering). The money will come in the form of a grant to the town to finance the ongoing planning and design costs for the new school. Gov. Malloy said construction of a new school is part of the healing and recovery process for the town, the school and the teachers, students and administrators. The 86,000-square-foot facility will be designed so that students will feel safe without feeling like they are completely shut in. Some 500 students are expected to attend the school. The new school is expected to be completed by fall 2016. The site of the tragic shooting will be preserved. 


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Port of Anchorage selects design for its planned facelift

A half-billion-dollar project to overhaul the Port of Anchorage now has a design plan. The mayor's office selected the design. The project, in part, will repair wharf pilings that are rotting, eroding and rusting, according to port officials. Year after year, the problems are given a temporary fix, which in the long run, costs as much as fixing the problems permanently. Among the plans for the port are building out terminals so that bigger ships can enter through deeper water. A land project will be completed to help eliminate sediment buildup and a new extension will be added for loading cement and fuel. Officials plan to work on the project without interrupting the movement of cargo in and out of the terminals. The newly revamped port will hopefully last 75 years. "The key is to have a solid plan with a price tag that's affordable. And one that has the minimum amount of risk for changing and all the sudden become a project that's much more expensive," said Mayor Dan Sullivan. The estimated cost for the project is $485 million. Some $130 million has already been set aside for the project, but another $355 million will need to be raised. Officials are hoping for state funds to help pay for the project because of the importance of the port to the state. 

S&WB of New Orleans planning $347.5 million in repairs to aging system

Cedric Grant Replacement of leaking pipes and improvements to drainage canals, pump stations and an outdated power supply will be part of $347.5 million in repairs and improvements planned next year for the Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) of New Orleans. In addition to those funds, the agency has also asked for an additional $167.6 million for daily operations expenses, including the hiring of 55 new employees to help assist an aging workforce. Executive Director Cedric Grant (pictured) said every area of town will be affected by the project. Thanks to years of deferred maintenance, the water board's infrastructure has decayed from age and shifting sediment. Officials say 40 percent of the system's drinking water is lost through leaks. The system also is under federal orders to clean up the sewer system. While the system garnered funds for repairs and upgrades as a result of damages from Hurricane Katrina, those funds will soon be exhausted. To meet those needs, the system imposed a 10 percent hike for water and sewer services annually since 2012. Those increases are expected to continue through 2020. The agency has planned a $2.6 billion capital improvements spending plan over the next 10 years. The proposed spending plan seeks $159.3 million for water system projects, $87.7 million for the sewerage system, $33 million of which will be used to replace sewer lines. Most of the $100.5 million for the drainage system would be for improvements to the power supply, including generators at pump stations and upgrades to the Carrollton power plant.  

California water district planning $50 million recycled water reservoir

One of the largest recycled water reservoirs in Orange County, California, is being planned by the Santa Margarita Water District. The Trampas Canyon reservoir would be one of the largest in the county and would also double the district's storage capacity. Historic drought has led to mandatory water-usage restrictions and officials are confident the reservoir project will help add to the water supply. Planned is a 900-acre-foot reservoir that is expected to be 5,000 acre-feet larger than the current 4,000-acre-foot Upper Oso Reservoir. The city reclaims water by treating sewage. That water supply generally is used to water lawns and plants. But when summer approaches, there is not enough recycled water for irrigation and the agency's drinking water supply has to be tapped. The planned reservoir would be used to capture the 30,000 acre-feet of recycled water and stormwater that runs into the ocean each year because there is no place to store it. The $50 million project could be completed in 2018.  


Oklahoma DOT planning project to widen Highway 74 at $34 million cost

Terri Angier State Highway 74 in Oklahoma will undergo a $34 million transformation in 2017 that will result in the widening of the highway to four lanes. The portion of the highway set for widening is from Memorial Road to north of Northwest 164th Street. The widening project is due to increasing traffic volume on that area of the highway. This 1.5-mile stretch of Highway 74 carries up to 25,000 vehicles per day near Memorial and 150th Street. Another 20,000 cars use the portion approaching 164th Street, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation Spokesperson Terri Angier (pictured). This widening will open the highway up and allow for some ramp movement, since a small portion of four lanes allows drivers to merge in traffic before reaching 150th Street. The project, according to Angier, will include a full interchange at Northwest 150th Street, allowing drivers trying to reach SH 74 to reach it by a ramp. "This whole corridor has been extremely important to ODOT because of the growth in the area and because it was a two-lane (road) for a long time," Angier said.


Colorado planning tradition method of procurement for C-470

A publicly funded, design-build project will be widened to accommodate toll lanes on C-470 in the southwest Denver metro area. Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining momentum in this country, officials said a P3 is not the correct route for this particular project. After analysis, Tim Gagen, chair of the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) board of directors, said the limited size and scope of the C-470 project would not bring any additional value to the state by using a P3. The HPTE will recommend to the Colorado Transportation Commission that a traditional design-build method be used for this project. The project will add toll lanes in each direction and rebuild several on-ramps along C-470 between I-25 and too close to Kipling Parkway. The toll lanes will be in addition to the current four general purpose lanes that are not tolled. Local, state and federal funding totaling $112 million has already been identified for the project, while another $118 million will be funded by toll revenue bonds. Future toll revenues will be used for upkeep. Construction is expected to begin in 2016. 


Walk Bridge to be replaced on Connecticut New Haven Line

Dannel Malloy The nearly 120-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Connecticut, that spans the Norwalk River and carries Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line is about to be replaced. The Connecticut State Bond Commission has approved more than $53 million for the state's Department of Transportation to begin the work. The bridge carries just short of 150 trains per day and is maintained by Metro-North through a contract with the state. Serious delays for commuters were caused last summer when two different malfunction incidents were recorded. "The failure of the Walk Bridge to open this summer, which resulted in massive delays and hassle for Connecticut riders, just underscored the need for us to continue our efforts to aggressively pursue funding for these kinds of projects and ensure a safe, reliable and convenient commute for residents," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (pictured). Malloy said the state funds will be used to match a $161 million federal grant awarded to the Connecticut DOT under the Sandy Resiliency Project Program following damages by Super Storm Sandy. The design and full replacement of the Walk Bridge was one of the projects for which the state sought federal funds to cover capital costs. The Walk Bridge is the oldest movable bridge along the Northeast Corridor in the state. The replacement project is expected to create or retain 4,500 construction-related jobs. 


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  • Malcolm Drilling Co. won a $10.8 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to install coupled shear piles to stabilize the Hoback North landslide along US 26-89-189-191 about 10 miles south of Jackson. The work will include drilling 222 shafts into the bedrock above and below the highway. The shafts will then be filled with reinforcing steel and concrete and connected in pairs above ground with caps also made of concrete and steel.
  • Milord Co. was awarded a $201 million contract from the Alabama State Port Authority to develop the first phase of the Garrows Bend Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at the Port of Mobile. Milord will build two operating tracks, a run-around track and a rail-car repair siding, each of which will be a minimum of 3,000 feet long. Other phase-one work includes rubber-tired gantry runways, chassis storage areas, multi-lane gates, power distribution and lighting systems and an access road.
  • QCoffice, a division of the nonprofit Quality Connections, Inc., was recently awarded the largest-ever set-aside contract in Arizona. This contract of up to $3.5 million will be to supply and deliver high-quality, discount office supplies while employing disadvantaged and disabled Arizonans.
  • Intermountain Construction and Materials won a $10.4 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to resurface and widen eight miles of WYO 51 east of Gillette. The highway's shoulders will be widened to six feet to improve safety, and a new layer of pavement added to handle growing traffic from development in the area. Turn lanes will be added at the highway's intersection with Potter Lane and the entrance to the Black Hills Corp. power plant and traffic signals will be upgraded at the intersection with Garner Lake Road. The work also will include a one-mile bike and pedestrian path.
  • Path Construction Co. won a $24.08 million contract from the College of Lake County in Illinois to build a new science building on the Grayslake Campus. The facility will house classrooms and labs for programs in engineering; lasers, photonics and optics and chemistry. The construction also will include renovations to the C Wing on the Grayslake campus for new anatomy and physiology labs and classrooms.
  • RBIS was awarded a $1.49 million contract from the city of Hallsville, Texas, for the first phase of a water-line improvement project. The proposed renovation will focus on eight- and 12-inch water lines.
  • Matich Corp. has been awarded a $10.49 million contract from the city of Redlands, California, to resurface an additional 77 lane miles of streets. The contract will include minor sidewalk and curb and gutter replacement as well as 32 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramp installations.
  • Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) won a $13.8 million contract from the Port of Houston Authority to design the first phase of a new rail line to the Bayport Terminal. LAN will design about 6,500 linear feet of primary track extending from an existing Union Pacific Railroad corridor along State Highway 146 into the terminal.
  • Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries won a $3.86 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to grind off deteriorating pavement and replace it with a new layer of pavement on 10 miles of U.S. 85 immediately east of I-25 north of Cheyenne.
  • FM Talent Source won a contract worth up to $430 million from the Securities and Exchange Commission for professional, administrative and management support services.
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Tacoma officials studying hotel, housing project in downtown area

Hotel, Housing City officials in Tacoma, Washington, are studying the construction by a developer of a 24-story hotel in the downtown area. The two 240-foot towers (as seen in the accompanying architect's rendering) would be near the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Yareton Investment & Management has proposed construction of the facility on a two-acre plot. 


One of the towers would be a four-star hotel with at least 300 rooms. It would also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 19,000 square feet of meeting space, a plaza and underground parking for about 200 vehicles. 


Construction on the project would take about two years. Deadline for beginning construction on the hotel is two years from the day all parties have signed the development agreement.


The other tower would be built once demand is established. It would feature 200 condos or apartments with 20,000 square feet of retail and 200 more parking spaces. A Yareton official said the project's proximity to the convention center and the University of Washington Tacoma would help ensure their success. The hotel will connect to the convention center. Other plans could include housing for the university's students and staff. Meeting spaces for students could also be available to rent and an international food court would be part of the plans.


Plans called for the developers to make a $575,000 deposit when the agreement is signed, and another $575,000 deposit after the feasibility study is done. Those funds will go toward the $6.29 million the developers will pay for the land that would be purchased in advance of construction. Estimated cost for the hotel is $85 million. The development agreement says at least 40 percent of that, or about $34 million, must be covered by equity. EB-5 money, collected from foreign investors in exchange for visas for themselves and their immediate families, could make up about 30 to 40 percent of the cost of the project. 


City in Texas moving forward with $43 million mixed-use P3 development

Arlington city officials recently agreed to begin construction in early summer on a $43 million, five-story, mixed-use development that will replace the downtown central public library.

The public-private partnership calls for the developers to build 240 apartments, a parking garage and 40,000 square feet at street level property for shops, offices and restaurants near city hall. The city will retain ownership of the land and lease it back to the developers. City officials expect the new downtown mixed-used development will be completed in 2017. Revenue for leasing the land and the parking garage will be used to pay a portion of a new, larger library scheduled to be open north of city hall in 2017.

Project developers, Integral Development of Atlanta, Georgia, and Catalyst Development of Dallas, are expected to request $6.8 million in funding from the downtown tax increment reinvestment zone to pay for demolition of the 40-year-old central library and to build the 607-space parking garage, which will be leased to the developer for $18 per space per month. Demolition of the library could occur as early as February with construction of the mixed-use development to begin this summer and be completed in about 22 months.


Public-private partnership will result in $18M parking lot for UNLV

UNLV Parking The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents recently approved a public-private partnership that will build a new 610-space parking garage (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).


The parking garage will be located east of Maryland Parkway across the street from Greenspun Hall. The facility, which will be a partnership between the university and a land developer, will also house the UNLV police department. 


The developer will finance construction of the $18 million project and UNLV will repay that amount at a rate of $1.3 million per year for 20 years. Once the debt is paid off, UNLV will own both the parking lot and police station. The police station will be about 10,000 square feet or about 2,500 square feet larger than the current location.


Virginia Beach scheduled to get new oceanfront arena

The city of Virginia Beach and a local company will partner for construction of an oceanfront arena. The $200 million arena will be paid for by United States Management LLC with private financing from overseas. The arena will be across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The facility is expected to have 16,500 seats, with the capability to expand to 18,000. Officials are hopeful that once the facility is built, it could attract an NBA or NHL team.


"We will be primed to be the home of a pro sports franchise should an owner or league come calling, not that we won't be knocking on their doors," said Andrea Kilmer, president of The ESG Companies, which would be the project manager. But, the arena is also expected to attract concerts, athletic tournaments, conventions and family events.


The preliminary agreement calls for the city to contribute about $35 million toward infrastructure related to the arena, from parking to utilities. The funds would be repaid from the city's tourism investment program. The developer would lease for 40 years from the city the five acres on which the facility would be built at a rate of $1 per year. After the term of the lease is up, the facility will revert to city ownership.  


Partnership will lead to development of technology research center at USC

Research Campus A partnership between the University of South Carolina, IBM and Fluor Corp. will result in the development of a technology research center (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) on the USC campus. The center is hoped to help attract additional companies to the area as an "information destination," according to USC President Harris Pastides.


The proposal is geared toward helping businesses save money while building workforce skills for technology jobs. The $144 million Innovista research campus has a goal of partnering university research with businesses. 


The city of Columbia is investing $350,000 toward the costs for two Innovista parking decks backed with bonds, issued by the city and Richland County. The city is expected to earn $150,000 in property tax revenue from the facility. 


USC leaders have been working with IBM and Fluor and city of Columbia officials. A private developer is building a $25 million, five-story office tower on university property next to one of Innovista's academic halls. IBM and Fluor will be tenants. USC will receive $72,600 a year in rent from the office building and 15 percent of its profit.


IBM will oversee USC's computer systems as part of a 10-year, $70-million contract that starts in January. The company will also offer internships for USC students and research opportunities for faculty. 


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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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Maggie Miller. 


Maggie Miller Maggie Miller (pictured) was recently appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve as the state's new chief information officer. Miller replaces Brian Digman. Miller boasts IT experience in both the public and private sectors. Miller served from 2005 to 2010 as senior vice president and group CIO for Warner Music Group. From 2010 to 2012, she was a strategic IT and business change consultant, both in the United States and Europe. Since 2012, she has been employed as chief information officer for Girl Scouts of the USA. Miller began her new charge this week and will head up the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, where she will oversee the agency's centralized IT services to the state and government entities, set statewide technology policy for all state agencies and monitor large technology expenditures in the state in an effort to find more efficient, low-cost and innovation technology solutions. Miller will take over following a 2013 IT consolidation effort involving the state's data centers, e-mail systems, voice over Internet protocol systems and enterprise management systems. The new New York CIO holds an MBA from Open University Business School.


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Christopher Chung Darryl Thomas Nani Coloretti Christopher Chung  (top left), an economic developer from Missouri who launched the Missouri Partnership in 2007, will lead North Carolina's new public-private partnership for job recruitment, replacing interim CEO Richard Lindenmuth, who will continue to serve as a consultant for the organization. Darryl Thomas (top center), who has worked for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department as chief financial officer for 16 years, has been named Dallas County's next auditor, replacing Virginia Porter, who is retiring after 18 years on the job. Nani Coloretti (top right), President Barack Obama's nomination for Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate after having served as an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and as a former policy advisor and budget director in San Francisco. Matthew Beaton, a state representative from Shrewsbury who runs a small business that specializes in energy-efficient and sustainable construction, has been named by Gov. Charlie Baker to lead the Energy and Environmental Affairs Department in the state. John Skvarla, head of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is moving over to the state Commerce Department, replacing Secretary Sharon Decker, who oversaw the transition of some Commerce Department functions to a public-private partnership, and who recently resigned, effective Dec. 31. Timothy Cannon, a former assistant warden at Charlotte who climbed through the ranks of the department over a 25-year career, recently took over as interim secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Kristi Wyatt Ananth Prasad Cindy Matson replacing Michael Crews, who retired. Kristi Wyatt (bottom right), who served the city of League City, Texas, for seven years, the last four as the city's director of communications, has been named director of communications and intergovernmental relations for the city of San Marcos, Texas. Ananth Prasad (bottom center), who joined Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration in 2011 as head of the Florida Department of Transportation and who worked for the department for more than 20 years as chief engineer and later secretary for engineering operations, has announced he is stepping down, effective Jan. 2, 2015. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has selected Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson (bottom left), current Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial officer of California State University Fresno, as the sole finalist and interim President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors removed the county's acting chief executive, Brence Culp, replacing her with Sachi Hamai, who has been executive officer to the board until a permanent replacement is found for retiring county chief executive William T Fujioka. Shaun Blugh has been named by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the head of the city's new office of diversity, and will provide leadership on the mayor's diversity agenda. Marylou Sudders, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and former director of the New Hampshire Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services, was recently named Secretary of Health and Human Services in Governor-elect Charlie Baker's administration.


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Network at largest P3 event in country Feb. 23-25 in Dallas

The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo (P3C) is the leading annual event for the United States' public-private partnership market and attracts more than 800 government and industry development professionals from around the country.  Project owners, industry executives and key decision-makers will gather for three days of in-depth public-private partnership learning, business development and networking opportunities. Next year's slate of more than 100 speakers will address the critical principles behind successful public-private partnerships. The 2015 program serves as a guide through the current trends, challenges and opportunities in the United States' P3 market for a variety of asset classes including social infrastructure, transportation, education, hospitality, mixed-use real estate development, economic development and more.  The conference attracts senior management from the largest firms in the construction, engineering, architecture, legal and consulting industries as well as public leaders and development agency officials from the municipal, state and federal levels of government. More information on the event 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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