|Volume 6, Issue 33||December 3, 2014|
Can pension programs be trusted?
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Public pension programs are complicated, often arbitrary and sometimes risky. Regardless, pension plans are the primary benefit offered by government and some individuals are willing to accept lower salaries because of the benefits offered by a pension program.
Most taxpayers know little about public pension programs. For instance, it's not well known that thousands of public employees are not entitled to receive Social Security benefits because they pay into special pension retirement programs. The National Public Pension Coalition claims that 30 percent of all public employees are dependent solely on pensions when they retire. That creates an immediate and often critical problem if pension programs are changed, underfunded or used as bargaining chips when governmental entities face financial difficulty.
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Montana governor proposes $300M for public works
Spending plan covers everything from water projects to university renovations Public works projects in Montana will get much-needed attention if Gov. Steve Bullock's (pictured) proposed 2016-2017 fiscal year budget passes. His proposal, which he recommends to be paid for with issue of debt for two-thirds of the funds and one-third coming from cash, will go before the State Legislature next year.
"Our businesses and workers require a reliable infrastructure that allows them to build their communities, keep their businesses operating and get their products to market," Bullock said.
The governor noted that the money sought would mean improved water, sewer and roads throughout the state. It also includes $45 million for eastern Montana communities affected by oil and gas development and millions of dollars' worth of building and renovation projects at state-supported universities.
MSU Billings library
Among the proposed university projects are $2.7 million to renovate the library at Montana State University (MSU) Billings (as seen in accompanying photo), $28 million for remodeling Romney Hall at MSU Bozeman, $10 million for renovations to the engineering facilities at Montana Tech in Butte and $10 million for renovations to the Clapp Science Building at the University of Montana.
A similar proposal for funding in 2013 failed, but this time Bullock is proposing one bill instead of the six that were filed in 2013. Among the infrastructure investments in Bullock's bill are $45 million in grants for eastern Montana communities affected by oil and gas exploration, $26.6 million in renewable resource loans,$165.9 million for a Long Range Building Program, $31.2 million for grants for school facilities, $15 million for statewide broadband expenditures, $3.3 million for regional water projects and $7 million for mental health facilities in Fergus and Deer Lodge counties.
Syracuse mayor identifies $1B in infrastructure projects
Miner planning to lobby governor, legislature seeking funding from state
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner (pictured) has a "wish list" that she'd love to share with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The list includes $725 million in new water mains to replace a water system that in many places is more than 100 years old. The document also seeks $84 million to expand broadband Internet access throughout the city and another $125 million for a project that would use lake water to cool buildings in the city. City roads would benefit from $50 million.
Miner said this kind of infrastructure investment helps build a foundation for the future. "We will build systems that give us a competitive advantage," said the mayor.
But, it's not a small amount of state funds that Miner is seeking. She points, however, to the state's $5 billion surplus as a source of possible funding for the city's projects, which Miner said will increase energy efficiency and thus lower energy costs, improve quality of life and improve the economic development environment.
Although Cuomo has had no direct response to Miner's $1 billion wish list, he has previously stated that he would like to see a $1.5 billion initiative that would enhance economic development, and he also has called for creation of a new infrastructure bank for road and bridge projects and would also like to see a significant investment in broadband access.
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CSU president says university should build new stadium on campus
If President Tony Frank has his way, Colorado State University will build a new stadium on its campus, possibly without the use of funds from tuition, fees or state support. Frank recently recommended to the Board of Governors that the university build a new stadium either at a pared down cost of about $195 million or up to $220 million (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendition of what the stadium might look like) if a public-private partnership is used. Frank said his proposal will "have the likely outcome of a positive fiscal impact." Part of the project would be infrastructure upgrades that would likely cost about $24 million, according to the city of Fort Collins, where the university is located. The university had previously studied renovating the existing stadium, but the costs would have meant taking $30 million to $60 million from the general fund for the nearly 50-year-old stadium. Frank has recommended that CSU issue $195 million in revenue bonds for the construction of the facility. Donations would pay for debt service payments on the project. He suggests not using bonds that depend on the backing of the state of Colorado, but rather on the academic credit rating of the university. That would leave the university financing the project over 30 years at a 4 percent interest rate, or annual payments of $12.1 million. The university president said officials had explored the possibility of a public-private partnership for the project, but did not find a suitable partner. He did, however, say the university would not rule out a private-sector partner to help assume some of the risk if the revenues fall short of projections in exchange for sharing part of any excess revenues that would be generated and needed to cover the finance costs.
TWU Regents approve planning, design funding for new parking lot
Funding for the planning and design phase of a new parking garage for Texas Woman's University (TWU) in Denton was recently approved by the TWU Board of Regents. The $1 million project is the precursor to a new 600-car garage facility to be built on campus. The additional spaces will push the number of parking spots on campus to more than 4,000. A design and architectural firm will work with the university to design the garage and then bids will be sought for the construction. The construction portion of the project is estimated at between $12 million and $15 million. The project will be funded through university reserves. The new garage could be completed in 18-24 months. Another future expansion could include either renovation or replacement of the current student union. TWU officials say they hope to have a student referendum to raise the student fee to help fund the project.
Spring election likely for school improvements in Washington
With improvements necessary in the Enumclaw, Washington, schools, voters in the district are likely looking at a spring election to approve financing of the projects. Officials say the projects would have a price tag of about $80 million and would include improvements to the Enumclaw High School and replacing the Black Diamond Elementary. Plans would include the addition of a two-story structure at the high school to replace aging classrooms, the library, science labs, the music facility, auditorium and gym. The high school construction projects alone would cost $62 million. A replacement school for Black Diamond Elementary would cost $20 million. A bond election of between $60 million and $65 million is anticipated and another $18 million would come from the state.
Oklahoma school district seeks bond approval for construction, technology
A continuation of the eighth-grade center in the Union Public Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other construction projects would result from a successful $27 million bond issue in February. It will represent the largest bond issue in district history. In addition to the $9.1 million to be spent on the eighth-grade center, another $3.8 million would go toward additional classrooms at an elementary school and close to $2.4 million would be spent on technology improvements throughout the district. Superintendent Kirt Hartzler (pictured) said completion of the eighth-grade center is important to provide necessary space to meet the needs of the district because of student population growth. "It's also the number who are engaged in fine arts and athletics programs," Hartzler said. "We have never seen as many students before that are connected with at least one sport or one fine arts class. It's just a great problem to have." Fine arts space improvements are part of the plans for the bond proceeds, as well as classroom and office space, the addition of a restroom and improvements to the athletic turf field and varsity soccer field. Technology upgrades throughout the district would include assistance with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. Hardware, equipment and curriculum materials would benefit from a $250,000 portion of the bond. There would also be allocations of funding for computers, tablets and other computer equipment.
Washington school district bond would mean construction, renovations
New construction, renovations and additions would result from a successful $49.5 million bond election set for Feb. 10 by the Sequim, Washington, School District. If approved, bond proceeds would pay for a new elementary school, would add classrooms to another elementary and Sequim High schools and renovate and/or repurpose other buildings within the district. The Sequim district is coming off an unsuccessful $154 million bond election in April that would have funded a variety of construction projects. This time around, the dollar amount and the number of projects planned have both been trimmed. Some of the projects include building the new elementary, adding a wing of classrooms at Greywolf Elementary, renovating Helen Haller Elementary and converting it to house fifth graders and home-schooled students, adding band, choir and science classrooms and renovating the science wing at Sequim High, demolishing the former Sequim Community School, converting the community school gym to a warehouse, converting the Olympic Peninsula Academy to maintenance headquarters and modernizing the district kitchen.
Safety, infrastructure, accessibility part of upcoming New York bond vote
A $3.2 million capital improvement project is the subject of a vote Dec. 9 in the Owen D. Young Central School District in Van Hornesville, New York. A public hearing on the issue is set today, Wednesday. Included in the proposal are safety, infrastructure, accessibility and energy issues, thanks to the work of a committee that helped make recommendations for projects. Some of the projects include making the district schools safer by creating a single parent drop-off area. HVAC work also is on the agendas well as water filtration in the dormers. Science labs would be renovated and more energy efficiency would be achieved through insulating hot water tanks and roofs where heat is being lost.
North Carolina school district facing $26M in necessary renovations, upgrades
Needs are numerous in the Elkin City Schools in Elkin, North Carolina, as officials there are facing some $26.6 million in necessary renovations and upgrades over the next decade. A recent facility evaluation revealed that numerous buildings and property in the district are in need of repairs and maintenance, chief among them the Elkin High School gym and the Dixon Auditorium at the high school. Both are considered first priority for renovations, according to school officials. According to ECS Superintendent Randy Bledsoe (pictured), the gym does not comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Bledsoe also said the health classroom used by both girls and boys is only accessible through the boys' locker room. "Classrooms are our priority, but the gymnasium is a classroom used every day," Bledsoe said. The facilities report recommends spreading out needed capital improvements over 10 years. The $20.6 million in needs would be taken care of in phases, with the first phase including gym renovations. Phase two would be to address the HVAC upgrade at the elementary schools, updating restroom fixtures and replacing lighting, fire alarm, phone and intercom systems. The third phase would be at the middle school and would create a new entry to the auditorium. Phase four includes auditorium upgrades and phase five would construction of a new Elkin Middle School gym. The final phase includes annual maintenance. School officials are also discussing technology needs that must be addressed. Under consideration to pay for the projects is a bond election or possibly increasing the local sales tax.
Montana school district seeks bond funds for school addition
A bond to provide for another school addition is planned next May in the West Yellowstone School District in Montana. The school district held a similar bond issue last May that failed, that one for $6.9 million. Officials cite the need for additional kindergarten space to meet growing needs among that age students. They also are looking at current facilities regarding upgrades so they can keep up with needs. Parking is also part of the current need and the plan includes the addition of 32 parking spaces on the south side of the school and 20 additional spots for staff on the northern side. School officials are seeking to involve the public more as they try for a second time to pass a bond issue, inviting residents to come to the schools to see how crowded they are and to see first-hand many of the capital needs.
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New Mexico County planning bond sale for complex renovation
Cibolo County, New Mexico, will sell bonds to support a $13 million renovation project at La Mesa Mall. Located on Roosevelt Avenue, the project is estimated to cost about $12 million, according to Interim County Manager Bob Gallagher (pictured). The facility was purchased by the county several years ago at a cost of $1.6 million. Officials are also negotiating with the parent company of a food store for the space it is utilizing in the facility. Officials are seeking a $1 million deal on that property. "We are excited about this project," said Gallagher. "It will have a big impact on the community economically." The best part of the project is that it will be completed without raising taxes. When completed, the project will move the county's administration to Roosevelt Avenue. That will include offices of all elected officials, the district attorney's office, the dispatch center, district court and the County Health Office. Officials also are meeting with chamber executives to discuss the impact the moving of that many offices and jobs from one section of the county to another will have on the areas being vacated. The project funding will also be spent on parking lot improvements, lighting and a new facade. Although the Health Office is part of the building, it is nearly completed and is not part of the $12 million project.
TWDB announces financial assistance for water projects in Texas
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved more than $45 million in financial assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the state. Of the $45.19 million allocated, $3.665 million went to rural water projects.
Included in the funding are:
- Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the city of Sherman - $2.525 million for water treatment plant improvements finance the planning, acquisition, and design costs associated with upgrading and expanding the city's water treatment plant.
- City of Fort Worth (Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Parker, and Wise counties) - $39 million for improvements at the Big Fossil Creek Drainage Basin and the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility. Funds will replace wastewater infrastructure and complete a 340-million-gallon-peak flow storage basin.
- City of Winnsboro - $1.04 million for wastewater treatment plant renovations including renovation of several components that will help extend the life of the wastewater treatment plant by 20 years.
- Sol Y Mar Water System (Hidalgo County) - $200,000 for water system improvements to connect to the City of San Juan water system for improved potable water. Some 1,335 linear feet of 8-inch water line will be installed with meters and service connections to 29 residences in the project area.
- Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District (Williamson County) - $2.425 million or water system improvements that include the replacement of valves, fire hydrants, water service connections and piping.
City in Missouri planning to approved bonds for new police, justice center
The city of O'Fallon, Missouri, is planning to place a proposition on the ballot next April for a new police department and justice center. If successful, the bond vote would allow for the issue of a $28.68 million general obligation bond to acquire, construct, furnish and equip a centrally located police station. It would not only be a police station, but would also include courtroom facilities and holding cells. In discussing paying for the project, officials are looking at several options, including a property tax increase or higher sales taxes. "It's long overdue," said Councilman ick Battelle (pictured), noting that the new station and court facilities are "a necessity" for the city. "We've outgrown our facility; this doesn't even come close to meeting our needs for 80,000 residents, more than 80,0000 residents now," Battelle said.
Capital improvement projects include construction, maintenance, equipment buys
In La Crosse, Wisconsin, a $36.4 million capital improvement program budget for the upcoming year has been approved. The program includes a major renovation of the La Crosse Regional Airport terminal. Another expenditure will be a new bandshell at Riverside Park. Also included in the capital campaign is about $9.4 million for construction, major equipment purchases and maintenance projects for city buildings, parks, streets and infrastructure. Of the expenditures for the airport, approximately $1.1 million will come from federal funding. The $9.48 million in airport work will be financed by federal funds and about $750,000 that will be realized from a $4.50 per ticket passenger facility charge. Included in the airport upgrades will be new furniture, bathrooms and HVAC system. There will be upgrades to the restaurant and an expansion of the gift shop. The new bandshell will replace one at Riverside Park and will feature a new, more expansive outdoor performance area. The CIP will also include $8 million for street improvements.
Indianapolis library system to undergo renovations, modernization
Thanks to local officials approving $58.5 million in bond issues over the next half dozen years, the Indianapolis Public Library (IPL) is planning a modernization plan. The end result will be renovation of five branch facilities, relocating five more facilities and building one new facility. The City-County Council of Indianapolis-Marion County supports the library plan, which will not result in tax increases for area residents. The program will kick off this month, when $4.7 million in bonds will be sold for the first three projects. They include renovations to the East Washington Branch library, the more than 100-year-old Carnegie Library and the Southport and Warren branches. Jackie Nytes (pictured) IPL chief executive officer, said the projects are long overdue and will begin in 2015. "The strategic plan calls for this work to get done, so we've got to get going," she said. More than a third of the IPL's current facilities, including 22 branches, a Central Library and bookmobile services, will be affected by the modernization plans. A new location will be online for the facility in Lawrence Township and the new Perry Township facility will be built to replace services currently offered by the Fountain Square Branch. Other branches will undergo renovations as well.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
Developer wants to turn city-owned marina into hotel/motel resort
If a Florida developer has his way, the Las Olas Marina and an adjacent parking lot in Fort Lauderdale will be turned into a $200 million premier hotel/marina resort. The developer is hoping to use a special public-private partnership (P3) allowed under state law to turn the city-owned facility into a center with space for mega yachts and attract boaters, thus impacting the local economy and economic development. The proposed plan would seek an investment of $20 million from the city, but with a guarantee from the developer of a $5.3 million annual return after three years.
The proposal calls for a 110-foot-high, 220-room hotel with parking garages and green space atop the hotel. Retail space would be available at street level. The south side of the facility would also have parking in a four-story garage that would feature restaurant and office space. Beach Redevelopment Board Chair Tony Abbate (pictured) said the proposal did indeed address two major areas of interest - the marine and tourism industries - but exactly where the city would find its share of the funding is uncertain.
The P3 being sought was used previously in another venture - Marlins Park in Miami. This plan would allow the city to not have to seek a request for proposals, but instead would announce what kind of partnership it is considering and depend on other interested developers submitting their own suggestions.
Developer studies partnership to help construct new middle school
A public-private partnership could be in the future for the Williamsburg-James City Schools that could lead to construction of a new middle school in the district located in James City, Virginia. A local real estate developer told members of the school board that he is working on a proposal that could possibly eliminate about $20,000 in administrative costs by instead submitting an unsolicited proposal. The developer asked the board if they would even consider an unsolicited proposal, but because of a longstanding policy not to respond to statements made by speakers at board hearings, there was no response. The developer likely would have to go ahead and make the unsolicited proposal and then see how the board reacts to whether or not accept it for discussion. Regardless of how it happens, school officials admit that they do need a fourth middle school soon. The developer said he is looking at a proposal for that school that would cost about $32 million and could be open by 2017.
P3 will lead to development of Federal Inspection Station in San Antonio
A public-private partnership will facilitate development of a new general aviation Federal Inspection Station at the San Antonio International Airport. The city of San Antonio and Smart Traveling Inc. (STI) will collaborate on a multi-million-dollar, 5,000-square-foot facility on the northern end of the airport property. STI has committed to invest more than $2 million for the design and construction of the building. The city will construct the access taxiway and ramp. The project is expected to facilitate both private and corporate aviation and provide economic opportunities in the city.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (pictured) called the new facility an asset for San Antonio as it relates to economic development. "The new inspection facility for international general aviation takes our airport's commitment to customer service to the next level," she said. The project is designed to separate commercial and general aviation aircraft and to improve passenger experience when clearing customs. The project could begin within the next few weeks, with an anticipated completion date late next year.
P3 leads to transformation of public housing to affordable housing units
The transformation is complete in Fort Myers, Florida, where a public-private partnership has resulted in two former public housing properties being converted to 212 affordable housing units. The properties, for low-income families, are a result of a $38.3 million project. Partnering on the project were a housing developer and the nonprofit Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, created by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM). Housing Tax Credits were allocated for the two developments.
"It's a great day when public-private partnerships work together to better the lives of families who need it most while revitalizing an entire neighborhood and offering job opportunities throughout the process," said Timothy P. Wheat, vice president of the Pinnacle development firm responsible for creating the new multifamily housing. One of the facilities offers 86 units and the other has 126.
Pinnacle received Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and the HACFM won a long-term commitment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide rental assistance for no less than 20 years.
Sixteen potential investors show interest in cargo-handling facilities
Interest has been high among potential investors who have responded to the Port of Philadelphia's plans to develop cargo-handling facilities. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority solicited proposals from about 200 possible investors for a public-private partnership for the project. All of the responses will be evaluated by port authorities before any board action is taken.
"Unlike most other U.S. ports, which face major limitations when seeking additional land to grow, the Port of Philadelphia has hundreds of acres of prime space along the Delaware River to expand our operations," said Charles G. Kopp (pictured), port authority's chair. Kopp said port officials are hopeful the result of the interest will be a partnership with a private firm to meet the port's needs for this expansion. Port authorities are open to a variety of ideas for developing the property and multiple expressions of interest have been received for the three parcels of land in question.
|Where are they now?|
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Lauren Lockwood (pictured) has been selected as the city of Boston's first chief digital officer. Lockwood, a Morgan Stanley executive, is also a recent graduate of the Harvard Business School. She is expected to begin her new charge early this month when she reports to the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). In her new position, Lockwood will be in charge of ensuring improvements in the provision of city services and interacting with the citizenry through digital means. As part of her job, she will oversee the city's cable TV station, social media channels and interactive programs and applications to allow citizen to interact with government. Lockwood is both a graduate of Vassar College and the Harvard Business School. She previously was a product analyst for a local startup company that serves as an online marketplace. It couples businesses with freelance consulting experts. The new CDO will report to the city's chief information officer. As CDO, she will also be a part of the city's DoIT leadership team.
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Check out these recent awards:
- Robertson, Inc., Bridge & Grading was awarded a $127,689 contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the demolition of structures in Carter, Scott and Texas Counties.
- RM Dudley Construction won a $1.37 million contract from Blinn College in Texas to renovate the 22,430-square-foot Tejas Center in Bryan that will house administrative offices in March 2015.
- Ohmshiv Construction LLC won a $1.27 million contract from Gwinnett County, Georgia, to add on a new deceleration lane in the Duluth area on State Route 120 for drivers turning right onto Bunten Road and a new left turn lane will be built for motorists turning onto Whippoorwill Circle. Other planned improvements 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.
- United Therapeutics won a contract worth up to $57.8 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical, dental and veterinary equipment and supplies.
- GCA Services Group was awarded a $9.7 million contract from the School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for outsourcing 94 custodial and grounds positions.
- Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company won a $57 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to widen beaches in New Jerseys Cape May County, reconstructing beaches and dunes in Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City.
- Ferrell Paving Inc. was awarded a $6.9 million contract from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the widening of Getwell Road in Southaven, Mississippi, to the Tennessee state line. The road will be widened from two to four lanes from Goodman Road north to State Line Road, then north to the Tennessee state line where Getwell will be five lanes.
- RMD Holdings Ltd. won a $1,330,771 contract from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for guardrail improvements at various bridge locations throughout the Southeast District.
- Cardi Corp. was awarded a $42 million bridge construction contract by the state of Massachusetts to replace three bridges in Fall River and one in New Bedford, targeting the President Avenue, Brownell Avenue and Golf Club Road bridges in Fall River and the three-span Wamsutta Bridge in New Bedford.
- CMES Inc. won a $957,456 contract from Gwinnett County, Georgia, to connect existing sidewalks on both sides of S.R. 120 from Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road to past Riverside Parkway. Curb, gutter and drainage improvements are also planned as well as signal and pedestrian upgrades at Riverside Parkway.
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Jay Ash (top left), who has served as Chelsea, Massachusetts, city manager since 2001 and who led the city out of receivership during his 14 years there, has been named by Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to head up the state's housing and economic development agency. Brian McDougal (top center), currently serving as city manager in Shawnee, Oklahoma, was recently named lone finalist for city manager of the city of Port Arthur Texas, beating out a second finalist, Natasha Henderson, city manager in Muskegon, Michigan. California Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a top Obama administration attorney, Leondra Kruger (top right), a deputy attorney general, to serve as a member of the California Supreme Court. Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has picked State Rep. Matthew Beaton of Shrewsbury, who has represented the 11th Worcester district since 2011, to serve as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Melissa Sellers, who served as Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign manager and was also a former communications director for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, has been named Scott's new chief of staff, replacing Adam Hollingsworth, who served in that capacity since 2012. Brence Culp, former chief financial officer for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and chief deputy to former Chief Executive William T. Fujioka of Los Angeles County, who is retiring at the end of the month, has been appointed by county supervisors as acting replacement for Fujioka. Miriam Nisbet (bottom right), who began her government career in 1978, including the last five years as director of National Archives and Records Administration's office of government information services, has retired from her position at the end of last month and plans to pursue a new career in the private sector. Karen Rehfeld (bottom center), director of Alaska's Office of Management and Budget, has announced she is retiring, after having been appointed to the post in 2007 by then-Gov. Sarah Palin. Steven Kadish (bottom left), Northeastern University senior vice president and chief operating officer who served as undersecretary of Health and Human Services under former Gov. Mitt Romney, was named by Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker for the key role of chief of staff in the new administration. Timothy L. Killeen, a researcher in geophysics who has been leading the State University of New York's research foundation for two years, has been chosen as the next president of the University of Illinois, succeeding Robert A. Easter, who will retire next year after three years as president. One of the U.S. Postal Service's top cybersecurity officials, Charles McGann, head of the Corporate Information Security Office, has announced he will retire after 27 years with the agency. The head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Secretary Herschel Vinyard, has announced his resignation, which was effective Dec. 1, with Clifford Wilson, deputy secretary for regulatory programs and former assistant deputy secretary of land and recreation, named interim secretary.
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One-day Pega Texas Conference 2014 slated in Austin on Dec. 3A 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.
Georgetown Law to host public-private partnership symposiumAs 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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