Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 36December 31, 2014
Consolidation gaining respect of government officials
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.


Consolidation is a word that often strikes fear in the heart of  public servant. In the past, consolidation usually meant fewer full time employees (FTEs). 


Today, however, consolidation doesn't always mean fewer workers.The basic concept behind consolidation is that by combining public agencies or entities that are performing similar functions, costs can be reduced. Additionally, tasks can be streamlined and service delivery is usually enhanced. 

The most common consolidations throughout the country occur with technology services and usually at the state level.




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Governments face budget gaps
Pennsylvania Turnpike talking tunnels
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events
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Local, state governments face continuing financial gap


GAO report says budget crises for that sector likely to continue long-term

Budget CutsThe effects of the Great Recession in 2008 are still being felt at the local and state levels of government. In fact, the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes in a recent report that those governments' budget crises are long-term and, without policy changes, tax revenues will not return to pre-recession rates as a percentage of gross domestic product until 2058. And, any such policy changes could mean either significant tax increases or deep spending cuts. 

The GAO model for the report uses the Bureau of Economic Analysis's National Income and Product Accounts as the chief source for data, with results representing the state and local sector as a whole. Figures are based on current and historical spending and revenue patterns and represent the level of receipts and expenditures through 2060. 

State and local governments overall have seen an increase in tax receipts in recent years, mostly from GAO Logo property and income taxes. However, from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014, total tax receipts declined 1 percent and income tax receipts fell 8 percent. 

Blamed for a significant amount of the decline in state and local funding are increasing health-related costs on Medicaid and the cost of health care compensation for state and local government employees and retirees. Another contributor to the sector's tough climb out of a financial hole is the decline in state and local pension asset values.

The GAO report also examines what it would take to bridge the "fiscal gap," what action is needed today and going forward for each of the next 50 years, to maintain revenues that are not less than expected expenditures. The report determined that to maintain that fiscal balance, some combination of spending cuts and revenue increases is likely to be needed. 

The overall outlook for fiscal soundness for state and local governments, the report notes, is that this sector "will face an increasing gap between expenditures and receipts in future years." To close the gap, policy changes are necessary "to assure that receipts are at least equal to expenditures." The fiscal challenges of state and local governments represented in the report contribute to fiscal challenges at the national level. The result is that officials at all levels of government are likely to search for innovative financial solutions such as collaborations, public-private partnerships and other creative ways of increasing revenue and decreasing expenditures.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission talking tunnels


Traffic congestion stirs talks again about replacing Allegheny structures

Turnpike After close to 20 years of talk, speculation and wishful thinking, plans to replace the Allegheny Tunnels have surfaced again. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is considering a half-dozen options related to the proposed project, carrying a price tag of between $242 million and $694 million. 


With a tunnel's projected maintenance costs of more than $3 million per year, officials are taking a long, hard look at the options. Those options include either building new Jeff Davis tunnels or cutting an open highway through the mountain to one side of the current tunnels. Annual maintenance costs for an open highway would be several times less than that of a tunnel.


Turnpike commissioners are likely to begin studying all of the options in the spring. Turnpike Project Manager Jeff Davis (pictured) said once the preferred option is chosen, the project will move to the design stage. Design, acquisition of property and securing necessary permits would likely take four years, with construction taking an additional two years. That being said, Davis said that realistically, traffic would not find its way to a new segment for "about six or seven years."


The current tunnels cover more than 6,000 feet. The first Allegheny Tunnel was built in the late 1930s and the second opened in 1965. 


One of the holdups on moving forward with new tunnels over the years has been complaints by the Mountain Field and Stream Club. The club owns more than 1,000 acres above the existing tunnel and already is planning mounting opposition to cutting through the mountain for a new highway, citing the effects it would have on wildlife, the eco system, water supply and aesthetic environment. They also warn that cost estimates may not be accurate, pointing to the fact that the final segment of I-99 near State College cost twice as much as originally estimated.


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Upcoming education opportunities


Idaho school district puts $37 million school bond on March ballot

An almost $37 million bond election will be on the March 2015 ballot for the Cassia School District in Idaho. The calling of the election followed recommendations of a citizen's bond committee. The bond issue will involve voters in Cassia, Oneida and Twin Falls counties. If approved, Malta will be in line to get $6.25 million to build a new junior-senior high school, an ag building and other improvements. Oakley will get at least $5.35 million for improvements at Oakley High School and to build an ag building and make other improvements. A new elementary school would be built from $6.8 million that would go to Declo, as well as upgrades to Declo Junior High's heating and electrical systems and more improvements. Burley will receive $14.75 million to construct a new elementary school and for heating, electrical and safety upgrades at Mountain View Elementary. Burley also will use some of its funding for a student drop-off area and multi-purpose room at Dworshak Elementary, along with upgrades to the heating system at Burley Junior High as well as additional classrooms and a new science lab and classrooms at Burley High School.  


Iowa State University seeks funds for Student Innovation Center

Steven Leath Iowa State University President Steven Leath (pictured) is taking his case to the governor and the state legislature. Leath recently made a direct request of Gov. Terry Branstad for $40 million in state funding to build a new Student Innovation Center. Leath described current facilities in the middle of the Armory as "antiquated," saying they are neither safe nor have the capacity for new projects. He said the Student Innovation Center would be "100 percent for students." Already, a single donor has pledged $20 million for the facility, the largest gift received in university history for an academic building. Total cost of the proposed center is $80 million. Leath says the university is committed to raising half of that if the legislature will allocate the other half. Leath's request of the governor and legislature came during a budget presentation from all three of Iowa's state universities. Neither the University of Iowa nor the University of Northern Iowa has asked for construction funding for new buildings this year. "We're really, really excited about doing this project," said the university president.


Mesquite voters could face largest school bond in MISD history 

Facing needs of $291 million throughout the school district, Mesquite (Texas) ISD is looking at what could be the district's largest bond in its history. Although the district could match the last bond vote - a successful $180 million referendum in 2007 - without a tax increase, more than $110 million in needs would not be addressed. A 23-member committee is currently discussing priorities for a bond issue and will meet in early January of next year to further discuss a recommendation that will be made to school trustees. Trustees will have until the end of February 2015 to call an election. Among the projects under consideration are a new elementary and an early childhood center. Three other elementary schools are up for renovations or possible replacement and several other schools are also in need of renovations. Total expenditures would include $230 million for facilities, up to $31 million for capital needs and $30 million for technology. 


New facilities, upgrades, renovations part of Oklahoma bond issue 

A new pre-K through second grade school building and renovations at Will Rogers Middle School and Miami High School are part of a proposed $22.7 million bond issue set in Miami, Oklahoma, in March 2015. The school board is asking for $22.7 million in general obligation bonds to fund fees and $16.9 million for construction and renovations. The construction also will include a common cafeteria, gymnasium and safe room. In addition to new construction, the bond proceeds will also be used for fixtures, furniture, equipment and school site improvements.


Minnesota school officials call election for new schools, facility needs

Paul Peterson The need for construction of a new high school and impending facility needs have prompted the St. Peter (Minnesota) Board of Education to call a $58.59 million bond election in March 2015. Calling for the referendum follows close to two years of planning. Superintendent Paul Peterson (pictured) indicated that there is broad community support for the new high school and upgrades to the district's other facilities. "This community is so proud of its schools," he said. "Proud of its teachers. Proud of its buildings. Proud of the kids going to those schools. And not every community can say that." School officials say calling the bond election is the first step. And, the second step is to continue providing information to the public as to why St. Peter Public Schools are in need of $58 million in projects. Peterson said the school district has quite a starting point, adding, "What we're trying to do in the moment of 2015 is to make sure that the next 150 years has just as storied a history and is always rooted in excellence as the last 150 years."


New Jersey township approves $84.89 million referendum for school projects
Voters in the Franklin (New Jersey) Township recently approved an $84.89 million referendum that will result in a variety of school projects. Growth in the school system has led to the need for more space and passage of the referendum will lead to construction of a new elementary school, a reconfiguration of elementary and middle school grades and improvements on several buildings. Some of the funding for the projects will come from a $3.4 million state grant and $15 million in debt service relief. In addition to a new elementary school, the referendum will allow for the Sampson G. Smith Intermediate and Franklin Middle Schools to be converted into a two-campus middle school for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Plans also include adding 20 classrooms to the Elizabeth Avenue School and also adding a library/media center and expanding the cafeteria and gym. Four new special education classrooms are set for the Hillcrest School. Other projects include safety and maintenance - including new roofs, windows and doors and upgrading the HVAC system in schools.


Outdated technology infrastructure would benefit from Montana bond vote
Replacement of outdated technology infrastructure would be the result of a successful 2015 bond issue in the Missoula, Montana, schools. Because of their age, the district's current systems are facing vulnerability to computer viruses. Although a technology levy was approved in 2013, school officials say new network systems are necessary to ensure new devices operate at their potential. Many of the 800 computers in the district still operate on Windows XP, a system that Microsoft recently stopped supporting with security upgrades. Upgrades would help ensure security and maximum output. Included in the bond issue is behind-the-wall infrastructure that allows new technology machines to function without disconnecting from Internet networks. Speed is another need for operation of tech devices, particularly in areas such as human resources and accounting. Although the amount of the tech bond has not yet been set, officials are estimating it could be between $5 million and $7 million.


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Colorado city considering building regional law enforcement training campus
Hugh McKean The city of Loveland, Colorado, is considering building a regional training campus for law enforcement. The $23.5 million project includes a 50-50 cost-share between the city and Fort Collins. The 40-acre facility would be located at the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, although the Fort Collins City Council has not yet approved spending on the project. City Councilor Hugh McKean (pictured) said in considering the project, officials have not ruled out a potential public-private partnership and the city was looking for more information on the project. All options will be explored before a decision is made. "Whether we pursue any other avenue than what we've discussed, the value of an RFP (request for proposals) is to get ideas from people who've done this kind of thing before on the private side, people who have an interest or experience in managing a facility like this," said McKean.

City in East Texas seeking bids for $5.5 million animal shelter
Longview, Texas, city officials recently agreed to seek bids to build a new 20,885-square-foot animal shelter expected to cost about $5.5 million. City officials already have paid more than $500,000 for design and engineering work for the new animal shelter expected to be complete about a year after construction begins. Deadline for submitting bids is Jan. 20, 2015. Council members expect to select a company to oversee construction of the animal shelter on January 22.

People mover approved for Los Angeles International Airport
A new $4 billion plan to install an automated "people mover" at the Los Angeles International Airport has been approved by airport leaders. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the project that not only will move people around one of the nation's busiest airports, but will also connect terminals to the region's rail system. It will also carry airport visitors to and from a new rental car center and a Metro light rail station to be built a little over a mile away from the airport. The next step in the process will be the environmental review, with construction expected to begin in 2017. The project is hoped to connect the airport to the area's light rail and subway network by 2024.

Wilkes-Barre schools facing $100M in costs for school upgrades, construction
Bernard Prevuznak Following a feasibility study, officials of the Wilkes-Barre Area Schools in Pennsylvania are now charged with determining which of a variety of options presented to them might be used to update their high school system. Estimates for all of the options exceed $100 million. Among the options are proposals for renovations only at three high schools and renovations and construction of new schools in other proposals. The schools in question are facing a myriad of problems - from electrical and HVAC systems that are aging to school facilities sinking because of the ground shifting. School officials also are considering five sites for new construction, some on district land and some that would require a land purchase. The school system will now be faced with naming a task force that includes a committee of district employees and a committee of residents. In the past, school officials have shied away from the costs of new construction, but now recognize that they cannot continue to make repairs. Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak (pictured), said the district decided to present the results of the study to the public and school board members so all could be involved from square one on this major project.

Developers sought for renewable energy park in Maryland
Sealed proposals from prospective developers are being sought for development and operation of a renewable energy park in Annapolis, Maryland. The city is seeking a public-private partnership with a single developer or development team for a land-lease of property that holds the city's closed landfill. Those considering submitting proposals should know that the proposals must be privately financed and also provide for operation of the facility. Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2015, at the Central Purchasing Office.

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Who's winning government contracts?


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  • DePacto was awarded a contract of a little over $2.1 million by the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for Hitt Road improvements that include widening the intersection at Sunnyside Road and adding an extra left turn lane and a right turn lane at every approach. The new plans will create a five-lane section for a half mile down Sunnyside Road.
  • Ponderosa Pacific won a $1,429,686 contract from the city of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for Northside Water Main improvements. The work includes construction of 6,500 linear feet of pipe, gate valves, fire hydrants, water services and combination air release/air vacuum valve assembly. It also includes minor restoration of concrete traffic curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, asphalt pavement, landscaping and traffic and erosion control. 
  • Caddell Construction Co. was awarded a $30.589 million contract by the U.S. Army for construction of a drone hangar at Camp Mackall in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 
  • Ride Right won a $1.5 million, three-year contract with two one-year options from the city of Conroe, Texas, to manage and operate the city's new transit service scheduled to begin in January 2015. 
  • Beam Construction Co. was awarded a $29.7 million contract from the Clover School District in South Carolina for construction of a new middle school. The board also awarded an $18 million contract to Clancy & Theys Construction for construction of a new elementary school. 
  • Jim Smith Contracting Co. was low bidder and awarded an $8.15 million contract by the state of Kentucky for more improvements to bring the Purchase Parkway in western Kentucky up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69. This contract will provide for reconstruction of the interchange at Kentucky 348 at Benton in Marshall County.
  • Earthmovers Unlimited Corp. won a $2,696,723 contract from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to restore 88 acres of abandoned land mine on Curry Hill-Avondale in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County. The work will include backfilling, grading, construction of drainage ditches and construction of wetlands.
  • R.J. Grondin & Sons won a $6.07 million contract from the Maine Department of Transportation for improvements for a 1.25-mile section of Route 4 from Pineau Street just south of Tweedie Street. 
  • The Canton Group was awarded a $12.2 million contract renewal from the Maryland State Board of Education to provide application software maintenance and help desk support services for the Maryland Voter Registration System by refining, modifying and updating the functionality and data of the system.
  • Prahm Construction won a $422,602 contract from Cass County, Minnesota, to install a new bridge on County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 1 over Stony Brook about 1.5 miles east of CSAH 24.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


West Virginia awards its first P3 contract; $18M lower than state estimate

Paul Mattox

It's a first for West Virginia! The state recently awarded its first public-private partnership (P3) contract. The contract was awarded to Bizzack Construction in Kentucky and calls for construction of a three-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway in Wyoming County. The price tag on the project is $45.2 million. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 with an anticipated completion date in the fall of 2018.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox (pictured) said the bid from Bizzack was good news for the state. It was $18 million lower that the state's estimated cost of $63 million.

"This Coalfields Expressway contract is significant because it represents the Division of Highways' first public-private partnership project under Senate Bill 190, enacted during the 2013 legislative session," said Mattox. The Secretary said he is particularly pleased that the bid was so much lower than predicted by state transportation officials. "That is a great savings to the people of West Virginia, [and] a testament [to] the efficiency of this method of project delivery."

The highway will be designed and built by Bizzack and will link the West Virginia Turnpike and connect the city of Mullens to existing sections already under construction.


Because a P3 method of delivery was used, the state will be able to spread out its payments throughout the life of the project. And, Bizzack will benefit from having a consistent source of revenue throughout each year. That helps the state, said Mattox, because officials know what will have to be budgeted to pay for P3 projects. "It's a set amount each and every month for the duration of the project," he said. 


Honolulu issues RFP for P3 to replace 52,000 street lights in city 
A request for proposals has been released by the City and County of Honolulu to replace approximately 52,000 street lights. The proposal includes a change to more efficient LED lighting.

A pilot program in 2013 showed that retrofitting existing lights to LED could provide a significant savings on costs, show greater efficiency and increase visibility. During that pilot program, federal funding was used to replace some 400 street lights. Mayor Kirk Caldwell later announced his plan to replace the more than 50,000 city-owned street lights with LED fixtures. He also committed to a complete conversion in four years by using a public-private partnership.

The city can save about 50 percent on energy usage with LED lights that will pay for themselves in four years. The savings on energy costs is expected to be about $3 million annually. The city could also earn a rebate of $25 to $33 per fixture from Hawaii Energy.

Those responding to the RFP should propose a P3 arrangement with the city and will be paid from the money realized through energy savings.

Montana officials studying possible P3 to build new downtown parking garage
Karen Byrnes The city and county of Butte-Silver Bow, Montana, is exploring a public-private partnership as a means of building a new uptown parking garage. Officials see a P3 as a way to get the facility built as much as a year ahead of schedule. The county already has been approached by two California companies about a possible P3 arrangement.

The companies are hopeful to build the facility and then lease it back to the public entity. Once the lease is up, the facility would become the property of the public entity. Community Development Director Karen Byrnes (pictured) said the possibility of a P3 is "something interesting to look at." To date, no such model has been used in the state.

Byrnes said most private partners believe they can use their expertise to complete projects quicker, cheaper and more efficiently. Because of other financial commitments, the parking lot project has been pushed back for bidding until 2016. However, if a P3 could be shown to be a good alternative delivery method, the timetable could be moved up. 


Arlington moving forward with $43 million mixed-use development 
Arlington (Texas) city officials recently agreed to begin construction in early summer 2015 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 2015 with construction of the mixed-use development to begin this summer and be completed in about 22 months. 

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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 Ronald L. Walker II.


Ronald Walker Ronald L. Walker II (pictured) has been chosen by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as the state's Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Walker, co-founder, managing partner and president of Roxbury's Next Street, dubbed "a merchant bank for the urban enterprise," has also previously held executive positions at Sovereign Bank, Fleet Financial Group and Bank of New England. Walker also has chaired the board of The BASE, an organization that provides athletic and educational opportunities for African-American and Latino youth. He is also an overseer for the Boston YMCA and a director of Emerson College. Walker boasts more than 17 years of experience in retail and commercial banking, business development and stakeholder management in Boston and throughout the nation. He currently is focused on corporate finance, including debt and equity financing, investment strategy, investment management and customer acquisition. Prior to starting Next Street, Walker was executive vice president for Sovereign Bank. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and finance from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and completed Harvard Business School's executive program in finance.


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Opportunity of the week...
Residents of a city in Oklahoma are preparing for a $90.66 million school bond issue in February. A successful bond issue would provide for safe rooms in schools  in the district that do not have them. All three high schools would see expansions and would have funding for technology purchases, curriculum materials and textbooks. Also included are the addition of 90 new classrooms, four media centers, four computer labs, three multi-purpose rooms, three gymnasiums, two band rooms and three high school stadium upgrades.Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or

Sarah Saldana Austin Lane Judy Bonner Dallas-area U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana (top left) has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that ensures persons are not in the United States illegally, after spending the last three years as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Lone Star College System-Montgomery County President Dr. Austin Lane (top center), has been named executive vice chancellor of the Texas college system, where he will oversee the vice chancellor of academic affairs, vice chancellor of student services, the office of completion, the office of statewide consortium Texas Completes, the office of international programs and the University Centers in The Woodlands and at University Park, office of strategic planning and institutional effectiveness. Judy L. Bonner (top right), president of the University of Alabama's flagship campus at Tuscaloosa, has announced that she plans to step down no later than the end of September to return to teaching and working more directly with students. Metrolink's chief executive office and former transit leader from New York, Michael DePallo, has resigned his position, two years after replacing John Fenton, who left in 2012 to head a Florida-based freight railroad. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, appointed to his position in 2006 by Gov. Jeb Bush, and was kept in that position by Govs. Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, has been replaced by Rick Swearingen, director of the Capitol police. The president of the University of Massachusetts since 2011 after serving as president of Towson University, Sally Yates Bernadiea Johnson Candice McQueen Robert L. Caret, will take the helm of the University System of Maryland, succeeding William E. (Brit) Kirwan. Sally Quillian Yates (bottom right), a longtime prosecutor and the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia since 2010, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, the second-highest-ranking official in the department. Citing the need to spend more time with elderly family members, Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson (bottom center), has resigned the position she has held for the last four years. Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen (bottom left) is Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to fill Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner position. El Paso County (Texas) commissioners recently appointed Steve Norwood, former city manager in Round Rock,  as the county's first-ever Chief Administrator, a position similar to that of a county manager. Jim Boxold, chief of staff of the Florida Department of Transportation since 2013, has been chosen by Gov. Rick Scott as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, effective Jan. 3, 2015. The Portsmouth, Virginia, City School Board has appointed Dr. Elie Bracy III, who has spent the last nine years as superintendent in Weldon, North Carolina, as a new division superintendent.
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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 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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