Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 42February 12, 2014

EB-5 funding - trend to watch!

A federal program funded by foreign investment has become extremely attractive to public officials throughout the country. They like the program because it provides funding for all types of large public projects - funding that is extremely hard to come by for most governmental entities. This renewed interest in an established program is important and the need to understand how it works is great. 

 

The EB-5 Visa for Immigrant Investors was created by the Immigration Act of 1990 and the program was designed to incentivize foreign investment in the United States by offering a green card to immigrants willing to make a certain level of investment. Simply put, individuals willing and able to invest a minimum of $500,000 may be eligible for EB-5 visas. The visas, once granted, cover an entire family.  

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Input sought on new guide to P3s
Port authority lists projects
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming contracting opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events

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Public input sought on new guide to transportation P3s

 

Would assist state, local entities in developing innovative procurement method

PartnershipA proposed guide on public-private partnership (P3) transactions that involve long-term concessions for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining highway projects has been made available for public comment by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) allows the Secretary of Transportation to provide best practices to assist state and local transportation agencies in developing P3s. The goal is to provide a model of sorts for successful P3 transactions.

 

These procurement methods have a private-sector partner provide for the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation facilities and highway projects. Many of the highway projects involve tolls. By bringing in private partners, the burden of cost and risk is removed from the local government entity. In return, the local entity provides compensation for the private partner to recoup its investment - usually through toll revenues.

 

Development of the guide began more than a year ago, when FHWA officials asked stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to provide input on what they wanted the draft tolling and P3 model to look like. Flexibility and lack of rigidity were most often expressed as important to any public-private partnership template.

 

Seven criteria are part of the draft model. They include tolling regulations, revenue sharing between public and private entities, contractual relief and compensation for unforeseen circumstances, how law change affects contracts, changes in ownership and transfers of a facility, default and early termination of concessions and the handing back of a facility upon contract termination.

 

The proposed guide is available for comment through March 10. Federal officials note that the guide should not be construed as "policy" of either the U.S. Department of Transportation or FHWA.

 

Port Authority plan includes $27.6 billion in projects

 

'Ten-year blueprint' includes work on bridges, tunnels, rapid rail, maintenance

Scott RechlerA 10-year capital plan including projects worth a total of $27.6 billion was recently unveiled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The plan represents projects the Authority plans to start, continue or conclude within the 10-year timeframe. Port Authority chair Scott Rechler (pictured) called the plan a "10-year blueprint."

 

Officials say the plan would generate 126,000 jobs, $7.3 billion in wages and $29 billion in economic activity.

 

Among the proposed allocations is $126 billion aimed at ensuring current facilities are maintained and $11 billion in new projects. Included is a $1.5 billion extension of the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation) system and a rail rapid transit system from Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport.

 

Bridges and tunnels also are on the list of projects, including the replacement of the Goethels Bridge and replacement of the suspender ropes on the George Washington Bridge. The price tag on the bridge component of the plan is $7.9 billion. A project valued at $4.9 billion is the completion of the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. Also included are another $1.6 billion in port improvement projects in the plan. The previously planned raising of the Bayonee Bridge road is on the list. The project, once completed, would expand access to container terminals for larger ships at Newark and Elizabeth. The plan also calls for replacing Terminal A at Newark Liberty.

 

The 10-year plan, covering from 2014 to 2023, was developed through a long scoring process to rank projects according to the ones that are most important to moving people and goods throughout the region. The plan is available for public review on the Port Authority Web site.

 

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Upcoming education opportunities

 

University of Georgia studying privatization of dorms on eight  of its campuses

Lynne RileyA bill has been voted out of a Georgia legislative committee that would allow a property tax exemption on state college property for any private companies selected to operate dorms. The tax exemption is part of a proposal to privatize student housing on University of Georgia System campuses in an effort to reduce its $3.8 billion debt. Housing at eight institutions within the System could be the first round of privatization efforts. The System would remain owner of the property and the buildings, but the private-sector firm would maintain and operate the facilities. They would establish long-term leases for up to 65 years. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the legislation, which will also have to pass in the Senate. To extend the tax exemptions, however, a statewide referendum would have to be held. Legislation authored by State Rep. Lynne Riley (pictured) would put the issue on the ballot in November. The legislation provides that "All interests in property of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia held by a private party that is contractually obligated to operate such property to serve a public college or university shall be considered to be public property..."

 

Five construction projects approved for New Jersey schools

Projects totaling between $200 million and $250 million are on tap in New Jersey schools, following the recent action of the New Jersey School Development Authority (SDA). The authority approved a new Vineland middle school project that will use more than $27 million of the amount. The new school there will serve up to 558 students in grades six to eight. Other projects that garnered approval include facility efficiency standards at East Orange's George Washington Carver Elementary School, Irvington's Madison Avenue Elementary School, Pemberton's Denbo Elementary School and Plainfield's Woodland and/or Cook Elementary School. The SDA now has nearly 40 projects throughout the state with total project costs estimated at $1 billion. "The facilities projects announced today combined with those previously approved bring us one step closer to fulfilling our mission of providing all the children of New Jersey with appropriate learning facilities," said Charles McKenna, CEO of the SDA.

 

Carlsbad school district voters approve bond funds for four new school sites

Gary PerkowskiFour new elementary school sites will be funded after voters in the Carlsbad, New Mexico, Municipal Schools district approved a $60 million general obligation bond proposal. "They heard our message and they agreed in what we are doing," said Superintendent Gary Perkowski (pictured) of voter turnout that approved the bond project. The bond would help fund new school sites for Sunset, Riverside, Joe Stanley Smith and Pluckett elementary schools. Bids will be going out soon, according to Perkowski. District enrollment figures have been on a steady increase in recent years and school officials expect that trend to continue, warranting new school sites to accommodate the student increases. The four elementaries targeted did not have the infrastructure to support technology updates and improvements. The bond will provide $30 million for the first two years and the remaining $30 million will be issued over the following two years. However, the construction will require five years to complete. Perkowski said school officials will be trying to move things toward starting construction on the projects as soon as possible.

 

Las Cruces voters approve bond issue for school construction, renovation

Voter in the Las Cruces Public School district recently approved a $65 million bond issue that will help with the costs of new construction and renovations throughout the district. The bond proceeds will be used to build and renovate schools and classrooms. Some of the money will also be used for security, technology upgrades and to build soccer and baseball fields. More than $3 million will be dedicated to school safety improvements, something new for the school. One school official said that issue has become "really important" of late. Another $24 million is dedicated to continue renovation of the Las Cruces High School. Also, for the first time, charter schools in the district will benefit from the local tax structure. Three charter schools in the district, Las Montanas Charter High School, La Academia Dolores Huerta and the New America School, have all applied to receive levy funds.

 

Iowa community college approves $2.8 million renovation project for laboratories

Robin LilienthalThe board of the Iowa Valley Community College District has approved an approximately $2.8 million expenditure to pay for renovation of the health occupations and advanced manufacturing labs at Marshalltown Community College. The renovation is expected to update these areas so more hands-on instruction can be facilitated. Bids are being sought for the project and are due March 4, with possible awarding of contracts around March 12. If that schedule is followed, construction on the health occupations lab could be finished as early as the end of next summer and the advanced manufacturing lab could be completed by the end of October. "We feel really confident that these projects are going to fill a need," said MCC Provost Robin Lilienthal (pictured).

 

New facilities, renovations on tap for Gadsden ISD after bond vote

Gadsden ISD in New Mexico successfully passed a $38 million bond issue recently. The bond proceeds will help construct new facilities as well as complete the Gadsden High School renovation. Bonds will also pay for new classrooms for Desert Pride Academy and the Early College High School program. The money also will help defray the costs of construction and renovations in Chaparral, including a new elementary school and renovations at the existing Chaparral Elementary School. "Voters have made a valuable investment in the future of the children of Gadsden ISD," said GISD Superintendent Efren Yturralde. "The continued academic improvement of our schools will be supported by the facilities that will result from this successful bond election."

 

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Bids over budget, San Juan putting water plant out for bids again

J. J. RodriguezBids on a new, 3.5 million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant for the city of San Juan, Texas, all came in higher than budgeted. Thus, city officials are preparing to seek a second round of bids. The project also includes extensive upgrades and retrofits necessary to meet the needs of a growing community. The city had budgeted $8.5 million for the project, but bids came in as much as $3 million over the estimated budget. The three bids received came in at $11.4 million, $11.9 million and $13.5 million. City officials plan to pare down some of the "extras" that pushed the price over budget. "The water plant component, which is the principal component, is still going to be done, but all the other stuff is aesthetic in nature," said City Manager J.J. Rodriguez (pictured). City officials said most of the added expense was from plans to build a parking lot, office building, storage and extra basins near a city reservoir. Those plans are likely now on hold. The rebid is expected within the next two months. If one of the new bids is selected, construction could begin before next summer. City commissioners previously approved the issue of $2.2 million in independent bonds to build a raw water transfer line between city reservoirs. That project should close in March.

  

Corps of Engineers to seek bids for maintenance dredging in Wisconsin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for maintenance dredging at Green Bay Harbor in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The work will include mobilizing dredging equipment to Green Bay Harbor and dredging approximately 250,000 cubic yards of base and optional dredging. The work will be performed from bay stations 0+00 to 198+00 and the platform area in front of the newly constructed offload facility at Green Bay DMDF (Cat Island). Dredge placement areas will be both at Bayport CDF and Cat Island. Material dredged from station 0+00 to 100+00 must be placed at Bayport CDF by mechanical method. Material dredged from station 100+00 to 198+00 and material from the Cat Island platform area may be placed at Cat Island by hydraulic or mechanical methods. The solicitation will also include installing a chain link fence just off shore across the Cat Island barrier, putting toe armor stone across the south face of the Cat Island offload facility and removing an unused pipeline from the pump-out structure at station 0+00. The project will be advertised as a 100 percent small business set-aside and the government will use a firm-fixed price contract. The solicitation is expected to be released in mid-March.

 

City in California studies $10 million plan to rehabilitate sidewalks

Joe BuscainoAll that stands between the city of Los Angeles and a $10 million plan to rehabilitate damaged sidewalks is a vote by the City Council. A committee recently approved the measure, which will go to Council after facing the Budget and Finance Committee. Councilman Joe Buscaino (pictured) called the current condition of some sidewalks in the city "downright embarrassing." If approved, the funds would be split for three purposes. One-third would go toward repairing sidewalk damage tied up in lawsuits and liability claims. Another third would help rehab well-traveled, high-profile streets. The final third would fund a cost-sharing program, where property owners and the city would split sidewalk repair costs evenly. Buscaino noted that the $10 million is a small amount toward the $1.5 billion problem with city sidewalks - about 4,600 miles of them - still in poor condition.

 

Arkansas city announces approval of capital improvement projects

Among allocations for capital improvement projects slated in the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas, this year are $2 million toward building a new fire station on the south side of town and another $2 million to help defray the costs of transforming the old Army Reserve Building into the Jonesboro Police Department's new headquarters. Several million dollars will be spent on a variety of projects in the city, many of them dealing with transportation and city facilities. Major roadway projects will garner about $3 million in funding while others will get asphalt overlays, striping and sidewalk improvements. Some projects could start as early as this fall. Some $500,000 was allocated for the Higginbottom Creek widening.

 

Massachusetts city to issue RFP for parking enforcement payment kiosks

Michael McGlynnOfficials in Medford, Massachusetts, recently approved a request for proposals (RFP) for parking enforcement in the city. The RFP asks companies to design plans for parking enforcement through the use of automated payment kiosks. The kiosks would be set up throughout Medford Square, West Medford Square, Haines Square, near Tufts University and at other areas in the city. The kiosks would be located one per 10 linear parking spots in on-street parking. The kiosks would be linked so that motorists can add money from any kiosk throughout the city for their vehicle, not simply the one closest to where they parked. Drivers simply would enter their license plate number at a kiosk, and parking enforcement officers could then use a machine to detect plate numbers and match those numbers to the kiosks. The city could either receive a portion or percentage of the revenue the program generates of a per-transaction or per-citation payment. Vendors also could instead make an up-front payment or annual or monthly guaranteed payment to the city and then claim all the revenue collected from the meters, citations, permits, towing, etc. Mayor Michael McGlynn (pictured) said the city expects to advertise the RFP as soon as possible following council approval. The mayor said after bids are submitted, a cost analysis will be done to determine if the city could save money by in-house enforcement instead.

 

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  • Horseshoe Construction won a $987,000 contract from the city of Pasadena, Texas, for the Golden Acres Wastewater Rehabilitation Project Tuesday, which involves sanitary sewer improvements in the northwest parts of the city.

  • R.G. Anderson Co., Inc. was awarded a $2.1 million contract from the city of White Bluff, Tennessee, to build the new Bibb Civic Center.

  • Employment Source, Inc. was awarded a $15,755,197 contract from the U.S. Army to provide dining facility attendant services at Fort Bragg.
  • Wood Group GTS won a $1.4 million contract from the city of Austin, Texas, to purchase and replace four turbine control panels at the Sand Hill Energy Center in Austin. The company will be responsible for designing and installing the panels as well as creating the software to run the panels and testing and commissioning the new equipment.

  • Orion Marine Group was awarded a contract worth approximately $25 million by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to demolish and replace the Brotherhood Bridge in Juneau.

  • Sauer Inc. was awarded a $27.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy for a barracks project at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach. The project includes demolishing the existing barracks and building a new 144,000-square-foot, five-story barracks.

  • The Boeing Co. was awarded a $42,179,054 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract from the Naval Air Systems Command for the procurement of aircraft armament equipment for F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft, including jumper bundles, pylons and bomb racks. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, and St. Louis, Missouri.

  • American International Contractors won a contract worth up to $9.8 million from the U.S. Army for construction of the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command, including constructing a forward support unit warehouse and headquarters facility.

  • Texas Tree and Landscape, Ltd. won a two-year, $23 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to perform routine maintenance along 349 miles of state roadways inside Houston's Beltway 8. The contractor will perform all required traditional routine maintenance, including guardrail repairs, pavement upkeep, striping, signage, graffiti cleanup, litter pickup and mowing.

  • DRS C3 & Aviation Co. won a contract worth up to $3.2 million from the U.S. Navy for information technology services, including telecommunications services.

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Arizona Department of Transportation issues RFI for possible P3 for freeway

Considering a possible public-private partnership to build a new freeway in the Phoenix area, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is seeking input from private-sector firms on the proposed procurement plan. ADOT recently issued a request for information (RFI) for the proposed South Mountain freeway. The project would link Interstate 10 on the southeast and western sides of the Phoenix area. Although the project has been in the works for some time, it is still awaiting environmental clearance. The RFI is intended to seek public-sector commentary on possible procurement methods and how a public-private partnership might be structured. Depending on the input from the private sector, ADOT officials say they could eventually issue a request for proposals. A Feb. 27 forum for industry representatives has been scheduled.

 

Chattanooga hoping for P3s that could help revitalize downtown area

Patten ParkwayChattanooga's center city could get a shot in the arm if city planners' efforts toward a public-private partnership for downtown development is successful. The downtown area has suffered from a loss of numerous restaurants and retailers and efforts to lure others to the area to replace them have not been successful. The city paid for a study about how best to push retail and increase foot traffic in the area The study calls for a new 500-space parking structure downtown, 1,400 units of new workforce housing over the next decade and an overhaul of Miller Park and Patten Parkway (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering). But, all of the items on officials' wish list cost money - money the city doesn't have to spare and the private sector doesn't seem willing to invest. Christian Rushing, one of the lead planners on the city center study, said some of the vacant or mostly vacant buildings downtown would likely be filled if there were significant parking available. He suggested the city meet possible investors halfway, by offering tax incentives for developers, city-funded parking garages and renovated public spaces. Although a 500-space parking garage could cost upwards of $7.5 million, it could stimulate housing in the area as well as support restaurants and retail establishments. "The goal of the plan was to find ways to make it active and animated," said Rushing. "Part of that is restaurants and part of that is retail, but the way to do that is to have people living there." Almost everyone agrees, however, that won't happen without some kind of incentives.

  

Broadband services to be expanded in Wisconsin thanks to P3

More than 325 libraries in Wisconsin will benefit from expanded broadband services brought about thanks to a public-private partnership. A $4.2 million expansion of BadgerNet will mean the libraries will have faster Internet service. That speed will increase for more than 60 percent of the public libraries in the state. The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) note that several telephone and communications companies are set to start installing additional fiber optic soon. DPI officials said that construction should begin soon and all of the libraries will be phased in over the next year, with a completion date of sometime in November. The increased broadband access is vital because the demand for Internet service through libraries is growing. Libraries often are the only public facility where some residents can access the Internet. Although this project will not eliminate the need for additional high-speed Internet access, it is a start. And the benefits are broad - for education, business and economic development. Only 8.5 percent of the state's libraries have Internet connection speeds above 10Mbps now, but many will have access for up to 100 Mbps after the upgrades.

  

Incentives help lure hotel, restaurant, retail project to El Paso

With city incentives in the millions of dollars approved last May, including property and sales tax rebates, a proposed $64 million, 220-room Westin Hotel and 80,000-square-foot restaurant and retail project will be built on land owned by the El Paso airport. The private-sector firm building the facilities, Paragon Project Resources, hopes to have construction under way by June. The company also will not have to pay land lease fees for three years under a 40-year lease with the airport. A contractor has been hired for pre-construction services and could also be the general contractor for the project. The project is a partnership between Paragon and Sava Holding, a hotel investment and management company. 

 

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Where are they now?

 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Polly Trottenberg.

 

Polly TrottenbergPolly Trottenberg (pictured) received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After earning that degree, she began working in politics, first in the office of Massachusetts State Sen. Lois Pines. Trottenberg next spent two years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. From there, she began working as a transportation policy expert in the office of U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. After Moynihan retired in 1998, Trottenberg worked as legislative director for his replacement, Sen. Charles Schumer. She stayed with Schumer's office until 2006, when she moved on to work as legislative director and deputy chief of staff for Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. Trottenberg left federal politics in 2008 to serve as executive director of Building America's Future, a nonprofit that focuses on infrastructure investment. She left in 2009 when she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve in the U.S. Department of Transportation as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. She served in that capacity until June 2012, when she was nominated for Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. Trottenberg was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2013. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently picked Trottenberg to lead the city's transportation department. She replaces Janette Sadik-Khan, who led the city's transportation efforts since 2007.

 

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Opportunity of the week...
 

Voters in a New Mexico school district narrowly OK'd a special school bond election that will provide for $3.75 million in facility improvements. The bond proceeds will provide for playground improvements, a parking lot, sidewalk repairs, door and window repairs and replacement, installation of security cameras, restrooms and concession projects at the football field, technology upgrades and more. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 

People

 

Beth NiblockRoger GuentherBob HaleBeth Niblock (top left) has been named as the new CIO for the city of Detroit, after serving 11 years as the CIO for Kentucky's Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, where she implemented numerous initiatives. Roger Guenther (top middle), formerly director of operations for the Port of Houston Authority, has been named the port's executive director, replacing former director Len Waterworth, who resigned. Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale (top right), who has served in the Pentagon since 2008 after being appointed by President Barack Obama, is stepping down, with Mike McCord, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, nominated to succeed him. South Carolina State Department of Transportation Secretary Robert St. Onge, a retired Army major general who was commandant of cadets at West Point, has resigned and Christy Hall, deputy secretary of finance and procurement, has been named acting director. Catherine Bando, a public finance expert previously employed by Citigroup Global Markets, Greencoast Capital Partners and J.P. Morgan, has been appointed as executive director of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority Commission, whose goal is to assist local government by creating economic development throughout the state.  Dr. Cindy Stevenson, superintendent of the Jefferson County School District in Colorado since 2002, has announced her retirement and has reached an agreement to leave the districtChristine Curtis Michael Hinojosa Francisco Cigarroa months before her planned retirement on June 30. Christine Curtis (bottom right), currently senior vice president and director of strategic planning for the University of South Carolina, has been named provost of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, effective Feb. 24, and will also serve as vice president for academic affairs. Cobb County (Georgia) Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa (bottom center) is retiring after May 31 and plans to move back to Texas, where he is a former superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, and will accept a position as a senior vice president of a Chicago-based national education consulting firm. Dr. Francisco Cigarroa (bottom left), chancellor of The University of Texas System for the last five years, has announced he will step down to become head of the pediatric transplant team at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Sheriff's Capt. Dave Wareham has been named acting chief of police in Fillmore, California, effective in March and will succeed Monica McGrath, who was promoted to commander by Sheriff Geoff Dean. Jeff Jenkins, who has 10 years of experience in municipal government, including recently serving as city manager of Lucas, Texas, has been selected as assistant city manager for the city of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Coral Springs, Florida, has named Frank Babinec, a 14-year veteran of the city's fire department, as its new fire chief, replacing Mark Curran, who retired last December. 

 

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P3C 2014: The Public-Private Partnership Conference, February 24-25

P3C returns to Dallas next month, and will bring together the top industry minds and decision-makers to address the most relevant and pressing issues faced by public-planners, developers and A/E/C professionals. Over two days, P3C attendees will discover creative project finance solutions, learn strategies for handling the complexities of public-private partnerships and network with a vast pool of professionals experienced in all facets of planning and finance. P3C will also host Deal Day Showcase Sessions where public planners preview some of the newest development and procurement opportunities in America. Presenters will discuss their development goals, redevelopment visions and the details behind their capital projects. How will you grow your business and find new partners in the near year? Space is limited and registration prices increase on Jan. 31. For more information, visit www.P3C2014.com

 

ASPA plans 75th anniversary celebration in March in D.C.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will hold its 2014 Annual Conference March 14-18, 2014, at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. One of the keynote presentations will be given by Elaine Karmark, a public policy expert who founded the New Democratic Movement that helped elect President Bill Clinton. She is also the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings Institution. This year's conference celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ASPA. The conference programming examines the challenge of managing and leading public service organizations in the 21st century, public human resource management, budgeting and finance management and policy formulation and service delivery. Featuring more than 150 panels led by public-service experts, the event will address changing public-sector ethics, how to create smarter government and working across levels of government and sectors. Conference registration is now open and additional information is available.
 

National Association of Counties preparing for Legislative Conference

The National Association of Counties will host its 2014 Legislative Conference March 1-5 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The annual event brings together more than2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government. Attendees hear from key federal officials and members of Congress and are offered a myriad of additional educational opportunities addressing current and hot topic issues. A day of lobbying on Capitol Hill the last day rounds out an information-packed Conference. Among the speakers for the event will be Mike Allen, chief White House Correspondent for Politico, and the honorary co-chairs of the No Labels organization, Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin. They will discuss how to engage in a dialogue that delves further into breaking down the structural problems that push the nation's leaders apart and how the existence of common goals can drive across-the-aisle solutions. Registration is now open and the conference schedule is available.

 

National League of Cities to host Congressional City Conference

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will be guest speakers at the upcoming National League of Cities 2014 Congressional City Conference. The event is slated for March 8-12 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The Congressional City Conference brings together more than 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. Partnering with the National League of Cities ensures the nation's cities a seat at the decision-making table with members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies looking for solutions to addressing the nation's most pressing challenges. Additionally, attendees at the conference will learn about the federal programs, funding opportunities and resources available to implement the most innovative practices at the local level. More information is available and registration is now open.

 

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