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Volume 5, Issue 46March 12, 2014
Demand for fast trains growing quickly in America

Momentum for high-speed rail in America is building at a rapid pace. Public officials in almost every large state have either initiated rail projects or are considering them. This transportation option was once considered too costly and too fraught with obstacles. Some believed high-speed rail would never be a reality in America.

 

Others, however, argued for fast trains that could transport passengers safely and quickly - an option available to citizens of Europe and most other countries. These advocates also point out that America, by its inaction, is crippling its economic might by lagging behind the rest of the world.

 

A 2010 poll showed that 88 percent of Americans are in favor of expanding domestic high-speed rail. Transportation departments throughout the country are now actively investigating whether high-speed rail is feasible.

  

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IN THIS ISSUE
Georgia University System pushes dorm privatization
Texas plans $6.4B in bond elections
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
Calendar of events
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Georgia University System pushes toward dorm privatization

  

Legislation being debated would allow property tax exemption for developers

Lynne RileyIn an effort to privatize student housing on campuses in the Georgia University System, legislators are considering a bill that could let developers get a property tax exemption when they take over operations of university system dorms.

 

House Bill 788 by Rep. Lynne Riley (pictured) would preserve the current property tax exemption for public property in the System, hoping to encourage private-sector operation of campus housing facilities. If passed by the Georgia Assembly, the legislation would provide for a voter referendum on whether to keep the existing tax-exempt status for parking and housing facilities for a private manager. Officials of the Georgia University System say turning over management would both save money and create efficiencies. Officials expect the privatization could reduce the System's $3.8 billion debt burden.

 

The bill has passed the House and is now headed to the Senate for debate. If passed, the state's constitution would need to be amended to allow the tax exemption to apply to developers. Passage in the House was not without objection as concern was expressed about the length of contracts with companies selected to operate dorms and the possibility of housing cost increases for students. What resulted was the addition of a competitive bidding clause for the contracts and restriction of the exemption to just housing and parking.

 

More than $6.4 billion in bond elections set in Texas

 

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A number of new schools such as this one in Texas could result from more than $6.4 billion in bond elections that include 55 school bonds.

Sixty-six bond elections involving cities, public school districts, a community college and a hospital district will be decided by Texas voters on May 10. The bond election projects total $6.4 billion.

 

The majority of the bond votes are for school districts throughout the state, with 55 elections to be held totaling $5.84 billion. The largest referendum is a $1.2 billion bond vote for a school district in a Houston suburb. Among the projects in the bond are technology upgrades, new buses, security improvements, new schools and numerous renovations. In North Texas, a school district is seeking to pass a $663 million bond referendum that includes an athletics complex, science labs, technology upgrades, security upgrades and more.

 

Also on tap are nine city elections that total $402 million. One of the state's major cities is seeking to pass a $292-million, seven-proposition bond issue. Included are street and transportation improvements, library system improvements including two new libraries, fire safety improvements, municipal service facility improvements and more. A city just outside the Houston metropolitan area is seeking to pass a $40 million bond issue for drainage projects, a new fire station and mobility improvements. Other city bond elections seek funding for road and street improvements, lake dredging, parks and recreation improvements and public safety facilities.

 

Other bond votes are a $100 milion community college referendum valued at $100 million and one hospital district referendum valued at $49 million that includes a new $40-million, 25-bed hospital.

 

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Upcoming education opportunities

 

Lone Star College to expand campus in Tomball in spite of failed bond vote

Ray LaughterDespite defeat of a $497 million bond proposal in 2013, Lone Star College-Tomball (Texas) officials recently agreed to move ahead with plans to build a new entrance to the campus and a new $36.3 million campus west of Tomball. Funding came through the revenue budget process to pay for safety and security upgrades as well. "That's the kind of infrastructure improvement I don't think anyone in the community would want us not to invest in," said Ray Laughter (pictured), vice chancellor for external affairs with Lone Star College System (LSCS). The new entrance is needed because a project to widen SH239 will impact the south entrance to the campus and must be realigned, with officials requesting bids on the project this fall. Construction of the proposed 85,000-square-foot Creekside Center campus is expected to begin this summer, according to LSCS officials. The new campus will provide those living in the northeast area of Tomball a more convenient and closer location to attend classes. The new center should be open in early 2016 and offer a combination of courses for associate degrees and workforce programs, according to LSCS officials.

 

Arkansas budget proposal would provide additional funds for public schools

After approval by the Arkansas Legislature's Joint Budget Committee, a proposed $5 billion budget bill is headed to the floor of the House and Senate for debate. The bill increases funding for public schools and prisons and sets aside $19 million for the state's rainy day fund. Not particularly different from the budget advanced by Gov. Mike Beebe in January, the legislation includes a $65 million funding increase for public schools and additional funds for the state prison system. The total budget represents an increase of $108 million for the next fiscal year.

  

California school district calls $106 million bond election in June

Officials with the Culver City Unified School District in California will put a $106 million bond issue before voters in the June California General Election. The school superintendent will be holding a forum this week to explain what is in the election, what is not and why.

 

Montana Board of Regents discuss variety of construction projects in system

Clayton ChristianThe first part of a $50 million gift from a private donor will be used by Montana State University officials to plan and design a new College of Engineering building. The money was donated by Norm Asbjornson, founder and president of Aaon Inc., who said he donated the funds to help the university increase much-needed space and to help engineering students. He is a 1960 graduate of MSU with a degree in mechanical engineering. The Montana Board of Regents approved spending up to $5 million of the funding for planning and design. Additionally, the regents were charged with deciding whether to spend $128 million on construction and deferred maintenance. Among the projects is a $10 million private donation to build a new Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana. The school is also seeking $10 million more to renovate its science building and another $10 million for an addition to its music building. Clayton Christian (pictured), the state's commissioner of higher education, said the system's needs and deferred maintenance are "significant." 

 

Alabama schools could be switching from paper to digital textbooks

A bill has passed the Alabama Senate that would have the state invest as much as $100 million to help public schools in the state switch from paper textbooks to digital textbooks. The bill now goes to the House for debate. Sen. Gerald Dial, author of the bill, said the state would recover its costs over time because digital textbooks are less expensive. 

 

 

 

Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

Los Angeles light rail system gets funding for expansion

Anthony FoxxThe U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the award of $670 million to help construct an expansion of Los Angeles' light rail system. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured) said the funds will be in the form of a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Another $160 million loan will be offered by the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. "LA's Regional Connector will help make this city and region a better place for tens of thousands of Angelenos by ensuring that public transit not only works for everyone, but that it works better than ever," Foxx said in a statement. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will use the funds to build a 1.9-mile underground connection between a pair of its current lines. Four new stations will be added to the LA Metro light rail system, ending a service gap that has existed for some time.

 

Ventura Harbor in line for multi-million-dollar dredging project

California's Ventura Harbor could be in for a $10.5 million dredging project. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has plans to put $7.1 million into the project and the President's 2015 budget proposal adds another $3.4 million. Ventura Port District Manager Oscar Pena said the funds will be used for a complete dredging of the harbor entrance channel area. He said the action will have a "positive effect" on the commercial and boating interests that use the entrance channel. Officials say without the dredging, navigation of the channel is threatened, as is the economic viability of the harbor.

 

City in Kansas dedicating bond proceeds to parking garage, loan refinance

Officials in Hutchinson, Kansas, are preparing to issue $6.7 million in general obligation bonds, $2.5 million of which will be dedicated to the city's portion of the cost of a parking garage that will be used by future tenants of the Wiley Building. The $2.5 million will be used for a no-interest loan to be repaid by the Wiley Plaza Development over 36 years. The $18 million redevelopment of the Wiley Building will include addition of 73 apartments and two floors of commercial space. The renovation should be finished by December 2014. Another $4.1 million of the bonds will be used to refinance a loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for improvements to the sewage disposal plant and for other bonds at a lower interest rate.

 

Tampa International Airport likely to get multi-million-dollar makeover

Bob BuckhornThe largest expansion of Tampa International Airport since it opened in 1971 may be fueled by $194 million in state funds. "I couldn't think of any greater investment in our future," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (pictured). Projects to be funded by the state are a new rental car center and transit stop and a people mover to connect the terminal and the rental center. Other improvements include outdoor seating, restaurants and larger holding areas. Another $750 million will be added to the funding by the airport, airlines and other stakeholders. Construction is expected to begin later this year with officials hoping for a 2017 completion date. The state funding must still be approved by the State Legislature. Gov. Rick Scott, who made the announcement of the proposed funding, said the enhancements are needed to lure tourists to the area, create jobs and entice more business to the area. Scott said the expansion is needed because more tourists were visiting, more people are moving to the area and more people are buying homes. 

 

Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board approves five-year CIP

More than $130 million in projects at the Louisville International Airport and another $17.5 million at Bowman Field are part of a five-year capital improvement plan recently approved by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors. At Louisville International, voluntary relocation and sound-insulation programs are on tap, as is construction of Taxiway Romeo, the Runway 11-29 Safety Area improvement program, terminal remodeling and upgrades and pavement projects. At Bowman, the airport area safety program will be continued, runway 6-24 will be rehabilitated and new exit taxiways on Runway 15-33 will be built. Projects will be undertaken as funding becomes available.

 

City in Iowa to sell $4.7 million in bonds for business park utility extensions

Officials in Decorah, Iowa, have approved the sale of up to $4.7 million in bonds, part of which will be used for utility extensions at the Decorah Business Park. The remainder of the bonds will be used to refinance old debt. Work on the utility extension is expected to begin by June 1, with an anticipated completion date of late next summer. Bids on the project will be due March 13 and after review by staff and engineers, a recommendation on the contract award is expected March 17. Officials point out that the utility extensions are not just about the business park, but will also assist the area east of the city with future growth and development.

 

State airports in Hawaii to benefit from millions for capital improvement projects

Neil AbercrombieHawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (pictured) has announced that airports in the state will share approximately $96.6 million in funding. Among the awards are: $50 million for structural improvements to Taxiway Z at Honolulu International Airport; $35.74 million for a new Diamond Head Commuter Terminal at Honolulu International Airport; $4,789,771 for restroom renovations at hold rooms, the ticket lobby and commuter terminal at Kahului Airport in Maui; $3.68 million for terminal fire protection system replacement at the Kahului Airport in Maui; $2 million for replacement and/or renovation of three parking structure pedestrian bridges that connect the overseas terminal to the overseas terminal parking garage at Honolulu International Airport in Oahu; and $410,000 for runway safety improvements at Lihue Airport in Kauai.

 

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  • XTec Inc. won a 10-year, $102.8-million task order contract from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security for identity management support and services.
  • Granite Construction Inc. has been awarded a $36 million road and bridge project by the Alaska Department of Transportation for a multiphase infrastructure improvement project that includes creating a new East-West corridor by extending Dowling Road within the Anchorage city limits as well as construction of a new bridge over the Alaska Railroad lines and Arctic Avenue. The project also includes soil stabilization improvements, retaining walls, 800,000 tons of imported gravel borrow, 230,000 cubic yards of excavation, utility improvements, two new signalized intersections, multi-use pathways and landscaping amenities.
  • Northrop Grumman Information Technology has won a $15.9 million U.S. Army contract to support the Defense Department's Automated Biometric Identification System.
  • Swank Construction Co. won a contract for $6.2 million from the West Virginia Division of Highways to build a new bridge and entrance to Coonskin Park.
  • Maymead Inc. has won a contract for $8.7 million from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for pavement rehabilitation along seven miles of I-77 in Iredell County. The northbound and southbound lanes will undergo repairs over the next 18 months.
  • CaremarkPCS Health was awarded a stand-alone contract from the state of Rhode Island to manage the pharmacy benefits for upwards of 16,600 state employees and their family members at an estimated 2014-16 cost of $158.1 million.
  • Infrastructure & Industrial Energy LLC won a $24.71 million construction contract from the Vineland (New Jersey) Municipal Electric Utility to construct a power plant to help maintain the city utility's electric capacity.
  • Russell Construction was awarded a $533,000 contract by the town of Rutland, Vermont, to build the town's first town hall.
  • Raytheon Co. has won a $199.7 million contract to provide the U. S. Navy with sonar systems and other equipment for hunting mines.
  • Oasis Systems has announced the award of a prime contract with the General Services Administration called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB). OASIS SB is expected to provide federal agencies streamlined access to both commercial and non-commercial complex professional services with approximately $10 billion to be spent under this contract.
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Houston area partnership seeks to create park amenities at development

Kirby GroveThe Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority in Houston and developer Midway are working together on a public-private partnership that will lead to a multi-million-dollar makeover of the small urban Levy Park. The public partner is hopeful that the proceeds from the project will make the park self-sustaining.

 

Midway has signed a 99-year lease for two parcels of land around Levy Park in the Upper Kirby area. To be called Kirby Grove, the 270-unit residential tower (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) will feature outdoor deck space and a parking garage and nearly 250,000 square feet that can be used for office space. Also planned are ground-floor retail spaces and a restaurant.

 

Between $8 million and $10 million will be invested by the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, the area's tax reinvestment zone and owner of the park and adjacent property, to add landscaping, a performance pavilion and water features as well as expansion of the community garden and dog park. Construction on both the park renovation and Kirby Grove will begin in August and is projected to be completed by the following spring or summer.

 

Greenville accepts new, upgraded buildings at city airport

Greenville (Texas) City Council members recently voted to accept a $3.5 million building project at the municipal airport under an agreement with the Greenville Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and a defense contractor to build a new facility and renovate another building at Majors Field that GIDC will donate to the city once construction is completed.

 

The agreement calls for the contractor, L-3 Mission Integration, to renovate the main building by adding office space and a conference room, replacing the air conditioning system and upgrading the electrical system. The contractor also agreed to build a new 12,000-square-foot metal building to serve as a shipping and receiving depot for equipment and materials brought into the Multi-Sensor Test Facility and for paving and drainage upgrades around the two buildings.

 

The public-private partnership benefits the defense contractor, which will pay no taxes on the two building projects, and the city benefits from the improvements made at no cost on city-owned facilities, according to city officials. The new building and upgrades should be completed in May 2016.

 

P3 agreement could be possibility as Louisiana city studies new arena

Jamie MayoThe city of Monroe, Louisiana, has outgrown its 7,500-seat Civic Center arena. A recent study showed that the facility that once attracted top name entertainment is now too small and too old to attract top performers. The study indicates that the city has the potential to support a 9,000- to 10,000-seat arena.

 

The study shows that not only could such a center attract top entertainers, but it could also play host to major sporting events. Mayor Jamie Mayo (pictured) has in mind that a new arena might be the anchor of a development that includes cultural, recreational, entertainment and retail locations that would also help improve the local economy. The survey indicates that the demographics and market conditions favor such a project.

 

The next steps are to discuss whether the city's leaders believe Monroe should move forward with a plan and to work on funding for what is projected to be a nearly $84 million project. Should the city decide to build, the location of the new arena could be in a variety of areas, but the most favorable locations examined were all in the downtown area. 

 

Rutgers planning partnership to repurpose building for housing

The former home of the Rutgers University law school has sat vacant since 1999. Now the university plans to partner with Devco, a New Brunswick development firm, to restore the building and make it home to graduate students through apartment units. The school chancellor will be housed in a penthouse at the top of the building. Rutgers officials say they could not have done as big a project without the partnership with Devco. Rutgers will operate the building and students will lease apartments through the university. Rutgers will then make payments to Devco. The total project is expected to cost $95 million.

 

Rutgers officials say the marketplace seems to be accepting of public-private partnerships. As a result of the private financing, there will be more than $1 million invested to upgrade the building, including adding dishwashers in each unit, student lunches, a computer room and fitness area. The 674-bed facility will include furniture, security and utilities such as cable and Internet. Monthly payments are generally cheaper and students can enter into 12-month leases so they don't have to move out at the end of the semester. 

 

Public-private partnerships become increasingly popular for city of Birmingham

Chuck FaushA pair of public-private partnerships have the city of Birmingham taking advantage of willing partners to complete projects of importance to the city. Plans by Bayer Properties to redevelop the Pizitz property have the city looking at putting $5.1 million into the project. The developer bought the building for $1.6 million in 2000 and after Historic Redevelopment Tax Credits plans to redevelop the building into 155 living units, 11,000 square feet of office space and 21,000 square feet of retail space. Local officials are hoping it will lead to revitalization of the downtown area and thus are willing to discuss investing $1.9 million for infrastructure upgrades near the building and a $3.2 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan.

 

Additionally, the city is looking at the possibility of matching the Birmingham Rotary Club's $3.5 million to create a linear park as part of the Rotary Trail development. The Rotarians would reimburse the city, but needs the funding now to have enough on hand to meet construction costs.

 

"We've seen public-private partnerships expanded to an unprecedented level in recent memory," said Chuck Faush (pictured), chief of staff to the Birmingham mayor. He credited the success to partners "having greater understanding of shared visions."

  

P3 could help breathe new life into Pennsylvania mall building

A mall that is dying slowly could have new life breathed back into it through a public-private partnership (P3). At least that's what at least some of the Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) commissioners think. Foreclosure action is just around the corner for the Mall at Steamtown. A majority of the commissioners are hopeful a public-private partnership can be put together to give the mall a new future.

 

The county had a good outcome in working with a P3 between the county, its Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority and SWB Yankees LLC that resulted in a the county being assured of a future with professional baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania. Commissioners have noted the need for cooperation among the county, the mall developer who holds the note and the state and federal government. There is little hope that the mall can be successful continuing as a retail-only business, but some of the county officials had already been interested in buying a building for consolidation of county departments now occupying leased facilities. But if the mall facility is considered for that purpose, there are also considerations on costs of renovation. However, all agree that the mall needs to be self-sustaining to support the downtown area, and a partnership may be the only way to achieve that goal. 

  

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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 Joy Bonaguro.

 

Joy BonaguroA policy expert who is a specialist in information technology and open government, cyber security and privacy policy, data democratization, political and legal analysis, economic and statistical analysis, process improvement, system/service design and more, Joy Bonaguro (pictured) was recently named the city of San Francisco's first chief data officer. Bonaguro holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from Tulane University and a Master's of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkley. Bonaguro comes to her new job with the city from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, where she was involved in IT policy from 2011 to 2014. She held a variety of positions with the Greater New Orleans Data Center from 2002-2009 including intern, date support specialist, data and Web production coordinator, senior data support specialist, research analyst/interaction designer and information designer. Bonaguro is also a former policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and a graduate student researcher for the California Center for Innovative Transportation and UC, Berkeley. She also was a health IT intern for Cal eConnect and was a consultant with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. As chief data officer in San Francisco, she will be charged with standardizing the city's data policies across departments and making the city's data more user-friendly and accessible. She also will be responsible for establishing and managing data coordinators within individual city departments to develop and monitor data effort.

  

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People

 

Steven BanksJim HartmannJane FeldmanSteven Banks (top left), former high-ranking attorney with the Legal Aid Society and outspoken activist and litigator, has been chosen by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration. A new county manager with transit experience, Jim Hartmann (top center), has been hired by commissioners in Wake County, North Carolina, after serving as county manager in Seminole County, Florida and succeeding David Cooke who retired last fall. Jane Feldman (top right), the first and only director of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, is leaving that job at the end of the month, after serving five and one-half years. Carra Wallace has been named the new chief diversity officer for the city of New York, hoping to turn around the city's decreasing percentage of city money going to businesses owned by female and minority contractors. Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Beth Sellers says she is resigning after having served as deputy director since December 2011 because of potential conflict of interest issues involving a family member's lab consulting work. Dr. David Peterson, superintendent of the North Mason School District in Belfair, Washington, has been named E. Gordon Gee Gil Kerlikowske Estevan Lopez superintendent for the Nampa (Idaho) School District. E. Gordon Gee (bottom right), former president of Ohio State University and interim president of West Virginia University, has been named permanent president of the West Virginia institution. Gil Kerlikowske (bottom center), director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the job commonly known as "drug czar," has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate be the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission Director Estevan Lopez (bottom left) has been selected by President Barack Obama to run the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages dams, reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants across the West. Richfield (Minnesota) Public Schools has selected Steven Unowsky, current assistant superintendent with the St. Paul Public Schools, as its next superintendent, replacing Robert Slotterback, who is retiring. Greg Sparks, current city manager for the city of West Des Moines, Iowa, has accepted the position of city manager with the City of Eureka, California. Rochester, New York, has appointed interim Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, whose career with the department includes having served as commanding officer of the Special Operations Division, commander of Patrol Division West, a sergeant, a homicide investigator and a patrol office, as its permanent police chief.

 

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NASACT planning April Middle Management Conference

The National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers will hold its 2014 Middle Management Conference April 8-10 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City 84101. Some of the topics for the general sessions include Current Trends in Fraud, Leading Through Change and Transition and Restoring the Honor of Public Service. Also planned is a Hot Topics/Best Practices Roundtable that will include such offerings as records management and storage, innovative technology/methods that are being used to streamline audit/business processes, implementing specific performance metrics in the workplace and what is on your wish list to help you do your job better? Registration is now open and the agenda is available for viewing.

 
NASPO holding meeting on marketing to state governments

The National Association of State Procurement Officials will host its 2014 How to Market to State Governments Meeting, "Advancing Procurement Through Partnerships" March 16-18 in San Diego, California. The event will provide a unique opportunity for private-sector representatives to network with state procurement officials. There will be pre-scheduled, one-on-one partnering sessions with state procurement officials so suppliers to explain new products, answer questions and set the stage for a working relationship with the states. Attendees will also have access to an educational program that allows state procurement officials to get feedback from suppliers on improving the procurement process and gives suppliers an inside look at how to do better business with the states. There are sessions specifically for small and minority-owned business and ample opportunities for networking. Registration is now open and the agenda and more information are available.

 

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.
  
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