Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 48March 26, 2014
Another sign of changing times!

Cities are aggressively investing in LED lighting. They can immediately reap significant savings, use less energy, provide better lighting and be applauded for the environmental benefits.


It's hard for public officials not to jump on this bandwagon.


Described as technology for "smart cities of the future," light-emitting diodes, generally referred to as LEDs, are 50 percent more energy efficient and they last considerably longer. 


In fact, LED bulbs can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years - three times longer than the old fashioned bulbs that appear in most streetlights.




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$1.8 billion to nation's housing authorities
Ohio governor has capital improvement plan
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
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Housing authorities to share $1.8 billion in HUD funds


To create large-scale improvement projects for many contractors nationwide

Shaun DonovanLarge-scale improvements such as roof replacements, energy-efficiency upgrades and replacement of plumbing and electrical systems will be made to improve and preserve public housing throughout the country thanks to the award of nearly $1.8 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Some 3,100 public housing authorities nationwide will benefit from the funding.


The largest share of the award goes to the state of New York, where more than 80 public housing authorities will share $347.4 million in funding. All 50 of the states as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories received funding. View the funding by housing authority and state.


HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (pictured) called the funding "critically important" to public housing agencies seeking to provide the best possible housing for their residents. Although this recent funding amount is not enough to meet a growing backlog of capital needs, Donovan pledged that "HUD will be working closely with the Congress to expand efforts to generate approximately $6 billion in private investment for the recapitalization of public housing."


The other states receiving the largest piece of the funding pie include Illinois with $118.5 million, Pennsylvania with $117.4 million, Texas receiving $70.9 million, followed by California with $69.7 million and Ohio with $75.2 million.


This round of funding comes from HUD's Capital Fund Program that provides annual funding for construction, repair, renovation or modernization of public housing through 3,100 public housing authorities. A HUD study in 2011 revealed that the nation's 1.1 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs. These costs go beyond routine maintenance. The 2011 Rental Assistance Demonstration strategy offers long-term solutions to preserve and enhance the nation's affordable housing inventory, including leveraging public and private funding to make much-needed improvements.


HUD has made awards to 60,000 public and assisted housing units in more than 340 different projects across the country. Through these awards, housing authorities have proposed to generate approximately $3 billion in capital repairs by leveraging private debt and equity, which will preserve or replace distressed units.


Ohio capital improvement plan would invest $135 million


Governor's proposal addresses higher education upgrades, arts funding

Mayor JacksonCleveland State University in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and the Cuyahoga Community College could receive $65 million in funding for capital improvement projects from Gov. John Kasich's capital improvement plan that would cover the next two years. Numerous arts-related projects in the Cleveland area would also benefit. A total of $135 million for capital improvement projects is included in the plan. View a list of all of the planned allocations here


Included in the Cuyahoga Community College projects are $7 million for structural concrete repairs and $2.9 million for roof repair and replacements. Among the Cleveland State University projects funded are $9 million for Engaged Learning Laboratories and $4 million for main classroom renovations. Elsewhere in the state, another $65 million is proposed for higher education spending, with the largest amounts set aside for work at Kent State University, Lakeland Community College, Lorain Community College and the University of Akron.


In addition to the higher education funding, several cultural asset projects in the Greater Cleveland area would be funded. Among them are $2.5 million for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, $2 million for the Cleveland Museum of Art and $1.1 million for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "These projects will help us fulfill our larger vision of building a sustainable future for Cleveland and will build on the significant investment that is taking place in Cleveland," said Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured). "The state funds will help us continue the positive momentum we have as a region."


Other work that would be funded throughout the state includes at marinas, parks and walkways. The plan funds much-needed repairs and maintenance. 


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Lexington officials want tax increase to fund Rupp Arena upgrades

Jim GrayLexington, Kentucky, officials are trying to convince the state legislature to allow the city to increase its local hotel tax. The proceeds from the increase would go toward funding updates to Rupp Arena, home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team. The House recently approved the proposal. The Senate has taken a less than open-armed approach to the $310 million project, which would also build a new convention center near Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington. Senators are looking for more details before throwing their support behind the project. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (pictured) cited how the project would help job activity that would benefit the entire state. "Anyone who needs evidence that this plan will work should look north to Columbus, Ohio," Gray said, where that city created 10,000 jobs around its new Nationwide Arena. "This is one of Kentucky's best economic development projects and we are eager to get started." Lexington officials are seeking an increase in the hotel tax from 6 to 8.5 percent. That increase would generate an additional $3.5 million in tax revenue each year. The House has already added a $65 million bond for Rupp Arena and the convention center in its $20.3 billion biennial budget. The Senate has yet to roll out its version of the budget.


Missouri State to renovate buildings to be used for student housing

Two buildings with historical ties to Springfield will be renovated by Missouri State University to provide student housing for older students. Kentwood Hall was originally a premier hotel that was built in 1926 and had guests that included Harry Truman and Grouch Marx. Sunvilla Tower was built in 1963 and was a very popular apartment location. The university plans to put $1.8 million in improvements into Kentwood Hall and another $1 million in renovations at the 19-story Sunvilla Tower. Kenwood has been used as student housing since it was bought by the university in 1984. Renovations there will include new carpeting, plumbing repairs and increased fire protection. The Sunvilla Tower, bought in 1976, has provided 89 one- and two-bedroom student apartments. Among the upgrades will be a new fire suppression system, new drapes, furniture and paint.


Ten school buildings to benefit from $12 million capital improvement program

Karry MulllinsTen school buildings in the Binghamton (New York) City School District will benefit from a $12 million capital improvement plan approved recently by voters. Among the improvements for the schools include new roofs, drainage systems and security updates. Of that amount for the plan, $900,000 will come from the district's reserve fund and the remainder will come from the state. Assistant Superintendent Karry Mullins (pictured) said the 77 percent voter approval of the project shows "we have a very supportive community that understands that we need to maintain our buildings." Mullins said the overwhelming victory showed there also is interest in moving forward to improve the security for buildings in the district. The security upgrades are expected to begin in December, with maintenance projects set for summer 2015.


North Carolina school district to build six schools in 10 years

County commissioners in Onslow County, North Carolina, recently approved a $145 million capital improvement plan that will result in six new schools being built over 10 years. The plan commissioners approved would allow the school district to maintain a fund balance not to exceed 8 percent. The school board had asked for 16 percent. Commissioners also were discussing the possibility of using a sales tax to help pay for the plan. But the commission does not have that authority and a sales tax would require the school board and the Board of Commissioners to petition the state for a sales tax to help defray educational costs. If approved, the plan would allow construction to begin on a new Dixon Middle School in May of next year. Other new schools include Richlands, West Central and New Southern Elementary Schools. Expansions are planned for Midwest and Northwoods Park middle schools, which would be completed by 2025.




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Savannah Harbor deepening project to get $35 million in funding

Nathan DealThe Savannah Harbor in Georgia will be deepened from 42 to 47 feet when an additional $35 million in funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is approved by Gov. Nathan Deal (pictured). "Lawmakers across Georgia recognize that improving the Savannah Harbor is critically important to the continued economic health of this state and region," Deal said. The dredging is necessary to accommodate the increased number of large vessels that will be traveling down the Panama Canal following the completion of its expansion next year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that the deepening project will help reduce shipping costs for private companies by $174 million per year as vessels carrying more cargo at a lower rate enter the port. Approved by the environmental protection agency, fish and wildlife service and the national marine fisheries service, the project is expected to cost a total of $652 million. In addition to deepening the channel, the harbor expansion will also include general navigation improvements, such as wider channel turns and a larger turning basin.


Road construction in Kentucky could get $4.5B over next two years

A road bill approved by the Kentucky House budget committee will allocate $4.5 billion to road construction in the state over the next two years. The plan includes $1.26 billion in state funds and $2.5 billion in federal money. The state funding includes an extra $107 million from revenues from a gas tax hike approved by House Democrats.


Study shows passenger rail in Louisiana could support eventual regular services

Mitch LandrieuA recent feasibility study indicates that a passenger train linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge could grow into a regular service. The initial plan would be to use existing track for the train and have stops between the two cities with two daily trips. If things go as well as planned, the service could become full-time service with a possible station near the New Orleans International Airport. "By working with a broad coalition of partners, this feasibility study shows that passenger rail in south Louisiana is possible," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (pictured). Landrieu said passenger rail will cut travel time, reduce traffic congestion, attract economic development for the region and create new jobs. The project would require a capital investment of about $262 million, with federal funds accounting for 80 percent of the total. Up-front costs could be reduced by leasing instead of buying trains. The project also suggests upgrades to rail infrastructure owned by Kansas City Southern and Canadian National to provide safer movement of goods and passengers.  


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  • Tyler Technologies won a $1.8 million contract from the city of Henderson, Nevada, to replace the city's permitting, licensing and land management software system. The company will also receive $150,000 for annual support and maintenance.
  • Corman Construction Co. was awarded a $30.8 million contract from the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board for improvements to Fall Hill Avenue. The design-build contract includes construction of a new four-lane bridge on Fall Hill Avenue over Interstate 95, widening of Fall Hill Avenue to a four-lane divided highway from Carl D. Silver Parkway to a roundabout adjacent to the Fall Hill Avenue bridge over the Rappahannock Canal at the proposed intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and the extension of Mary Washington Blvd. from its terminus north of U.S. 1 to the roundabout intersection with Fall Hill Avenue new the Rappahannock Canal bridge.
  • Garney Construction won a $92.9 million construction contract from the Tarrant Regional Water District in Texas for a $2.3 billion pipeline designed to bring more water to the area from East Texas.
  • Sierra Nevada Construction won a $4.8 million contract with the city of South Lake Tahoe for the Harrison Avenue project that will rebuild Harrison and Riverside avenues as well as Modesto, San Francisco, Tallac, Alameda and San Jose avenues between Harrison and Riverside. The roads will get sidewalks, lighting, parking, landscaping and storm water drainage upgrades. A bike trail will run on Harrison from Los Angeles Avenue to Modesto and then along Modesto, Riverside and San Jose back to Harrison.
  • Science Applications International Corp. was awarded a follow-on task order by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to provide professional and engineering support services to the Army Aviation & Missile Research Development & Engineering Center Software Engineering Directorate. The single-award task order has a three-year period of performance and a total contract value of more than $836 million.
  • West Coast Contractors won a $3.5 million construction contract from the city of Henderson, Nevada, for the McCullough Vista Park that will include multi-use activity fields, open play areas, basketball courts, pathways and restrooms.
  • Lockwood, Andrews & Newman Inc. won a $1,001,269 contract from the city of Kyle, Texas, for construction on Goforth Road from Interstate 35 to Bunton Creek Road.
  • Jensen Construction was awarded a nearly $17 million contract from the Oklahoma State Transportation Commission for road improvements in Wagoner County, including reconstruction of the Oklahoma 51 bridge.
  • Siemens won a $225 million contract from a consortium of state Departments of Transportation, led by the Illinois DOT, to build 32 diesel-electric locomotives for the Multi-State passenger rail locomotive procurement for DOTs from Illinois, California, Michigan, Washington and Missouri. The project includes options for an additional 225 locomotives.
  • C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. was awarded an $18.8 million contract from the Georgia Department of Transportation for widening of State Route 20 from Samples Road to James Burgess Road in Forsyth County. The 2.75-mile project will widen the now two-lane route to a four-lane divided highway with sidewalks.
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Massachusetts considers public-private partnership for transportation

In Massachusetts, where like other areas of the country, revenues are tight, officials are considering the use of public-private partnerships as a mean of shoring up the state's transportation system. The capacity on Route 3 is in desperate need of expansion and public-private partnerships could provide an answer.


Among the considerations are the addition of new toll lanes along the highway, leasing state land along highways and building a third bridge over the Cape Cod Canal. The state would lease land to a private partner, who would be responsible for designing and building the roadway. The private partner would then collect tolls and recoup its costs of building and maintaining the road. Officials estimate the cost of adding a lane in each direction from Braintree to the Route 53 exit to be $400 million. It would require the modification of 15 bridges.


Officials are reportedly working on a bidding process for selection of a partner. Sen. Robert Hedlund (pictured) called the proposal "interesting." And, at no cost to the taxpayer, Hedlund added, "It's a way to add some capacity that otherwise won't be built in our lifetime." 


City in Texas approves P3 deal for new neighborhood park

The city of Frisco, Texas, recently approved agreements with private partners that will lead to the development of a 12-acre neighborhood park. The park will include sporting event practice fields.


The city has chosen a private-sector partner, Hillwood Residential Services LP, which will result in a savings of $200,000 to $300,000 on the development of the park. 


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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 Mitchell Silver. 


Mitchell SilverMitchell Silver (pictured) has been named head of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Previously the Planning and Development Officer and Planning Director for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, Silver has worked in Raleigh since 2005. A former president of the American Planning Association from 2011 to 2013, Silver earned his bachelor's degree from Pratt Institute and a master's in urban planning from Hunter College. Silver previously served as the Manhattan Borough President's Urban Planning, Design and Policy specialist in New York, was director of the Manhattan Borough Presidents Northern Manhattan office and was a city planner in the New York City Department of City Planning. He has through the years made the expansion of parks and open space a central part of his planning vision for sustainable, healthy and livable cities. Silver is also a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a principal at Mitchell Silver and Associates, where he offers services in project management, neighborhood planning, best practices and implementation strategies. The long-time planner has served as deputy director for the Office of Planning in Washington, D.C., and was business administrator for the Township of Irvington, New Jersey, where he focused on township policy and procedures, crisis management, negotiating contracts and addressing constituent complaints.

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Keone KaliSheri Noren EvertsJohn OvertonKeone Kali (top left), Deputy CIO of Operations in the Office of Information Management and Technology, was recently confirmed by the Hawaii Senate as the state's new CIO, to replace Sonny Bhagowalia, who was promoted to chief adviser for technology and cybersecurity. Sheri Noren Everts (top center), provost at Illinois State University, will take over the post of chancellor of Appalachian State University on July 1, succeeding Kenneth Peacock, who is stepping down after nine years. John Overton (top right), finance director for the city of Mount Airy for more than two decades, has been chosen as director of financial and information services for the city of Lexington, North Carolina, replacing Terra Greene, who was name assistant city manager. Adrianne Salas, who has been with the Alamogordo Public Schools district for 23 years, as executive director of schools for the last three and recently appointed assistant superintendent, will now hold the title of district superintendent. Bob Jensen, who began working for the Wyoming Business Council 10 years ago and was named chief executive officer in 2007, has announced he is stepping down. Beth Bresnahan, who previously served as the Massachusetts State Lottery's assistant executive director and marketing and communications director, has been named head of the lottery, replacing Paul Sternburg, who resigned to work as a consultant in the lottery field. Dr. Corey Lunn (bottom Corey Lunn Randy Baldemor Heather Beck right), who has served seven years as a school superintendent, the last three years with the Stillwater (Minnesota) Area Schools, has been named as the new superintendent of the Johnston Community School District. Randy Baldemor (bottom center), former deputy director of the Hawaii Department of Taxation with 12 years of diverse business experience, has been named the state's Deputy Chief Information Officer. Heather Beck (bottom left), chief academic officer of Jeffco Public Schools in Jefferson County, Colorado, will be the next superintendent of the Lake Oswego (Oregon) School District, replacing Superintendent Bill Korach, who is retiring in June. Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has been named by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to an unpaid position on the board of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which oversees hunting, freshwater fishing, boating and other activities. The city of Miami's chief financial officer, Daniel Alfonso, has been named the new city manager for the city, the fifth city manager since Mayor Tomas Regalado took office in 2009. James Linder, a former faculty member at the University of Nebraska and former senior associate advising the university president on innovation and economic competiveness and current chief medical officer at Roche Diagnostics Hematology of Boston, has been named interim president of the university, replacing outgoing President J.B. Milliken, who has been named chancellor of City University of New York.


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Federal Business Council to host government procurement conference
The Federal Business Council will host the 24th Annual Government Procurement Conference at the Washington D.C. Convention Center on Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Annual Government Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the federal government, its prime contractors and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone and women-owned businesses. More than 3,000 government and private sector attendees participate, as well as hundreds of small business and government exhibitors. Among the topics for the conference are: Federal Contracting 101, Opportunity for Woman-Owned Small Businesses, Subcontracting with Prime Contractors, Strategic Sourcing and Understanding RFPs. A portion of this event is dedicated to MatchMaking appointments which offer small businesses the chance to sit down one-on-one with federal, state and local small business advocates and prime contractors to discuss what their business can do to support each agency's goals. Registration is open and the agenda is available.
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