Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 3April 23, 2014
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America will remain a global power as long as its citizens are educated, tech savvy, innovative, entrepreneurial and creative. Those qualities are required today because the world is truly "flat."  


Commerce can originate anywhere in the world and serve the masses. And, because commerce is what drives job creation, revenue generation and economic prosperity, Americans want the new commerce to originate here. 


Government at every jurisdictional level has recognized the importance of encouraging entrepreneurs. There is a growing effort to encourage and incentivize startups but more support would be a good thing. Almost every major city in America has recognized the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and startup companies. Savvy business leaders are also aggressively supporting and assisting startups, especially technology startups. Sometimes industry and government work together, but not always.  




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Connecticut increase transportation funds
South Carolina addresses cybersecurity
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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Increased state funding to support Connecticut projects


Highway, bridge, rail upgrades to create jobs, boost commerce, mitigate traffic

James RedekerWith the I-84 corridor in Waterbury, Connecticut, as a backdrop, federal, state and local government officials recently touted highway, bridge and rail projects in the state that will result from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) 2024-2018 Transportation Capital Infrastructure Program. The I-84 corridor is one of the projects that will result from the program.


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called the five-year plan "ambitious," and one that would address infrastructure needs well into the future, stimulating the economy, increasing commerce and mitigating traffic congestion for daily commuters while creating jobs. Malloy's transportation budget for 2015 reflects a 165 percent increase in funding over 2010 levels, with $1.4 billion. The budget also ensures that State Transportation Fund money can only be used for transportation projects.


Neil O'Leary DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker (top) said that in addition to highway and bridge improvements, the capital plan calls for millions more in investments in the New Haven commuter rail line and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor.


The plan also expects to have $1.8 billion in the capital program funding this fiscal year for all modes of transportation. Included are $345 million for bus and rail and $1.4 billion for highway and bridge infrastructure. Among the projects are replacement of the I-84 Hartford viaduct, a bridge replacement on I-95 in New Haven, replacement of the Moses Wheeler Bridge on I-95 in Stratford, rehabilitation of the Putnam Bridge in Glastonbury and the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and operational improvements on I-95 in Norwalk.


Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary (bottom) said the project will reduce traffic congestion and make access to and from the city much easier. "As the city continues attracting new manufacturing businesses, efficient transportation will be vital," said O'Leary.


State officials say this investment in the state's infrastructure will create a positive flow of goods and services while creating jobs. 


Hacking has South Carolina tackling cybersecurity issues


State looking at spending $27 million to ensure secure taxpayer information

Nikki Haley Hacking of the state's tax collecting agency in 2012 has led the state of South Carolina to consider spending $27 million next fiscal year on cybersecurity. Included in that spending is adding another year of credit protection for those whose personal information was put at risk in the 2012 event.


That incident resulted in the theft of unencrypted data of 6.4 million residents and businesses from the state's Department of Revenue, the largest hacking of a state agency in the country, leading state officials to suggest cybersecurity standards across all state government.


Gov. Nikki Haley (pictured) said there is no reason for any state agency not to have IT protection. "To not have learned the lesson from the Department of Revenue would be a huge mistake," she said. Because each agency is responsible for its own security infrastructure, officials say there is duplication of effort that can be costly. The state has set aside $11 million this fiscal year for the Budget and Control Board for agencies to begin implementing cybersecurity recommendations made by a consulting firm.


The Board wants to spend $20.7 million next fiscal year for the second round of consulting recommendations, including $5.7 million for the 21-employee information security division and $6.1 million to expand and maintain the division's services. It is also seeking $8.7 million for computer upgrades and more data protection capabilities. 


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Frostburg State University in Maryland planning new campus security facility

Jonathan GibralterA new public safety building that is twice the size of the current security facility is being planned for Frostburg State University in Maryland. Officials said that funding will be received in Fiscal Year 2015 for planning and design of the building. The current 2,500-square-foot campus police station will be replaced by a new 5,500-square-foot building that will be located near the sports fields. FSU President Jonathan Gibralter (pictured) said the planning and design phase could begin in July and that it has already been approved by the Maryland Department of Budget Management and Maryland's House and Senate. Officials want the facility to be more visible so visitors to the campus, including students and their parents, will know that the university stresses safety. If the funding remains in the state budget, construction could begin in Fiscal Year 2016. The Maryland State Police will provide input on the building so that it will meet current law enforcement professionalism standards.


University of Alabama to renovate, expand admissions building

In addition to approving a $60 million arts center by the University of Alabama on the Bryce Hospital grounds, the university also has approved the renovation and expansion of the university's admissions building. That facility is east of the main hospital. The project, which carries a $20 million price tag, would provide for renovation of about half of the more than 123,000-square-foot building and adding another 26,000 square feet to the facility. This project is in addition to the state-of-the-art performing arts center for the Department of Theater and Dance. That facility will have a 350-seat drama theater, a 450-seat dance theater, a 250-seat studio theater and support spaces. The center is part of the university's plans for the hospital grounds that also includes academic and recreational facilities as well as residential buildings.


Washington State considers possible medical school in Spokane

Elson FloydCould a new medical school be in Washington State University's future? Officials say maybe, while realizing that the university would need the permission of the State Legislature to do so. But, a study to determine the feasibility of a medical school on the Spokane campus is being conducted, and costs and revenue sources to support construction are part of that study. As the nation's population increases, there is a greater need for doctors. "It's clear we need more primary care physicians," WSU president Elson Floyd (pictured) said. He said although the University of Washington has been instrumental in supplying doctors for the region, there may be a need for two medical schools. The feasibility study is due at the end of June. WSU has been working with the University of Washington School of Medicine to bring medical training to the WSU branch campus in Spokane, with about 40 first year and second year students participating in the program. WSU officials feel there is enough demand to enroll classes of 80 students per year in a new school.


New Jersey schools approved for $500 million for 1,600 projects

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority has announced that $500 million has been approved for the initial funding for about 1,600 projects throughout the state. The cost of the projects combined totals more than $1.2 billion. This marks the largest single funding approval in state history. The state funding rests with voter approval of the construction projects in 333 districts. The Schools Development Authority will contribute about $350,000 to four projects involving upgrades to climate and air conditioning at two schools. The funding from the state will pay for about 40 percent of the project costs. Grants would go to Allendale, McKenna, Alexandria Township, Cherry Hill Township, Hampton Township, Kingwood Township, Lindenwold, Lodi, Oakland and the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. The projects include roof, window and boiler replacements as well as security and technology upgrades, renovations to bathrooms and more.


Clemson University preparing for construction of new housing, dining hall

Joy MossPlans for new housing and dining facilities on the campus of Clemson University are moving forward after the first round of state approval of the university's Core Campus Plan. This part of the plan carries a $116.2 million price tag. The new construction, approved by the Joint Bond Review Committee, will replace Johnstone Hall and Harcombe Dining Hall. The early work on the project is expected to begin this summer, with opening scheduled for fall 2017. Final approval will be necessary before construction can begin. Joy Moss (pictured), director of business operations for University Housing and Dining, said the university will close Johnstone Hall and Harcombe Dining Hall and a mixed-use facility that includes housing, dining and possibly retail, will be built as a replacement. The residential housing will feature housing for 700 students. Initial design work has been completed. University Housing and Dining will pay for the project with revenue bonds and those funds will be paid back through fees students pay for housing.


North Dakota voters approve $39.5 million bond issue for schools

Voters in Minot, North Dakota, have approved a $35.9 million bond vote that will result in new construction, renovations and additions to district schools. The bond proceeds will be used to build a new elementary school and to build additions and perform renovations to Edison Elementary and Perkett Elementary. The bonds will also allow for the addition of safety and security enhancements throughout the district. Voters last December said no to a $125 million bond election that would have provided for new and remodeled schools. Although the new $35.9 million bond issue addresses current crowding in the elementary schools, it does not address future growth at higher grade levels. 


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South Carolina plans pilot program for using alternative fuel school buses

Wes Hayes In South Carolina, lawmakers have approved a state budget proposal that would result in public school districts being provided new buses that run on alternative fuels. But, the school districts will have to have a stake in the costs. The buses cost about $10,000 more than regular buses that run on gasoline. A pilot program would serve up to three districts. Lawmakers have agreed to a Senate compromise bill, according to Sen. Wes Hayes (pictured), that requires districts to pay the difference in the bus cost, pay for training of state-paid mechanics who will be working on the buses and maintain a local fuel source. The plan provides that 5-10 percent of what is in the state budget for new buses is designated for ones that use alternative fuels such as natural gas or propane. The education agency for the state buys, owns and maintains the school bus fleet of 5,500 buses. The fleet is among the oldest in the country with more than a quarter of them between 21-26 years old. 


Iowa city could be looking at replacing wastewater treatment plant

The city of Nora Springs, Iowa, has been advised by the state's Department of Natural Resources that it needs to be looking at replacing its wastewater treatment plant in the not-too-distant future. The DNR recently toured the plant, with the inspection leading to the recommendation. The current plant was built in 1959. Improvements totaling $2.5 million were made in 1999-2000 and other improvements have been made since then. The DNR did not offer a time deadline for replacing the plant, but has recommended the city continue to mitigate water getting into sewer lines and has also recommended hiring an engineer to evaluate the facility's treatment program. No estimates were given as to how much the replacement plant would cost.


Arkansas highways to begin $1.8 billion program of improvements statewide

Scott BennettA nearly $2 billion road improvement and widening program - the Connecting Arkansas Program - recently got under way in Arkansas. An event hosted by the Arkansas transportation department announced the program, funded by a half-cent sales tax approved in 2012 by state voters and that will expire in 2023. Scott Bennett (pictured), director of the state Highway and Transportation Department called it a "great day for Arkansas." Bennett said the program will not only connect different areas of the state with four-lane highways, but will also provide and sustain about 40,000 jobs throughout the state. Bennett also announced at the event that the portions of Interstate 540 and Highway 71 in western Arkansas have been approved by the federal government to be labeled as Interstate 49. Bennett said officials have been working on attaining that designation for several months. The new $2 billion program will begin with 31 projects, the first being a six-mile portion of the new Bella Vista Bypass in northwestern Arkansas. The bypass will be completed in phases and will result in construction of two lanes of what will be a nearly 20-mile, four lane interstate. The remainder of the projects will also feature widening and improvements to highways across the state. 


St. Louis feasibility study supports MetroLink station for Midtown

A recent feasibility study addressed the possible construction of a new MetroLink station in Midtown in St. Louis, Missouri. The station project would create a sustainable, walkable, 24/7 community and a center for job creation. Carrying a price tag of about $9 million, the project would also require $835,000 annually for its operation.  The project calls for a new station in the Cortex development near the intersection of Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street and would be the first addition since 2006. It is expected that a new Cortex station could handle about 900 passengers a day. with weekday ridership expected to increase to 1,400 to 1,900 by 2035. The $9.2 million costs include $6.2 million for the station and track alignment, $600,000 for a bike/trail station and $2.6 million for additional amenities. Before the project can start, funding must be identified and a report sent to the Federal Transportation Administration. Approval from the East West Gateway and environmental agencies is also required. 


Massachusetts approves $40 million for cities, towns to repair potholes

Deval PatrickThe long, wet winter in Massachusetts has made the state a pothole capital. To deal with the problem, the state has approved an allocation of $40 million for pothole repairs by cities and towns. In addition to pothole repair, the funds will also be used to repair street cracking and guardrail and sign damages. These government entities also will be able to use some of the funding for repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Officials say a formula will be used to allocate the funding, with $30 million based on a formula that governs state aid to cities and towns for road projects. The remaining $10 million will be used on state roads. The one-time program's projects, according to Gov. Deval Patrick (pictured), must be completed by September. The funding for the program will come from surpluses that were not anticipated. They are a result of the delay in the passage of the Transportation Bond Bill. 


Palo Alto hoping new garages can also be source of solar power for city

About those parking garages being considered in Palo Alto... City officials are looking for them not only to meet the city's parking needs, but also to generate electricity. The city is hopeful that a solar energy company will be interested in putting solar panels on the garages and then sell the energy that they generate to the city's Utilities Department. More than 130 companies received a request for proposals last month to see if there is interest in participating in the city's Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) program. The program would allow solar panel firms to sell energy to the city at a fixed rate over 20 years. It's part of the city's effort to keep its electric portfolio carbon neutral by using mostly energy created from hydroelectric, wind, landfill and solar sources. The city is looking into sites owned by the city that would be good for solar installations. Parking garages were deemed to be the best possibility. Energy providers would install and maintain the systems at their own expense and sell electricity to the city over a 20-year agreement. 


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  • Northern Alaska Contractors won a $2 million contract from the city of Unalaska, Alaska, for construction of a new 24-foot-wide bridge at the Summer Bay Recreational Area to replace the current 18-foot-wide existing wooden bridge.

  • Titan Roofing, Inc. won a $547,000 contract from the city of New York to do work on the Cayuga County Auburn Correctional Facility, including roofing the facility with an adhered ethylene propylene diene monomer roofing system on one of its buildings.
  • Bouten Construction Co. was awarded a $43.7 million contract from the Port of Pasco, Washington, commissioners for a remodeling project of the Tri-Cities Airport terminal aimed at doubling the terminal's size.

  • Michael Baker Jr. Inc. engineering firm won a $4.2 million contract from Amtrak for construction management and inspection services as part of the state's passenger rail improvement projects in and around the Capital Region. The firm will oversee the construction of a second track between Albany and Schenectady, platform extensions and a fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer CDTA train station and signal and crossing improvements on the Empire Corridor between Rensselaer and Poughkeepsie.

  • D.H. Porter Enterprises won a contract worth up to $1.7 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical services.

  • Quality Excavation LTD was awarded a $1 million contract by the Allen (Texas) City Council for the Bray Central Drive widening project, leading to widening in phases of the two-lane roadway between Exchange Parkway and Hopewell Drive.

  • Mathy Construction won a $1.07 million contract from Black Hawk County (Iowa) for a paving contract to resurface five miles of road, including putting an asphalt surface on Wagner Road from West Cedar-Wapsi Road north to Marquis Road at the Bremer County line and resurfacing West Cedar-Wapsi Road between Raymond and Canfield roads.

  • Ferguson Electric Construction and Quality Inspection Services won contracst worth more than $20 million from the New York Power Authority for the Niagara hydroelectric project. Ferguson Electric won a $19 million, seven-year contract to install auxiliary equipment as part of an ongoing upgrade of Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant and Quality Inspection Services was awarded a $1.25 million, five-year contract for on-call testing and inspection services at the Niagara project.

  • Buquet LeBlanc Inc. won a $5.25 million construction contract to add a ninth-grade academy to Central High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Ed A. Wilson won a $1,147,603.37 contract from Kaufman County, Texas, to build a regional dispatch center within the Armory building on S Houston Street.

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NCDOT awards first P3 contract for I-77 project near Charlotte

Mike HolderThe first "taker" in North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) efforts toward a public-private partnership (P3) to improve traffic flow on a portion of I-77 near Charlotte has been announced. Cintra Infraestructure, S.A. had the successful bid and will construct the project as part of a consortium that includes F.A. Southeast, W.C. English and design firm The Louis Berger Group. The state is using the P3 method for the project in hopes of using private-sector capital to lessen the burden on the state and to help see projects completed quicker.


Cintra officials estimate the cost of the project along a 26-mile stretch of the Interstate to be $655 million. Cintra will provide the up-front money needed to finance the project in exchange for toll revenue that will be realized from the managed lanes project. NCDOT's financial portion of the project will be $88 million. With the agreement expected to be signed in June, construction could start in December. A 2018 completion date is planned.


NCDOT Chief Engineer Mike Holder (pictured) said P3s and other innovative financing options "are vital to keep up with growth and infrastructure needed to strengthen the economy despite declining transportation revenue from traditional sources." The project will convert current high-occupancy-vehicle lanes to managed lanes and adding capacity to the roadway. Motorists will have the option of paying a toll if they choose to avoid high-traffic areas of the road.


Georgia county exploring possibility of using public-private partnerships

Barrow County (Georgia) commissioners are looking into the possibility of using public-private partnerships for providing specific government services. County Manager Randall Dowling supports the P3 model as a way of having qualified staff perform certain duties of the county while saving money now and in the future. He has noted in the past that finding qualified individuals to lead multiple departments is an ongoing problem and the county should explore contracting out multiple departments.


The county is currently looking for individuals to fill six managerial positions. When officials hired a consultant to study the feasibility of using a P3, the consultant reported a proposal from one private-sector firm that could save the county $3 million to $4.2 million over six years. Among the departments that officials say might be contracted out are engineering, building and grounds, roads and bridges, fleet management, wastewater, storm water, animal control, finance, information technology and property tax assessments. If the county moves forward, officials would seek requests for qualifications in May, conduct interviews in July and award a contract by September. Implementing the contract would then take 30-60 days.


Public-private partnership to lead to revitalization of downtown area

Hospital ReplacementWatertown, New York, is trying to rebuild and revitalize its long-dormant downtown area - and officials are turning to a public-private partnership for one major project. The Mercy Hospital complex, which has long stood as a decaying reminder of the impending death of the downtown area, is about to rise like the Phoenix. The COR Development Co. is hoping to bring life back into the site, starting with the demolition of the five buildings on the medical complex.


Construction will likely not begin on the 40,000-square-foot commercial/retail space (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) that will also feature up to 200 modern apartments on the upper floors. The $70 million investment is expected to create up to 700 jobs. The project will include private capital as well as seed money from the state. The state is justifying its investment in the project because the new facility will help alleviate the local housing shortage. This public-private partnership is thus responding to market conditions by adding housing. And COR is joining a number of private developers moving toward redevelopment of city centers. Because the facility is mixed-use, it will feature retail establishments such as restaurants and small service shops that are expected to bring residents back to the downtown area.


Indiana zoo looks to public-private partnership for expansion, upgrades

Officials and supporters of Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden in Evansville, Indiana, are hoping a public-private partnership can help them come up with enough funds for expansion and upgrades at the nearly century-old local zoo. Attendance has fallen off in recent years, resulting in less revenue available for needs. Government-owned and operated, the zoo operates on a budget of more than $4 million, but last year, the facility only took in revenue of a little over $1 million. Zoo officials note that attendance has apparently dropped because zoo visitors are waiting and expecting to see new exhibits. The zoo is about to launch a capital campaign to raise funds to fund new exhibits and features. Zoo officials note that about 80 percent of zoos in North America operate with a public-private partnership governance model. Under those scenarios, the city contributes as a partner and a nonprofit manages and operates it. The upside is that the cost to the zoo itself is lessened and much of the risk is transferred to the partner.   


Public-private partnership will help complete renovations in Massachusetts

Marty JonesRenovations to the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette building in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, will result from a public-private partnership. MassDevelopment is providing financing of more than $16.2 million, including a $12 million New Markets Tax Credits subsidy and more than $4.2 million in direct loans to New Garden Park, Inc., an affiliate of the Worcester Business Development Corp. The renovations to the 135,000-square-foot facility will become the home to Quinsigamond Community College's urban campus for its Allied Health Services and Workforce Training and Employment programs.


Officials are hopeful this project will be the beginning of additional downtown development. "The renovation of the former T&G building is an excellent example of transformative development - revitalizing urban sites in the downtowns of our Gateway Cities to spur activity and growth," said MassDevelopment president and CEO Marty Jones (pictured). The city will provide $2.5 million for the project through its U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 108 Loan Program. The city also will provide a $250,000 grant and a $250,000 loan through its Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund to assist in the remediation of the property.


The building's plans also call for a business incubator, a cafe, a black box theater and professional office space. MassDevelopment participated in the primary financing for this project along with seven other financial participants. Other funding will come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Property and Casualty Initiative.  


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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 Randy Avent. 


Randy AventRandy K. Avent (pictured), associate vice chancellor for research development at North Carolina State University, has been named as the first president of Florida Polytechnic University, scheduled to open this fall as Florida's 12th public university. When the university opens in August, it will have about 500 students and will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree from North Carolina State University, Avent returned to UNC Chapel Hill and earned his Ph.D. Avent served as a member of the staff of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1986-1996. He was a group leader at the lab from 1996 to 2002. In 2005, Avent was named vice president of BBN Technologies, a position he held for a year. From 2006 to 2009, Avent was an associate technology officer at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and from 2009 to 2011, he was chief scientist for the Basic Science Office, ODDR&E Research Directorate. He was chosen as associate vice chancellor for research development and professor of computer science at North Carolina State University in 2011. Avent's appointment to the Florida Polytechnic presidency is subject to confirmation by the state university's Board of Governors.  


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Pamela AntilWillis MackeyKevin JohnsonPalo Alto Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil (top left), who has served in that capacity since 2010 and prior to that was assistant city manager in Novi and Ann Arbor, Michigan, will leave her job this month to take a similar job in San Jose. Willis Mackey (top center), superintendent of the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year, closing out an education career of 30 years including being superintendent in the Port Arthur ISD and assistant superintendent in Beaumont ISD. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (top right) was recently sworn in as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, replacing Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona, who resigned to run for governor of that state. Chris Ragsdale, the Cobb County (Georgia) school district's deputy superintendent of operational support, has been named sole finalist for interim superintendent, to replace Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who is resigning May 31 to move back to Dallas. Prince George's County (Maryland) County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has announced he will leave the public sector to return to the private sector in April to return to his private federal contracting company he has owned for 20 years. Kathleen Meagher, Palo Alto's director of elementary education since 2010 and former Duveneck Elementary principal, is leaving Palo Alto to take a job as director of secondary education for the Arlington Public Schools outside Washington, D.C. Officials in New Port Richey, Florida, have taken nearly a year Debbie Manns Rick Homans Lindsay Bierman to name Debbie L. Manns (bottom right), assistant city manager in Clayton, Ohio, since 2006 with 25 years of government experience as city manager, city administrator, housing rehabilitation administrator, economic development technician and community development director as the new city manager. Spaceport America Director Rick Homans (bottom center) recently announced his resignation, saying he'd been ordered to do so by the Gov. Susana Martinez administration after serving as chair of the spaceport board from 2005 to 2007 and serving briefly as executive director in 2007. Lindsay Bierman (bottom left), an architect and editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, has been elected chancellor for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, beginning Aug. 1 and succeeding James Moeser, who has served as interim chancellor since John Mauceri left that post last June. Donald (Guy) Generals Jr., vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, has been named president of the Community College of Philadelphia, effective July 1. Russell Pickett, superintendent of the Tenino School District in Tenino, Washington, has been chosen as the next superintendent of the Monroe School District, where the current superintendent is retiring. The Austin (Texas) Independent School District board has chosen the district's Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz as the interim superintendent, to replace Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who has accepted the superintendent job in the Atlanta (Georgia) Public Schools.


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NASCIO plans 2014 Midyear Conference for May 6-9 in Baltimore

"Bringing It All Together: Mapping the Journey" is the theme of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) 2014 Midyear Conference. This year's conference is set for May 6-9 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will feature educational sessions and numerous opportunities for networking and relationship-building. There will be a networking roundtable to discuss CIO priorities and a session on how to improve the privacy, security and convenience of sensitive online transactions. Leveraging cloud procurement will be the topic for another session along with a session on innovations for creating the state IT workforce for today and the future. Registration is now open and the agenda is available.


NASPO's Eastern Region Meeting planned for Atlantic City May 4-6

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has scheduled its 2014 Eastern Region Meeting for May 4-6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Among the topics for the event are contract negotiations, RFP writing and more. The draft agenda is available.


AGC Federal Contractors Conference set in June in Washington, D.C.

The Associated General Contractors of America Federal Contractors Conference is planned for June 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event is billed as the only national event where AGC contractors and federal agency personnel can meet in a collaborate forum to review federal construction contracting issues from around the United States. Top decision-makers from federal agencies with large construction programs will be in attendance. The event is designed for anyone engaged in any aspect of constructing, designing or planning a federal project and who is a general contractor, specialty contractor, service/supplier, attorney or any other stakeholder already engaged in the federal market. The conference will serve as a venue for discussion of federal agency construction budgets, public-private partnerships, source selection, safety, BIM, and sustainable building trends. Registration is now open.


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