|Volume 6, Issue 1||April 9, 2014|
How about that drinking water?
Here's a subject most citizens don't like discussing, but perhaps it's time. One method of solving the country's water problems - recycling of waste water - is getting lots of visibility. Some call it "toilet to tap," but that's a bit harsh. This particular process is perfectly safe, but most don't like the concept.
Recycled water purification is becoming a common solution to water shortages caused by droughts in western states. The process takes water already processed through sewage treatment and converts it into potable water through additional processing and purification methods.
The trend of recycled waste water purification originated in California. It was something state and regional leaders adopted because there was simply not enough water supply for the state.
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|Pennsylvania adds hundreds more transportation projects|
More than 900 highway, bridge network improvements planned in state this year
They're doing something right in Pennsylvania! While other states are at a loss for state funding for transportation needs and the federal funding faucet has been reduced to a trickle, Pennsylvania officials recently announced an additional 250 transportation projects that will begin this year.
And, it's all thanks to the state's new transportation plan. As a result of the bill signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett (pictured), at least $2.1 billion will be earmarked for the state's network of bridges and highways. That's $600 million more than would have been invested without the bill. The state is looking at more than 900 projects that will start this year. And 18,000 new jobs are expected this year alone.
"This plan is creating safer roads, bridges and transit systems while at the same time saving 12,000 jobs and creating 50,000 new ones over the next five years," said Corbett. "We are putting these transportation investments to work quickly as we strive to build a stronger Pennsylvania both now and in the future."
According to the Governor's Office, some of the projects slated include:
- Resurfacing more than 142 miles of roads in northwestern Pennsylvania;
- Rehabilitating the Birmingham Bridge in Pittsburgh;
- Resurfacing and bridge preservation on the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton
- Rehabilitating the Spring Garden Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia;
- Resurfacing the Trexlertown bypass in Lehigh County; and
- Resurfacing more than 145 miles of roads in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Corbett also ordered an internal review of PennDOT procedures that has already resulted in recurring savings of $100 million per year.
In addition to the state benefitting from Act 89, local governments and transit services also reap benefits. Nearly 50 transit projects that would not otherwise have been started will this year move into the design stage and some could even begin construction. Additionally, liquid fuels reimbursements were increased by $25 million, helping local governments improve their roads and bridges. That figure will increase to about $220 million over the next five years. Local governments, too, can qualify for a program in which the state will pay 50 percent of the costs of coordinating and improving traffic signals to mitigate traffic congestion.
"These improvements are starting without delay and the benefits of our plan are now on display in every corner of Pennsylvania," said Corbett.
|Boston, Miami Beach consider convention center upgrades|
Bean Town issue exceeds $1.1 billion; Florida city seeks $500 million renovation
Two major American cities are considering overhauls of their convention centers, with a total price tag for the two exceeding $2 billion.
In Boston, state lawmakers this week will consider a $1.1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. And, in Miami Beach, city officials are already considering negotiations with an architect to begin $500 million in improvements to their convention center.
Looking to increase the size of the Boston facility, the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets will meet Thursday to discuss financing for the Boston facility improvements. Plans are to use revenue from the current hotel occupancy tax to back bonds that would be issued for construction. Officials not only see upgrades to the facility as a way to attract larger national and international conventions to the city, but also to boost the regional economy and create new jobs.
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is the largest exhibition center in the Northeast United States, with some 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space. Last month, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority issued a request for qualifications from parties interested in developing, financing, constructing and operating a headquarters hotel project on two Massport-owned parcels located along Summer Street in immediate proximity to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
In Miami Beach, city officials already are negotiating with an architectural firm to draw up plans for $500 million in renovations to the Miami Beach Convention Center. A similar proposal was aired last year, but that renovation carried a $1 billion price tag. This new proposal has trimmed the costs by half. The old plan included adding a headquarters hotel, shops and restaurants, new public spaces and possibly even new housing on the site. A public-private partnership would help pay for the more expensive project by leasing out its land to private developers. That plan was dumped for the current proposal that uses money on hand in the city coffers from a bond, a special taxing district and a new hotel tax.
|North Carolina forms new economic development agency|
Based on public-private partnership to help recruit new businesses to state
A draft version of a bill that was approved by a joint legislative committee creating a public-private economic development agency in North Carolina was called "a good starting point" by the bill's author, North Carolina Sen. Harry Brown (pictured). The nonprofit corporation will handle business recruiting functions for the state.
The bill would create the state's first public-private economic development agency and was heard by the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee. After ironing out some questions regarding ethics, transparency and salaries, the joint committee unanimously approved the draft version. However, officials note it will take some more hammering out before the bill is ready to be sent to the General Assembly next month for debate.
Before the proposed nonprofit corporation gets started, it must raise $10 million in private funds to pay operational costs. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration have been pushing the public-private partnership method as a better approach to recruit new business and help existing businesses expand. To ensure credibility, the corporation's employees and board members would be required to adhere to the restrictions and reporting requirements of the State Ethics Act. Other requirements regarding ethics are still under study.
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has been approved to operate as a tax-exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) federal code. The corporation could also contract with the state's Commerce Department to use public funds to recruit companies and to market the state as a business and tourist destination.
"North Carolina is starting to see signs of economic recovery, and this new partnership will strengthen our state's recruiting efforts and increase efficiency," said McCrory.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Washington State school district preparing for construction bond vote
Voters in the Sequim School District in Washington State are attending forums in advance of an April 22 bond election. The vote seeks passage of a $154 million bond package aimed at construction projects. The $154,325,000 bond proposal would provide for construction of a new elementary school, remodeling and renovation of the high school and two elementary schools and construction of a new athletic complex.
UNLV studying options for possible new football stadium with 60,000 seats
Market research and community surveys have led a consultant to recommend a new 60,000-seat football stadium for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The multi-purpose stadium recommended will include three tiers of premium seating. The 1 million-square-foot stadium would also include up to 2,000 club seats, 30 loge boxes and 60 luxury seats. The cost estimate for the proposed facility will be offered to UNLV officials probably next month, with funding models and the result of a feasibility study expected by June. The university's Campus Improvement Authority Board has been working with a consultant to draft recommendations for a new stadium. Survey respondents heavily favored a new stadium to replace the Boyd Stadium, which is eight miles from the main campus. "This is a unique opportunity to create events that we haven't even thought of before," said Don Snyder (pictured), UNLV acting president and stadium authority chairman. The consulting firm has estimated that a new stadium could attract up to 48 new events to Las Vegas. UNLV officials are planning a trip to Texas next month to visit with officials and developers there who built the new Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, the Dallas Cowboys' new AT&T Stadium and Baylor University's new McLane Stadium in Waco. They will discuss how the developers built and funded those stadiums.
College of New Jersey in middle of construction, renovation program
The College of New Jersey is going out with the old...and back in with some of the old. The college recently demolished Holman Hall as the first major project that is part of a $94.2 million expansion of the college's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) facilities. But instead of load after load of the debris resulting from the demolition being hauled away, much of the debris is being sifted through for recycling. The college was able to save copper pipes, duct work, metal doors, glass, railings and steel that will be recycled, much of it going into the new science and technology building that will be built on the Holman Hall site. College officials estimate that 75-80 percent of the building waste will be recycled. The campus-wide construction program will see the state pay for about half of the costs and the college borrowing $47.2 million to cover its part of the expense. In addition to the $40 million STEM building, the college is planning a $10 million expansion of the Chemistry building, an $18.2 million renovation of the Science Complex, a $15 million renovation of the engineering school, Armstrong Hall, and other construction and utility work, all of which will mean continued construction and other contracting opportunities for several years.
New Plymouth South High School building being planned in Massachusetts
A new Plymouth South High School is in the works after the Massachusetts School Building Authority recently approved funding for the project. The new 247,000-square-foot school, which will integrate academic and vocational technical studies programs, will be built on the site of the existing high school. Architects are currently finalizing plans for the facility. Superintendent Gary Maestas (pictured) said the final design could eventually become a statewide model for comprehensive schools with academics and vocational programs. School officials originally had architects produce proposals for renovating the current building, but those costs would have been millions more than the new construction costs. The new construction is expected to cost $107 million. The state has a cost estimate of $88 million and will reimburse the town for at least half of that amount if the project gets final approval later this summer. Citizens in the town previously approved its share of the funding as part of a construction program that also included a new Plymouth North High School and a new senior center. If the final design is approved, officials say the school could be online for use in fall 2017.
Two Wisconsin school districts approve funding for renovations
Two Wisconsin school districts in the Green Bay area recently approved funding for school upgrades and renovations. Green Bay voters said yes to about $20 million in funding that will be used to update six elementary schools. In the Howard-Suamico School District, voters approved borrowing $13.4 million for building repairs and for improvements to a middle school swimming pool.
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Indiana city approves funding for paving, repairing city streets
A $3.5 million bond issue for paving and repairing some streets in Portage, Indiana, was recently approved by the city council. Repaving one road alone is expected to cost approximately $700,000 of that figure and two other roads could cost another $200,000 to $300,000. The city's Traffic Commission will review other possible paving projects and make recommendations to the city's works board so that projects can get under way. City officials say it is not likely the projects will begin before June or July. With a projected budget deficit of about $800,000 by the end of the year and payments on a five-year bond at about $740,000 per year, the mayor is putting together a plan to finance the repayment of the debt using motor vehicle highway funds and money from the Redevelopment Commission and from the County Economic Development Income Tax.
New Florida interchange to get $246.3 million in state funding
A new interchange in Daytona Beach, Florida, will benefit from $246.3 million in recently announced state funding. The project will also include widening of the last four-lane section of Interstate 95. "The Daytona Beach area is an international destination. This project improves mobility and safety for the millions of people who visit the region every year," said Sen. Dorothy Hukill (pictured). "It also brings jobs and enhances the local economy." Another $18 million project is also being planned, a pedestrian safety project on U.S. 92/International Speedway Boulevard corridor that will be built next fiscal year. It will include widening of sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge. These projects are expected to enhance small and large businesses along the corridor, including tourist attractions such as the Daytona International Speedway, US 92 and its businesses along the beach as well as hotels and condominiums to the east.
California emergency training center receives funding for upgrades
Infrastructure improvements are on the way for the Del Valle Regional Emergency Training Center in Castaic, California. The Los Angeles County Board recently approved $4.2 million in funds for the center, which is used for firefighter training operations. As a result of the infusion of funds, the facility will get a new communications building, a new water storage tank and an electrical substation. Additionally, new telecommunications and electrical conduits will be installed to support the existing facilities. The Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County and the College of the Canyons partner to provide training exercises on firefighting operations at the facility. That includes flammable liquids incidents, urban search-and-rescue operations and hazardous materials training. Officials expect construction to begin in July 2015, with a completion date expected by April 2016.
Expanded bus terminal project planned in Hell's Kitchen in New York
Hell's Kitchen, located in Manhattan in New York, could soon see an expanded bus terminal, following action of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority plans to expand the terminal to facilitate 100 additional buses. The $400 million project would be at the Galvin Plaza Bus Annex. Some 233,000 passengers currently use that terminal each day and the expansion is expected to allow the station to facilitate an additional 30,000 passengers. The Port Authority sought a Federal Transit Administration grant of $230 million to help defray the costs of an enclosed bus parking facility as part of the project.
Voters approve property tax to help pay for new police, court facility
After failing in a similar referendum in 2012, officials in Erie, Colorado, recently were able to turn things around, passing a vote that will result in a property tax to support a $6.2 million police and municipal court facility. Erie Police Chief Marco Vasquez (pictured) said the new 17,000-square-foot facility will benefit the entire town. "We have the completed plans in place, so we anticipate being able to move fairly quickly forward and do what we need to do to get the financing in place," Vasquez said. The new facility will have a more than 12,000-square-foot police station, a 2,600-square-foot municipal court and a 2,800-square-foot lobby. The police department for the city is currently housed in a 2,400-square-foot space in the Town Hall. Those cramped quarters did not allow space for interviewing suspects, processing evidence or storing evidence property. The new facility will provide a secure entrance for transporting suspects and will also have an area for training.
City in Montana approved for new records management system
With help from a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Justice grant, the city of Missoula, Montana, is getting a new records management system. All emergency services in the city will be included. Among the features of the new system will be an expanded database for searching records.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
Check out these recent awards:
IlliniCare Health Plan Inc., a division of Centene Corp., has won a contract worth up to $1.8 billion over five years from the Cook County (Illinois) public health system board to manage health care for an estimated 115,000 low-income residents as the county adapts to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Schwarz Paving Company has won a $1.9 million contract from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to improve roads in Grady County, including grading roads, modifying the current drainage system, resurfacing half a mile of Cimarron Road and installing flashing school zone and crosswalk signs.
Austin Bridge and Road, LP has won a $23 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation for a road improvement project in Kaufman to extend State Hwy. 34 from U.S. Hwy. 175 to State Hwy. 243 and for an interchange at U.S. Hwy. 175 to build four lanes of an ultimate six-lane bypass in Kaufman.
Midwest Contracting Inc. won a $205,000 contract from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to replace doors at Toledo Express Airport's passenger terminal. The port board approved a $255,000 appropriation for the door replacements, including money for project management and a 10 percent contingency fund.
Bray Construction was awarded a $1.8 million contract by the city of Paris, Texas, to replace deteriorated water and sewer lines as part of a $45 million infrastructure bond project approved by voters last May.
Moltz Construction Inc. won a $20 million contract from the federal government to build the first pumping plant for the Navajo-Gallup pipeline project, which will bring drinking water to tribal and rural communities along the Arizona-New Mexico border.
Texas Gulf Construction Company, Inc. won a contract for $1.04 million from the Texas Transportation Commission to construct a new boat lift and new screening canopies at the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry landing.
Accenture recently won a contract from the U.S. Department of the Navy with an aggregate value of $53.7 million to support the Naval Supply Systems Command's Business Systems Center to provide human resource and information technology (IT) solutions, including maintenance, integration and development support for systems, under a prime indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract.
Blythe Construction won a $1.6 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build a new bridge on Poplin Road.
Agralytica won a $398,548 contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Business Center in Herndon, Virginia, for rainfall and vegetation index crop insurance programs evaluation.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
Michigan State seeks P3 for new biomedical research facility
Michigan State University has issued a request for qualifications for developers interested in participating in a public-private partnership for a new biomedical research facility. MSU officials are looking at a developer-financed model or a university-financed model. The facility would be built in downtown Grand Rapids.
The new facility will be approximately 145,000 square feet and is expected to be ready for use by late 2017. University officials say they have been encouraged by the community to pursue a developer-financed model. That would allow the university to take advantage of private developers with access to more capital than the university alone would have. Those developers also would bring a level of expertise to the table that the university does not have. Much of the risk would also be transferred to the private partner.
"I think that one of the important aspects of building a building like this is that we need the expertise of lots of different people, and we are fortunate, in the early phases, to have those people available to work with us to design the building," said Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer (pictured), associate dean for research and community engagement. He said the facility is expected to provide space for 36 principal investigators and their teams, occupying two-thirds of the building.
Requests for proposals are likely to be issued later this summer.
Project in Texas could result in mixed-use riverfront project
City officials and private developers are in talks over a proposed $300 million project that could include hotels, condominiums, restaurants, a marina, a grocery store and shops along the riverfront in Waco.
Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. has confirmed the deal is in the talking stages, but neither side of the proposed partnership is releasing any details yet. But, the mayor said both sides are "making progress." The holdup in moving forward may well be that land along the river has been specifically reserved for park and public use.
Developers said the deal is about 80 percent done and they are hopeful to have an agreement in place by May.
Public-private infrastructure project has success in Texas town
A public-private infrastructure partnership in the town of Prosper is expected to be the catalyst for a $1.2 billion residential and commercial development in the city. With the addition of a $5.1 million infrastructure project, this will bring water and sewer to as many as 20,000 residents, including a billion-dollar master-planned community,
Mayor Ray Smith (pictured) said the town also expects commercial development to expand north of U.S. 380 west of the Dallas North Tollway. "You will see a lot of commercial development over the next several years including retail and restaurants," Smith said.
The project was the result of a partnership among the town of Prosper, the Prosper Economic Development Corp. and major area landowners, including Terra Verde Group and Greater Texas Land Resources. The commercial development will feature 3,500 single-family residential lots and 250 acres of mixed-use development along U.S. 380, with 550 acres of nature trails and parks and a 50-acre community park.
Indiana issues RFP for private partner for Hoosier State Passenger Rail line
With the Indiana Department of Transportation's agreement with Amtrak regarding the Hoosier State Passenger Rail line set to expire in September, the state of Indiana has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to operate the line. The line operates four days each week between Chicago and Indianapolis. The RFP notes that a partner chosen for the operation of the service is expected not only to reduce the cost of operating the service, but also to increase ridership and increase revenues, resulting in cost reductions.
The RFP gives respondents three options: perform all the functions that Amtrak currently provides, bid on some portion of those functions or perform all the functions and add functions such as food service, Wi-Fi, etc. Because the federal government has cut subsidies to states for certain Amtrak routes, Indiana lost approximately $3 million in aid. However, the legislation that curtailed federal aid also allowed states to contract with private providers or Amtrak to operate those previously subsidized trains. Officials say Amtrak and other companies have expressed interest in bidding on the service.
|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 email@example.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Philip Eure.
Philip Eure, head of the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints, has been appointed the first inspector general of the New York Police Department, a position that was created by the city council over the opposition of then-mayor Michael Bloomberg. Eure earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. After earning his law degree, Eure became a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1988 in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He served from 1997 to 1998 as a resident legal assistant at the U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, through the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. From 1989 to 2000, Eure was a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section in Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2010, Eure was president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, a non-governmental organization that encourages greater police accountability and reduction of police misconduct in the United States by promoting establishment and improvement of independent government agencies that review police activities. He was named executive director of the Office of Police Complaints in Washington, D.C., in 2000 and served in that capacity until his recent appointment as inspector general of the NYPD.
|Opportunity of the week...|
A state agency in Missouri has issued an RFP, due April 30, for an executive search firm to conduct a search for an executive director. Officials hope to have a new executive director in place by July of next year.
University of California Chief Financial Officer Peter Taylor (top left) will be leaving the University of California, effective April 25, to take a position as president of a newly formed private foundation based in Los Angeles that focuses on improving educational outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. The Texas Woman's University Board of Regents has named Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. (top center), dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as sole finalist candidate for chancellor and president of the university. After 36 years in law enforcement, San Marcos, Texas, Police Chief Howard Williams (top right) has announced he will retire Aug. 1 after a career that included 11 years as chief in San Marcos and 25 years with the Austin Police Department. Former New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has been hired by ABC News as a law enforcement consultant and will work on all ABC News platforms, according to network news chief Ben Sherwood. Massachusetts State Rep. Kevin Murphy, who has served in the legislature since 1997, will resign his office and leave his private law practice after being named city manager for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. John Strycker, current superintendent of New Lothop Area Public Schools, will take over as the new superintendent of Algonac (Michigan) Community Schools on July 1. Debra Saunders-White (bottom right), a former math teacher who also spent 15 years with IBM as a systems engineer and former acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, recently took the oath of office as North Carolina Central University's 11th chancellor. Chief Technology Officer Mark Headd (bottom center) recently announced that he will leave his position in early April, and says he will return to being a professional technologist. The city of Palo Alto has selected Harriet Richardson (bottom left), a veteran from the city of Berkeley, as its new city auditor, taking over a position that has been vacant since Jim Pelletier resigned in September. St. Helena, California, City Manager Gary Broad has announced he will retire June 1 after a nearly three-decade career in city government, more than two of those years with St. Helena, and will be replaced by interim city manager Toby Ross. Albert Escalera, a West Richland police captain and former Washington State Patrol trooper, has been chosen from a field of five finalists to become police chief for the city of Sunnyside, Washington. A 39-year veteran of the Tempe Fire Department and instructor at the International Association of Firefighters for 25 years, Assistant Fire Chief William Thomas Abbott has been chosen the next chief of the Surprise, Arizona, Fire-Medical Department.
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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 open and the event brochure is available for viewing.
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.
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. Registration is now open and the draft agenda is available.
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