|Volume 6, Issue 11||June 18, 2014|
What price must we pay...and what do we sacrifice
if we don't commit to sustainability?
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
The world around us is a busy place and our lives are sometimes so hectic we barely notice the world at large until something smacks us in the face and we feel the pain...or the guilt. Here's an example.
A churning patch of trash, twice the size of Texas, can be seen in the Pacific Ocean. The ugly, floating mass consists of fragments of semi-broken-down plastics that are now disrupting marine life. A quick look at this and anyone can understand the importance of recycling because the huge plastic blob of trash is never going to disintegrate. Anything done now to remove it will cost taxpayers lots of money. And, ignoring it is even more costly.
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|$12.3 billion water resources bill signed into law|
34 projects will result in contracting opportunities, create many new jobs
From a $760.6 million flood-risk management project in Natomas Basin, California, to $693.3 million for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) signed recently by President Barack Obama is the first such bill passed by Congress in more than a dozen years.
The 34 projects in the bill will create a myriad of contracting opportunities large and small in all parts of the country, creating jobs for many American workers. The projects will be completed over the next 10 years. All of the projects were recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers and aimed at modernizing the nation's water infrastructure.
"WRRDA cuts red tape, reforms the bureaucracy and accelerates the delivery of water resources infrastructure projects, but it does much more than that," said Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster (pictured), who introduced the bill in the House. "This new law will help ensure the country has a modern, efficient transportation network, something that is fundamental to a stronger economy, keeping America competitive, and encouraging job growth. This is an immense accomplishment for the Congress and America."
Some of the projects include:
- A $748 million navigation project for the Sabine Neches Waterway in Texas and Louisiana;
- A $27.8 million navigation project for Jacksonville Harbor in Jacksonville, Florida;
- A $17.3 million flood-risk management project in Topeka, Kansas;
- A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, $73.1 million risk management project;
- $99 million for hurricane and storm damage risk reduction at West Onslow Beach and New River Inlet, North Carolina;
- A $6.6 billion hurricane and damage risk reduction project from Morganza to the Gulf in Louisiana;
- $1.2 billion for environmental restoration at Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island in Maryland; and
- A $313.3 million comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan on the Caloosahatchee River in Florida.
"This bill gives a green light to 34 water infrastructure projects across the country, including projects to deepen Boston Harbor and the Port of Savannah and to restore the Everglades," said Obama. "And with Congress's authorization, these projects can now move forward. So, this bill will help towns and cities improve their commerce, but it's also going to help them prepare for the effects of climate change - storms, floods, droughts, rising sea levels - creating more adaptability, more resilience in these communities."
|Illinois public museums to benefit from $20M from state |
Forty-seven facilities will see funding for upgrades, renovation projects
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! program will invest $20 million in 47 of the state's public museums to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The intent of the program is to increase construction activity in the state and create jobs.
"These investments will help museums attract even more visitors,boost tourism, create hundreds of jobs and help preserve our history for generations to come," said Quinn.
The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. To qualify for funding a museum must be operated by a local government or located on municipally owned land. Some projects required matching local grants. The maximum award was $750,000.
"Museums, like other natural and cultural facilities, improve local economies throughout the state," DNR Director Marc Miller (pictured) said. Among the grant recipients is the Museum of Grand Prairie in Champaign County, which will receive $238,200 to demolish an existing structure and create a new climate-controlled addition. The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington will receive $700,000 toward the project costs of $720,000 for a new DeBrazza's Monkey exhibit, renovations to the zoo's Entrance Building and an additional parking lot.
The Art Institute of Chicago in Cook County will receive $750,000 toward a $2.25 million project to replace climate control systems, tuckpointing, waterproofing and a new security system. DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton will get $600,800 toward a $625,800 project to replace the roof with accurate red slate roofing, tuckpointing and copper gutter replacement.
Click here to view the complete list of projects, project descriptions and the amount of state funds awarded.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
University of Florida arena to undergo $45 million renovation project A $45 million renovation of the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus is expected to begin in March of next year. The university and the University Athletic Association recently announced the 33-year-old facility will undergo a major facelift. Officials already have moved forward in choosing a design firm. That process is expected to take about 10 months. The $45 million project is the largest renovation the complex has undergone in its more than three decades serving the university. Included in the renovations will be redesign of the main entrance, new concession stands, club seating and a club lounge. Also part of the project is installation of chair-back seats and replacing the bleachers in the lower bowl, complete office and locker room renovations and technical upgrades. Those updates will include a new video board and sound system and major upgrades to the arena infrastructure. The current seating capacity is 11,548.
University of Arizona to construct new 10-story research building
A 10-story research building has been approved for the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. The Board of Regents approved the plans that will result in the construction of the Biosciences Partnership Building, a $136 million project in downtown Phoenix. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year, with completion expected by early 2017. President Ann Weaver said the building will facilitate research to advance health care and create new scientific developments into treatments. The focus of the research will be neurosciences, health-care outcomes, cancer and precision medicine.
California school contemplating $34 million bond for infrastructure upgrades
Facing aging facilities, many half a century old, officials in the Mountain View School District in California are considering taking a $34 million bond election to the people. Many of the schools in the district are faced with leaking roofs, aging pipes and old electrical wiring. Officials are also aware of the need for air conditioning unit upgrades and modernization of electrical wiring. "Most of our buildings are 50-plus years old. The two newest buildings are 20 years old," said board member Adam Carranza (pictured). Noting that the school has never sought a bond vote before, Carranza said, "Things get old. Things fall apart." Other board members were concerned that they had asked for, but not received, a maintenance plan. Although some members of the board suggested seeking outside money sources such as grants and private funding, others noted that would probably not realize enough money to make the necessary changes and upgrades. Some classrooms have had to be closed because of roof leaks. Many of the maintenance problems, say officials, could lead to health and safety hazards for students and staff.
Idaho school bond issue will provide for building three new schools
Three new schools - two middle schools and an elementary - will be built in the Meridian, Idaho, School District if voters approve a $104 million school bond issue later this summer. The bond proceeds would also pay for a remodeling of the Meridian High School and pay for land acquisition for a future high school and middle school site. Taxpayers recently were subjected to a supplemental level last March, but that money is for operations, including hiring teachers, paying utility bills, transportation costs, etc. The bond election proceeds would be dedicated strictly for building construction. A two-thirds majority is necessary to pass the Aug. 26 bond election.
Texas community college sets $386 million bond election for November
Austin (Texas) Community College could build its 12th campus - in the neighboring city of Leander - if voters in the district approve an upcoming $386 million bond election. The community college's board this week called for a November bond vote that not only would create the new campus, but also help pay for transformation of Highland Mall buildings for other college uses. The mall property was purchased by the community college district several years ago and is being used for college classrooms and other uses. "This proposal takes into account the impact on the public and allows us to ensure a pipeline of skilled workers throughout the region for the jobs of today and tomorrow, while keeping college affordable," said board chair Jeffrey Richard (pictured). The bond election will be split into two propositions. The first will be approximately $225 million and will include the Highland Mall project and construction of new facilities like the Leander campus and a workforce building at the Elgin campus. The $161 million second proposition will provide for renovations to the Rio Grande campus and other campuses after relocation to Highland Mall, expansion of the Round Rock campus and construction on the Hays campus for first responder training.
|Other upcoming contracting opportunities|
FEMA to give $6 million in funds for New Mexico city to restore lake
A lake that suffered damages in the aftermath of New Mexico wildfires is getting an assist from the federal government. The city of Alamogordo is in line for more than $6 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into Bonito Lake and to restore the lake. Excessive rainfall in the area caused extreme flooding and the runoff from the floodwaters ended up in the lake as a result of the Little Bear Fire in 2012. The city of Alamogordo owns the lake, which is used for drinking water and recreation.
City in Colorado exploring expansion of wastewater plant to meet needs
In Loveland, Colorado, officials are facing the need for a $25 million wastewater plant and are exploring options for taking on new debt to pay for it. The expansion is due not only to state regulations, but also to anticipated growth. Loveland Water and Power Director Steve Adams (pictured) said the plant is currently at about 88 percent capacity. "And so the question is, how much are we going to grow and how much time do you have until you need to have this ready to go," he said. Several options were explored at a recent discussion of the 10-year capital program. One option includes completing the entire project by 2017, which would require debt of $20 million from revenue bonds or loans in 2015. Another option would mean a debt requirement of $13.3 million and phasing out the project to meet state regulations by 2018 and completing the part driven by growth by 2012. Although expanding for growth can be a gamble, the flip side to the argument is that if there is not enough capacity in the future, a developer could have to be turned away for lack of capacity, and that could have a negative effect on the economy.
Public-public partnership will help build research center in Florida
Two public-sector entities - the University of Central Florida and Osceola County - are partnering to build a research center that is expected to create thousands of high-tech jobs. The 100,000-square-foot, $61 million "smart sensors" research center was called a "landmark effort" by UCF President John Hitt. Osceola County's contribution to the project is in donating a 20-acre site for the facility and $61 million toward the design and construction of the center. UCF will put $10 million up for construction. Officials are hopeful the center will have the same economic impact as the research and medical community dubbed "Medical City" that is growing up around the UCF College of Medicine in Lake Nona. Officials say the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center will enhance recruitment efforts to bring manufacturing companies to the area, a task that has been made more difficult because of lack of infrastructure. UCF researchers have developed advancements in optics and lasers, simulation technologies and other science-based products.
City in Montana gets state grant funds for sewage system upgrades
Citizens in Three Forks, Montana, will see a $4 million overhaul of their sewage system thanks to a state grant that finalizes the funding needs for the project. The Montana Department of Commerce has allocated $750,000 to the project from its Treasure State Endowment Program. The system, which has not been updated since the early 1980s, does not meet current state environmental requirements. Three Forks Mayor Steve Hamilton (pictured) said the system is filtered naturally with the wastewater coming into lagoons and then treated by naturally occurring organisms. But the plant is outdated. "The standards have changed and what we're doing needs to change as well," Hamilton said. The new system will be state-of-the-art and will be more efficient than the current system. Hamilton said every effort is made to ensure that the discharge water is as clean as possible, since the treated water goes back into the Madison River. Officials hope to start on the plant in early spring next year. The project is currently being designed.
Kentucky entities awarded grants to expand recycling, waste management
Nearly 50 recycling and 23 household hazardous waste grants have been awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's Division of Waste Management. The $3 million in funds will be used to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste. That includes electronic scrap and mercury from homes in the commonwealth. The Kentucky Pride Fund, which is fed by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste deposited in Kentucky landfills, awarded the grants. Each grant requires a matching 25 percent local grant either in cash, in-kind personnel, education activities or advertising to promote the program. To view the list of recipients, click here.
Port dredging project in Florida county gets $20M boost from state
Dredging activities for Port St. Joe in Florida will benefit from a $20 million boost in funds from the state of Florida. The project, expected to cost a total of $40 million, will bring the depth of the ship channel to its original depth to facilitate larger ships. Gulf County Chairman Ward McDaniel (pictured) said the channel is a "natural channel in the state" that would not require much maintenance once it is dredged back to its original depth. The channel will have to be dredged to 35 feet to make room for the ships expected to use the port after the Panama Canal upgrades. Another $20 million will need to be matched with the state's $20 million appropriation. The Port Authority in St. Joe currently is not the owner of the land near the channel, but is responsible for getting a port back up and running and creating jobs in the region.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
Check out these recent awards:
- Raytheon Company won a $115.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to remanufacture, overhaul and provide upgrades to Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems, an integral element of the Navy's Fleet Defense In-Depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program.
- SpawGlass Cibil Construction won a $44.9 million construction contract with the city of McAllen, Texas, to build the city's new three-story theater to replace the civic center auditorium.
- E.S Wagner Company was awarded a $33 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for two sections of the U.S. 74 bypass covering about five miles from east of Pleasant Ridge Road to east of NC 226.
- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. has been awarded a waste treatment services contract valued at approximately $9 million, including option periods, from the Department of the Navy, NAVSUP-Fleet Logistics Center-Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Maritime Industrial Division.Under this contract, Perma-Fix will provide transportation, treatment and disposal of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program generated mixed wastes from across the country.
- AT&T Government Solutions announced it has been awarded a $10.4M contract by the U.S. Navy to continue to provide AT&T's cloud-based VoIP enterprise 911 routing and call handling solutions to Navy facilities nationwide.
- Tetra Tech, Inc. has been awarded a $76 million contract with the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety Information Technology Support Services to provide expanded programmatic and operational support services for FAA's information technology and security programs. Tetra Tech will also provide specialized cyber security services and help manage hazardous materials tracking systems.
- Partners for Revitalization of Baltimore City Schools, a joint venture of McKissack & McKissack and Brailsford & Dunlavey, was awarded the nearly $6.3 million contract by the Maryland Stadium Authority for the $1.1 billion overhaul and construction of Baltimore City Public School buildings.
- Cape Romain Contractors Inc. won a $3.05 million contract from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to replace a Moncks Corner bridge that was hit by a derailed train.
- IRG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Engility Holdings, Inc. has been awarded a $60 million single-award contract to provide training to enhance the ability of U.S. Agency for International Development staff to design, implement and monitor development activities around the world.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
City of Gary enters into second major public-private partnership
A joint venture between the city of Gary, Indiana, and Carmeuse Lime marks the second major public-private partnership championed by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (pictured). The first was for management of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. This time, the project includes the city selling land to the private firm.
The city will divide a swath that includes 195 acres in Buffington Harbor, which will be divided into thirds. Carmeuse will take one-third of the land for its expansion and modernization, while another third will go to Gary's Redevelopment Commission for future development. The final third will be the public-private partnership between the city and Carmeuse for the Alternative Energy Industrial Park, which has a goal of bringing clean fuel projects to the area.
Carmeuse Lime paid more than $2.9 million for the land in question and 60 percent of the revenues from the joint venture will go to Carmeuse and the remainder to the city of Gary. The city will be responsible for the management of the joint venture section, from feasibility studies to security and maintenance, and promoting development of the area. The city will also work with the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, the State of Indiana and other governmental entities to improve road access to the Carmeuse property and the partnership property.
City of Jacksonville to partner with association for improvements at park
To match a $200,000 donation of private funds from the nonprofit Memorial Park Association, the city of Jacksonville has put up its own $200,000 contribution for restoration and improvements at Jacksonville's Memorial park. The park, opened in 1924 as a memorial to Florida's World War I military members who lost their lives in the war, will see its statue fountain basin, slabs and walls restored, plumbing equipment and controls restored, park entry walls restored, perimeter walls repaired and drainage improved. The park, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has suffered over the years because of lack of resources needed for continued maintenance.
The planned improvements are expected to begin later this year. The park association has made a number of improvements to the park over the years and has raised $320,000 in private donations to assist with those improvements.
City of Arlington approves $7.5M in incentives for new mixed-use project
Arlington, Texas, City Council members recently gave preliminary approval to provide $7.5 million in incentives to private investors who plan to demolish the downtown library and build a mixed-use development on that site. Council members have been working with developers on a public-private partnership for the proposed $29 million mixed-use development and plan to replace the 40-year-old downtown library within two years.
Plans for the proposed mixed-use development include up to 27,000 square feet of office or commercial space, about 9,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and as many as 268 apartment units along with a parking garage, noted Bruce Payne (pictured), economic development manager for the city. Under the agreement, investors would lease the land from the city for at least 24 years, with options to renew up to three more 25-year leases on the land.
Approximately $4.5 million of the incentives for the project would be provided from property taxes from the downtown tax increment reinvestment zone. An additional $2.9 million will reimburse developers for qualified expenses such as part of the cost of the parking garage that will be available for those visiting the new three-story library still being designed. The library project also includes a public plaza, parking spaces and a 6,500-square-foot facility to serve as a council chamber and library meeting space, Payne said.
Metro council in Portland participating in P3 for convention center hotel
A public-private partnership has been established between the Metro Council in Portland, Oregon, and private-sector developers planning a convention center hotel in the city. Under the terms of the agreement, the private-sector partner will increase its investment by $14 million, while the public part of the agreement remains the same at $78 million. Total cost of the project is $212 million.
The agreement calls for the hotel operator, the Hyatt Corp., to keep 500 rooms available for future conventions for three years out and beyond. Three hundred more rooms would be made available for conventions looking to book two to three years out. If ownership of the facility changes hands, the buyer would have to continue to honor the room block agreement. The requirement that the hotel remain "upper upscale" quality would ensure there is enough room tax revenue generated to pay off the approximately $60 million in bonds that would be necessary to build a 600-room hotel.
|Where are they now?|
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and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Ghida Neukirch
Ghida Neukirch (pictured), deputy city manager for the city of Highland Park, Illinois, has been named the city's full-time city manager. She replaces former city manager David Knapp, who will retire in November. Neukirch began her municipal government career in the Village of Niles, as assistant village manger, a post she held from 1993 to 1999. Before taking the deputy job in Highland Park, Neukirch was assistant manager in the Village of Buffalo Grove, beginning in 1999. She took the assistant's job in Highland Park in June of 2012. She holds a bachelor's degree from DePaul University, a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She has served as president of the ICMA's Illinois chapter.
After serving for the last 15 months as interim vice president for finance and administration at Angelo State University in Texas, Angie Wright
(top left) has been selected to fill the position full-time. Mark Toback
(top center), former superintendent of the Hoboken public schools, was recently named superintendent of the Wayne, New Jersey, schools, replacing Superintendent Ray Gonzalez
, who is headed to the Westwood school system. Brian Nakamura
(top right), who for the last two years has been city manager in Chico, California, has been named city manager of Rancho Cordova, replacing Ted Gaebler
, who retired in February. New presidents for three schools in the Connecticut higher education system include Carlee Drummer at Quinebaug Valley Community College, James Lombella at Asnuntuck Community College and Three Rivers Community College and Mary Ellen Jukoski at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. New Haven Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Black, who has served the department for more than 27 years, has announced he is retiring from the busiest fire department in the state. Dr. James Ball, former vice president of student services at Howard Community College in Columbia, will be Carroll Community College's new president, succeeding Dr. Faye Papparardo who is retiring. Brian Osborne (bottom right), who is superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood school district in New Jersey, will be the new superintendent of the New Rochelle schools, succeeding interim Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff. Rapid City Police Department Lt. Elias Diaz (bottom center), who has served in Rapid City as a traffic and patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, evidence sergeant and professional standards lieutenant over accreditation, has been named chief of police succeeding Chief Steve Allender, who retired. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Dr. Donald J. Green (bottom left), currently the vice president of extended and international operations at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, as the new president of Georgia Highlands College. Edward "Eddie Rojas, building director for the city of Doral, California, and former building director of Surfside, has been named Doral's next city manager. College Station, Texas, Police Chief Jeff Capps will become assistant city manager on June 30, replacing Kathy Merrell, who retired in May. Sonoma (California) named Dr. Karen Milman, director of the prevention division of the Seattle-King County, Washington, public health department since 2012 and former public health director in Nevada County, California, as its new health officer.
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All aspects of public-private partnerships to be explored in July event
"P3 Connect: Defining the Future of P3s" in the United States, an annual event of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, is planned for July 28-30 in Denver, Colorado. This year's theme will explore all aspects of P3s through three days of engaging keynotes, executive workshops, innovation forums, institute meetings, case study reviews and high-level expert panels. The event will feature P3 leaders and innovators from throughout the country and focuses on an executive-level discussion and networking opportunity. More information regarding the program and registration is now available.
U.S. Conference of Mayors announces June dates for annual event
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has announced that this year's 82nd Annual Conference of Mayors will be Friday through Monday, June 20-23. This year's event will be held in Dallas. Online registration is currently open. Sponsorships are available by contacting Geri Powell at 202-293-7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Association of Counties annual event set in New Orleans
The National Association of Counties has set July 11-14 as the dates for its 79th Annual Conference and Exposition. The event will be held in the Morial Convention Center in Orleans Parish (New Orleans). It provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association. Members will have the opportunity to vote on NACo's policies related to federal legislation and regulation, to elect officers, network with colleagues, learn about innovative county programs and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors. Registration is now open and the preliminary schedule has been released.
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