Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 19August 13, 2014
Big changes ahead for roadways
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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Big changes - really big - are occurring in transportation. Motorists should prepare for the future quickly because it is truly upon us!

 

Self-driving cars are being tested throughout America and Europe. They are destined to become common on roadways in the future. Departments of Transportation are already questioning whether lane barriers are a justifiable cost. If vehicles are programmed not to veer into oncoming traffic, perhaps the expense of concrete barriers can be eliminated. 

 

Large digital signage now alerts drivers to traffic slowdowns, weather conditions, accidents and law enforcement alerts. And, new technologies that will change our modality even more are being released weekly.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Nearly $1B in airport projects OK'd
Water infrastructure funds available
Parking privatization proposed
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
People
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events

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Nearly $1B in projects approved for Sea-Tac Airport

 

Projects will create many contracting opportunities through end of decade

Airport Renovation Close to $1 billion in new construction and renovation for the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport was recently approved by the Port of Seattle Commission. The projects will be spread out over the next few years, probably until the end of 2019, and will create many contracting opportunities. The cost of the projects will be split among the airport's airline tenants. 


Among the new projects will be a new international arrivals complex and a bridge between the South Satellite Terminal and the international facility. The South Satellite will also be remodeled and updated and the North Satellite Terminal will be expanded and renovated. The airport's center runway will be reconstructed and the tunnel below the airport's arrival drive will be reinforced. The Main Terminal will get electrical upgrades. The new bridge (in white, with existing structures in gray) is shown in the accompanying artist's rendering. 


The largest part of the construction activity will be at the north and south terminals, which have not seen significant changes since being opened in the early 1970s. The Northstar Project would expand the 12 current gates at the North Satellite to 20. The terminal will be expanded and five gates added to the northwest at a cost of $191 million. The terminal construction would likely begin in fall 2015 and look for a completion date of summer 2019. 


The South Satellite terminal will see more than $5 million in upgrades that include new carpet, new gate podiums, new water fountains, upgrades to signage and new paint. The largest part of the project is a new international arrivals facility near the present Concourse A. An overhead bridge will connect the South Satellite to the new arrival facility for customs and immigration clearance. The international facility will carry a cost of approximately $316 million. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 with completion in 2018. Numerous maintenance projects are also part of the overall spending.
 

New Jersey to benefit from $1.3B for water infrastructure

 

Water, wastewater plants damaged during Super Storm Sandy to be addressed

Chris Christie A bill signed in New Jersey by Gov. Chris Christie (pictured) will result in nearly $1.3 billion in funding being made available for upgrades and storm protection measures for many water and sewer plants in the state. The projects are necessary because of the $2.6 billion in damages to wastewater and drinking water infrastructure during Super Storm Sandy in October 2010. 


Of the funding, $1.28 billion is dedicated to improvements to plants throughout the state, while $355 million will be used for storm mitigation projects. "There can be no compromises in protecting the viability, integrity and resiliency of the state's water-supply and wastewater systems, especially in areas that are vulnerable to floods," said Christie. The governor said the state's water-related infrastructure must be maintained to protect public health as well as the environment.

 
The funding made possible through the legislation will come in the form of low-cost and no-cost loans from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, which is partnering with the Department of Environmental Protection. The funding will bridge the funding gap while the state waits for disaster funding reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 


The storm affected some 100 wastewater treatment plants, with some plants being completely shut down and others suffering damages to pump stations and power outages that in some cases left systems subject to contamination of their water supply. The funding will address pump station repair, news sewage and water treatment plants and other facilities. 

 

Contracting Opportunities

Emergency manager proposes parking privatization

 

Detroit to seek bids from private sector in spite of opposition from City Council
Kevyn Orr Over the objections of the Detroit City Council, the city's emergency manager Kevyn Orr (pictured) is seeking bids to privatize the city's parking department. The lucrative project would include the city's seven parking garages, nearly 3,200 metered parking spaces and an abandoned vehicle towing operation.

Orr says privatization of the system would mean passing the financial liability off to a private-sector entity. The city already has been told by a consulting firm that Detroit's parking garages and meters will need $40 million in general fund subsidies over the next 40 years for capital repairs alone.

As emergency manager, Orr by law does not have to seek approval from the Council to issue a request for proposals (RFP) such as one for the parking system. However, he has committed to a local municipal employees union that he cannot privatize the parking department without Council approval. But that does not prohibit Orr from issuing an RFP. Bidders can opt to purchase the entire system, manage the system or manage a portion of it.

Government Contracting Pipeline will not publish next week

The Government Contracting Pipeline will not publish on Wednesday, Aug. 20, as our editor will be on vacation. We will resume our regular Wednesday publication on Aug. 27.

 

Upcoming education opportunities

Ten school districts in New Mexico get construction, design funding

David Abbey Schools in 10 districts in New Mexico are gearing up for construction after it was announced they would share $97 million in state funds to help design and build school facilities. The funding will be matched by local funds totaling $90.6 million. David Abbey (pictured), chair of the Public School Capital Outlay Council, said the funds will benefit the Raton, Ruidoso, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Gallup and Mountainair districts and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and New Mexico School for the Deaf. Abbey said not only is a good teacher imperative to help New Mexico students to get a good education, but the environment is also important. "New Mexico's children deserve to learn in a safe and healthy physical environment; classes should add to our children's education, not detract," he said. The funds were awarded to school districts based on need. Among the recipients are the Mountainair school district, which was awarded $4.8 million to replace buildings at the junior/senior high school and the Carlsbad district received two awards totaling $5.3 million for elementary school construction. The largest award, $33 million, went to the Gallup school district for a new elementary school and replacement buildings for another. Additionally, 10 school districts also received funding for roof repair and replacement projects, with an award of $7.4 million. While all districts in the state are eligible for funding, voters must approve property taxes to raise the matching amount, which can vary from district to district. 

 

UMass studying mixed-use developments on properties on campus

Four concepts regarding development on University of Massachusetts-controlled property that would feature a mix of commercial space and housing built by private developers is under study. The projects are designed to reduce the impact of student rentals on neighborhoods in Amherst, while promoting economic development. Each would require a public-private partnership. The plans include student villages and retail developments that are geared toward students. The four concepts under consideration include creating a mixed-use Main Street where graduate students and juniors and senior would likely live that includes commercial space for start-up companies. Another concept would include a student village that would feature academic and research space and have ground-floor retail space. The third concept would include adding housing for faculty, staff and residents to the Gateway section of North Pleasant Street between the campus and downtown Amherst.The final proposal calls for redevelopment of North Village Apartments into cluster-style housing for graduate and family housing.  

 

Alabama school to benefit from bond for school construction, improvements

Rick Hayes The city's 1 percent sales tax for education has allowed the Pelham (Alabama) City Council to issue $35 million in bonds for school construction and improvements. The bond revenue will pay for a new elementary school in the Oak Mountain Business Park east of I-65. The Board of Education has previously purchased a 20-acre site for the school. School officials also hope to tap into another $5 million to bring the total for a new elementary school and other improvements throughout the district to $40 million. City Council President Rick Hayes (pictured) said the bond will be paid out over 20 years with the sales tax proceeds. The payments annually will be between $1.2 million and $2.8 million. He said the funding will be used for a variety of projects "that we feel like will be critical."  

 

California school district voters to decide $54 million bond issue

Voters in Hermosa Beach school district will decide a $54 million bond issue in November that would reopen one school and upgrade two others. The need for the upgrades and opening of a closed school have to do with both safety and security in the schools, according to school officials. In the 50s, the Hermosa Beach City School District had close to 1,500 students in six schools. There are currently only two schools with almost 1,500 students. The funds, if the bond passes, will reopen North school and address safety, security and traffic issues at the View and Valley schools. Money will also be used to provide upgrades at View and Valley. The district now has nearly 20 portable classrooms and see them as a hindrance to attracting residents whose own property will add to the property tax rolls. Officials say that if the bond issue does not pass, it will be disastrous to a generation of students. 

 

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Nebraska DOR announces $457 million, 159-project transportation plan

The Nebraska Department of Roads has released its plan for the state highway system for the upcoming new fiscal year. It includes 153 projects at a cost of $457 million. The annual Nebraska Surface and Transportation Program is funded from state and federal highway user taxes and fees. The Local System Program, which totals $303 million, is for city streets and county roads and is funded with state, federal and local highway user revenues. Among the projects that will be funded are: a 13.7-mile milling, resurfacing and bridge repair project for Highway 66 between Ithaca and Ashland; resurfacing and repair of the Highway 6 Platte River bridge near Ashland; bridge rehabilitation on Highway 66 east of Dwight; culvert work on Highway 79 between the Highway 92 junction and the Platte River Bridge;  Elm Creek bridge replacement on Highway 77 south of Fremont; a 14-mile project including milling, resurfacing and bridge repair on Highway 66 between Valparaiso and the Highway 15 junction east of Dwight; resurfacing Highway 92 between Mead and Yutan; and resurfacing Highway 109 both east and south of Cedar Bluffs.

 

Decatur Civic Center gets funding boost from state department

Pat Quinn The Decatur, Illinois, Civic Center got a financial boost from the state of Illinois recently when Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured) announced a $2.1 million state investment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. That funding will be added to other funds to meet the $3.2 million cost of the upgrade plan. Quinn stressed that not only will the upgrades make the center a better venue, but it will also create jobs and help boost the state's economy. "We are moving in the right direction," Quinn said. "We are laying the foundation for economic improvement all through the rest of this decade." The funds will see upgrades to completion and improve its infrastructure. Among the improvements planned are projects to increase interest of those who might rent the facilities. Issues that are likely to be addressed with the funding are improvements to the roof, mechanical systems and other repairs. "We want to help the civic center maintain its extreme importance in Decatur for many years to come," said Jim Underwood, executive director of the state's Capital Development Board.


 
City in Colorado approves expansion to water treatment plant

The city of Loveland, Colorado, can't wait any longer on federal reimbursements for spending the city incurred as a result of damages from the 2013 flood. The city has had to increase its up-front funding for the approved expansion of the water treatment plant while it waits on the feds. City Councilors approved expansion of the water treatment plant. Their approval triggered spending of $24.37 million for the project, which will allow construction to begin soon. 

 

Navajo Nation developing master plan for improvements to its airports

A master plan is being developed to improve all the airports of the Navajo Nation in two states. The Navajo Division of Transportation will identify infrastructure and security issues that need attention at the Navajo Nation's five airports. The tribe operates a pair of airports in New Mexico and three in Arizona. The tribal-run airports are reportedly underutilized and underdeveloped. Planning for the proposed upgrades will come from a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. A series of workshops open to tribal members will be held in both states to address airport needs. 

 

Rapid City proposed budget includes myriad of contracting opportunities

Terry Wolterstoff The Rapid City, South Dakota, city budget could be heavy on funding for major departments that will result in a myriad of contracting opportunities. The city has nearly $34 million in infrastructure projects slated for 2015.  Public Works is seeking budget funding of nearly $56 million. "We build up our budget amount for sometimes a couple years for the bigger projects," said Public Works Director Terry Wolterstorff (pictured), whose budget request was lower than last year.  Among the projects slated are a rebuild of part of East North Street at a cost of $8.3 million. There is also a $2.8 million beautification project along Mount Rushmore Road and a $3.2 million reconstruction of part of Dyess Avenue.  More than $760,000 in additional funds has been sought by the Parks and Recreation Department - up to $7.8 million. Part of the funds will be used for maintenance obligations from Destination Rapid City's Memorial Park Promenade and Legacy Commons, now under construction. Other parks money will be for landscaping maintenance along West Chicago and Kansas City streets and improvements along Mount Rushmore Road after it is rebuilt. 

 

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  • The J.W. Hampton Company was awarded a $4,221,328 contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to construct an access road to the proposed Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Post-Acute Care Facility in Blowing Rock. The new access road will be about a quarter of a mile long with two 12-foot-wide travel lanes at the intersection of U.S. 321 and Edmisten Road, where the proposed acute-care facility will be located. The access road project will also include a new bridge over the Middle Fork of the South Fork New River.
  • Intermountain Slurry Seal won a $1.7 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission for microsurfacing or pavement overlays on sections of nine city streets in Evanston, Wyoming.
  • The Crain Group LLC won a $6.4 million contract from the city of Pearland, Texas, to construct a west Pearland sports complex, the Shadow Creek Ranch Park.
  • Mike Hooks Inc. won a $19.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for maintenance dredging in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes in Louisiana. The dredging includes the Calcasieu River and pass from mile 5 to 15, Sabine Unit 1A and Devil's Elbow.
  • Wilson Brothers Construction was awarded a $1.1 million contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to stabilize the Tift Slide on US 14 about 13 miles south of Sheridan. DRM Inc. will stabilize the Salt Creek Slide on US 85 about 7 miles north of Newcastle under a $1 million contract.
  • J.J. Fox Construction, Inc. won a $1.2 million contract from the city of Aransas Pass, Texas, to complete demolition and clean-up work at Conn Brown Harbor, including demolition and removal of debris of five buildings; demolition of piers and removal of pilings; demolition of existing slabs; demolition of black top entrances; recycle existing concrete; re-grade disturbed areas; re-seed all disturbed areas; crush all existing piles of debris; and dispose of debris and install silt fencing as needed for erosion control.
  • Riley Paving Inc. was awarded a $3 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for improvements including resurfacing to 22 miles of two Montgomery County and eight Moore County roads.
  • S&S Builders won a $660,000 contract from the Wyoming Transportation Commission to replace the Hay Creek Bride on Crook County Road 265.
  • Aleut Facilities Support Services, LLC has been awarded a $95,986,770 firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for civil engineering support services. Services include property maintenance, repair and operations, planning and engineering services, environmental services and protection, property management, housing and furnishing management and emergency response services.
  • SEARCH, an archaeological firm, won a three-year contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for up to $20 million. The company will provide archaeology services at military installations across the United States and its territories.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Six teams hope to make shortlist for UC, Merced partnership

Six teams submitted statements of qualifications for a project to develop up to 1.85 million square feet of space in a public-private partnership at the University of California, Merced. The college's 2020 Project includes developing academic, administrative, research, recreational, student services and housing facilities.

The six teams will now be studied and a shortlist will be identified for responding to a request for proposals that will be released later this year. The project includes infrastructure, utilities, outdoor recreation areas, roads, parking, open space areas and landscaping. The statements of qualifications were sought as a first step to meet the needs of expected enrollment growth from just over 6,000 students to the projected 10,000 by 2020.

The six teams include: Merced 2020 Partners (contractors Skanska USA Building, Webcor Construction and WM Lyles); Gateway2Learn (lead contractor Turner Construction);  Edgemoor Plenary EdR Partners (EP2)  (lead contractor Clark Construction Group; Merced Campus Collaborative (lead contractor McCarthy Building Companies and Lend Lease (US) joint venture); E3 2020 (lead contractor Balfour Beatty Construction, Sundt Construction); and Innovation Partners (lead contractor Moss & Associates and Shikum & Binui joint venture). Once the finalists are chosen to respond to the RFP, construction could begin in 2016, with the first building to be completed probably in late 2017. 

 

Public-private partnership could be answer to funding for ferry plan

John Clauson In Kitsap County, Washington, the county is working with a consultant on a plan regarding its passenger-only ferry service. The consultant has advised the county that is should probably partner with King County on the service. Kitsap Transit is looking now as to whether it might use a public-private partnership for the service. They are also exploring other possibilities, such as a publicly owned and operated service, a privately owned and operated service or a public-public partnership.

 

Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson (pictured) and King County Ferry District officials have been discussing the possibility of working together on the project. The level of such a cooperative effort is in questions. "It could be as little as sharing boats, taking advantage of them just building a maintenance barge, all the way up to: 'Why don't you guys just operate it for us?' " Clauson said. The consultants are studying a cross-Puget Sound service to downtown Seattle from Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth.

 

The King County Ferry District operates water taxis between West Seattle and downtown Seattle and Vashon Island and downtown Seattle. Voters would have to approve a rate set by Kitsap Transit for ferries crossing the Puget Sound. A funding source for the project is expected to be part of the consultants' final report. That funding could include public and private funding. 

 

Public-private partnership will modernize city's water distribution system

The city of Bismark, North Dakota's, water department has entered into a public-private partnership with Itron, Inc. in a unique plan to modernize the city's water distribution system. The private-sector firm also will manage the city's system using the network of the Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU), which provides electric and natural gas service to parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. It represents the first time two utilities - the water department and MDU - are sharing a communications network where the entire meter system of the city is managed. This should improve operational efficiencies and assist with meter reading.

 

With the Itron Analytics, more value will be gained from its advanced metering program, improving utility operations and asset management. Additionally, MDU will provide water meter readings to the city from its fixed network. The shared network should be more cost-effective. 

 

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Where are they now?

 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Harry Black. 

 

Harry Black Harry Black (pictured), the city of Baltimore's finance director, has been selected as the next city manager for the city of Cincinnati. He will replace Milton Dohoney, who resigned in December. Although he has years of experience in the public sector, Black has never been a city manager. Along with his 27 years of work in government, Black also has served in the private sector. For the last two years, Black has been director of finance for the city of Baltimore, and from 2008 to 2012, was executive vice president and COO for Global Commerce Solutions. Black was CFO for the city of Richmond, Virginia, from 2005 to 2008 and vice president and program manager for McKissack and McKissack architecture and engineering firm from 2000 to 2005. He served as deputy chief procurement officer for the District of Columbia from 1995 to 1999. The new Cincinnati city manager also previously worked for the New York City Transit Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Early in his career, from 1991 to 1993, Black was assistant director of special projects for the City of New York Mayor's Office of Contracts, followed by almost two years as assistant director of fiscal management and investments for the New York State Insurance Fund. Black earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from Virginia State University in 1985 and his master's degree in public administration from the University of Virginia in 1987.

       

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Arnoldo Rivera Scott Coltrane Clovis Reed Arnaldo Rivera (top left), a former Chicago Public School teacher and then administrator who has spent the last year as COO of the Chicago Public Education Fund, has been named Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top deputy for education, replacing Beth Swanson, who resigned to become vice-president of strategy and programs for a nonprofit foundation. University of Oregon Provost Scott Coltrane (top middle) has been named interim president of the university, replacing Michael R. Gottfredson, who resigned after two years in that position. Clovis Reed (top right), who retired from a 25-year career as county administrator in Simpson, Claiborne, DeSoto and Rankin counties, has been named city manager of the city of Diamondhead, Mississippi. Lysa Teal, associate vice president of finance and budget at the University of Connecticut since 2012, has been chosen as the vice president of administration and finance at Rhode Island College. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Steve Kelleher, the information technology leader for the Department of Health and Human Services, as acting commissioner of information technology and Amy Bassett, who has developed marketing strategies for the for the Department of Resources and Economic Development, as acting director of tourism. North Sean McGlynn Michael Moore Chris Williams Carolina's budget director Art Pope is leaving his post in Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and will be replaced by bank executive Lee Roberts. Sean McGlynn (bottom right), deputy city manager for the city of El Paso, has been chosen as the next city manager of the city of Santa Rosa, California. Orange County (California) Fire Authority Division Chief Michael D. Moore (bottom center) will become the 21st fire chief for the city of Riverside, replacing Interim Chief Mike Esparza. The Paso Robles (California) Joint Unified School District has selected Chris Williams (bottom left), assistant superintendent of human resources at Central Unified School District in Fresno County, to succeed Kathy McNamara, who retired. Roger Dowell, former investigator with the Damascus, Virginia, Police Department, has been chosen as the new police chief, replacing former Chief Bill Nunley, who resigned. Donald Austin, former assistant superintendent of educational services at Huntington Beach Union High School District, has been named superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula (California) schools, replacing Walker Williams, who is retiring. Kelly Busey, who began his career as a patrol officer with the Gig Harbor (Washington) Police Department in 1991and moved through the ranks to detective, sergeant and lieutenant, has been named chief of the department. 

 



Opportunity of the week...
 

A $5.2 million bond issue was recently approved in a Michigan school district. As a result of passage of the bond, the school district will benefit from such amenities as a new boiler at the high school and upgrades to air quality and fire systems. Numerous remodeling, furnishing, refurnishing and equipment projects are part of the bond funding. That includes security phone systems, improvements and upgrades at athletic fields and more. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 
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NASPO Annual Conference set in September in Vermont

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Annual Conference will be held Sept. 7-10 in Burlington, Vermont. The conference will feature an optional Sept. 7 four-hour professional development training, "Navigating through Negotiation Styles and the Ethical and Legal Aspects of Negotiations." Some of the General Session topics are: "Transforming Public Service from the Inside Out" and ""Linking Private-Sector Procurement Best Practices tothe Public Sector." Among the concurrent session topics are ways to include local vendors and small business, evolution of strategic sourcing and getting the best value in contracts for cloud computing. Registration is now open and the agenda is available. 

 

Georgetown Law to host public-private partnership symposium
As a follow-up to the White House Rural Council's Rural Opportunity Investment Conference held last week, Georgetown Law is hosting a series of symposiums on public-private partnerships (P3s) during the 2014-2015 academic year. Each symposium will feature government officials, commercial practitioners and academic leaders in a neutral space, to encourage effective and innovative approaches to P3s. The first of the three full-day sessions was held on July 24, and will be followed by events on Oct. 31 and another at a yet-to-be-announced date in early 2015. The October session, "Structuring Public-Private Partnerships for Asset Management," will focus on ways the public and private sectors can partner. The 2015 event, "Partnering with State and Local Governments," will discuss paths for recognizing partnership opportunities, collaborations among state and local governments to share expertise and how to structure partnerships to reduce risks while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars. Later in 2015, another session, "Driving Successful Execution of Public-Private Partnerships," will identify challenges to implementation of P3s and factors that can lead to successful partnerships. For more information, click here.

NASCIO planning for September annual conference in Nashville
Registration is now open for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference - "Raising the Bar...What's Next." The conference will be at the Omni Nashville Hotel from Sept. 28-Oct. 1. The keynote address at the event will be delivered by sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, who will address "The Cautionary Side of Big Data." The event will offer multiple networking opportunities. The State Recognition Awards Dinner will be on Monday, Sept. 29. Some of the session topics will address open data, digital government, collaboration between state governments and universities and insights from public sector leaders following the 2014 State CIO Survey. More information is available.

TEXAS DESAL 2014 event slated for Sept. 11-12 in Austin
The Texas Desalination Association's conference, TEXAS DESAL 2014 - Best Practices & Emerging Technology, brings together a diverse array of topics, presenters and attendees to build understanding and opportunities for desalination in Texas. Attendees are assured lively and informative discussions among industry experts, policymakers, regulators, researchers and water planners on the leading edge of new water supplies. Confirmed special guests include Texas Water Development Board Member Bech Bruun and State Reps. Todd Hunter and Lyle Larson, who will address desalination from policy, funding and legislative perspectives. For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact kford@waterpr.com. Full conference details at TexasDesal.org. For more information and to register, click here.
 
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