Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 20August 27, 2014
Infrastructure attracts large public investment funds
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.


Big changes are occurring with government pension funds. Many large, critical public projects in America will be launched in the near future because of the changes.

In California, the State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) expanded its infrastructure allocations to include a $42.8 million commitment to four new public projects. The fund will invest in a large Presidio Parkway transportation project in San Francisco, make capital available for additional reconstruction of the Long Beach Courthouse, invest in a gas-fired power plant in Oakland and provide funding for operation of a solar-electric plant in Sacramento. That type of investing by public pension funds is becoming somewhat common throughout the country. 




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Capital improvement projects will total $61 million


University of Hawaii System, state agencies get major funding allocations

Neil Abercrombie State funding for $61 million in capital improvement projects at the University of Hawaii and for Hawaii state agencies has been released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie (pictured). More than $22 million of that total will go toward state agency facility upgrades and renovations, information technology infrastructure and business management software. 


Abercrombie said the projects represent long-term investments in "safe work environments for state employees and increased efficiency for government services that will also further stimulate the local economy and create job opportunities."


Some of the funding going to state agencies includes:

  • $14.9 million for design and construction funds for various public buildings to improve and maintain existing facilities and provide safety upgrades;
  • $2 million for energy conservation improvements for public buildings;
  • $1.6 million for Enterprise IT infrastructure statewide to implement security components;
  • $1.6 million for Enterprise Resource Planning statewide for upgrades to the Human Resource Management Systems;
  • $
    UH Manoa
    The UH Manoa campus pictured above will benefit from capital improvement project funding. (UH photo)
    1.5 million for consultant services for statewide ERP;
  • $222,000 for air conditioning system replacement and electrical upgrades at the Waiawa Correctional Facility, Education Building;
  • $142,000 for State Civil Defense, Building 303, Air Conditioning and Accessibility Improvements; and
  • $60,000 for the Department of Health, Health and Safety for design funds for various improvements to the former kitchen/dining building at Waimano Ridge and installation of an emergency generator system, an air conditioning system, hardening of the building and other improvements to accommodate a DOH Operations Center.

At the University of Hawaii System, various campuses will benefit from the $39 million in funding being released for capital improvement projects. The funding includes:

  • $29 million systemwide for projects such as accessibility improvements, sewer and storm drain upgrades and health and safety improvements at UH Manoa and a roof replacement, pedestrian overpass, emergency shelter and traffic safety improvements at UH Hilo; and
  • $10 million for the Community College System, including funding for deferred maintenance projects, cafeteria renovations, renovation of storage space to science labs and classrooms and other renovations. 
Nevada's $1.5B, Interstate 15 widening project approved


'Project Neon' to use design-build model for road project in Las Vegas

Brian Sandoval A widening and improvement project for Interstate 15 in Las Vegas that will cost $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion has gotten a go-ahead from the Nevada Department of Transportation. The project will be built with a design-build model with one firm handling the planning and construction of the project. 


The actual contract price is expected to be about $700 million, but right-of-way acquisition and other costs are expected to push the project to close to $1.5 billion. It will be constructed in phases, with a completion date of 2020 expected.


The project has been considered for several years. "We can't wait any longer," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (pictured). The project is expected to mitigate traffic on the Spaghetti Bowl and reduce congestion on a 3.7 mile stretch of the Interstate that serves 250,000 vehicles per day.


The first phase includes reconfiguring interchanges at Charleston Boulevard, improving connectivity to U.S. 95 and expanding carpool lanes. The first phase is expected to cost between $700 and $800 million. Construction on one of the busiest stretches of roadway in Las Vegas is expected to begin in 2016.  It will be one of the largest road renovation projects in the state's history.


The project will expand I-15 to five lanes in slow traffic areas and will include a high-occupancy vehicle lane. The design and construction costs will be paid with $564 million in bonds, with the revenue to be paid back from state gas proceeds.


The project is expected to create thousands of jobs as well as many contracting opportunities. The Department of Transportation will now seek a contractor for the project and begin negotiations on land acquisition.


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Upcoming education opportunities


School district bond election would build new school, add to middle school

Paul Norton Voters in the Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District will decide the fate of a $29.9 million bond issue in November. If successful, the bond vote would provide funding for a new school and add to an existing middle school. TISD Superintendent Paul Norton (pictured) said the need for a new school and increased space at the middle school was a result of increased student enrollment. Although the school currently has an open enrollment, Norton said if student enrollment continues to climb, the school may be forced to stop allowing students from outside the district to attend Texarkana schools. He said when families with multiple children move to the district, the result is usually overcrowded classrooms. The district was unsuccessful in getting a 2010 bond issue passed that would build a new school to address overcrowding. 


Rhode Island school bond would demolish old facilities, expand existing

The 11 wooden buildings built in 1957 at a cost of about $550,000 that currently serve third through fifth graders of the Halliwell Elementary School in Rhode Island would be demolished and those students sent to the middle school and North Smithfield Elementary if a $4.3 million bond issue being studied is passed. The education bond on the November ballot would allow for demolishing the buildings that have had no renovations other than repair work since they were built. Looking at repair and renovation work that would cost approximately $12 million, even short-term fixes have been expensive. "We've got to move on this," said Town Council President John Flaherty, who added he "could not believe the condition of those buildings" during his recent inspection. If students from Halliwell are moved to the North Smithville facility, it would require that building to be expanded. That would mean the likelihood of additional classrooms as well as a cafeteria expansion. School officials hope that $1.7 million of the $4.3 million in planned spending on school facilities will be eligible for reimbursement from the Rhode Island Department of Education, which reimburses for building and repairs that address health and safety issues.

Alabama district seeks bond approval for new high school, improvements

Wayne Vickers The Alabaster, Alabama, Board of Education has authorized a $120 million bond issue that would build a new high school and make improvements to existing school facilities in the district. The bonds will be issued in two separate series - one will be $12 million taxable bond series to pay off the debt the school system assumed when it separated from another county school system, and a bond close to $108 million to fund the construction and renovations. Once issued, most of the money will be used to purchase close to 300 acres of land and build a new 360,000-square-foot Thompson High School and athletic complex. A 2017 opening is planned. The existing high school will be renovated to serve as Thompson Middle School. The current middle school will be made into the Thompson Intermediate School. The intermediate school and Thompson Sixth Grade Center will be redesigned into the school system's central office, alternative school and special needs center. A new press box and turf field are expected to be added at the Larry Simmons Stadium. To help secure the bonds, the city council in June voted to put the city's 2011 penny sales tax increase toward the bonds over the next 30 years. "We are hopefully coming to the end of one part of our journey and moving onto the long-awaited step of building a new high school," said Alabaster School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers (pictured).

Texas school district plans to spend $2 million on new security cameras

More than 1,000 new security cameras will be installed by the Ector County (Texas) Independent School District. Although the project has been approved, as has the budget of $2 million, school officials say the camera purchase and installation is still in the planning phase. Bids are not expected to be awarded until November. The 1,068 cameras planned for purchase will be used in the ECISD elementary and junior high schools. The school district's police department has been heavily involved in determining where the cameras will be placed. "We'll be able to monitor the schools really well through that system," said ECISD Police Master Sgt. Leslie Alexander. High schools in the district already have cameras in place. 

Tennessee school officials approve bonds for energy upgrades, repairs

Energy-saving repairs and upgrades expected to save energy costs are on tap for the Maury County, Tennessee, schools following approval of recent bonding approval. The county commissioners recently approved a bond proposal of more than $13.7 million, $4.75 million of which would be for energy upgrades that would repay the bonds over time from the savings garnered. Another $9 million in bonds were approved, including $2 million for the design phase of the new Columbia Central High School. Another $4 million would be used for upgrades to the heating, cooling and ventilation system at Whitthorne Middle School. More than $1 million would go toward school maintenance projects.  


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Major transportation projects in $202.7M capital improvement plan

Approximately $56.5 million in major transportation projects are planned in the city of Dublin, Ohio, according to a proposed capital improvement plan (CIP) for 2015-2019. The total for the CIP for the next five years is $202.7 million, and if approved on Sept. 8, will include transportation, parks, utilities, facilities and other projects. Among the transportation projects, which account for the largest portion of the spending, will be work on the I-270/US Route 33 interchange. That project alone will cost about $11.2 million. Also proposed for next year are a $5.45 million realignment of Riverside Drive and a $7.79 million construction of a roundabout at Riverside Drive and Route 161. Both projects are tied to other transportation projects in the CIP that are geared toward development in the area. Other major projects are planned throughout the city.

State Park in Ohio will undergo improvements, modernization

James Zehringer Campgrounds, dams and facilities at Mt. Gilead State Park in Ohio will get some much-needed attention thanks to funding recently announced by state and local officials. Funding for the park will come from $88.5 million in state funds for capital improvements that will be used to solidify infrastructure and modernize facilities. "With this unprecedented $88.5 million capital improvement investment, we have the opportunity to make substantial improvements and improve the experience of everyone that chooses to visit our Ohio State Parks," said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer (pictured). But the director said that many state parks were built between the 1950s and 1970s and are in need of improvements. Some of the improvements scheduled for Mt. Gilead include building a new washhouse with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities; adding full hookup campsites; improved playground equipment; repairing the Mt. Gilead dam; renovating trails; and increasing signage. Zehringer said the funding will be used to improve the parks, not expand them. 


California bond vote could mean $7.5 billion for state water projects

California voters in November will go to the polls to vote on a proposed $7.5 billion water supply and infrastructure bond that would help ensure safe and reliable water sources while paying for a variety of projects. The bond amount is a result of a compromise. The legislature sought an amount over the $7.5 billion while the governor sought an amount under the $7.5 billion. The compromise bond amount led to passage of the Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which was recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. The funding is important to a state that is currently in the throes of a record drought. But, the drought also has spurred Californians to be innovative and as the drought continues, the state is looking for funding for projects that will improve water quality and for projects that relate to water storage. If the proposition passes, contracting opportunities will be plentiful as water recycling facilities to pipelines will be under construction. Among the funding in the proposal is $725 million for recycled water projects, $810 million for water conservation and storm water capture and more. 

Nearly 40 rail freight projects valued at $35.9M set for Pennsylvania

Tom Corbett State funding of nearly $35.9 million is headed to nearly 40 rail freight improvement projects in Pennsylvania. The projects are expected to help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs throughout the state. Gov. Tom Corbett (pictured) said the investments will help create more jobs. "Ensuring that these facilities and assets are ready to meet consumer demands is vital to keeping our state competitive," he said. Thirteen of the projects will be funded through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 26 will be funded through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). The state has invested more than $167 million in rail in an effort to keep state transportation assets strong. Among the projects are: $1.9 million to rehabilitate the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. 36th Street bridge, increasing its weight capacity and reducing a curve on the bridge; $3.2 million to install 14.5 miles of continuous welded rail on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, Co.'s Pittsburgh Subdivision; $1.5 million to the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation for the second of three phases for an improvement project replacing 3.2 miles of rail and associated work; and $656,320 to the Franklin County General Authority to improve track in the Cumberland Valley Business Park and the Letterkenny Army Depot. To view the complete list of projects, click here.

Shreveport to sell bonds for water, sewer system improvements

The city of Shreveport, Louisiana, is preparing to sell $75 million in water and sewer bonds. Another $93.5 million related to the 2011 general bond issue is also planned. Revenue bonds will be sold to pay for improvements, extensions and replacements to water and sewer utility systems. Several projects that were part of a previous $175 million bond issue have been designed but lacked funding. The sale of these bonds will provide that funding. 


Safety at center of state funding for 20 Pennsylvania airports

Twenty airports in Pennsylvania will see an investment in safety improvements and operations as a result of $3.4 million in state funds. State officials say the projects will support jobs and strengthen the state's economy by allowing the airports to provide better service and more business activity.  Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's aviation development program. These funds will be added to $6 million in aviation funds from the state's new Multimodal Fund, which allows for bigger investments in all modes of transportation. The state has invested $50 million in aviation since January 2011. Among the funding projects are $200,000 to the McVille Airport in Armstrong County to construct a new hangar, $150,000 to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria  airport in Cambria County to rehabilitate airport pavement, $450,000 to the York Airport in York County to design and rehabilitate the runway and $262,500 to the Grove City Regional Airport in Mercer County for the second phase of fuel facility improvement. To view the complete list of projects and their funding, click here.

Palo Alto to issue RFP for technology to solve parking problems

Liz Kniss Facing a lack of downtown parking, the city of Palo Alto will issue a request for proposals (RFP) seeking technology aimed at helping solve that problem. The RFP will seek a range of technology solutions from guidance systems to inform drivers when parking is available in a garage to a system that provides time stamping of vehicles coming in and out of garages and sends real-time information to drivers regarding the availability of parking. These two systems alone range in cost from $400,000 to $1.6 million respectively. Officials say the technology of both systems could make close to 60 more spaces available. In addition to making information available regarding open parking spaces, the city also is going to create a program aimed at pushing residents to other modes of transportation. City officials said there is an employee demand of 1,851 parking spaces downtown. They feel these innovative programs can cut that number in half. "I can't think of any reason why we wouldn't move forward as quickly as we can, given the demand we have and the growth we anticipate," said Vice Mayor Liz Kniss (pictured). The city will also consider adding meters for parking on downtown streets and installing gates at downtown garages. 


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  • KPMG Corporate Finance won a $3 million contract from the city of Indianapolis to oversee the financial transaction between the city and the developer for a proposed criminal justice center.
  • BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $7,397,159 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for the USS Ardent (MCM 12) fiscal 2014 selected restricted availability that includes planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities.
  • Sanford Contractors Inc. won a $1.8 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the bridge on U.S. 15/401 over Gum Swamp in Scotland County.
  • McCarthy Building Cos. won a $96.3 million contract from the Texas Transportation Commission to build express toll lanes on State Highway 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The project includes one toll lane in each direction between Presidential Boulevard at the entrance to the airport and east to State Highway 130, or 4.5 miles in each direction. It should be completed by summer 2016.
  • Hardrock Construction was awarded a $13.3 million contract by the Port of New Orleans for improvements to the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal. The 12-acre project is intended to upgrade the terminal, improving the movement of marine and rail cargo at the port while also reducing its carbon footprint. 
  • Exelis has been awarded a $517 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for enterprise information management and information technology support services for the Corps' Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The contract is a fixed-price incentive award and includes the base year, plus four one-year options that, if fully exercised, would extend the contract through August 2019. The contract calls for Exelis to provide information management and information technology support services to more than 37,000 Corps customers.
  • Hellmuth, Obata & Kassebaum won a $4.7 million contract from the city of Indianapolis to oversee the bid selection process, including design specification for the proposed $400 million proposed criminal justice center.
  • Staffco Construction was awarded a $4.977 million contract by Miami County to update infrastructure of the county courthouse and the neighboring Safety Building.
  • BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, was awarded a $13,684,941 modification by the U.S. Navy to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee/incentive-fee contract for the USS Howard fiscal 2014 selected restricted availability (SRA). The SRA includes planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. 
  • Northstar Contracting Group was awarded a $34 million contract from the state of New Jersey for the demolition and site restoration of the historic Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris County. The company will demolish the historic Kirkbride Building, among other structures.

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P3 will help redevelop mine, waste disposal site in Pittsburgh

Rich Fitzgerald A project expected to generate $250 million in private investment and create 7,000 direct and indirect jobs will be a public-private partnership (P3) involving several state agencies in Pennsylvania. The project will take an abandoned mine and waste disposal site at an airport and create from it a center for international trade. It will include office space, research and development capacity and a hotel with 400 rooms and convention space.

To be called the Pittsburgh World Trade Center, it is expected the new center will draw more business to the area, providing an economic boost and generating new tax revenues while creating jobs.

"As this region continues to grow, providing a place for businesses that are integrally linked to the airport is a priority, while we also continue to build on our reputation as an international community," said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (pictured). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Allegheny County are partnering with the Pittsburgh International Airport on the project. That redevelopment will provide sites for more than 1 million square feet of Class A office space, 90,000 square feet for research and development and the hotel and convention space. There will also be space for six corporate hangars. The Department of Transportation will provide $1 million to repair and improve state roads leading to the site. The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $1 million federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act grant for environmental remediation to help clean up the site.

Port of Miami Tunnel project opens thanks to public-private partnership

The recent opening of the Port of Miami Tunnel was the culmination of how public-private partnerships can work on major projects and benefit all parties. The nearly three-quarter-mile tunnel runs under Biscayne Bay and connects the MacArthur Causeway with the Port of Miami. The underwater lanes will carry thousands of vehicles.


The project is a result of a design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance model that includes a 35-year concession agreement between the Florida Department of Transportation and MAT Concessionaire, LLC. Florida DOT is owner of the project.


Both now and while it was being constructed, the tunnel project provided 176,000 jobs that netted workers $6.4 billion in wages, while providing $17 billion in economic output, according to the Port of Miami 2007 Economic Impact Study. The 16,000 vehicles that travel through downtown Miami will be diverted through the $1 billion tunnel, which will be operated by MAT Concessionaire.  


P3 model will be considered for new four-lane Highway 156 in California

Debbie Hale The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) will hear a proposal today, Wednesday, to use a public-private partnership (P3) to pay for a new four-lane Highway 156. The plans are for toll road revenue from a privately operated toll road to pay for the project.


According to TAMC Executive Director Debbie Hale (pictured), a workshop will be held to provide an overview of the $268 million Highway 156 West Corridor project. The meeting will also describe the funding needed for the project and documentation necessary for establishing a P3. So far, only $44 million in funding has been identified for the project, which will likely include a four-lane freeway south of the current two-lane highway. The existing roadway would be converted into a frontage road.


The P3 would involve TAMC and Caltrans and a private developer who would design, build, finance, operate and maintain the toll road. Motorists using the new roadway would pay a $5 toll. A term for the partnership would be established and at the end of the term, the freeway would revert back to the public agency. The project also would require legislative approval. Draft documents would be completed by September or October, according to a proposed timeline. The private-sector partner would be chosen by July of next year. With all permits and studies completed by mid-2016, the final proposal would likely move forward by the end of 2016.


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Where are they now?

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


Abhi Nemani Abhi Nemani (pictured) has been named the first chief data officer for the city of Los Angeles. He will play a key role in Mayor Eric Garcetti's efforts to move the city toward data-driven innovations and results for the local government. He will work with city departments to collect and analyze data and will oversee the new open-data portal. Nemani comes to the city after having served as co-executive director of the nonprofit Code for America. The organization is technology-based and has a goal of recreating government for the 21st century. He also led the organization's strategic development, including initiatives such as launching a startup accelerator and a network of government innovators. Before joining Code for America, Nemani managed research teams at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and worked with Google, creating an innovative strategy to leverage social media to increase consumer engagement. He has been featured in a number of publications, including Forbes magazine and the New York Times. He has been a featured speaker at events that include SxSW and the World Bank. Nemani graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with an honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). 


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Scott Woosley Brenda Hales Mark Martin Scott Woosley (top left), executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, has resigned from his position following publication of his meal and travel expenses, and Treasurer Kevin Clinton has recommended Deputy Treasurer Wayne Workman to be named acting executive director. Brenda Hales (top center), the state of Utah's second-highest ranking education official, has resigned her post as state Deputy Superintendent, after having worked in the state's Office of Education since 2007. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has named Mark Martin (top right), Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, as the new Chief Justice to serve until the November elections, replacing Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who is facing mandatory retirement. Gary Drews, former chief financial officer and vice president for finance and investments at the Colorado Health Foundation for seven years and former chief operating officer for Denver's Regis University and CFO of Colorado Outward Bound School, has been chosen interim CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, the state's online marketplace for individual and small business health policies. Denton, Texas, City Manager George Campbell has announced the appointment of Robin Paulsgrove, most recently Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management in Arlington, Texas, and former fire chief in Austin, Texas, as Denton's new fire chief. Paula Carson, chair of the commission that oversees the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center and assistant vice president of institutional planning and development at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, has taken over as the research center's chief Stefan Pryor Michael Harrison Todd Park executive officer, replacing Kam Ng, who resigned to take a job in Boston. Stefan Pryor (bottom right), Connecticut's state education commissioner, has resigned, effective in January 2015, to seek other professional opportunities. Lt. Michael Harrison (bottom center), a 23-year police department veteran who has served as commander over the New Orleans Police Department's 7th District since 2012, has been named interim chief in the wake of the retirement of Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, who is taking a teaching job at Loyola University. The nation's second-ever federal chief technology officer, Todd Park (bottom left), plans to resign from his position by the end of the year but will stay with the federal government in a California-based role with recruiting responsibilities for tech talent. Former Multnomah (Oregon) County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who resigned last September after serving as county chairman since 2010, is taking a new job as the head of Portland's Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School. Tammy Mangus, current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Monticello (New York) Central School District, has been named the new superintendent, replacing Daniel Teplesky, who is retiring. Matthew Watkins, city manager for Clifton, New Jersey, since July 2010, has announced he is leaving that post to take the job as municipal administrator in West New York. 


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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 Full conference details at For more information and to register, click here.
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