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Volume 6, Issue 23September 17, 2014
Wearable technology - an emerging trend
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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With all eyes, including those of the Department of Justice, on Ferguson, Missouri, as protests continue over the shooting death by a police officer of an 18-year-old, there is intense interest in transparency as it applies to first responders - and particularly law enforcement. 

 

The concept of wearable cameras which monitor an officer's surroundings and activities is a hot topic. Just as interesting are the conversations and decisions being made about other wearables (i.e. Google Glass) that contribute to the efficacy of first responders. The wearable technology market is just emerging, but it appears to be gaining acceptance quickly.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
House committee releases P3 report
Summit addresses public funding needs
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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Breaking news: House panel issues P3 report

 

Interest growing in use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure needs

John Duncan There is "tremendous and growing interest in public-private partnerships" in the United States, according to Congressman John Duncan (top), and more and more government projects nationwide are expected to employ this financial tool in the near future. Duncan, who chairs the Congressional Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), says, however, that P3s are not a panacea and large-scale infrastructure projects will continue to require major public investments. At a press conference today, Wednesday, the panel released its final report and recommendations regarding the state of P3s in the United States and the role this financial option will play in meeting the nation's current and future infrastructure needs. 


While P3s already have played an important role in a number of projects of national and regional significance, even more interest has been noted by Wall Street, as financial industry officials report fielding a significant number of calls from private companies interested in participating in P3s, said Duncan.


The report examined the role P3s play in surface transportation, aviation, public buildings and economic development, water systems and water treatment and ports and inland waterways. The information gleaned from numerous hearings and round-table discussions by the panel revealed that P3s can provide benefits the public sector cannot, especially in high-cost, technical projects. Duncan cited numerous examples of successful public-private partnership projects, from the recently opened Miami Tunnel, which he said tapped into worldwide technical expertise to bring to fruition, to the Eagle Project in Denver, which used a P3 to 

Michael Capuano

build more than 30 miles of commuter rail track and will now be the nation's first private sector-operated transit line.


During those hearings and discussions, panel Ranking Member Michael Capuano (bottom) reminded that no person who came before the panel said that P3s can completely take the place of federal and local support for these much-needed infrastructure projects. Although there are a lot of federal dollars on the table for infrastructure projects, Capuano said each and every P3 needs the financial assistance that can be afforded through federal credit assistance from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), Private Activity Bonds and traditional state and local funding. In fact, said Capuano, P3s are mostly publicly funded. "You have to put public dollars on the table," he said.

 
Another panel member, Congresswoman Candice Miller, noted that P3s have been used effectively in other countries and in some states in this country. She said she is hopeful that more government entities in this country will explore their use and effectiveness. However, she added that the federal government "will not mandate, but incentivize" P3s for use by the states. She hailed P3s as "an idea whose time has certainly come."


Only about 10-12 percent of today's infrastructure needs could be solved through public-private partnerships, said Congressman Peter DeFazio, who described P3s as a "tool" that can help finance infrastructure projects. But, he added, there is still need for a "robust" public investment. Capuano said he fully expects that the percentage of P3 involvement in projects nationwide will increase significantly 10-20 years down the road.


The report and its recommendations will be part of the discussion when Congress begins debate on a reauthorization of the federal transportation and highway bill.

 

USDOT awards $600M in TIGER grant funding

 

Almost every state approved for funding for road, rail, transit, port projects

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TIGER grants will be used for road, rail, transit and port projects nationwide.
Seventy-two projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia will share $600 million in funding from this year's allocation from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. The grants are allocated to help defray the costs of road, rail, transit and port projects across the country that are geared toward having an impact on critical national projects that will impact the entire nation, a region or metropolitan area.

 

"As uncertainty about the future of long-term federal funding continues, this round of TIGER will be a shot in the arm for these innovative, job-creating and quality of life-enhancing projects," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who announced the complete list of grant winners.

Last year, 52 projects in states throughout the country shared $474 million in TIGER grants. The fact that 797 applications were received totaling $9.5 billion, 15 times the $600 million available in the program for this fiscal year, shows the extent of the ever-increasing need for transportation infrastructure nationwide. Since the grant program began in 2009, USDOT has allocated more than $3 billion to assist states and municipalities with the costs of hundreds of infrastructure projects.

"We're building bridges from Maine to Mississippi," said Foxx. "We're creating ladders of opportunity for the middle class and those seeking to enter the middle class by investing in transit, road and rail projects from Los Angeles to Detroit to New York City, increasing access to jobs and quality of life."

Some of the projects that were awarded TIGER grants include:
  • The state of Washington won an award of $20 million for upgrades to the Port of Seattle, including at the 82-acre Terminal 46, one of the major container hubs at the seaport. It includes dock rehabilitation, storm water treatment improvements and extending the dock crane rail to allow it to handle two super post-Panamex vessels at the same time.
  • In Virginia, the Greater Richmond Transit Co. was awarded $25 million for a bus rapid transit line and the Virginia Port Authority was allocated $15 million for a project to ease traffic congestion in the Hampton Roads area.
  • The Department of Transportation of New York City secured a $25 million grant for street safety and greenway projects in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. It will also support eight Safe Routes to School projects. 
  • Metro Transit in St. Louis, Missouri, has been granted $10.3 million to help build a new MetroLink station in the Cortex innovation district. Also in Missouri, Kansas City was granted $1.2 million for a project whose goal is to double the number of jobs accessible by public transit.
  • Seward, Alaska, won a $2.5 million grant to complete the master plan for expansion of the marine terminal in the city.
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Summit addresses need for private-sector funding

 

Cabinet secretaries attend event seeking new funding sources for infrastructure

Penny Pritzker Numerous Cabinet secretaries were among those attending a recent "summit" in Washington, D.C., organized to hear from both public and private entity officials regarding what efforts can be made to increase private investment in infrastructure - from highways to bridges and more. The nation's transportation system is facing a huge finance gap, and officials are hoping private investment in those projects can help bridge the gap.

Public infrastructure in this country was valued at nearly $10.8 billion in 2012, according to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (top). In addressing the summit, Pritzker said just to maintain that infrastructure in its current condition will cost $350 billion per year.

Numerous federal agencies are becoming involved in the push for public involvement in transportation funding. The Treasury Department plans to commission an independent report to identify transportation and water projects that will have the greatest economic impact, said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (bottom). Jacob Lew Lew said the nation will face a $1 trillion infrastructure-funding gap by 2020. "Budget limitations at every level of government make it all the more important to come up with fresh, innovative ways to unlock capital and get more projects under way," he said.

Involvement in the effort being put into infrastructure projects is continuing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which approved $518 million in loans for rural electricity projects.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has funded several large infrastructure projects, including a $950 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the I-4 interstate project in Florida, representing the larges loan to a public-private partnership (P3) project in the program's history. USDOT also approved allocation of $1.2 billion of federal private activity bonds for replacement by the Pennsylvania DOT of 600 bridges in a single P3 contract. USDOT also is providing $20 million for a transit-oriented development pilot program.

An interagency infrastructure finance working group has been directed to identify hurdles that must be overcome to speed P3 projects. Their recommendations are due Nov. 14.  

 

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Voters in Nebraska school district pass $69.9 million bond issue

A variety of upgrades and new construction will result from the passage of a $69.9 million bond election in the Grand Island (Nebraska) Public Schools. Among the projects are the demolition and replacement of Jefferson and Stolley Park elementary schools. The Barr Middle School will be expanded and renovated and Engleman and Shoemakers elementary schools will be expanded to add four classrooms per grade. The district will also build a new Starr Elementary School that will include a new gym for after-school practices for Barr Middle School students. And, finally, part of the Grand Island Senior High will be renovated to convert spaces vacated when the Career Pathways Institute opened last year.
 

$16.5 million bond issue on ballot for Missouri school district

Phillip Cook They're calling it "Proposition Tornado Safety," and it's all about keeping the school children safe in the Carl Junction School District in Missouri. The Board of Education for the district recently announced it would put a $16.5 million bond issue before voters in November, with a successful bond vote providing funds for three storm shelters. One shelter would be located at the kindergarten and first-grade building and it can also be used for classroom space. The second shelter would be connected to the second- through sixth-grade building and would also serve as the cafeteria and gym, expanding the current kitchen space for the school. The third and final shelter would be connected to the high school gym. It would provide additional space for physical education classes. The facility could also provide an indoor practice area for the band. The bond issue is necessary, said Superintendent Phillip Cook (pictured), because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not currently able to help pay for these types of facilities. If the bond issue is successful, construction could begin in the spring and be completed in fall 2016. 

 

More than $200M in capital projects funded in North Dakota higher education

More than $200 million in capital projects funding was recently approved by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. But that's only a drop in the bucket, say some higher ed officials, with $808 million in deferred maintenance projects still waiting for funding. Among the projects to be funded are a new heating plant at Valley City State and new water and sewer lines at North Dakota State College of Science. Williston State College will get $14 million for a facility to address the shortage in doctors and nurses in the state and Minot State will receive $8 million for a career and technical education building to trail workers. There is also $10 million set aside for the first phase of North Dakota State College of Science's Fargo expansion.  

 

Iowa State approves two new major campus capital improvement projects

Tom Rocklin A new residence hall and a new addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences were recently approved as capital improvement projects for Iowa State University by the Iowa Board of Regents. The facility would be for first- and second-year undergraduates and would have a projected completion in 2017. "We're very pleased to be able to move forward on these new projects," says Tom Rocklin (pictured), UI vice president for student life. "We anticipate we'll remain working to accommodate large first-year classes, so this will help us meet student demand and continue offering the best possible living experience for our students." The new residence hall, Madison Street Residence Hall, will have 800 beds. The $80 million to $90 million facility will help meet the burgeoning student population at the university. The addition to the Seamans Center will be 65,000 square feet and cost approximately $37 million. The new building will be paid for without any state funds. The regents also approved a UI request to expand the dining hall in Burge Residence Hall, at an estimated cost of $10 to $12 million.

 

Kansas school district puts bond issue back on ballot again

Last year's $10 million bond issue for the Ellis USD 388 in Ellis, Kansas, was turned down by voters in the district. Board of Education members are going to try again in November, but have trimmed the bond amount to $9 million. Among the projects that would be paid for by a successful bond issue are replacement of the heating, venting and air conditioning system. In addition, four new classrooms would be added to the Ellis High School, compared to the six that were sought in the last unsuccessful bond issue. The district would also use bond proceeds to build two practice gyms, a football field and a track. "If we lose (the bond election), we're going to run into some real road blocks because we cannot afford to do what's going to need to be done, and we will have to close a facility," said Superintendent Bob Young.

 

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South Bend International Airport gets $2M grant for new system

Anthony Foxx South Bend International Airport will soon be purchasing and installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, thanks to a $2 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant. The system is designed to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The $2 million award comes from the FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program. The VALE program was put in place in 2005 and is designed to reduce sources of airport ground emissions in areas of marginal air quality. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured) said the program helps combat pollution and reduces emissions. "I am pleased that the FAA can help our nation's airports continue to improve the environment through grants like this one," he said. The new system will replace a heat pump system that has served the east and west terminals for nearly two decades. It is expected to reduce the airport's natural gas operating needs by nearly 4 million cubic feet per year. That would mean an emissions reduction of more than 140 tons of ozone over the 20-year life of the system.


 
Everglades project gets $20 million in federal grant funding

A $20 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation has been awarded to a project in the Everglades of Florida. The funds will be used to elevate a portion of the highway that is blocking the natural flow of water into Everglades National Park. Because of aging water-control structures, Everglades National Park suffers from a lack of water. The project includes a 2.6-mile section of the Tamiami Trail that links Miami and southwest Florida. The money will be funneled through the National Park Service and the Florida Department of Transportation. The bridge is the second phase of an Everglades restoration project that has been put on the back burner because of legal challenges and a lack of funding. The first phase included elevating a one-mile section of the Tamiami Trail last year.

 

Oklahoma City officials approve bond sales to develop 14-hangar complex

Roy Williams The city council for Oklahoma City recently approved $23.5 million in bonds that will help develop a hangar complex near Tinker Air Force Base. Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Roy Williams (pictured), said the project has been on the drawing board for several years. Now, with the bond money to be available, the 14-hangar complex is expected to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2018, said Williams. The proposed location for the hangar complex is in a more than 150-acre site owned by BNSF Railway and is north of Interstate 240 at Air Depot Boulevard. The issue of the bonds is contingent on the purchase of the land by the U.S. Air Force and Oklahoma city and county officials.


Pennsylvania city's CIP includes $7.8M for infrastructure work

More than $7.8 million of a recently approved $12.2 million capital improvement plan for the city of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, has been earmarked for infrastructure work. Road paving and milling projects account for about $6.75 million of the infrastructure funding. Also part of the CIP is money for vehicles, equipment and technology upgrades. A total of $655,000 has been set aside for purchase of a ladder truck for the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department. Another $500,000 is set aside for park improvements, including $105,000 for Murrysville Community Park, $20,000 for Sardis Park and $376,000 for overall park improvements. The projects in the plan are expected to cover 2015 through 2019. The CIP projects will be paid for with tax receipts, state liquid fuels money and budget reserved. 


Honolulu rail authority to rebid projects for station construction

Daniel Grabauskas After the first round of bids came in more than $100 million higher than expected, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has decided to rebid its request for station construction on its rail system. "We have decided that it is in the public's best interest to cancel this solicitation and redesign the bid in order to reduce risk to the contractors and thereby reduce costs," said Dan Grabauskas (pictured), executive director of HART. The rapid transit entity received three bids when it first released its request for proposals. The bids were to build the first nine stations of the system. The agency had budgeted at least $150 million to build those first nine stations, with a $34 million contingency, or a total of $184 million. The lowest bid from the three bidders was $294 million. Rail officials now plan to break up the original bid into three projects with three stations each. That, said Grabauskas, will allow smaller contractors to bid, creating more competition and possibly lower costs. The first group of stations will likely be bid in about 12 weeks. The plan to construct three stations at a time would also likely mean the "soft" opening of the system facilities could be pushed back by a year, to 2017. The grand opening for the system is set for 2019.

 

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Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • Bombardier Transportation won a $92 million contract from the Chicago Transit Authority to overhaul the agency's 257 second-oldest railcars, the 3200 series, as part of a major modernization of its rail and bus fleets launched in 2012.
  • Balfour Beatty won a $116 million contract from the Denton, Texas, Independent School District to build a new high school, the firm's 50th educational construction with DISD in the last 14 years.
  • Orion Marine Contractors, Inc. won a $6 million contract from the city of Seward, Alaska, to start producing the rock needed to build the breakwater, the key component of the Seward Marine Industrial Center.
  • Voith Hydro, Inc. was awarded a $7 million contract by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to perform turbine repair for Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse dams in Pennsylvania.
  • Lydick-Hooks Roofing won a $96,176 contract with a $9,000 contingency fee from the city of Brownwood, Texas, for roof deck repairs on the main hangar at the Brownwood airport.
  • Riggs Ambulance Service won a contract for an estimated $12 million from Merced County, California, to provide ambulance services.
  • Allan A. Myers L.P. was awarded a $5.3 million contract by Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to begin demolition on the closed Arcola Road Bridge that connects Upper and Lower Providence.
  • Fife, a joint venture of Tactical Constructors Corp. and NLC General Inc. won a $1.14 million contract from the National Park Service to renovate the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Washington. The contract includes renovation and expansion of the existing visitor center and restrooms, modifications to the building for ADA accessibility and a new roof.
  • Great Lakes Dredge and Dock was awarded an $8.6 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Hudson River shipping channel. The dredging will focus on shoals in three channel areas between Albany and the Greene County town of Coxsackie.
  • OCCI Inc. won a $12.3 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for repairs on the first six of 18 radial gates at Harlan County Dam in Nebraska.

 

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Pennsylvania uses P3 law for sponsorship to trim costs of $4M program

Jim Cawley A public-private partnership has led to an agreement that marks the first sponsorship effort under the Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership Law signed in 2012. State Farm will work with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on the state's free motorist assistance program on select expressway in the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions.

 

PennDOT has been providing the service solo at an annual cost of about $4 million. The sponsorship with State Farm is expected to reduce that cost by about 11 percent.The program involves patrolling select roadways to help motorists with towing, jump starts, flat tire repair and other issues on heavily traveled roadways during the business week.

 

"This sponsorship is a testament to how public-private partnerships can deliver benefits for the Commonwealth and businesses, but most importantly, to taxpayers," said Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (pictured) said.

 

Existing patrol vehicles will be updated to include the State Farm logo and will get enhanced, highly-reflective safety markings to increase visibility. Last year, the patrol assisted more than 17,500 motorists.

 

Public-private partnership nets new regional bus service

An agreement between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Peter Pan Bus Lines has resulted in a new regional transportation service. The new BusPlus program is expected to give intercity and commuter transportation users more options across all of New England. BusPlus is the result of a public-private partnership. MassDOT provides new regional buses to private bus companies, and those companies then deliver regional bus services improvements and are responsible for both maintenance of the buses and operating costs.


Among the new services added are new routes, addition of stops on current routes, extension of current routes and increased route frequency. The new buses provided to the private firms feature the latest safety advances and have fully outfitted restrooms, more leg room, new comfortable seating, Wi-Fi and power outlets at each seat. 


"The Bus Plus program is a great example of a public-private partnership between MassDOT and Peter Pan," said Peter A. Picknelly, chair and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "We're very pleased to offer these new services to Massachusetts residents and visitors, and the new buses are an important addition to our fleet."

 

City in Kentucky to issue RFI for P3 to build fiber-optic network

Jim Gray Slow Internet speed has pushed officials in Lexington, Kentucky, toward increasing speed and allowing more residents to have access to the Internet. They will issue a request for information (RFI) within the next six months to gauge interest in a public-private partnership or commercial-only build-out of a fiber-optic network.


Mayor Jim Gray (pictured) said the current average Internet speed in the city is 16.2 megabits per second. The mayor said the city is hopeful to increase that to a "gigabit city," increasing the current 16.2 rate to at least 1,000 megabits per second, the speed of one gigabit. 


A private firm said Lexington's current rate ranks 38th of 96 cities and towns in the state where there is access to the Internet. Gray said high-speed Internet is a must for recruiting and retaining businesses, which affects the local economy.


The mayor said that in addition to increasing the speed, the city will also seek to increase availability. "Increasing our Internet speed is crucial, but so is tackling the digital divide," he said. Estimates are that approximately one-third of the city's residents do not have Internet access.  

 

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 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 Minerva Tantoco. 

 

Minerva Tantoco Minerva Tantoco (pictured), current chief technology officer of Swiss financial services firm USB and former director of investment banking technology for Merrill Lynch, was recently chosen by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's first chief technology officer, heading a new office called the Office of Technology and Innovation. The new mayoral office is also a cabinet position. Tantoco will follow in the footsteps of New York's former Chief Digital Officer Rachel Stern Haot, who left the mayor's office last year to become New York state's chief technology officer. As CTO for the city, Tantoco will be charged with developing and implementing a strategy for technology and innovation for how New York City will approach the role of technology in people's everyday lives, in the city's economy and in its schools. Tantoco holds four patents in artificial intelligence and workflow systems. While in college, she moved to the Silicon Valley, founding the technology startup, Manageware Inc., which was successfully sold five years later. 

       

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Jenny Yang Tony West Donna Shalala Jenny R. Yang (top left), a former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioner and vice chair since April, has been named by President Barack Obama as the new chair of the EEOC, succeeding outgoing Chair Jacqueline Berrien. Associate Attorney General Tony West (top center), the Justice Department's third-ranking official and a key player in the agency's effort to secure multibillion-dollar penalties against large banks for financial fraud, is stepping down, effective Sept. 15. University of Miami President Donna Shalala (top right), who has served the university in that capacity since 2001 after serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, has announced that she will step down from her post following the current school year. Derek Moore, the San Jose Unified School District's director of technology services, is headed to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer, replacing Ann Dunkin, who recently left the post to work for the Environmental Protection Agency. Charlene Webb, county manager for Roosevelt County for a dozen years, has been hired as the new County Manager for Grant County, New Mexico, replacing former County Manager Jon Saari. Portland's financial controller for the last four years, Jane Kingston, has resigned after being placed on administrative leave last month by Chief Administrative Officer Fred Miller. The California State Teachers' Retirement System has promoted Lisa Blatnick Lynne Griffith Soraya Coley Lisa Blatnick (bottom right) to Chief of Administrative Services, where she will oversee the strategic direction, policy development and management of the Administrative Services Branch. Lynne Griffith (bottom center), current chief executive officer of Pierce Transit, has been chosen as the new head of the Washington State ferry system, the first woman to head the division of the State Department of Transportation. Soraya M. Coley (bottom left), current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Bakersfield, has been chosen as the new president of Cal Poly Pomona, succeeding J. Michael Ortiz, who is retiring in December after 12 years as president. Carlos Martinez, East Palo Alto's longtime economic development director, was chosen by the City Council as interim city manager after former City Manager Magda Gonzalez's contract, set to expire at the end of October, was not renewed and who has since been hired by the City of Half Moon Bay as its city manager. After working many years in the Puget Sound region's manufacturing and industrial sector and then as CEO of Polara Corp. in Minnesota, Ted Flick has taken over as head of the Port of Seattle. The U.S. Senate has confirmed Anne Rung, senior advisor in the Office of Management and Budget since May, to be the next administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
 
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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.
 
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