|Volume 6, Issue 21||September 3, 2014|
Research partnerships producing high ROIs
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Large universities have always been interested in expanding their research capabilities. The desire for cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art labs and modern classrooms, however, is now at an all-time high - and there is more justification for all of it. Public-private partnerships (P3s) related to research coalitions are producing enviable results throughout the nation.
There are many examples. Emory University and Georgia Tech have a working partnership that some are calling a national "blueprint for collaboration." The partnership involves both a private school and a public university. The Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering is jointly operated and that makes it one of the first of its type.
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|West Virginia to advertise for its first highway P3|
RFQ by Division of Highways will address section of Coalfields Expressway
The first public-private partnership (P3) project of the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) is about to move forward. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (top) was joined by Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox (bottom) and other officials recently to announce that the DOH would advertise for a request for qualifications (RFQ) as it seeks private partners interested in partnering on a Coalfields Expressway project. The project is the result of legislation from the last legislative session that allowed P3s.
The project includes a 3.3-mile section of the Expressway that will result in the connection of Mullens to sections already under construction. Once completed, the project will extend the Expressway to nearly 19 miles.
Tomblin called the P3 concept "a great example of how state government and the private sector can work together to improve the quality of life for our residents." He noted that a solid infrastructure will mean more economic development opportunities for many communities in the state.
Mattox called P3s an "important procurement method" and "another valuable tool to continue to preserve, maintain and build highways infrastructure in West Virginia."
When completed, the Expressway will be a 115-mile, multi-lane highway that connects Beckley to Grundy, Virginia. What was once 92 miles of a two-lane roadway will become 65 miles of four-lane highway.
Bids for the Coalfields P3 project are expected to be opened in December with construction likely to begin in spring 2015.
|Nearly $6.6B in bond elections set in Texas in November|
Variety of contracting opportunities will be plentiful from successful elections
Numerous new schools will be built following successful bond issues in Texas in November..
More than 50 government entities in Texas - cities, towns, villages, community colleges, a hospital district and more than 20 school districts - have called for Nov. 4 bond elections in the state, totaling nearly $6.6 billion. Contracting opportunities will be plentiful in areas where bond issues are successful. Some may result in contracting opportunities that will span years.
The largest bond issue will be in the state's capital city, where the city of Austin will ask voters to approve a $1 billion bond. Included is $600 million for an urban rail project and millions more mostly for highway and bridge projects.
The smallest bond vote will be a $3 million issue going before voters in the Crockett County Consolidated Common School District, with proceeds from a successful bond issue paying for bus upgrades and technology improvements.
In addition to highway and bridge projects, technology upgrades and rail projects, some of the other projects that would be funded throughout the state are new building construction on community college and public school campuses, building renovations, safety and security improvements, telecommunications systems, public works projects, parks projects, public safety buildings and equipment, water and drainage projects, a new hospital and more.
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. has available for purchase its Texas Bond Package for November 2014. The document includes a listing of all the entities holding bond elections, the amount of the bond issue and detailed descriptions of what projects the bond proceeds will fund. The day following the Nov. 4 elections, purchasers of the bond package will receive a bond election results document. Included with the results document will be a list of proposed upcoming bond elections under discussion for May 2015 and beyond.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Four projects in line for Oklahoma school district after successful bond
Four projects at the Garber Public Schools in Oklahoma will benefit from a $7.3 million bond issue that was recently approved by voters. The projects include a multi-purpose gymnasium and center, a new band room, technology upgrades and a new driveway to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) shop. Superintendent Jim Lamer noted that the 1950s gym was small and outdated. He added that the new band room will have better technology and acoustics and could also double as a safe room for the community, with a capacity of 150.
New Hampshire school to issue bonds for capital improvements
The Concord (New Hampshire) School Board recent approved issuing up to $8.6 million in bonds that will pay for multiple capital improvement projects. Scheduled to share in the proceeds of the bond sale are Concord High School, Rundlett Middle School, and Broken Ground and Beaver Meadow elementary schools. Among the types of projects that will likely come from the sale of the bonds are new roofs, doors, flooring, HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical and life safety projects. Those types of projects are expected to take up $7.6 million of the bonds sold, with the remaining $1 million to be used to purchase new replacement school buses. Business Administrator Jack Dunn (pictured) told school board members there are numerous steps that must be taken before bonds are issued and projects begin. He said the schedule calls for the work to begin in 2015 and be completed by 2016. Another $876,000 in reserve funds is being used for additional projects that include installing fire panels at the high school and Broken Ground Elementary, a new cafeteria floor at the high school and restrooms in Rundlett Middle School.
Wisconsin school district approves capital improvement projects
More than $240,000 has been approved by the School District of Onalaska, Wisconsin, for capital improvement projects this year. Nine projects were approved by the Board of Education that range from $5,000 to $100,000. The projects include repair work, safety upgrades and maintenance projects for five buildings within the district. Among the projects are replacement of playground equipment valued at $47,000, $28,000 for upgrades to restrooms at the Onalaska Middle School, $11,000 to install LED alert strobes and speakers at the high school, $100,000 for resurfacing of the high school track and $20,500 for relocating fencing at the high school.
School, community college in county both seeking to pass bond issues
Voters in Iredell County, North Carolina, will decided two bond votes in November - one for the local community college and one for the public school district. Many of the graduates of the Mitchell Community College graduate to jobs in the health care industry in the county, as nurse, nurse assistants, paramedics and therapists. To ensure the college can continue to graduate students who will stay in the area to meet health care needs of the county, the college is seeking funding for capital improvement projects, among them a $12 million new allied health building. The health building would be a 40,000-square-foot, two-story facility and would include several simulation rooms that simulate real hospital rooms and also a section that would appear just like a hospital floor, with exam, triage and waiting rooms. The other issue to be decided is a $119.5 million bond issue for Iredell-Statesville Schools and the Mooresville Graded School District, to cover numerous projects.
Two Nebraska schools set bond elections mostly for renovations, upgrades
Two school boards in Nebraska recently voted to put bond issues before voters in their respective districts in November, with much of the proceeds from a successful bond vote to go toward upgrade and renovations and security needs. The Elkhorn school board will float a $63.1 million bond issue and the Douglas County West board is asking voters to approve a $45.8 million bond issue. The Elkhorn district bond vote would include an addition to the Elkhorn South High School that would make room for 500 students and two new elementary schools. Land would also be purchased from bond proceeds for the site of a future new high school. The bond proceeds also would be used for renovations and additions to schools and security upgrades and renovations at three elementary schools. The DC West proposal would include renovations and improvements in such areas as security and upgrades that include new science labs, better classroom design and a performing arts auditorium. In addition to these two bond issues being placed on the ballot, at least one other district is also studying bond possibilities. Westside Community Schools Superintendent Blane McCann (pictured) recommended planning for his school district for a possible bond vote in spring 2015 that would be for the renovation and upgrading of facilities.
Storm shelter part of Asher schools' successful bond propositions
With the approval of two bond propositions for the Asher schools in Oklahoma, residents are assured of a storm shelter that will have a 300-person capacity. Voters approved two propositions, one of which carried a $1.74 million price tag. It will enhance the high school gymnasium so that it can also be a safe haven for the community during storms. Proposition two will allow school officials to purchase two new school buses at a cost of $150,000. Proposition one will also add a new lobby area and new visiting team dressing rooms to the gym. Money for the gym/shelter project is expected to be available in the spring.
|Other upcoming contracting opportunities|
Capital improvement projects readied for city of Ruidoso Downs
The city of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, is preparing for a number of water-related projects that are included in its capital improvement plan. The city's Public Works Director, Cleatus Richards (pictured) noted there are five major projects that will be priority projects for the city. They include the Agua Fria wastewater replacement, Aqua Fria water system, drainage system improvement, city street reconstruction and Americans with Disability Act ramps at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Chief among the projects, according to Richards, is the extension by the city of sewer coverage to the Agua Fria subdivision. The project is expected to protect the main public water source while reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the watershed. The replacement of old waterlines to the Agua Fria subdivision is also a priority and will require major repairs because of water losses and service interruptions. Some 2,000 feet of draining improvements is on tap for Joe Welch Drive, Highland Lane and North Lane to mitigate flooding problems. The other two priority projects include reconstruction of the area of Wright Lane and South Parnell to mill the sub base and asphalt overlay and to install new curb, gutter and drive pads and provide a ramp to the upper raking lot to the Hubbard museum upper entrance.
Kentucky city looking forward to new public works department building
The city of Cadiz, Kentucky, is looking forward to bids for construction of its new Public Works Department building. The new facility, to be built on the site of the current facility, will be approximately 12,000 square feet, close to 4,000 square feet larger than the current building. Cost of the new building is estimated to be $700,000. The new building, according to final plans recently completed, dedicates 10,000 square feet to the garage space - more than the current building - and close to 2,000 square feet for an administrative area.
GSA seeking developer ideas to redevelop Massachusetts research center
The federal General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input from the real estate development industry for redevelopment of the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center property in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Officials are calling the project a first of its kind. The result of the RFI will be used to structure a deal to provide the U.S. Department of Transportation a new transportation research facility to advance innovation in transportation. The partnership will include a real property exchange with the government trading property to a private developer in exchange for consideration of construction services. The first-of-its-kind moniker is used as this represents the first time an agency has transferred a facility to GSA for innovative development. "GSA is using our exchange authority in new ways to get the best deal for the American people," said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini (pictured). "This innovative approach will allow us to partner with the private sector to get the most out of this land and create economic development opportunities." The deal also is expected to improve the Volpe Center's research abilities, without depending on taxpayers to foot the bill. GSA will host an industry day to allow interested parties to tour the facility and learn more about the RFI process.
New York city dedicates $28M for infrastructure, storm rebuilding projects
Two separate funding allocations have been approved by the city of Long Beach, New York, with one of them providing $20 million specifically for Super Storm Sandy-related rebuilding projects. A revenue note, to be repaid in the next year, will fund those projects. The city is expecting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to refund those expenditures. The revenue note is part of a $200 million storm recovery plan to use FEMA funds to rebuild storm-damaged properties. Among the planned projects are a dune-walkover project, beach construction and repair, water treatment plant improvements and playground and city garage repairs. The remainder of the funding - an $8.4 million bond - will fund more than two-dozen infrastructure and flood control projects to include road repairs, beach improvements, equipment purchases and City Hall renovations.
TIFIA loan of $1.28B will help construct second phase of Silver Line project
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has received a $1.28 billion Transportation Infrastructure Financial Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to be used to defray the costs of building Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension. The project will include construction of 11.4 miles of track and six new stations. "Completion of the Silver Line project will provide a critical link to Dulles International Airport and gives residents in the rapidly growing Northern Virginia region more transportation options," said Sylvia Garcia (pictured), chief financial officer and assistant secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. This second phase of the project follows the opening last month of the first phase of the Silver Line, the largest expansion of Metrorail service in two decades. Constructed by the MWAA, the Silver Line is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and is expected to serve some 85,700 riders daily.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
Check out these recent awards:
- Garney Companies, Inc. won a $24.5 million contract from Hernando County in Florida to expand the wastewater treatment plant at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.
- Sunkota Construction Inc. was awarded a $2.881 million contract by the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) School District, to build a new addition to the Robert Frost Elementary School designed to accommodate a district program for high-performance learners.
- Innovative Construction Services Inc. (InnCon) won a $397,000 contract from the township of Middletown, Pennsylvania, for the township's road paving/resurfacing project that includes Hillcrest Lane, Rushley Way and portions of West Forge Road and Mt. Alverno Road.
- Prime Controls was the winner of a $136,400 contract with the city of Coppell, Texas, for upgrades to the city's supervisory control and data acquisitions (SCADA) system on seven city facilities: Wagon Wheel Elevated Storage, Coppell Road Service Center, Southwestern Boulevard Elevated Storage, Sand Lake Road Lift Station, Village Parkway Ground Storage, Village Parkway Ground Storage and Deforest Road Lift Station.
- Jackson and Jackson Reclamation Services won a $2.13 million contract with the state of Kentucky to stabilize a landslide threatening the only access to a Bell County school. The project will stabilize the landslide through construction of concrete retaining walls tied into bedrock with 30-inch diameter concrete caissons.
- Balfour Beatty was awarded a $116 million contract by the Denton (Texas) Independent School District to build the district's fourth comprehensive new high school.
- Boh Bros. Construction Co. won a $119 million contract with an option for an additional $2 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for widening parts of the Florida Avenue Canal in New Orleans. The existing canal will be removed and replaced with either a flume or a covered canal. The work includes associated drainage work and utility relocations required for construction. Drainage improvements will be extended to the lower-lying areas of Desire Street and Montegut Street.
- Flatiron-Zachry Joint Venture won a $231 million contract from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the interchange of Interstates 85 and 385 in Greenville.
- Professional Service Industries was the winner of a $39,826 contract from Hernando County in Florida to provide engineering services for the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.
- Applied Integrated Technologies won a contract worth up to $20.3 million from the Department of Homeland Security for utilities and housekeeping services.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
Athletic center to be built in Austin at no cost to taxpayers through P3
A new athletic complex of up to 70,000 square feet (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) will be built in the Eanes Independent School District in Texas in a public-private partnership that will not cost taxpayers a single cent.
The facility, to be built by Westlake Athletic Center, LLC, will be built on school-owned property near the district's Westlake High School. The private-sector group will build the facility and pay for maintenance and operations in an initial 35-year lease. Once the lease ends, between 35 and 50 years after the structure is built, the school district will take over the operations costs. "But, basically, between now and then, we're also getting a significant amount of rent," said Eanes ISD Superintendent Tom Leonard.
The private partner not only will allow the school the use of the facility, but will allow others to use it so that the company can recoup its investment. The facility will feature six indoor basketball courts and nearly a dozen volleyball courts and a large indoor turf area. It will not be strictly an athletic facility, but can also be used for band, cheer, weight training, etc. It will also be available for youth activities such as karate, gymnastics and yoga.
Backers hoping public-private partnership will help renew stadium
The American Legion Post in Pierre, South Dakota, is hoping the city will partner with the group to provide much-needed upgrades to the Hyde Stadium in the city.
The American Legion uses the stadium for amateur baseball games. It is also used by local high school and youth activities and as a practice site for middle school football. But, the facility is nearly 80 years old and is facing numerous rehabilitation needs and upgrades. The lighting system needs replacement and the dugouts flood during rains. The stadium restrooms also do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The American Legion is hoping the city will agree to a partnership in which it shares the project costs so the upgrades can begin next year.
P3 expected to help renew downtown Jacksonville Hemming Plaza project
A public-private partnership is expected to help renew Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Hemming Plaza is a 1.5-acre public park. It was originally a village green and is the oldest park in the city. Officials are out to renew the park, but with a little financial help from their friends.
The city recently allocated $1 million toward the first 18 months of a five-year management contract with Friends of Hemming Park. The park was previously managed by the city parks department. The Downtown Investment Authority will ante up $800,000 and the city's parks department is adding $200,000. The nonprofit running the park must, by law, raise $250,000 toward operating expenses. "By joining together with a private partner, we will renew this iconic public space to make it safer, cleaner and more attractive as a venue for community activities," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (pictured).
Officials hope to provide security for the park, streamline the application process for events and lower park fees. More events are hoped for as a means of generating revenue.
Famed Houston Astrodome could be repurposed into indoor park through P3
With talks of demolition of the Houston Astrodome, once billed as "The Eighth Wonder of the World," Harris County Judge Ed Emmett thinks he has found a way to repurpose the facility so the iconic structure remains part of the city landscape. Emmett is speaking out since the nearly 50-year-old Astrodome is owned by Harris County.
Emmett has proposed using a public-private partnership to create an indoor park with green space for festivals and other events, a possible amphitheater and an area for sports activities. He said the upper level of the 'Dome might even be used for hiking, biking and fitness trails.
The former home of the Houston Astros baseball team and the former Houston Oilers of the National Football League has been closed to public events since 2009.
|Where are they now?|
Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at email@example.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Kassie Lewis..
After spending six years as business development director, director of strategic initiatives and, most recently, as manager of federal facilities for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Kathleen "Kassie" Lewis (pictured) has been named head of the Washington County (Maryland) Department of Business Development. While working for the state, Lewis implemented programs that led to collaborative efforts including numerous stakeholders. She also worked with state officials to reach out to prospective businesses with efforts aimed at showing Maryland as a good location for business. Before joining the state, Lewis was manager of special markets with the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development and director of economic development for Carroll County, Maryland. In her new position with the county, the longtime economic development expert will be the primary sales and development driver for the county. She will also serve as staff liaison to the Economic Development Commission board. She will manage department staff and have responsibility for development and implementation of strategic programs to encourage business relocation, expansion and retention in the county. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree from Towson University, a master's degree from the University of Maryland and is a graduate student of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Connecticut exchange director Kevin Counihan (top left) has been picked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run the federal government's own online health care exchange marketplace following the state's successful first year of operations. Washington lawyer Daniel H. Marti (top center) has been nominated by the White House as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, known as the "IP czar," who will coordinate U.S. law enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks. The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has selected Todd Kimbriel (top right), the agency's chief operations officer, as the new deputy executive director who will also serve as deputy chief information officer for the State of Texas. President Barack Obama is nominating Russell Devo, who retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2012, as undersecretary for management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, replacing Rafael Borras, who left the post to return to the private sector in February. Port of San Antonio retiring President and CEO Bruce Miller is being replaced by a successful economic development official, Roland Mower, president and CEO of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. for the last nine years.The area superintendent for Fulton County Schools in Georgia, Victor Shandor, will take over as the new superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia in November. Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez (bottom right), former president of CSU San Marcos and professor and provost at CSU Fresno, recently announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year after leading the campus since 2003. Longtime California Capitol staffer Danny Alvarez (bottom center), who has worked for the state's Senate since 2003 as staff director to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and more recently as staff director of the Senate Education Committee, has been named to the top administrative position in the Senate, succeeding retiring Greg Schmidt. A more than four-decade career in education, the last 10 years as superintendent of the Fayetteville-Manlius Schools in New York, will end at the end of the 2014-15 school year when Superintendent Corliss Kaiser (bottom left) will retire. Dr. Evan Montague, dean of students for Lansing Community College in Michigan, has been named the new associate vice president of recruitment and student enrollment of Washtenaw Community College. Lt. Col. Michael Winquist, a 24-year veteran and second in command of the Rhode Island State Police, has been chosen as the chief of police for the city of Cranston, Rhode Island. Scott Bixby, who began his career with Culver City, California, in 1980 and who has served as assistant police chief since 2009, is the city's new police chief while Dave White, who has been with the city's fire department since 1988 and worked his way up to assistant chief and interim chief, has been named the new fire chief.
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NASPO Annual Conference set in September in VermontThe 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 symposiumAs 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 NashvilleRegistration 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 AustinThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Full conference details at TexasDesal.org. For more information and to register, click here.
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