Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 39
January 21, 2015
Consolidation - a trend that is gathering speed
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

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Consolidation is a common change occurring in governmental entities throughout the United States. At the beginning of this decade, 20 states had already closed or consolidated some agencies. 

Since then, many other states have also consolidated services, divisions and agencies. Cities and counties are also in the midst of consolidation.

 

Why the changes? It's because of public funding. Budgets have been reduced and public officials can no longer cover the cost of government services without making significant changes. Consolidation definitely cuts costs and is usually successful.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
President offers infrastructure initiative
D.C. infrastructure needs at $58B
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
People
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New municipal bond part of President's initiative

 

Proposal seeks more alternative financing tools for infrastructure needs
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Water projects, road projects, bridges and broadband projects are among infrastructure that could be expanded by the President's initiative.

A new municipal bond geared toward increasing municipalities' access to public funds for much-needed infrastructure projects is part of President Barack Obama's initiative to find alternative financing tools to ensure adequate investment in the nation's infrastructure. The proposed Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds (QPIBs) would allow municipalities seeking to enter into public-private partnership (P3) to take advantage of the benefits of municipal bonds. Today, P3s that include public ownership and some form of private-sector management and operations do not qualify for those benefits. The Administration sees this as a way to lower borrowing costs and attract new capital from the private sector. 


The presidential initiative seeks to ensure an adequate infrastructure throughout the nation, knowing that infrastructure is at the heart of economic growth. It also creates jobs and allows this country to compete globally. This initiative builds on Obama's 2014 Build America Investment Initiative that urged federal agencies to find alternative financing tools to ensure adequate investment in the nation's infrastructure. Additional capital, including that from the private sector, is being sought for projects related to roads, bridges and broadband networks.


Among the provisions of the new initiative is creation of a Water Finance Center to be located at the Environmental Protection Agency. It will assist local and state governments as well as utilities and private-sector partners in accessing federal grant and loan programs to give them more revenue options. Among its goals are to bring together investors and project sponsors and point out promising partnerships.


Another arm of the initiative is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Opportunity Investment Initiative that will help identify investment opportunities in rural water, energy and broadband projects and help connect private-sector investors to the projects. A Transportation Investment Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation will work with local and state governments on project planning and attracting foreign investors through the SelectUSA Program. Also, infrastructure tax proposals will provide incentives for projects that include both public- and private-sector investments.


With the private sector bringing both capital and expertise to the table, the White House anticipates more local and state government projects can be completed at a lower cost and more efficiently. However, the President is cognizant that not all of the responsibility for capital can be placed with the private sector, and has pledged to continue to seek congressional assistance in making more public funding available as well as use his own authority to facilitate more infrastructure investment.

 

The White House has produced a fact sheet with more information on this new initiative.

 

D.C. infrastructure needs for next 15 years: $58 billion

 

Officials say deferred maintenance among causes for need for upgrades 

Phil Mendelson Infrastructure needs for Washington, D.C., have been estimated at $58 billion over the next 15 years. A new State of the Region report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) states that to keep the D.C. region's transportation, utility, safety and energy infrastructure up to snuff over the next 15 years will be a multi-billion-dollar task.

 

The MWCOG report is the culmination of a one-year review of D.C. infrastructure needs. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority says it alone will require $16 billion over the next decade to ensure good service for the public transit system.

 

Because maintenance and replacement costs in critical sectors have been deferred, improving the District's infrastructure and maintaining it has become a project that "totals in the billions," said Phil Mendelson (pictured), board chair of the MWCOG.

 

The major areas of study in the State of the Region report show that the region's water and wastewater systems will require $20 billion over the next 15 years. It also estimates that $5 billion will be needed for electric and natural gas utilities and $8.5 billion for public buildings such as schools, libraries and public safety facilities. Additionally, roadway surfacing and rehabilitation will require $7.5 billion, bridges will cost another $1 billion and $1 billion per year will be necessary to replace aging pipes, valves and other water infrastructure. Millions more are expected to be needed to transition the public safety communications network to the "Next Generation 9-1-1" system.

 

"Now, our challenge is to put this valuable information to good use as each of our jurisdictions, authorities and other infrastructure owners and regulators set budgets and consider projects," said Mendelson. Infrastructure has long been the foundation of any local economy, and the report underscored that by noting, "The ability to expand and sustain the metropolitan Washington region is directly connected to the health and sustainability of the region's infrastructure." 

 

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Upcoming education opportunities

 

Builders pushing for $9 billion state school bond issue in California

The people have spoken. And these people are school builders and construction officials. Soon after Gov. Jerry Brown indicated there might be little help for a statewide school construction account already under water, a coalition submitted a $9 billion statewide school bond proposal to the state. If about 366,000 signatures are gathered, it could qualify for the November 2016 statewide ballot. The developers fear that when the state fund for building new schools runs dry, there will be the usual hike in developer fees. The result could be an increase in some home prices by as much a $10,000 in some areas. Brown wants the state taken out of the equation for school facility funding. He also wants to prioritize state funding on lower income areas in districts with fewer options for borrowing. Since 1998, voters have approved some $35 billion in statewide construction bonds, the last in 2006.
 

Minnesota school district will put $125 million bond issue before voters

Rick Dressen Upgrades at every school in the Edina, Minnesota, school district would result from a successful $125 million bond issue that will be put before voters on May 5. Also included in the bond issue is funding for a new high school addition and a multi-purpose activities center. As part of the upgrades, each classroom space at every building would be reconfigured so that students can meet in small or large groups. "We know a one-sized classroom doesn't fit all learning styles," said Superintendent Ric Dressen (pictured). Officials say $31 million of the bond proceeds would be used for the high school addition and the multi-purpose center would be built at the high school and used for physical education classes, extracurricular activities and community events. The May balloting will be the first time in more than a decade that the Edina school district has asked voters for a tax increase to pay for facility upgrades. 

 

Missouri school district $31M bond would provide for upgrades, improvements

A variety of building needs and security and technology improvements would result in the Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri if voters approve an upcoming bond election. The $31 million referendum is slated for April 7. Voters in the district last approved a $25 million bond issue in 2010. If approved, not all of the new bonds would be used during the first year, administrators said. 

 

Florida Institute of Technology garners $1M gift for student design center

The Harris Corp. has donated a gift of $1 million to the Florida Institute of Technology toward the creation of a new student design center at the university. The one-story, 11,500-square-foot building will serve College of Engineering and College of Science seniors completing capstone design projects. The facility will feature a high bay space and students can fabricate and assemble projects. Included will be a spray booth, welding stations, storage space, four electronics/project team rooms and more. "It's exciting to continue the long-standing, unique relationship we have with Florida Tech and build the advanced workforce we will need in the future," said William Brown, chair, president and CEO of Harris. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in February and be completed in time for fall semester classes.  

 

Capital improvement bond of $66M being considered by Birmingham Schools

Daniel Nerad Infrastructure, safety and technology needs are highlights of a $66 million capital improvement bond being considered by the Birmingham Schools. Officials are considering a possible May 5 election date. School officials say most of the funds would be used for routine maintenance projects that include security systems, repaved parking lots and mechanical upgrades. "It's a complex set of needs frankly," said Superintendent Daniel Nerad (pictured). "But just as with our personal homes, we need to keep this infrastructure up." Technology officials at the school said funding also is needed for replacement of thousands of laptops and desktop computers that are seven to eight years old. Thousands of iPads that are beyond their lifespan also need to be replaced. The school board will need to decide by its Feb. 3 meeting if it wants to put the question on the May 5 ballot. 

 

Texas school district plans bond issue for new schools, renovations

New high schools, middle schools and elementary schools will be built and numerous renovations will be done if a nearly $500 million bond issue is passed by voters in the Klein, Texas, school district in May. The $498.1 million bond package would also build a pre-kindergarten center, allow for land purchases and other expenses. Expansion of the Grand Parkway and construction of Exxon Mobil's new corporate campus will only add to the major growth spurt experienced in the district in recent years. 

 

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Energy resiliency projects in Massachusetts being funded by state

Thirteen projects in Massachusetts will share more than $18 million from the state to improve energy resiliency. The projects include combined heat and power, battery storage and microgrids. The town of Wayland will get about $265,000 that will be used at the middle school, which is often used as a shelter. The advanced switches paid for by the allocation will allow the school to rely less on diesel and more on solar energy when the power goes out. The community of Sterling will use its funding for an array that will be used for demand response, frequency regulation and load shifting. The town of Dennis will get funding for a battery system to reduce peak load at the high school where it will be located. Northampton was awarded $3 million to move toward a microgrid for three key emergency facilities, including a school, hospital and the department of public works. Holyoke will install a 53-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at the fire department headquarters with a 300-kilowatt-hour battery bank. The city's emergency communication tower will get a small PV system, a small wind turbine and a 200-kilowatt-hour battery. Other projects include a combined heat and power system in Barnstable, a co-generation system at Boston Medical Center, batteries for existing solar PV systems in Cambridge, Greenfield and Chelmsford and solar PV and batteries in Medford and Beverly.


Michigan governor signs bills adding $1.3 billion in road funding

Rick Snyder Michigan's road fund just got a little bigger. Gov. Rick Snyder (pictured) recently signed legislation that will pump $1.3 billion more per year into maintenance and rehabilitation of roads and other transportation infrastructure. The addition of the funding, however, will require voters in the state to approve an increase in the state sales tax in a May vote. The bills will restructure and raise per-gallon fuel taxes, but also exempt fuel from the 6 percent sales tax in the state. If the constitutional amendment increasing the sales tax to 7 percent passes, school funding will increase by $300 million per year, with $95 million in aid headed to local government entities. Regarding eliminating the sales tax on fuel, Snyder said that would ensure taxes paid at the pump for gas would fund roads, bridges and public transit and would not be diverted for other services.  

 

Pence budget plan allows $51 million for two prison expansions

A plan by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in his two-year budget proposal would allow for spending $51 million on expansion projects for two Indiana prisons to help house the projected increase in local prison populations. Reports are that $18.2 million would be used to build two new cell housing units at Miami Correctional Facility. It would add more than 500 new beds. Another $32.6 million would build three new cell blocks to add 800 beds at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. That funding amount, however, does not take operation costs into consideration, and Pence is hoping to add an additional $43 million to the Indiana Department of Corrections funding for operations and staffing. 

 

State loan to be applied to costs of Alexandria's plans for new Metro station

Bill Euille A $50 million loan from the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank is headed to the coffers of Alexandria, Virginia, toward construction of a new Metro station near Potomac Yard. The total cost estimate for the project is between $209 million and $268 million and the loan will help with up-front costs. The station, which will serve the Blue and Yellow lines, is expected to be completed sometime in late 2018. The loan will come from a special sub-fund of the Transportation Trust Fund that provides financing for construction projects at a lower interest rate than municipal bonds. It will be repaid with new tax revenue from development of the Potomac Yard and from taxes collected from a special district surrounding the station. The remainder of the costs are expected to be paid by private developer contributions and funds from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Some federal funding is also anticipated. "The investment Virginia is making today will pay dividends over generations by spurring smart growth and bolstering transit alternatives for the entire region," said Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille (pictured) in a statement.


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  • Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick won a contract for $1.36 billion contract from the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the design and construction of its second segment of rail line in the central San Joaquin Valley, a 65-mile stretch from American Avenue south of Fresno to the Tulare-Kern county line.
  • Old Castle Pavement Solution was awarded a $956,781 contract from Parker County, Texas, for improvements to the Old Brock Road, most of which will be widened to 26 feet, wider than the 22-foot width typical of a county road, and increased to a 33-foot width at the intersection of Old Brock Road and Dennis Road. A turn lane for motorists pulling onto Dennis Road is part of the project.
  • Randy Hill Construction won an $8 million construction contract from Yuba County for a $10 million plan to renovate the county sheriff's department's new home, contingent on the final approval of the financing plan.
  • Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc. was awarded an $11,121,077 contract from the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia to make improvements to the Route 29/Route 250 interchange onto the Route 250 Bypass by adding a lane on the ramp, lengthening the merge area and adding an additional lane on Route 250 west to the Barracks Road exit. It also includes an additional southbound lane to Route 29 south of Hydraulic Road to the interchange.
  • Elkins Constructors Inc. won a $35.7 million contract from the federal government to replace Bolden Elementary-Middle School in the Laurel Bay military community in South Carolina.
  • Applied Landscape Technologies, Inc. was awarded a $4,164,000 bid from the Methacton school district in Pennsylvania for general construction related to the high school field renovation project.
  • Durotech Inc. won a construction manager-at-risk contract of approximately $6.5 million from the city of Friendswood, Texas, related to the expansion of Fire Station number four and the construction of a new fire station facility near the Public Safety Building
  • Hill International has won a four-year, $33.7 million contract from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide construction management and inspection services in support of NJTA's Facilities Improvement Program. The company has been providing program management services for the NJTA since 2012. Among the projects are building four new state police stations, rehab of toll facilities in 23 locations on the New Jersey Turnpike, upgrades to 16 maintenance districts, construction of a backup traffic/data management center and construction of a central inventory facility.
  • E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. has won a $47.8 million contract to widen nine miles of Georgia 72 from Comer in Madison County, across the Broad River and into Elbert County.
  • Kissick Construction Co., Inc. won a contract for $592,886 from the city of Sedalia, Missouri, for the first section of the first phase of a $30 million sewer project.
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Hiring begins for executive team for Detroit River International Crossing bridge

Michael Cautillo Construction of the Detroit River International Crossing bridge took another step forward recently when the authority overseeing the $2.1 billion project announced it is posting jobs for the project. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is seeking applicants for nearly 20 job openings, most of which are related to forming an executive team to oversee the bridge that will connect the Brighton Beach and Delray communities. 


Michael Cautillo (pictured) is president of the WDBA, the Canadian entity that will build the new span between Windsor and Detroit. The project will connect the two cities about two miles downstream from the Ambassador Bridge, with a projected completion date of 2020.Cautillo said in a recent interview that staff numbers eventually could be as high as 40-50 people, not including advisors who will be working with the Authority.


Although a request for qualifications (RFQ) has not been issued yet for construction consortiums that might be interested in the project, the WDBA is getting an executive team ready for evaluation of the RFQ responses. The project includes four components: a six-lane bridge, a Canadian plaza with border inspection and toll facilities, a United States plaza with border inspection and a feeder road and interchange with I-75 in Detroit. Once the responses to the RFQ are received and evaluated, the WDBA will release a short list of the consortiums that will be asked to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to build the bridge. 


So, this step in the process - hiring employees with technical expertise - is a welcomed starting point. Cautillo said a local recruitment firm has been hired to handle the hiring process for the current postings. 

 

California high-speed rail system breaks ground in Fresno

Ground was broken in California recently on the nation's first high-speed rail system. "The high-speed rail links us from the past to the future, from the south to Fresno and north; this is truly a California project bringing us together," said California Gov. Jerry Brown. 


California High-Speed Rail Authority Chair Dan Richard said the project is coming together and a stable force of funding is in place. He said that funding and the progress being made already has surpassed other transportation projects throughout the country. Richard pointed out that high-speed rail will flourish and generate positive income because it does not, like urban transportation systems, need an ongoing subsidy. They travel between cities like airliners and will generate sustainable income.


The Authority predicts the high-speed rail will be a $20 billion source of funding and that private-sector partners will contribute about one-third of that from operations revenues. He said $9 billion in state bonds and $3 billion in federal dollars and billions in new cap-and-trade revenue will be enough to fund the entire bullet system.

 

Mayor William Bell: Birmingham moving close to having domed stadium

William Bell A much-wished-for domed stadium could be coming to Birmingham, Alabama, or at least that's what Mayor William Bell (pictured) says. The mayor hinted that plans are taking shape as he delivered his "State of the State" address.

 

In an interview with ABC 33/40 after his speech, the mayor said the project would likely be a public-private partnership and cost between $400 million and $500 million. But there are questions about the effect that the recent ending of University of Alabama-Birmingham's football program might have on the project. And, the project would also have to depend on financial assistance from the Birmingham Blazers, who have been a regular tenant at Legion Field. The proposal has been on-again, off-again, but Bell said in his interview, "I can tell you, it is closer than ever before."

 

James Smither, president of the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the organization supports any plan for increased multi-purpose space and said it would welcome the city landing events - maybe twice as many - that otherwise wouldn't consider Birmingham because it doesn't have enough entertainment and sporting capacity. He also noted that it could bring a significant amount of out-of-town money into the city. 

 

Four teams chosen to submit proposals for P3 for CNG fuel stations
Four teams have been chosen to submit proposals for public-private compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch said the fueling stations that would be placed at public transit agencies throughout the state will be available for public use. 


Figuring into the equation for the finalists was their background and experience in managing like projects, understanding of the project and financial capability to see the project to fruition. The teams invited to present proposals include: 
Clean Energy, Newport Beach, California; GP Strategies, Escondido, California (L.R. Kimball, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania / McCrossin, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania / Gladstein Neandross & Assoc., Santa Monica, California); Spire, St. Louis, Missouri (Institute of Gas & Technology, Des Plaines, Illinois / Raymundo Engineering Co., Walnut Creek, California / Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Camp Hill, Philadelphia / Dual Fuel Services, Inc., Batavia, Illinois); and Trillium CNG, Salt Lake City, Utah (Larson Design Group, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 

PennDOT next will issue a draft request for proposals, to be followed by a final RFP in the spring. Proposals are likely to have to be submitted by the summer and an award made in late summer or early fall. The contractor will be required to design, build, finance, operate and maintain CNG filling stations at more than three-dozen transit facilities. The sites must provide access for the public as well as other CNG vehicles. 

 

LA streetcar drawing interest from private-sector backers

Jose Huizar The private sector apparently has an interest in a Los Angeles streetcar project, despite most of the attention of late going to light-rail projects, upgrades to Metrolink and high-speed rail that is just around the corner. An LA Web site indicates that private investors are showing interest in the 2.8-mile, $250 million project. City Councilman Jose Huizar (pictured) said two-dozen companies have already responded to a request for information (RFI) for a potential public-private partnership agreement. The RFI was issued last September and no request for proposals has been issued yet.

 

Huizar's office released a statement saying that 24 companies responding to the RFI this early "shows undeniably strong private-sector interest in helping the City of Los Angeles achieve this regionally significant transportation project." A property tax within a zone along the streetcar route has already put $85 million into project costs and backers are hopeful to obtain $75 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

 

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Where are they now?

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

 

Teresa Miller Teresa Miller (pictured), a partner in the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring, has been chosen by Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf as the new secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. She also previously worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a former administrator of Oregon's Insurance Division. At Crowell & Moring, Miller focused primarily on matters related to the implementation and enforcement of the Affordable Care Act and state and federal insurance regulations in the health care industry. She also oversees the federal Rate Review Program, the Medical Loss Ratio Program and the implementation of the market rules and the transitional policy to assist clients in working within these programs. Before joining the law firm, Miller was acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health & Human Services. Miller earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University and her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

       

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People

Vincent Stewart Janiece Longoria Sarah Feinberg Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart  (top left), head of the Marine Forces Cyber Command, has been named the new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's top spy chief, becoming the first Marine and the first African-American to hold the post. Janiece M. Longoria (top center) was unanimously reappointed chair of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority after having served on the Port Commission on behalf of the City of Houston since September 2002 and was appointed Chairman in 2013. Sarah Feinberg (top right), the U.S. Secretary of Transportation's chief of staff and former White House official and tech industry executive, has been named acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates freight and passenger service on the national network. Tom Ross, president of the University of North Carolina, has been forced out by the UNC System's Board of Governors, though he will serve until Jan. 3, 2016. Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has chosen Curt Topper, who currently handles Georgetown University's purchasing and contracting functions, is a former deputy secretary of procurement at the Department of General Services serving as deputy secretary for procurement, to head the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Greg Betts, whose more than 30-year career with the city of Palo Alto began as a teenage volunteer at the city's animal shelter and then rose to director of the city's Community Gray Swoope Bill Johnson David Lakey Services Department, has announced his retirement. Gray Swoope (bottom right), chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida and Florida Secretary of Commerce, has announced he is leaving for a job in the private sector and Bill Johnson (bottom center), Miami-Dade's longtime port director, current head of water and sewer and former assistant county manager, may be in the running to replace Swoope. After serving as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) since 2007, Dr. David L. Lakey, M.D. (bottom left) is leaving that job to accept a joint position with The University of Texas System and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, here he will be the health science center's senior vice president and the system's vice chancellor for population health. Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, former warden of the Franklin County Jail and a previous member of the state Board of Pardons who was originally appointed by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett, has been asked to stay on in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's new administration.General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini, who replaced former Administrator Martha Johnson when she resigned in 2012, will step down from his post in February, and Deputy GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth will fill in as the agency's interim chief Feb. 13. The Webster School District in New York has chosen Carmen Gumina, who has served as interim superintendent and deputy superintendent, as the district's new superintendent, replacing Adele Bovard, who left for the Rochester City School District last July.

 
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Webinar to address infrastructure investments in rural America
SelectUSA, housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce, will host an Infrastructure 103 Webinar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. EST. Matt McKenna, senior advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture on Strategic Partnerships, will continue the discussion regarding the President's Build America Investment Initiative that focuses on opportunities for infrastructure investments in rural America. In this webinar, McKenna will discuss USDA's programs and this new initiative, and then take part in a Q&A session regarding how USDA can serve as another resource for supporting infrastructure investment.To register, click here.

Network at largest P3 event in country Feb. 23-25 in Dallas
The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo (P3C) is the leading annual event for the United States' public-private partnership market and attracts more than 800 government and industry development professionals from around the country. Project owners, industry executives and key decision-makers will gather for three days of in-depth public-private partnership learning, business development and networking opportunities. Next year's slate of more than 100 speakers will address the critical principles behind successful public-private partnerships. The 2015 program serves as a guide through the current trends, challenges and opportunities in the United States' P3 market for a variety of asset classes including social infrastructure, transportation, education, hospitality, mixed-use real estate development, economic development and more. The conference attracts senior management from the largest firms in the construction, engineering, architecture, legal and consulting industries as well as public leaders and development agency officials from the municipal, state and federal levels of government. More information on the event is available here.

Georgetown Law to host public-private partnership symposium
As a follow-up to the White House Rural Council's Rural Opportunity Investment Conference held recently, 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, the second was on Oct. 31. Two 2015 events are also planned - "Partnering with State and Local Governments to Revitalize Critical Infrastructure" on Jan. 27 and "Uncovering Partnership Opportunities and Driving Toward Execution" on March 31. The January event 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. The March 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.
 
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