|Volume 6, Issue 42||February 11, 2015|
Telemedicine may be available at a school near you
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
High-speed Internet and broadband connections are changing the way the world turns. That's an exaggeration...but, not much of one!
It's almost impossible to identify an industry that has not been significantly altered because of technology - particularly high-speed Internet and broadband. But, taxpayers are reaping the rewards of huge cost reductions in government services.
Videoconferencing technology delivered a painful jolt to the travel industry as the capability of communicating worldwide reduced the need for travel. But, the technology is saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
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|NY Housing Authority turns to private sector for funding|
Working in tandem, will invest $80M in improvements for 875 housing units
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. And, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has done just that.
Plagued by declining federal financial support and deteriorating properties, the NYCHA put together a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to support much-needed capital repairs and upgrades. Called Triborough Preservation Partners, the P3/PPP will invest $80 million toward capital improvements on 875 public housing units of Section 8 housing. But that $80 million is only a drop in the bucket relative to the more than $1 billion deficit that has resulted from continued cuts in federal funding.
According to Shola Olatoye (pictured), chair and CEO of NYCHA, six Section 8 developments need about $48 million of capital work over the next five years. That figure increases to about $113 million over the next 15 years. Facing a $1 billion deficit, NYCHA does not have that funding for the developments. Fortunately, Section 8 regulations allow the housing authority to engage private-sector partners for capital repairs and rehab while maintaining control and/or ownership of the properties.
"Our trusted Triborough colleagues are experts in tenant-in-place rehab projects and will do everything possible to minimize the impact of renovation on residents," wrote Olatoye in a recent Op/Ed piece. She indicated that the repairs will include new kitchens and bathrooms for each apartment, lobby and community area renovations, installation of energy-efficiency technology and enhanced security. Triborough, said Olatoye, has also made a commitment to training and then hiring NCHA residents for at least 20 percent of the construction work and 50 percent of the maintenance work.
"We expect this partnership to generate a return to NYCHA of approximately $360 million over the next 15 years, vital funds that helped close NYCHA's 2014 operating deficit and will fund capital work at our public housing developments as well," said Olatoye.
That's good news for the more than 600,000 New Yorkers who live in public housing and Section 8 rentals. And, it also provides other housing authorities with proven methods of ensuring safe, affordable public housing.
|Texas agency lists applicants for $5.5B in water funds|
Contracting opportunities will be abundant when winning projects announced
Texas will soon be awash with high-dollar water-related projects and an abundance of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms. The Texas Water Development Board recently announced the results of the first round of applications for funding for water projects that will benefit the state.
A total of 48 applications were received with a combined price tag of $5.5 billion. (View the complete list of projects seeking funding here.) The applicants are seeking funding from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The SWIFT fund was instituted by the state as a means of providing financial assistance for projects that are part of the State Water Plan. It was approved by Texas voters who gave their approval of a constitutional amendment setting up the fund. The financial assistance can be in numerous forms, such as low-interest loans, extended replacement terms and loan repayment deferral.
Each round of funding will have a goal of $800 million in available funds for both rural and urban projects. The largest request for funding was from the North Harris County Regional Water Authority for $551.7 million for expansion of treatment capacity at the City of Houston's Northeast Water Purification Plant to meet increasing customer demands. It was one of four applications from the Authority, with the total request for all four projects at more than $953 million.
The range of projects and the amount of funding vary. While the city of Cleveland seeks a rather small funding allotment of $443,000 to upgrade its existing water plants for expansion of groundwater use, the city of San Angelo is seeking $150 million for a potable re-use project to convey effluent from the city's wastewater treatment plant to an advanced water treatment facility. It will include membrane, reverse osmosis and advanced disinfection treatment techniques.
The TWDB now will begin an evaluation and scoring process for the applications. The agency will determine if the projects for which funding is being sought are in the State Water Plan and what type of funding assistance it can receive. A prioritization list for qualified projects will be released in the spring. Projects not chosen for funding in this first round may be eligible for the next round of funding or they may qualify for other financial programs the agency offers.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Upgrades, new multi-purpose center set for Eastern New Mexico
The Golden Success Center on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University will undergo $18.66 million in renovations as will apartments on west campus thanks to the approval of a renovation bond. The proceeds from the bond will also help defray costs of construction of a multi-purpose athletic center. The bond was approved by the New Mexico Higher Education Department recently after gaining approval by the New Mexico Finance Authority last year. Scott Smart (pictured), vice president of student affairs at the university, said the apartment upgrades are "long overdue" because they are about 50 years old. He said the part of the projects that is gaining most attention from students is the multi-purpose athletic center and what it will mean to school athletics. In addition to the bond proceeds, the university also refinanced $6.4 million of the bond and got an interest rate expected to save more than $600,000 over the next decade. The New Mexico Board of Finance will meet next month to give final approval of the bond. "We're excited about the final stages and getting the last approval," said Smart.
$20M bond issue approved for construction, technology at DACC
Voters in the Dona Ana Community College (DACC) district recently passed a $20 million bond issue that will lead to capital improvement projects involving buildings and technology over the next five years. Among the projects that will get attention are the crumbling infrastructure of the 40-year-old Central Campus Main Building, an expansion of the DACC Gadsden education center that will be used in conjunction with early college high school efforts. Regarding technology needs, some of the bond funding will be used for the purchase of new technology and equipment to better prepare today's students for the 21st century workforce. Several DACC learning centers will receive additional student support services at these centers. The goal of the funding on these projects will be to offer students a safe learning environment with the technology necessary to prepare them for future careers.
Auburn University approves major stadium renovations, new scoreboard The largest video scoreboard in college football will soon be in place at the Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University. The scoreboard is only part of the upgrades being planned for the stadium. The university's Board of Trustees recently approved construction of the 200-foot wide scoreboard which carries a price tag of $13.9 million as part of a stadium renovation project. Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs (pictured) said the video board above the south endzone will be larger than Texas A&M's recently installed board. The A&M scoreboard is 7,661 square feet and the Auburn scoreboard will be more than 11,000 square feet. "That's what our fans deserve and what our football team deserves," said Jacobs. University officials also are seeking approval to engage an architect and construction manager for further upgrades to the stadium. A feasibility study is being conducted to help develop plans that include development of stadium amenities, upgrades to locker rooms and possibly more premium seating. If approved, upgrades could begin by December and be completed prior to the start of the 2017 football season.
CSUB campus garners approval for University Office Park project
The California State University Board of Trustees has approved a project for the University Office Park at California State University, Bakersfield. The first phase of the project will include a 61,300-square-foot office facility valued at $10.4 million. It will be situated on 4.3 acres of land and will include more than 250 parking spaces. A public-private partnership, the facility will be completely paid for by the developer, Gregory D. Bynum and Associates Inc. Bynum said the park is intended to provide high-quality campus office space to promote and encourage involvement among the business community, administration, students and faculty. A possible Phase II would return more than $300,000 annually to the campus through a long-term ground lease. Roadwork for the project will improve traffic circulation and an improved walking environment. Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed by June 2016.
Older building on Montana State University under consideration for upgrades
The aging Romney Hall on the campus of Montana State University (MSU) is being considered once again for upgrades. During the last legislative session, funding for upgrades was turned down, but the issue has once again shown up on Gov. Steve Bullock's budget plan this year. The building was built in approximately 1920 to 1922 and is still being used for classes. MSU President Waded Cruzado (pictured) said the public probably doesn't realize how much more space is needed when the university has a growth increase of 21 percent in five years. "That's more than 3,000 students, so we need additional space for classrooms," she said. The governor previously told university staff and students that he would push for funding for renovating the aging building. He said an education infrastructure cannot be good at its core when there is a building in the middle like Romney Hall that cannot be fully utilized.
|Other upcoming contracting opportunities|
Louisiana projects will benefit from $62M in Army Corps spending plan
Additional funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2015 spending plan will benefit a variety of projects in Louisiana. Sen. David Vitter (pictured) said the projects funded will create jobs, boost the economy and prevent future natural and ecological disasters in south Louisiana. He said it is important to maintaining and updating the state's ship channels, levees and canals. Not only does that help restore the coastline and protect residents from storms and flooding, but it also allows commerce to flow freely. Some examples include the Mississippi River Deepening Study. This project will receive $200,000 to continue studying the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel, Gulf to Baton Rouge project from its current depth of 45-feet to 50-feet. Another project is the Calcasieu River Operation & Management Project. It will receive $16 million in addition to the $11.7 million Congress provided in the FY 2015 Omnibus spending bill and would allow the Corps to dredge the channel to its authorized width and depth. The Ascension Parish Environmental Infrastructure Project would receive $500,000 to complete ongoing design efforts of the Ascension Parish sanitary sewer system. The Calcasieu Lock Replacement project will receive $750,000 to continue pre-construction engineering and design on a replacement lock. Read Vitter's press release for information on the other projects.
Maryland local governments to get $25 million boost from Hogan
Local governments in Maryland have a friend in Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan recently announced he is setting aside $25 million in state funds to assist local governments dealing with expenditures for road repairs. The proposed allocation is part of the governor's supplemental budget. Of the allocation, $19 million is headed to municipal governments, with county governments to share $4 million. Hogan is trying to make amends for the legislature not allocating the hundreds of millions of dollars for highway user funds, but instead using the funds to balance the budget during the recession and immediately thereafter. That deficit was $750 million.
Eight-story hotel could soon be built near Dallas Love Field
Developers in Dallas are seeking up to $5 million in tax increment finance district funding to help jump-start a project that would build an eight-story hotel near Dallas Love Field. Because passenger traffic at Love Field is up more than 40 percent, more hotel rooms are needed close to the airport. The hotel (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering) seeking financial assistance would be a 244-room facility to be located on Mockingbird Lane west of Love Field. Estimated cost is $40 million. The project is projected to start before the end of the year. The hotel project would be the first step toward construction of a nearly 40-acre West Love project that would include apartments and retail and commercial space.
Texas agency approves $72.8 million in financial assistance for water projects
With a goal of providing new water supply sources and water system improvements, the Texas Water Development Board recently approved financial assistance totaling more than $72.8 million. Of this funding, more than $6.5 million was designated for six rural water projects. Three of the projects funded are urgent needs projects as a result of the continuing drought and the need for additional water supplies.
The TWDB allocated the following financial assistance in the form of grants, loans and loan forgiveness:
- City of Cameron - $4,488,700 in financial assistance for water system improvements including creating additional water supplies through the development of a new well field and groundwater storage tank.
- City of Gorman - $275,960 in financial assistance for water system improvements that will replace 25,000 linear feet of piping and replace existing water meters with electronic readers. The improvements to the city's water system will reduce water loss and provide more accurate accounting of water use.
- Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Van Alstyne - $2,875,000 in financial assistance for a water supply project to connect to the Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance transmission line, providing an additional water source to meet the area's growing water needs.
- City of Houston - $63,435,000 in financial assistance for wastewater system improvements for rehabilitating approximately 650,000 linear feet of sewer pipes throughout the area.
- Val Verde County - $942,000 in financial assistance for a water distribution system that will allow the county to provide first-time water service to the three colonia areas east of Del Rio. The project will connect those areas with Del Rio's public water supply.
- San Pedro Estates Water, LLC - $240,281 in financial assistance for a new well that will bring an additional water source to the San Pedro Canyon Estates.
- Silver Creek Village Water Supply Corp. in Burnet County - $447,000 in financial assistance for water system improvements to install a media-based filtration system that will help provide first-time sewer service to approximately 105 connections within the Angelina Fresh Water Supply District No. 1's service area.
- City of Weinert - $110,000 in financial assistance to address additional water supplies, including an inter-connect with the North Central Texas Municipal Water Authority (NCTMWA) and construction of a 25,000-gallon ground storage tank. The City will then blend the NCTMWA's surface water with its existing groundwater supplies.
Scott requests $9.9 billion budget for Florida transportation department Florida Gov. Rick Scott has requested a $9.9 billion budget for the Florida Department of Transportation. The funding will be used for roads, bridges, seaports and aviation projects. "The Legislature has a number of challenges this year," said Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold (pictured) at a recent transportation summit, "I feel very confident how we're positioned." The transportation budget is part of the governor's overall $77 billion state budget proposal. But, the $9.9 billion is less than the $10.1 billion transportation package approved by legislators for the current year. Florida tourism officials note the importance of keeping up the transportation infrastructure. The proposed funding would cover all of the Department of Transportation operations, including $3.8 billion for highway projects, $109.6 million for seaport upgrades, $350 million for aviation and $242.6 million for repair or replacement of bridges. Port funding is down. Some of the road projects that would be funded include: $106.6 million for additional lanes on State Road 77 in Washington County; $60 million for additional lanes and reconstructing part of I-75 in Charlotte County; $148.9 million for a 13-mile road project to join the Veterans Expressway and the Suncoast Parkway to create a 70-mile corridor from Tampa to Citrus County.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
Check out these recent awards:
- VTMI, Transdev's rail infrastructure maintenance business, has been awarded a $161 million contract from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority to inspect and maintain track, signals and bridges on the 115 km Tri-Rail commuter line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The contract runs for seven years with an option for an extension and provision to expand the scope to include capital improvement projects.
- R+B Group won a $1.2 million contract from the city of Rosenberg, Texas, to replace an aging lift station located near Terry High School that pressurizes the city's drainage and sewer system.
- Northrop Grumman won a contract worth up to $4.1 million from the U.S. Navy for electrical and electronic equipment components.
- Dutra Dredging was awarded a $47.9 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an environmental construction project at Fire Island, New York. The contract involves placing roughly 2.5 million cubic yards of sand in Smith Point County Park to build a system of dunes and beach berm, including dune grass plantings.
- CGI won a contract worth up to $2.5 billion from the U.S. Navy for consolidated afloat networks and enterprise services production units.
- Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum LP was awarded a contract for up to $275,000 by the city of Round Rock, Texas, for a facilities master plan gauging the city's needs for the next two decades.
- 3 R Painting and Contracting won a $5.6 million contract from the Ocean City, New Jersey, Board of Education for renovations to the primary school, including a new roof. The base bid was $5.6 million, and two alternate bids at $16,000 and $25,000 brought the contract total to $5.641 million.
- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock won a $23.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an environmental construction project at Fire Island, New York. The contract calls for placing roughly 1 million cubic yards in the area of Robert Moses State Park and eastward toward the Fire Island Lighthouse. It involves building a wide, flat elevated berm in the area of Robert Moses State Park and a berm and dune in areas east of the park.
- Michael Baker International was awarded a $3 million design contract by the Berkeley County Council for the project known as the Sheep Island interchange, an I-26 intersection between Summerville's Exit 199 and Jedburg's Exit 194
- McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was awarded a $450 million contract to redesign the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. The 14-acre campus redevelopment consists of a new 164,000-square-foot exhibition building, the new 80,000-square-foot Glassell School of Art, a parking garage with two levels below grade, a rooftop garden, architecturally significant tunnel connectors, extensive site development and a central plant.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
High-speed Internet project in Connecticut picking up support
Connecticut is pushing to become the first "gigabit" state in the country. U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (pictured) is behind a project that would allow businesses and residents to transfer data 100 times faster than they can now. The goal is to allow the state to better position itself to compete in the global marketplace.
Already, more than 100 towns, reaching about 80 percent of the state's population, are lining up behind the proposal. DeLauro has also introduced legislation that will once again seek to have an infrastructure bank in the state. She said an infrastructure bank would provide a great investment spot for pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other money that "can help us turn around the infrastructure of this country. " She said the goal would be to be able to compete successfully with Asian and European allies on these issues.
Officials have already received nearly a dozen responses to a request for qualifications on the project. The difference in Internet speed is that data would move up to 1,000 megabits per second instead of the 9 megabits per second that is current for most consumers.
New Mexico State seeking private partner for hotel by convention center
New Mexico State University's Board of Regents have started the wheels rolling on a project to build a hotel adjacent to the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university will now seek a developer for the project. The regents approved the leasing of 2.5 acres west of the convention center to Aggie Development Inc., a nonprofit that develops the university's land, mineral and water resources statewide.
The land in question will be subleased to a private development firm. In return, the developer will finance, build, own and operate the hotel. University officials actually had a lease in place with a developer several years ago, but the declining national economy forced it off track. Now that a new lease agreement has been developed, the land will be turned over to Aggie Development's board of directors. University officials say now they are eager to see what kinds of proposals are offered. City officials are also pleased by the decision to locate near the convention center, saying that access to nearby hotels will improve chances of landing events.
Site for downtown Union Station site will be sold to city of Raleigh
A deal is in the making for the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) in North Carolina to sell the future site of Union Station (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) to the city of Raleigh. The TTA has owned the property for 10 years.
The deal calls for Raleigh to pay between $3.6 million and $4 million for about a four-acre plot. It includes two parking lots and two warehouse-type buildings near a railroad line. The deal also calls for TTA to dedicate up to $4 million to build commuter rail infrastructure for the project.
The TTA would pay a $1 per year lease for part of the proposed station. While the city can rent parts of the property to private-sector businesses, it could only use the revenues for station maintenance and operation.
Denver airport seeks partner to transform Great Hall for commercial use Potential bidders are being sought by the management of Denver International Airport (DIA) to bring innovative ideas to the table regarding the possibility of converting some areas of Jeppesen Terminal's Great Hall for commercial use.
Officials are hoping to open up new revenue streams by creating space for businesses like shops and restaurants. Seeking a public-private partnership (P3/PPP), DIA management says it is looking for a private-sector partner to propose a physical plan and how to finance it. This would not be the first public-private partnership for DIA. The airport currently features large solar arrays that are used to help provide power at the airport. They were the result of a P3/PPP that cost the airport very little, but has yielded significant benefits. A spokesperson for the airport said P3/PPP arrangements allow the private entity to bring its expertise and financing to the deal. That is what the airport is hoping for in its efforts to recreate the Great Hall.
The airport project would include rearranging Level 6 and relocating the TSA security checkpoint that takes up much of Level 5. The push for allowing more retail is because non-airline-related revenues such as food and beverages, parking, etc. made up close to 50 percent of DIA's operating revenue last year. Regarding financing the project, the airport will be looking for the best partner, such as equity firms, contractors, developers and others.
Mobile Civic Center seeking private partner to find new uses for complex The aging Mobile (Alabama) Civic Center, which officials say has been under-performing lately, is looking for a new way of life. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson (pictured) said now the city is looking for a private-sector partner for a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to suggest a possible new use for the complex. Stimpson said the facility is expected to be closed by April 2016.
Because of its age, the center is in need of upgrades, along with the theater and expo hall, to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those costs alone would be about $20 million. The facility also is eating up about $2 million per year for operations costs. To bring the facility up to modern standards would likely require another $20 million.
Stimson said a P3/PPP for some kind of redevelopment of the facility would minimize the financial burden for the city while offering alternative uses that could benefit the city. A tentative schedule has issuance of a request for expression of interest released in spring with a request for proposals to go out this summer. A contract would then be awarded in spring or winter 2016.
|Where are they now?|
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Tony Scott (pictured), chief information officer at software firm VMware, has been picked by President Barack Obama as the nation's new chief information officer. In his new charge, Scott will be the administrator of the White House Office of E-Government and Information Technology. While in the position, he will manage an $84-million federal IT budget that continues to grow. The federal CIO post has been vacant since last September, when then-CIO Steven RanRoeckel stepped down began working with the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. His deputy, Lisa Schlosser, has been serving as acting CIO since. Scott has other private-sector experience in IT, having served as the CIO at Microsoft for five years, as the CIO for the Walt Disney Co. and as chief technology officer of General Motors' information systems and services division. He brings 35 years of experience in IT management to his new federal job.
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Paul Mouchakkaa (top left), managing director at Morgan Stanley, has been selected at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Senior Investment Officer (SIO) for Real Assets, succeeding Ted Eliopoulos, who was appointed CalPERS Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in September 2014. Dr. Joel D. Boyd (top center), who has been serving as superintendent of the Santa Fe Public School District in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2012, has been selected as the lone finalist to become superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District. Karen Weddle-West (top right), former vice provost for Graduate Programs who has been serving as interim provost of the University of Memphis since May 2014, was recently approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents to take over as provost of the university full-time. The Foster City, California, City Council has chosen Kevin Miller, a 29-year veteran city employee, the last 22 as director of the Parks and Recreation Department, as the new city manager, replacing the retiring Jim Hardy. Gregory D. Casell, a 25-year member of the Clark County Fire Department in Nevada who worked his way up through the department to his current rank of battalion chief, has been chosen as the Fire Chief for the department. Bernie Hannon, the former associate vice president for business affairs at Ball State, has been appointed as the new vice president for business affairs and treasurer, succeeding former Vice President Randy Howard. John Link (bottom right), superintendent of the Fair Grove School District and also a former superintendent of the Hartville, Missouri, School District, has been selected as superintendent of the Jackson, Mississippi, School District, replacing Ron Anderson, who is retiring in June. San Bernardino Police Department Assistant Police Chief Eric McBride (bottom center), will take over as chief of the El Monte Police Department later this month, replacing former Chief Steve Schuster, who retired in December of last year, and interim chief Roger Johnson, who has been in place while a search for a permanent chief was conducted. University of Washington President Michael K. Young (bottom left) has been selected as the lone finalist for the presidency of Texas A&M University, the flagship university of the Texas A&M University System, and will succeed Interim President Mark Hussey, dean and vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences, who was appointed interim president in December 2013 when former President R. Bowen Loftin stepped down. John C Woensmith, who has worked for five U.S. Presidents and served as the senior Defense Department representative in Turkey and has more than 40 years' experience in the national security field, has been chosen by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as Maryland's new Secretary of State. Sam Nixon, director of Virginia's Information Technologies Agency, will leave the agency in March to become chief administrative officer of the State Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency. The Upshur County (West Virginia) Commission has promoted Carrie Wallace, assistant county administrator, to administrator, replacing current administrator Kelly Cunningham, who is moving back to the county prosecutor's office.
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NAC Legislative Conference set in D.C. for Feb. 21-25More than 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from throughout the country are making plans to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on Feb. 21-25 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Those attending will hear from key federal officials and members of Congress as well as have the opportunity to attend numerous educational programs addressing current and hot-topic issues. Educational sessions will address such topics as federal legislative and policy issues that impact counties, public pension reform and current legislative efforts. Registration is now open and a conference schedule is available.
National League of Cities to host Congressional City Conference in MarchThe National League of Cities will host its annual Congressional City Conference on March 7-11 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 officials from cities and towns in the United States will attend and share their views with the Administration and members of Congress. The event will draw city managers, elected officials, intergovernmental affairs staff, chief financial officers, senior policy officials and others. Attendees will hear directly from policy makers and thought leaders on the issues that matter to city officials. They will examine federal policies that affect cities, the latest funding opportunities and emerging trends. Information will be relayed regarding infrastructure, public safety, community resilience and federal regulations. The daily schedule is now available and registration is open.
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