Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 48
March 25, 2015
Unique leaders critical in high-tech ecosystems
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

What do Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston and New York City have in common? They all provide "entrepreneurial ecosystems" for high-tech startup firms. Good for them!! These organizations hold tremendous potential for economic prosperity - both regionally and nationwide. 

 

In a technology ecosystem, individuals, organizations, investors, companies, mentors and governments all partner to stimulate and nurture the growth and success of new technology firms. Each ecosystem is a dynamic, self-regulating network and none of them are structured exactly the same way.  However, the common factor is that each provides support, assistance and funding to selected startup firms in the critical first years. 

 

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California lays out $1 billion emergency drought package

 

Direct assistance to communities, support for water infrastructure resiliency noted

Jerry Brown An unprecedented drought in California is not only affecting local water supplies and threatening communities, but it is also leading to mandatory conservation and affecting water infrastructure in drought areas. To help mitigate all of the many problems associated with the drought conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown (left) was recently joined by legislative leaders in laying out a proposed plan to pump $1 billion in emergency funds into ways to help the state deal with the problems.

The proposal is expected to expedite bond funding to allow a response to the devastation of the drought.

"This unprecedented drought continues with no signs yet of letting up," said Brown. The governor said that the programs funded through the plan "will provide direct relief to workers and communities most impacted by these historic dry conditions."

Joining the governor in announcing the plan were Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Republican Leaders Sen. Bob Huff and Assembly member Kristin Olsen. Each spoke Kristin Olsen during a press conference on how the state leadership must meet emergency needs, prepare for short-term problems and advance longer-term projects.

"It is unacceptable that people in our state are going hungry because of a lack of water," said Olsen (bottom).  "While this emergency drought relief is an important Band-Aid, we have to move beyond these temporary fixes. We will only be better prepared for future droughts in California if we start now on building storage, desalination, recycling and other water projects to increase supply."

And, that is the goal of the emergency plan. The funding would be used for local drought relief and projects to make the state's water infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather such as droughts. A total of $128 million from the Governor's budget would provide direct assistance to workers and communities suffering as a result of the drought. Another $272 million in water bond funding from passage of last year's water bond issue will be dedicated for safe drinking water and water recycling. Another $660 million will be used for flood protection in urban and rural areas.

This would be the second year that emergency legislation has been proposed to address the drought. A year ago, a $687.4 million bill was passed that called for infrastructure projects as well as funding for communities facing major water shortages. A third of that money has already been spent.

"This is an emergency and as such, we should immediately expedite projects to increase water supply that have been hung up in government red tape and permitting processes for decades," said Olsen.

 

ODOT planning $2.4B in state transportation spending

 

Infrastructure investment plan includes state's first-ever public-private partnership

Jerry Wray The state's first-ever public-private partnership (P3/PPP) is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) $2.4 billion planned investment in state transportation construction. The Jobs and Transportation Plan that Gov. John Kasich put into place three years ago is designed to invest in large projects in the state. A record 990 projects for 2015 is a state record.

 

ODOT Director Jerry Wray (pictured) said this year's construction season focuses heavily on new interchanges and wider roads. "While our number one priority is to maintain what we already have, this year's projects place a strong emphasis on improving the economy, safety and overall quality of life in Ohio," he said.

 

Some of the highlights of the 2015 program include $398 million for nearly 400 bridge and culvert projects; more than 275 pavement projects with a price tag of $523 million; $1 billion for nearly 40 major construction projects; more than 200 safety projects with a combined total of $250 million; and nearly 20 county bridge replacements through a bridge partnership program.

 

The P3/PPP that is included is in Scioto County. A private consortium will build a nearly $430 million highway. The Portsmouth Bypass will be a four-lane, limited access roadway from US Route 23 north of Lucasville to US Route 52 near Sciotoville. The roadway will include 16 miles.

 

More information on the projects is available here.

 

May 2015 Texas Bond Results

Bill would create funding for freight infrastructure

 

Fee to be imposed would generate $8 billion per year for nationwide projects

Alan Lowenthal Freight infrastructure projects would get a boost from a proposed bill recently introduced in the U.S. Congress that would create a dedicated funding source for freight infrastructure investments in this country.

 

National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act (H.R. 1308) by U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (pictured) of California is projected to raise nearly $8 billion per year. The bill would establish the Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, which would be funded by a national 1 percent waybill fee on the transportation cost of goods. The money raised would be used mostly on multimodal and other projects geared toward mitigating freight traffic bottlenecks.

 

"Goods movement is one of the most powerful economic engines in our nation," said Lowenthal. "And yet, the infrastructure this engine depends on is crumbling around us. We have the ability to fix it, make it stronger and make it better."

 

Two freight-specific grant programs would be created for investment of the funds by the 1 percent fee. One relies on a formula system, where funding is allocated to states based on the amount of existing freight infrastructure in the state. The second funding scheme is based on a competitive grant program open to all local, regional and state governments. 

 

Lowenthal points out that to address the increasing backlog of infrastructure needs nationwide would require sustained investment at the $8 billion level.

 

Ucoming contracting opportunities

State of Kentucky allocates funding for university's new research building

Eli Capilouto State bonds totaling $132.5 million have been approved toward the University of Kentucky's $265 million multidisciplinary research building. The remainder of the funding will come from UK from research contracts and private fundraising. Addressing health issues and preventable deaths that affect Kentuckians more than in other states will bring together at the facility researchers with experience in specific disciplines. UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto (pictured) said the new research facility will be an "eclectic building." He said the many disciplines that will be represented will allow the university to better research these health-related problems in the state. Gov. Steve Beshear said the center will focus on "reducing Kentucky's unacceptably high rates of preventable diseases and deaths" while attracting world-class researchers. Construction on the new building is set to begin before the end of this year.

 

Funding approved for California city's streetscape, property purchase

The state-controlled Education Revenue Augmentation Fund  (ERAF) in California allows a portion of tax revenue from cities, counties and special districts to be shifted to the state to help fund local schools and community colleges. In San Mateo County, the amount of funding in the ERAF fund after all schools receive funding remains for the public entities that collected the funds. ERAF funds left over after schools were funded for the current fiscal year resulted in excess funds being directed to the city of Pacifica that totaled more than $1.78 million. As a result, city council members allocated $339,000 of that amount to purchase property to complete the coastal trail system. Once the property is secured, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority has pledged $360,000 in grant funds to help build the trail. Another project drawing support from the public for spending some of the ERAF funds is the multi-phase Palmetto Avenue streetscape. The $1.2 million first phase includes wider sidewalks, better crosswalks and storm water system improvements. A subset of the first phase would include electrical amenities, bike racks, trash cans and more with a $630,000 price tag. Other phases will include $550,000 for benches, planters, trees and street paving and $1.2 million would be for drinking fountains, public art and a gateway arch. Council members have initially decided to use $1.2 million in ERAF funds for the first part of phase one.

 

Voters in Atlanta throw support behind $250 million road repair referendum

Kasim Reed Facing a billion-dollar backlog of much-needed road repairs that have been put off because of lack of funding, voters in Atlanta, Georgia, recently passed a referendum to allow the city to borrow $250 million toward those road projects. It is all part of the continued effort of Mayor Kasim Reed (pictured) to follow through on his efforts not to raise taxes during his administration. The $250 million investment would be used to rehabilitate deteriorating roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings. Voters had two bond issues to deal with on election day. One, which is valued at $188 million, is to be spent on projects such as bike lanes and street improvements in the "transportation" category. The second, with a price tag of $64 million, will be used to pay for municipal buildings and recreation center needs. The projects funded by this round of borrowing are part of Reed's five-year plan to complete more than 200 projects in the city. The final project list is expected to be voted on by the city council in April.

 

Reston projects listed in Fairfax County Capital Improvement Program

A variety of projects, from fire stations to school repairs are included for the Reston area in the recently released five-year Fairfax County Capital Improvement Program. The plan acts as a blueprint for the county's future as it lists priority projects for the next budget cycle. A $3.8 billion cost has been assigned to the budget, $22.04 million of which will come from the general fund and millions more from future bond elections. Among the other projects listed for the Reston area are: $14.6 million for capacity enhancements at South Lakes High School, construction funds excluded; Reston Community Center - $647,000 for improvements to include roofing and light fixture replacement projects; Herndon High School - $102.1 million for non-construction renovation funds; $10 million for a new Reston Regional Library; and Reston Town Center North - $700,000 to develop a master plan for redevelopment of several Fairfax County properties at Reston Town Center; renovations totaling $11 million at the Fox Mill Fire and Rescue Station for expansion, gym/workout room, locker area, women's locker room, shop, medical storage and more; $13 million for the Reston Fire and Rescue Station for expansion, women's bunk rooms, lockers and bathroom facilities and other amenities; and $12 million to either renovate or replace the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.  

 

City making plans for possible redevelopment of downtown property

Rick Gray The city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is tired of waiting. Owners of a vacant downtown property have spent years trying to unload or redevelop a building there, and now city officials are prepared to take the property through eminent domain. As a result, city officials are preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) from developers to not only develop the Bulova building, but to also develop the east side of the square just north of the building. "We didn't want to do this," said Mayor Rick Gray (pictured) of the decision to uses eminent domain to aid in the redevelopment. He noted that by not doing anything, development in downtown Lancaster is stymied and "has made that block a dead block on that side." Randy Patterson, the city's economic development director, said there are liens on the property and using eminent domain to acquire the facility would mean a clean title for a developer. The RFP is expected to be released next month and potential developers would have 90 days to respond. City officials would prefer the redevelopment result in a mixed-use building that could offer opportunities for residential space, commercial space and retail space. The RFP responses will be used to create a development proposal that would have to be approved by the city council and planning commission.     
  

University of Akron to seek proposals for providing dining services

The University of Akron is preparing to seek proposals from the private sector to run its dining services. After three dining consultant studies that indicated poor financial management of its in-house service, university officials are ready to see if a private-sector contractor can provide the services at less cost than the university. As the university is faced with declining enrollment, officials there are looking for ways to cut costs. The studies revealed, in part, that students were dissatisfied with the dining options and a couple of the studies suggested contracting out the food service, which it determined could improve the service's revenues. The dining service revenues annually totaled $16.5 million this year, with similar expenditures. Once proposals are received, they will be reviewed and compared to the in-house service. University officials say the deciding factor may not be cost, as quality of service and delivery of the product are equally important. 

 

Price tag put on cost of renovations to former county courthouse

Jeff Fugate The results of a recent study on the cost of much-needed and long-delayed repairs to the former Fayette County (Kentucky) Courthouse show the project would need a multi-million-dollar fix. The original costs outlined by a Pennsylvania firm would be more than $27 million, which could rise to as much as $38.3 million with design, financing and other costs added. The facility, which was built in 1900, has been closed to the public since 2012 because hazardous materials were found in the building. Of the total amount needed for renovations and repairs, Downtown Development Authority President Jeff Fugate (pictured) said 90 percent would be for stabilizing the building. Renovation projects would include a new roof, exterior masonry restoration and upgrades to the electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. Officials are looking at some kind of public-private partnership to help restore the building. A number of possible uses for the building - from a visitor center to home for the city's tourism and convention bureau - have been talked about, but would depend on the level of private partner financial assistance. A request for proposals seeking interested developers has been released, with the deadline for submissions later this month. If a proposal is accepted, city officials say construction could begin in April of next year, with a completion date of late 2017 expected. 

 

UC Merced outlines proposal for increased capacity on campus

After making a presentation recently to the University of California Regents, UC Merced officials began the process of preparing to release a request for proposals (RFP) that will likely be issued later this year for the "2020 Project." The proposal is designed to not only allow the enrollment to increase to 10,000 students, but also to create more than 10,000 related construction jobs. The development strategy will more than double the capacity of campus facilities. Private developers will be employed for an enhanced and quicker construction model that will add a significant increase in square footage at a cost-effective price. To do that, the plan calls for new facilities to be mixed-use, master-planned development on the same site as the current campus. The university hopes to have numerous projects under way at the same time, which is expected to save both time and money. Officials are hoping for a 2016 or first half of 2017 start date, with delivery of the facilities between 2018 and 2020. The university is hoping to implement a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) model public-private partnership for the projects. The winning team will be announced early in 2016.

 

Port Canaveral officials eyeing $47 million in upgrades to two cruise terminals

John Walsh Major upgrades to Port Canaveral in Florida could be just around the corner. Renovation of Cruise Terminals 5 and 10 are being studied and officials say if they are put into place, the seaport could move a step closer to being the world's busiest cruise hub. Close to 81 percent of the port's revenue comes from cruise operations. The project at the two terminals would cost between $40 million and $47 million, said the port's Chief Executive Officer John Walsh (pictured), and would allow the terminals to handle larger cruise ships. It would also allow the port more flexibility in scheduling cruise ships. While the port's commissioners have approved the renovation concepts, they will have to approve more than $495,000 for design work, then approve the designs and cost estimates. They could then take a vote on starting the project. Walsh said that by upgrading the two terminals, the need to build a new cruise terminal can be delayed a year. He said if the renovations are approved, work could begin in September and be completed within a year. A review conducted by a private-sector firm indicated that the needs of the two terminals include improve security clearance and processing, better check-in for passengers, improved baggage facilities, improved gangway systems and more modern finishing. Renovations to Terminal 10 would cost between $25 million and $30 million, said Walsh, and Terminal 5 renovations would be in the $15 million to $17 million range. In doing so, the life of the two terminals would be extended by 20 to 25 years and 15 years respectively. 

 

New public health facility gets backing from Morgan County officials

Assuming indebtedness of up to $300,000 for the Morgan County Health Department is part of the agreement in which the Morgan County commissioners also voted to buy land for a new public health facility. One member of the commission was authorized to executive an agreement with the Alabama Public Health Care Authority to construct a new public health care facility on U.S. 31. The health department currently operates in two separate buildings and officials say they need updated facilities with more space. Officials say they expect construction to be under way this year. 

 

Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:  

  • The Crump Firm Inc. was awarded a $1.87 million contract from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for engineering services for Memphis International Airport's new consolidated rental car maintenance facility.
  • James Construction Group, LLC was awarded a contract worth approximately $60 million from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to make improvements to two Interstate 40 bridges in St. Francis County that span Shell Lake and Blackfish Lake. The Shell Lake project resulted in a $33,184,732.08 contract for the company and the Blackfish Lake project netted a $26,928,393.68 contract.
  • Comex Corporation was awarded a $16,989,104 contract from the Pearland (Texas) Independent School District to serve as the construction manager-at-risk for renovations at Pearland High School. The project cost of $19.19 million involves infrastructure repairs including mechanical, electrical and plumbing renovations.
  • Branch Highways won a $38.7 million contract from the Commonwealth (Virginia) Transportation Board to build the Route 460 Southgate Connector in Blacksburg. The project includes replacing the existing signalized intersection at Rout 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a new interchange.
  • Student Transportation of America Inc. has been awarded a $6 million annual contract by the Mesa County (Colorado) Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction to provide school transit services beginning in July. The contract is for five years with optional renewal years.
  • Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. won a $3.07 million contract from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for rehabilitation and widening of Highway 47 over Flat Creek at Union to four lanes.
  • Ardent Construction was awarded a $2.29 million contract from the city of Friendswood (Texas) for library expansion and improvements. The contract will include an additional $235,387 for materials testing, contingency and furniture, fixtures and equipment.
  • Jones Edmunds won a contract for five years or up to $20 million, whichever comes first, from NASA for civil engineering work primarily on the space agency's Space Launch System manned deep-space program, but they will also spread to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base and other NASA facilities around the world.
  • Knife River construction, cement and aggregate company has been awarded a nearly $2.09 million contract from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to pave the section of the state trail along the Luce Line Railroad route from the Carver County line near Winsted to McLeod County Road 115 just west of Hutchinson.
  • NV5 Holdings, Inc. has won a three-year contract worth more than $23 million from the California Department of Transportation - District 10 (Caltrans-District 10) to provide on-call construction engineering, inspection and materials sampling and testing services.
  • Educational Testing Service was awarded a $240 million, three-year contract from the California State Board of Education for testing academic achievement in California's K-12 school system. 
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City in Oregon seeking P3/PPP for Mirror Pond redevelopment plan

A public-private partnership is being sought by Bend, Oregon, City Council to replace a failing dam with a more natural feature for Mirror Pond. The proposal is geared toward mitigating the failing Newport Dam on the Deschutes River and thus Mirror Pond. Officials have studied a number of ways to try to ensure there will be no tax increases for the project that would affect local taxpayers. One such proposal is to sell or rent public lands to private-sector developers, who would come up with ideas for generating revenue. 


Approval by the council of the concept opened the door for Rep. Knute Buehler to introduce a bill seeking $5 million in funding from the Oregon Lottery to help get the plan under way. Buehler said in a news release that the Mirror Pond proposal will give the river a more natural flow, while also creating more recreational options. "While there are other short-term solutions that would clean up sediment in Mirror Pond, this is the only solution that presents a long lasting vision for our community, one that will pass on a better Bend for our children and grandchildren," he said. Buehler also pointed out that the proposal will be a positive economic development driver in the area and will lead to improvement of public parks in the area. 

 

Partnership leads to installation of EV charging stations in San Mateo

Joe Goethals One council member called installation of the first publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown San Mateo "the first step in a greater initiative." The city and NRG eVgo are partnering to make San Mateo the first city in Northern California to install a Freedom Station on public property. The Freedom Stations have multiple charging stations for EVs.


The city is pushing for the use of more EVs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Among the chargers are two DC Fast Chargers that can charge a car in 30 minutes or less. This partnership between the City of San Mateo and NRG eVgo makes San Mateo the first city in Northern California to install a Freedom Station on public property. A Freedom Station site provides multiple EV charging stations. "This is only the beginning and I'm looking forward to the installation of these and other stations throughout the community," said Councilmember Joe Goethals (pictured). 


The Fast Chargers will give San Mateo an edge and will pull more of the EV drivers to the city's downtown area as a prime destination. The new Freedom Station will be installed this summer. The chargers are being installed and operated at no cost to the city, with a trade-off with the city for being allowed to put the stations on public property. Other high-traffic areas such as the main library and city hall are being considered for chargers as well. 

 

Maryland school athletic facilities to be expanded thanks to partnership

With $100,000 from its public-private partnership fund, the Washington County (Maryland) County Board of Education is showing its support for a P3/PPP with the Williamsport Wildcat Athletic Boosters Club for expansion of Williamsport High School athletic facilities. With the $100,000 in support from the Board of Education fund, the money available to put toward the $933,000 project now totals $531,000. The booster club will be responsible for the remaining $402,000 and once the funding totals $933,000, the school board can begin to explore and award construction contracts. 


The booster club recently announced that an anonymous donor has pledged to make up the difference in any shortage the booster club might have so that construction can begin as soon as possible. The money would be paid back by the booster club as it's raised. The booster club also has secured some in-kind contributions toward construction. If things remain on track, the addition could be open for the winter sports schedule at the school beginning in November. 

 

Alabama city making inroads toward providing high-speed fiber Internet network

Tommy Battle "We have reached a point where fiber networks are as essential to our infrastructure as water, sewer and roads," said Huntsville, Alabama, Mayor Tommy Battle (pictured). With that in mind, officials in Huntsville are moving forward toward providing high-speed fiber Internet to the city's residents, businesses and institutions and have released a request for information (RFI) seeking a partner to provide high-speed Internet through such a network.


City officials are hoping to have fiber Internet at a minimum of 1 gigabit per second. That would put the city at a level 200 times faster than the national average. "We must be able to offer broadband access that can accommodate the growing demands of business, research institutions, entrepreneurs, residents and public safety," said Battle. Last year, the city hired a firm to develop a plan through a public-private partnership to bring high speed broadband to the city. Responses to the RFI are due April 24. Read the RFI here

 

Public-private partnership considered for Indiana street project

A $60 million to $100 million street redevelopment project in West Lafayette, Indiana, could be completed though a public-private partnership. Purdue University and the city of West Lafayette are partnering to support the State Street Corridor project. The project calls for redeveloping a section of the street from the Wabash River through downtown West Lafayette and the Purdue campus to the intersection of US 231. The two are committed to the project and use of a P3 seems to be rising to the top. Officials expect construction to begin in spring 2016, with completion in 2018. 

 

Research Analysts

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 Jim Hartnett. 

 

Jim Hartnett Jim Hartnett (pictured), who served more than 10 years on both the District and the Caltrain boards of directors and has served both boards as chair, has been chosen to head the San Mateo County Transit District. The District is an independent, consolidated public entity including the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, which funds transit and transportation programs. A longtime transportation expert, Hartnett was appointed four years ago to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, serving most recently as vice chair. He is also a former Council member for Redwood City for 15 years, having served as both mayor and vice mayor during that time. In his new position, he will be general manager and chief executive officer of the San Mateo district, which also includes the titles of general manager/CEO of SamTrans, executive director of Caltrain and executive director of the Transportation Authority.  The transportation veteran will replace Michael J. Scanlon, who is retiring from the district after more than 15 years. An attorney, Hartnett will begin his new job on March 30.

       

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Barbara Donnellan Christopher Hart Monique Jacobson Arlington County (Virginia) Manager Barbara Donnellan (top left) has announced that she will retire in June after five years in the top administrative job and 32 years working for the county, including as chief of management and finance before being named county manager. Christopher A. Hart (top center), who was nominated by President Barack Obama in January to serve as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board after serving as acting chair since April 2014, was recently sworn in as chairman. Monique Jacobson (top right), who for the last four years has headed the New Mexico Tourism Department, was confirmed recently as secretary of the state's Children Youth and Families Department. Alicia Fowler, who has served as senior assistant attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, has been appointed deputy secretary and general counsel at the California State Transportation Agency. Saul Rangel, who has served as supervisory human resources specialist at the California Army National Guard since 2014 and has held various other positions there since 1979, has been appointed inspector general at the California Military Department. Greg Conley, a longtime assistant police chief in Garland, Texas, has been named chief of the McKinney Police Department, replacing former Chief Joe Williams, who retired in July after nearly two years in the post. Jorge Carrasco Vincent Mezzanotte David Recordon 

Seattle City Light Chief Executive Officer Jorge Carrasco (bottom right) has announced that he is stepping down from the post he has held for more than a decade, indicating he might remain active in the industry. Suffolk County, New York, Executive Steve Bellone has chosen Vincent M. Mezzanotte (bottom center),  a veteran information technology executive for both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, as information technology commissioner. David Recordon (bottom left), a former Facebook engineer who has been serving since last March as a White House consultant as part of the administration's high-tech U.S. Digital Service team, has been chosen for the newly created post of director of White House information technology. Gregory J. Fouratt has been confirmed by the New Mexico Senate to continue in his post as head of the state's Department of Public Safety, after having been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez and taking office initially in March 2014. Brett Provenzano, who has served as assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Fairport (New York) School District since July of last year, has been named the district's new superintendent, replacing Superintendent Bill Cala, who retired in 2006. Powder Springs, Georgia, Mayor Pat Vaughn has announced that interim city manager Pam Conner, who has worked for the city since 1997 and has served as interim manager since last December following the resignation of former city manager Brad Hulsey, has been named sole finalist to take over that position permanently.

 
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