Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 2April 15, 2015
A bit of positive news related to transportation 
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

Much has been written about the critical state of the country's roads and bridges. It's heartening to finally hear some positive news.


In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced two major Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans for more than $403 million. The money will be used to leverage other funding for construction of the Wekiva Parkway in Orlando and for the Portsmouth Bypass, a public-private-partnership project in Scioto County, Ohio.  Currently, there is only $500 million available for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for FY2015, so these two projects will take a large portion of available funds. Twenty percent of the funding is allocated for rural projects.




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Union Station expansion project takes another step


Public, private funding options being explored for massive $10 billion project

Beverley Swaim-Staley Bob LaCroix

Washington Union Station is one of the country's first great union railroad terminals. Officials are now seeking to preserve the history of the station that was opened in 1907. Over the years, the facility has deteriorated as available funds were used for patchwork repairs and rail traffic decreased. But, rail traffic is on the increase and now officials are planning an expansion that could see passenger capacity triple.


Two architectural firms were recently chosen by the project partners - the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. (USRC), Amtrak and Akridge real estate firm - to create the Master Development Plan for the expansion. Already, Akridge has announced plans to develop 3 million square feet behind the station as part of the expansion and addition of commercial development around the station.


The architectural team includes Beyer Blinder Belle, the same firm that oversaw New York's revitalization of Amtrak Logo the Grand Central terminal, and Grimshaw Architects, which specializes in train station design and has experience in rehabilitating and upgrading numerous historic buildings in Washington, D.C.


"The selection of the Master Development Plan team is a huge milestone for this project," said Beverley Swaim-Staley (left), president and CEO of USRC. "We are excited with the progress we've made to-date in preparing for this next step, and we look forward to continuing on a successful path of planning to conceptual design for the station's future."


Officials cite the growing demand for passenger rail service as a driver for expansion of Union Station. "Once complete, Washington Union Station will be a world-class transportation hub that will provide the region with improved mobility and connectivity for generations to come," said Bob LaCroix (right), an Amtrak deputy chief.


But the $10 billion price tag for the project could cause finding partners to become a formidable task. The expansion will qualify Union Station for federal funds in the future, and they will be key to the necessary financial support for the project. In addition to the anticipated federal funding, project supporters also are considering a number of alternative financing options, both public and private.


The federal government is big on funding projects that can show the economic benefits to a region and how a project will mitigate traffic congestion while benefiting the community.


Swaim-Staley said the project would have to be "defined," so people can recognize that the end product will triple traffic coming in and going out of the terminal, which will benefit the entire region.


The next two to three years will be busy ones for the development corporation, as the plans and designs for the expansion will move the project closer to reality.


May 2015 Texas Bond Results

Federal, state officials to discuss transportation challenges


Pew Foundation online discussion to answer questions for local governments

Paul Trombino All levels of government must play a role in ensuring the right choices are made when it comes to transportation challenges in this country in the future. At all levels of government, transportation funding is dwindling, and the U.S. Congress will soon make a decision that will heavily impact state and local government transportation projects.


Congress has until May 31 to reauthorize the surface transportation program that funds the Highway Trust Fund. The trust fund provides money to state and local governments for transportation projects. If that new authorization is not made, or a short-term authorization is made, the trend of local governments putting off major transportation projects will likely continue. Local governments are concerned about incurring debt with no promise of federal funds to help pay for these projects.


In anticipation of the possibility of continued decreasing funding, Iowa Transportation Director Paul Trombino (pictured) steered his state to passage of a 10-cent increase in the state fuel tax. That increase is expected to raise more than $200 million that can be dedicated to transportation infrastructure.


Trombino will be joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and District of Columbia Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo in a Pew Charitable Trusts-hosted discussion regarding highway funding Friday in Washington, D.C. The subject of the discussion will be "Navigating Transportation Funding" and will discuss the challenges government entities are facing in trying to put together funding for roads, bridges and transit systems because of - and in spite of - federal inaction. Following opening remarks by these three transportation officials, a panel discussion with state and local officials will follow.


The event will be broadcast online beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time Friday on the Pew Charitable Trust Web site at


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities

Tyler seeking architect for proposed hotel/conference center project

Susan Guthrie Tyler, Texas, City Council members recently agreed to request qualifications for a city architect for a new hotel and conference center using a public-private partnership (P3/PPP). The architect will serve on a team with city employees who will meet weekly to push the project forward, said Assistant City Manager Susan Guthrie (pictured). City officials also are seeking a design-build group to build the hotel conference center that is to be smaller than the Harvey Convention Center which features 27,667 square feet of meeting space, Guthrie said. A consulting firm is working on updating an assessment of size and costs that should be available in a few weeks, Guthrie said. Because the private sector is contributing more funding to the project than the public sector, the project must pass the business model test, she noted.

New Mexico awarded $1 million in federal disaster assistance funding from FEMA 

Extensive flooding last year in New Mexico has led to the state being qualified to receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The state requested federal disaster assistance from FEMA last September. The flooding flowed into the creeks, irrigation canals, the Rio Nambe River and the Pojoaque, resulting in more than 17,000 yards of sedimentary debris flowing into the Nambe Fall Reservoir, which is used as a water source for municipalities and for irrigation. The federal funds will be used to help remove some of that debris, transport it and dispose of it. Contracting opportunities will be available for registered government contractors. 


New York seeking to purchase $160 million in renewable energy

Richard Kauffman Still seeking to meet the state's standard for renewable energy as a part of its energy portfolio, the state of New York is looking to purchase $160 million in renewable energy from large-scale facilities. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is looking to obtain energy from sources that include wind, solar, fuel cells, biomass, renewable biogas or small hydropower. Fuel cells will be eligible for contracts that are up to two decades instead of the previous limit of 10 years. The city is looking to a public-private partnership and renewables of all sizes are being sought, according to Richard Kauffman (pictured), the state's chair of energy policy and finance. "While we envision a more localized power grid in the future, it is imperative we ensure our large-scale generation sources are as clean as possible," Kauffman said. He added that New York State is establishing itself as "an attractive environment for private developers to invest and create new jobs in the state's growing clean economy."


South Carolina will have to re-bid contract for statewide testing

A violation of state law in the award of a $58 million contract will lead to a re-bid by the State of South Carolina for statewide testing. Only the first year of the contract with ACT Inc. will be allowed, according to a top state procurement panel. A rival vendor questioned the validity of the contract because it alleged that officials went outside the bounds of the accepted bid process. The first year of the contract was allowed to run its course, but succeeding years will have to be re-bid. The panel that voted for a re-bid following the first year of the contract said the decision "strikes a fair balance between competing interests that ensures open competition and fair treatment by enforcing the rules, and thus protecting the integrity of the state procurement system." 

Washington Senate passes $3.9B in capital projects construction spending

Jim Honeyford The Washington State Senate has put forth a construction budget that would fund $3.9 billion in capital projects over the next two years, more than $100 million larger than the capital budget bill recently passed by the House. Officials from both sides of the aisle say the Senate and House budgets are similar in some ways, spending heavily on mental health facilities and education-related projects. Infrastructure projects also would get a boost. The plan also includes complete funding for the state's 80 parks and trails, according to Sen. Jim Honeyford (pictured). "These destination sites will provide an economic boon to their communities while encouraging folks to get outdoors," said Honeyford. The senator said the bill also will build more than 2,100 classrooms and devote $60 million to local-government infrastructure projects statewide. Public schools would benefit from $254 million more directed to public schools than in the House proposal. The Senate plan would support student-achievement efforts by building additional classrooms, most of them in kindergarten through third grade.


Port improvements part of North Carolina's 25-year transportation plan

Calling the North Carolina Port of Morehead City a tool to bring new industry and jobs to the state, Gov. Pat McCrory was in Morehead City recently touting his plan to borrow $1 billion for infrastructure projects throughout the state. Some of that investment, he said, would be in the Port of Morehead City. The bond program is part of the governor's 25-year plan to meet transportation needs of the state over the next quarter century. The governor will seek two bond referendums of $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion for transportation projects and like amounts for state government buildings. The governor stressed that with interest rates low, now is the time for borrowing and said that it would also mean quicker construction of projects. Ports, particularly the Port of Morehead and the Wilmington port, are key to the economic future of the state. They are often the deciding factor of whether a new industry comes to the area, with the decision resting on how that industry would get its products to and from the marketplace. Among the port projects in the 25-year plan are improvements to Highway 64/17 to interstate status to connect state industries to ports in Virginia, improvements to Highway 70 and adding competitive rail access to the Global TransPark in Kinston and the North Carolina Port of Morehead City. 

Sacramento County approves funding for downtown streetcar project

Patrick Kennedy A $3 million streetcar project has been approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, completing the local government support necessary to get the $150 million project off the ground. With a three-mile route, the streetcar will run across the Tower Bridge and past riverfront landmarks, providing another boost to the local economy. Saying a vibrant downtown area is important to the region, County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy (pictured) stressed that $75 million in funds was needed to match a federal grant that is being sought. Kennedy noted that the county will contribute $3 million, West Sacramento is throwing in $25 million and the city of Sacramento is good for $7 million. In addition, a referendum to create a special taxing district along the streetcar line will be held in May. If it passes, the district could provide an additional $30 million from property owners along the line. The county's $3 million share will be paid over three years and officials expect to recoup the funding through increased property tax revenue. 


Two school bond issues in Oklahoma lead to new facilities, upgrades

Upgrades and improvements to schools in the Pryor and Oologah-Talala school districts in Oklahoma are just around the corner. Voters in the Pryor district recently approved a $30 million bond issue to provide for school improvements while those in the Oologah-Talala district approved $4 million in bonds for two multi-purpose storm shelters and other improvements. Nearly a third of the $30 million bond proceeds in Pryor schools will be used to complete the new Roosevelt Elementary. The old facility will be razed to make way for the new building. There will also be room for a new playground and park. The facility would include 12-15 new classroom additions and a new commons area with stage and kitchen, administrative offices and new music room. All district administrative offices would then be housed at what is now Washington Elementary. The high school would get a new student center with commons space, a new kitchen and new library. Other areas that would get attention with upgrades are the football stadium, band room, track and gym. A land purchase for sites for farm facilities for the agriculture department would also be part of the deal, and $180,000 would be set aside for new buses. 


New Jersey city officials taking time to study privatization of two departments

David Ennis Officials in Millville, New Jersey, aren't quite ready yet to go "all in" on the possibility of selling the city's water and sewer departments. A resolution that would have established a committee to examine the possibility of privatizing the two departments was cut short. But, the idea is still under consideration - only moving at a slightly slower pace. In fact, instead of establishing the committee, the City Commission agreed to advertise a request for proposals for an engineer to evaluate and identify a capital improvement plan for the two departments, including how much the cost to the city would be to keep the two departments in-house for the next 10-20 years. Feelings are mixed about privatization. For instance, Commissioner David Ennis (pictured), director of the public works department, said he is opposed to selling the departments, but is not against at least exploring the idea. He said privatization is an indication that the city doesn't know what to do with the department, doesn't have time to explore what to do or has an "I don't care" attitude. Many said they were concerned about the possible loss of jobs and whether rates would increase if privatization occurs. The city is also facing $12 million in upgrades needed at its sewerage treatment facility.  


Transportation bill working its way through Idaho state legislature

Like other states, Idaho is dealing with decreasing transportation funds. The Idaho Senate recently passed a bill that seeks to create additional revenue by imposing higher vehicle registration fees and increasing the state gas tax by 10 cents over the next four years. The bill passed out of the Senate would use those two mechanisms to raise $65.7 million in its first year by increasing registration fees by $25, increasing the fuels tax by four cents per gallon and creating a new $140 user fee for electric and hybrid cars. Even so, the additional money raised won't come close to meeting the current $262 million annual transportation funding deficit. 


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  • Eden Fence Inc. won a $3.2 million contract from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to construct and place interstate signs along 41 miles of the new Interstate 69 corridor in Henderson, Hopkins and Webster counties.  
  • GLF Construction Corporation was awarded a $10 million contract from Miami-Dade County to reconstruct the westernmost stretch of the Venetian Causeway.
  • Raytheon Co. won a U.S. Department of Defense contract worth $700 million to monitor threats from air and space in support of the Pentagon's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The work will be performed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs and nearby Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, as well as in California and Nebraska. 
  • Towson Mechanical Inc. was awarded a $464 million contract by Hartford County, Maryland, to build a 24,000-square-foot building at the Churchville Recreation Center, which will include a double gymnasium and various activity rooms.
  • Hill International was awarded a three-year contract worth $50 million from the City University Construction Fund on behalf of the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide on-call construction management/build services in connection with various university construction projects. Most project assignments will cost between $3 million to $30 million and include rehabilitation, construction, renovation or expansion of CUNY sites and facilities.
  • Tiseo Paving was awarded a more than $5 million contract from the city of Coppell, Texas, for construction along North Freeport parkway from W. Sandy Lake Road to State Highway 121. The contract was approved for $4.82 million with a $350,000 incentive for early completion added to make the total $5.17 million.
  • CJRW won a $5.8 million contract from the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board for marketing and outreach services. The contract will run through 2017 to assist the state in its transition from a partnership to a state-based marketplace.
  • Vander Pol Excavating earned a more than $3.3 million contract from the city of Spencer, Iowa, for its 2015 HMGP West Central Sewer Retrofit Project.
  • Nan Inc. was awarded a $327 million contract from the Hawaii Department of Transportation's Airport Division for improving roadways and building a consolidated car rental facility at the Kahului Airport on Maui. Among the many projects included are construction of a people-mover system, installation of four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, site improvements and infrastructure upgrades, roadway connections to current airport terminal roadways and solar panels. 
  • K&E Excavating won a $9.6 million contract from the Oregon Department of Transportation for construction of the Interstate 5 Kuebler Interchange Project, expected to mitigate traffic congestion and improve safety through modifying the southbound off-ramp.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


PennDOT seeking unsolicited proposals for transportation projects
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s/PPPs) has announced it is accepting unsolicited proposals through April 30 from the private sector for projects that involve roads, bridges, rail, aviation, ports and other modes of transportation. Unsolicited proposals are unlike a PennDOT logo tradition issuance of a request for proposals issued by a government entity for a specific project. Unsolicited proposals are the result of a private-sector firm seeing an issue or problem and then offering - unsolicited - a possible solution for the government entity to review.

When it comes to transportation, these partnership projects allow a state to escape much of the risk in what is usually a multi-million-dollar or multi-billion-dollar project. The responsibility for engineering, construction, operation and/or maintenance is assigned to the private firm for a set period of time. The service is then provided by the private-sector firm, which recoups its investment through existing revenue of the state or through toll or user fee receipts.

PennDOT's seeking of unsolicited proposals applies to agency-owned infrastructure. They can apply to either new construction or to an innovation that will help the government entity more efficiently manage an existing transportation-related service or program.

The PennDOT guidelines for unsolicited proposals require sufficient information from the private-sector firm to allow the proposal to be fairly evaluated, including the private firm's project delivery capability, the financial viability of the project and the benefits to the agency and the Commonwealth for using a P3/PPP instead of a conventional method of delivery. The P3 Office will then submit its recommendations to an appointed seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board for review.

Groundwater replacement program P3 means water for communities, crops

The first new water supplies in a decade in the Columbia Basin Project for groundwater replacement will soon be a reality. The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID) in West Texas recently voted to issue five water service contracts with local landowners. The contracts will provide water for more than 1,800 acres from the project. The action will ensure continued crop production while preserving groundwater for other uses.

The action is a result of a public-private partnership - the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program - that addresses depletion of the Odessa Aquifer. Partners in the project include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Washington Department of Ecology, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District, the Columbia Basin Development League and landowners.

As a result of the partnership, enough replacement water has been permitted to serve more than 87,000 acres of land. The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District will issue revenue bonds secured by the landowner water service contracts with long-term repayment. The groundwater replacement program helps stabilize water supplies to ensure adequate water for the community and food sources.


Logansport coal-fired energy facility to be retrofitted for use of fuel pellets

Ted Franklin Rules of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require that coal-fired energy facility in Logansport, Indiana, must close within a year. The Logansport City Council recent voted to end negotiations with the Logansport Energy Group LLC for the city's future power needs. Instead, Mayor Ted Franklin (pictured) has indicated that the city has a new plan that calls for a retrofit for the coal-fire facility.


A new renewable fuel pellet in use elsewhere in the country will be used instead of coal, according to the developer. Thanks to a public-private partnership with the city, the S.G. Preston Co. will provide financing for the retrofit, which could total at least $120 million or more. Even better news comes in the fact that the facility's power capacity would likely increase from 38 megawatts to 120 megawatts. The developer has also agreed to put $1.75 million in a good faith escrow account pending the agreement being authorized, which likely will be sometime in June. 

Fargo expecting feasibility study results soon on downtown parking ramps

In Fargo, North Dakota, city officials are eagerly awaiting the results of a recent feasibility study addressing the best location for parking ramps with mixed uses. Facing downtown parking issues, the city hired a consultant to look at seven possible parking ramp sites. The projects could result in public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs), according to Commissioner Mike Williams, who said several developers have already expressed an interest in the projects. The ramps would include both street-level commercial and residential development space. Five of the locations are currently owned by the city. One already has a parking ramp that could expand by two more floors. The results of the feasibility study will be presented Thursday to the city commissioners, Parking Commission and Renaissance Zone Authority members. Two other presentations will be made Thursday and Friday to downtown stakeholders. Construction on one or two of the proposed ramps could start this year, said Williams. 


Historic downtown library in Gulfport to become part of aquarium project

Billy Hewes The downtown library in Gulfport, Mississippi, is getting a new life and a new home. After many locals feared the loss of the historic facility, now comes word that the city now plans to make it into a welcome center and transit area for those who visit the aquarium and Gulfport's waterfront, according to Mayor Billy Hewes (pictured). 


The aquarium development, expected to cost between $90 million and $120 million, would be paid for in part by $24.5 million in state funds, if the bill including the money passes out of the State Legislature. The city showed to the legislature its commitment on the aquarium project by paying $14 million for nine acres downtown where the facility would be located.


The state funding is expected to provide incentive for developers who might be interested in a public-private partnership on the aquarium projects. However, the city will still need to come up with $80 million to help pay for costs. Hewes said he is hopeful funding will also be available from the Restore Act for local coastal communities affected by the BP oil spill. Hewes said the Coast Transit Authority is applying for federal grants and has pledged $7.5 million to renovate the old library on U.S. 90, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and for work on its parking garage and to build an elevated highway crossover for pedestrians, bicycles and a tram. 


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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Andre Porter. 


Andre Porter Andre Porter (pictured) was recently appointed by Gov. John Kasich to head the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and serve as the state's top utility regulator. It was a return to the agency for Porter, who previously served as a commissioner from 2011 to 2013. He was then named the state's commerce director. Porter will replace Thomas Johnson, who recently announced that he would step down from the chair position, but remain as a member of the commission. Before beginning his service to the state, Porter was an energy, public utilities and real estate taxation attorney with an Ohio law firm from 2005 to 2011. He also is a former member of the Gahanna City Council and the Gahanna Board of Zoning Appeals. Porter holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Capital University and a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 


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Edward Shikada Lisa Avery Michael Armstrong Edward Shikada (top left), a former transportation executive who spent more than a decade in San Jose City Hall as a deputy city manager and then assistant city manager and is a former director of Public Works in Long Beach, has been named as an assistant city manager in Palo Alto. Lisa Avery (top center), current district vice provost for strategic partnerships at the Community Colleges of Spokane, has been chosen as the next president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus, succeeding Suzanne Johnson, who was serving in the interim following the retirement of former President Linda Gerber. Michael Armstrong (top right), CIO of Corpus Christi, Texas, and public-sector veteran of 41 years,  has announced his retirement after also having served as Des Moines CIO and assistant manager and then serving as CIO for the city of San Antonio. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has appointed Todd Nacapuy, senior technical account manager for premier commercial services in the state, as the state's new CIO and to lead the Office of Information Management and Technology, replacing Keone Kali, who replaced Sonny Bhagowalia in an acting capacity last year. The Abilene City Council has named Robert Hanna, who has over 15 years of local government experience and has served as the city manager of Denison, Texas, since 2011 as well as assistant city manager of Weatherford, Texas, and as city administrator of Hudson Oaks, Texas, to be Abilene's city manager. Larry Fry, who served four years as manager in Roswell, New Mexico, has been named city manager for the city of Clovis, replacing Joe Thomas, a 43-year veteran with the city and city manager since Gerald Napoles Luis Valentino Sean Vinck 2004. Lone Star College in Texas has tapped Dr. Gerald Napoles (bottom right), a senior vice president at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College who also worked at Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky and at the Dallas County Community College District, as the new president of the Lone Star North Harris campus. The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has picked Luis Valentino (bottom center), associate superintendent and chief academic officer for the San Francisco Unified School District and former director of school services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, as the new superintendent of schools. Former Illinois CIO Sean Vinck (bottom left) is the new Enterprise IT Transformation director for the state of Oregon and has been replaced in Illinois by former Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt. Ronald Neibert, former city manager of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, has been named city manager for the city of Eustis, Florida, replacing Acting City Manager Dianne Kramer, who took over for Paul Berg who gave up the post in 2013. Seminole (Texas) Independent School District has named Gary Laramore, superintendent of Texline ISD for the last nine years, as superintendent of schools. John Meza, who has been in law enforcement for the last three decades, 28 of those years with the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department, has been named chief of police. 
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NCPERS conference slated for May 3-7 in New Orleans

The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Annual Conference and Exhibition, with a theme that focuses on the idea of "Banding Together for Retirement Security," is scheduled for May 3-7 in New Orleans. More than 1,000 trustees, administrators, state and local officials, investment, financial and union officers, pension staff and regulators are expected to attend. Among the agenda items are a panel discussion on alternative investments, a Washington update, breakout sessions and a daily luncheon lecture series. Those who attend will benefit from educational programming, dynamic speakers and networking opportunities with money managers, investment service providers and public fund colleagues from throughout the nation. Online registration is available.  


NASCIO 2015 Midyear Conference slated April 26-29
The National Association of State Chief Information officers (NASCIO) has set its 2015 Midyear Conference for April 26-29 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit the 2015 Midyear Conference webpage for up-to-date information on the conference agenda and speaker lineup. Registration is currently open. Register by March 13 for early bird registration rates. Corporate sponsorships are open now. "Are You Ready? Disruptive change is the new norm" is the focus of the conference.

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