Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 4April 29, 2015
When a door closes... 
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

This past week, the U.S. Army called for another round of Base Realignment and Closure, otherwise known as BRAC. Many economic development teams and regional leaders are obviously saddened. No community wants to lose a military base.

The BRAC program is a process the Department of Defense uses to restructure military bases in order to more effectively fund operations, innovation and modernization projects. Base closures become necessary as the military, in particular the Army, draws down active-duty soldiers. From a one-time wartime high of 570,000 soldiers, active-duty forces are now being reduced to 475,000.  




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Transit projects in seven American cities to get boost


USDOT'S LadderSTEP program to seek out both public, private resources
Bus Rapid Transit
Richmond's Bus Rapid Transit line is one of seven transit projects that are part of the LadderSTEP pilot project. (RVA photo)
As local and state populations continue to expand throughout the country, America's transportation infrastructure is deteriorating because of increased traffic and decreasing funding. As a result, transit projects are growing and becoming increasingly important to help move Americans reach their jobs, education and day-to-day necessities such as health care, recreation and nutrition needs.

All of these programs and services depend on having safe and affordable transit opportunities available. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) realizes the importance of improving transit throughout 

the country to ensure a reliable system for moving people from place to place. To that end, USDOT has created a pilot program - the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment (LadderSTEP) - to assist seven participating cities with building and restoring transit connections for projects from streetcars to light rail. However, ensuring connections from one location to another is not the only goal of Anthony Foxx the LadderSTEP program. It also is intended to develop workforce capacity and stimulate the revitalization of American neighborhoods. 


"Transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to economic opportunity," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured). "This pilot program is not only about helping seven cities achieve their visions for projects, but also about demonstrating that transportation infrastructure is about the people that use it, and not just the equipment needed to build it."

USDOT's role in the pilot program is not only to provide technical assistance for the seven cities, but to also help those cities attract both public and private resources to the projects. Stakeholders in the projects will include mayors and other local officials, nonprofits, private investors and others. USDOT itself will partner with several national organizations such as The Urban Land Institute, Smart Growth America's LOCUS program and Enterprise Community Partners.

The seven cities chosen as participants and their projects include:

Atlanta - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide enhanced technical assistance as the city seeks to improve road and sidewalk infrastructure to help increase access to transit, particularly in the transit-oriented development in the Vine City neighborhood where a bike-ped trail and city's streetcar are looking to expand.
Baltimore - The DOT program will help the city restart a proposed reconnection from West Baltimore to downtown, seeking to help revitalize neighborhoods along the route.
Baton Rouge - The city is planning to develop a streetcar line on Nicholson Street Corridor and FTA will steer the city through the planning and environmental analysis to select the best alignment for the line.
Charlotte - Phase two of the Gold Line Streetcar will continue to see DOT support that will connect the West Trade Area to the city's Uptown. DOT will also work with federal and local housing agencies to make sure housing and transportation decisions are complementary.
Indianapolis - A Bus Rapid Transit route is being studied to connect Downtown employment areas to heavily populated areas north and south of the city. FTA will help the city as it seeks funding for this project.
Phoenix - Aging transit infrastructure in the south part of the city will be addressed as DOT will assist with implementation of federal grant funds that will help build light rail in the South Central Corridor and provide for street and bus stop improvements.
Richmond - The city's first Bus Rapid Transit line is being built by the Greater Richmond Transit Company between Richmond and Henrico County and will receive support in its efforts. It will be a boon for transit-dependent residents in the Greater Fulton community of Richmond.

LSU halts proposed bond sale; numerous projects on hold


State's $1.6B budget shortfall could have major effect on higher education

Ann Duplessis Major construction projects planned at Louisiana State University (LSU) have been put on hold, as the university last week announced it would not issue the $114.5 million in bonds planned previously. The bond proceeds were to have been used for a new residence hall, family housing and a student health center.


The reason? The state's flagship university is reportedly preparing paperwork for financial exigency, which in layman's terms means academic bankruptcy. The cause? University officials blame a totally unpredictable state budget with threatened major budget cuts.


University officials say this was their best option.  A major credit rating agency lowered LSU's credit outlook. And investors said thanks, but no thanks.


LSU Logo LSU is not alone. The Baton Rouge university and other state universities fear major budget cuts next year as the state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Other colleges and universities have been advised by State Treasurer John Kennedy not to take on any new debut until the budget problem is resolved.


Ann Duplessis (pictured), who heads LSU's Board of Supervisors, said financial exigency is indeed among the solutions being studied. "That is a potential option if the Legislature cannot find a way to make higher ed whole," she said. Financial exigency seems like the thing to do, as it allows the university to begin ending programs and laying off tenured faculty if it faces extreme financial situations. "There is no way we can fill a gap with that type of cut with raising tuition or fees," said Duplessis. "It's just not going to happen."


Although Gov. Bobby Jindal has introduced a budget plan for the state that would continue higher education funding levels, some lawmakers are not enamored with some of the ways the governor gets to that figure. They are attempting to build a budget plan of their own, but are only a few weeks deep into the new legislative session.


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USDA awards loans, grants to aid rural communities


Water, energy infrastructure systems nationwide will benefit from funding
Water Projects
Water line extensions are among the projects funded in rural areas by the USDA. 

More than $100 million in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been awarded to help rural communities across the country build and upgrade their water and energy infrastructure systems. The funds not only will ensure clean water and affordable energy for rural areas, but will also create jobs and positively impact the economy.

In all, USDA is funding 37 water and wastewater projects and 25 renewable energy projects totaling more than $114.6 million. 

In Arkansas, the city of Horseshoe Bend was awarded a $395,000 grant for a wastewater collection system expansion and in Oregon, the city of Myrtle Point was awarded a loan of $2.854 million and a grant of $1.1 million for a total of more than $3.95 million for city wastewater improvements.

The West Carteret Water Corporation in North Carolina was awarded an $8.216 million loan for water system improvements. The town of Gilbert, West Virginia, was awarded a $500,000 loan and $1.05 million grant for a total of $1.55 million for a water line extension. 

Some of the energy audit and rural energy development assistance grants awarded include $100,000 to Purdue University to conduct 45 energy audits for ag producers in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio with an emphasis on irrigation, livestock housing and dairy farm operations. The University of Tennessee was granted $99,800 to help poultry producers plan and implement farm energy conservation and energy efficiency improvements.

View the entire list of funding awards here.


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California to allocate $113 million for various school construction projects
School construction projects across California will get a financial boost from a total of $113.6 million in funding from the State Allocation Board (SAB). Forty-one School Facility Program (SFP) projects at 22 school districts will benefit from the funding. The program is intended to assist school districts with matching funds that are shovel-ready or to reimburse districts for completed projects that used local funds. The funds are expected to be distributed over a 90-day period. Many of the program projects must have local matching funds in hand that generally are 50 percent of the total project cost, with contracts already in place for half the work. Schools facing financial hardships also are allowed to compete for the funding. The SAB determines which voter-approved school construction bonds are allocated and where. The allocations listed by school are available here.

Arizona city planning bond sales to benefit utilities, capital projects

Ryan  Wimmer Two bond sales are in the future for Mesa, Arizona. Officials there are planning to use the bond sales' proceeds for $30 million in utility projects and $13.7 million for other capital improvements.  Most of the utility funding will be taken up by $20.6 million in water system improvements, including the Signal Butte Water Treatment Plant and an expansion of the Greenfield sewer plant. The two plants, when completed in approximately two years, will help meet the growing population in one segment of the community, according to Deputy Budget Director Ryan Wimmer (pictured). Wimmer said it could take three to four years to finish the projects. Also included in the utility bond proceeds is $2.3 million for improvements to the city's electric utility system. The city's natural gas utility system will get $3.6 million for improvements. City officials also plan to convert their garbage trucks to use compressed natural gas instead of diesel fuel. The remainder of the bond funds would be used for maintenance and operations costs at the Val Vista Water Treatment Plan. The general obligation bond sale will fund the southeast Mesa bike and pedestrian path, renovations in Pioneer Park and work at both Fiesta Sports Park and the west Mesa connector. 

Loan of $1 billion will be used to ensure safety of New York rail system

A nearly $1 billion federal loan is aimed at ensuring a safer commuter rail system in New York. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) would use the nearly $1 billion to try to decrease the chances of another deadly derailment that left four people dead in 2013. The money would be used to finish the installation of Positive-Train Control systems that are designed to slow own the train if it suddenly is in jeopardy. The system will ensure the safe travel of 1,400 rail cars and 588 miles of track throughout a rail network that serves the New York City suburbs. The Positive-Train Control systems were mandated by the federal government for railroads. The system quickly became part of MTA's capital plan.  


Colorado State University plans $244M in additional building projects 

Three new buildings and renovations and additions are on the drawing board for Colorado State University, and at a cost of $244 million. The projects include two new South Campus buildings related to the veterinary and biomedical sciences areas. A new biology building will be part of the science area. In addition, over the next 12-24 months, the campus will expand with the addition of a chemistry building, an Institute for Biological and Translational Therapies and an equine teaching hospital. The veterinary teaching hospital is also undergoing renovations that will continue and additions are likely for the anatomy and zoology buildings and the Warner building. While there has been minimal construction on the campus over the last two decades, the $234 million to $244 million in planned expenditures is a welcomed addition. Out of the total, a 103,000-square-foot Institute for Biological and Translational Therapies will cost about $67.7 million and renovation of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital will likely cost about $21.3 million. The chemistry building will carry a price tag of $60 million to $65 million. 


Construction, renovation projects approved for Indiana University

Graduate Center Four construction and renovation projects were recently approved by the Board of Trustees of Indiana University. Among the projects on the Bloomington campus are a $39.8 million, 125,000-square-foot building to house the School of Informatics and Computing, converting two academic buildings to residence halls at a cost of $30 million, a $12 million, 34,000-square-foot addition to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an $8 million upgrade of the Biddle Hotel. One of the major projects is the construction of a three-story, 34,000-square-foot space adjoining the School of Public and Environmental Affairs building. The facility, as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering, will be named the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center. O'Neill, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary, made a $3 million donation toward construction of the building. Goodbody Hall and Memorial Hall in Wells Quad will be renovated and the former academic space will become student housing. As a result of the renovations, 182 beds will be added to student housing. The facility will also feature a 200-seat dining hall. The upgrade of 189 guest rooms in the Biddle Hotel will also include as part of the project new furnishings, roof replacement and upgrades to the electrical, lighting, plumbing, mechanical and telecommunications infrastructure. 


Pennsylvania county issuing RFPs for design work on numerous bridges

Thirteen bridges in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, will soon get upgrades and necessary work. The county recently decided to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for the design work on the bridges. The county has numerous bridges that are defined as "structurally deficient," and officials are planning to attack the problem as funds become available. This first round of work seeks developers who can offer design and construction plans for all of the 13 bridges. An initiative was begun nearly two years ago that called for addressing the needs of the bridges. All of the bridges are now authorized for construction and the county is not ready to begin that process. There are currently 62 deficient bridges in the county. Officials hope that over the next two years, they can mark 25 bridges off that list. The bridges to be addressed by the RFP for design and construction include: Simmons Road over Scioto Creek, Black Rock Road over Mill Creek, Old Gulf Over Mill Creek, Ashborne Road over Tookany Creek, Line Lexington Road over Neshaminy Creek, Germantown Pike over Stony Creek, Mount Pleasant Ave over Wissahickon Creek. RFPs for design work will address these bridges: Old Reading Pike over Yeagers Creek, Deep Creek Road over Deep Creek, Germantown Pike over Skippack Creek, Rittenhouse Road over Skippack Creek, Morris Avenue over Mill Creek and Bergeys Mill Road over East Branch of Perkiomen Creek, Lower Salford Township. Completion of all of the bridge prpojects is likely to take two years. 

Upgrades, renovations part of Indiana school district's proposal

Tim Rosandick Caldwell (Indiana) School District will get funding help from the Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency that could help the district build a new training suite at the high school. In addition to a new athletic training suite that would have a weight room, sports medicine and athletic training area, the plan also calls for mock hospital rooms for students in the school's certified nursing assistant program.  Funding also would likely be used for renovations and upgrades to the tech center and auditorium. "There are improvements that we would like to make to that facility that we think will bear fruit in terms of economic development to the community and help us better serve the children of this community," said Superintendent Tim Rosandick (pictured) of the proposed improvements. When the renewal agency told taxing districts in its boundaries that they could use tax increment funding for projects, the school district submitted its plan for renovations and the training suite. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.6 million, according to Rosandick. If approved by the agency, the project costs would be paid for by an urban renewal bond and paid back by the school district's tax increment in the renewal district. That totals approximately $360,000 per year. Other planned upgrades if the proposal is approved include ensuring the tech center is adaptive to current and future technology and improving the sound system in the school auditorium. 


New police station, other projects in works for Northampton, Pennsylvania

Officials in Northampton, Pennsylvania, have made some financial changes that will net $10 million for a new police station and other projects. Bonds are the key to making the funding available, both from refinancing a 2010 bond and selling a new bond. In addition to building a new police station, town officials will also be able to take care of some much-needed road maintenance, institute improvements to the Civic Center recreation complex and expand the public works building. Out of the estimated $10 million in available funds, town officials expect to spend $4 million on the police station, $3.75 million for road paving, $1.5 million on the Civic Center and $750,000 for the new public works building.  


Projects in line for Massachusetts city include port facility, sports complex

Donna Holaday Donna Holaday (pictured), mayor of the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts, is pushing for funding for three new projects in the city. One that has been discussed for some time is a multi-purpose sports complex behind the high school. The bid for the new field, for boy's and girl's sports, came in about $1 million over estimates, said Holaday. The project has been discussed for several years, but the deteriorating state of parts of the stadium has led city officials to action. "Unfortunately, construction bids came in more than $1 million over budget for the NHS stadium project," said Holaday. "We anticipated some cost increases, and we will need to pick up this funding gap with additional bonding." The stadium is expected to cost about $3.7 million and about $22 million in available funding exists. Another project is a transient boater facility at the port that is expected to cost about $1.3 million. A Department of Public Safety building carries a price tag of about $1.2 million.  


Gas tax increase in Iowa to help put record-setting $700 million into roads

Aided by a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) now anticipates spending a record $700 million this year on state and interstate highway projects. The state was not the only entity to benefit from the additional revenues brought on by the tax hike, as cities and counties, too, will see a windfall of about $200 million additional dollars each year. Those dollars will help local governments pay for filling potholes and repairing bridges and pavement. The $700 in expenditures surpasses the previous record road spending in the state by more than $40 million. The previous record was $656 million in 2014. Because of the tax increase, DOT officials have been able to move up about $33 million in projects that were put on the back burner due to lack of funding. The increased spending means about 500 work zones operating throughout the state from now until the end of the road construction season in November. 


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Check out these recent awards: 

  • Redstone Construction won a $3 million contract from the city of Anoka, Minnesota, for reconstruction of an extensive Slab Town neighborhood street renewal.
  • Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortia has been awarded an emergency $480,000 contract from the Mississippi State Board of Education for reading student scores on Common Core testing done by another company.
  • Handwerk Site Contractors, a division of Blooming Glenn Construction, has won a $299,480 contract from Jackson Township, Pennsylvania, for installation of the new Fairline Avenue bridge.
  • NAVGeo LLC, a joint venture between Woolpert Inc. and two other national geospatial firms - Magnolia River and Quantum Spatial - has been awarded a $30 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide geographic information, surveying and mapping services at Navy, Marine Corps and other government facilities.
  • DynCorp International was awarded a contract valued at up to $126.2 million by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to continue supporting its aviation program helping suppress and control wildfires.
  • Ascent Construction won a $22.9 million contract from the Elko, Nevada, County School District for construction of a new West Wendover elementary school.
  • The Babcock & Wilcox Company Power Generation Group, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Colorado Springs Utilities worth approximately $40.3 million to engineer, procure, construct and commission an emissions control project for the Ray D. Nixon Power Plant, located south of Colorado Springs. 
  • Election Systems & Software LLC won a $277,320 contract from the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, to replace the city's voting machines and equipment.
  • MV Transportation won a contract worth approximately $20.4 million from the Savannah-Chatham Public School Board in Georgia to provide school bus service.
  • Kirk Bros. Co. Inc. won a two-year, approximately $3.7 million contract from the city of Dayton, Florida, for work at the Miami Water Treatment Plant. The project includes maintenance to the treatment plant, including removal and replacement of filter media in 16 rapid sand filters, replacement of 256 surface wash water arms and other infrastructure upgrades.
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Portsmouth looking at P3/PPP for garages with 16-20 micro apartments 

A new kind of affordable housing is coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The $23.3 million development, which may be the result of a public-private partnership (P3/PPP), would build both a new parking garage and 16-20 micro apartments. The development also would include up to 9,000 square feet of civic space. 

City officials say the micro housing idea is one that has gotten traction with city residents who want more affordable housing. The project would also include ancillary mixed-use buildings such as housing and retail buildings on the outer edges of a parking garage or warehouse space either on one or both sides of the parking area. The design work for the project is in the preliminary stages. The city council will vote on the project as early as next week. 


San Diego P3/PPP will result in 163 affordable housing units for city

Kevin Faulconer Ground was recently broken for a 37-story apartment tower in downtown San Diego's East Village. The public-private partnership (P3/PPP) will result in 163 units of affordable housing, along with living-wage jobs as the facility is constructed and after it is completed. Mayor Kevin Faulconer (pictured) said the P3/PPP will definitely impact the revitalization of the East Village neighborhood.


Officials are also hopeful that the project will provide a model for future endeavors. The 720-unit Ballpark Village project not only provides a benefit for the developers, but it also provides benefits for the community, which some say should not be unexpected because tax dollars are involved.


The project will include 58,000 square feet of retail space and 267 public parking spaces for special events and San Diego Padres baseball games. The project is expected to be completed in 2018, but some of the first completed apartments are likely to be ready to be occupied in 2017.


Public-private partnership leads to pet hotel near Austin airport
Austin, Texas, city officials recently approved zoning changes to allow for more parking at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and for property near the airport to be used for a pet hotel for airport travelers. Part of the proposed public-private partnership required the private firm offering the parking lot to include some kind of airport amenity. The firm suggested a pet hotel.

The parking company and a dog training and day care firm worked together to design a 13,000-square-foot pet hotel to be built in two phases on city-owned land leased in March 2014. Current plans are for the pet hotel to be open 24/7/365 and to feature playscapes, a pool and outdoor space. The first phase calls for space for 150 pets and a second phase would double the capacity to 300 pets. It should be completed next summer. 


Proposed Interstate 11 development could incorporate use of private funding

Steve Latoski A public-private partnership (P3/PPP) is among the funding sources being considered by the Mohave County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors for future development of proposed Interstate 11. Officials are looking into recommendations to find funding for design and construction of two interchanges in Kingman that would connect I-11 to I-40. Arizona Mine Inspector Joe Hart made the recommendation and said he did not want Kingman to not be able to take advantage of the economic benefits I-11 will bring.

In addition to consideration of a P3/PPP, Public Works Director Steve Latoski (pictured) said other financing options include allowing the private-sector firm to collect tolls for use of the interchanges or collecting fixed fees. The proposed interstate could be the first one constructed since 1985 and would connect Las Vegas with Phoenix and would also be part of the Canada-to-Mexico corridor. The proposed interstate, which would cover 285 miles, was approved as part of the 2010 federal transportation bill.

University of New Mexico releases RFP for Innovate ABQ project

The University of New Mexico recently released its request for proposals for the Innovate ABQ project site. Innovate ABQ is a premier downtown innovation district for researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs. This represents the next step for what is being called a business incubation site that will bring together stakeholders that include entrepreneurs, engineers, developers and others.


A long-term public-private partnership is being sought with a developer who can offer services that include real estate, marketing and financing. The developer will be charged with building the laboratory, incubation, living and retail spaces. The developer will also be tasked with finding an anchor tenant for the facility. Proposals are due June 1 and officials expect to select a development firm for the project by June 30.


The project is a result of two years of work on plans for the seven-acre site. Officials say completion of the project is still 10-20 years away with no set date for construction to begin.


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Where are they now?

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


Isaac Joseph After a nearly 30-year career with the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) in Louisiana, Isaac Joseph (pictured) has been named superintendent of the system. He becomes the first African-American to be selected as superintendent of JPPSS, the largest school system in Louisiana. Joseph succeeds James Meza, Jr., who retired from JPPSS on Jan. 30 when his contract ended. While Joseph has served since 2012 as the system's executive director of grants and federal programs, his JPPSS career spans 29 years. Not only has he held leadership roles in the classroom, but he also has served many of those years in school administration and in executive positions in the central office. He served as assistant superintendent of human resources from January 2009 to July 2012, as assistant superintendent of federal programs from July 2003 to January 2009 and as director of Title I programs from July 1998 to June 2003. The longtime educator also was a school principal in the system from July 1993 to June 1998, was dean of student services from February 1990 and July 1993 and was a classroom teacher from August 1986 to January 1990. 


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A West Coast university's master plan for the next two decades includes upwards of $1 billion worth of projects, and officials are hoping public-private partnerships can lead to completion of many of the projects. Under consideration are the addition of a hotel and conference center, another recreation center and recreational fields and thousands of new living units for students, faculty and staff. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or

Harold Scoggins Vicki Mayo Karl Browning Former U.S. Air Force firefighter Harold Scoggins (top left), who moved to Seattle after serving 25 years at the Glendale, California, Fire Department, the last seven as chief, has been named Seattle Fire Chief, replacing Gregory Dean, who retired in 2014. Vicki Mayo (top center), who was picked by Arizona Gov. Dough Ducey as second in command at the state's child welfare agency, is moving on after just two months, transferring to a post at the state Department of Economic Security. Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Karl Browning (top right), has resigned after serving in that position since 2013, and will be replaced by Brandye Hendrickson, a deputy commissioner since 2007 in charge of the Greenfield District. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen his longtime friend, Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool, to serve as chief of staff, replacing retiring chief of staff Lisa Schrader. Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, an association that includes 1,300 member institutions, announced this week that she will step down next June after serving the association since 1998. Tom Zdunek, manager of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has announced that he will retire when his contract ends June 30, after serving as county manager since 2011 and having worked 45 years in business and government. Two high-level social service positions have been filled by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Executive Armond Budish, who named former Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services children and Thomas Pristow Richard Jones Melinda Peters family services director Thomas Pristow (bottom right) director of the county's Division of Children and Family Services and picked former and Richard Jones (bottom center center), senior vice president of community investment for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, to run the Division of Senior and Adult Services. Melinda Peters (bottom left), the first woman to lead the Maryland State Highway Administration, is leaving the agency after 20 years and after having served as project director of the $2.4 billion Intercounty Connector's construction for six years. John St. Croix, the executive director of The San Francisco Ethics Commission, will resign in late August after 11 years leading the organization. Dianne Thompson, former Cotati city manager and current interim city manager for the town of Ross, has been hired as the new city administrator for Arroya Grande, California, replacing longtime City Manager Steve Adams, who was terminated. Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, senior vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College, has been named the next president at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Virginia, and will begin his new charge on July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.

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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.  

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