|Volume 7, Issue 11||June 17, 2015|
Ready for smart grid? If not, why not?
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Electrical grids in 2035 will be very different than they are now. Most likely, we'll all be on the smart grid, but what will the differences be and how will our lives be impacted? Those are the questions confounding both government and the private sector.
It is not possible to know exactly what to expect from the smart grid of tomorrow, but it will be light years ahead of today. The grid will intelligently shift energy use when necessary to protect critical operations. We'll likely not have outages and we'll harness power and store it so that we're not in danger of ever running low on energy sources. The truth is, even the experts can't tell us all the benefits we'll be able to enjoy with the new smart grid.
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|Steps being made toward reconstruction of I-94 in Detroit|
MDOT officials say project will take 20 years, require $3 billion in funding
Rebuilding I-94 in Detroit will require the immediate replacement of 10 bridges. (MDOT photo)
Twenty years is a long time and $3 billion is a lot of money, but that's what it will take to reconstruct a seven-mile section of Interstate 94 in Detroit. However, officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) say the project is starting to pick up steam.
But, it's not an immediate startup. According to MDOT, construction on the freeway would begin in 2019 and be completed in 2036.
Between 140,000 and 160,000 vehicles travel that stretch of highway daily, according to MDOT officials. And, the roadway is aging - having been built between 1947 and 1959. Despite that age, MDOT says that portion of I-96 has never been reconstructed. Patched and paved, maybe, but not a total reconstruction.
Under the current plan, the federal government would pay 81.5 percent of the project with the State of Michigan paying the remaining 18.5 percent. About 2.5 percent of the state's allocation would be paid by the city of Detroit.
However, MDOT Metro Regional Engineer Tony Kratofil (pictured) said that efforts are under way to determine if there are ways to increase the federal share of the project costs.
The project would include the rebuilding of 67 bridges, 10 of which would require immediate replacement because of age and deterioration. The new bridges would see the addition of landscaping, lighting and bicycle paths. Six railroad overpasses would be rebuilt and new drainage and utilities would also be included. Additionally, there would be changes made to a couple of interchanges.
In addition to the reconstruction efforts, the federal government has given its go-ahead to widen the freeway in both directions from the current three lanes to four.
Before the freeway could begin, MDOT officials say some 300 parcels of land would have to be acquired. Most are small and only about 40 such parcels have dwellings on them.
If the project were to begin operating today, MDOT says that with 2013 dollars, the cost would be $1.9 billion. But, because the project will extend over 20 years, inflation would push that cost up to approximately $2.9 billion.
North Carolina city making push for affordable housing
Public-private partnerships among proposals under consideration In an effort to increase affordable housing in the city, Raleigh, North Carolina, officials this week announced a plan to encourage developers to make lower-rent housing more plentiful, and more accessible. The city proposes that $20 million be set aside to help developers offer lower rents or lower costs for home ownership, but still be profitable. And, public-private partnerships to serve as a means to that end are being encouraged.
Raleigh Director of Housing and Neighborhoods Larry Jarvis (pictured) laid out the plan during a presentation this week. One of the proposals is aimed at distributing more affordable housing in areas where there are large numbers of minorities and low-income families. The current city policy unintentionally pushes developers to build in suburban areas. Jarvis said the city should be more flexible in its policies. An example, he said, would be giving higher priority to development of downtown area housing, preferably in areas close to transit and in areas where neighborhood revitalization is under consideration instead of clustering communities of subsidized housing.
On the public-private partnership front, Jarvis said the city could provide forgivable loans for projects that include rehabilitation of affordable housing in areas of the city that are developing rapidly. He also suggested the possibility of new mixed-income rental developments, combining affordable units with full-rent units. He said the city would like to have the option "to basically negotiate public-private partnerships that would come to council."
To facilitate plans for making neighborhood improvements, Jarvis indicated some of those improvements would be to utilities and other infrastructure. He also noted that the city could sell some of its residential lots to develop new housing in those areas.
Other proposals include providing incentives to developers to build affordable housing near transit stations. One such incentive would be in the form of forgivable loans in which the debt is forgiven after the units are completed.
The city is also looking into ways to help create a permanent source of funds for affordable housing - from general funds to bonding to taking a percentage of tax funds collected from construction of new buildings.
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Grant of nearly $2.5 million to fund projects at Gainesville airport
Several projects on the 20-year master plan for the Gainesville, Florida, Regional Airport will be funded by a nearly $2.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The amount of the grant could fluctuate, depending on the final cost projections for the projects, according to Laura Aguiar (pictured), public relations manager for the facility. Among the projects expected to be funded are designing a new emergency response building, renovating runway lights and expanding parking for aircraft. The aircraft rescue and firefighting building will get a 1,400-square-foot addition to living space and training and equipment storage and maintenance. The construction costs will require funding beyond the grant money. The airport apron will be enlarged as part of the expansion of the airport toward the west. Officials will seek additional grant funds for design of a west terminal. A new airport control tower has been pushed to 2019, according to Aguiar, because of limited funds. Although airport revenue adds to the annual budget, the airport still depends on federal grants for 90 percent of improvement projects each year. State grants are also sought.
Revitalization of student center at Illinois State approved by board
A $32.9 million revamping and upgrade of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus is one of numerous projects approved recently by the Board of Trustees. The center's project includes moving the catering kitchen to the first floor and opening up new dining spaces on the second flood catering kitchen space. The commercial bookstore on the second floor will be moved to the first floor and a new welcome center will be added and a reception area added in the Brown Ballroom. Also approved by the Board is a new $2.15 million Outdoor Activity Center where students can check out sports equipment and use new storage areas and meeting rooms.
LA Harbor commissioners approve $1B budget with capital improvements The FY 2015-16 budget recently approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor commissioners includes $198.8 million for capital improvement projects. Among the projects that are budgeted are the construction advancements at the TraPac facility, the port's automated container terminal, redevelopment of the Yusen terminal and improvements to container terminals operated by private firms. Gene Seroka (pictured), executive director of the Los Angeles Port, called the budget "well-thought-out" and "strategic" and one that would benefit the local port community. The FY 2015-16 budget includes $428.6 million in operating revenue, up 1.5 percent over last year. Operating expenses are estimated at $233.5 million, an annual increase of 3.2 percent due to mandated salary and benefit increases, city services, legal costs and more. Operating revenue is expected to climb to $428.6 million mainly due to power-related utility reimbursements and increases in cargo volume that increased revenue.
Paving project in Alabama county results from $5 million in funding award
In Heflin, Alabama, Cleburne County commissioners are about to seek bids for the repaving of County Road 10. The project was approved more than two years ago and will be the first put up for bids using Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) funding. The program allocates federal funds through the state Department of Transportation. The project carries a price tag estimated at $762,000. The paving project was slowed over the last two years due to right-of-way issues. The funding could not be allocated until all encroachments on the county right-of-way were removed from the public right-of-way. The county also was awarded $5 million in state-funded Rural Assistance Match Program and ATRIP funding that will rebuild eight new bridges in the county. Officials expect that the resurfacing project could begin as early as August or September. The road paving project is not the only work the county has upcoming. Officials say six bridges will be put out for bid in November or December.
FAA awards $16.8M grant for runway improvements at Baltimore airport
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport has been awarded a $16.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The money will be used to complete the fourth phase of a taxiway improvement program for two of the airport runways. The overall program includes relocation and reconfiguration of parts of the airport taxiway system. The improvements will address meeting safety and design standards. The plan also will enhance airport capacity. Construction on the project is expected to begin sometime this month and completion is expected in 2016. The cost of the total program is about $67 million. More than $37 million in federal funds has been awarded for the first four phases of the project. "Investing in the long-term efficiency and capacity of our nation's airports is important to the national transportation system," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (pictured). Huerta said the improvements will improve efficiency at the airport, which he said "will benefit both the airlines and the traveling public."
Park, trail projects among those in budget approved in Greenville
Among the projects approved by the Greenville, South Carolina, City Council recently in its budget was a signature public park and a trail extension. The master plan includes a $12.9 million city park on the west side of downtown along the Reedy River. A master planner will be hired by the city at a cost of up to $300,000 to oversee development around a more than 300-acre park district. Another $2.3 million was approved to extend the Swamp Rabbit Trail from Cleveland Park down Laurens Road. To facilitate the park, the city's public works campus will have to be moved. Estimates are that the project will cost about $19 million. In addition to the park and trail projects, the city will spend $3.6 million for storm water and sewer improvements and $136,680 to match federal funds for expansion of the trolley service past the Central Business District.
Grant of $8 million will lead to construction of new wastewater treatment plant
A grant agreement totaling $8 million has been approved between the North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority. The funds will be used to build a new wastewater treatment plant in New Mexico to serve the Sunland Park and Santa Teresa communities. The existing 500,000-gallon-per-day plant was built in the 1970s and it will be replaced by a new $11.7 million plant with a 1 million gallon capacity for treating wastewater each day. The newer plant that is still in operation has a maximum capacity of 2 million gallons. "Replacing this plant will increase local wastewater treatment capacity to 3.3 mgd (million gallons per day), enabling the utility to meet future demand," said NADB Managing Director Geronimo Gutierrez (pictured). NADB, based in San Antonio, is funded and capitalized by the United States and Mexico. It helps finance environmental infrastructure projects along the border.
Water agencies contribute to funding for new water treatment plant
Three local water agencies have made a funding commitment to ensure that financing is in place for a new West Hills Water Treatment Plant in California. The action is designed to assure bidders on the project that funding is available. The Hillister City Council anted up $1 million in reserve funds toward the project. The San Benito County Water District will finance up to $30 million for the project and the city of Hollister and Sunnyslope County Water District will each commit $1 million, bringing the total commitments to $33 million. Until bids are received, the exact cost of the project will not be known. The new plant is expected to treat up to 4.5 million gallons per day of imported Central Valley Project water. Pipelines will be built to move the treated surface water to the Hollister area. Bids will be due by the end of July. Estimates are that the project will cost $19.67 million. The efforts that have commitments totaling $33 million are to show would-be bidders that the money for the project is in hand so the private firm will make a bid and commitment of its own.
Navy planning to release RFP for proposals for solar upgrades
The U.S. Navy is planning to release a request for proposals this month that could result in solar panels being installed on parking lot roofs at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military installation in Washington, D.C. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (pictured) said the solar panels will be expected to generate approximately 10 percent of the power needed to power the military installation. Mabus said this project could lead to others in the future. "We're going to use it as a pilot for how we can do this other places, particularly urban places where there's not a whole lot of land available," Mabus said while speaking recently at a symposium at The George Washington University. The Navy is issuing this RFP in response to the Capital Solar Challenge, a federal effort by the White House to direct federal agencies, military installations and federally-subsidized complexes to find opportunities where solar energy can be put to use. The Navy is proposing a 25-year contract award. The contract will provide power using photovoltaic systems that are "developed, constructed, operated, maintained, owned and financed" by a private entity at the military base. Firms seeking to respond to the RFP will have to submit a price, a technical proposal and information on the company's past performance and experience with renewable energy projects.
Water projects throughout New York share $500 million loans, grants
Grants and low interest loans totaling $500 million have been approved by New York's Environmental Facilities Corporation. The funds are to be used for clean-water construction projects statewide. Included is $430 million for more than two-dozen New York City wastewater projects and $55 million for storm protection projects on Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The Madison County village of Hamilton was awarded $8.2 million for wastewater plant upgrades and a new treatment plant in the Cayuga County village of Cayuga was awarded a $4.1 million interest-free loan. View the complete list of grants and loans, their recipients and amounts here.
|Who's winning government contracts?|
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- Thompson-Arthur Paving and Wright Brothers, with Rummel, Klepper & Kahl designers won a $244 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build a 14.6-mile U.S. 64 Bypass at Asheboro, including a recently approved connector that is expected to alleviate traffic jams and draw more visitors to the N.C. Zoo.
- Stewart Engineering Inc. was awarded a contract for nearly $3 million from the city of Hayfork, California, to replace the Hayfork Creek bridge on Wildwood Road.
- SER Construction Partners won a $3.3 million construction contract from the city of Pearland, Texas, for street projects in one of the city's oldest subdivisions, where 4,500 feet of pavement will be replaced.
- Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. was awarded a $78.9 million contract by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to build three rail stations in the Waipahu area for the multi-billion dollar Honolulu rail transit project, involving the West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College stations.
- Jacobs Engineering was awarded a contract worth approximately $300 million by the Port of Long Beach to provide program-level construction management services for Phase 2 of its Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Program, a modernization of two shipping terminals in Long Beach, California.
- Prater Equipment Company won a $78,000 contract from the city of Brownwood, Texas, for a city street makeover, including an asphalt overlay on Coggin Avenue from Austin Avenue to 13th Street. The city will furnish the hot mix and will complete a seal coat. The road will also be restriped.
- MacHill Construction has been hired by the city of Ada, Oklahoma, to build the city's $4.89 million new sports complex.
- Barnhill Contracting Company was awarded a $6.8 million contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to resurface six miles of Interstate 95 and rehab surfaces on four I-95 bridges in Robeson County.
- Greenland Construction won a $1.767 million contract from the Valley Township, Pennsylvania, Municipal Authority for a pump station and a line to connect to the Danville sewage treatment plant and for electrical work for the pump station.
- Emery Sapp & Sons won a $175 million contract from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to replace three Interstate 70 bridges in Columbia, Missouri.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
Sioux Falls enters into partnership for apartments, hotel, parking, retail
A partnership between the city of Sioux Falls, a developer and a hotel and resort management firm has been secured and will represent the city's largest downtown public-private partnership. The project will include a price tag of $40 million for loft apartments, retail, a boutique hotel and public parking ramp. The Banks project will include $10 million from the city to build the 600-space parking ramp with a green roof and underground parking. Included also are an 80-unit, five-story hotel and a six-story apartment project with 45 units. These partners were picked over two others when the city issued a request for proposals for the project. The hotel, The Phillips at The Banks, includes access to a green roof that will be available for special events to hotel guests, residents of the apartments and the public. There will also be a water feature, small performing venue and seating areas. A full-service restaurant may also be added. The attached River Place at The Banks building will be a mixed-use facility with underground parking, office and retail space, two floors of parking and three stories of loft apartments. Construction could start as soon as next spring, with an anticipated completion date of the end of 2017.
'Gap funding' option could be used on upcoming Arkansas highway project
If the Arkansas Highway Department runs out of money to complete the planned project to improve the Interstate 30 corridor, the contactor chosen for the project would put up funding for part of the work. This all is part of an unusual order approved by the Arkansas Highway Commission. Under the order, the contractor would front the balance of the project's costs. The money would then be paid back by the state after the work is completed and over a period of several years. The project includes improvements to the corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The money that would be put up by the contractor is made possible by a new state law that addresses "gap funding." Arkansas would join a number of other states that use this financing tool to facilitate construction completion when funds are tight. Scott Bennett (pictured), director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, said most officials realize the state will not have enough funds to complete the project on its own. Bennett said there is not a strong estimate for design costs yet, "So we need to see what the gap is and whether we can fit the gap into our program over the next few years." The project would be a design-build concept. Recommendations are that the highway be widened from six to 10 lanes with two lanes in each direction serving as collector-distributor lanes in the vicinity of the two downtown areas. Having money available for possible changes to the project would be an advantage and it could also save money because the department would not have to wait until that much money had been set aside. With increased inflation costs, that would increase the cost of the project. The project calls for replacing the bridge over the Arkansas River. Construction is to begin in late 2017 or early 2018.
CRA in Olympia could lead to continued downtown redevelopment
The city of Olympia, Washington, is planning to create a Community Renewal Area (CRA) to facilitate entering into a public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to build housing with retail space as part of the city's efforts to redevelop the downtown area The city already is busy watching progress on a six-story building downtown that will make nearly 140 market-rate housing units available there. The facility the city hopes to enter into a P3 for will be about the same scale and only about a block away. If the city adopts the CRA ordinance, it will then seek proposals from developers on how best to continue with the redevelopment project, with those projects to come under the scrutiny of the community in public meetings. The city will likely focus on an area best suited for bringing in more residents to breathe life into the downtown area.
Lindale to use P3 for redevelopment project for housing, commercial
The centerpiece of a public-private partnership for a development in Lindale, Texas, is a building that will be built for housing and commercial space. The Lindale City Council recently approved a Tax Increment Financing Zone that will help fund infrastructure and improvements aimed at helping redevelop the downtown and northern areas of the city. The city expects to spend $8.3 million in taxpayer funds, including a $5 million bond that will be paid off over the 30 year life of the financing zone through the addition of businesses and residences in the area. The city expects new capital investment of between $20 million and $26 million during the first 15 years within the zone and $35.9 million to $71.4 million over the full 30 years. The city purchased property for the housing and commercial space and 12 acres. The city expects to spend $400,000 for acquisition of property and easements for just over half an acre, $500,000 for water infrastructure, $1.7 million in street improvements and parking, $305,000 in park improvements and $500,0o00 for landscaping, signs and other amenities. City Manager Craig Lindholm (pictured) said the city hopes the development will spark further revitalization of the city's downtown area that will create more residential development and draw businesses to the area. "The effort on the city's part is to create a destination identity, and we think revitalizing downtown helps spur that," said Lindholm. The first phase of the project would create about 20 loft-type residential units and about 25 commercial units.
Mississippi city's airport could be possible site for planned sports complex
What do an airport property and a sports complex have in common? Flat land! And officials in the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, are hoping residents agree with them as they consider shuttering the airport that is in the red and using that property to create a state-of-the-art sports complex. The airport property, about 200 acres, has bene considered for the site for some time and the fact that it has operated at about a $200,000 annual deficit is fuel for the fire for its closing. "My goal is to build a sports complex, state of the art, that will be the least cost to the taxpayer of the city of Vicksburg, and why not use available space that you already own." said Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. Should the city choose to go that route, it might have to pay back some $800,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds that have been channeled into the property for improvements. The city's site selection committee is also considering two other sites. The proposed complex would feature baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a walking trail and a multipurpose building with an indoor swimming pool. It is expected to cost about $20 million. There is also consideration of entering into a lease-purchase venture with a private company to build and manage the facility, which would eventually be owned by the city.
|Where are they now?|
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Josh Copley (pictured), former deputy city manager for the city of Flagstaff has been chosen as the city's new city manager, effective in September. He will replace Kevin Burke, who left Flagstaff in January to become city manager in Paradise Valley. Copley began working for the city of Flagstaff in 1985 as a police officer. He spent 26 years with the department, working his way up through the ranks and was promoted to deputy chief of the Flagstaff Police Department in 2006. As a police officer, he was involved in assignments including undercover narcotics, the DARE program, hostage negotiations, bike patrol and bomb disposal. After retiring from the police department, he was selected as the deputy city manager in Flagstaff, responsible for the City Clerk's Office, Community Development (Affordable Housing & Housing Authority, Building & Safety, Engineering, and Planning and Zoning), Fire Department, Information Technology, Management Services, Real Estate and Utilities. He was named deputy city manager in 2012. Before joining the city, Copley served six years in the United States Coast Guard. Copley is a summa cum laude graduate of Northern Arizona University (NAU) and holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the university. He also holds a Certificate of Public Management from NAU.
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Colorado Board of Education chairwoman Marcia Neal (top left), a retired teacher from Grand Junction who was re-elected to the board in November, announced her resignation Thursday blaming board dysfunction as part of the reason she is leaving. The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has hired Ed Beasley (top center), former manager of the Phoenix suburb of Glendale for 10 years, as its interim city manager, its third since March. Joseph Szabo (top right), whose experience began as a train conductor and led him to head of the Federal Railroad Administration, was tapped Wednesday as the new executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning that oversees land use and transportation planning for the Chicago region. Jeff Baer, former director of Portland's Bureau of Purchases from 2001 to 2009 and then director of the Bureau of Internal Businesses before taking a post with San Diego's procurement and contracting department, is Portland's new head of the city's technology division, replacing Ben Berry, who resigned. Dr. Julio Fonseca, current associate superintendent of the Bassett Unified School District in La Puente, California, has been chosen as the next superintendent of the San Ysidro School District, replacing interim Superintendent Edward Velasquez. Jon Jennings, assistant city manager in South Portland, a former scout, assistant coach and director of basketball development for the Boston Celtics and a White House and U.S. Justice Department employee during the Clinton Administration, has been selected to become Portland's next city manager, replacing Mark Rees, who resigned in 2014. The Tallassee Board of Education has named Wade Shipman (bottom right), who worked in the Fayette County School District since 1999 beginning as a technology coordinator, then a teacher, assistant principal and superintendent, as the new superintendent to replace Dr. Kenneth Varner, whose contract was not renewed. Stanford University President John Hennessy (bottom center), who has led the university as president for 15 years after joining the Stanford faculty in 1977, has announced that he will step down next year and return to teaching and research. The Kansas City school board has promoted Chief Financial Officer Al Tunis (bottom left) to interim superintendent, hoping to ensure the district continues to run smoothly while it begins a nationwide search for its next permanent leader. Mark Hafner, who has served the city of Keller, Texas, as police chief since 2001 and public safety director since 2012, has been chosen as the city's new city manager, after having served as interim manager since November, when former City Manager Steve Polasek resigned. Douglas Knerr has been selected by the University of Michigan Board of Regents as the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint, replacing Gerard Voland, who is returning to a faculty position. Nick Willard, assistant chief of the Manchester, New Hampshire, Police Department will become the city's new police chief when current Chief David Mara retires on July 1 after 29 years on the force.
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NASCIO IT Workforce Webinar series event set for June 24
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) Workforce Webinar Series on Wednesday, June 24, at 4 p.m. Eastern time will feature Jim Smith, CIO of the State of Maine, and Mark Bengal, CIO of the State of Tennessee. The two will discuss the NASCIO publication State IT Workforce: Facing Reality with Innovation. They will also discuss the innovative work they have been doing in their respective states. For more information about NASCIO's workforce publication, please visit: www.NASCIO.org/workforce. For more information about the webinar, please contact Meredith Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, click here.
NASTD plans August annual conference, technology showcase
The National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) will host its Annual Conference and Technology Showcase on Aug. 23-27, in Cincinnati. Theme for the event is "Collaboration Through Partnerships: Leveraging Core Competencies in State Government." Among the issues to be discussed is cybersecurity, which will feature a panel moderated by Jim Edman, deputy commissioner, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, State of South Dakota. Panelists will include several private-sector representatives. Leslie Scott, executive director, National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), and James A. Honchar, Deputy Secretary for Human Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will address state IT workforce challenges. There will be a number of other speakers and panels. The agenda is now available.
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