Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 12June 24, 2015
Budget shortfalls will result in changes - likely to service delivery 
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

A survey by the Associated Press found 22 states projecting budget shortfalls in the coming fiscal year. Something has to give...and most believe it will be services.

 

Declining tax revenues and rising pension and health care costs are contributing to the budget shortfalls. And, the results will be significant - cuts in service, fewer employees, reductions in maintenance, security and employee benefits.

 

The impact will hit military bases, public school programs, higher education, health care clinics, social services and maintenance. 

 

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Florida House Speaker: 'This budget has been a heavy lift'

 

Governor vetoes record $461M, touts education, public safety, jobs funding 

Rick Scott

It took a special session of the Florida Legislature to do it, but lawmakers last Friday finally passed a $78.7 billion state budget. And, after all the crowing by legislators over who got how much, it took Gov. Rick Scott (top) only four days to take his budget knife to the document and veto a record $461.4 million in spending from the bill.

 

The final budget, minus veto dollars, focuses on jobs, education and safe communities, according to the governor. He said the budget, after his vetoes, "will help us on our mission of unseating Texas to become the number one destination for jobs and allow Florida to make important investments that benefit all of our communities while putting tax dollars back in the pockets of families and job creators."

 

Many lawmakers were stunned at some of the cuts, particularly pet projects in their districts. The cuts were widespread - from funding for libraries, water taxi services and marinas to charitable organizations such Special Olympics and United Cerebral Palsy. A couple of higher education projects, however, avoided the Cash veto knife. Scott allowed $17 million in funding to stay in the budget for the University of South Florida's school of medicine to relocate to downtown Tampa and also kept $12.3 million in the budget that was allocated towardthe university's St. Petersburg business school. On the other hand, Scott vetoed $15 million that had been in the budget to help fund a University of Central Florida downtown campus. View the complete veto list here.

 

The budget, as passed by the legislature, amounted to a 2 percent increase over last year's, even while including about $400 million in tax cuts. Scott is currently traveling the state touting the tax cuts he promised Floridians before the start of the legislative session. "Floridians can spend their money better than governmentcan," said Scott of the tax cuts in the budget. "With Florida's economy continuing to grow, we will stay focused on our mission of making Florida the number one state for job creation by giving Floridians back more of their hard-earned money."

 

"This budget has been a heavy lift," said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (bottom). "I'm especially proud of the record funding for education and the significant investment we've made toward the acquisition and maintenance of our sensitive state lands and critical water resources. This budget will also keep Florida's economy strong through its commitment to economic development and agriculture, specifically our efforts to target continued growth in our crucial tourism and space industries."

 

One of the most controversial parts of the budget has to do with how state real estate development taxes will be spent on environmental protection. Voters in the state approved by a large margin a constitutional Steve Crisafulli amendment last fall that said one-third of that tax was to be spent on acquiring land and protecting water. However, lawmakers chose to spread those funds over some programs that many thought questionable regarding meeting the criteria as a conservation project. As a result, only $15 million of the $700 million in existing taxpayer funds will go to the Florida Forever program aimed at buying and conserving wild lands in the state.

 

But, there were some high points in the budget, too. Things like more than $19.7 billion in funding for K-12 public schools. The budget allows a little less than $7,100 per student in grades K-12. Although less than what the governor sought, it still represents an increase from last year's per-pupil funding of $6,937. Public schools will also share $50 million for capital outlay maintenance projects. The total dollars include $60 million for digital classrooms, $2.5 million for rural schools' needs that those schools cannot afford on their own and $80.9 million for eight rural school districts' special facility construction projects. 

 

Long-term transportation bill rolled out before Congress

 

Six-year bill would provide more stability, praised by National League of Cities

Barbara Boxer James Inhofe Clarence Anthony "The clock is ticking," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer (left), as yet another possible solution to the federal government's funding of the Surface Transportation Program was rolled out in Congress this week. Boxer, ranking Democrat on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, unveiled the bill in a press conference Tuesday.

Facing a July 31 deadline before the fund, which is the backbone of state and local transportation funding nationwide, runs out of money, few don't expect yet another short-term fix because there has been no bipartisan support for anything long-term. In fact, when the fund was about to go belly-up at the end of May, members of Congress approved yet another stop-gap measure, the 33rd since 2008, to fund the program until July 31.

Now comes Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (center) to offer up the DRIVE (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) Act. The six-year bill would continue existing policies related to streets and highways. Its reauthorization of the surface transportation program would cost more than a quarter-trillion dollars. But, the one thing the bill doesn't do is say how it would be funded.

"This bipartisan bill ... contains the hallmark accomplishment of a new freight program to prioritize federal spending on the facilities that will most directly benefit our economy, in addition to prioritizing federal dollars towards bridge safety and the interstate system," said Inhofe. It would provide for a 3 percent annual growth average over the years from the funding levels in the current surface transportation bill. That figures out to $260-270 billion over the six years.

The bill would place an emphasis on funding for off-system bridges and provide a grant program for projects of national significance. It would also focus on project backlogs that are part of the Interstate Highway System and the National Highway System. And, it would create a program for allocations that are formula-based for freight corridors.

The bill drew positive comments from Clarence Anthony (right), CEO of the National League of Cities, which supports a solution with long-term implications so that cities will have greater certainty of long-range funding for much-needed projects. "The transportation marketplace is rapidly changing, and future generations of Americans deserve better than to inherit transportation infrastructure that preserves the status quo," said Anthony. 

 

Navigating Public Sector Procurement

Upcoming contracting opportunities

Pennsylvania housing agency issues RFP for improved housing

Brian Hudson Improving the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania is the goal of a request for proposals (RFP) recently issued by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, where impact fees from Marcellus Shale are directed, provides funding for housing needs. The fund includes $5 million in 2015 for wells drilled or active this year and impact fee funds that exceed a certain percentage of dollar amount. The RFP targets Pennsylvania counties with ordinances that impose the impact fee and that have unconventional gas wells. "We have been impressed with the resourcefulness of local governments and their ability to use this funding to address their own unique housing challenges. They have been able to customize their use of this funding to achieve the greatest local results," said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. (pictured). Hudson said he is hopeful the RFP will help fund projects that can leverage other funds and partnerships that positively affect community housing. The RFP requests proposals that ensure that at least 30 percent of any funds awarded will be used to help people or families with incomes below 50 percent of the median area income and that none can serve individuals or families with incomes above 200 percent of the median area income. The deadline for proposal submission is Aug. 14.

Borough in New Jersey to sell $50M in bonds for fitness center, school facility

A community fitness center and school facility is headed to the Roselle, New Jersey, borough. The Union County Improvement Authority recently approved the sale of bonds totaling close to $50 million for the project. Part of the project includes $30 million in bonds for the community center and $19.5 million in bonds for an Early Learning Center for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes. The community center is expected to include a library, pool with eight lanes, gymnasium and recording studio. The mayor said the new school being planned will help mitigate congestion in kindergartens in the borough and the fitness center will fulfill a need many in the community have sought for years. The Improvement Authority will provide financing for both projects. The borough is responsible for the community center while the borough school board will handle the kindergarten and pre-school project. The school project will also be a money-saver, since the school board currently spends $600,000 a year to lease space for kindergarten classes. Officials say that money can now be put toward annual debt payments on bonds. The county is expected to seek bids for architects for the projects in September. 


 
Nearly 20 new bikeways will be coming to Richland County, South Carolina

Rob Perry Nineteen new bikeways are planned for Richland County, South Carolina. Most of the bikeways will be in the downtown area. Richland County Transportation Director Rob Perry (pictured) said about $2.8 million has been set aside for a variety of bikeways that will be constructed, including bike lane road markings and signs, road reductions to add separate cycle tracks and multi-use paths that combine a bike lane with a sidewalk. Perry said the projects are part of the county's effort to promote an urban planning method to reduce the number of motor vehicles on the road. It's called a "road diet." Construction is expected to begin in September and October on the more than four-dozen projects planned for the year. These 13 new projects are ready to go out for bids, say officials. Ten of the projects will be bike lane markers and three are resurfacing road projects to narrow or eliminate lanes and strip bike paths. The program already has approved 87 bikeways. Additionally, the county will also begin 15 sidewalk improvement with $3.2 million allocated for them. 

 

Bids being requested for projects from entities in El Paso area

A number of entities in the El Paso area are currently seeking bids for a variety of projects. El Paso County is seeking bids for automotive batteries. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso is seeking bids for water treatment services of the industrial water systems for the El Paso facilities on or near 5001 El Paso Drive. The El Paso Independent School District is requesting bids for College Awareness, College Preparatory Programs for middles schools and the Texas Department of Transportation is seeking bids for miscellaneous work in the area. 

 

Cold milling, resurfacing contract up for bid in city in New York 

Some 40 sections of streets across all seven wards of Rome, New York, will be subject to a cold milling and resurfacing project the city estimates will cost $1.7 million. The city is currently seeking bids for this annual contract. A sampling of the projects includes: Greenfield Road from Martin Street to the end, and Toni Hill Road from Route 233 to Stanwix Avenue in the Second Ward;  West Thomas Street from James Street to Washington Street in the Fourth and Fifth Wards; West Thomas Street from Hager Avenue to Bloomfield Street, Amherst Drive from Clinton Street to Laurel Street, Washington Street from Turin Street to Garden Street, and Merrick Road from Turin Street to the end in the Fifth Ward; Oak Street from James Street to George Street in the Sixth and Seventh Wards; and McRae Street from Embargo Street to Lenox Street, McRea Street from Lenox Street to Court Street, Lenox Street from Hamilton Street to Nassau Street, North Madison Street from Liberty Street to Court Street, and West Thomas Street from Golden Avenue to Gifford Road in the Fourth Ward. Officials expect to award the contract at the board's July 9 meeting. Completion is expected by Sept. 26.


 
UCHealth purchases property for new $9.6 million hospital in Longmont

Dan Weaver A new 50- to 75-bed hospital is planned for the city of Longmont, Colorado, after University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) recently closed on the $9.6 million purchase of 45 acres for the site. UCHealth is no stranger to Longmont, having purchased the Longmont Clinic in the city last year. Groundbreaking is expected this summer, according to UCHealth spokesperson Dan Weaver (pictured). Barring any setbacks, completion and opening is slated for late 2016 or early 2017. The project must go through two city staff reviews, followed by review by the city planning commission. The plan is to develop 32 acres of the purchased site. It would include 172,000 square feet of new construction and an additional 46,500 square feet for future expansion. The price tag is expected to be between $100 million and $125 million. "We've also held a lot of meetings with staff and physicians from the Longmont Clinic to discuss the design, and with their help we've made a number of modifications to help make the new hospital as patient-centered as possible," said Weaver. He also indicated that the project would be LEED-Certified. 

 

Pennsylvania's Springfield school district approves building new high school

A new high school valued at $118 million to $140 million will be built in the Springfield school district in Pennsylvania, following school board action. The board approved construction of the new school following several years of study of building size to demographics. The decision was not without some opposition. Some who spoke against the new school expressed an opinion that an existing school should instead by renovated. Board President Frank Agovino said that in spite of some opposition, he still has "the utmost trust" in the expertise of the facilities committee that made recommendations regarding the new school. He also indicated that bringing school facilities into the 21st Century will help students capture jobs. 

 

San Antonio approves $163 million consolidated rental car facility at airport 

Ivy Taylor A new $163 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) for the San Antonio International Airport was approved by City Council this week. "San Antonio International plays a critical role in our economy. Improvements like this are critical to addressing customer needs and positioning the airport for future success," said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor (pictured). The new facility will provide short-term public parking and will replace the 30-year-old Hourly Parking Garage. It will be completely funded by a Customer Facility Charge paid only by those renting a vehicle at the airport. The CONRAC can house up to 13 car rental brands. The new facility will include 1.5 million square feet in seven stories. The first two levels will be dedicated for short-term public parking. Levels 3-7 will be for CONRAC usage. It will feature a customer service lobby for up to 13 car rental companies with about 2,600 ready/return spaces for  rental vehicles. There will also be a quick-turn-around facility that features fueling, vacuuming, washing and light maintenance. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with a completion date expected in March 2018.

 

State gives approval of design, funding for new high school in Pittsfield

State approval of a project design and funding means a new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the $120.8 million project that includes $72.4 million in state funding. The city also is throwing in a share of the costs at $45 million. The new school will be located adjacent to the current Taconic High. Developing the scope of the project over several years, the design and funding proposals were submitted in the spring for city council bonding approval. The state building authority followed, issuing its approval for the project. The city's Building Needs Commission will select a construction management firm for the project to participate in the activities of detailed construction plans. Selection of construction firms and groundbreaking ceremonies will be held during the first three months of next year, according to city officials. A nearly 10-year analysis and debate was held over whether to replace the aging school, with other options such as repair, combining with another school or renovating the old school also were studied. Building a new school was deemed to be the best choice, and the most cost-effective. The new 246,520-square-foot school is expected to open in fall 2018.


Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards: 

  • Pavecon won a $3.8 million contract from the city of Coppell, Texas, for a streetscape and landscape improvement project at the intersection of Denton Tap Road and Sandy Lake Road. 
  • Elections Systems & Software was awarded a $29,928,868 contract by the State of Arkansas for a statewide, integrated voting system, including new voting equipment.
  • Kokosing Construction was approved for a $1.9 million contract by Franklin County, Ohio, for a resurfacing project to pave eight miles of road and seal cracks on another 13 miles of streets in 10 townships and to repair roads in Blendon, Brown, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Mifflin, Perry, Plain, Prairie and Sharon townships.
  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co. won a contract worth more than $100 million from the Colorado Department of Transportation for a two-year project to make permanent repairs to a 23-mile section of Colorado's highways - U.S. 34 connecting Estes Park, Lyons and Loveland - that was washed out in the September 2013 floods.
  • Halff and Associates was awarded a $394,000 contract from the city of Bastrop, Texas, to revamp the city's comprehensive plan to map future city development, including improving transportation and streets and identifying potential large-scale capital improvement projects to prioritize.
  • Hardrives Inc. has won a $2.7 million contract from the Washington County, Minnesota, Board of Commissioners for the County Road 21 pavement preservation project through Afton. The project covers the area of County Road 21 from County Road 18 to Interstate 94 in Afton and West Lakeland Township, and County Road 21 from 80th Street to 45th Street in Afton and Denmark Township.
  • Road Builders LLC won a contract for $14.04 million from the State of Kentucky for improvements to bring the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 59. The project involves reconstruction of the interchange at Mortons Gap in Hopkins.
  • Layne Christiansen Co. was awarded a $1.01 million contract by the city of Enid, Oklahoma, to drill five more water wells in the Ames area. The contract will cover the costs of drilling the five wells and two of the six miles of pipe necessary to tie the new wells into the city's supply lines.
  • Denark Construction won a $62.9 million contract from the Huntsville, Alabama, Board of Education to build the new Grissom High School.
  • The Linbeck Group was awarded a $6.26 million construction contract from the city of Bellaire, Texas, for the first phase of construction of the Evelyn's Park project, which includes parking, garden landscapes, lawn areas, pathways and water features. It also involves converting a house on the property into a small cafe. 

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News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Partnership leads to unique solution to Arts District parking shortage

A unique public-private partnership has turned into a win-win for motorists looking for parking on weekend nights in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. Back in the day when the Firestone Building was built, not much parking was required. But, now that traffic in the Arts District has increased and the city has little of its own parking. A 300-space private parking lot in the district belongs to a local private-sector firm and only employees were allowed to park there...until now. The city and the building and parking lot owner have come to an agreement that makes those 300 private spots available to the public on Friday and Saturday nights. It's working out so well that area bars, restaurants and other firms are hoping it will be the first of many such agreements. And officials are looking for similar arrangements in other parts of the city. The city operates the lot between 5:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, charging up to $5 for non-event parking and $10 for event parking. The fee charged for parking is expected to cover personnel costs for someone to collect the fees and for security. Any money over and above that is split between the city and the parking lot owner. The city assumes liability for night-time public parking in a private lot and the city also is responsible for cleanup of trash once cars leave the lot. 

 

Cape Girardeau City council OKs negotiations on new sports complex plan 

Sports Complex A new sports complex (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering) is anticipated in the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where the City Council has authorized the city manager to negotiate a development agreement for the indoor sports complex. Midamerica Hotels Corp. will design and build the facility. Once a development agreement is reached, city council will have the last word on moving forward with the project. The sports facility will join several other projects in the city that have been funded by the city's 1 percent restaurant tax. The city plans to use $5 million of the restaurant tax funds, which will leave $17.5 million of the anticipated $22.5 million the tax is expected to generate for the sports complex. It has been estimated that the facility will be self-sustaining in about five years. Midamerica Hotels plans for the facility to be built at U.S. 61 at Interstate 55 at Center Junction, between Cape Girardeau and Jackson. The firm will donate 10.27 acres, with an adjoining 19.12 acres that could be acquired by the city by purchase or trade.  Midamerica was one of the top three teams to submit proposals for the public-private partnership.  Would-be developers were asked to respond to the request for proposals with a plan that included a 120,000-square-foot building on seven to 10 acres and with parking for 500 to 600 vehicles. The facility plans were to include at least six collegiate-size basketball courts that can be converted to college-size volleyball courts, a collegiate-size soccer field with indoor turf and spaces for spectators, concessions, restrooms, storage, offices and meetings. 

 

Twin Branch Motorsports Complex will be result of public-private partnership

They're revving their engines in Williamson, West Virginia, where the proposed Twin Branch Motorsports Complex is moving closer to becoming a reality. Mingo County commissioners recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is the result of efforts among state and county officials, private-sector businesses and racing enthusiasts. The partnership and MOU is between the Mingo County Commission, the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, the Logan County Commission, the Corridor G Regional Development Authority and Consol Energy Inc. Their collaborative efforts will result in major economic development in the region. The Mingo County Commission will hand over $300,000 to the deed-holding redevelopment authority, Logan County will add in $200,000 and the regional development authority will oversee the project. Consol Energy has already invested $2 million in the project for land development. The track will be one-eighth-mile which could be extended to a one-quarter-mile track. Completion of the track is expected by late fall. It is also eventually expected to include a 12-acre parking lot. The group is also seeking $5 million in state funds for other expenses related to the project. 

 

Arlington seeking public-private partnership for redevelopment of aging mall

Barbara Donnellan An aging mall in Arlington, Virginia, could see new life through a public-private partnership. The Arlington County Board is considering a partnership with the owners of the Ballston Common Mall to redevelop it. The mall is located in an area of the county that has been suffering an economic decline and officials are hopeful a rebirth of the mall property could reverse that trend. The public-sector developer has proposed a $300 million redevelopment project, a mixed-use project to be called Ballston Quarter. It would include 365,000 square feet of retail space and close to 400 new residential units. County Manager Barbara Donnellan (pictured) said a public-private partnership helped transform the mall once already in its previous life. "We own the mall's public parking garage, and we brought the KettlerIceplex there," she said.  She added that a new partnership with the developer "offers us an opportunity to protect and enhance those past investments and make the mall an exciting place that will draw people from across the region to shop, dine and enjoy entertainment."  Donnellan has been instructed to begin conversations with the developer, county staff and planning commission members and civic association representatives to begin a site plan review process that will end with a redevelopment project that reflect the goals of the community as well as the property owner. Officials said they would like to be able to consider a redevelopment proposal by the end of this year. 

 

Iowa City partnering with private firm for development of 15-story tower in city

Iowa City is turning to a public-private partnership to build a 15-story tower development that will include office space, hotel, movie theaters and residential units. It's been three years since the city released a request for proposals for the project and the city only recently approved a development agreement with a private firm in which the city will invest up to $14.2 million in the $49 million project. The city will convey the land and geothermal heating easements to the developer, and the remaining nearly $12.1 million will come through tax increment finance dollars. Construction is expected to begin next spring. The city will offer short-term construction financing when the project begins, which will be followed by a 25-year TIF revenue bond. The developer not only will include office space, a hotel, bowling alley and two movie theaters, but the project also will include residential units. In fact, the facility will provide the city with five one-bedroom units for $1 million, covered by federal funding, that will be owned by the Iowa City Housing Authority and offered as affordable housing units. 

 

Collaboration Nation

Where are they now?

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

 

Desmond Blackburn The Brevard County (Florida) school board has chosen Desmond Blackburn (pictured) as its lone finalist for superintendent of schools. Blackburn currently serves as Chief School Performance & Accountability Officer at Broward County Schools, a post he has held since 2012. He will replace Brian Binggeli, who after six years at Brevard is stepping down to become superintendent of the Plano (Texas) Independent School District. After having begun his public education career as a high school math teacher in 1996, Blackburn went on to serve as an assistant principal, principal, district trainer, director of school improvement and area superintendent. Prior to his job with the Broward County Schools, the longtime educator spent seven years as president and CEO of an educational consulting firm. He also has been an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2007. Blackburn holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, a master's from Nova Southeastern University and a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University.

       

Opportunity of the week...
 

A West Coast city is seeking a private-sector vendor to assist in deploying Wi-Fi and wired broadband networks that will bring symmetrical gigabit connectivity to every home and business in the city. A bidders conference will be held in July for vendors to ask questions. Vendor responses are expected to be sought in November. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 
People
 
Judy Miner Quentin Wright Keith Bustraan Judy C. Miner (top left), president of Foothill College for the last eight years and who spent 19 years as a De Anza Community College administrator and finally vice president of instruction, has been selected as De Anza College's seventh chancellor, succeeding Linda M. Thor, who is retiring. Dr. Quentin Wright (top center), former interim vice president of academic affairs at Mountain View College, one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District, has been chosen as the new vice president of instruction at Lone Star College-Tomball, Texas.  Keith Bustraan (top right), who has been serving as interim administrator for Charleston County, South Carolina, and has worked for the county for 28 years, including eight years as deputy county administrator of finance, has been hired as Charleston County administrator. Jesse Pisors will leave his job as executive director of development and alumni relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to become vice president for advancement and external relations at the University of Houston-Victoria, effective July 13. Steven Adamowski, who has worked as a Special Master for the Connecticut State Department of Education helping provide support for low-performing school districts, has been chosen by the Norwalk, Connecticut, Board of Education to serve as the next superintendent of schools. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named Jonathan Alboum, who has served in several posts with the General Services Administration and as chief information officer for the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, as USDA's new chief information officer, replacing Cheryl Cook, who retired. Gov. Greg Abbott selected Donna Bahorich Gail shibley Joel Baker Donna Bahorich (bottom right), a veteran of the telecommunications industry who was elected to the Texas State Board of Education in 2012, as the board's new chair. Gail Shibley (bottom center), Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' chief of staff, is returning to state government as the assistant director for business services with the Oregon Youth Authority overseeing youth correctional facilities and probation services. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named Joel Baker (bottom left), who has been with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department since 1988 and has been serving as interim fire chief since January, as the city's new chief, replacing former chief Kelvin Cochran.  Randolph County, West Virginia's school superintendent, Terry George, has been named Fayette County school superintendent, succeeding Serena Starcher, who is resuming to her former post as Fayette County's assistant superintendent. The Apache Junction, Arizona, City Council has named Bryant Powell, who has served as assistant to the city manager for 14 years, as the new city manager to replace George Hoffman, who served in that post since 2002.  Joe Fierro, a more than 20-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will soon take over the helm of the Orange Beach (Alabama) Police Department, replacing the retired Billy Wilkins.

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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, mward@nascio.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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