Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 16July 22, 2015
Medical destination centers compete for worldwide recognition 
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

Rochester, Minnesota, is about to begin a project that will result in a seismic change. The city, home to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, has approved one of the most visionary public-private partnerships (P3s) in recent times.

 

P3s are nothing new, but the sheer scope of Rochester's plan is so extremely bold and visionary, it will be carefully scrutinized. The city is poised to launch a $6.5 billion project designed to remake the downtown area and expand the Mayo Clinic to ensure worldwide status through the next century. 

 

The initiative, expected to span 20 years, will result in a more attractive and competitive medical destination center. 

 

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Boxer, McConnell reach deal on transportation funding bill

 

Senate's focus now turns to details of where long-term bill's funding will be found

 Mitch McConnell Barbara BoxerThe road to a long-term federal highway funding bill just hit a major pothole.

Less than a week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term bill to extend federal highway spending to December, two members of the U.S. Senate Tuesday reached what Sen. Barbara Boxer (right) called a "breakthrough" deal on proposed legislation. And, it comes just in time...the Highway Trust Fund that provides federal funding for transportation projects at the federal, state and local levels is slated to dry up at the end of this month.

The bump in the road occurred when members of the Senate voted against proceeding with discussion of the bill, citing the need to further review the more than 1,000-page bill. There is still time to pass the legislation, but it will likely mean a weekend session of Congress to have time to pass it and get it to the House. "We need to keep at it, and that will require us more definitely to be in here this weekend," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), who brokered a deal on the legislation with Boxer.
The Senate bill floated by Boxer and McConnell is a proposed six-year funding bill. Highways and federal infrastructure projects would be funded for three years and then when the next Congress is seated, it would have to draft and pass legislation to come up with funding for the final three years.

The House version simply would have extended funding through Dec. 18 and then legislators would hope for passage of a corporate tax overhaul that would provide a major source of new income for the Highway Trust Fund. 
 
Saying she and McConnell have an "agreement in principle," Boxer said that members of the Senate and House must now begin looking at the details. Lawmakers will be examining how the bill seeks to pay for three Road Construction years of highway projects that are estimated to cost around $50 billion. 

The Highway Trust Fund historically has been funded by proceeds from the federal gas tax. However, with more fuel-efficient cars on the road, motorist driving less and no recent increase in the tax, the fund has not been able to keep up with demand for money for much-needed transportation projects.

Since 2008, a total of 34 stop-gap funding bills have been passed by Congress, which has left states unwilling to begin much-needed transportation projects because of lack of certainty of funding. McConnell is pushing for a long-term highway bill, which he says "is in the best interest of our country."

Whether transportation funding is the result of a short-term or long-term bill, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is urging the use of all funding mechanisms available to stretch transportation dollars. "Rather than having a single strategy, we need to have an all-of-the-above strategy," Foxx wrote in his Fast Lane blog recently, "And, that's where the concept of public-private partnerships - or P3s- plays in... P3s cannot replace adequate public financing. There is no substitute for that. They can, however, supplement it." 

Foxx says that it is important for government officials to improve the environment for public-private partnerships in the United States and to make them more accessible to state and local governments and the private sector.

In the meantime, the clock is ticking toward a July 31 deadline when the Highway Trust Fund will go belly-up. Ten days and counting...

Oregon government entities keep close eye on bond funds

 

Proceeds from state bond funds totaling nearly $1 billion to be dispersed soon

Government entities in Oregon are all smiles over bond funds totaling about $1 billion that will soon be dispersed by the state. The list of who gets how much and for what was recently obtained by The Oregonian, a newspaper in Portland. Although not official until approved by the legislature, the list includes some interesting projects for funding.

One of the major allocations on the list is for $8 million to the Rogue Community College for a new Health State Seal and Science Center. This project has been on the drawing board since 2013. At that time, the state said it would match dollar-for-dollar $8 million toward the project, if the college could raise $8 million. 

 

The combined $16 million project would not only build a new facility in Jackson County, but would also upgrade facilities in Josephine County. Included would be training programs for certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians and dental assistants.

 

Bond funding totaling $4.7 million is also planned for Southern Oregon University for the renovation of Britt Hall. This project would continue the remodeling program involving the hall, which is home to the registrar and admissions offices and faculty for the communication department. 

 

An additional $10 million would go toward youth corrections facilities in the Jackson and Josephine counties area. Other tentative funding includes dividing up $65 million among all state universities to be used for capital repair, renovation and accessibility, $125 million for school district capital projects and $175 million for seismic work on public education buildings. Another $40 million would go toward affordable housing, $30 million more would be used for water projects, $20 million for mental health housing and $45 million for Connect Oregon, which directs lottery money to non-highway transportation and economic development programs.

 

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Atlantic City issues RFP for development of property, land parcels

A mass request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the city of Atlantic City geared toward encouraging sustainable development. The RFP is for 14 vacant lots and buildings that the city or the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority own. They include both commercial lots not being used as well as some residential lots. City officials are hopeful that developers will take over the property to create a development that will make the city less dependent on casinos and tourism while providing residential areas that will be more attractive to would-be home owners. Not only would sale of the property bring in money for the city coffers, but it would also create jobs and add to the local economy.  The city's Historical and Art Museum is located on one of the properties, the Garden Pier. City officials are hopeful that area will become a development that will include restaurants, recreation and amusement on the oceanfront and beachfront location. Some of the vacant lots are located along Atlantic Avenue. Three parcels of land on the South Inlet could be developed into residential housing, said city leaders. Some of the lots around Maryland and Baltic could be provided at no cost or low cost to developers that will commit to residential development on those lots. 

 

New school, gym project move forward after Texas bond vote

New Gym Two projects approved by voters in the LaPoynor Independent School District in Texas could get under way soon. The $8.99 million bond issue was approved in May and calls for construction of a new junior high school and construction of a new multi-purpose gymnasium (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering). The elementary school construction is expected to last through 2016, and then construction of the gym will begin. Officials in the school district recently saw a simulated preview of what the facility will look like. It will sit on the site of the current junior high, which will be demolished when the new school is completed. The gym construction is expected to be completed by early 2017. Architects who are designing the gym said the construction documents should be completed in mid-September, with bidding to begin about three weeks later. 

 

Sarasota County seeking developer for prime property located on Main Street

Sarasota County is hoping to take a parking lot and put up a paradise. The county is seeking a developer to take a county-owned piece of property and turn it into a stimulator for the local economy. Not too many months ago, officials thought the property would be the site for a 10-story luxury hotel on Main Street. But the county and the would-be developer were not able to come to terms. Now the county is seeking another developer with a plan to revitalize the property. The original plan would have not only built a 150-room hotel with a rooftop bar and street-level restaurant, but it would also have required the developer to build an 86-space parking lot that would be transferred to the county and pay $958,000 to the county to make up the difference in the value of the two properties. The county is accepting proposals through Oct. 14 and the initial developer has not ruled out submitting a proposal again. 

 

New York seeking revitalization that will lead to expansion, additional jobs

Alicia Glen Encouraging economic development in the area, the city of New York is seeking developers to redevelop 55 Stuyvesant Place as the beginning of a hoped-for revitalization of the area. The mostly vacant health center there could become an innovation hub if city officials have their way. The circa 1935 building will be kept at the site when it becomes vacant by the end of the month and will become part of the development. The city is seeking creative, media or technology uses for the property to help revitalize the neighborhood. Developers are encouraged to make at least 5 percent of jobs on the project for minority- or woman-owned businesses. They also are seeking developers willing to pay the living wage of $13.13 per hour and to employ local workers. "We're leveraging our own buildings and creating new hubs that help drive the borough's emerging tech and innovation economy," said Alicia Glen (pictured), deputy mayor for housing and economic development. "Every new workspace we bring online and every new company we attract means more good jobs in a fast-growing sector for Staten Islanders."  Plans are for the project to support emerging businesses in St. George and the rest of the North Shore, where $1 billion in public and private investments has been made recently. The 55 Stuyvesant Place property will serve as an anchor for future investment in the area, resulting in quality jobs. There is hope that such a revitalization could lead to growing a technology sector in the area.

 

Old downtown Nashville library for sale, to be repurposed by developer

With the capacity to expand by adding four stories, the former downtown Nashville library is for sale. City officials are hopeful that a developer will purchase the Ben West Library that has been vacant for nearly 10 years. The facility, which is 57,000 square feet, is 50 years old. The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) is seeking bids from developers who would be required to keep the building and repurpose it. With the structure having capacity for four more stories, the square footage could be tripled, adding another 100,000 square feet. The MDHA has issued a request for proposals and incentives such as public aid, and tax credits could be made available. The facility sits on about three-quarters of an acre and was appraised in 2012 at $6.25 million. This will mark the second time the MDHA has sought bids on the facility. Bids were sought at the end of last year, but received only one response.  

 

Grants from EPA will help West Virginia rehabilitate brownfield properties

Steve Williams Calling it a "monumental first step" to restoring vacant properties to productive business properties, Huntington, West Virginia, Mayor Steve Williams (pictured) hailed the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency recently awarding $592,300 in brownfield grants in the state. The grants are geared toward helping provide job training and environmental property assessments in Huntington and other cities in the southern region of the state. Huntington will get $400,000 of the total. It will use the funds to help evaluate the value of former industrial properties that have been sullied by hazardous materials in the past. "Huntington's neighborhoods were built around industrial plants, and it has been historically known as a manufacturing center. In fact, it still provides hundreds of manufacturing jobs, among the most of any city in West Virginia," said Williams. He said restoration of these properties is critical to the city's future. The remainder of the $592,000 in funding will go to the Coalfield Development Corp. in the form of an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. It will help train 80 residents for entry level jobs for cleaning up these contaminated or abandoned properties in the state. 

 

Plans being made to restore, upgrade historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The task at hand is to change a mule barn into restaurant, shopping and office space. But, these aren't just any mule barns. They are the historic Mule Barns that are part of the Fort Worth Stockyards. And, a developer is being sought to turn the barns into 180,000 square feet of retail space as part of a master plan also designed to attract outdoor festivals and events. The plan also is to upgrade the Stockyards Station, redevelop the auction barn and scale house and maintain a large part of the cattle pen that can be used for livestock demonstrations. A task force has been charged with developing guidelines for redeveloping the district, with an eye toward regulating building design and materials, architectural style, signage, lighting and more. Developers want to improve, but not lose the character of the Stockyards. Rather, older buildings will get new life. The city approved tax incentives more than a year ago for the $175 million project. Plans are for close to 20 new buildings to be added, with residential development such as apartments planned for east of Niles City Boulevard. Potential clients are already lining up.  

 

Hotel developers being sought for facility at Thurgood Marshall Airport

Paul Wiedefeld Because an older hotel about a mile away from the BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport closed in 2013 and is being demolished, the Maryland Aviation Administration is hoping a contractor will build and operate a new hotel at the airport. "We want to provide a true on-airport, high-quality hotel for the benefit of our customers," said airport CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld (pictured). The airport official said a full-service hotel would provide an "important service" for travelers. The agency is offering a site for what it hopes will be a 200-250 room facility. The local airport is in the middle of a more than $100 million project to expand its international terminal and the state could pony up double that amount. The proposed new hotel would be located on a 2.5-acre tract next to the airport's hourly parking garage. The request for proposals issued would likely entail a 50-year lease with a minimum $33,333 monthly payment for the property to the agency. The land is currently being used as a parking lot for employees. A developer is expected to be chosen by the end of the year. No public money will be used on the project.  

 

Agencies approve $3M study regarding habitat improvements on Yuba Riverway

Habitat improvements along the Yuba Riverway could result from a $3 million study. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) have partnered on the study, with the YCWA putting up $1.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions. Among the areas to be looked at in the feasibility study are rehabilitation measures that include fish passage at Englebright Dam and restoration of the ecosystem of the lower Yuba River to a more natural condition since this is where spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead juvenile rearing takes place. Many say that fish passage to and from habitat above Englebright Dam is essential to restoring a healthy population of spring-run Chinook salmon. The first step of the study will be a collaborative design and planning session to determine the project's scope.  

 

Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:  

  • Rogers Group, Inc. won a contract for $1,180,330.17 from the city of Russellville, Alabama, for resurfacing Duncan Creek Road from Russellville city limits to Harrison Avenue; Franklin 63 from Hester Line Road to Walnut Gate Road; Jackson Avenue from Cotaco Street to U.S. 43 N.; Jackson Avenue from Tuscaloosa Street to U.S. 43 S.; and Lawrence Street from Alabama 24 to U.S. 43.
  • Fred Smith Company won a $3.8 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for highway repair work that includes milling, resurfacing and shoulder work on 9.6 miles of roadway in Wake County. The work will involve repairs to portions of U.S. 70 near Garner and on sections of U.S. 401 near the Harnett County line.
  • Mark Cerrone Inc. was awarded a $1.82 million contract for construction work relating to the decommissioning of a water treatment plant at the Collins Correctional Facility in New York.
  • Questar Assessments won a five-year, $44 million contract from the New York State Education Department to develop the state assessments for the third through eighth grade students in the city.
  • Bluestone Partners, LLC won a contract for $1,536,925 from the city of Carrollton, Texas, for expansion of the Carrollton Senior Center.
  • Carolina Sunrock, LLC was awarded a $26 million contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to do repair work on 18.5 miles of roads in Person County, for milling, resurfacing and shoulder work on segments of U.S. 158, N.C. 57, N.C. 49, U.S. 501, Charlie Long Road and Dee Long Road. 
  • Clark Construction won a contract worth as much as $470 million from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for construction of a new International terminal that is likely to have a 960-foot aerial walkway to access the terminal.
  • TSYS has been awarded a contract worth up to $11.3 million from the State of Maryland Department of Human Resources to provide the agency with statewide Technical Operations Support Services (TOSS). The base contract is for three years with two one-year options.
  • South Buffalo Electric Inc. won a $32,730 electrical contract from the city of New York as part of the decommissioning of a water treatment system at the Collins Correctional Facility in the city.
  • Shelly & Sands was awarded a $1.2 million contract from the State of Ohio to replace a 60-foot span of bridge and repair concrete on the ramp of a bridge damaged when a tanker crashed and burned, catching fire on the ramp from southbound I-270 to eastbound I-70 on the West Side, resulting in concrete on the bridge and over the interchange crumbling and its metal structure warping.
  • Transdev won a contract worth up to $4.2 million from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority for the first year of operation of the Cincinnati streetcar system. The company will get $1.1 million between now and when the system begins operations next September and about $3.3 million during the first year of passenger service. 

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Benson neighborhood in Omaha to undergo $1.9 million renovation

Pete Festersen The historic Benson neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska, is taking advantage of a public-private partnership to begin a $1.9 million renovation project. The renovation will, according to Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen (pictured), "increase public safety, new plaza areas" and be "better for pedestrians and better for business." Many businesses in the area also are hailing the addition of more parking in the area. Another key project will be widening the sidewalks by one and one-half feet, improving the area's walkability and hopefully drawing more people to the area. Area residents recently were on hand for the groundbreaking for the nearly $2 million project. The project is expected to be completed in December.  

 

Texas city mulling P3 town center development involving several entities

In Kyle, Texas, city officials are exploring the advantages a "town center" could have for the area. The plan, according to City Manager Scott Sellers, would be to have a single development that could house buildings for multiple entities such as fire and police, the city and Hays school district, surrounded by commercial firms. Sellers said the center could "put Kyle on the map." Citing similar setups in the Texas cities of Bee Cave, Sugar Land, Southlake and Pflugerville, Sellers said those entities signing on with the project would be working with a private-sector developer. Using a public-private partnership could result in Kyle becoming an employment and retail destination. Taxpayers over time would see gains through collaborative efforts from the different jurisdictions involved in the project and sharing the costs of the facility. "If you collocate, and you have a single parking garage, and market the rest commercial, you have synergy," said Mayor Todd Webster. "It's attractive. It's an employment and retail anchor. And you do it at a high quality."  City officials admit there is still much left to do toward such a partnership, since they have not yet reached out to the other parties.  

 

Public-private partnerships to play major role in Miami-Dade County projects

Carlos Gimenez The recently proposed Miami-Dade County budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan for FY 2015-16 relies heavily on the use of public-private partnerships (P3s). Mayor Carlos Gimenez (pictured) explained that the $250,000 allocated for P3 consulting support would help pay for the "expertise needed to ensure these public-private partnership agreements include the needed protections to ensure the delivery of new facilities and services far into the future." The number of P3 opportunities is on the increase and Gimenez noted that many of the 689 capital projects are prime prospects for P3s. Some of the projects addressed in the budget and capital plan are major maintenance projects at correctional facilities such as expanding the communications infrastructure and improving inmate housing. Other projects include planning and design of a court facility at the Joseph Caleb enter and purchase of 1,000 body cameras for police officers. There will be cruise terminal improvements, bus fleet replacements and port dredging projects. Miami International Airport will undergo terminal work and there will be a number of various affordable housing projects in the county. Water and sewer infrastructure upgrades would be funded and are likely candidates for P3s. 

 

Public-private partnership could be used for new toll lanes in Virginia

A public-private partnership is likely for the new toll lanes planned for Interstate 66 in Virginia. The commonwealth had previously indicated that public financing might be the option used for the project. Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick said he will sign an interim finding stating that a P3 might be the best route and in the best interest of the public. A decision is likely in December on whether a P3 or a public finance method will be used. The final contract is expected to be awarded in September of next year. Until that time, the option of public financing of the project will remain on the table. 

 

Public housing developments to get free Internet access in New York

Shola Olatoye Public housing developments in three New York boroughs will participate in a $10 million pilot program to bring free high-speed Internet service to five such developments. High-speed Internet can ensure school students have access to additional information for doing their homework, and for adults, there are more job and educational opportunities that can be searched. While a recent study shows that 36 percent of city households below the poverty line do not have Internet access in their homes, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye (pictured) said half of the NYCHA households have Internet access. Many of those residents access the Internet through mobile devices and at some point have to suspend mobile service because of financial constraints. Now, many of those houses will have free Internet service. The first to receive the free service will be residents in Queensbridge Houses. Two other locations in Brooklyn and South Bronx will follow. The New York program is being completed in conjunction with ConnectHome, a White House initiative with a goal of providing Internet access to 275,000 low-income households in seven cities and one tribal nation thanks to a public-private partnership.

 

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 Forrest Claypool. 

 

Forrest Claypool Forrest Claypool (pictured), chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been chosen by Emanuel to lead the Chicago Public Schools. In spite of having no experience as an educator, Emanuel says Claypool's experience as a manager and leader make him qualified to head the nation's third-largest school district. Claypool will succeed Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who resigned last month. This will be Emanuel's third appointment of a chief for Chicago Public Schools. The two previous leaders left after being named chief executive officer. Byrd-Bennett was an administrator in schools in New York, Cleveland and Detroit. The other Emanuel appointee, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, who came to Chicago from Rochester, New York, where he was school superintendent, also left the Chicago post. Claypool, a former Cook County commissioner, is a former chief of staff for former Mayor Richard M. Daley. When Emanuel was elected in 2011, he appointed Claypool as chief executive officer of the Chicago Transit Authority. He later became Emanuel's chief of staff. Claypool earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and his law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After college, he was an attorney and served in non-elected positions in state and county government, including deputy commissioner of the Cook County Board of Appeals and as deputy state treasurer.

       

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Mohammad H. Qayoumi Valerie Washington Nadine Groenig Mohammad H. Qayoumi (top left), president of San Jose State University who has drawn criticism from the university faculty, has announced he is stepping down to serve as chief technology adviser to the president of Afghanistan. Deputy director and chief financial officer of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, Valerie Washington (top center), is leaving that post to take the job of assistant city manager for the city of Fort Worth, Texas. Nadine Groenig (top right), who has been with the Arizona Department of Education since 2001 working on federal initiatives, has been named to oversee Native American education in Arizona. Newly elected Robstown, Texas, Mayor Mandy Barrera has appointed Derly Flores, a 20-year veteran of the Robstown Police Department, as the city's new chief of police to replace exiting Chief Johnny Brown. Robert Murnane, who has worked for nearly 20 years for the city of Henderson, Nevada, as an engineer, public works director and then public works and parks director, has been chosen as the new city manager. Opelousas, Louisiana, Mayor Reggie Tatum has announced that Charles Mason, who has worked for the city fire department for more than three decades and has been serving as interim chief after former Chief Lee Cahanin retired in April, has been named fire chief. Dr. Lydia Patton Lydia Patton Carl Sherman David Cole (bottom right), who worked for the city of Portsmouth, Virginia, for nearly 20 years and as deputy city manager for six years, is returning to the city as its new city manager, the first woman to hold that position. Carl Sherman (bottom center), current mayor of the city of DeSoto, Texas, has been chosen as the city of Ferris' new city manager, succeeding former city manager Dennis Bum, who has taken the manager post in Ovilla. David Cole (bottom left), who has been serving as interim city manager for the city of Ellsworth, Maine, since March and who is former head of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Bangor and was commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation from 2003 to 2011, is the new city manager in Ellsworth. Floyd Mitchell, a division commander in the Kansas City Police Department, where he is a veteran of 26 years and has served as homicide commander and SWAT commander, is leaving that department to become chief of the Temple, Texas, Police Department, succeeding retiring Gary Smith. Shortly after being hired as a design engineer with the Baldwin County (Alabama) Highway Department, Matthew Brown has been named as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education, replacing Al Thompson, who has been appointed to serve on the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. Sam Minner, who has been serving as Radford University's chief academic officer since 2011, where he oversaw faculty, curriculum and other academic affairs, has been named as the new president of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. 


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NGIP announces plans for Annual Forum in Missouri for Aug. 1-5

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NGIP) will host its Annual Forum on Aug 1-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Forum is NIGP's educational event that provides networking opportunities with colleagues and suppliers. Workshops will be available that are led by subject matter experts in the respective fields. Professional speakers will be on hand during general sessions. There will be approximately 200 suppliers attending the products exposition on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 3 and 4, which provides the opportunity for one-on-one interaction and networking with suppliers. More than 60 specialized educational workshops and formal networking opportunities will be available to help you attendees refine their skills, learn best practices or provide a platform to gain support from colleagues on issues faced every day. Registration is now open and more information is available here

 

NASTD Annual Conference, Technology Showcase set for Cincinnati
The National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) 2015 Annual Conference and Technology Showcase is planned for Aug. 23-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. The theme of the event is "Collaboration Through Partnerships: Leveraging Core Competencies in State Government." The annual conference will feature presentations, panel discussions and roundtable discussions. Event topics will be across the spectrum of IT strategy and operations. Current challenges, management strategies, best practices, and state and federal initiatives will be included. There will be a panel discussion on cybersecurity, a session on State IT Workforce Challenges and Opportunities, a panel discussion on hybrid cloud services and a panel discussion on mobile device management. Registration is now open and the agenda is available.
 
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