Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 19August 12, 2015
How about this - crowdfunding for bond revenue?
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers
Most individuals know about crowdfunding Web sites. And, citizens everywhere are aware of inadequate funding for critical public projects. Not only is the nation's infrastructure struggling, local residents are concerned about potholes that need to be repaired and school buildings that are long overdue for upgrades.

So, here's a type of collaboration that will surprise some. It will at least be a new concept to most...but it's a trend that appears to be gathering steam quickly.

Last August, the city of Denver used crowdfunding to fund $12 million worth of mini-bonds for the last phase of a $550 million bond program.
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Auditor signs intergovernmental agreement for I-70 project

Highway project in Denver will be constructed through public-private partnership
Brighton Interchange In spite of opposition from a former city auditor, the cost-sharing proposal between the city of Denver and the state of Colorado has been signed and the Interstate 70 overhaul can move forward.

The $1.2 billion project, the largest in California Department of Transportation (CDOT) history, calls for the widening of I-70 from six to 10 lanes through the northeast part of the city between Interstates 25 and 225. 

It will add toll lanes to the current free access lanes, replace an aging viaduct and Tim O'Brien lower the freeway below grade between Brighton (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) and Colorado boulevards. A green cover will be constructed over it near an elementary school and will be made into a park. 

CDOT is looking for private firms to partner in a public-private partnership on the project that will result in the private partner designing, building, operating, maintaining and financing the project. The private partner will front the money for the project and be paid back over time.

Former City Auditor Dennis Gallagher, in a last hurrah on his final day in office, refused to sign the funding agreement. It was not the first time he voiced his opposition to the project.

New City Auditor Tim O'Brien (pictured) last week signed the cost-share intergovernmental agreement (IGA), which obligates the city to pay $83 million in payments and other contributions for the I-70 project. CDOT will provide $54 million for major drainage projects near the highway project.

In a statement, O'Brien explained that before affixing his signature to the document, he consulted with stakeholders regarding the I-70 project. "There is nothing in the I-70 IGA that is contrary to law," said the auditor, noting he found no legal basis for not signing the document. The city requires the auditor to sign all contracts to ensure no liability is incurred, no money disbursed and no city property disbursed that is unlawful.

O'Brien also pointed out that the project has been well vetted by the public. "Most have concluded that repairs are necessary and that the design captured in the IGA - with its neighborhood-connecting 'cover' over the highway - is among the best of the options available to us."

The auditor said he does not think the city can continue to delay much-needed repairs to the decaying infrastructure and drainage system.

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Over the years, bond projects have led to opportunities for new construction, renovation and maintenance projects on public school campuses. Counties and cities have used bond proceeds for road and bridge projects, street improvements, new public safety buildings, parks renovations and water and wastewater projects. New hospitals have been built and community college facilities have been constructed.

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FHWA program awards $7.1M to eight projects nationwide

Goal of funding awards to speed innovation for traffic safety improvements
Gregory Nadeau Four $1 million grants are among the $7.1 million in funding being made available for traffic safety improvements to seven states and the National Park Service.

The funds are made available through the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program. The grants are expected to provide cutting-edge traffic safety improvements that can be used in other states and parks throughout the nation. 

"This country's transportation needs continue to grow, and we need to adapt our infrastructure accordingly, by accelerating the use of new technologies and approaches," said FHWA Acting Administrator Gregory Nadeau (pictured).

Over its nearly three-year history, the program has distributed more than $27 million in more than three-dozen grants that address new and innovative traffic, safety and construction practices.

Receiving $1 million grants and the projects funded are:
  • Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) - to develop and implement a statewide commercial parking system that advises regarding commercial vehicle parking availability at rest areas and weigh stations to dispatchers and drivers;
  • Kansas DOT - to invest in a Construction Management System to make use of "e-Construction," which allows for transition from paper to e-Construction. The project will more efficiently capture data, improve accuracy of that data and speed up transfer of field information;
  • Rhode Island DOT - grant funding will be for Warm-Mix Asphalt and Intelligent Compaction on SR 102 highway improvement project in Coventry and Foster; and
  • Washington State DOT - funds will be used to install a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) adaptive roadway lighting system on a 7-mile section of I-5 through Olympia, to accelerate conversion to LED and adaptive LED systems statewide. 
Other funding allocations include $996,000 to the Rhode Island DOT and the Rhode Island Airport Corp. for adaptive signal control devices, $816,000 to the Montana DOT for analysis leading to better efficiency in the state's signal control technology, $676,000 to the Wisconsin DOT to deploy the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil - Integrated Bridge System on two bridges; $355,000 to New Hampshire DOT for bridge technology for self-diagnosing, self-reporting smart infrastructure and $296,800 to the National Park Service to analyze roadway safety data as part of a larger plan to develop a crash analysis system.

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Major expansion project planned for Chicago's Midway International Airport
Chicago is set for a major expansion of its Midway International Airport, as the city moves to increase food and retail options at the facility, expand its parking structure and build a new security checkpoint inside the terminal. The project will encompass $250 million in new public and private investment and create as many as 1,700 jobs. The biggest component of the deal is a total renovation of the concessions at the airport. The city wants a single group to run all of the restaurants and shops, a shift from current policy, which has multiple firms handling such business. Customers purchased $89.2 million worth of food and other products at Midway in 2014, an 8 percent increase on the year prior and 37 percent higher than its post-recession low in 2009. Food and retail sales are an ever more important part of airport operations because they help officials keep down the fees they charge airlines to use the facilities, which in turn makes them more attractive as hubs. In addition to bidding out the food and retail operation, the project will entail the construction of 20,000 square feet of new shopping space at Midway. The parking garage will get at least four more levels and 1,400 additional spaces. Other changes include creating a new, 80,000-square-foot security checkpoint area and the expansion of a pedestrian overpass between the garage and the terminal. A request for proposals for the concessions is expected to be released in September.

State approves $6.5M for Naugatuck Valley Community College improvements
Last month, the Connecticut State Bond Commission approved more than $6.5 million for the renovation of portions of Naugatuck Valley Community College's (NVCC) Waterbury Campus. The money will fund the realignment of the east campus entrance, renovate parking lots and provide for new site lighting and sidewalks. The project also includes a new walkway. "We celebrate today with gratitude, hope and joy the good work done at the college and the generous support we receive from so many," said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis (pictured). "Today bodes well for our future as an academic community of excellence, engaged in changing the lives of our students for the better and in contributing in measurable and meaningful ways to the communities we serve." This is the second Bond Commission allocation to the college in 2015. In January, the panel approved $39 million in funding for the renovation of Founders Hall, which carries a total price tag of $44 million.

Selma prepares RFP for garbage collection service with end-of-year deadline
The city of Selma, Ala., is preparing to seek bids from garbage collection companies and has until the end of 2015 to choose a vendor. "We have until the last of December to do something, so it won't go into effect until January," said Selma Mayor George Evans. "The goal is to try to have someone set up and ready to go by no later than November." The current contract with the city calls for subscription-based service, which makes the company responsible for collecting fees from individual customers, which presented problems in the past. There are other options for the next contract. The city cannot tie garbage fees in with water fees, but universal service would allow it to assess garbage fees through property tax or other means.

Wausau now accepting proposals for East Riverfront Development district
Wausau, Wis., is looking to redevelop a former industrial area in the city and is opening up the proposition to the private sector. "We're trying to get all the pieces to fit together," said Mayor Jim Tipple (pictured). "And the best way to do that is to do [a request for proposals]. Everybody that's interested can really basically pitch what they envision they can contribute to our precious waterfront." The city has its own ideas for the region but wants the private sector to have a chance to develop the property as well. The property's brownfields are being remediated, and the city is looking for more ideas on how to improve the area. In speaking about the property, Tipple also said, "One of the things we've said for many years is that our waterfront is our most underutilized resource and we plan on changing that impression." The city has already begun work on parks and green space along the water.

Iowa State University spurs student-led research with new innovation center
The Iowa Board of Regents approved the construction of a new $80 million Student Innovation Center on the Iowa State University campus. The building will provide a central space to support student-driven innovation and will include classrooms with easy access to specialized equipment, materials and tools, as well as space for computer-aided design and virtual reality facilities. The board gave Iowa State permission to proceed with project planning, including the design selection process, and consideration of the use of a construction delivery method other than the traditional design-bid-build process. Also approved was the demolition of the school's Nuclear Engineering Laboratory and a portion of another campus building to provide the site for the new facility. Funding for the project will be evenly split between university and state funding, and an anonymous donor has already pledged $20 million for the center.

Bridge project connecting Pennsylvania, New York moves forward
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced a project to repair and renovate the Narrowsburg Bridge, which spans the Delaware River connecting Damascus Township in Pennsylvania to Narrowsburg in New York. The structure, which dates back to 1954, needs to be repaired due to extensive corrosion, especially to the pedestrian walkways and to the bridge deck. The deteriorating bridge is currently limited to one lane because it can't support the weight of two lanes of traffic. Average daily traffic that passes over the bridge was 2,620 as of 2013. One concern among residents about the renovation project was the impact overnight closures during construction would have on emergency response in the area. Officials have taken steps to ensure first responders can promptly make it to emergency sites. Fire companies will be given advance notification of the full closures, allowing them to alter response plans and coordinate with other fire companies to assist them in the event of emergencies. And, ambulance crews will have personnel on both sides of the bridge for the overnight closures. Officials plan to advertise for bids in October 2016, with work expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and conclude in the fall of 2018. Costs of the roughly $9 million project will be shared equally by New York and Pennsylvania.

Alabama-Quassarte tribal town seeks contractor to build new wellness center
The Alabama-Quassarte tribal town in Oklahoma is seeking design-build services for a 5,000-square-foot wellness center construction project. The project will include both facilities and parking. The scope of the design-build services includes, but is not limited to, surveying, design, site development and construction of this facility. The successful vendor will be responsible for surveys, securing all permits, verifying zoning criteria and compliance with all federal regulations. Indian-owned (51 percent or greater) construction contractors only may apply for the project, which is subject to Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. These regulations will be incorporated into all contracts and subcontracts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will review all aspects of this project. Qualification packets must be received no later than Aug. 26 at the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Headquarters located in Wetumka, Okla.

Missouri city issues RFPs for downtown developments at city-owned sites
The city of Clayton, Mo., is seeking requests for proposals (RFP) for development at two sites. The RFPs for the Clayton Police Department's former headquarters and for a city-owned parking lot are open until Sept. 30 and Oct. 27, respectively. "We're just looking for something that betters the community," Gary Carter (pictured) said. Carter, Clayton's economic development director, said he could envision the Forsyth Boulevard site as an apartment building, office tower or hotel. "The former police station on Central Avenue also could be apartments or retail that would attract people who use the Metro," he said. The city currently owns both sites but might choose to sell a property to the company developing it, depending on the type of project the firm proposes. The former police headquarters property has an appraised 2015 value of more than $2.7 million, while the parking lot site was valued at about $292,000.

Snellville announces schedule for Towne Green construction
Snellville, Ga., is accepting construction bids through Sept. 4 on a project to renovate its Towne Green and Veterans Memorial. Between September and November, the city anticipates relocating existing trees and the start of construction of a labyrinth in the area surrounding the memorial. Assuming the plan remains on schedule, construction should begin on the Towne Green in December with a targeted grand opening set for May 2016. The project consists of improvements to the Towne Green and realignment of curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Other improvements include construction of a low sitting wall and entrance wall, landscaping, signage and major electrical improvements. The project was delayed in February after bids for the project came in over budget. Snellville is northwest of Atlanta.

Paseo del Pueblo highway in New Mexico will get $11.3 million renovation
The Paseo del Pueblo in Taos, N.M., will undergo an $11.3 million renovation, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (pictured) announced in early August. According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the first phase of the project will rehabilitate 2.5 miles of pavement and sidewalks. More substantial changes to the road, also known as State Road 68, will happen during the second phase of construction. The first phase will likely be put out to bid in May 2016, with the second phase waiting till fall 2017. The renovations of the Paseo del Pueblo are just one piece of nearly $90 million going into road infrastructure statewide. Roughly $45 million was allocated for New Mexico's roads during a special legislative session in June, and another $45 million came from redistributed federal dollars. State Road 68 is one of five projects moving forward with this block of funding. An Albuquerque interchange and highways in Artesia, Los Lunas, Bloomfield and Farmington will also be improved.

Contracting Opportunities

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Check out these recent awards:
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $7.7 million by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to provide construction inspection services for the rehabilitation of the existing Route 37 Mathis Bridge over Barnegat Bay, including the double-leaf bascule section. 
  • Gunther Construction Co. won a $1.4 million contract from the city of Galesburg, Ill., for improvements through landscaping of the entrance on East Main Street into the city from Interstate 74.
  • Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. won a $140 million contract from the Regional Transportation District in Douglas County, Colo., to build the Southeast Light-Rail Extension in the county.
  • Smith and Company was awarded a $38 million contract by the Texas Transportation Commission to repair and overlay various sections of FM 2920 in north Harris County, including sections of FM 2920 between Business 249 and Howard Street and between SH 249 frontage road to Business 249.
  • J.K. Trotter and Sons was awarded a contract for $1.65 million from the city of Mt. Vernon, Ill., for the first phase of a water main replacement project on Broadway and a portion of Main Street.
  • Smith-Sondy Asphalt Construction won a $3.8 million contract from the city of Patterson, N.J., for the second phase of the city's road construction project, with the contract affecting the 3rd and 4th Wards.
  • PDSI, Inc. has won a $2 million contract from the Cheuamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin to create a more sustainable, economical and responsible Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. 
  • Lawrence Brunoli, Inc. was awarded a contract for $24.6 million from the Connecticut State Bond Commission for construction of a new veterinary technician building at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, including site remediation, design and replacement of the Joyner Learning Center.
  • LS Black Constructors won a contract for $4.4 million from the city of Saint Paul, Minn., for the South Robert Street overhaul.
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Future Kentucky state office building, result of P3 arrangement, will save money
Last week, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (pictured) participated in a ceremony to celebrate the "topping out" of the state's new 371,160-square-foot office building, which is being constructed through a public-private-partnership (P3). "This building represents another example of our improving economy," Beshear said. "We have been leasing space for more than 1,000 state employees from Buffalo Trace Distillery. As the bourbon industry is growing, Buffalo Trace put us on notice that it will need those buildings." The new building will gather together state agencies that have offices and employees scattered in numerous buildings around Frankfort, Beshear said. The P3 arrangement calls for construction of the building by the bidder at no upfront cost to the state, which will own the building after a 30-year lease period expires. Site work began earlier this year on the nearly 34-acre state-owned property, and completion is scheduled for summer 2016. Agencies moving into the building include the Kentucky Department of Education, Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The building is designed to reduce the state's utilities costs by approximately 25 percent of current expenditures in the existing facilities.

Public-private-partnership helps to save Indianapolis-to-Chicago rail line
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently completed a deal that would allow passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago to continue. The arrangement uses a public-private rail partnership involving Amtrak, Iowa Pacific Holdings, the state and local governments. It has taken almost two years to put in place a business model that designates Amtrak as the operator and Iowa Pacific Holdings as a contractor that provides and maintains equipment, food service and marketing. The future of the 196-mile line has been unsure since 2013, when Congress eliminated federal funding for rail lines shorter than 750 miles. INDOT initially refused to pay Amtrak the $3 million a year it costs to continue the Indianapolis-Chicago service that carries about 36,000 passengers annually. The transportation department eventually agreed to share the cost with communities served by the route. The goal is that having a private contractor handling much of the public-facing services will make the train line more attractive to commuters, thereby getting it closer to self-sufficiency. Those services will include scheduling trains more frequently and at times convenient for passengers and providing on-board services, including Wi-Fi.

New York firm partners with state, local governments to transform abandoned site
Last week, a sales and marketing agency Modern Marketing Concepts (MMC) announced one of Upstate New York's largest commercial economic development projects in recent years. Through a public-private partnership (P3), the largely vacant former Link Flight Simulation building in Kirkwood, N.Y., will be transformed into a modern office complex by the end of 2016. Officials say the deal will create 600 new jobs by 2020 in a region still struggling with high unemployment figures. The 436,000-square-foot building, which has been mostly dormant for 25 years, will house Modern Marketing Concepts and at least four other tenants. Work planned for the site includes interior demolition and reconstruction, improvements to the heating and air conditioning system, elevator replacement and asbestos abatement. Financing includes a $5 million grant from Empire State Development, a $5 million Job Development Authority loan and a $4.5 million loan from the Broome County Industrial Development Agency. MMC founder Dan Babcock (pictured) will acquire the former Link Flight Simulation facility, now owned by the Broome County Industrial Development Agency, for $4.5 million. He will invest an estimated $10 million in construction and $2.5 million in furniture and fixtures. In addition to the grants and loans, the company also will qualify for $800,000 in tax credits from the state.

New York brownfield site redeveloped as supermarket thanks to P3
Fort Edward, N.Y., is redeveloping a 6-acre brownfield site that has sat vacant for more than a decade. Construction will begin in spring 2016 on a new 40,000-square-foot market at a site that has been empty since another supermarket shut down in 2003, leaving the community without a grocery store. The project is being developed by 354 Broadway LLC, a public-private partnership (P3) that is cleaning the property of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were left behind by a scrap dealer that predated the previous grocery.The city bought the site for $1 from Washington County, which had acquired it for nonpayment of taxes, and then Fort Edward agreed to take on the cost of cleanup. Estimated costs are about $1.9 million, not including construction of the supermarket itself. The value of the whole project is pegged at about $15 million. The former store was razed last spring, and the next step is to remove soil from the site to be cleaned and then returned and used as a base layer of clean fill material. Executive Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Giardina said the phrase "public-private partnership" can be overused, but he called this project a good example of the two sectors working together. "It's these kinds of events that really epitomize what we're trying to do day today," he said. The project will create 100 jobs and could be a catalyst for future growth, according to Giardina.

Alabama county welcomes new feed mill, huge investment in region
Dale County, Ala., and Wayne Farms have announced a public-private partnership (P3) that will build a new chicken feed mill on a 170-acres site and add approximately 588 jobs by the time it opens in early 2017. "Whoever coined the phrase 'Ain't nothing but chicken feed,' must not have known about Wayne Farms," said Mark Saliba (pictured), chairman of the City of Dothan's Grow Dothan, a public-private business development partnership. "This regional project represents the efforts of an integral network of organizations and elected officials at local and state levels," he said. "Teamwork plus collaboration equals opportunity for our region." Wayne Farms CEO Elton Maddox said the company initially came to South Alabama in the 1960s. "We were well supported, well received and that is a major part of why we came back to South Alabama when we had a growth strategy that we're trying to implement." Officials said that the economic impact of the project will be greater than simply the $53 million invested in the facility and the jobs created. Another $60 million will be invested in building 165 chicken houses, including almost 50 new farms that will be built in the area. The projected output for the feed mill, when fully operational, will be about 25,000 tons a week.

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

Rick Brajer In spite of having no previous government experience, businessman Rick Brajer (pictured) of Raleigh has been chosen to replace Aldona Wos as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Human Services. Wos, who had served in her post for 32 months, recently announced her resignation. Brajer has previously served as chief executive officer of ProNerve in Denver. He was also president and CEO of the diagnostic company LipsScience in the Research Triangle as well as having worked for the medical device and technology company Becton Dickinson. Early in his career, Brajer was a development engineer for Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati. He is also a former management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The new Department of Human Services head holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He will be in charge of an agency with 17,000 employees. 
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William Riley Markus Autrey Aldona Wos William T. Riley III (top left), formerly of the Selma, Ala., Police Department, has been selected as the new police chief in Inkster, Mich., replacing Joe Thomas, who has been serving as interim chief since former Chief Vicki Yost left in May. The Palo Alto Unified School District has hired Los Gatos High School principal Markus Autrey (top center) to serve as the new deputy superintendent, replacing Charles Young, who resigned from his post as associate superintendent at the end of this school year to serve as superintendent in the Benicia Unified School District. Aldona Wos (top right), a physician and former United States ambassador and secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is resigning from her position with HHS following a 32-month tenure. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the appointment of Mara Friesen, who has worked at the Office of the Attorney General since 2000 and as deputy director of the Child Support Division since 2013, as the new Deputy Attorney General of the Child Support Division. Jay Stroebel, who has worked in various city coordinator and director roles for Minneapolis since 2005, will be the new city manager in Brooklyn Park, replacing Jaime Verbrugge, who left to become Bloomington's new city manager. Nancy Gibson has been named Assistant Superintendent of District Relations and Operations at the Henderson County, Ind., school district and Steve Steiner has been Eliska Smith Phyllis Wise Bill Powers named Assistant Superintendent of Administration. Eliska Smith, MASCL (bottom right), who has been with the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) since 2002, most recently as statewide public relations officer has been chosen as provost for TSTC campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater. University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise (bottom center), chancellor and vice president of the Urbana-Champaign campus since 2011, announced her resignation Thursday, citing "external issues" as her reason for leaving. William Powers, Jr. (bottom left), former president of The University of Texas at Austin as well as a former dean of The University of Texas School of Law, has joined the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP as of counsel in the firm's Austin office. Dr. Larry Acker will bring 20 years of experience to the newly-created position of Director of University Marketing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, after having spent the last nine years as assistant director of public relations at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Lenny Curry has chosen Kurtis Wilson, an 18-year veteran of Jacksonville Fire Rescue who currently serves as captain of Marine Unite 39, as the city's new fire chief. Susan Martin, former president of Eastern Michigan University and a former chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been chosen to serve as interim president of San Jose State University, replacing Mohammad Qayoumi, who has taken a government post in his native Afghanistan. 

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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.

AGC Contractors Environmental Conference to take place in Arlington, Va.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will host its 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) Sept. 2-3, at the Westin Crystal City in Arlington, Va. CEC is a management conference for environmental professionals in the construction industry. It will feature expert educational sessions, opportunities to meet with federal regulatory agencies, contractor case studies, peer-to-peer discussions and insider briefings with AGC staff and leaders. CEC offers the opportunity to learn from and network with experts in the field and share best practices and features separate tracks on compliance and sustainability. Registration is now open and the agenda is available.
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