Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 7, Issue 18August 5, 2015
Government wrestles with public demand for apps
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Mary Scott Nabers

Software applications that work on mobile devices have invaded our world. There are thousands of them and the public at-large is quickly becoming addicted to them. 

 

Apps, as they are commonly called, are designed to make life simpler and more efficient.  Users love them and demand is at an all-time high. 

 

Because of the demand, the marketplace has created ferocious competition for more apps - sophisticated ones that are user-friendly and adaptable to all types of mobile devices.

 

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LaGuardia Airport to undergo $4 billion total makeover

 

Cuomo, Biden announce more amenities, infrastructure upgrades for facility

LaGuardia Plans
LaGuardia Airport, as seen in this artist's rendering, is about to undergo a $4 billion makeover. (NY Governor's Office photo)

After comparing LaGuardia Airport last year to an airport in a "third world country," Vice President Joe Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently to help announce the upcoming $4 billion makeover for the legendary New York City facility.


City officials had previously announced that the Central Terminal Building would undergo a major facelift, but the new plan laid out by Cuomo is nearly a complete rebuild, including both terminals C and D. Plans are for groundbreaking ceremonies to be held next Joseph Sitt year. The project is expected to be under construction for five years. 


The new plans, according to the governor, will create additional space for more airline gates, with one terminal replacing four that are spread out over the facility. Buildings will be moved closer to a main highway to make more room for taxiways and travelers will use pedestrian bridges to reach their gates.There will also be rail and ferry links to the airport. 


The airport would stand as the first major airport to be built since the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Last year it served nearly 27 million passengers.


Joseph Sitt (pictured), chair of the Global Gateway Alliance, an airport advocacy group, stood in support of the airport upgrades. "It's a win for the more than 117 million annual passengers that use our airports and for a regional economy that relies on the airports for more than $50 billion in activity," said Sitt.


More than half of the cost of the project will be paid for with private funding in this public-private partnership. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the area's major airports, will pick up the tab for the remainder of the costs. 


Another partner in the project is Delta Airlines. The airline owns and operates two terminals at LaGuardia and has spent about $160 million improving its terminals at the 26-year-old airport.
 

House committee passes $4B N. Carolina bond proposal

 

Mirrors McCrory's plan to address states transportation, infrastructure needs

Pat McCrory "There's no doubt that infrastructure is the backbone of the North Carolina economy. We must continue to invest to further expand opportunities and create more jobs." Those were the words of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (pictured) when he laid out his $2.85 million bond proposal for the state. The proposal is designed to invest in the state's transportation and other public infrastructure. 


This week, the North Carolina House not only gave its approval to its own version of the "Connect NC" proposed bond referendum, but added more than $1 billion more to the proposal, bringing the total to about $4 billion. 


The House plan is pretty much the same as the governor's plan, but does differ in how the funding would be divided among the projects. McCrory's plan would have divided the funding 50-50 between infrastructure and transportation. The House plan instead allocates most of the funding to infrastructure and has a side plan that would put even more - $1 billion - toward transportation through the highway fund.


McCrory, in announcing the original proposal, said it would "cultivate a stronger economy and improve North Carolina's quality of life." He described the plan as allowing the state to pay for 50-year assets with 20-year funding - and without tax increases. The governor is pushing for an election as soon as possible to take advantage of historically low interest rates. 


"I applaud the House for listening to the people across our state, who want to prepare North Carolina for the next generation," said the governor regarding the House's action on the bond proposal.


The infrastructure bond funding in the McCrory plan includes $1.48 billion that would fund 101 projects in 64 counties. The transportation part of the bond would be for $1.37 billion. It would include 27 highway and 176 paving projects in 57 counties. The governor said if the bond passes, some projects could begin as early as next year. The bond would also provide funding to repair or renovate aging infrastructure of university, community college, National Guard and other public buildings.


The full House could vote on the issue as early as this week. The measure would then go to the Senate. 

 

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Connecticut approves $25M in first round of 'Let's Go CT' infrastructure projects
The Connecticut State Bond Commission has approved $24.9 million in the first round of infrastructure projects under the "Let's Go CT" program, which the state legislature approved earlier this year. The plan is scheduled to provide $2.5 billion for projects over the next five years. In announcing the projects, Gov. Dannel Malloy (pictured) called the first round of funding "one piece in a long-term vision to transform our infrastructure - a vision for transportation on a scale Connecticut has never seen." The largest of the first round of projects puts $10 million toward the widening in both directions of Interstate 84 in Danbury. Public transit projects funded in this round include $4 million for a new dock yard on the Danbury Branch Rail Line in Norwalk and $7 million to install real-time location devices on all public transit buses statewide, which will use GPS to give riders the ability to locate any public transit bus in the state via a mobile app.

Rome seeks proposals for 'Waterfront Village' mixed-use development
The city of Rome, N.Y., wants developers to submit plans for housing along the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal. Dubbed the "Waterfront Village," the site covers 15.28 acres south of downtown and will be the hub of a larger re-development site, with both single-family housing and mixed-use structures. The city has determined there is sufficient demand for 220 rental units. It has obtained a $1.6 million grant through the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, which would fund up to half ($800,000) of the costs of an engineering study, which must be done by April 30, 2016 to receive the funding. The city expects the developer to match the $800,000. The state Canal Corp. "is willing to discuss planning and design for excavating a channel perpendicular to the canal to form an inner harbor that will be approximately 500 feet long," according to the request for proposals. The project may also be eligible for incentives from the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency as well as from the city itself. The developer will have to acquire privately owned parcels, at an estimated cost of more than $750,000. Proposals are due by Aug. 27.

Bureau of Reclamation awards $1.49 million for nine water research projects
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected nine projects to share $1.49 million under its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPRP), funding that will support almost $13.5 million in research. "Improving desalination and water purification across the West is crucial to providing affordable, clean and sustainable water supplies for American communities," said Bureau Commissioner Estevan López (pictured). "These projects represent a small portion of the many worthy proposals we have received." More than half of the awards are for projects in California, with the others spread from Arizona and New Mexico to Tennessee to New York. The Bureau of Reclamation received 53 full proposals, with a combined request of $9.6 million in federal funding. Speaking of the program's future, López said, "The president's budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 includes a 19 percent increase over this year's budget and, if approved, this amount would be a big step forward for more projects to receive funding next year." The program is open for academia, private sector, nonprofit entities, state and local entities and municipalities to apply. The DWPR Program priorities are: (1) overcoming technical, economic and social barriers for potable reuse treatment; (2) novel processes and/or materials to treat impaired waters; and (3) concentrate management solutions leading to concentrate volume minimization for inland brackish desalination.

Candidates for Kentucky governor propose privatizing state parks
Kentucky's two major-party nominees for governor said the state should consider privatizing its public park system as a way to deal with budget issues. "We are not our best advocate for becoming the tourist destination we could be," Republican nominee Matt Bevin (pictured, left) told attendees of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in Louisville. He went on to call state parks "an area where frankly I think privatization could go a long way toward enhancing them, making them more of a destination that people would want to return to." Kentucky has 49 state parks and spends almost $85 million a year maintaining them. "I've been to a lot of our state parks and the rooms are in real dilapidated condition right now. They're suffering from neglect," Democratic nominee Jack Conway (pictured, right) said. "That's something I want to take a look at if I'm elected."

Sachse city council approves new radio tower location
The Sachse, Texas, city council approved the location on which to install a 300-foot radio tower at its meeting in July. Members approved the location to build a P-25 digital radio tower at a cost of $1.7 million dollars for equipment and construction. The city of Garland will pay the cost of the tower, and Sachse will donate the land needed for the project. The federal government has mandated that the public safety radio system be upgraded to the P-25 standard - a public safety communications standard that ensures fast and secure communications between municipalities, state agencies and federal agencies - by the end of 2016. The initial cost of the upgrade will be $943,342. The annual maintenance fees will begin at $21,587, with those fees rising to $28,455 for years five through 10. Construction is planned in Sachse, which is northeast of Dallas, for 2016.

Middletown approves funding for street improvement projects
Middletown, Md., has issued $7 million in bonds to pay for three town improvement projects. The town requested $4.5 million to replace a waterline below Middletown's Main Street, $1.7 million for a separate street improvement project and $800,000 for a new reservoir cover. The two street projects are scheduled to start in 2016. The Main Street project is tied directly to the State Highway Administration's Streetscape Project and includes stormwater management, sidewalks and curb and gutter improvements. The waterline hasn't been replaced since 1893, and the town is unsure how much the project will actually cost because of the age of the infrastructure in place. The other street project will involve the addition of storm drains, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as well as road improvements. City administrators said the amount requested is the maximum that will be spent on the projects. Though, if the town has leftover money, it can use it for another capital improvement project.

Georgia to build inland port to connect Savannah to landlocked county
Georgia officials announced in July that they will build an inland port in the northern part of the state. The Appalachian Regional Port, set to open in 2018, will provide a direct 388-mile rail route from northwest Georgia to Savannah. The 42-acre site is being advertised to companies in the adjacent states of Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky as a "powerful new gateway" to one of the region's busiest shipping terminals. "The Port of Savannah is the key to prosperity for the entire state of Georgia," Gov. Nathan Deal (pictured) said. "And today's step is a ratification of that goal. This will become a magnet for manufacturing in this part of Georgia." The site is located within an industrial belt populated by many carpet and flooring manufacturers. The Georgia Port Authority said the facility will move 50,000 containers each year to the coast, allowing the state's busy roads to remain free of an equal number of tractor-trailers. Georgia already operates one inland port, in the southwestern town of Cordele, that offers a 200-mile rail route to Savannah.

Hawaii Tourism Authority issues RFP for cruise consultation services
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, has released a request for proposals (RFP) for cruise development consultation services. While the HTA says that the cruise industry is a relatively small market in Hawaii, it does give visitors an alternate way to visit and experience the state. The selected vendor will assist the HTA in its objective of achieving and exceeding cruise targets with business for all of the state's islands and growing market share against competing destinations. The selected contractor's roles and responsibilities will include serving as the HTA's representatives at in-depth meetings with domestic and foreign cruise lines; participating in the annual Cruise Lines International Association Meeting in October and the Seatrade Cruise Global Event; and acting as a liaison for the HTA in itinerary planning, revenue management and marketing. Proposals under the RFP are due on Aug. 24.

Joplin issues request for propsals for senior housing project
Joplin, Mo., is now taking new proposals for construction and operation of a senior transitional housing project. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued by the city on Friday. The project is to be located on nearly 15 acres of property that is held by the city's land bank, the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. The transitional housing complex is intended to provide a range of senior housing from independent living to assisted living, nursing care and memory or lock-in care. According to the RFP, the land for the project is appraised at $3.63 million, and a developer will be required to buy the parcels. The city will offer funding through its $158 million in Community Development Block Grant funding, though the project could use various types of funding other than CDBG money, including developer equity, deferred development fees, loaned money and other sources approved by the city. Proposals are due Nov. 24.

University of Maine System soon to issue RFP for food service vendor
The University of Maine System is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a food service vendor contract for six of the system's seven campuses. System staff and members of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees have held meetings to consider recommendations on how to make local, sustainably produced foods a priority in the RFP process. The system says it has a strong commitment to local sourcing and has spent almost 20 percent of its annual food service budget with Maine-based companies. "Maine's agricultural industry and its local farmers are a top priority for university research and spending," said Sam Collins (pictured), chair of the Board of Trustees. "UMaine invested $9.6 million in grant funding last year in food and agriculture research in campus labs and at private farms across Maine to support our farm economy, while the sourcing policy approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this year creates balanced preferences for sustainable, locally produced food in the selection process for future food service contracts at all our campuses." The campuses included in the RFP provided meal plans to 2,766 students in the fall of 2014. The university system anticipates an award announcement in January 2016 and the signing of a contract in March 2016.

Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:  

  • Ameresco, Inc. was chosen by the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District for a $37 million project to enhance energy efficiency at all 14 of Birmingham's public housing developments.
  • Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc. won a $1.8 million contract from the Arkansas State Highway Commission for improvements to 25 interchanges on highways in seven counties, including Highways 63 in Craighead County, 270 in Garland County, 10 in Pulaski County, 67 in White County, Interstate 40 in Faulkner and Pulaski counties, Interstate 30 in Pulaski and Saline counties, Interstates 430 and 630 in Pulaski County and Interstate 540 in Sebastian and Crawford counties.
  • ICF International won a contract of up to $19.9 million for five years and six months from the Maryland Department of Human Resources to implement, manage and operate DHR's customer service center.
  • Gould Evans Inc. won a $2.2 million contract from the Milpitas School Board in San Jose, Calif., for architectural services related to a proposed elementary school design.
  • Sol Construction, LLC was awarded a $2,794,603 contract from the city of Rockmart, Ga., for a sewerage system improvement project at the Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant, adding modifications to the plan so that it meets new permit limits for phosphorus reduction.
  • Prairie Forge Group won a contract for up to $3.3 million from the city of Streator, Ill., for architect/engineers and construction managers for a project for renovations at Streator City Hall. It includes relocation of the Streater Police Department to the lower floor of the building.
  • Smith and Company was awarded a $3.8 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation for projects in Harris County to repair and overlay various sections of FM 2920 in north Harris County. The project limits include sections of FM 2920 between Business 249 and Howard Street and between the SH 249 frontage road to Business 249. 
  • Walsh Contracting won a $1.5 million contract from the city of Rehoboth Beach, Del., for reconstruction of the Wheeler Street Bridge over the Palmer River. The current 12-foot metal culvert will be upgraded to a larger, three-sided cement culvert. 

  • Covanta Sustainable Solutions won a $10.74 million contract from the city of Paterson, N.J., for waste disposal services.

  • Science Applications International Corp. was awarded a three-year contract with two one-year options from the state of California to continue to provide information technology services to the Judicial Council of California.

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P3 at Texas A&M means 3,400 dorm beds, millions for university

Park West Texas A&M University System officials are expecting a public-private partnership (P3) at its flagship university in College Station to provide hundreds of millions of dollars that can be directed toward academics and research. A student housing project (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) on a 48-acre site will be developed through Texas nonprofit NCCD-College Station Properties LLC's ground lease with the university. NCCD-College Station will make an $18.5 million up-front payment to Texas A&M, with an expected $20 million in revenues each year for 30 years. Once the ground lease expires, the facilities will become the property of the TAMU System. NCCD-College Station will work with a developer on the project, to be called Park West, and the developer's management firm will manage the development. This public-private partnership is the largest of five P3s in the TAMU System that together are expected to generate more than $900 million for the System over the life of their contracts. This new development will account for about two-thirds of that total. "Every extra dollar we can generate or save is one less dollar from the students, their parents or Texas taxpayers," said TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp. "Besides the revenue it generates, the Park West project also puts the debt and the risk on the books of the private sector, not with the A&M System." The development is set to open in August 2017, providing 3,402 beds in the community for students in facilities ranging from studio apartments to three-bedroom garden-style units.

 

Town square, county office building part of Wheaton's transformation

Montgomery County, Md., is constructing a new headquarters building for its planning board and planning department as part of the county's public-private partnership (P3) with local developers to remake the city of Wheaton's town center. The redeveloped Wheaton Triangle will feature a 35,000-square-foot town square with a central fountain, seating areas, landscaping and space for a stage to host special events. In addition to the planning department location, the new office building will be home to several other county offices, and its first two floors will be open to the public and include the board's new hearing room, a waiting area and a main lobby. The P3 project will also include the construction of a 397-space parking garage under the office building and a related 17-story, 204-unit apartment building. An existing Regional Services Center and one of the county's surface parking lots will be torn down for the office building and accompanying redevelopment.
 

New hope to save Astrodome unites government, private sector, philanthropists

Harris County is looking at a new plan to renovate the Astrodome, the domed stadium that for so long was home to the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation has commissioned a 38-page report that recommends the transformation of the Astrodome into an indoor park with 1,200 parking spaces underneath it. Now local officials are putting together a blueprint for a public-private partnership (P3) overseen by a conservancy that would unite private investors with the city, county, the sports and convention corporation and other governmental entities to revive the Astrodome with limited public funds (mostly through tax credits and incentives) and without requiring voter approval. The plan will go before county officials likely before the end of the year, and, if the Commissioners Court approves the proposal, the "Eighth Wonder of the World" might be saved, two years after voters rejected a $217 million plan to convert the Astrodome to an event and exhibit space. At least one county commissioner is already on board. Commissioner El Franco Lee (pictured) told the Houston Chronicle, "I support and am pushing for the conservancy approach. It gives philanthropic givers an opportunity to participate, and it takes us down the road much faster by doing some creative things."
 

Boston seeks public-private partnership to revitalize Lee Pool on Charles River

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is considering a public-private partnership (P3) for the renovation of the Lee Memorial Pool area on the Charles River Esplanade. The park was closed more than 15 years ago. The state's long-term plan for the 3-acre park, led by the Esplanade Association in conjunction with DCR, is called Esplanade 2020 and has made use of several other P3 projects. "The Lee Pool area is clearly an important site along the Esplanade, indeed along the whole Charles River, with a deep history of serving the broad community as a major recreation area," said Margo Newman, chair of the Esplanade Association's board of directors. "It is a prime candidate for a public-private partnership." The preliminary estimates for the rehabilitation of the pool range from $10 million to $15 million.
 

New York City launches $30 million mental health service plan

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching a $30 million program to help low-income residents obtain mental health services, one of the first steps in an overhaul of the city's mental health system the mayor had promised. The Connections to Care initiative will be a public-private partnership (P3) between the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, a nonprofit run by first lady Chirlane McCray (pictured), the Corporation for National and Community Service and private funders. The program will contract with about a dozen community service providers, who will be trained to screen low-income residents throughout the city for mental health and substance abuse disorders and who will learn how to administer mental health first aid. The mayor's fund will send a Request for Proposals seeking service providers this fall and will select the groups by the end of the year. The program is expected to commence activities by spring 2016. The Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund has awarded a five-year grant worth $6 million for the program, which will be eligible for an additional $4 million in each of the fourth and fifth years. That funding will be paired with $20 million from private philanthropists.

 

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 Ted Ross.  

 

Ted Ross Ted Ross (pictured), who has been serving as interim general manager of the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, has been chosen as the permanent replacement for former general manager Steve Reneker, who left that post in May. Ross began his career with the city of Los Angeles - Los Angeles World Airports in 2004 as manager of the Financial System team, where he was Manager of the SAP ERP Financial Accounting, Budget and Cost Controlling Team at the City of Los Angeles, Department of Airports, headquartered in LAX. He was in that position for four years before being named financial management system director in the city's Office of the Controller, where he was a controller project manager and post go-live director of the successful citywide Financial Management System ERP project. Ross held that position until 2012, when he was appointed assistant general manager/deputy CIO of the city's Information Technology Agency Technology Solutions Bureau. Then in 2015, Ross was named interim general manager of the Information Technology Agency, the post he held until his recent naming as full-time general manager. Ross holds a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from California State University- Dominguez Hills. 

       

Opportunity of the week...
 

A California school district's board has approved construction projects that include a new high school auditorium, a pair of two-story classroom buildings at two schools and other improvements. The total construction budget is expected to be $13.5 million. The auditorium is expected to go out for bids in the next several months. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or sales@spartnerships.com.

 
People
 

Samuel Light Jeri Buchholz Tony Tata Dr. Samuel Light (top left), superintendent of Ilini Bluffs CUSD #327 in Sherrard, Ill., has been tapped as the new superintendent of the Lincoln County, Ga., schools, replacing Brian Campbell, who resigned in May. Jeri Buchholz, (top center), NASA's chief human capital officer (CHCO) and assistant administrator for human capital management, retired on July 31 and is headed to the private sector as a strategic business partner at Federal Management Partners, and will be replaced by acting deputy CHCO Sherri McGee. Tony Tata (top right), Transportation Secretary for the state of North Carolina and former Wake County schools superintendent, has resigned his state job and DOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson will serve as acting secretary until a replacement is named. University of North Texas (UNT) officials recently appointed Certified Public Accountant Finlely Graves, who joined the university in 2002, to a two-year term as the provost and vice president of academic affairs after having served as interim provost since early March. Grace Cannon, who a year ago began work toward getting three new high schools off the ground in the Philadelphia School District as head of the Office of New School Models, is leaving the district to become the head of corporate and foundation relations at Settlement Music School, one of the country's oldest arts schools, based in Philadelphia. Nome, Alaska, City Clerk Tom Moran, who has a law degree and was previously in private practice before becoming city clerk, has been named city manager, replacing City Manager Josie Bahnke, who is leaving to become head of the state's Division of Elections. Bec Kurzynske Bec Kurzynske Janet Moon Jim Johnsen (bottom right), personnel director for the Pulaski School District in Wisconsin, who has been serving as interim superintendent, will remain in an interim position for at least the next year, replacing former Superintendent Milt Thompson, who resigned in June. Janet Moon (bottom center), who has a 30-year career in law enforcement that includes having served four years in the U.S. Army Military Police Force and a dozen years with the Rome, Ga., Police Department, has been named the new chief of the Peachtree, Ga., City Police Department. Dr. Jim Johnsen (bottom left), a former University of Alaska vice president and current senior vice president at telecom's Alaska Communications, has been chosen as the next president of the University of Alaska, succeeding Pat Gamble, who announced his retirement last December. Two current employees in the Charlottesville, Va., City Manager's Office have been promoted to assistant city managers and to fill COO/CFO posts by City Manager Maurice Jones, with Leslie Beauregard (Director of Budget and Performance Management) and Mike Murphy (Interim Assistant City Manager) named to the posts. John Cueto, currently a lieutenant and aide to the chief of police in Bridgeport, Conn., has been hired as the new police chief in Duck, N.C., succeeding Philip Ferguson, who resigned the chief spot in January. 

 

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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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