Volume 8, Issue 18 - July 27, 2016
Another utility that government will provide to citizens
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Government furnishes most utilities to citizens in the United States - basic necessities which include water, electricity and gas. But, in today's digital age, there is something else just as necessary to everyday life, and government is scrambling to make it available to all citizens. The expansion of utilities now includes access to the Internet.

Studies show that the Internet has accounted for 21 percent of GDP growth over the last five years. Most people realize that businesses can no longer be competitive without Internet operations.




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Electric vehicle adoption to accelerate under White House P3 plan
Public-private partnerships will grow EV infrastructure 
Just days after the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Sustainable Transportation Summit earlier this month, the White House has released a framework for public-private collaboration to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and construction of electric vehicle infrastructures.
The framework for collaboration was created by the White House, DOE, Department of Transportation, Air Force, Army and Environmental Protection Agency. It is meant to include vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies and states working under a set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure.
 
The initiative includes unlocking up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees and inviting applications to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities; developing a 2020 vision for a national network of electric vehicle fast charging stations; a call for state, county and municipal governments to partner with the federal government to procure electric vehicle fleets at a discounted value; and publishing a guide to federal funding, financing and technical assistance for electric vehicles and charging stations.
 
In the past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70 percent and the number of electric vehicle charging stations has increased from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today - a 40-fold increase.
 
Nearly 50 industry members signed up to follow the Guiding Principles, including numerous energy companies, electric car manufacturers, the states of New York and California, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Electric Drive Transportation Association and others.
 
One of the signers committed to installing electric vehicle supply equipment in its Eastern Washington service territory, as part of a two-year pilot program recently approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.  Provided full participation levels, the company expects to install a total of 272 EVSE connection ports in approximately 200 different locations: 120 in residential homes, 50 at workplaces and 30 in public locations, including seven DC fast chargers to enable regional EV travel.
 
New Mexico's largest electricity provider will provide the associated infrastructure to the City of Albuquerque for its purchase of an all-electric bus fleet for the soon-to-be-built Albuquerque Rapid Transit system. The project is the first of its kind in New Mexico and the first all-electric Bus Rapid Transit system in the United States.
 
The world's largest network of EV charging stations committed up to $20 million toward the deployment of a national network of high-speed charging stations as part of a public-private partnership. This includes research and development investments, site identification, smart city deployments and DC fast charger corridors. The company will work with the DOT, other federal, state and local government agencies and private entities to determine the optimal location for such high-speed charging stations and to secure financing from private entities and through public-private partnerships.

Nabers to join other P3 experts for half-day program in D.C.
Panels explore successful public-private partnership benefits, strategies
Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc., will be part of a three-person panel of public-private partnership (P3) experts to participate in an upcoming half-day program on P3s. The event, The Long & Winding Road to Smart City Public Private Partnerships (P3s), will be held from 1-6 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies in Washington, D.C.
Jointly sponsored by Meeting of the Minds and Smart and Resilient Cities, the program will feature opening marks by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Among the P3 specialists who will be joining Nabers as panelists are Todd Herberghs, executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Frank Cutitta, editorial director and associate publisher of Smart & Resilient Cities™. 
The two panels will focus on identifying P3 strategies, facing pitfalls and risks and how to deliver a successful P3 project. Additionally, examples of successful P3 transportation projects will also be explored, with information regarding what is necessary to create successful P3s, including economic and sustainability benefits.

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RFP issued for redevelopment of Germantown YWCA building
Germantown YWCA  Photo by Jill Saull
Officials in Philadelphia are hoping that redevelopment of the historic Germantown YWCA building will be the catalyst for development of the Germantown area of the city. As a result, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority recently announced that it was issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from interested developers for possible uses for the building. No restrictions have been announced by the Authority on how the building might be used, hoping to attract more proposals. The Authority previously tried to sell the building to a developer who was seeking to convert it into low-income housing in the form of 50 apartments, but concern over a glut of subsidized housing was feared. Although there are few restrictions by the Authority on the development proposals, the YWCA building is on the city's register of historic places and so the developer at the very least will have to preserve the original facade of the building. The building is currently zoned for commercial mixed-use, requiring commercial facilities on the ground floor and residential elsewhere on the site. Developers responding to the RFP would have to specify if they planned to seek a zoning change to facilitate their proposal. 

Toll road project proposed for Lafayette to mitigate congestion
A toll road project being proposed for the city of Lafayette, La., could carry a price tag of between $1 billion and $1.3 billion, depending on the route chosen. Traffic congestion in the area along existing routes has caused city officials to contemplate a new tolled highway that would circle the city. The highway would connect Interstate 49 to Interstate 10 and then with US 90. One proposal is for a 26.7 mile route and the other is for a 36-mile route. The project will first have to undergo an environmental impact study, which could be the deciding factor in which route is chosen. Officials would use tolls to pay for construction of the roadway. 

Colorado city to ask voters to approve new police headquarters
Paul Sorensen
Firestone Mayor
Voters in Firestone, Colo., will likely decide if the city gets a new police department facility when a $5 million to $6 million bond referendum is called for November. Although the location and the exact dollar amount for the project have not yet been determined, that information should be announced in the next few weeks. 
"With the growth that our community continues to experience, we need a more adequate facility for our officers so that they can be safe as they protect our community," said Firestone Mayor Paul Sorensen. The city has until Aug. 24 to call the election. The mayor said the facility will be a modern police facility, but not a "palace." The department currently is housed in the city's Town Hall, which was designed only to accommodate five police department employees. That number now has grown to seven. A modular building behind the Town Hall is shared by the police and the Finance Department. The 18 officers in the modular building do not have room for individual work spaces. In June, the Town Board hired an architect to design the building and project costs. Since then, the board has told staff to prepare for adding a bond proposal to the November ballot. 

Bond issue of $63.9M would build new schools in California
New building construction in the Fremont (Calif.) City Schools totaling approximately $118 million would result from a successful bond election in the district in November. The proposed bond projects are part of the district's master facilities plan to build six new schools, including a high school and five elementary schools. All of the bond paperwork and other requirements must be completed by Aug. 10 to add the issue to the November ballot. 
Officials first looked at the possibility of renovating the schools in question, but renovation costs were estimated at $108.8 million, compared to the cost of $118 million to build the six new schools. And that price for new builds also includes technology upgrades. The bond amount voters will be asked to approve is the district's share - $63.9 million - for the projects. The state will pay the remaining $54 million of the costs. 

Rhode Island to develop transportation center
The State of Rhode Island Departments of Administration and Transportation are seeking interest from real estate development firms with proven experience in public-private partnerships (P3/PPP), for a development opportunity in Providence, R.I., that includes an integrated transportation feature. The Providence Intermodal Transportation Center will be a P3 that seeks to efficiently and effectively tie together Rhode Island's public bus system, AMTRAK regional rail and other forms of transportation. The goal is to catalyze economic development in the city with additional components such as residential, retail, hotel and/or commercial overbuilds with enhanced associated parking spaces and other services. The Department of Administration will issue a Request for Proposals to those firms selected during the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. A copy of the RFQ may be obtained from the Division of Purchases, Thomas.Bovis@purchasing.ri.gov, (401) 574-8119.

Virginia DOT seeks consulting engineering firms
The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking expressions of interest from consulting engineering firms that wish to be considered for a statewide term contract. The firm would provide professional engineering services for support of the department's Construction Division on a "limited services basis" during design, procurement, construction and post construction phases for activities and work packages. One or two contracts are expected be awarded under the multiple award procurement process. The proposed two-year limited services term contracts with two optional one-year renewable terms will have a maximum value of $3 million per term.
Expressions of Interest are due Sept. 8. Details: Jeff Rodgers at 804-786-2552 or Jeff.Rodgers@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Battle Creek police officers to get new headquarters
A new police headquarters is in the works for the City of Battle Creek, Mich. Commissioners
approved the first phase of the public-private partnership (P3/PPP) project, the design phase, at a cost of $764,500. The second phase in the construction of a new public safety facility will include $1.1 million in services. 
Plans call for a two-story public safety facility that would be built on the site of the current police department parking lot. The most recent list of proposed capital improvement projects and their costs showed plans for spending $19 million for the police station. The current facility, built in 1970, is too small for the growing police department and its equipment.

Pennsylvania community plans for municipal building
Whether a new municipal building to house the administration and police department is built in Haverford, Penn., will be the decision of the community in a November bond issue.
Commissioners recently approved putting a $10 million bond proposal before voters. Most of the bond proceeds would be used for the municipal services building and a smaller amount will be used for traffic signal and park improvements. The proposed municipal building is described as a 43,000-square-foot, two-story facility. Proceeds from two prior bond issues will help fund additional site improvements that would bring the total cost of the project to $17.5 million.  

Metro uses multiple methods for flood control projects
The Flood Diversion Board of Authority for the Fargo (N.D.)-Moorhead (Minn.) Metropolitan Area has issued a Request for Qualifications for respondents for a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a portion of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. Qualifications documents are due Sept. 7. The Project will utilize a split delivery approach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use traditional design-bid-build methods for construction of the Southern Embankment and the Diversion Authority will use a P3 approach for the Diversion Channel. After qualifications submittals have been received and reviewed, the Diversion Board of Authority will create a short list of several qualifying firms and issue a Request for Proposals to those firms.

Detroit seeks developers to revitalize neighborhoods

With a vision of creating a strategy addressing vacant, publicly owned properties in the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project and an eye toward stabilizing the neighborhood, increasing property values and improving the area's quality of life, the city of Detroit is seeking development partners to help it meet those goals. Two requests for proposals (RFPs) were recently issued by the city's Housing & Revitalization and Planning & Development departments and the Detroit Land Bank Authority. The first RFP calls for the rehabilitation, and in some cases demolition, of some 100 houses in the Fitzgerald neighborhood. The second RFP seeks proposals to turn some vacant lots in the area into productive landscapes for the neighborhood, whether for energy, agricultural or other uses. Vacant areas will be either used for public greenways or a neighborhood park. The goal is to create a mixed-income neighborhood with homes that are either owned or professionally managed. Officials note that revitalization of the neighborhood has a much smaller price tag than the cost of new construction. 

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Texas city using PPP to build $14.8M convention center
Construction should begin within six months on a new $14.8 million, 43,700-square-foot convention center in the city of Harlingen, Texas. The facility will be built through a public-private partnership (P3/PPP), with the developer funding construction of a 150-room hotel next to the convention center while leasing and operating the convention center. 
The city and the developer will split the convention center's profits or losses. Developer agreements were recently approved by the city commissioners and the Harlingen Community Improvement Board, culminating years of planning for the convention center. The city will issue $13.5 million in taxable certificates of obligation to pay for the convention center. That will be paid back over 20 years through Community Improvement Board sales tax receipts and $3.8 million in hotel-motel occupancy tax revenue. Tax revenue generated by three tax increment financing reinvestment zones will also contribute to repayment of the bonds. 

New York school brings solar project online
Aaron Johnson
Superintendent 
The state's largest public school solar project has gone online in New York. The Avon Central School District is expecting to save $1.6 million over 25 years with its 1.5MW off-site, ground-mounted solar array. The project drew $564,000 in incentives from the state's NY-Sun initiative. 
"Avon Central School District is extremely excited about the educational, environmental and financial benefits that will be achieved over the next 25 years with the installation of this project," said Avon Superintendent of Schools Aaron Johnson. The project was completed through a public-private partnership (P3/PPP). A private-sector energy firm developed and will own the solar array. The school district will pay a fixed rate under a power purchase agreement for the energy produced for 25 years. Additionally, the school district expects to develop a curriculum related to solar energy that can be used for teaching in the schools. Although a small school district with only about 1,000 students in its K-12 schools, Avon has long been a supporter of solar energy. The district installed a 5.5kW solar array on top of its school roofs in 2008. The district is not alone in seeking renewable solar energy. More than 300 school districts in New York have registered for the K-Solar program, a P3 between the New York Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that works collaboratively with private-sector solar developers. 
Boynton Beach planning PPP for redevelopment
Lori LaVerriere
City Manager 
The city of Boynton Beach, Fla., is seeking design teams to participate in a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to redevelop the Town Square area, a four-block, 17-acre site east of Interstate 95. Additional proposals are being requested after the city received two unsolicited proposals for the project.
Requirements include a public event lawn, amphitheater and public gathering space; an entrance and gateway feature at Ocean Avenue and Seacrest Boulevard; and street enhancements and on-street parking on those streets. The area will be developed as the city's downtown. Redevelopment proposals must in some way include an historic high school (ca. 1927), a new 50,000-square-foot city hall and green space. The existing library and Schoolhouse Children's Museum and Learning Center must remain on the site. The city is open to moving the current police department and Fire Station No. 1, which are in the redevelopment area. City officials are also considering building a combined police and fire station. Once a request for proposals is created and approved by the city commission (probably by September), another six months of negotiations will likely follow. Thus, construction could be a full year away, according to City Manager Lori LaVerriere. Although a total cost for the project is not yet known, city officials say a new city hall would carry a price tag of between $15 million and $18 million, a new police building would cost between $25 million and $30 million and the price tag for a new fire station would be between $3 million and $5 million. 

Feasibility study in order for Hamburg sportsplex
A sportsplex developed through a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) for the town of Hamburg, N.Y., will soon be the topic of discussion after an agreement was reached between the Town Board and a developer. The developer is charged with studying the feasibility of such a project, which is estimated to cost between $25 million and $30 million, as well as preparing a financial analysis and acquiring the property for the sportsplex. The recreational facility will feature twin ice rinks, a field house, gyms, a pro shop, a restaurant and snack bar. The agreement with the developer includes a payment by the town of $110,000 for a demographic analysis, $15,000 for a feasibility study and financial analysis and $20,000 for a letter of intent for property purchase. The developer also will seek bids on the project from at least three general contracting firms or construction management firms in the Buffalo area to determine cost estimates for the project.

Hudson River Park Trust names engineer for Pier 40
New York's Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) has selected an engineer of record in a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to design vital repairs of approximately 3,500 steel piles that hold up Pier 40. The project is estimated to cost $104.5 million. Originally designed as a passenger ship terminal, Pier 40 is home to a commercial parking garage, athletic fields and HRPT administrative offices. Its ballfields are a community asset that hosts tens of thousands each year. With a footprint of 15 acres, it is the largest pier structure on the Hudson River. A 2014 report revealed that 57 percent of Pier 40's steel piles have major to severe deterioration. Pending city and state approval, repairs and are scheduled to begin in 2017.

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