Volume 10, Issue 19- Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Hard to believe...but it is true! Procurement officials report that many government solicitations are receiving insignificant interest or no interest at all from government contractors. 

Because competitive bidding is essential to public procurement, that's a huge problem. Competition ensures that taxpayers get the best value when products and services are procured. 

When a public entity only receives a couple of bids or no bids at all for a project, officials are left scrambling. In most cases, the only thing to do is to restart the bidding process. Delays are not only time-wasters, they are costly. Occasionally, a procurement delay results in the loss of funding that had been allocated. 

A recent survey of 550 procurement officials reported that 44 percent said they are not receiving enough bids or proposals. Only 9 percent reported receiving more than enough. There are many examples similar to what is happening in Arkansas. The state's Department of Transportation (ArDOT) reports that it is not getting the desired number of competitive bids. At least 47 projects have received inadequate responses or no responses at all.

The city of Del Mar, California, intended to turn a portion of Surfside Race Place into an 1,800-seat concert venue. The Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the facility is located, got a preliminary estimate of $11 million in costs for the project.  Officials, however, expected that number to increase when plans were finalized.  

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Washington D.C.- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has planned a three-year capital project to rebuild outdoor platforms at 20 rail stations. Expected to cost $300 million to $400 million, the work is aimed at fixing structural deficiencies. The first phase would begin next year, while the entire project would continue through 2021. The platform rebuild work will be the first major construction project to benefit from capital funding recently approved by legislatures in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

WMATA will present the platform reconstruction plan at the board's capital and strategic planning committee meeting. The plan calls for extended shutdowns during summer months rather than single tracking to complete the work. The approach, which will provide contractors with 24-hour access to selected work sites, is expected to reduce the time it takes to complete the project since workers won't need to repeatedly set up and break down equipment.
New York- The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is hoping to start six waterfront projects with a price tag of $42 million using funds secured years ago from the New York Power Authority. The projects include creating a mixed-use development that could include restaurants, residences and shops where the Memorial Auditorium once stood. The $10 million plan calls for a mixed-use village with period buildings, cobblestone streets and a public square. At a cost of $8 million, the plan also includes turning the Michigan Pier into a public destination by making improvements to the Outer Harbor area south of Wilkeson Pointe.  

Another project is to remake the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad line into a 1.6-mile multiuse trail offering natural views of the Buffalo River. The cost would be $7 million. At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, invest in additional exhibit and event space as well as landscaping and lighting for $7 million. At a cost of $5 million, build a boardwalk and add beach amenities, seating, lighting and upgrade fixtures at the Erie Basin Marina. The final project is to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge from Silo City to the Outer Harbor over the City Ship Canal at a cost of $5 million. In four-to-six-months, the agency will send out a request for proposals to developers.
Illinois- The Illinois Transportation Department is awarding almost $36 million for bike and pedestrian projects around the state as part of its Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. This year, 53 projects were chosen out of a total of 218 applications that requested a total of $252 million. To be eligible, applicants must commit a local match of at least 20 percent for a project and show a plan to have the awards spent within four years. 

Some of the grants include almost $2 million toward a Mississippi River to Rock River multiuse trail corridor in the western Illinois city of Moline; $2 million for a downtown revitalization project in Clarendon Hills; and $1.2 million for a protected bike lane for the village of Algonquin. In McLean County, a $1.9 million grant will go toward extending the Historic Route 66 Bikeway. The next call for projects will be during fall 2019, followed by a spring 2020 award announcement.
Connecticut- A buyer is being sought after the Capital Region Development Authority's (CRDA) recommendation for a $250 million makeover of the XL Center arena failed to gain traction in the legislature. State lawmakers, instead, last year required that a sale of the city of Hartford's 43-year-old Veterans Memorial Coliseum be explored. 

The request for proposals (RFP) is due by June 29, but a decision isn't expected until the fall after evaluation and negotiations by a review panel. The Hartford city council also would have to sign off on any agreement because it owns the property. The CRDA leases the arena under a long-term arrangement and manages it. A buyer would continue to operate the XL Center, built in 1975, as an arena and to professional industry standards. The CRDA is seeking bidders who would operate with diminished future investments by the state or city.
Indiana- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is accepting applications for the Local Trax matching grant program for grade crossing separations, closures and other safety enhancements at railroad intersections with local roads. The program will provide at least $125 million in state matching funds for communities interested in pursuing high-priority projects. 

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31. Project awards are expected to be announced in late summer. Local Trax requires local governments to provide 20 percent of funding for land acquisition and construction. The state will provide the remaining 80 percent. Information on how to apply for the grants is available here
Louisiana- The Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors has put together a request for qualifications and quotation (RFQQ) to find out if certain services on the campus should be outsourced to private companies. The chosen consultant will look at parking, transportation services, custodial work and landscaping. 

The consultant will identify the potential for efficiencies and service improvements for the operation and maintenance of the central utility plant and other key components of LSU's utility structure that provide electricity, steam and both chilled and hot water to the campus. Also included are electrical services, mechanical services and general maintenance. Responses to the RFQQ are due by June 12.
Pennsylvania- Amtrak has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a master developer for the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The station revamp is part of a $10-billion, neighborhood master plan developed in 2016 through a partnership with Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Drexel University and a realty company. 

The 30th Street Station District Plan proposes 18 million square feet of new, mixed-use development and 40 acres of open space in the city. The RFQ asks developers to modernize the building and allow for the expected 8 million passengers to get through the station safely and quickly. Philly advocates have been working on improving the 30th Street Station for years. The station is in the final stages of an $85-million facelift.
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Kentucky- Citing the poor condition of Louisville's police headquarters and Jefferson County Fiscal Court building, a city consultant last week recommended razing the buildings. The firm's report concluded that the buildings both have numerous code and "life-safety" violations. Estimates for renovating the structures exceed $60 million. 

Rather than continuous upkeep on dilapidated buildings, the city is now considering demolition and new construction using a public-private partnership (P3). Previously, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet fined the city $1,000 for water leaks and other poor conditions in the facilities. A decision is expected before the city's proposed $624 million budget for the fiscal year is released in July.
Illinois- Mount Prospect is looking to redevelop an entire block downtown, bounded by Northwest Highway, Maple Street, Busse Avenue and Emerson Street. In two weeks the city will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for developers to submit their plans for how they view the space being utilized in the years to come. The plot of land currently hosts the fire station and police department.  

Mount Prospect has created a rough sketch that replaces those stations with a six-story, 60,000-square-foot building constructed in its place with retail on the first floor and the remaining space either with 130 apartments or condominiums. Additionally, there would be 153 parking spaces provided for a development, with a combination of parking both underground and above. Developers will have 60 days to submit their plan.
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Texas- Dallas is considering privatizing its downtown convention center. A memo sent to council members last week explains that the city will release a proposal to find a firm that will run the city-owned-and-operated downtown convention center. The city wants a partner with at least five years of experience as a provider of facility management and operation services. 

Janitorial and maintenance services are performed by contractors, and those contracts would be assigned to the new management company. The city is planning a proposal conference on May 17 to get input from stakeholders and has set a deadline of June 28 for proposals to be submitted.
California- The University of California (UC) Berkley announced a plan last week to provide more housing for students as well as the city's homeless population. The university plans to set aside part of the 2.8-acre property known as People's park for its new housing developments. A total of 1,000 beds are planned for the new student housing complex while a separate privately-run building will provide 125 apartments for supportive housing. 

Plans also call for setting aside part of the 2.8-acre property for open and recreational space, as well as a physical memorial honoring the park's history and legacy. The student housing will be developed through a public-private partnership with the university. Construction on the housing developments is expected to begin in 2020.
Pennsylvania- During a special meeting last Thursday, members of the West Reading traffic committee, economic development committee, planning commission and the Community Revitalization Foundation agreed to develop a multi-phased plan for a parking public-private partnership (P3). 

The city is considering adding 300 parking spaces through a P3 model. The committee is unsure of the total cost but will receive a $12,000-$13,000 loan from a local foundation to install the first payment kiosk. The next step in the process will be for the traffic committee, that is meeting today, to develop a proposed draft agreement for the P3. City council members would ultimately need to approve the agreement and the parking plan.
Georgia- Douglasville is focused on redeveloping the north side of its downtown area. The study area is bounded by Mill Creek, Malone Road, Huey Road, Strickland Street and Cedar Mountain Road. One project getting attention is the old Douglas County Jail, which the city purchased last year for $850,000. After a meeting to solicit public feedback on city development last week, the city has considered requesting public-private partnerships to redevelop the older areas of the city. In the current model of the city's Master Plan, the jail site is considered Phase I. 

The old jail building would be demolished, and the space would be used as a green space with an amphitheater and retail shopping. A timeline for the jail project will be released in the coming weeks. The city expects to invest $1 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax funds in community development over the next few years.
New York- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to collect meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data about offshore wind resources for New York. The NYSERDA has up to $5 million available to support this study. High-quality metocean and other data will be made available to the public on an ongoing basis to encourage broad usage. 

The plan for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is to utilize 800 megawatts of offshore wind power. This project will deploy two buoys equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems that use remote sensing equipment to pulse laser lights for determining wind speeds at altitude. The data will assist New York in designing offshore wind sites that will maximize renewable energy output and deliver more clean energy to the electric grid in a smaller physical and environmental footprint. The NYSERDA will also require successful proposers to coordinate with regional environmental scientists to collect information that could be useful in understanding more about ecosystem function, timing and relative density of wildlife in the area.
Michigan- Marquette city officials have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) from interested investors for future residential and commercial development at the 2001 N. Lakeshore Boulevard location. Submissions are due by June 15. The property has been designated for a mixed-use site. 

The estimated cost of the project is around $11 million. The 46-acre plot was on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's superfund list from 1983 until 2000 because the contaminated property contained hazardous waste. Recent reports show that the groundwater no longer shows unacceptable risk.  
Florida- Miami-Dade County wants privatization proposals for any of its six transit corridors endorsed by the county's 2016 Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan study. 

In March, a discussion between the county commission and the transportation department led to the consideration of a public-private partnership (P3) to speed up the analysis of the best transit modes for the SMART corridors. Those are 75-miles of commuting routes seen as the busiest in Miami-Dade, and ones that would expand Metrorail and Metromover into new markets. The request for information gives developers until July 27 to provide feedback on how Miami-Dade could use a P3 model to expand its transit lines.  
Across the country, cranes are filling the sky signaling economic development and business growth. The buildings taking shape will serve the community, enhance the economy and provide jobs and many of the projects are benefiting from tax credit programs that provide the financing. One example is the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program administered by the United States Department of Treasury. The NTMC program can fund up to 20-25 percent of a project and can be paired with other funding sources to complete the overall financing. 

The Treasury provides Community Development Entities (CDEs) the authority to issue tax credits, which are awarded in a competitive application process. The tax credits are monetized by financial institutions and provide capital to the CDEs for projects sponsored by qualified businesses

In the application for these credits, CDEs provide examples of projects that demonstrate the ability to disburse capital generated by the credits for projects in a particular service area. Right now, CDEs are applying and actively looking for projects. To be eligible for NMTCs a project must be located in an eligible census tract

In addition to being in a qualified location, projects that make an impact in the community through the creation of permanent jobs, providing new goods and services in underserved areas and access to health care and affordable food options, are attractive potential projects. The investment of the capital into qualified businesses is also competitive so checking some of these boxes can make a project stand out.
MichiganThe Delta County Correctional Facility set to move to the Delta County Service Center later this year and the Delta County Board of Commissioners voted to work with the Michigan Municipal League and city of Escanaba on a request for qualifications (RFQ) process for the current jail site. The league plans to provide funding and support for market evaluations and the development of RFQ documents for the current jail site over the next few months. 

Planning sessions, which are expected to start in late July, will be held with eight to 10 city and county leaders to collect input on the evaluations. The RFQ will be released in December 2018 or early 2019 and companies will submit information on why they are qualified for a project before submitting bids.
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Attendees with little experience in the development and operation of the P3 model will benefit from industry experts presenting their knowledge and valuable insights into market trends crucial for business decisions. Attendees include senior management from firms in the construction, engineering, architecture, legal, investment and consulting industries as well as senior business and facility administrators from airports. Join over 1,000 industry leaders, public owners and stakeholders for this two-day event with a packed agenda. Register for the summit here
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Shirley Lawler has been chosen to lead the Missouri State University's West Plains campus. Lawler, who served in leadership roles at Ozarks Technical Community College, will replace retiring chancellor Drew Bennett. Missouri State's Board of Governors is expected to vote to finalize Lawler's employment at its May 17 meeting. She will start June 1. 
- Guilford County Board of Education Chairman Alan Duncan has been appointed by the governor to the North Carolina State Board of Education. He is a lawyer and a member of the Governor's Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education. Duncan, who was sworn in last week, replaces Buddy Collins who resigned. 
- T. Simeon Ananou will be the new chief information (CIO) officer for the University of Vermont beginning July 1. Previously the CIO and dean of libraries position were combined, but now they are split. Mara. R. Saule, the previous CIO and dean of libraries, will continue being the dean of libraries. In February 2016 Ananou was appointed vice president for information technology services and CIO at the University at Albany. 
- Kathleen Burke is headed to South Orange County Community College District as chancellor. She has been the president of Los Angeles Pierce College for eight years. Her new tenure begins July 1. Pierce is one of nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation's largest community college district, with an annual enrollment of nearly a quarter million. A six-month interim replacement president typically emerges from among vice presidents from the nine colleges that comprise the district. If no permanent candidate is chosen, an executive search firm will be hired. 
- Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, was chosen by the Los Angeles school board, to lead the nation's second-largest school system. Beutner will be replacing Michelle King, a former teacher who rose through the ranks to be superintendent. She went on medical leave in September and announced in January that she would retire. 
- Barbara Underwood, New York's solicitor general since 2007, will serve as acting attorney general until a replacement is named. Eric Schneiderman announced this week that he would resign from the position. - Washington State's Sound Transit has named Don Billen executive director of planning, environment and project development department. Billen previously served as the department's deputy director. Since September 2017, he has been the department's acting executive director. 
- Retired Morristown Fire Department Captain Richard Mikutsky has been appointed to become director of Division of Fire Safety and State Fire Marshal for New Jersey. The appointment began April 25. The vacated seat had been vacant for the previous seven years. Mikutsky was appointed to fire captain of Morristown in 2012 and served over 30 years before his recent retirement.
- Seamus Reilly Parkland College's vice president for institutional advancement, was named the new president of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg and will begin July 1, pending board approval. Carl Sandburg College is in Illinois. 
- Steven P. Rudolph, an attorney for the city of Rocklin in California, has been selected as the city's next top executive following the resignation of current city manager Rick Horst last week. The announcement comes following the resignation of Horst, who announced his departure April 25 after seven years on the job. Horst accepted a job as city manager of Maricopa, Ariz. 
- Marti Vining, who has been a regional administrator in central Montana for the Child and Family Services Division for the last seven years, will be the new division administrator. Vining replaces Maurita Johnson, who resigned after 16 months on the job. Nikki Grossberg was also named the new deputy administrator for the division. She was regional administrator for the division's western Montana region for the last seven years. 
- Benton County has hired Bryan Beeson as the new facilities administrator. Beeson has more than 30 years in construction management with a national retailer. He will start work with the county on April 30. John Sudduth resigned from his job with the county on Feb. 28. 
- City of Hugo interim city manager Leah Savage announced that the city council voted to hire Sarah Sherrer for the city manager position. The position opened when former city manager David Rawls retired. Sherrer is the former city manager of Durant.
- Troy McDuffiewho has been serving as the interim police chief since August 2017, has been chosen as to lead the Spring Lake Police Department in North Carolina on a full-time basis as of May 1. McDuffie had been serving as interim chief since Charles Kimble left for a job in Killeen, Texas. McDuffie retired as chief of the Spring Lake Police Department in January 2017 after serving as chief for nearly nine years. 
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