Volume 10, Issue 21- Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Over the past week, the U.S. experienced three school shootings. National attention has again been painfully drawn to protecting the country's school campuses, workplaces and churches. The #1 question is what to do.  

How can officials prevent and contain active shooters? The tragedies have been horrific and the grief is unbearable. Something must be done! 

In the past, resources have focused on two areas: identification and response. Identification involves locating the shooter and communicating that location to emergency personnel. Response is related to actions taken to provide medical care and contain the incident. To use a public health analogy, if a school shooting was the flu, identification would include noticing the symptoms and communicating concern to doctors. Response would be related to treatment plans designed to contain the virus and care for those already infected. 

Looking at the nation's staggering statistics, it's obvious that current tactics are not working. 

 As of May 17, there had been 100 mass shooting incidents in the U.S. this year. And, since 1968, there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths. Compare that number to this...in the U.S., there have been 1,396,733 war deaths since the founding of this country. Check it out if you don't believe these unbelievable statistics.

A 2015 investigation found that the annual cost of gun violence to the U.S. is $229 billion. That represents 1.4 percent of the country's total gross domestic product.

Here's something else that few people realize - 45.6 percent of active shootings take place in businesses, while 24.4 percent take place in schools and 10 percent in government facilities. These three places are the greatest danger zones.

California- California's 280 state parks have a maintenance backlog estimated at $1.2 billion, including crumbling roads, aging sewer systems and leaky roofs, and some of the measure's money will be used to reduce that backlog. On June 5, California residents will vote on Proposition 68, a $4.1 billion bond. A separate water bond, for $8.9 billion, recently qualified for the November ballot. 

If approved, the measure would provide funding in three main categories: Parks and recreation will receive $1.283 billion, natural resources will total $1.547 billion and $1.27 billion will go towards water. The last time California voters passed a statewide ballot measure to provide funding for parks, beaches, wildlife and forests, it was 2006.
Georgia- The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a $50 million renovation plan for the Central Library in Atlanta. This revitalization is part of a $275 million capital improvement program for the Atlanta-Fulton Library System's entire group of libraries. Plans include moving the library area for the visually impaired to the first floor, so it would be more accessible. In addition, the plans call for the creation of an area for artists to display their works in the library. 

The renovations to the Central Library will be paid through bond funds approved by voters in 2008, with nearly 60 percent of the construction dollars being assigned to upgrade that facility's infrastructure. The county will issue a request for proposals (RFP) to select a design-builder who will see the project through to completion, which is scheduled for 2020.
New Mexico- Bernalillo County is soliciting for a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the design/build selection process of the county's future headquarters in Albuquerque. The RFQ will be advertised for six weeks, then an internal team will review the proposals and select three teams that meet project qualifications. 

In August, the county will issue a request for proposals, and the three qualified offerors will formally submit their proposals. The estimated cost is $48.4 million to renovate the 282,478-square-foot Alvarado Square in the downtown area. Some of the renovations include transforming the first floor of Alvarado Square into a customer service center, reconfiguring office space to accommodate modern cubicle workstations and constructing a 250-seat County Commission Chamber adjacent to the main building. The county purchased the property for $2.7 million in 2017.
Maine- The state of Maine has agreed to pay for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot facility that will replace the town of Monmouth's middle and grade schools. Regional School Unit 2 (RSU 2), plans to seek bids for the project, break ground in July and open the new school as soon as January 2020. The new facility will replace Monmouth Middle and Henry L. Cottrell Elementary schools. 

The total cost of the project is $26.7 million, including the purchase of land on Academy Road where the school will be built. The state has agreed to pay almost all of that, except for $71,995 that the district had to spend on the new site. Construction of the new school will cost an estimated $20.7 million. RSU 2 has taken out a bond to fund the project and, as it starts paying that bond back next year, the state will reimburse the district for the costs.
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Colorado- Thanks to a proposed public-private partnership, Longmont may soon be home to a new cultural and performing arts center. Currently there is no venue within a fifty-mile radius that meets such needs, so events are held in school auditoriums and churches. 

The city is considering spaces for such a center including locating it along with a convention center in the lower downtown area east of First Avenue and Main Street. This new venue could also help revitalize the Boulder County Fairgrounds facilities. While there is no official timeline for the project, city officials have referenced it as being a priority over the next few years.
Georgia- The Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) released a request for qualifications for a feasibility study that would add a new Georgia 400 interchange at East Paces Ferry Road. The study would also look at ways to make the Lenox Road interchange pedestrian-friendly. Responses from interested firms are due June 15. 

A master plan called "Buckhead Redefined" was completed in 2017 that proposed the study also include ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle access along Lenox Road. Most of Lenox Road does not have sidewalks or bike lanes, and there are no sidewalks leading up to the interchange. The RFQ also suggests reducing the lane widths, increasing the sidewalk's width and adding lighting, decorative bridge railings and planting.
Texas- The Austin City Council is debating using the remaining funds from a $58.1 million bond election, held in 2006, to help build a new Municipal Court building and police substation. The city purchased a vacant facility at 906 E. St. Johns Ave. in 2007. In 2013, the city purchased land adjacent to the vacant building. 

The city decided in 2015 to pursue a public-private partnership (P3) for a permanent North and South municipal court center. While progress on such a project seems to be slow, the city is planning to release a request for information followed by a request for proposal. There is not yet a timeline for either solicitation. In the meantime, city council recently approved a 10-year lease with a development company for $31 million for Austin's Municipal Court at the Met Center in Southeast Austin.
California- The Tulare Local Healthcare District on Wednesday plans to request approval from district officials to seek proposals from various healthcare organizations interested in partnering with the district to reopen the Tulare Regional Medical Center. The hospital closed a few weeks after declaring bankruptcy in September 2017. The Tulare Regional Medical Center board of directors voted to voluntarily suspend the 112-bed hospital's acute care for one year. The suspension expires in October. 

The California State Assembly is considering funding the hospital's reopening and is working on a $22 million grant to give to the hospital as part of the state's fiscal budget. The grant proposal is expected to move out of an assembly subcommittee by the end of the month. The district's decision to seek proposals from other healthcare organizations comes one month after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and the Tulare County district attorney's office seized several electronic devices and documents during a raid of the former Tulare Regional Medical Center CEO's home.
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Kentucky- The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is seeking a partner for a major mixed-use development in Louisville. Development of the 133-acre plot of land is adjacent to Freedom Hall and the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). The cabinet intends to develop the land through a public-private partnership. The property has two vacant structures. One is the Old Cardinal Stadium and the other is a building that is being leased. 

The Cardinal Stadium would be demolished prior to issuance of a request for proposals, unless developers propose demolishing it as part of a development project. An 8-acre section of the property is where the cabinet is requesting ideas for the construction, as well as financing of a multi-purpose exposition center to complement the existing and future development of the property. Initial plans for the development include hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and retail outlets. A tour of the property is scheduled for June 6 at 10 a.m. while responses are due by June 19.
Tennessee- Shelby County Commission's budget and finance committee approved building a $25 million Shelby County Health Department building. A need was identified five years ago to replace the current facility at 814 Jefferson Ave. The new facility will be built in the same place as the current one, so construction will take place in phases. Bids will be evaluated and hopefully be submitted to the County Commission by the end of July for approval The current facility only has patient parking on the street. 

Plans include multiple entrances, in case the department expands or extends its hours; secure parking, to allow county inmates to be brought in for care; and broader parking areas for patients. The new facility will have a main public stairway that includes seating, natural lighting and infrastructure improvements. A front plaza, running adjacent to Jefferson and ending at Dunlap Street, will better connect the department with the rest of the Medical District and encourage walking and include green space. The plaza could even include personalized planter boxes for employees.
NebraskaThe Omaha Airport Authority will be hosting an Industry Day on June 13 in the Blackstone Ballroom at the Hilton Downtown Omaha. Interested contractors, design and engineering professionals, and staff augmentation firms are invited to attend a presentation of the upcoming business opportunities for the design and construction of, and the staff augmentation support for, the Terminal Development Program at Eppley Airfield. 

The Omaha Airport Authority will be procuring the services of a staff augmentation firm, to support Omaha Airport Authority and its Executive Program Management team to support the management and oversight of the program. The airport authority will also be procuring the services of a design-builder.
Louisiana- The Chamber Southwest Louisiana Board of Directors has extended the study of a task force to fast-track the building of a new Interstate 10 bridge. Options such as a public-private partnership have been considered for the project. The new bridge is expected to cost between $700 million and $1 billion. The current I-10 bridge is not designed to meet its current traffic flow of 90,000 vehicles per day. 

The chamber board will have to approve any task force recommendations before they are sent to state and federal officials. The state Department of Transportation and Development is working on potential designs for a new bridge. The current bridge's clearance is 135 feet, but a height for the new bridge hasn't been determined. Officials intend to move quickly on the project noting they do not want it to take several years.
Alaska- Decommissioning Alaska's only nuclear power plant is expected to take 10 years. The plant was used to provide steam and electricity to the Fort Greely Army installation from 1962 to 1972. The decommissioning process will be conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 

One challenge for the USACE is that the steam portion previously powered by the nuclear reactor is still in use. It is now powered by diesel-fired power and will not be part of the decommissioning. After the nuclear power plant was shut down in 1972, the Army chose to place the facility into a safe storage status, shipped the highly-enriched uranium fuel and waste out of Alaska and encased radioactive components of the reactor in cement. A timeline for the project indicates a request for proposals will be sent out by 2021, with a contract awarded in 2022.
Virginia- Bedford County is moving forward with a $3.5 million plan to expand high-speed internet access to the area. The Broadband Authority team listened to the result of a 2017 study that was conducted by a contractor on the needs and demand for service along with a network design. 

The "Bedford Vision 2020" plan would cover 98 percent of the county's residents. Plans call for an 11-site system, that if constructed simultaneously could be completed by the end of the year. The action plan to implement the system calls for the construction of nine signal towers throughout the county and upgrades to two existing towers. To help finance the project, the county is seeking a public-private partnership.
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Maine- Last week, York's selectman established a feasibility committee to pursue the construction of a multigenerational community center in the city. A recent needs assessment study revealed residents would like the new facility to be built by way of a public-private partnership to alleviate costs that would impact them. 

Residents requested that the new facility include a senior center, indoor jogging track, swimming pool, gym facilities and a pre-school or after-school program. The town is expected to fund a feasibility study for the center in its fiscal year 2020 budget.
New York- The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) plans to hold a competition to generate ideas that will use blockchain technology to improve municipal services. The competition is expected to launch in late 2018. NYCEDC sees healthcare, finance, real estate and media as potential beneficiaries of the blockchain innovation. A request for proposals (RFP) will be issued by the agency for organizations interested in running the contest. 

The NYCEDC is considering several potential locations for the Blockchain Center and will make $100,000 in seed funding available for the first year of the pilot test. Additional funding will be made available from private sources whenever needed. The center will have at least one full-time staff, while the NYCEDC is considering several potential locations.
North Carolina- New Hanover County is exploring the option of entering into a public-private partnership (P3) for redevelopment of a 3-acre county-owned block in downtown Wilmington. The county issued a request for qualifications to find the most qualified project teams. The top teams will be invited to submit a full development proposal by December. 

The county has envisioned a public library, Cape Fear Museum, usable green space and a parking deck. A space needs analysis was recently conducted to identify the needs of both the museum and library. In the new fiscal year, the county plans to conduct a separate study to determine the future use of the existing museum site on Market Street. Proposals will be reviewed at the beginning of 2019 for "Project Grace" and the public will then be given the opportunity to provide input.

June 13 and 14
Inframation's U.S. P3 Infrastructure Forum of 2018 will be held June 13-14 at The Hilton Midtown, New York. Heading into its fourteenth year, the event will bring together infrastructure developers, investors, financiers, state and federal public officials and regional transportation authorities for two days of panel discussions, keynote presentations and valuable networking. 

Senior delegates from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America will attend to discuss what is happening across the country and the issues that are shaping the industry's future. Registration is open for the conference here. View more details here or contact eventmail@inframationgroup.com.
July 23 and 24
The P3 Airport Summit will be held July 23 and 24 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego, Calif. Several speakers, including Mary Scott Nabers, will examine airport infrastructure challenges faced nationwide and offer lessons learned and best practices in project delivery, procurement and life-cycle asset management. The event will provide keynotes, case studies, panels, workshops and diverse networking opportunities. 

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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-The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reassigned Chief Information Officer (CIO) Adrian Gardner to the Caribbean Area Division as the executive director of recovery communications technology. Gardner's deputy, Patsy Garnett, will step in as acting CIO until a permanent replacement is hired. 
- Terra State Community College President Jerome Webster resigned, and the college is taking steps to plan its transition to new leadership and find Terra's next president. Webster will stay on as Terra State president until May 31 before transitioning his duties as part of Terra State's teaching faculty. Webster has served as Terra State's president since 2012, succeeding the college's longtime president Marsha Bordner
- Diana Natalicio, the president of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), announced that she plans to retire once her successor is appointed. Natalicio has led UTEP for the past 30 years. Natalicio began her presidency in 1988. She had been on the UTEP faculty since 1971. 
- The New Jersey (NJ) Transit's board has appointed William Viqueira chief financial officer and treasurer. Viqueira has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance. The agency's board also named Jacqueline Stamford deputy treasurer. She began her career at NJ Transit in 1995 as a senior financial analyst. 
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) veteran Mark Geyer took the helm this week of Houston's Johnson Space Center. Former astronaut Ellen Ochoa has retired from the director position. Geyer, who has been with the agency for about 28 years, will be the 12th director of Houston's center. Geyer previously worked out of the agency's Washington, D.C., office, where he provided direction for NASA's human spaceflight exploration mission. 
- University of Connecticut (UConn) President Susan Herbst, who has led the university since 2011, plans to step down next summer when her current employment agreement concludes. She will have completed eight years of service to UConn as its president. 
- Georgia Southern University (GSU) President Jaimie Hebert announced he will step down effective June 30 to pursue other opportunities. Hebert has served as president of Georgia Southern since July 1, 2016. Shelley Clark Nickel will serve as GSU's interim president. Nickel currently serves as GSU executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs and treasurer for the Board of Regents. 
- Rob St. John will retire at the end of June after serving as acting chief information officer and director of Washington Technology Solutions since October 2017. A national search to name a permanent CIO for the state has been underway since Michael Cockrill stepped down in October 2017 to take a position in the private sector. 
- Darrell L. Cain, vice chancellor for student success at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana at Indianapolis, will become president of Pierce College at Puyallup on Aug. 1. He will replace Jean Hernandez, who has served as interim president since February. 
- Police Capt. William M. Breault has been named as the next police chief for the city of Dover, N.H. He will take the place of Chief Anthony Colarusso, who plans to retire at the end of May. Breault first joined the Dover department in 1998 as a patrol officer. 
- Mark Nunnelly, Massachusetts' top technology and cybersecurity official, plans to leave this position. He will be replaced by Curtis Wood, a Massachusetts public safety official and the current undersecretary for the state's executive public safety oversight agency. 
- Barry West, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy chief information officer (CIO) and senior accountable official for risk management, will retire from the department May 31. West joined DHS in November 2016 to serve as a senior adviser for then-CIO Richard Staropoli
- The Chicago-area Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has appointed Brian Sager to its board to represent McHenry County, Illinois. Since 2005, Sager has served as mayor of Woodstock, Illinois. Sager succeeds Blake Hobson, whose term expired in March. Sager's appointment was effective May 1. 
- Danny Jacobs has been named Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) next president, effective Aug. 1. Jacobs is currently the University of Texas Medical Branch provost and dean of the school of medicine. OHSU President Joe Robertson, who announced plans to retire on June 15, will stay in the job for six weeks longer than originally planned. 
- Michael Sarasti, who joined the city of Miami in May 2016 as chief innovation officer - then, a new position in Miami and in the South Florida region - was named its director of innovation and technology on May 15, and will now also lead information technology.  
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