Volume 10, Issue 25- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
There's a huge new marketplace emerging and it's definitely worthy of watching. The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming on strong...so strong, in fact, that the IoT marketplace is expected to exceed $130 billion by 2024. 

Here's what the experts say to expect - by 2020 - IoT service offerings related to discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics and utility industries. In just these three areas, projections are that each will represent $40 billion in spending on platforms, systems and services. That's a big deal! 

Last month, both public- and private-sector attendees gathered at an IoT World 2018 Conference. Participants spent time discussing the latest technological advances in the IoT world. Discussions included many aspects of IoT technology but one issue came across loud and clear - the need to develop IoT offerings related to citizen needs. 

The Smart Cities movement has been a huge adapter of IoT solutions but the pace of implementation has slowed because of a lack of funding. Observers knew this day was coming. It was obvious that grants would not be adequate and alternative funding sources would have to be found.

Some of the greatest IoT needs include:
  • IoT applications that allow power and energy utilities to succeed with digital transformation initiatives;
  • Transportation services that alleviate congestion and reduce emissions into the air;
  • Water and waste management solutions;
  • Citizen information-sharing; and
  • Analytics capabilities that allow cities to use data generated from IoT.
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California- The former Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, Parker Center, will soon be developed into a new Civic Center Building. The total cost of the project is now slated at $708 million. The city's Municipal Facilities Committee has recommended that the city pursue a public-private partnership (P3) to oversee construction, financing and maintenance of the new building. Plans call for erecting a 27- to 29-story tower offering 753,740 square feet of office space and underground parking for 1,100 vehicles. 

The cost of construction, maintenance and operation of the proposed building is projected to range from $915 million to $943 million over three decades, at which point the building would shift to city control. The new building is the first phase of Los Angeles' Civic Center Master Plan, approved by the city council in March. The plan calls for six phases of development to bring 1.2 million square feet of additional office space, along with residential options and retail hubs to the area. The approved proposal calls for demolition of the existing structure by December 2019, and an estimated completion of the new construction by 2023.
Idaho- The Idaho Board of Correction plans to vote in a couple of weeks on whether to spend $500 million on a prison expansion and a new state prison. Idaho's prisons are above capacity and hundreds of Idaho inmates are being held temporarily at a private jail in Texas. The plan would add the 2,400 new prison beds the state is predicted to need by 2020. The new prison would cost an estimated $439 million, plus another $28 million or so each year to operate and staff. 

Recommendations have been made to dedicate the new 1,510-bed prison to special needs, from infirmary beds and mental health units to protective custody. The prison would also include a dementia and Alzheimer's unit and a relocated and expanded reception and diagnostic unit, which every new state inmate passes through for evaluation and classification. Building a new community re-entry center in North Idaho has been requested for soon-to-be-released inmates who are starting to work jobs outside of prison and earn restitution money. The proposal also includes a 100-bed expansion at the St. Anthony Work Camp and doubling up of beds at the existing Correctional Alternative Placement Program, to increase its capacity from 432 beds to 864.
Nebraska- Omaha's Riverfront Revitalization Planning Committee is proposing a $290 million plan to revitalize the city's downtown riverfront. The master plan includes a walking promenade stretching to the Missouri River, spacious lawns, an ice skating rink, water plaza and dog park. 

The project will create a 90-acre park along the Gene Leahy Mall and river, from the marina near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge south to The Breakers apartment complex at Leavenworth Street. The city's philanthropic community has verbally dedicated more than $150 million and the city plans to issue $50 million in lease-purchase bonds for the project. Construction will depend on permitting and approvals but could begin as early as mid-2019 with estimated completion in 2022. 
Georgia- The state of Georgia plans to seek bids from construction management firms for four big university projects with a combined value of more than $104 million. The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission will qualify and hire construction management firms for Georgia State University's planned Convocation Center, a $61 million project; the University of West Georgia's new College of Business building, a $17.6 million project; Georgia College and State University's integrated science complex, a $16.8 million project; and Middle Georgia State University's Academic & Student Success building renovation, a $9.1 million project. 

According to the state's notice of intent to advertise, firms may respond to any or all of the solicitations as they are posted but the award of contracts associated with this cohort of projects will likely be limited to no more than one project on the list being awarded to any given firm. Separately, the state also plans to advertise for a construction manager for a nearly $13 million project at the University of North Georgia.
West Virginia- A bus tour of county roadways and hot spots for traffic allowed for the West Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) to see the problems plaguing several areas, including U.S. 340. Jefferson County commissioners organized the outing to highlight traffic light timing issues and the level of congestion near Harpers Ferry. Highway officials will add an extra second to the timing of the yellow light, a quick and easy fix to the dangerous intersection, but the congestion presents a more complex issue. 

Commissioners have suggested building a bypass off U.S. 340 to circumnavigate its traffic bottleneck at the Potomac River and Shenandoah River crossing near Harpers Ferry. While federal funding would likely be required to see the project to fruition, officials have suggested that the bypass also include a public-private partnership that could start as a toll road.

Missouri-The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has released a request for interest (RFI) for a new home for the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Department of Theatre. The deadline for RFI responses is July 24. The RFI is the first of a two-phase selection process. The facility could be built either on or off campus and will also require a 300-space parking area. It is anticipated that a successful developer will need to have financial and bonding capacity in excess of $100 million without land costs. 

UMKC is looking for firms that can provide several different development services such as securing the land; securing incentives and public or private funding; providing design and construction services; and developing alternatives for long-term ground leases and land purchases as well as options for a public-private partnership for financing and facilities operations.
Florida-The city of Altamonte Springs has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to transform its municipal complex into a mixed-use space containing new public buildings, including a new city hall. The area up for development includes a city hall annex, a law enforcement center and a county fire station, among other buildings along Newburyport Avenue. 

The buildings were built from 1972 to 1984. City officials hope the new development, on 8.09 acres, offers a mix of food and retail options, rental housing, new jobs and public and entertainment spaces near the city's SunRail stop. In the new development, the city expects to occupy about 70,000 square feet. The development idea comes as the city's buildings age and new sources of revenue are sought to avoid passing on increasing costs to taxpayers.
New York- The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) is requesting proposals from firms who wish to expand wireless connectivity across the five boroughs. Those awarded contracts will become franchisees of the city and will be granted the right to install technology on city-owned light poles and utility poles to provide wider coverage and better service. The goal is to deliver high-quality, affordable broadband to all New Yorkers by 2025. 

For more than a decade, the city of New York has managed the deployment of wireless technology on the city's light poles. This has resulted in nearly 9,000 poles reserved by franchisees throughout the five boroughs, which are or soon will be outfitted with equipment that can connect wireless phone owners to a 3G, 4G, or Long-Term Evolution wireless signal on a mobile device. Under the provisions of this request for proposals (RFP), the more than 1,600 active kiosks throughout the city, that deliver superfast, free wi-fi, become eligible sites for mobile telecom franchisees to place their wireless installations. The DoITT also encourages RFP responders to propose ideas for neutral host installations, allowing multiple providers to offer service on the same pole and making wireless service more resilient.
New Mexico- A $75,000 study and report on restoring the historic Amador Hotel is to be completed by August. The study will help estimate the total cost of a restoration project as well as be used to secure federal funding. Built in the 1870s, the building has been vacant since 2006. 

The Las Cruces City Council is considering a public-private partnership for the project, located at the corner of Amador and Water streets. The city would continue to own the building and would rent the space to private operators for possible business ventures. Previous plans for the space included a restaurant and hotel. The city currently has about $1 million set aside for the project.
Michigan- Last week officials from around Bay County attended a public input session on the Liberty and Independent bridges in Bay City. Among the options discussed include a public-private partnership (P3) for the projects, a city or county-wide millage, a toll on at least one of the bridges which would be controlled by the city or the possible removal of one of the bridges. 

Both bridges have been the center of attention and some controversy as city and county officials try to determine their best course of action. The Liberty Bridge needs repairs that total $219,000 just for 2018 and $5.2 million over a four-year period. The city is planning future meetings to explore the project further but sees a P3 as a viable alternative to raising county taxes.
Massachusetts- The state of Massachusetts wants to add an east-west commuter rail service and has released a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit a consulting team to produce a feasibility study. Once the RFP is fulfilled, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will undertake a $4 million study over approximately 18 months and analyze many aspects and options for potential east-west passenger rail service. 

In addition to studying potential passenger service from Springfield to Boston, the study will look at potential origins farther west such as Pittsfield and Palmer. This will include engaging with stakeholders and evaluating the potential costs, speed, infrastructure needs and ridership of potential passenger rail service throughout this corridor. The challenges for the east-west commuter service include the fact that the Commonwealth does not own the tracks and will have to work with a freight rail company that owns the tracks.
Tennessee- The Tennessee Education Commission is addressing concerns over the state's TNReady student assessment testing and has plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) to re-compete for a new testing vendor contract. One issue that occurred during this year's testing was that it was halted temporarily because of an apparent hacking of the testing system. TNReady encompasses standardized tests in grades 3-8 and high school end-of-course tests that are aligned to Tennessee's rigorous academic expectations. 

The RFP seeks to identify the assessment vendor or vendors that can successfully administer the state test in 2019-20 and beyond. The state also plans to amend its contract and relationship with its current vendor to improve the assessment experience in 2018-19 and to adjust the pace of the state's transition to online testing.
California- The Los Angeles (LA) Metro transit agency has advanced to the second stage of consideration for a proposed gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium. An aerial transit company has provided an unsolicited bid and LA Metro has invited them to submit a more comprehensive proposal. The firm would fund a portion of the project's estimated $125-million cost and would seek private financing for the remainder. 

Metro's unsolicited proposal policy allows the private sector to submit ideas to the agency. All proposals are subject to a phase one analysis within 60 days of being received and Metro can then choose to advance proposals to a more detailed phase two review. If Metro approves the phase two proposal, it could be the basis for a competitive procurement, a sole source agreement or another arrangement depending on Metro's role and relationship to the project.
Maryland- Baltimore's charter, the city's constitution, may provide better procurement opportunities if 13 additional words are approved and added. A proposal to amend the charter is focused on adding words to the procurement section. This revision would allow the city to award contracts in any manner authorized by ordinance or by the board, such as entering into a public-private partnership (P3). 

In recent months, the city has considered a P3 option for its water system but was blocked by the language of the charter. The change is likely to reopen discussion on the project. The city will also change the threshold for procurement advertising requiring anything over $50,000 to be advertised publicly.
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New York- The pool at Thompson-Mazzarella Park is a big attraction, but heavy use of this old facility is causing it to need repairs on a frequent basis. The Rhinebeck Town Board has discussed the development of a master plan that will detail updates and repairs to the facility and other areas of the park. Officials estimate it would cost between $25,000 and $40,000 to develop a master plan for the facilities, which are behind the Starr Library, off West Market Street. 

Both the main pool and kiddie pool may need to be replaced. Other priorities include replacing fences around the pools, tennis courts and basketball courts. Replacements are also proposed for playground equipment and picnic tables. Board members expect to develop a request for proposals in August or September and will hire a consultant later this year.
Missouri- St. Louis entered into a consulting contract with 16 firms earlier this month. Those firms have been tasked to explore public-private partnership opportunities for the Lambert International Airport. The contract was originally expected to be signed late last year. If the airport becomes privatized its $600 million of debt would be retired. 

The advisory contract represents the next step in the city's evaluation of an airport lease - permitted under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Privatization Pilot Program - and the team will help craft a request for qualifications and then a request for proposals process. The process is estimated to take between one and three years. The FAA program allows for private operation of airports that have received federal funding. Under the program, the city could lease the airport and its operations but would retain ownership rights.
Washington, D.C.- The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a request for information (RFI) to find out how Blockchain can help the agency tackle contract closeouts. One of the specific areas that the RFI seeks advice relates to how Blockchain can be used in routine government contract procedures, and in particular, contract closeouts. The VA has had problems finding solutions that can help it integrate the various sources of information needed to verify a contract that has been completed and is free of outstanding claims and disputes. 

Contractors should be able to provide a proof of concept that shows whether Blockchain can handle current closeout procedures, including possibly retroactively applying them to all pending contract closeouts. If it gets to the point that a contract is awarded, it would span six months. If the selected contractor produces adequate solutions, the contract could be extended. RFI proposals will be accepted through July 31.
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- Wyoming's Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke is set to step down Oct. 8. Burke was named to the court in 2004 and appointed chief justice by his peers in 2014. He succeeded chief justice Marilyn Kite when she stepped down from the court that year. Expressions of interest for the open position are due to the state's Judicial Nominating Commission by July 6. 
- Washington's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Agnes Kirk retired June 1. Kirk's position has temporarily been filled by acting CISO Phil Davis, who previously served as her deputy CISO within the state's Office of Cybersecurity. 
- Cameron "Cam" Sholly was officially named by the Interior Department as the new head of Yellowstone National Park. His arrival will follow the departure of Dan Wenk. His start date is still being determined.
- Christopher Rein has been appointed to lead the New Jersey Office of Information Technology (NJOIT). Rein will replace Dave Weinstein, who stepped down in January. Rein was most recently deputy director of the state Office of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell. 
- The Senate confirmed Christopher Krebs to serve at the helm of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). Krebs will lead the Department of Homeland Security's cyber and infrastructure protection unit. Krebs has been performing the role of undersecretary at NPPD in an acting capacity since last summer and was officially nominated to the post by Trump in February. 
- The city of Lewisville has named Assistant Chief Kevin Deaver as the new chief of the Lewisville Police Department in Texas. Deaver was selected to succeed Russ Kerbow, who is retiring in August after more than 40 years of service. Deaver has spent the majority of his 29-year career in law enforcement in Lewisville. - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor's office has been vacant since June 1, when former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned and Parson ascended to the top spot. Kehoe was first elected to the state Senate in 2010. 
- Roland "Bud" Breault, manager of the Barnstable Municipal Airport, plans to retire June 28, after nine years in that position. Breault will hand over the reins in a few weeks to Katie Servis, now the assistant airport manager. Breault previously worked for the town of Barnstable's Department of Public Works as the project manager for construction of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, which opened in 2009. 
- The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has hired Chris Sedore as its vice president and chief information officer (CIO). He will assume the post Aug. 1. Since 2016, Sedore has been president and chief executive officer for the nonprofit New York State Education and Research Network. Sedore succeeds Mike Cunningham, who has served as UT Austin's interim CIO since former CIO Brad Englert retired in 2017.
- The Ports of Indiana has named Vanta Coda II chief executive officer effective July 1. He will succeed Rich Cooper, who is retiring after 16 years leading the organization. Coda most recently served as executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. 
- Corning Community College President Katherine Douglas, who arrived on campus in 2011, announced Monday she will retire June 30, 2019. Prior to coming to Corning, Douglas served as vice president of academic affairs at Sussex County Community College in New Jersey. 
- Jason Schneider has been appointed innovation officer, a newly created position to the state of Alaska. Schneider has been working since May for Alaska's Office of Information Technology (IT). He joins a growing cadre of innovation officers who are working for state and local governments to explore and guide new opportunities with IT. 
- Gregory S. Michel is the new director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Michel was commander of the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg until last fall. He takes over for J.W. Ledbetter, Gov. Bryant's senior criminal justice policy advisor, who has overseen MEMA operations since last month, when former director Lee Smithson resigned. 
- The Alabama Community College System has chosen Keith Brown as the next president of Jefferson State Community College. Brown, who has worked at Jefferson State for 20 years, had been serving as interim president. 
- Karen Evans, former e-government administrator under President George W. Bush, was named to head the Department of Energy's new cybersecurity office. Currently Evans is national director of the United States Cyber Challenge, a program to enhance the size and quality of the cybersecurity workforce. 
- David B. Rausch has been appointed as the new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, following the retirement of Mark Gwyn. Rausch has been chief of the Knoxville Police Department since 2011, but has been with the department since 1993. 
- Greg Perez is the next chief of the Bernalillo County Fire Department in New Mexico. Perez became interim chief in 2017, replacing former Chief Chris Celaya. Perez, currently the deputy county manager for health and public safety with the county in addition to his interim duties, will assume his new position as chief July 23. 
- The Tacoma City Council appointed two new directors to head high-profile city departments in Washington State. Jackie Flowers was confirmed to be the new director of Tacoma Public Utilities and Jeff Robinson was appointed as director of the Community and Economic Development Department. Flowers has been the general manager of Idaho Falls Power for the last 12 years is expected to start Aug. 1. Robinson has served as the economic development director for the city of SeaTac for the last 10 years. Robinson will start working for the city July 9.  
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