Volume 11, Issue 4- Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

While most people are preparing to file tax returns, elected officials throughout the country are looking at government coffers and evaluating whether they will raise taxes. They are also making decisions about how to spend funding that has not been available to them in the last few years. 

In the last decade since the financial recession, states have been fiscally restrained and elected officials, particularly legislators, have cut spending, forced reductions in staffing, deferred major maintenance and repairs, put large projects on hold and cut back on any funding that once flowed to local governments. 

Cities, counties, school districts, hospitals, universities and water districts have been forced to make do with less funding. Not only did these governmental entities lose federal funding that once was common, but they have also been forced to compensate for reduced state funding that was also once common. To the surprise of some, it appears that change is about to occur. 

As of today, tax revenue flowing into state coffers is higher than was anticipated and 36 of 50 states are collecting tax revenue that is comparable to what was being received before the recession. Public officials in those states are now being pressured to catch up on investments and spending that have been postponed for many years since the economic downturn. 

A loosening, rather than a restraining of revenue, may be occurring at the state level throughout the country. Legislators have already enacted appropriation increases for fiscal 2019 totaling $41.1 billion across all program areas. That compares to just $12.7 billion in new appropriations enacted in fiscal 2018.    

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Louisiana- The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) is making plans for a new Interstate 10 bridge located over the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles. The proposed design would exist north of and parallel to the current I-10 bridge, that opened to traffic in 1952. It would consist of six lanes, modern lighting, walking/bike paths, 73-foot clearance and shoulders. The proposed bridge would include pedestrian walkways and entrance and exit ramps at Sampson Street over the railway into Westlake. 

The timeline for construction, estimated to begin in 2020, is three years and would require a public-private partnership. The cost of the project, between $400 million and $600 million, would be repaid over time through tolls. A task force appointed by the Chamber SWLA to plan for the bridge wants the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to issue a request for proposals by December.
Wisconsin- A recently conducted survey shows that residents of Janesville support the building of a new indoor sports facility to replace the Janesville Ice Arena. The new facility would include one permanent ice rink, one part-time ice rink and a walking track. The part-time rink could be drained in summer and used as a multipurpose space for basketball, volleyball or other sports. Adding an indoor playground and more flexible space for non-ice sports would bring the cost to roughly $29.2 million. 

Once funding and location are decided the council would have to approve a financing and construction plan. Construction would likely not start until 2020. Financing for the project will be provided through some form of public-private partnership. After the new facility is complete the existing ice arena could then be sold or demolished.
California- Metrolink, a commuter rail system in Southern California, plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for its first-ever combined operations and maintenance (O&M) contract. Metrolink oversees seven routes on a 538-mile network. An event will be held on Feb. 15 and 16 in Pomona for contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers who have expertise and/or offer services or products to the rail industry. Those attending will have the opportunity to review the draft RFP. The anticipated term of the resulting contract will be for a base period of seven years with two optional renewal periods of four years each. 

The expected contract will involve a wide array of primary operational functions, as well as related ancillary services required to support all aspects of the rail system. Some of those operational functions will include: train operations and crew services; materials acquisition and management to support the infrastructure, systems and equipment; and maintenance on railroad facilities, rolling stock, signal, track and railroad facilities. The final RFP is expected to be released in spring 2019, with mandatory pre-proposal meetings and tours following the issuance of the RFP.
Utah- The Provo Airport recently received an $8 million federal grant to be put towards construction of a new tarmac. Before the tarmac is built a second terminal needs to be built to utilize the funds. The terminal, estimated to cost $14.5 million, needs to be in place within a couple of years to avoid forfeiting the federal funds. The Provo Airport terminal will be 6,000 square feet with a future expansion target of 70,000 square feet. 

The city of Provo already owns the land where the proposed expansion will take place and intends to build another parking lot to accommodate growth. The new terminal is proposed to be built south of the Utah Valley University air school. Recommendations have been made by the airport manager for the city to purchase any available land in the area to accommodate future expansions.
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Rhode Island- Pawtucket city officials and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation are drafting a request for proposals (RFP) for the re-use of a sporting arena on Columbus Avenue. McCoy Stadium currently houses a minor league baseball team that is expected to move after two more baseball seasons. 

City and state officials would like the stadium's re-use to be focused on sports and entertainment. At this time, details on the proposal are still limited but Pawtucket leaders have indicated that there is interest in the McCoy site from soccer franchises.There is not a specific timetable for the RFP's completion and release.
California- The city of Calexico is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants for the development of a request for proposals and request for qualifications for solid waste collection, hauling and recycling. The due date is Feb. 12. The objectives of this project for the chosen consultant to review the city's current agreement and services, evaluate the feasibility of new programs and assist the city in identifying solid waste collection service enhancements that best meet its solid waste and recycling needs. 

In addition, the qualified consultant will assist the city in the development of recycling incentives and programs to help the city meet its requirements by federal, state and local agencies. The consultant also will be required to prepare and issue an RFP for solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal services. They will then evaluate the proposals and negotiate a final agreement. 
Washington, D.C.- The Defense Health Agency (DHA), the agency that manages TRICARE health benefits, issued a request for information (RFI) regarding inpatient-clinic administered pharmaceuticals formulary management. TRICARE is a health insurance program for military members, their dependents, retirees and some survivors and former spouses. To use TRICARE, an enrollee must be listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) as being eligible for military health care benefits. Vendors who respond to the RFI will have the chance to shape the standard list of drugs prescribed across military medical treatment facilities and the broader program administering the list. 

The request focuses on best practices for inpatient and medical benefit drugs. Currently, the agency's pharmacy operations cover only outpatient prescribed drugs but the DHA will assume responsibility for inpatient settings at all medical treatment facilities soon. Responses to the RFI are due by Feb. 5.  
Colorado- The Mountain Village Town Council has approved town staff to move ahead with expansion plans of the Village Court Apartments (VCA). The affordable housing project would see the VCA add 49 units with mostly two-bedrooms, although another scenario proposes 41 units with nearly half of them as one-bedroom units and studios. 

Both scenarios would involve the construction of two buildings to accommodate the new living spaces. Cost estimates for the two scenarios range between $11.46 million and $13.4 million. Mountain Village staff are now set to draft a request for qualifications for an architect, pre-construction and construction contractors.
Arkansas- Last week, several bills pertaining to reforms in procurement law passed the Arkansas Legislature's House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bills come in response to consultant recommendations from the Legislative Council's Review Subcommittee's year-and-a-half study on the state government's procurement process and requirements. 

The bills address a range of issues around procurement including requirements for performance metrics for contracts of more than $1 million or more than $7 million, requiring agencies to prove cost savings of cooperative purchasing agreements, and preclusion of bidders with contracts exhibiting "material issues" from bidding on new work until those issues are resolved. Additionally, the bills would set a standard of legislative review for all service of more than $100,000 and would allow a winning vendor harmed by an improper protest by a losing vendor to sue. The goal is for the new bills to prevent disputes between the legislative and executive branches over contracts. The bills are HB1161, HB1162HB1179, HB1180 and HB1181A sixth bill, HB1178, wasn't considered because it needs to be amended. The bill would remove legal services from the type of services required to be procured through a request for qualifications.
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Wisconsin- A plan to remove two hydroelectric dams and develop a river corridor is moving forward in River Falls. Nearly a year after the River Falls City Council voted to remove the two dams the plan for the 7-mile stretch has been finalized. Despite some opposition from members of the community that wanted to retain the green energy production sites, the public has generally been supportive of a free-flowing Kinnickinnic (Kinni) River. The Powell Falls dam is scheduled to be removed by the target date of 2023. The Junction Falls dam is scheduled to be removed by the target date of 2035-2040. 

The city has established their intent of forming a public-private partnership (P3) to finance the Kinni River Corridor Project and realize the goals of improving river access, developing a river restoration plan and designing and seeking funding for an eco-friendly downtown infrastructure. The plan as adopted is being referred to as a living document and spans the next two decades.
California-  The Los Angeles City Council plans to put aside $120 million from the Proposition HHH homeless housing bond, for a pilot program that will ask developers for strategies to change the way publicly subsidized housing is built. The city will solicit a request for proposals for 1,000 units of supportive housing as a test of alternatives to the slow and costly method of building conventional apartments for homeless people using traditional tax-credit financing. 

Besides being quickly constructed and less expensive, proposals must include space and a plan backed by a homeless agency to provide services for the people who will live there. The homes must be durable and provide a long-term living space for occupants. Developers will also be asked to find ways to bypass the traditional method of financing affordable and homeless supportive housing, which requires developers to assemble grants and loans from local and state programs as a foundation for highly competitive tax credits.
Maryland- The state of Maryland continues to seek congestion relief solutions on Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway, but a new bill in the state legislature could cause delays. The proposal would require environmental impact studies earlier in the public-private partnership (P3) project review process, a stipulation that would delay the I-270 and I-495 expansion project by a year and could increase the project cost by $350 million.

Before the P3 can move forward, House Bill 91 asks for a completed environmental impact statement (EIS) and a chosen alternative. The EIS process will provide a lot of information about cost, time, land need, environmental mitigation and other important factors about the project. The $9 billion project includes adding two toll lanes to help reduce congestion. The Maryland Transportation Secretary has voiced concerns to the legislature over the bill's impact on transportation project timelines, especially while Beltway congestion continues to worsen.
Indiana- Officials with Indiana's River Heritage Conservancy have announced a new concept for park development on the Ohio River. The Ohio River park project site lies within roughly 400 acres of brownfields, industrial parcels, landfills, wetland woods and river camps at the intersection of the Ohio River, Silver Creek and Ohio River Greenway where Louisville, Clarksville and New Albany meet. 

Motivation to develop the park stems from the up to 6 million patrons within a 3-hour drive of the facilities. The area will fill the last gap on the urban river corridor by tying into the Ohio River Greenway. A design engineering firm has been selected and the planning stage is expected to be complete by fall. The financing for the project is still in flux with over $2 million in private funds donated to get the project off the ground, but officials are keen on developing a public-private partnership to finance and build the new park. A survey has been set up online for input on types of park activities, overnight accommodations and special events and programs.
California- The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board has approved strategic initiatives for 2019 with an emphasis on capital projects, offering modern transit solutions and emphasizing fiscal responsibility. The OCTA plans to reconstruct eight bridges as part of the Interstate 405 Improvement Project. Construction will also begin this year on the I-5 improvements between State Road 73 and El Toro Road in South Orange County and work will begin on the expansion of the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station. 

The OCTA will focus on future needs of the county including studying the Bristol Street Corridor, approving an operations-and-maintenance contract for the Orange County Streetcar and implementing new technologies such as additional hydrogen-fuel-cell buses. View additional projects and programs here.
Indiana- The Columbus Redevelopment Commission has hired a Chicago-based consultant to assist with a search for a developer for a proposed hotel and conference center that could include an urban grocery. The hired company will help the city write a request for qualifications and a request for proposals for the project, and then guide city officials in finding and selecting a developer for the project. 

Last year, a recommendation was made by a consultant that the city could support a 140-room hotel with conference room space, and a 9,000-square-foot ballroom, five meeting rooms and 380 parking spaces. The estimated cost of the development would be about $25 million. The consultant also recommended that the hotel have a three-meal restaurant with a catering kitchen for event space, and an upscale food and beverage option. Finding a developer could take six to eight months. Other future enhancements the city will consider are townhomes, neighborhood reinvestment, park enhancements and greater street connectivity.
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Michigan- Philomena Mantella, currently the senior vice president and CEO of Lifelong Learning at Northeastern University, has been named the fifth president of Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley State is the fourth largest public university in the state of Michigan. Her appointment is effective July 1, when Thomas Haas retires after leading the Allendale-based school for more than a decade. 
Washington State- Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Jan. 22 that she will nominate Saad Bashir to be the next chief technology officer (CTO) for the Seattle Information Technology Department. Bashir has spent the past eight years at the city of Ottawa, serving as the chief information officer for the past two and half years. If confirmed, Bashir will fill the vacancy left by Michael Mattmiller a year ago. 
Florida- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has selected Kevin Thibault as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Thibault is the former southeast regional senior vice president of TranSystems Corp. Thibault has extensive experience in the private and public sectors, including 16 years at FDOT. During his tenure at the FDOT, Thibault served as the assistant secretary for engineering and operations and as interim executive director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Thibault replaces Mike Dew who resigned. 
California- Peggy Flynn, a city official in Novato, has accepted an offer to become Petaluma's next city manager. She will fill the void left by John Brown, who retired in November after a decade at the helm. Flynn has worked for Novato since 2012, and most recently served as the assistant city manager. She has more than 20 years of municipal experience working for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. She is projected to start in Petaluma on Feb. 25. 
Nebraska- A social services director from Virginia has been chosen to serve as the next leader of Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced he has selected Dannette R. Smith to serve as the agency's new chief executive officer. She has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience, most recently as the director of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services. Smith, who will replace Courtney Phillips, begins work Feb. 25. 
Connecticut- Gov. Ned Lamont announced the nomination of Josh Geballe to lead the state's Department of Administrative Services. Geballe will oversee state government functions including information technology infrastructure, the design and construction of state facilities, statewide human resources and debt collection. Geballe will take up the post as commissioner-designate by March 1, and the Connecticut General Assembly will vote on the nomination in the coming months. Geballe's predecessor under former Gov. Dannel Malloy was Melody A. Currey, who was appointed in 2015. 
Maryland- Trisha Wolford will soon become the chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland. Wolford, who was hired as Spokane's assistant chief in December 2017, spent the first 10 years of her career as a firefighter in Anne Arundel County. In her new position as chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, she will oversee about 900 career firefighters and 450 volunteers. The current fire chief, Allan Graves, is resigning on Dec. 31. Wolford will start early next year. 
Georgia- Michael McCoy was named the permanent Dougherty County administrator at the beginning of 2019. McCoy, who was the assistant county administrator for 9 years, was named the interim county administrator in January 2018 after Richard Crowdis retired. Before becoming the assistant county administrator, McCoy worked at the county landfill, first as operations manager and later as the director. 
Massachusetts- Sara Myerson, the director of planning at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), plans to step down from her position this winter. Myerson joined what was then called the BPDA in early 2016. Prior to that, she had led the Boston 2030 initiative and served as executive director of the city's Office of Olympic Planning. Myerson has taken a position with a private firm in Boston. 
Oklahoma- Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty is retiring after 15 years in that position. His retirement date is set for May 2. It will fall to new City Manager Craig Freeman to find Citty's successor. That new person will inherit a force of roughly 1,100 officers. Citty became an Oklahoma City police officer in 1977. After starting his career as a patrol officer, he investigated narcotics and homicides, served as a campus resource officer and on the tactical unit, led the Public Information Office and was deputy chief over the Administration Bureau before becoming the 48th police chief in October 2003. 
Florida- Shalimar Mayor Gary Combs plans to retire after two decades on the job. Combs, an Air Force veteran, began serving his first two-year, unpaid mayoral term in 1999, following his two-year stint as the town's police commissioner. Shalimar's new mayor will be unopposed candidate Mark Franks
Florida- Gov. Ron DeSantis has selected Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Laurel Lee to be Florida's new secretary of state. Lee was among the list of 59 candidates who applied to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the recent openings at the U.S. Supreme Court last fall. She has served as a circuit court judge in Florida's 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County since 2013. Lee replaces Michael Ertel, who resigned last Thursday. Lee faces confirmation by the Florida Senate when it meets this spring.
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