Volume 11, Issue 5- Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

People in law enforcement have been under siege throughout the country for the past several years. Criticism comes from citizens who aren't satisfied with the norm and want more protection. Angst, anger and fear are also evident from citizens who believe law enforcement officers are often bigoted and/or overly violent or impulsive. Frustrated public officials are charged with finding ways to provide citizen safety in a world that is changing, expanding and growing rapidly. The task is difficult, to say the least. 

The unrest has resulted in an increasing demand for technology. Cities must deal with limited funding, too few officers and population growth higher than ever. Public officials are hoping that technology can offer relief. Because of that, interest in surveillance drones, biometrics, video cameras, software of all types and big data analytics has skyrocketed.  

Various types of leading-edge technology are being purchased from law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The most common purchases are body cameras, closed-network video cameras, toll tag identification devices, drones, gunshot detection software and cybersecurity offerings. Many citizens are supportive and feel safer because of the technology. Others, including media outlets, appreciate the increase in transparency, but some object loudly to invasion of privacy. 

Concern for individual privacy has become a rallying cry for civil liberties groups that advocate against anything that monitors or records an individual's activities and/or movement. Regardless, such concerns have not prevented or even slowed law enforcement agencies from purchasing safety-related technology that does monitor, track and analyze. The demand for more will only increase. 

In 1977, state and local governments spent $58 billion on police and corrections. Today, law enforcement operatives in the U.S. spend $100 billion on policing and another $80 billion on corrections annually. The marketplace for technology is extremely large and new technology offerings are announced regularly.    

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Louisiana- The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's proposed $783 million coastal annual plan includes 23 levee and coastal restoration projects to be under construction in Southeastern Louisiana during fiscal year 2020 and another 20 projects to undergo engineering and design work. These projects are part of the state's $50 billion, 50-year coastal Master Plan. Some of the projects include the following: 

- Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, $18 million from the 2010 BP disaster and oil spill related fine revenue. This project in Plaquemines Parish will eventually cost $800 million, with construction expected to begin in 2023. 
- Rosethorne and Jean Lafitte Tidal Basin levees, $4 million in fiscal year 2020, with another $7 million to be spent in fiscal year 2021. The project will build about 8,000 feet of levees in the Jean Lafitte area that will be about 8 feet above sea level, high enough to reduce existing flooding threats from high tides. 
- Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection, $38.4 million. Includes money the state might need to spend as part of its share of land costs or mitigation costs for the New Orleans area levee system, the Southeast Louisiana flood protection projects in New Orleans and Jefferson parishes; and for the state's land costs for federally-built levee improvements in Plaquemines Parish. 
- Queen Bess Island Restoration, $10 million. The state expects to receive the money from the BP oil spill natural resource damage program. 
- Grand Isle Beach Stabilization, $10.4 million. To be paid for with offshore oil money. 
- Golden Triangle Marsh Creation, $21.4 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill. 
- Terrebonne Basin barrier island and beach nourishment, $104.7 million. State officials expect this project to be funded with natural resource damage restoration money from the BP oil spill.

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Oklahoma- The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has announced $71 million worth of projects. Administrators released a new 10-year master plan outlining new projects that would be funded by a mixture of philanthropic efforts of the Oklahoma Zoological Society, city appropriations and potentially by a future bond. The master plan has been developed in correlation with the zoo's strategic plan and focuses on updating features near the entrance of this animal habitat. Projects include updating the pachyderm building as part of an 11-acre, $27-million Africa concept which includes upgrades and relocation of the giraffe, painted dog and penguin enclosures. 

The project is still in the design phase and administrators hope that developing the area into a multipurpose building that highlights some of the most interesting exhibits in the park will lead to rentals of the building for events. Construction bids are expected in early 2020.
South Carolina- Anderson School District One board members have passed a resolution authorizing a $109 million bond referendum for the April 30 elections. In addition to the bond debt, $3 million would come from the district's general fund and $20 million from the local option sales tax. 

Around $89 million of it will fund construction of two new schools to replace Palmetto Middle and Wren Middle. The building program will also add classrooms to one middle and three elementary schools at a cost of $21.3 million. Security cameras and access doors will be updated at all campuses and improvements will be made to the HVAC systems at a cost of $16.7 million.
Pennsylvania- The Rochester Area Joint Sewer Authority will receive a $35.4 million low-cost loan and a $1.59 million grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment (PENNVEST) Authority to upgrade three pump stations and build a new detention tank. Around $1.2 million in local funds will pay for architectural and engineering costs for the project, which should take from mid-June to December 2020 to complete. 

The upgrades will eliminate sewage overflows during wet weather by making improvements to Center Street, West Madison and Freedom pump stations. The funds will also help construct a new detention tank for residents in Rochester, East Rochester, Freedom, Rochester Township and New Sewickley Township. The funding is part of $121 million distributed across 20 counties for 25 projects in the state, including those for wastewater and clean water.
Georgia- Voters will decide in November if they want an $88 million arena built in Athens. The proposed arena would accommodate 6,000 seats, would be booked 300 days a year and would be connected to The Classic Center on Foundry Street. This is one of 88 proposed construction and infrastructure projects, estimated at $1.2 billion, that could be built with a continuation of a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Another project, costing around $18.5 million, would provide updates to College Square and Washington Street and improve connectivity in downtown. The list of projects also includes a proposed $70.6 million judicial center. 

A citizen committee appointed by the Athens-Clarke County Commission has been meeting each week to discuss and trim down the list of projects. The committee's recommendation will then be passed on to the commission, which will add or delete projects and finalize the list.
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Washington, D.C.- Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary R.D. James has directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) Civil Works to establish a public-private partnership (P3) pilot program. The goal of the pilot program is to demonstrate the viability of new delivery methods that can significantly reduce the cost and time of project delivery. The program is part of the Revolutionize USACE Civil Works initiative which is transforming how USACE delivers infrastructure for the nation through authorized Civil Works projects and permitting of infrastructure projects. 

USACE Civil Works is to identify up to 10 P3 pilot projects based on specific screening and selection criteria. The pilots will inform future program policy and direction. Information must be submitted on or before April 2, to be eligible for consideration. USACE has scheduled two webinars to answer questions about the pilot program. The webinars are Feb. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. and Feb. 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Kentucky- Five Kentucky-based banks have launched an investment fund to support public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Kentucky. The institutions launching the $125 million Western Kentucky Infrastructure Fund (WKIF) are among the largest community banks in the state. Kentucky's community banks are the first in the nation to launch funds that will help finance public-private infrastructure projects through local banks. The fund will provide debt financing critically needed for projects such as the repair and replacement of roads and bridges, water and sewer systems, and social infrastructure projects such as student housing, treatment centers and charter schools. 

The WKIF is an innovative, private fund established to provide debt financing to private-sector firms participating in public infrastructure projects at both the state and local levels. The fund is managed by Jake Schirmer, manager of Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund, a similar fund serving Central Kentucky.
Maine- Gov. Janet Mills signed off on the release of $15 million in housing bonds on Jan. 15, money that will also trigger over $22 million in matching funds and could help alleviate the pressure for affordable senior housing throughout the state. The request for proposals (RFP) should be put out soon at which point developers will be able to submit proposals to Maine Housing, which is administering the funds. The bonds require that at least four of the properties be in rural counties with populations under 100,000. 

The funds were approved by voters during a 2015 referendum. The sale of the bonds will likely go forward this summer, but $500,000 will be immediately released for weatherization projects. The bond package will likely create around 200 new units spread between eight or nine projects and provide money for another 100 to 200 homes to be upgraded and weatherized.
Washington State- Mason County is seeking $11 million from the Legislature for a new sewer line. The county submitted a request to Legislature in early January for a sewer line to connect the Belfair wastewater treatment plant to the Puget Sound Industrial Center. County officials expect engineering and design to be underway by the end of this year. 

Permitting is expected to take place from February 2021 to June 2022 and construction to begin shortly after until winter 2024. The county will publish a request for qualifications (RFQ) this month for consultants interested in designing the extension with intention to hire in April or May.  
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California- The Belvedere-Tiburon Library, which currently occupies 10,500 square feet, is ready for an expansion. The new space will add approximately 10,000 square feet, bringing the total size of the library to about 20,500 square feet. Some of the enhancements to the $18 million project include an expanded children's area, computer skills and technology training center, digital lab, teen center, storage space and a welcome area for visitors. 

The library, located in Tiburon, is governed by its own board and is a shared service between Tiburon and neighboring Belvedere. Work is expected to take roughly 16 months with a potential completion time frame of summer 2020. Library officials plan to soon put the expansion out to bid. 
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New Jersey- In August 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a project process that allows a school district, municipality, county or other state entity to enter into a public-private partnership (P3) agreement with a private organization. That organization would assume the financial and administrative responsibility for the development, construction, reconstruction, repair, alteration, improvement, extension, operation and maintenance of a government-related project. 

Formal application materials will be made available in the coming days to individuals and stakeholders considering a P3 project. The review includes an analysis by a P3 advisor selected from a pool of qualified P3 specialists that have been vetted by the Office of Public Finance. Projects are reviewed in coordination with several sister agencies and entities. 

The Office of Public Finance has published the review committee for each project category. The four categories are local government, school district, state government entity and college/universities. Treasury must provide information on the state of each P3 agreement on its website. Each project will be designated as "proposed," "under review," or "active public-private partnership project." Treasury is in the process of developing regulations to support the implementation of the new law. . 
Washington, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will spend up to $28 million to foster new technology designs for a future generation of lighter weight, more powerful floating offshore wind energy turbines (FOWTs). Turbines installed on sea floor foundations on the outer continental shelf "are currently designed to be large and heavy to replicate more familiar onshore wind turbine dynamics, maintain stability and survive storms," according to a prospectus released Feb. 1 by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. "However, this approach fundamentally limits how inexpensive FOWTs can ever become." 

The department is looking for proposals using control co-design methodologies, bringing together disciplines from across the realm of engineering, sciences and technology to work concurrently on designing lighter, more powerful floating turbines. The project is being dubbed ATLANTIS, for Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control. The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to capitalize on offshore wind. The concept submission deadline is March 18. 
Colorado- Longmont City Council is considering building a new community performing arts center. Council members heard input from different community members advocating better-equipped space and larger-sized spaces for extensive productions such as the local symphony, singers, actors and dancers. The city proposes building an arts center and may build it along with a hotel complex in a public-private partnership. 

The project fits into one of the objectives on the city's work plan to "create a series of vibrant community-supporting centers along the Main Street corridor." The council's 22-page work plan for 2018-2020 includes several other projects but no date has been decided on when the city will move ahead with the plan.
New York- City of New York officials have unveiled a plan to improve capital project delivery at its construction management agency. The comprehensive plan is intended to make the city's Department of Design and Construction more efficient, with the stated goals of decreasing construction costs and project timelines and delivering essential public works projects faster. Streamlining processes for municipal projects is a key component of the city's Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence, which addresses issues in early stages that are often the most common kinds of delays. 

Strategies in the plan include procurement modernization via pre-qualification, innovative delivery methods such as construction manager at risk, faster project approval, better planning to eliminate mid-project scope expansion, empowering community partners and upgrading aging IT systems to enable speedier electronic payment to vendors.

California- Burlingame officials plan to redevelop the downtown civic center for both City Hall use and workforce housing. The units would be reserved for teachers, first responders and other workers seeking affordable housing in Burlingame. The city hopes to collaborate with a residential developer to build the housing component. 

Burlingame city council formed a subcommittee to seek more input for the potential project with the intention of releasing a request for proposals in the future.
Georgia-  Augusta officials are seeking a private company to handle probation services for the Richmond County State Court. City officials released a request for proposals (RFP) for probation services in late January. The request states that the company will provide services at no cost to the city. 

The move comes as a cost-saving method after a city administrator stated that the cost of operating the in-house probation department was higher than the department's revenues since it began in 2016. Running the office has cost the city more than $1.5 million. Responses to the RFP are due by Feb. 20.
IllinoisSenate Bill 179 was introduced last week requesting $50 million to construct a new Southern Illinois University (SIU) campus in Springfield. The bill would set aside the capital funds for SIU to construct a campus and a public policy center that would be within one mile south of the SIU School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge St. The vacant YWCA property across from the governor's mansion is a potential spot. 

The project could potentially attract hundreds of people, housing and mixed-used development to downtown. The proposal would allow the university to upgrade existing programs and establish new ones to benefit students and the Springfield community.
Maine- The city of Waterville is seeking a developer for a mixed-use project near downtown. The 1.5-acre parcel is located on the Waterville Riverwalk and would be the first commercial development on the 20-acre site since the 1960s. The project is part of a larger downtown revitalization effort by the city. 

Waterville officials stated that the development is an opportunity to anchor the area with pedestrian-friendly access, shops, restaurants, offices, housing and arts activities. The city issued a request for qualifications for the mixed-use development with a deadline to respond by Feb. 28.
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Attendees will participate in interactive panels, workshops, and conversations specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s. The conference is designed for all levels in the market including those beginning to explore P3s and seeking to better understand where alternative and accelerated project delivery methods can be applicable.

Vermont- The University of Vermont has named Suresh Garimella, an executive vice president at Purdue University in Indiana, as the sole finalist in its presidential search. Garimella is the executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue and is also a professor of mechanical engineering. The university's current president, Tom Sullivan, announced in August that he would be stepping aside as president and joining the faculty after the current academic year. Sullivan has been the university's president since 2012. 
California- Shawnna Maltbie has been named Daly City's city manager. Maltbie has served as interim city manager since July after Pat Martel announced she was retiring as city manager. Maltbie has over 20 years of experience in local government and nearly 14 years working in Daly City. She was hired in 2005 as assistant director of human resources and was promoted in 2007 to director of human resources. 
Washington State- Ronald Buchanan, a former IT official with the Oregon Health Authority, was named Washington's new chief information security officer (CISO) in January. Buchanan brings more than 20 years of global information security experience to WaTech. Buchanan was the chief information risk officer and IT director, for the Information Security and Privacy Office, for the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services. As state CISO, Ron will oversee the state Office of CyberSecurity. He takes over for Scott Bream, who has served as the acting state CISO since July 2018. 
North Carolina- Rockingham County has tapped Leigh Cockram to lead economic development efforts. Cockram has been chosen as the director of economic development, small business and tourism. Jan Critz-Yokeley resigned from the post in November and her final day was Dec. 31. Cockram, who began her new position Feb. 5, previously served as director of research and business development for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Virginia. 
Illinois- Nick Gailius has been hired as the Madison police chief. Gailius retired in July from the Fairview Heights Police Department. He was sworn-in on Friday and started the job on Monday. The previous chief, Christopher Burns, left for a job earlier this year with the Illinois Commerce Commission. 
Maryland- Lynda Eisenberg has officially been named director of the Carroll County Department of Planning. Eisenberg had been acting planning director since 2017 and began her work with the county as bureau chief of comprehensive planning in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience as a planning professional, an extensive background in Maryland planning and land-use programs, as well as federal and intergovernmental planning issues. 
Nevada- Kristina Swallow will be the new director of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). Swallow has nearly 25 years of experience working in the civil engineering industry and government. Most recently, Swallow worked for the city of Las Vegas as a program manager in the Department of Public Works, City Engineer Division. She will replace NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon, who was tapped for the post in 2012. 
Virginia- After 40 years with Norfolk Fire-Rescue, the last 10 years as chief of the nearly 1,000-person department, Jeffrey Wise has retired. Deputy Chief Michael Brooks will helm the department temporarily, until a permanent decision is made. Wise started as the acting chief in November 2008 after Fire Chief Edward Senter left for a job in Chesterfield County. 
California- June (Yujun) Du was selected at the end of last year as the new finance director and city treasurer for the city of Willits. Du has worked in banking and local government in Washington D.C., Tennessee, West Virginia and most recently in the Bay Area of California. When the previous city finance director left in September 2017, an interim finance director from Santa Rosa, Celia Peterson, was contracted on a part-time basis. Du took over on a full-time basis in December. 
Florida- The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority's (HART) board has appointed Benjamin Limmer chief executive officer. Most recently the assistant general manager for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Limmer succeeds Jeff Seward, who's served as interim CEO for more than a year since former leader Katharine Eagan left HART to lead the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Prior to joining MARTA, Limmer held various transit leadership positions at the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. in Atlanta, Valley Metro in Phoenix and Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland. He has more than 15 years of transit experience. 
Ohio- The Board of Butler County Commissioners hired Judi Boyko as the next county administrator. Boyko will start in the new role on March 6. Boyko was West Chester's township administrator from 2005 to 2017, when she left to join Hamilton County as an assistant county administrator. She replaces Charlie Young who retired from the position. Washington, D.C.- Christine Calvosa has been appointed as the official chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Calvosa has served as acting CIO for over a year. She joined the FCC in 2014 from the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she worked as the chief technology officer. Calvosa's appointment comes after Congress expanded the responsibilities of the FCC's CIO in 2018.
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