Volume 11, Issue 13- Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

The United States has incredibly busy airports - in fact, some of the busiest in the world. That's good, because it indicates that many of the more than 4 billion global air passengers each year are flying in or out of America. However, a sobering statistic is troubling. America no longer has a single airport listed in the top 25 best airports in the world. 

That, however, may change. Airport officials throughout the U.S. have announced major upgrades. There are plans for all types of new airport construction and expansions and some are already in progress. Passenger terminals will be upgraded, people movers are being installed and security lines will operate more efficiently. Almost every airport will get new technology. American airports also have plans to become more people-friendly. Passenger comfort, convenience, enhanced amenities and more retail will be high priorities. 

The airport marketplace in America - already large - is expected to become huge. There are more than 19,000 airports in the U.S. with an average age of 40 years old. Almost every airport is overdue for upgrades and expansions. Many have already started major upgrading projects. This fact has not gone unnoticed by experienced global contractors from throughout the world. Many have moved people and operations into metropolitan areas of the U.S. 

According to Architectural Record, more than 50 airports in America could collectively account for up to $70 billion in construction projects in the next three years. Because of anticipated costs, many airports will collaborate with private-sector partners and will consider various types of alternative funding sources. 

In St. Louis, Missouri, city officials are considering an option that has become rather common in other countries - privatization of all or major parts of an airport. A consultant and an advisory group currently are working with the city to vet the possibility of leasing the St. Louis Lambert International Airport to a private operator. The city would retain full ownership of the airport but daily operations would be managed by the private-sector partner. The city already has approval for its preliminary application from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Privatization Pilot Program and the city's budget director announced that an initial request for qualifications (RFQ) may be issued in the first half of 2019.

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Denver Convention Center
The city of Denver is pursuing a program manager and a construction company for expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. The Denver Public Works Department sent out a request for services including project management, design management, logistical coordination and evaluation of bids for the project. The convention center project will be a conventional design-build which means that a single company or entity will be responsible for finishing the plans and building the structure. 

The $233 million project will include a rooftop expansion adding a 50,000-square-foot outdoor terrace and adding 80,000 square feet of new ballroom or meeting space. The chosen program manager will help search for a construction company, likely to be selected in early 2020.
UNLV Student Union
Nevada-  The University of Nevada- Las Vegas (UNLV) has proposed expanding the Student Union by 150,000 square feet by 2023. After gathering feedback from surveys and focus groups, a referendum will be available for students in Fall 2019 to vote if the facility should be expanded at a cost of $100 million. If students approve, the plans would go to the board of regents to vote. If passed, construction is expected to start in Fall 2021. 

The two proposed plans of expansion would be to tear down the bookstore and build over that area and Parking Lot E or expand east onto a portion of Parking Lot D. There has not been a discussion on what the increase in tuition and fees would be, potential fundraising or if there will be a naming-rights donation to help fund the project.   
Jewish Hospital
Kentucky- The University of Louisville (U of L) is still searching for a partner it can team up with to buy Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne health care facilities. The health care system that owns the unprofitable Jewish Hospital and other facilities in Louisville announced in spring 2017 that it would sell the facilities. It has failed to complete a sale. U of L wants to jointly either acquire, own or lease and operate certain facilities and operations. The U of L's initial request for proposals (RFP) did not produce any joint ventures of interest  that would involve a combined $1.5 billion in revenues. U of L plans to allow for that additional time for the RFP process and is looking to reach a definitive agreement with Jewish Hospital's owner by June 30, the end of the company's fiscal year. 

More than 50 of the school's medical residents and dozens of doctors associated with the university work at Jewish and the Frazier Rehab Institute, and all physicians who perform lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, heart and dual organ transplants at Jewish are employed by the university. The university hired a private health care investment banking firm to assist in its efforts to vet and choose a partner that's willing not only to finance the acquisition of Jewish and other KentuckyOne facilities but also to help U of L run those operations.   
Washington, D.C.- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is preparing to significantly increase its reliance on cloud-computing services, with plans to solicit tens of billions of dollars of work divided among multiple tech companies. The CIA is conducting a two-phase procurement, called IC Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E), that will be released as a request for information to go out in April or May. 

The CIA wants to acquire "foundational cloud services" from multiple vendors and then to obtain specialized software-as-a-service apps and cloud management capabilities. The agency intends to award one or more contracts that would last at least five years, with the option to extend the time frame of those agreements. The government plans to release draft contract requirements by January and a final request for proposals in May 2020. The agency aims to make an award in 2021.  
California- Antioch's city council has voted to move ahead with a brackish desalination plant. The city accepted a $10 million state grant that will pay toward the design and construction. Pumps would take brackish river water from the city's Fulton Shipyard intake and pipe it to the desalination plant at 410 Putnam St. where it would be purified through reverse osmosis. The plant will treat and convert 6 million gallons a day of brackish water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for the city's drinking water. 

The estimated cost for the project is $64.6 million and the city is applying for $55 million in low-interest financing from the Department of Water Resources. Pipeline construction will happen in stages along with funding and is expected to be fully financed by June 2020 when it will be handed over to a private partner to design and build.  
Michigan- Kent County Road Commission officials have rejected a $5 million bid on a 14.2-acre property at 1500 Scribner Ave. The sole bid was $6.4 million short of what the commission wanted to align with plans to design, build and move to a new facility billed at $45 million. The road commission has outgrown the central complex property and wants to move operations about four miles northwest to a 29-acre space purchased two years ago. The commission plans to re-examine options for the sale of the property. The original request for bids had no minimum offer requirement. 

A third party hired by the road commission to appraise the property valued it from $7.5 million to $8 million. The road commission's property is one of 15 along the river identified in 2015 as "opportunity sites" in the Grand Rapids Forward strategic plan for downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River. Some factors that may increase the potential for higher bids in the future include housing needs near downtown, planned river access and restoration projects and downtown redevelopment encroaching further north to the central complex. The commission will now explore its next steps for selling the property.  
Missouri-  Green County voters this week approved a $168 million bond proposal for Springfield Public Schools. Voting for Proposition S will provide funding for improvement projects at 35 schools. The proposal calls for Portland Elementary to be demolished to make way for the new Jarrett Middle School. Students that were assigned to Portland will shift to a newly renovated and expanded Sunshine Elementary, less than one mile away. 

The bond proposal also requested the need to secure entrances at 31 school buildings, renovate Williams Elementary School, build new Boyd and Delaware elementary schools, renovate Hillcrest High School and add preschool space at Williams by constructing a new southwest region early childhood center.  
Washington, D.C.- The Department of the Navy (DoN) is exploring options to privatize its lodging portfolio, which includes approximately 21,000 rooms at 59 installations in the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam. The envisioned program would be executed in phases and would utilize the Alternative Authority for Acquisition and Improvement of Military Housing legislation. To support this effort, DoN is hosting an industry forum on April 24 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 1355 N. Harbor Dr., California. 

The DoN has released a lodging privatization request for information (RFI) which includes official notice of the industry forum. The RFI includes specific questions regarding project concept, timing, financing, development and management. Through competition, the private company would be selected for taking over Navy lodging by February 2020, and the first phase of lodging privatization would start in December 2020.  
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Maine- The town of Rockport owns a 7-acre property on the corner Routes of 1 and 90 where the Rockport Elementary School (RES) once stood. The RES Committee has been discussing multi-use options for the property such as office and retail space or residential housing. The elementary school was demolished in 2013 and the site now consists of some concrete slabs but is primarily grass and green space, which has served, in part, as a baseball field throughout the years. The committee was shown two renderings of potential development plans for the site, as well as a draft of a request for proposals (RFP) to be sent to developers. 

The site plans include buildings, that could be two to three stories high, that feature retail and office space on the ground floors and housing above. The renderings also explored using portions of the property for recreational space and building a pond on the site. The property cannot be sold to developers without a vote by the town. The committee plans to hold a public forum in May that would include residents to express their vision of the site's future use.  
Mississippi- Jackson city leaders last week approved the release of a request for proposals (RFP) to revitalize more than seven acres located across from the city's convention complex. The area has been used for parking. The RFP will identify and select a master developer for the development of the land owned by the city and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. 

Development will include a mix of housing types, ground floor retail, offices, restaurants, entertainment venues, commercial spaces, a convention hotel and a parking garage. Proposals from potential developers are due May 9. The city plans to award contracts by late August, pending city council approval.  
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General Burnside Island State Park
Kentucky- The Kentucky State Parks Department is accepting proposals for the General Burnside Island State Park. State officials are interested in a private investor to build and operate a lodge to improve existing campgrounds at the park. The grounds are currently home to a heavily-used campground, golf course, swimming pool and beach that needs improvement. Seventeen of the state's 52 parks have full-service lodges with hotel-type rooms, but efforts to get a lodge at General Burnside so far have been futile. Since previous requests for proposals (RFP) for a lodge have not been compliant, the state will accept proposals directly to build the lodge. 

The General Burnside Island State Park will also receive funding for improvements. The recently concluded General Assembly of the Kentucky Legislature agreed to borrow $50 million to enhance the 52 state parks.    
New York- The Agency is wanting a private developer to create a public-private partnership for the redevelopment of the Former BAE site at 600 Main St. and has released a request for expression of interest (EOI). The Agency governs the Broome County Industrial Development Agency and the Broome County Local Development Corporation. The Agency anticipates the need for assistance in addressing the overall site development costs at the 27-acre site in the city of Union. 

The site was flooded in 2011, demolished in 2018 by the United States Air Force and then taken over by The Agency. A study performed on the property shows that measures should be taken to prevent future flooding of any new development. The intention of the EOI is also to identify one or more private development partners to move the redevelopment forward. Agency representatives have emphasized the site as a critical gateway to planned investment in both Johnson City and Endicott. The EOI will be available until April 22.  
Massachusetts- The office of Governor Charlie Baker will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an offshore wind energy project. The state will consider bids of 200, 400 and 800 megawatts. The governor's office oversees the offshore wind procurement process, but contracts are negotiated by the state's three utilities. 

The governor's officials will first request approval from the Department of Public Utilities for the RFP before asking for company responses by August. The contract will be awarded in November which will allow the developer to take advantage of a 12 percent federal investment tax credit that expires at the end of this year.  
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Music City Center
Tennessee- The Music City Center in Nashville is running out of room and is ready for an expansion. The convention center is doing well with bookings into 2030, but the lack of plentiful, affordable room options has limited the number of large conventions it can attract. Expanding the building to provide additional meeting rooms and ballrooms would provide an advantage over its competition. 

The Convention Center Authority plans to issue a request for proposals in the next 60 to 90 days for the development of a master plan, which should take 12 to 18 months to complete. The Convention Center Authority reserves top more than $100 million and have ballooned far greater than projected since the center opened in 2013, creating a sizable surplus. The convention center books conferences that easily fill up to 3,000 hotel rooms and promoters have shared that hotel availability is something that should also be addressed.  
Washington, D.C.- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $116 million in 23 states to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure. The USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. 

In South Dakota, the South Lincoln Rural Water System, Inc. will receive $12.4 million in loans to build a water treatment plant, improve small diameter pipe looping and improve the main line. The project also will help ensure the system has the capacity to support future growth.

In California, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District will receive more than $8 million in loans to replace more than 10,000 linear feet of water pipeline and replace two redwood water storage tanks with a new, larger steel tank. The improvements will help prevent water loss through leaks, increase reliability and improve fire flow and water storage. The district serves Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek and Brookdale in Santa Cruz County. 

In New Mexico, the city of Socorro will receive around $7.9 million in loans and grants to upgrade and replace interceptor sewer lines that are no longer structurally sound. Several lift stations also will be replaced. The project will upgrade other sewer lines and equipment designed to provide better service to Socorro's residents.  
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Virginia - Valerie Boykin has been appointed as the new director of Juvenile Justice. Boykin, who is currently the deputy director, first joined the agency in 1980 as a probation officer. The Department of Juvenile Justice Director Andrew Block is stepping down this month after five years leading the agency. The department overseas juvenile probation offices and operates the state-operated Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County. 

Louisiana - Darryll Simpson has been chosen to take over the New Orleans' public transit system. Simpson replaced Justin Augustine III on March 18 as the Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) general manager and the local chief of Transdev, the multinational private company that runs the RTA's operations. Augustine has been promoted to Transdev's senior vice president of infrastructure and supply chain. Simpson formerly managed only the privately-run streetcar portion of a public transit system in Milwaukee. 

New Mexico - The governing board of Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has chosen to hire Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley to fill the local school's top job. Rowley, who has been president of the community college since 2011, also has been the chairwoman of New Mexico Independent Community Colleges, a network of 10 schools including SFCC, since 2015. Rowley will replace SFCC interim President Cecilia Cervantes in June. Cervantes has been in the position since November 2017. Rowley plans to begin her new position on July 1. 

West Virginia - Valarie Means last week was nominated as the next city manager in Fairmont. Means previously served as city administrator with the city of Hagerstown, Md. from 2015 to January 2019. Prior to that role, she spent four years as the city manager of Weirton. Her official hiring will depend on the results of still-pending testing and contract negotiations. After almost three years of serving as Fairmont's city manager, Robin Gomez announced his resignation in November. He had accepted a similar position in Clarkston, Ga. 

North Carolina - Timothy M. Salmon has been chosen as the new city manager for the city of Goldsboro. Salmon replaces Scott Stevens, who retired in September. Salmon's start date is May 1. Salmon is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience.  

Colorado - Torre has been chosen as the new mayor of Aspen. According to Torre, he was born with the name Ronald Wayne Maranian III, but was renamed Torre a week later. This was the sixth attempt for the tennis instructor and local television host to win the mayor's seat since 2001. Torre succeeds Mayor Steve Skadron, who has been elected to three two-year terms and must step down due to term limits. Torre will be sworn in on June 10.  

Washington D.C. - Linda McMahon is stepping down as head of the Small Business Administration to chair the pro-Trump super political action committee, America First Action. McMahon's last day at the Small Business Administration is April 12. She plans to return to the private sector. McMahon is an original member of Trump's Cabinet, having been confirmed for the job in February 2017. McMahon is expected to fill the vacancy created when Tommy Hicks Jr. left the super PAC to become Republican National Committee co-chairman. 

North Carolina - Dan J. LaMontagne has been selected as the Chatham County manager. He has been serving as interim county manager since Oct. 1, after three years in the assistant county manager role. A certified professional engineer, LaMontagne began working for Chatham County in June 2010 as director of Waste Management. In December 2015 he became the assistant county manager. 

Colorado - Joyce McConnell was recently named as the finalist to become the 15th president of Colorado State University (CSU). McConnel currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University (WVU), a role she has held since July 2014. McConnell's track record also includes tenure as dean of the College of Law at WVU. CSU's next president will assume leadership on July 1 when current President Tony Frank begins serving exclusively as chancellor of the CSU System. Frank is in his 11th year as CSU president and will have served five years in the dual role of both president and chancellor. 

Arkansas - Jake Bleed has been appointed to serve as the state budget director in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). Prior to his appointment, Bleed served as director of Fiscal and Agency Operations in the governor's office since July 2017. He previously served as the DFA's communications administrator. Bleed will be replacing Duncan Baird, who is assuming the role of executive director for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS). Bleed assumed his role on April 1. 

Washington, D.C. - The Department of State has chosen Stuart McGuigan as its first permanent chief information officer (CIO) in over a year. McGuigan walks into the CIO and head of Bureau of Information Resource Management role that's been filled, on an acting basis, by Karen Mummaw. Mummaw, who was previously the agency's deputy CIO, stepped up to the job after Frontis Wiggins retired from the agency in December 2017. In February, Mummaw announced her plans to retire from the agency as well. McGuigan comes to state from the private sector. 

Illinois - Lori Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, has been chosen as the new mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot was an assistant U.S. attorney before she entered private practice. She will succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election. Emanuel, who has been mayor since 2011, announced in September that he would not seek a third term. Lightfoot will be sworn in next month.    
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