Volume 12, Issue 5 - Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Gov. Cuomo presents his $275 billion draft budget.
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget, which includes $275 billion for infrastructure projects throughout the state.

The total comes from $100 billion of projects he introduced in 2016 and $175 billion of projects that are part of a new five-year plan.

Parts of the plan call for $87 billion for surface transportation, including bridges and tunnels; $35 billion for environmental facilities and parks; $19 billion for school construction; and $14 billion for improvement and maintenance of state college, health care, and other facilities.

The budget also will support the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $51.5 billion capital plan, the New York Department of Transportation's $12 billion capital plan, and the $11 billion Gateway Tunnel replacement project.

Specific new projects that the state will pursue include a flood risk and resiliency program, integration of the Erie Canal and the Empire State Trail, capital improvements to restore the Olympic facilities in and around Lake Placid, and various economic and revitalization initiatives throughout New York.

The governor's investment plan emphasizes efficient management of state-funded agencies and authorities to streamline agency functions and eliminate waste. This is done with expanded design-build authorization and establishment of a projects database that encourages agencies to complete capital projects on schedule and with maximum cost savings.
Fort Lauderdale New River bridge
Florida - Marine industry officials are recommending a tunnel under the New River to carry train passengers through downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Currently, trains cross using a drawbridge, which has seen increased use in recent years due to a new commuter rail line launched in 2018. This drawbridge often delays local marine traffic.

A feasibility study commissioned by state legislators showed that a tunnel would cost $3.3 billion to build, and $8.2 million per year in maintenance. The tunnel would form a physical barrier down the middle of the city, and would be completely underground for 1.34 miles, from Andrews Avenue to just south of Southwest Seventh Street.

Other considerations include several concepts for a bridge over the New River. These outline a 21-foot movable bridge that would cost $134.3 million to build and $1.9 million per year to maintain; a 55-foot movable bridge that would cost $443.7 million to build and $3.3 million per year to maintain; and an 80-foot bridge that would cost $478 million to build and $2.4 million to maintain.

Officials estimate a new bridge or tunnel could be operational in the next 10 years.
Sea-Tac International Airport
Washington - The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is working on a Sustainable Airport Master Plan that includes an estimated $2.3 billion in 30 near-term projects.

The largest project is the construction of a new terminal with 19 gates. Staff members also are planning an automated people mover that will link the airport's main terminal, new terminal, and rental car facility.

These near-term projects are scheduled to be complete or under construction by 2027 to accommodate a projection of 56 million passengers.

Environmental reviews of the projects are scheduled for completion in 2021 at which time they will be reviewed by Port of Seattle commissioners for action.
Maryland - Leaders of the state's eight largest local jurisdictions are pushing for a massive increase in school construction funding through the Built To Learn Act. In total, $2.2 billion would be sent to local governments to help fund school renovations and new construction.

The money would come from bonds issued by the Maryland Stadium Authority and would be paid back over a 30-year period using $125 million per year in casino revenues.

Funding would pay for renovating existing school buildings, constructing new schools, and maintaining critical systems such as heating and cooling. Overall, the bill would help to provide students with modern facilities.
Washington - The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $790 million grant for the extension of the Federal Way Link light rail in King County, Washington.

The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) secured the grant funds, which come from the FTA's Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program. The CIG program provides funding for major transit projects across the country. Sound Transit also has been approved for a $629.5 million loan through a Build America Bureau program. 

King County's Federal Way Link Extension Project is a 7.8-mile extension of the Link light rail system. From the Angle Lake station, the project will extend the rail through the cities of SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent, and Federal Way. The extension will relieve congestion for the dense suburban corridor, where the existing roadway network is limited to two congested highways.
It's hard to believe that we're about to start the second month of 2020. We'll soon be midway through the first quarter of the year.

By now, all government contractors should have a great pipeline of upcoming opportunities. This newsletter each week provides a quick - but not comprehensive - overview of a few of the upcoming opportunities Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) is monitoring.

Although we alert our readers to dozens of upcoming opportunities each week, contractors need to know about the projects. In fact, they need to know much more. The SPI Research Team can provide information about the history of the project, the people who will make contracting decisions, and a definite timeline. They also provide data about the public entity's financial situation, the most likely delivery method, the political environment that surrounds the project, a listing of stakeholders, and likely competitors.

And, when sales teams explain exactly what type of project they are seeking, the geographic area of interest and four or five criteria they want the project to have, SPI's researchers can go into any state and bring back a customized report outlining everything.

You can't find that service anywhere else, so don't hesitate to let me hear from you if you are interested in knowing more. All of our service engagements are customized, and SPI's researchers can provide as much or as little as a sales team may want.

Here's how to reach me! mnabers@spartnerships.com

P.S. - Watch for my column in the January 31 edition of the Texas Government Insider newsletter that outlines planned military projects with cost projections in the billions.
Interstate 43 rendering
Wisconsin - The state's Department of Transportation (WisDOT) unveiled its $550 million plan for widening Interstate 43 in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties. Officials aim to ease congestion along the busy corridor, which is estimated to carry up to 112,500 vehicles per day by 2040.

The plan calls for expanding both northbound and southbound passages from two to three lanes between Silver Spring Drive and Highway 60 in Grafton.

Environmental and engineering work are currently underway, with construction expected to begin in 2022. Additional components of the project call for renovating six interchanges along I-43 at Good Hope Road, Brown Deer Road, County Line Road, Mequon Road, County C, and WIS 60.  A new interchange will be constructed at I-43 and Highland Road, near Concordia University. 

The project is estimated to be complete in 2025.
Nebraska - Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will ask the city council to put a $200 million bond issue on the May 12 voter ballot, which will help address the city's backlog of deferred street maintenance.

Omaha spends approximately $41 million per year on street repairs, but Stothert says the city should be spending $75 million per year. The proposed bond issue would address the $34 million shortfall.

Over a 20-year period, the city would require a series of bond issues in order to fund resurfacing of every street in Omaha. With the current $200 million proposal, the city would be able to allocate $40 million to street repair each year for five years.

Dozens of neighborhoods and subdivisions would receive resurfacing, as well as major roadways including 72nd Street from Pacific Street to Mercy Road, Blondo Street from 108th to 132nd streets, and Eagle Run Drive west of 140th Street.

If voters do not pass the bond, another proposal may be offered in November.
Fremont Fire Station microgrid
California - The Public Utilities Commission of the state of California (CPUC) is developing short-term and long-term microgrid strategies in response to the state's recent power outages and other catastrophic events, such as wildfires and earthquakes. A microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. 

In a December 20, 2019 scoping memo, CPUC outlined a three-pronged approach to implement resiliency strategies.

Track 1 focuses on the commission's goal of deploying resiliency planning in areas that are prone to outage events and wildfires, with the goal of putting some microgrid and other resiliency strategies in place by spring or summer 2020. Track 1 is expected to conclude by spring 2020 with commission action on mitigation measures ready for implementation by September 1, 2020.

Commissioners will prioritize applications to deliver resiliency services to: power utility customers with access and functional needs; medical customers; police and fire stations; educational facilities; water and wastewater facilities; community centers; senior centers; and disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities.

The second track requires developing standards and methods to support and reduce barriers to microgrid deployment statewide with the goal of protecting health, safety, and lives during catastrophic events, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate.

Track 3 goals include the formation of a working group to codify standards and protocols needed to meet state microgrid requirements, development of a standard to streamline the interconnection process and lower interconnection costs for direct current microgrid applications, and removal of the waiver of fees for projects that do not provide resiliency.

The CPUC set a deadline of 36 months to resolve all the issues in each track, but the memo stated the commission will work to expedite that schedule.
South Dakota - An engineering evaluation identified $122 million in sewer system repairs in the city of Mitchell.

Consultants presented their findings to the Mitchell City Council on January 21 that studied the city's 500,000 feet of sewer main piping.

Sixty percent, or 300,000 feet, of the system's piping is clay, and replacing it would cost about $61 million. Replacing cast iron and asbestos water mains would cost $24.5 million and $11 million, respectively. Undersized and outdated lift stations are in need of replacement for about $7 million.

Engineers encouraged the City Council to fund the televising, or video scoping, of the system for a projected $2 million. Findings from that initiative could pinpoint exact needs and possibly lower the estimated project cost to $80 million to $90 million.
Southern Illinois University-Evansville
Illinois - Gov. JB Pritzker released $10.5 million for planning and design of a new health sciences building at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The total cost of the project is estimated to be $105 million.

The project calls for building a state-of-the-art health sciences building that will allow students and professors to learn together across disciplines in a cutting-edge space. The three-story, 221,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the core campus and feature classrooms, faculty offices, student study spaces, and specialized laboratories. Both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing will be housed at the new building.

In addition to the new building, renovations are expected for existing facilities and sites in University Park, including designing and reconfiguring parking lots, sidewalks, pathways, and roadways.
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Parkersburg Memorial Bridge
West Virginia - Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce was successful in asking the City Council to approve a revised request for proposals (RFP) based on rehabilitating the Memorial Bridge. City Council authorized the RFP at its January 28 meeting.

At the end of 2018, the city notified the state that it planned to sell the bridge, and in August 2019, city officials approved documents defining the criteria for the sale. These documents emphasized that the buyer eventually would replace the bridge at an estimated cost of $80 million to $100 million. Though several companies expressed interest, none submitted proposals.

The revised RFP calls for rehabilitating the bridge to extend its useful life, including a full replacement of the deck, replacing or repairing all damaged structural parts, and a full repainting after exposing the structure's bare metal surfaces. The rehabilitation would extend its useful life by at least 50 years.
Rhode Island - The state's Chief Information Officer (CIO) recommends investing in upgrading the human resources system, switching from a patchwork of legacy systems and paper-based processes, to a more modernized system.

Gov. Gina Raimondo included a suggested investment in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in her capital budget, which was presented to legislators earlier this month. Her administration wishes to address critical findings of the state's legacy systems by using a comprehensive enterprise strategic plan.

In total, the proposal calls for $73.7 million over the next seven fiscal years. From 2022 to 2024, an average of $21 million per year would be spent, and then $3 million per year would be spent on operating costs through 2027.

Officials with the Department of Administration (DOA) and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) have already outlined plans to begin work as soon as funding is secured. This consists of a 57-month project timeline, including an 18-month pre-implementation phase and a 39-month deployment.

The state is finalizing details of the plan, which is called the Enterprise Applications Strategic Plan. If the initial $1.2 million for Fiscal Year 2021 is authorized, officials will begin to gather requirements, document processes, and create a request for proposals (RFP) that calls for phasing in commercial software through 2024.
Benton County courthouse in Bentonville
Arkansas - Benton County's Quorum Court is mulling the sale of two county-owned properties to help fund construction of new court facilities.

Selling the courthouse annex and a building on Main Street could bring about $3 million, which would go toward funding new court buildings. Three concepts have been planned.

Concept A, which is estimated to cost $14.5 million, includes a three-story, 38,000-square-foot building with four 1,700-square-foot courtrooms. Three courtrooms in the current courthouse would continue to be used.

Concept B, estimated to cost $15.3 million, calls for constructing 30,000 square feet to hold seven courtrooms. There would be four 1,300-square-foot civil courts and three 2,000-square-foot criminal courts. These would be added to the County Administration Building.

Concept C, estimated to cost $14.1 million, incorporates the historic courthouse and calls for construction of a three-story, 39,000-square-foot building with four courtrooms. This would include two 1,500-square-foot civil courts and two 2,000-square-foot criminal courts.

To pay for the new facilities, funding could come from short-term debt, and through $14 million that the county has in unappropriated reserve. A private donation of $2 million has been committed if the courthouse is built downtown.
Former Taylor's building
Michigan - The city of Coldwater's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is preparing a request for qualifications (RFQ) for development of the former Taylor's building downtown.

DDA board members authorized the issuance of the RFQ before their February meeting. Staff members are drafting the request document that will require developers to provide their vision for the project, their experience, and statement of intent to complete the work.

The DDA chairman said the lower-level of the 6,920-square-foot three-story building will be dedicated to retail space. The structure which has housed various uses including a hotel and stationery store, has been vacant since 2016. A deadline for the RFQ has not been set.

California - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) named Cris Liban as chief sustainability officer and Shalonda Baldwin as interim chief auditor on January 22 among several other appointments. Liban serves as the executive contact for issues related to environment and sustainability for LA Metro. Baldwin most recently served as LA Metro's deputy executive officer of project management.

Kansas - The mayor of Paola announced the hiring of Sid Fleming as the city manager. He succeeds Jay Wieland who retired in late 2019. Fleming is the city administrator for Iola, Kansas. He is scheduled to begin with Paola by March 16.

Vermont - John Quinn, chief information officer and secretary of the Agency of Digital Services, appointed Kristin McClure as its new chief data officer. She took over for Andrew Laing who accepted a position outside of state government in September. McClure most recently served as manager of data science and artificial intelligence for a private company in Vermont. 

South Carolina - The Charleston County Aviation Authority voted on January 27 to enter contract negotiations with Elliott Summey to be the authority's new chief executive officer. If he agrees to terms, he will succeed Paul Campbell, effective July 1. Summey is the chairman of the Charleston County Council.

Nebraska - State senators confirmed the appointment of Tony Goins as Nebraska's economic development director on January 23. He succeeds Dave Rippe who resigned to move closer to home. Goins previously served as director of branded products for an industrial manufacturer.
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