Oct 16th 2014 | Posted in Opportunities, Public Safety, Transportation, Vertical by Government Contracting Pipeline

Every week, the Government Contracting Pipeline highlights a few, notable public sector contracting opportunities from around the country. Here are the opportunities from the October 15, 2014 edition of the newsletter:

Variety of projects funded in Native American communities nationwide

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Grants that will address housing needs and totaling $60 million have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants were awarded to 90 Native American communities throughout the country, including several in Alaska, and include construction projects and local jobs for low-income families. “These grants are intended to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development, including construction projects which will generate local jobs here in Anchorage and neighboring communities,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. The funds are part of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program. A grant of $600,000 went to the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska for land purchase for development of a three-story, 23-unit senior rental housing facility with 7,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 26 one-bedroom rental units on the second and third floors. In Montana, the Blackfeet Housing Authority will use its $1.1 million grant to rehabilitate 24 low-rent housing units in the communities of Browning and Heart Butte. The Northern Ponca Housing Authority in Nebraska will use its grant of $1.1 million to rehabilitate 82 substandard homes, occupied by low- to moderate-income families. Colorado’s Ute Mountain Ute Housing Authority, located on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation will use its grant of $900,000 for infrastructure development, constructing water/sewer lines and a roadway in support of the first 10 homes on a proposed 200-home development site. All of the projects will provide a number of contracting opportunities. “These grants are critical to promote better housing and economic development, and they also support self-determination,” Castro said. To read a summary of each of the grants awarded, click here.

Bike, pedestrian projects in DFW area in Texas benefit from $38 million in funding

More than $78 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects will soon get under way in the Dallas-Fort Worth area following allocation of $38.2 million from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC). A total of 25 cities and seven counties are recipients of the funding, with those entities contributing more than $40 million to the overall project costs. The funding is part of the RTC Transportation Alternatives Program. The money for these projects comes from funds that were allocated to the region from the current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead of Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). As a result, 33 bicycle and pedestrian proposals in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties were funded. Once completed, more than 46 miles of sidewalks, trails and on-street bikeways will be built. Other projects are aimed at improving bicycle and pedestrian safety near schools. Regional trails will connect cities and other projects provide access to transit stations and major employment centers. Some examples of the projects funded are a 4-mile extension of the Northaven Trail in Dallas to the WalnuHill/Denton Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail station, a 2.1-mile extension of the Dudley Branch Trail in Carrollton linking to the North Carrollton/Frankford DART rail station, a 1.9-mile extension of the Cottonwood Creek bicycle trail in Plano and a 3.1-mile extension of Trinity Trails in east Fort Worth. To view the complete list of projects with a brief description and the dollar amount for each, click here.

New York county to address infrastructure needs with $8M in bonds

Bridges, culverts and structural assets in Orleans County, New York, will get some much-needed attention after lawmakers recently announced that the county will use bonding to pay for the necessary infrastructure needs. County Chief Administrative Officer Chuck Nesbitt called the $8 million in upgrades a stop-gap measure that will carry the country through the current federal transportation improvement program that is in effect until 2017. “We saw the availability of federal funds and know that we couldn’t go three more years,” said Nesbitt, reacting to the lack of available funding until 2017. The recent action will result in the replacement of about six bridges, six culverts and new roofs and pole barns that will affect four county government facilities. Engineering work on the projects is expected to begin immediately, although actual construction will not start until the 2015 budget year. The replacement of two of the bridges with three-sided rigid frame bridges is expected to carry a price tag of $1.276 million. Four other bridge replacement projects are tentatively slated for 2016 and 2017. Completion of all six of the bridges is expected to cost $4.963 million. In addition to bridge repair, the bond funds also will pay for culvert replacement at two locations. Two pole barns, both for storage, will be built and there will be a roof replacement of the County Office Building and the Public Safety Building.

Homeland security grants fund $4.8 million in Virginia projects

Emergency preparedness projects in Virginia, from creating a hazardous materials team to equipment purchases for law enforcement agencies will share $4.8 million in federal homeland security funding. The money will fund close to 80 projects throughout the state. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the allocation of the grant funds since the funding is administered by a state agency, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. The grants include $150,000 for hazardous materials response team equipment in Fairfax County, $72,000 for protective equipment for a law enforcement tactical response team in the city of Roanoke, and $100,000 for a hazardous materials team in Virginia Beach for railway incident responses. Alexandria City is being awarded $79,600 for hazmat team equipment and Chesterfield County was allocated $147,000 for a Virginia Search and Technical Rescue Program support. Hazmat team equipment in Henrico County will be purchased with an $18,000 allocation and $42,789.50 will be spent by Newport News City for mass care shelter equipment and training. Portsmouth City was awarded $18,850 for law enforcement to spend on surveillance camera expansion and Westmoreland County will use its $35,050 award for local law enforcement for license plate reader integration. To view the entire list of funding grant amounts and what the funds will be used for, click here.