Indiana– Indiana and the Environmental Protection Agency plan to leverage $436 million in public loans into an even larger private capital investment to modernize Indiana’s aging water infrastructure. The federal government will provide around $30 million for wastewater projects and an estimated $12 million in drinking water projects. Hammond is one of several cities receiving funding in the amount of $67.5 million to increase the capacity of its sewer system. The city of Crown Point will receive $19.3 million and East Chicago $14.1 million.
Most of Indiana’s pipes were installed after World War II, though some still in use date back to the 1890s. Many of the pipes are made of lead or other metals that are corroded due to age. Indiana has more than 46,000 miles of water pipes operated by community water systems that serve 72 percent of the state’s population.
Florida– The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a master developer for Phase II of the waterfront Marina Village. The Riviera Beach Marina Village is a 23-acre area between the Intracoastal Waterway and U.S. Highway 1. The city and CRA have spent about $35 million on this site in preparation for redevelopment. Plans for the second phase call for a mixed-use project that includes a hotel, additional restaurants and shops that will sit on about 6 acres located within the interior of the district, which fronts the marina.
A pre-submittal conference, which is mandatory for anyone submitting a proposal, is set for May 14 at the Marina Event Center. The RFP is due by May 31. In May 2017, the Riviera Beach CRA adopted new objectives that reset Marina Village’s master plan to clarify the city’s interest, plan, approach and priorities. The CRA is now seeking a development partner with experience and a successful track-record in planning, designing, constructing, leasing, operating and marketing mixed-use real estate ventures. The goal is to open the second phase by the spring of 2021.
Washington D.C.– U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced a request for proposals (RFP), potentially worth up to $1.8 billion, for the development of two new exascale supercomputers for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. The timeframe is between 2021 and 2023 to complete the computers. The new supercomputers funded through this RFP will be follow-on systems to the first U.S. exascale system named Aurora, which is currently under development at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and scheduled to come online in 2021. The RFP also envisions the possibility of upgrades or even a follow-on system to the Aurora supercomputer in 2022-2023.
The new systems will provide 50 to 100 times greater performance than the current, fastest U.S. supercomputer. Funding for the RFP is being provided jointly by the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Office of Science and NNSA are also partners in the Department’s Exascale Computing Project. The plan is to deploy one of the systems to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the other at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is planning for a new National Security Collaboration Center. This stand-alone facility would provide a growing need for students looking to study in cybersecurity. The university currently has about 2,500 students in this type of program. The project’s goal is to contribute to the country’s national security.
Opportunities are still available for businesses that would like to connect with the collaboration center. This cybersecurity program is designed to give students a strong pipeline into defense contracting or the federal government. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the National Security Agency in Texas already have a presence at UTSA. Under the plan, those existing offices will be brought together and a secure facility for classified research will be built out. The university also plans to have an “innovation factory” for cybersecurity technology startups.
Other government entities that have been invited to participate in the new center include the 24th Air Force Cyber Command, 25th Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. A timeline for construction has not been released.