Virginia– The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has posted a request for proposals (RFP) seeking qualified contractors to help deploy strategies that will strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry. Proposals are due by June 22. Strategies from the chosen contractor will be used to inform offshore wind (OSW) development firms, the Virginia maritime industry and state and local decision-makers.
Those replying to the RFP should have expertise in OSW development, particularly as it relates to the industry supply chain, port infrastructure requirements, build-out of the various OSW supply chain sectors and long-term maritime service needs. Questions regarding the content of this RFP must be submitted on or before June 12 through email to Al Christopher at Al.Christopher@dmme.virginia.gov.
Washington, D.C.– The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes a significant boost in financial support for water and wastewater projects. It provides $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.2 billion in FY 2017.
The Florida Governmental Utility Authority will receive $12.9 million to purchase the city of Dunnellon’s water and wastewater systems. Currently, the user rates for these systems are among the highest in the area. By funding this utility purchase, user rates will stay at more affordable levels and will allow the authority to complete system improvements. The United Regional Water Cooperative in Illinois will receive $9.2 million to construct a water treatment plant for a newly organized water cooperative near Illiopolis in Logan County. Moore County, N.C., will receive $4.8 million to provide sewer service to the town of Vass. Nearly 40 percent of the town’s residents and businesses use privately-owned septic tanks and drain fields, many of which have exceeded their useful life. The new wastewater collection system will address widespread health and sanitary issues. View all recipients of the Water and Waste Disposal Program here.
North Carolina– New Hanover County is exploring the option of entering into a public-private partnership (P3) for redevelopment of a 3-acre county-owned block in downtown Wilmington. The county issued a request for qualifications to find the most qualified project teams. The top teams will be invited to submit a full development proposal by December.
The county has envisioned a public library, Cape Fear Museum, usable green space and a parking deck. A space needs analysis was recently conducted to identify the needs of both the museum and library. In the new fiscal year, the county plans to conduct a separate study to determine the future use of the existing museum site on Market Street. Proposals will be reviewed at the beginning of 2019 for “Project Grace” and the public will then be given the opportunity to provide input.
Maine– The state of Maine has agreed to pay for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot facility that will replace the town of Monmouth’s middle and grade schools. Regional School Unit 2 (RSU 2), plans to seek bids for the project, break ground in July and open the new school as soon as January 2020. The new facility will replace Monmouth Middle and Henry L. Cottrell Elementary schools.
The total cost of the project is $26.7 million, including the purchase of land on Academy Road where the school will be built. The state has agreed to pay almost all of that, except for $71,995 that the district had to spend on the new site. Construction of the new school will cost an estimated $20.7 million. RSU 2 has taken out a bond to fund the project and, as it starts paying that bond back next year, the state will reimburse the district for the costs.