Riverside County is ready for a $4B gigabit fiber network

California- Riverside County (RIVCO) is searching for participants that are interested in building a gigabit network. Responses are due Aug. 15 and a telecommunications partner or partners will be selected in the fall to build out the gigabit fiber network. The RIVCOconnect Broadband Initiative, a $2 billion to $4 billion public-private partnership (P3) with the goal of building a gigabit fiber network, represents the first time that a regional P3 has worked to install fiber optic infrastructure on such a large scale with multiple local governments in the United States. This project does not depend on taxpayer dollars and cities in Riverside County are not seeking to own or operate the fiber network. Instead, RIVCOconnect is designed to make it possible for the private sector to distribute the network.
Riverside County’s 7,200 square miles contain nearly one million homes, apartments, businesses and institutions that need high-speed internet access. The county, its 28 cities, and all participating tribal nations have signed on to a common resolution to support the effort. Each entity has agreed to streamline and expedite often time-consuming permitting processes in order to speed the process along. Among the ideas to facilitate the process are “dig-once” policies that allow fiber conduits to be installed whenever a roadway is opened for construction, as well as coordinating activities countywide through a single point of contact. These ideas and others could help eliminate hurdles that would amount to as much as 30 percent of construction costs, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars on the project.

Bellone proposes $193M capital budget for Suffolk County

New York– Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone revealed a $192.6 million capital budget for 2018 and a $1.055 billion three-year capital plan this week. The capital budget is a 12 percent decrease from last year’s capital plan and the three-year program has seen a decrease of $19 million from the current multiyear plan. In addition to the reduced spending, Bellone also is keeping the issuance of bonds under $100 million. His 2018 proposal includes only $95.8 million funded through bonds which is an 18 percent reduction.
The budget still includes more than $300 million in projects for the Southwest Sewer district but instead of using funds from bond issuances, the projects will be funded through the sewer district stabilization fund. Included in the funds set aside for the Southwest Sewer district is a $200 million project to replace the outfall pipe, with construction planned to begin this fall. If additional funding is needed, the Environmental Facilities Corporation financing is available as a partial alternative. The budget also has set aside $46.7 million for highway work, which includes $18 million for road repairs and $19.1 million for bridge repairs.
The 2018-20 capital plan proposal includes $11 million for public safety projects such as an accredited police fingerprint laboratory, replacement of the police IT system and new canine headquarters with a training facility and kennels. The proposal also allocates $8.2 million for park work including $2.25 million to improve the Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville. Other projects in the proposal includes expansion of the two lactation stations for nursing mothers in county buildings and a new online system for payment of delinquent taxes. A public hearing on the capital plans has been planned for April 25 by the county legislature. Legislators will consider amendments on June 6 and are required to adopt a final version by June 30.

Three public-private partnership opportunities available/coming soon in the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.- In November 2016, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Office of Public-Private Partnerships gathered policy experts, public officials and residents at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies to discuss the city’s infrastructure. During the event, the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, outlined a few of the active P3 projects in the district, which include conversions of street lights to LEDs and additional smart city technology as well as infrastructure necessary to bring the Henry J. Daly Building and Corrections Center up to date.
The District has more than 71,000 lights which use a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a P3 to retrofit the lights with more energy efficient light-emitting diode bulbs. An additional opportunity exists to incorporate smart city technologies in the light facilities that provide broadband WiFi, enhanced cell phone services, information kiosks and sensors. The request for proposals (RFP) was released in March and in June public meetings will be held and a draft RFP will be submitted for council review.
The Henry J. Daly Building, located at 300 Indiana Avenue, serves as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Department. An RFP will be released in the coming weeks for a P3 that would include design, build, finance and maintenance of the building to house the police and other government agencies. The current 450,000-square-foot facility was built in 1941. Approximately 100,000 square feet of swing space is also desired to house police personnel during the construction process.
The Department of Corrections is seeking the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new corrections center that consolidates the existing Correctional Treatment Facility and the Central Detention Facility, located at 1901 D Street. The new facility must be able to accommodate the current inmate population, with the flexibility to adjust for future populations. The facility must include support services for health, dental, food services, laundry, job training, recreation, education, work assignments and more. The facility will be located on the existing site or another property owned by the District government or a third party. Administration offices of the Department of Corrections are located in a separate building. These offices, approximately 80 staff in 20,0000 square feet, could be consolidated in the new facility. The District is also considering the potential to house more inmates currently held in out-of-state facilities being managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The RFP for this project will be released in the coming weeks.

Madison County envisions healing center through P3

Kentucky– Madison County Judge Reagan Taylor has had a longstanding dream for an innovative, comprehensive attack on the substance abuse epidemic. With the help of a public-private partnership (P3) the program would allow people in the early stages of substance abuse to be provided with initial detox and then long-term addiction recovery. After this treatment, participants would receive vocational training and then be given internships working for county agencies such as the animal shelter, solid waste and road departments.
These recovering addicts would also be given training in “life skills” and opportunities for transitional housing. The program would then stay in touch with and provide help to participants long after they have been on their own. This type of comprehensive plan to tackle substance abuse is nonexistent anywhere else in the country. The county’s detention center often holds nearly twice the intended number of inmates, with others housed in other counties’ facilities. Local taxpayers already contribute $3.1 million more than statutorily required each year to fund the jail and sheriff’s department. Thus, the program he envisions can be cost effective, he added. While no firm cost estimate can be made until proposals have been received, officials remain hopeful that Taylor’s plan will be a cost-effective solution to this growing problem.
The RFP for this creation of a “healing center” was recently posted on the county’s website. Proposals will be due July 7, but any entity wanting to participate must attend an April 24 meeting. A screening committee will review proposals on July 24 and potential partners will be announced Aug. 2.