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New Webinar Series: Delivering Capital Improvements with Limited Resources

May 28, 2020

We understand that your professional development resources are constrained these days. So, when it’s harder for you to send your staff to conferences, Freese and Nichols is bringing the learning opportunities to you.

We are kicking off a series of free webinars to help you find ways to meet your constituents’ needs amid budget shortfalls. The classes are taught by our experienced professionals — bringing expertise in management, funding, engineering and more — and tailored to municipal organizations like yours.

Read on for more details and registration links; if the timing of any session doesn’t work for you, please contact us for alternate arrangements.

We're licensed to award one PDH for each class in many states.
(For Florida attendees: Florida Provider No. 0008234; level of difficulty: moderate)


Prioritizing Critical Infrastructure (CIP) Needs In a Challenging Environment

Date: Wednesday, July 15

Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. – noon EST

Presenter: Jessica Brown, Trey Shanks

Description: In every budget year, significant competition exists for CIP budget with needs including growth, infrastructure renewal, operational, regulatory, deficiencies and economic development. Projected revenue shortfalls resulting from  the current pandemic and economic conditions in 2020 have further complicated budget allocations. Determining critical infrastructure needs and prioritizing projects can be challenging, and this presentation will provide an overview of tools and approaches that can be used for tracking and prioritizing projects and analyzing multiple scenarios.  

REGISTER HERE: Prioritizing Critical Infrastructure (CIP) Needs In a Challenging Environment


Is Collaborative Project Delivery Right for My Organization? Best Practices for Delivery of Capital Projects.

Date: Wednesday, July 29

Time: 10 am – 11 am CST / 11 am – 12 pm EST

Presenter: Chuck Wolf, Doug Herbst 

Collaborative Project Delivery approaches such as Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and Design-Build (DB), once known as “alternative delivery,” are now mainstream in the public sector. However, owners must understand many procurement and execution practices to be successful in a collaborative environment. This session will review these differences and provide best practices to keep in mind as you consider a transition to collaborative delivery.

REGISTER HERE: Is Collaborative Project Delivery Right for My Organization?


Previous Webinars

Navigating Texas’ New Funding for Disaster Mitigation 

Mitigation against disaster is now more important than ever, but figuring out how to pay for it can be difficult. Don’t miss out on this year’s new funding sources to assist with disaster mitigation: The Texas Water Development Board’s Flood Infrastructure Fund (applications due June 15) and the Texas General Land Office’s Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation funds. This presentation will explain each program and help you with ideas on how to access these funds.

What Water Planning Can Teach Flood Planning

The flood planning effort passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019 represents a new, essential and ambitious undertaking for the state. But the framework looks familiar: It follows the structure of the state water plan, a successful model that over the past two decades has enabled Texas to integrate the disparate needs of our sprawling state into a long-range plan. That two decades-plus of experience has taught valuable lessons in innovation, collaboration and data analysis that can be applied to flood planning.

Getting Projects Out the Door with Limited Time and Resources

Description: Many municipalities and agencies face the challenge of needing major infrastructure to keep up with a rapidly growing population but lacked the resources to deliver a large capital improvement program (CIP) of the magnitude required. This webinar provides key strategies that can be used to help deliver necessary capital improvements through development of a customized Capital Project Delivery Plan that takes advantage of both internal and external resources.