Update: For a rundown of green building provisions in the stimulus pacakge, see this post.
This week, in preparation for my "Green in the Stimulus" presentation, I have been providing what I hope is interesting and useful information about the stimulus. Today we are briefly going to review a new website in Virginia, Stimulus.Virginia.gov, which is vitally important to anyone expecting to take part in Virginia projects resulting from the stimulus.
According to Stimulus.Virignia.gov, the "website is a forum for citizens, localities, and others to submit project proposals to be considered when federal stimulus funds become available." In its current iteration, the most interesting aspect of the website is the "Reports" section . This section lists projects that have been submitted to the website by municipalities and individuals.
I have skimmed this list and was amazed to see that the very first project was a school seeking LEED certification.
Do you realize the opportunity that Stimulus.Virginia.Gov, along with FedBizOpps.gov, provide? Through these two websites, you can inventory all of the potential projects you would want to bid on and begin preparing for these projects now. Plenty of other states have similar stimulus websites (Ohio and Michigan, for example) so these actions aren’t limited to Virginia.
How do you prepare for these projects now? What are the risks that have to be accounted for and what should your contracts look like? You will have to come to my presentation on Tuesday to find out! (Or check back on my website when I make my slideshow, and possibly the video of the presentation, available).