Grumman proposal: 'proprietary information'
Northrop Grumman wants to design, construct, maintain and
finance a public safety building for Roanoke County. The
county's current public safety building is a converted school
that was built in the 1930s as a New Deal public-works project.
The defense contractor hopes to use a process made possible by
new state legislation that allows public-private partnerships in
the construction and financing of public facilities. The new law
was written by lobbyists hired by Northrop Grumman and several
other corporations, according to Ronald Miner, a business
development manager for the company.
The project's price is a secret, considered proprietary
information under the law. The company wants to use a financing
method its representatives won't talk about in public
The legislation that makes this possible is the Public-Private
Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act. It works like
A company studies a government need and designs a project to
fill it. If the government likes the general idea, it can accept up
to $50,000 from the company to finance an evaluation of the plan.
If the plan is approved, other companies have 45 days to produce
competing proposals. Once a plan is approved, the company and the
government negotiate schedules, prices and financing.
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