Feb 17th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

At Midwestern State University (MSU), it’s not a matter of “If you build it, they will come.” Rather, MSU officials have adopted an “If they can’t come to us, we’ll go to them” strategy.  They are going where the students are. The Wichita Falls-based university recently unveiled a bold and unique partnership that offers an […]

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Feb 15th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Ever heard of FirstNet? Most citizens haven’t…and those who have don’t know much about it. Yet, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a public entity that is about to put $6.5 billion to work throughout the country. FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that was created in […]

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Feb 10th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Preserving the past while creating the future – that’s the city of San Antonio’s objective as it turns an iconic city property into an “urban oasis.” Through a series of public-private partnerships (P3s), San Antonio’s Hemisfair park area is being reincarnated and reinvented. The park is a holdover from the 1968 World’s Fair – HemisFair […]

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Feb 8th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

A recent survey that graded states on their tech portfolios revealed something very interesting. The news is good for technology firms – it appears that most levels of government are about to begin upgrading old legacy systems through modernization efforts. Information technology experts have long questioned why government moved so slowly to replace and upgrade […]

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Feb 3rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The Texas A&M University System has had a goal of “leading change in the world” for a very long time. Lately, however, it seems that progress toward the goal is in overdrive. The university’s latest contribution to leading change is an effort to create a premier public-private research, technology development and education complex. If there […]

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Feb 1st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

People are now outnumbered by internet-connected devices and every device has data that must be collected, maintained, transmitted, stored and protected.  Most of the data goes directly to what is called “the cloud.” We live in a world where the care and storage of data has become a major responsibility, and one that is continually […]

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Jan 27th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Dr. Carol Tamminga (left) and Dr. Elena Ivleva demonstrate a diagnostic brain test developed at the O’Donnell Brain Institute to identify types of psychosis. Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

There is a “grand expedition” underway in Dallas…and it is bringing together the best and brightest in science and medicine. I had an opportunity to hear all about it recently and take an incredible tour in Dallas, Texas. Some of the greatest minds in neurological research, treatment and care have joined forces at the Peter […]

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Jan 20th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

For four decades, help has been just one phone call away. Whether saving lives or protecting property, the country’s 911 systems were the foundation of how first responders and emergency personnel handled crisis situations in America. Now, however, the basic emergency communication provided by 911 systems and operators has been expanded and enhanced with apps […]

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Jan 18th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure, Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

After many months of hearing both presidential candidates talk about their plans for rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure, there is now doubt about whether this will really happen. According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans oppose the idea. Sixty-six percent of respondents in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll say they “strongly” oppose […]

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Jan 13th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

From autonomous vehicles to renewable energy sources, U.S. cities are in flux. In fact, cities are changing so quickly, it would no doubt shock city leaders of yesteryear. Smart City technology is creating new municipal environments. New strategies are in place and innovative services and solutions have emerged. The bottom line? Cities will never again […]

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Jan 11th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Companies with renewable energy services and products should be making friends with public officials in municipalities throughout the country. That’s definitely where renewable power projects are occurring. Cities have numerous priorities and mandates, but every municipality is focused on sustainability, cost reduction and reducing the consequences of climate change. Many are taking bold steps to launch […]

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Jan 6th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, P3/PPP, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The forward-thinking governor this week announced his $10 billion plan to redevelop the JFK Airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest aviation facility. To transform this aging transportation […]

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Jan 4th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Seems everyone is talking about infrastructure and all eyes are on Washington to see if the new president is going to launch a huge infrastructure reform. But, there is heated discussion also about a different type of infrastructure – city streets. The winds of change are creating very interesting trends…ones that are definitely worth watching. […]

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Dec 29th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Construction firms interested in capturing new business in 2017 should definitely not overlook the government marketplace. It’s possible that this is where most of the action will be! Construction is pending on a proposed $150 million Texas project – a new Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg. In Maryland, Montgomery County officials have requested development proposals […]

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Dec 28th 2016 | Posted in Infrastructure, Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, P3/PPP, Public Safety, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

Last summer, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of the Build America Bureau. It was heralded as a one-stop shop to provide assistance to government entities in need of funding for transportation infrastructure projects. The new bureau was designed to provide support, information, expertise and advice related to DOT credit […]

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Dec 21st 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

People who don’t regularly use public transportation often fail to realize how important it is for millions of people in the U.S. In some parts of the country, families make decisions about where to live, what jobs are preferable and which schools children attend based primarily on the availability of public transportation. Readers who doubt […]

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Dec 16th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is alive and well in cities from Dallas, Texas, to Leeds, England. Singapore is said to be one of the very smartest among cities earning designation as a “smart city” when it comes to IoT technology solutions. The U.S., unfortunately, is not the global leader when it comes to the […]

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Dec 9th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Just mention the word “cybersecurity” and chief information officers (CIOs) shudder. In governmental agencies, the shuddering may be even more pronounced. Fears of cyber attacks during last month’s general election, an increasing number of ransomware incidents, data breaches in governmental agencies and cyber hackers with unbelievable skill sets – that’s what keeps CIOs on edge. […]

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Dec 7th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Facebook wants to invest $20 million in San Francisco to help with the city’s severe affordable housing shortage. Other private-sector firms are stepping up to similar contributions in other cities. What’s happening? Perhaps it is the realization of how important it is to have affordable living options in the country’s major cities. Municipal leaders grapple […]

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Dec 2nd 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Rarely does a session of the Texas Legislature end without aggressive advocacy from local government leaders with one unified message – “No more unfunded mandates, please.” State and federal officials all too often push government obligations down to city and county levels and then allocate no funding to pay for the new mandates. As painful […]

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Nov 29th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Image of an example of a green infrastructure project
Oyster reef restoration in Mobile Bay, AL, as part of the Restore Coastal Alabama project.

After the November election, infrastructure reform is one of only a few topics that can be discussed with civility. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t conflicting opinions about how to fix the problems. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to infuse $1 trillion into infrastructure spending, but Congress will have a strong hand in approving the […]

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Nov 18th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) recently reported that pavement on 32 percent of America’s roadways is in substandard condition. That results in very rough rides for motorists. Vehicles don’t hold up well under constant jarring and tires don’t last long either…but that’s only a fraction of the real cost for motorists. The accelerating deterioration of […]

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Nov 16th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo by Luke Jones is licensed under CC BY 2.0

On Nov. 8, voters gave a huge show of support by approving transportation bond packages that allocated billions of dollars in funding for major public projects across the country. Front and center in many of the transportation bond referendums were transit projects of all types. Contractors, engineers, planning firms, environmental companies and consultants will be […]

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