Aug 16th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government leaders continually struggle for funding. Budgets are constrained and critical needs are great. That creates great stress. However, public officials have options. Lots of alternative funding is available for projects that result in certain positive outcomes. Alternative revenue sources can be accessed through a number of federally funded programs. And, while these are attractive […]

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

Two city bridge superstructures demolished, moved and replaced in 16 hours? Impossible?  No…it can happen and Utah’s Department of Transportation just proved it. This impossible-sounding accomplishment is a result of a program called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It allows completion of bridge projects in record time. But, these kinds of success stories are not just […]

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

Delays in the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-heralded $1 trillion infrastructure plan are proving costly for deteriorating U.S. roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. And the longer the delay, the more it will cost taxpayers. Tired of delays on a long-awaited new plan, some members of Congress are busy putting together a “Plan B.” […]

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

While some cities manage to balance revenues with citizen services and expectations, others struggle with that because funding and resources are required for critical needs related to transportation, infrastructure, public safety and emergency services. Their revenues are stretched to the breaking point and some citizen services are suffering. Wallethub recently analyzed the operating efficiency of […]

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Aug 2nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Most companies that sell to government love RFIs. These documents, known as Requests for Information (RFIs), alert contractors to upcoming opportunities and allow them time to consider whether to pursue the opportunity. RFIs related to technology are common and fairly easy to track. There are almost always RFIs before large technology projects are launched. Another […]

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Jul 28th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Created three years ago and finally funded this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program may soon announce the first round of funding for water infrastructure projects. The agency has $1.5 billion in available funds and it is all designated for water projects. The EPA announced that 12 of […]

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Jul 26th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Will a majority of Americans give up automobiles and rely on public transportation in the not-too-distant future?  Maybe not, but dependence on public transportation is definitely on the increase. Two things are happening as a result of this. Motorists are being tempted to abandon their automobiles and a large marketplace for companies with transit goods, […]

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Jul 23rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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The wheels on the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan appear to be moving. After months of delays, the president, through an executive order, announced the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Neither the president nor Congress has been able to focus on infrastructure as health care legislation has dominated the early months […]

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Jul 21st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

This will surprise many. A recent report estimates that spending on law enforcement technology in the United States will likely reach $7.6 billion this year and that number will climb exponentially in the next few years. Law enforcement technology includes such things as body armor, cameras, drones, vehicles, biometric software, upgrades to Next Generation emergency […]

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Jul 19th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Here’s something that will shock most taxpayers. Projections are that cities will spend an estimated $150 billion in stormwater infrastructure projects over the next 20 years. That will create a very large marketplace but the action has already started. Spending is increasing at an incredible pace and stormwater projects are being launched throughout the country. […]

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Jul 14th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It sounds a bit futuristic – transportation systems that direct people and resources based on artificial intelligence. Is that really a possibility?  Actually, it’s happening now – in real time! When smart transportation technology first became part of the ever-changing transportation landscape, it was used primarily for traffic management. Now, smart transportation technology is used […]

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Jul 12th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government rarely leads when it comes to technology innovation. That’s because the funding required is simply not available. However, governmental entities are finally moving into the next phase of IT modernization – mobile apps. In the most recent survey, 65 percent of state CIOs reported that less than 20 percent of their applications were able […]

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Jul 7th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government officials in rural America are more “anxious” than “eager” to hear details of the long-awaited $1 trillion Trump infrastructure plan. There’s no way to know how much, if any, will actually trickle down to small and rural areas.  Spokespersons for the administration say rural America will not be overlooked but there is still angst […]

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Jun 30th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Who owns the public infrastructure assets in the U.S.?  If your answer was – the federal government – you would be wrong. There’s lots of talk about infrastructure today and both parties in Congress are advocating for the funding, incentives and support that will be required to repair and expand the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.  But, […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The federal government may not like the Paris Climate Agreement, but state and local elected officials do. This past weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted a large number of mayors who reiterated their commitment to the partnership agreement. These officials visiting Florida for the U.S. Conference of Mayors represent the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan […]

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Jun 23rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It’s true…Siri and Alexa copycats are coming soon to a governmental entity near every one of us. When it happens, it will be because public officials have found new ways to deliver citizen services. In putting creativity and innovation to the test with the objective of creating more efficient ways to respond to citizens while […]

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Jun 21st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The media has focused primarily on cyberattacks related to election systems lately.  Many individuals, public officials and company executives, however, have been just as worried about ransomware attacks. Ransomware attacks infect computer networks with a virus that totally shuts down a computer or a network.  It prevents access and demands payment to release and restore […]

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Jun 16th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

While the $1 trillion Trump Infrastructure Plan was being touted last week by the president and transportation officials, those of us at the annual meeting for the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) in New York were giving considerable attention to one particular aspect of that plan – “asset recycling.” Often misstated, misinterpreted […]

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Jun 14th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It’s impossible to know whether Congress will provide federal funding to stimulate infrastructure spending. Although members from both parties have strongly advocated for addressing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, there is much disagreement about how much funding to allocate and how to leverage the funding. State and local government leaders don’t know whether relief will come […]

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Jun 9th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Snohomish County in the state of Washington is about to be the second county in the United States to become designated a Smart County. Durham County, in North Carolina, was the first. Municipal leaders cornered the market on being recognized as they launched initiatives to combine data, communication and information technology for the benefit of […]

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Jun 7th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

An abundance of rail safety projects are about to be launched. That’s because commuter and intercity passenger railroads must meet a federally mandated December 2018 deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. And, it’s also because the federal government just awarded millions to help transit agencies throughout the U.S. meet that deadline. Additionally, cybersecurity […]

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Jun 2nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Hand-wringing and soul-searching are an integral part of budget decisions being made by government officials. Across the U.S., 31 states faced budget shortfalls at the beginning of 2017.  Legislators in Texas last weekend sent a budget bill to the governor that includes a $1 billion withdrawal from the rainy day fund and an accounting scheme […]

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May 31st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Logo for the Federal Transit Administration

A letter was sent recently to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging the administration to release of $2.4 billion in funds for transit projects.  The funds were previously allocated by the Federal Transit Administration for light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail, streetcar and bus rapid […]

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May 26th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

President Trump’s proposed federal budget for 2018 is causing heartburn for many members of Congress. That’s because it lays out at least $1 trillion in cuts from welfare programs. In spite of that, the budget plan includes some interesting provisions related to infrastructure spending. Without doubt, the president’s proposed federal budget redefines the federal government’s […]

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