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

The $1 trillion Trump-promised federal infrastructure plan is back on the front burner and heating up – again. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao this week predicted that “principles” of the plan, which the president says will leverage $200 billion in federal funding to generate private investments of $1 trillion over 10 years, will be out in […]

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

Who doesn’t love a great sports event? Large crowds, jubilant fans, media coverage, economic opportunities for lots of stakeholders – public officials and the public at large all find much to like!! As a result, universities, school districts and municipalities are now spending billions on athletic facility construction projects. That’s creating an abundance of opportunities […]

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

Strange things can happen during legislative budget negotiations. As bizarre as it sounds, when legislators begin cutting budgets even agencies that are major drivers of the economy are sometimes the first to suffer. That has been the plight of state parks throughout the country in recent times. As a result, with park visitation growing at […]

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May 10th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Image representing a search for public safety projects

Government contractors usually want to know when and where new markets are emerging. So, here’s a tip – watch what’s happening across the country in the area of public safety projects. Construction, engineering and architectural firms will find an abundance of upcoming opportunities related to public safety projects. And, when construction is taking place, there […]

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May 5th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Finished 500m tube installation for Hyperloop trial of high-speed train technology in the Nevada Desert.

High-speed trains, carrying both freight and passengers, now speed along at up to 200 miles per hour in China. Computer-operated electric pod cars travel on tracks at West Virginia University, carrying up to 20 passengers at a time across campus. Singapore claims to be the first country to play host to a full self-driving taxi […]

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

The low-level buzz surrounding the $1 trillion Trump administration infrastructure plan is starting to swirl again, and private-sector firms interested in participating in water public-private partnerships should pay close attention. Many government contractors, potential partners and investors in public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs), are heartened by the very recent release of a Request for Information (RFI) by […]

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

A bank located in the Northeast has drawn the attention of state officials nationwide. The three-year-old bank, however, is not your typical loans, checking account and cash services bank. In the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, New Jersey suffered from debilitating damages to residential, commercial and public property. Just […]

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

Most companies, upon deciding to pursue opportunities with a specific governmental entity, develop a “Go-To-Market” strategy.  One of the more interesting new strategies that allows companies to capture the attention of public officials today is to participate in a pilot or demonstration project.  This is becoming extremely common…and it now appears to be a major […]

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

When President Donald Trump asked industry stakeholders for input regarding regulatory relief as part of presidential initiatives such as his proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan, he got an earful. From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Association of Manufacturers, everyone had something to say about regulations and how permitting processes could be streamlined. […]

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Apr 19th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo illustrating drone cameras

Disruption has reached almost every aspect of public safety and technology is changing everything.  Heard about drones?  Welcome to the world of the future where there is total transparency. Drone technology is great but it is important to remember that now, and in the future, it is best never to think that no one is […]

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

Infrastructure failures are always costly, dangerous and often disastrous. They are occurring all too often these days and are simply symptomatic of the overall state of the country’s infrastructure. Although the year is young, 2017 has already brought numerous major infrastructures failures in many of the states. California has been hit particularly hard by damages […]

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

A multi-billion-dollar investment is about to be made in public safety infrastructure throughout the United States and every community in America will be impacted. A contract valued at $6.5 billion for the first five years of its 25-year term has been awarded to U.S. wireless carrier AT&T by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) for […]

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Apr 5th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Mar 31st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Few individuals are clamoring to become the next mayor of a major city in the U.S.  It is, without a doubt, one of the hardest jobs in the country. Funding is such a concern that positive economic projections are quickly overshadowed by the reality that state and federal funding assistance is being radically reduced or […]

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Mar 29th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

City leaders have lots of priorities, but perhaps none more critical than affordable housing! Teachers, medical personnel, public safety officers, first responders and others need to be able to live downtown, but because urban real estate is so expensive, it is almost impossible for them to find affordable housing. City leaders know they must change […]

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Mar 24th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Logo for the District of Columbia's Office of Public-Private Partnerships

If there’s a manual anywhere on public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs), it may have been written in Washington, D.C.  But, not, as one might suspect, by lawmakers in the halls of the U.S. Congress.  The manual could have been written by some visionary locally elected leaders of the Council of the District of Columbia. Many local government […]

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