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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Mar 22nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

General contractors, engineers and architectural firms watch school bond elections carefully because the bond packages represent upcoming opportunities worth billions of dollars. One must wonder why thousands of other types of firms are not watching bond elections as diligently also. When a bond referendum is passed at any jurisdictional level, the contracting opportunities are not […]

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

Imagine receiving a bill that escalates each month in spite of no additional spending, fees or interest being added. That’s what is happening in many governmental entities. It’s happening on college campuses, in public school districts, cities, counties and states throughout the country. The dollar amount is accumulating at an alarming rate. The culprit? Deferred […]

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

City, county and state officials are watching a gathering storm carefully.  It’s potentially ominous… and it is capable of making a direct hit on any governmental jurisdiction in the U.S.! A backlog of deferred maintenance threatens to wreak havoc on credit ratings and create enough chaos to generate dangerous scrutiny for elected officials. There are […]

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

Texas is on a course to build the state’s longest oil pipeline in almost a decade. Financing for the 730-mile oil pipeline has been secured and although a construction start date has not been announced, the plan is for the project to be completed by 2019. The Eagle Ford, Permian, Ingleside and Corpus (“EPIC”) pipeline […]

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

Campus safety has never been easy or simple. Now, the responsibility is truly awesome. In the last few years, there have been dozens of horrific incidents and now that a number of states allow guns on campus, the job of providing for campus safety has become increasingly more difficult and complicated. Most universities have focused on […]

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

There’s lots of news about major cities launching public-private partnerships (P3s) to rebuild, upgrade and improve urban assets. The P3s have become attractive because of a lack of public funding and an abundance of private-sector capital just waiting to be tapped. But, there’s not much news about P3s in smaller cities or in rural areas. […]

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Feb 24th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The tallest tree in the world, a coast redwood named Hyperion, reaches almost 380 feet into the skies over the Redwood National Park in California. On the other side of the world, some other very special trees are part of a project that will eclipse the reach of Hyperion by more than 275 feet. The […]

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Feb 22nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Here’s something shocking… A recent report revealed that smart traffic management could save 4.2 billion man hours worldwide annually by 2021. If that happened, it would mean that every motorist in a crowded city would save roughly one full working day per year. Transportation data, the focus of most smart city initiatives, is helping city […]

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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 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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