Jan 4th 2017 | Posted in News by Government Contracting Pipeline

Martin Klepper has been named executive director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Build America Bureau.  Klepper is a senior partner in an international law firm known for developing, financing, acquiring and selling transportation, energy and other large infrastructure projects. “We are pleased to have someone with Martin’s significant experience and expertise at the […]

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Nov 16th 2016 | Posted in News by Government Contracting Pipeline
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U.S. Department of Transportation logo

U.S. Department of Transportation officials named 25 members to the new National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI).  The committee will consist public and private sector stakeholders involved in the transportation, travel and tourism industries.  The group will advise the department on current and emerging priorities, issues, projects and funding needs related to […]

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Nov 16th 2016 | Posted in News by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal quiet car standard will help pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have low vision, detect the presence, direction and location […]

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Nov 10th 2016 | Posted in News by Priscilla Loebenberg

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $392.2 million to fund nine capital projects at UT academic and health institutions. The money will come from Permanent University Fund (PUF) bonds to be used, for the first time, for cross-institutional facilities funding in an effort to break down operational silos and leverage system resources. The team of […]

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Oct 18th 2016 | Posted in News by Government Contracting Pipeline
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The Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition is calling on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to redirect proposed highway funds to Baltimore-area rail projects. The transit advocates describe the projects as links in a regional rail network that would run from Delaware to West Virginia and connect the Baltimore and Washington Metro systems. The coalition wants to use the […]

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Sep 28th 2016 | Posted in News by Priscilla Loebenberg
September is National Preparedness Month

The White House has announced new resiliency initiatives based on the findings of the 2016 National Preparedness Report, released in March by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report identified vulnerabilities and areas for improvement in the country’s ability to respond to and recover from natural disasters, technological hazards, acts of terrorism and other […]

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Sep 8th 2016 | Posted in News, Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The Department of Transportation launched the first model of a National Transit Map, an open data map with information from 270 agencies detailing nearly 400,000 stops and stations on nearly 10,000 routes. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the transit map assembles information provided by local agencies into a national geospatial interface. “With this information in hand, […]

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Aug 31st 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News by Mary Scott Nabers
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The recent hacking (this month) into a network affiliated with the National Security Agency (NSA) has had a sobering effect on many who believed the agency was the pinnacle of online security. The agency’s cyber spy division was hacked by another sophisticated group of hackers called The Shadow Brokers. Frightening? You bet! Dangerous? Absolutely! Even […]

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Aug 31st 2016 | Posted in News, Transportation by Priscilla Loebenberg

More than $14 million has been awarded to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to sustain the Highway Trust Fund. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants for eight pilot projects on Tuesday. “Reliable funding is essential to ensuring we have a sound transportation system to support the […]

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Aug 30th 2016 | Posted in News by Priscilla Loebenberg
USDA awards $18.9 million for agricultural research facilities

Historically black land-grant colleges and universities will be able to build or improve agriculture and food science research facilities with $18.9 million in grants. The awards were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture this week. The awards were made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program. “These awards help […]

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Aug 5th 2016 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News by Mary Scott Nabers
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Every city seems to want more parks. And, when real estate is at a premium and park land is scarce, officials often develop parks in very strange places. New York City, the nation’s largest city, recently announced plans to convert vacant underground space in a subway station into a park. This very strange space, which […]

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Jul 15th 2016 | Posted in News by J Lyn Carl
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Spend some time exploring a floating cabin in the Gulf of Mexico that is “home” to men and women – and often their K9 partners – searching for those who violate Texas laws. Ride along as a handful of often unheralded heroes rescue victims from deadly floodwaters in Texas. They’re the men and women who […]

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Jul 8th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
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Ellis was named the Democratic nominee to be the permanent replacement for the late El Franco Lee, who died in January, on the Harris County Commissioners Court. He still needs to win the November election, but that is nothing more than a formality since he will run unopposed. The Precinct 1 commissioner represents 1.2 million people and controls a budget of more than $200 million.

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Jun 22nd 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller

Columbus officials have said they would use the grant money to develop a transit pass payment system that could be used for various transportation options, including COTA buses and app-based car services. Designed to include households that don’t have credit cards, or even bank accounts, and are thus heavily dependent on cash. The plan is to install kiosks that will enable riders to reload transit cards and to develop a citywide smartphone app that would include a universal payment system.

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Jun 10th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
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U.S. Department of Transportation logo

Adler’s presentation highlighted Austin’s intention to build a pilot program to test self-driving cars using the closed environment of the city’s airport. The city also plans to use the grant funds to build out its intelligent transportation systems with sensors installed throughout roadways that will convey data to a central transportation management source.

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May 20th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
Image of the logo for the Texas Water Development Board, which approved contracts for brackish water studies

2017 State Water Plan includes $62 billion worth of projects through 2070 Members of Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) this week approved two major developments. First, they formally approved the 2017 State Water Plan, which maps out the state’s water needs, goals and expectations through 2070 and includes $62 billion in projects. Second, the board members […]

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May 4th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
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The initial year’s funding will cover everything from planting trees and striping bike lanes to street improvements and stormwater and sewer upgrades. The largest expenditure — accounting for about half of 2017’s budget allocation for the program — is beginning the implementation of the city’s Pure Water program, which has as its goal the creation of an independent, drought-proof local water supply.

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May 4th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
Image of USACE, which has 25 new projects in the Water Resources Development Act pf 2016

More than half of the bill’s potential appropriations, $4.5 billion worth, would go toward water infrastructure projects nationwide. Within that amount is $220 million in direct emergency assistance for the city of Flint, Mich., and other communities that are dealing with lead contamination and other hazardous drinking water issues.

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Mar 30th 2016 | Posted in News by Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Barton, Guzmán, Redington join firm’s team of government affairs experts Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) has added three veterans of public service to its team of procurement consultants. John Barton spent 30 years with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Ana “Cha” Guzmán served in leadership roles for community colleges throughout the country and Penny Redington […]

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Feb 12th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller

March 1 election combined with competitive fields puts Texas voters in unusual position With an earlier than usual presidential primary date, Texans will finally have an important say in nominating presidential candidates this year after years of getting to vote only after nominees of both parties have more or less already been selected. So often, […]

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Jan 22nd 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
Map showing the Forts to Ports I-14 corridor
Map courtesy of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition

Congressional roads bill paves way for Forts to Ports interstate Lost amid the celebration and analysis following last fall’s passage of a Congressional transportation bill was the fact that Texas will soon be home to another interstate highway. Thanks to a few Texas congressmen and a senator, what’s being called the Central Texas Corridor will […]

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Jan 6th 2016 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
Photo of Horton Plaza Park, one of the many San Diego development projects underway
Photo of Horton Plaza Park by bcgrote licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Amid $6.4 billion of construction, downtown seeing public, private investment San Diego is positively jumping with new investment and development. More than 60 San Diego development projects are currently under construction downtown or soon could be. Included in all of this tumult are new residential towers that brought almost 1,250 new apartment units to the […]

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Nov 13th 2015 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller

 Attorney General’s office also rings in leadership changes John Hellerstedt, the chief medical officer for the Seton Family of Hospitals, has been named the new commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). He will succeed David Lakey, who left that post in January, and Interim Commissioner Kirk Cole. Hellerstedt has previously served […]

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Nov 6th 2015 | Posted in News by Peter Partheymuller
Image with a construction sign that reads road work ahead. With many successful bond elections in November 2015, many construction projects in Texas will be initiated.
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More than 60 successful bond elections to fund infrastructure improvements Voters throughout the state were emphatic in their statement of intent this week, approving a great majority of bond propositions put forth by cities, counties and school districts. In total, 61 local government entities saw successful bond elections, with more than $8.7 billion approved by […]

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