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

College and university executives struggle valiantly as the gap between their critical funding needs and the revenues they receive grows larger each year. State spending on public higher education is now well below pre-Recession allocations, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A recent report notes that state funding for colleges and universities […]

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

Senators worked until past midnight in early December to pass their version of a federal tax reform bill. Since the House had passed its version earlier, both houses of Congress are now negotiating final compromises. There are plans to get a bill on the president’s desk by Christmas. Local government leaders, however, are not happy […]

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Dec 6th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Here’s something important to watch!  Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a bipartisan bill to increase the funding available for water infrastructure projects in the future. They are monitoring debate on the reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The bill under consideration would double the program’s authorized funding […]

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

Many large cities have been so successful in revitalizing downtown areas, it’s now extremely difficult to find parking, to secure restaurant reservations or lease retail space. People wait for years to lease condos in revitalized urban areas and real estate prices have increased significantly. In far too many other American cities, however, downtown areas are […]

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) – to many individuals, it is exciting. Others may find it frightening and to some it could be significantly disruptive. The way you feel about AI likely depends on where you live, how you work, your age and whether or not AI will threaten your career. Autonomous cars and public transit will […]

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Nov 17th 2017 | Posted in News by Mary Scott Nabers

Most motorists pay little attention to “rest stops” along the highway. But, some traveling Americans look for them and appreciate a place to enjoy a snack or a short nap. Now, state legislators are beginning to look at highway rest areas as very attractive, hot properties. That’s because of their revenue-producing potential. What’s turning heads […]

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

Uber believes the way to avoid traffic congestion is simple – just fly over it. Before laughing, read on. Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a new air traffic control system to manage their next project, a fleet of low-flying – possibly autonomous – aircraft. The project, which will be […]

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

It’s been a contentious week in Congress! The newly minted federal tax reform bill has supporters and detractors and they all have strong opinions. One provision in the bill, however, has attracted an abundance of attention – both from the public at large as well as from private-sector companies of all types – and almost […]

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

At the federal level of government, environmental standards for power are being rolled back and regulation is being reduced as fossil fuels make a rebound. But, at the local levels of government, green energy is one of the hottest top priorities. City leaders, with great support from citizens, are moving aggressively to launch green energy […]

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

A scant two months ago, Hurricane Harvey roared onto shore at Rockport on the way to ravaging the Texas Gulf Coast and inland areas from Houston to the Golden Triangle – becoming the nation’s costliest hurricane on record. The historic and catastrophic storm left behind a multi-billion-dollar trail of damages and destruction from flooding and […]

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

When the Hurricane Harvey federal disaster relief funding spigot finally opens in Washington, D.C., Texas cities and counties with recovery projects – some of which will be mega-million dollar projects – are hopeful their projects will be among those funded. And when the funding starts flowing, contracting opportunities will be abundant. Private-sector firms throughout the […]

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Oct 27th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Electronic vehicles (EVs) are still all the rage. Government leaders definitely like them and want them…but there is a capacity problem. Of the 250-260 million vehicles on U.S. roads last year, only about 540,000 of those were EVs. And of the 17.6 million cars produced last year, only 134,000 were electric. The slow evolution of […]

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Oct 25th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create. Small businesses are the backbone of the nation and an essential part of every regional economy. […]

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

Cyberattacks, data breaches and ransomware demands have become almost common in the public sector.  Hackers intent on hacking into critical government networks have become a huge problem for public officials. The stress this creates for chief technology officers (CIOs) is great and because of that, most are very receptive to collaborative efforts with private-sector partners. […]

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

The battle between President Donald Trump and the National Football League (NFL) regarding players being allowed to kneel during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem is headed into overtime. The brouhaha has dominated the news for weeks and it centers on some NFL players “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem.  […]

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

Very large contracting opportunities are being announced weekly in regions with U.S. seaports.  Literally billions of dollars will be spent in the near future on all types of public projects related to ports. The American Association of Port Authorities estimates ports and private-sector partners will spend $154.8 billion over the next five years on seaport […]

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Oct 6th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The president’s proposed $1 trillion national infrastructure plan has become something of an anomaly. Once a highly touted campaign promise, the long-awaited plan has been void of any specifics and last spring was reduced to a set of ambiguous “principles.” However, both pre-campaign and post-inauguration, Trump’s proposal relied heavily on capital investment by the private […]

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

With every aspect of life becoming increasingly digital, Internet access is crucial for individuals, law enforcement, healthcare providers, companies and communities. For rural America, Internet connectivity is literally imperative for a community’s survival. Economic development is impossible without broadband and families expect their children to have access to the Internet so they are not hampered […]

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Sep 27th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The very recent Equifax data breach was another ominous “wake-up call.” Americans were reminded once again that our data networks are very vulnerable.  More significant, though, is the fact that cyberattacks don’t just involve data breaches. Critical infrastructure can be compromised just as easily – water systems, electrical grids, airports and public transportation. Lives can […]

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

In 2016, about $88.9 billion was spent in educational construction work in the United States. That’s the largest year-over-year dollar value increase since 2008. And with enrollments increasing in classrooms in Pre-K to post-secondary public schools and colleges and universities, that trend is expected to continue, creating thousands of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms. When […]

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

Local contractors throughout the U.S. like to be able to anticipate upcoming opportunities. Not all, however, know how to uncover that type of information. Our researchers analyze lots of public documents so identifying upcoming opportunities is common for them. Here’s a bit of advice about how to do it, as well as some interesting opportunities […]

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

For several days after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city of Beaumont, the city’s 120,000 residents lost water service when several main water intake pumps fell victim to the flood. Beaumont and other cities in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from Texas to Florida to the Carolinas, are experiencing similar fates with […]

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