Feb 14th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Two rather shocking predictions are worthy of note. According to industry analysts, cybercrimes are expected to cost $6 trillion annually worldwide by 2021… and 2019 could be the worst year yet for cyberbreaches. Government portals are immediate targets for cyber terrorists. The valuable data available on public websites is all too tempting to hackers and […]

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Feb 13th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Across America, ports are expanding and posting record cargo growth. This will result in huge economic gains throughout the country.  However, the positive impact is vulnerable because many critical components in the infrastructure network that allow the movement of goods are woefully underfunded, especially when it comes to security. A majority of funding for port […]

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Feb 8th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Growth and change are descriptors common to colleges and universities throughout the country. That’s where the focus is…but managing the two is almost impossible without an abundance of human effort and financial investment. It would be hard to find individuals anywhere who disagree with the importance of higher education, but public funding has not kept […]

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Feb 6th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

People in law enforcement have been under siege throughout the country for the past several years. Criticism comes from citizens who aren’t satisfied with the norm and want more protection. Angst, anger and fear are also evident from citizens who believe law enforcement officers are often bigoted and/or overly violent or impulsive. Frustrated public officials […]

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Feb 1st 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Sometimes bad things happen…and lately, a number of calamities have stretched emergency operations almost to the brink of failure.  Lives have been lost and damages have resulted in horrifically high costs. Natural disasters are on the increase, affecting millions of people. Rivers tend to flood when there is heavy rain, hurricanes cause unprecedented damage, wildfires […]

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Jan 30th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

While most people are preparing to file tax returns, elected officials throughout the country are looking at government coffers and evaluating whether they will raise taxes. They are also making decisions about how to spend funding that has not been available to them in the last few years. In the last decade since the financial […]

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Jan 25th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities, P3/PPP by Mary Scott Nabers

Although the federal government shutdown has dominated media headlines for more than a month, another subject – a cornerstone of the Trump presidential campaign – is sneaking its way back into the news. Trump’s proposed multi-billion-dollar infrastructure plan was expected to be a signature priority during the new administration’s first 100 days. Two years later, […]

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Jan 23rd 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The longest government shutdown in history continues and the impact has spread far beyond government workers and their families.  It is difficult to find any business, school, hospital, city, county, college, university or local government organization that is not suffering as a result of the shutdown.  The negative impact on retail establishments of all types, […]

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Jan 18th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Hard to believe…but spending on urban parks is up 30 percent over last year.  At least that is what the U.S. Department of Commerce reports. This statistic is important because it represents millions of dollars of new contracting opportunities for companies from almost every industry sector. Today’s municipal parks are treasured city assets. Most are […]

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Jan 16th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Citizens and public officials continue to wait…and wait…and wait! It has been almost 18 months since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast. It’s been almost a year since Congress earmarked $16 billion in federal funding for rebuilding and resiliency efforts.  Yet, states impacted by the disasters have yet to see the $16 […]

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Jan 11th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Blockchain technology is relatively new. However, it is having a widespread impact on state and local governments… and, it is likely to impact citizens and taxpayers in the very near future.  Public officials and industry executives are now claiming that blockchain may first be transformative in the energy sector. If that’s true, it is important […]

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Jan 9th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

2018 was supposed to be a banner year for self-driving cars – or autonomous vehicles.  It didn’t happen! After pedestrian deaths in March, both Uber and Tesla scaled back significantly on initiatives that were on a fast track. The future for self-driving vehicles looked even bleaker after 50 percent of 25,000 consumers surveyed globally said […]

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Jan 4th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

While thousands of road projects languish for lack of funding, 2019 promises to be a banner year for new transit projects. Big changes are coming, funding is available and contracting opportunities will be abundant. Successful bond issues, federal grant programs and keen interest from private-sector investors are contributing to the increased availability of funding.  That’s […]

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Dec 21st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

There’s new funding – $1.5 billion – now available to fund critical transportation projects.  Government officials are moving quickly to finalize plans and contracting solicitations should be rolled out soon.  More than 90 road, rail, transit and port projects planned in rural and urban areas of the United States will benefit from the new grant […]

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Dec 19th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Looking back – 2018 brought both turmoil and innovation to government contracting. A string of cyber-attacks, such as the ransomware attack on Atlanta, left public officials focused on increasing cybersecurity. Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and fires in California brought resilience and climate change to the forefront of many agendas. Start-up and disruptive new offerings […]

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Dec 14th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The horrific increase in mass shootings in American communities and schools, along with bombings, terroristic threats, border issues and soaring criminal activity, have resulted in billions of dollars being spent nationwide on increased safety efforts. The spending is astronomical and there is no slowdown in sight.  It consumes every jurisdiction of government. Public safety is […]

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Dec 12th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

2018 has been a year of devastation! Wildfires in California, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and gas line explosions were horrific.  The carnage was great and public infrastructure assets were significantly impacted. One infrastructure category that may have been hardest hit was regional utilities. In most cases, water and power were sacrificed in the initial stages and […]

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Dec 7th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Affordable housing shortages are now a top concern for government officials throughout the country. Every metro area in the United States is dealing with a severe shortage of affordable housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that the problem is impacting even rural areas of the country. Because of the magnitude of the problem, […]

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Dec 5th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Looking for engineering and construction opportunities?  Look no further than ports! Investment in America’s ports is accelerating significantly and port spending will increase again in 2019. Because of the neo-Panamax megaships, ports throughout the country are expanding shipping channels and harbors.  They are also expanding rail lines and constructing new facilities or significantly expanding older […]

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Nov 30th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Recognizing that two heads really are better than one, governmental officials nationwide are taking the very old adage to the extreme as they work toward “smart city” status. In what is already a major trend, cities are partnering with private-sector businesses, corporations, educational organizations, civic groups, private individuals and non-government organizations.  The partnerships  or Smart […]

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Nov 16th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Almost every airport in the country will likely be expanded or upgraded over the next 24 months. Not a single airport in the U.S. is listed in the top 20 airports worldwide anymore.  Because of aging infrastructure, the lack of leading edge technology, transit options and minimal passenger comforts, the country’s airports are in dire […]

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Nov 14th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The United States ranks number one in the world for health care spending as a percentage of GDP.  That sounds great… but, Texas ranks only 11th worldwide when it comes to performance.  That’s because of “access to care.” The country’s health care rankings are likely to get worse as 673 rural hospitals in the U.S. […]

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Nov 9th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Political candidates weren’t the only ones vying for the attention of voters this week. More than 508 bond issues totaling approximately $48.8 billion were decided in elections throughout the country. The bond issues that passed will result in millions of dollars being spent on projects such as new school construction, water and wastewater upgrades, affordable housing, […]

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Nov 2nd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Tax breaks are universally coveted!  And, tax incentives attached to investments in government projects have attracted the attention of investors and developers. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced eagerly awaited proposed regulations and guidelines for a program that trades tax incentives for investments in projects in underserved communities in the nation’s 8,700 new […]

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