Jul 10th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
 Projects to build, renovate courthouses, municipal buildings take center stage again
The California Superior Court in Fresno Photo courtesy of downtownfresno.org

Courthouses and other municipal buildings are being renovated and upgraded throughout the U.S. That’s because funding for them continues to be available, and that is good news. But even better is the fact that many upcoming projects carry projected costs representing hundreds of millions in contracting opportunities. While the federal government supports local municipal and […]

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Jul 5th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
800px CSX train passing beneath Anacostia Trail bridge   Washington DC 340x240 Bridge, multi modal transportation projects among those receiving $1.8 billion in federal funds
A train passing beneath a pedestrian footbridge on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tim Evanson

The most notable recent news in American infrastructure broke last week when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $1.8 billion in new funding for 148 infrastructure projects. My previous column covered many of the projects already selected for that funding. Today’s column focuses on more projects chosen for this new funding. The upcoming projects described in […]

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Jul 3rd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
heights rendering 1024x576 1 340x240 Another $1.8 billion for street projects is now available
The Heights District in Vancouver, Washington. Courtesy of the city of Vancouver

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $1.8 billion in funding for 148 infrastructure projects. Most of the funding is available for projects that make streets safer for people who travel on them in any way.  Work on these projects should be under way by November of this year, and funding of this type […]

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Jun 28th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
bnsf rail 340x240 Rail revolution   Unprecedented funding for projects continues nationwide
Photo courtesy of BNSF Rail.

Two months ago, the federal government announced that $2.4 billion is available to support rail infrastructure projects in America. Hundreds of public officials interested in rail projects have already submitted applications for funding, and decisions about the projects selected for funding will be announced soon. In December 2023, more than $9 billion was awarded for […]

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Jun 26th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Mt vernon Rendering SE corner view 1 340x240 Transit Oriented Development opportunities are abundant throughout the U.S.
The Mount Vernon Library Commons Project in Washington. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

It is not a new concept, but transit-oriented development (TOD) has become a sweeping trend, as evidenced by new projects being launched throughout the United States. Congress has allocated billions to support the development of attractive residential and retail communities located near public transportation stations. The objective is to enhance the ease and convenience of […]

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Jun 21st 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
 Opportunities for critical deferred maintenance projects can be found nationwide
The Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts

The federal government allocates approximately $1.9 billion annually for maintenance projects related to buildings, roads on land owned by the federal government, parks and every other public asset. That may sound like a lot – until it is noted that a deferred maintenance study reported several years ago that $76 billion is needed immediately to […]

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Jun 19th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
onewaternevada 340x240 A multi billion dollar water industry segment not to be overlooked
Photo courtesy of OneWater Nevada.

Water resources are a critical component of any region’s ecosystems. But, perhaps even more important is the realization that water is also essential for human survival. Its needs cannot be ignored. In 2023, the U.S. market for only drinking water treatment and wastewater systems was estimated to be $4.93 billion. This revelation also revealed that […]

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May 3rd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
8th avenue bridge 340x240 Multi billion dollar investments propel bridge repair and replacement projects nationwide
The "Arc of Justice" Bridge. Photo courtesy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Approximately $14.4 billion is spent each year to repair, rehabilitate or replace bridges in America. However, that annual amount has increased and will continue to increase because the backlog of critically needed bridge repairs is estimated to be $125 billion. Of about 50,000 bridges with very significant issues awaiting attention, an estimated 40% can be […]

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May 1st 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
ohare internation airport terminal 340x240 Millions in additional funding announced for airport projects throughout America
Photo courtesy of O'Hare 21.

April has been a big month for airport infrastructure funding. Two separate announcements of new funding awards were made. The first announcement, on April 5, was for $148 million. On April 25, the second announcement allocated another $76 million to support airport projects. In April alone, $224 million was made available for initiatives to construct […]

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Apr 26th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 26 123305 340x240 Federal agencies have announced more than $3 billion in funding opportunities
Photo courtesy of the USDA.

A notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is an announcement that allows eligible entities to know when there is an opening to submit funding applications. A NOFO not only announces the availability but also provides timelines and guidance for making funding requests. Federal programs are often designed to pass funds through state-level agencies, but not always. […]

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Apr 24th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 24 115403 340x240 Economic development has a new face along with visionary objectives
Photo: Rendering of the proposed Civic Center arena in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Courtesy of the city of Mobile.

Economic development initiatives have always focused on boosting local economies, but now they are commonly designed to deliver revenue to budget-restrained cities and counties. Attracting tourists and visitors is still a key focus of economic development efforts, but doing that in ways that impact a city’s revenue is becoming the norm. Before the pandemic, tourism […]

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Apr 19th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 19 120510 340x240 New water quality standards will result in billions being spent to remediate PFAS contamination
Screenshot 2024 04 19 120510

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited report on water quality standards outlining the maximum contaminant levels for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminants in drinking water. This marks the first time national standards for a new contaminant have been added to the Safe Drinking Water Act since 1996. It represents, without doubt, […]

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Apr 17th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
cytonn photography n95VMLxqM2I unsplash 340x240 These critical components will help any business succeed in the government marketplace
Photo by Cytonn Photography via Unsplash

If the U.S. government marketplace is the largest market in the world, surely one should expect it to be competitive and somewhat challenging. A company’s size does not measure success with a good offering; it is almost always measured by understanding the basics — the culture, process and people. Sooner or later, most companies realize […]

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Apr 12th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Sparrows Point Steel Plant 340x240 Massive $1 billion in funding now available for remediation projects
Photo: Sparrows Point Steel Plant. Courtesy of Jeff Kubina.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced more than $1 billion in funding for 110 Superfund projects. The upcoming project sites are scattered throughout the country. All locations are contaminated by industrial waste, and remediation is critically needed. Usually, the agency orders the responsible party to remediate the site, but when no party can […]

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Apr 10th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Southeastern Station Blue Line UPDATE 2 Cropped Resize 340x240 Another $20 billion is announced for transit projects in America
Photo: Rendering of the IndyGo Blue Line - Southeastern Station. Courtesy of IndyGo.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced another $20.5 billion in federal funding to support transit projects this year throughout the U.S. The FTA had previously announced $9.9 billion in funding, and this new announcement includes those funds plus quite a bit more. The investment in America’s transit infrastructure will […]

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Apr 5th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
HDR USDA AERIAL 02 340x240 Federal earmarks will fund local projects throughout America
Rendering of the $160 million USDA laboratory building and greenhouse facility. Courtesy of the University of Nebraska System.

Most people have heard about earmarks, but only a few citizens really pay attention to them. That should not be the case. The term earmark refers to federal spending for a specific project for a particular congressional district, locality or state. Members of Congress request this type of funding. In the most recent federal budget, […]

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Apr 3rd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Old WA State Capitol Building 340x240 Federal funding supports historical preservation projects nationwide
The Old Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington. Courtesy of RToes.

Historical preservation projects are being launched throughout America for two primary reasons: funding is abundantly available, and public assets are treasures that communities like to rescue. The projects create jobs, boost local economies, raise property values and please citizens. Dozens of federal programs provide ample funding support. The National Park Service, which oversees much of […]

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Mar 27th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 03 27 115952 340x240 Colleges, universities planning major construction projects as student enrollment rebounds
Rendering of UW-Madison engineering building. Courtesy of Continuum SmithGroup and the College of Engineering at UW-Madison.

Current data continues to indicate significant increases in student enrollments at universities and community colleges throughout the U.S. Community college enrollment was hit especially hard by the effects of the pandemic, but by 2023 a noted increase of 5.3% in student transfers from community colleges to universities had occurred. That trend continues, and these small-sounding […]

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Mar 22nd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
638116410046570000 340x240 Funding Surge Sparks Wave of Courthouse Construction and Renovations
A rendering of the planned Richardson Municipal Center.

Courthouses across America carry a rich history, with some dating back centuries. However, the upkeep of these aging buildings makes them extremely expensive to operate and maintain. The General Services Administration receives annual funding allocated by Congress, and this funding has recently been increased. Additionally, the recent infrastructure funding available through other programs has also […]

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Mar 20th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 03 20 114408 340x240 ‘Connecting Communities’ funding is available… but public officials should not wait to seek it
Rendering of the Allston Multimodal Project. Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $3.33 billion in grant funding for 132 projects. The revenue will flow from the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program and the Neighborhood Access and Equity Program. This funding is allocated for projects that reconnect communities that were cut off and/or divided by transportation infrastructure decades ago. It is […]

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Mar 15th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Metzenbaum Courthouse scaled 1 340x240 Carbon emission concerns are rapidly changing delivery requirements for construction projects
Photo courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Here’s a fact that may be surprising – it surely was to me. The construction or renovation of buildings accounts for approximately 39% of the total global energy-related carbon emissions each year. Embodied carbon contributes another 11%. That category refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions generated over the lifecycle of a building, road or […]

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Mar 13th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
636615423695930000 340x240 Water, water everywhere – Almost all of it will be upgraded soon
Photo courtesy of Sioux City.

In February of 2024, additional federal funding was announced for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The funding is part of the government’s effort to ensure reliable water resources and safe drinking water throughout America. Almost $6 billion is now available for every state and territory for water projects. As a result, contracting opportunities for private […]

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Mar 8th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
waldemar rHfTdK9YU2Q unsplash 340x240 Private sector partners for installations of EV charging station infrastructure are in high demand
Photo courtesy of Waldemar on Unsplash.

A federal program with a long name is in the process of allocating $5 billion to states for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI), administered by the Federal Highway Administration, is creating hundreds of contracting opportunities. The funding comes from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill passed […]

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Mar 6th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
2041169 Guadalupe 340x240 Billions in savings possible with preemptive seismic upgrades to U.S. infrastructure
Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Water.

Damage repairs from earthquakes in the U.S. typically cost taxpayers approximately $15 billion a year. Considering that, funding to stabilize or prevent as much damage as possible is a good and prudent effort. According to FEMA and a recent geological survey, the cost of post-earthquake repair can be as much as three times higher than […]

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Mar 1st 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
academy view 1 340x240 U.S. cities are investing heavily in public safety infrastructure renewal
Photo courtesy of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

America’s fire infrastructure is very old, and government leaders are trying to remedy that situation. Approximately 20,000 U.S. fire stations are over four decades old. That is an alarming statistic because the estimated useful life of a police or fire station is between 20 and 50 years. That means thousands of fire stations in America […]

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