Dec 7th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

An abundance of federal funding was made available to health-related organizations at the outset of the COVID pandemic. There is no clear determination about whether that emergency funding will expire in early 2023 or not. Even if it does, billions more in funding will still be available for health-related upgrades. In October, the U.S. Department […]

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Dec 2nd 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Federal Transportation Administration

Transit authorities throughout the country are quickly becoming big-time developers…and in more ways than one might have ever thought possible. Many citizens and contractors may not be aware of how large this trend has become…and how fast it is moving. The mixed-use projects that transit authorities are launching include all types of development. One of […]

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Nov 30th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Department of Transportation

Officials at every level of government are committed to making roadways safer for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The enthusiasm along with available funding is restructuring roadways throughout the country. Contracting firms of every type will be in high demand as roadway infrastructure undergoes a massive change in the next several years. Federal funding programs that […]

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Nov 23rd 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
(Photo: A rendering of what a redesigned Duke Energy Convention Center could look like, as seen from 5th Street and Elm. Courtesy of the city of Cincinnati.)

Governing bodies throughout the country build event centers, meeting halls, and arenas each year, but currently there is an abundance of new projects of this type. These large projects require private sector contractors of all types making the demand for construction, engineering, architectural, design, landscaping, and technology firms extremely high. Facilities that are being rebuilt, […]

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Nov 16th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Westerly Public Schools

Earlier this month, voters in the U.S. responded to bond packages that amounted to $66 billion in total debt. More than half of the bond packages were approved and a combined $37 billion in municipal funding became available for a diverse array of projects. This reflects a $9 billion increase in voter approval for bond […]

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Nov 11th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
The existing John A. Blatnik Bridge courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Infrastructure funding is flowing, and the majority of regional connectivity projects involve numerous stakeholders and therefore demand intensive coordination. Under normal circumstances, these multi-jurisdictional projects would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver in the amount of time that funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL) will remain available. Yet recent White House initiatives are […]

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Nov 9th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Pexels

Prisons throughout the country have been struggling to support inmate populations for decades. Overcrowding has forced detainees to sleep on floors, in passageways, and in common areas that lack basic amenities. Understaffing has led to more violence which has resulted in demands for critical medical care. The fluctuating strain has revealed a need for wholesale […]

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Nov 4th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Kansas City Water (KC Water)

Green infrastructure is a construction trend worth watching. It is gaining momentum rapidly and support for the trend is evident at every level of government. There’s a noticeable difference in green construction projects. These types of initiatives encourage, or mandate, specific components, standards, and results. For instance, a green infrastructure project may be designed to […]

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Nov 2nd 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Rendering of the future Waynesboro campus. Courtesy of vmnh.net.

It is often surprising to realize how many diverse sectors receive government funding specifically earmarked for the preservation of American assets. Companies that contract with government are advised to watch new activity that is just beginning to crest around museum projects. Museums collect, conserve, and interpret the country’s heritage and surprisingly enough, it has been […]

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Oct 28th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

There are more than 300 seaports in America supporting trade and economic development. They contribute approximately 26 percent of the country’s total GDP and create millions of jobs. That’s why a historic amount of new funding is flowing to projects designed to upgrade, expand, and enhance ports. A recent infrastructure study reported that approximately $163 […]

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Oct 26th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Menlo Park, California

There is great concern about America’s water resources. Throughout the country, public officials are focused on water resources and sound water management practices because of the scarcity of this resource. As of October 18, 2022, a total of 43 states were experiencing moderate drought or worse. Surface reservoirs have traditionally been the ‘go to’ solution […]

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Oct 21st 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the TAMU-San Antonio Facebook

  Now that students are flocking back to university campuses, new initiatives to enhance recruitment competition are creating an abundance of contracting opportunities. New student housing projects are extremely common, but university officials are also launching other types of projects designed to enrich the campus experience. Recruitment competition is so extreme that the state of […]

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Oct 19th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

There are 167 land ports of entry (LPOE) in the U.S. that provide border crossing security for both people and trade. Those crossings generate billions of dollars in goods and services for the country. Every year an average of 160,000 motorists, 72,000 pedestrians, and 34,000 commercial trucks pass through those ports of entry. That’s the […]

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Oct 14th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Airport Authority

Airport operations throughout the U.S. have been chaotic in the past several years. Turbulent weather has created havoc along with other operational issues such as staff shortages and new federal mandates. Now, airports have also encountered frightening cyberattacks and upgraded technology has become a high priority. America’s rankings when compared to other top international airports […]

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Oct 12th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Federal programs that provide funding for state and local projects are so numerous it’s difficult to understand them all. A new program has recently been reopened and eligible projects are already being announced in numerous states. America’s Byways is an umbrella term that includes 150 diverse roadways that are now eligible for funding support. These […]

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Oct 7th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

When Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, it allocated $102 billion for rail-related projects in America. Another $50 million was authorized for annual disbursement to incentivize smaller transit-oriented projects. That’s a lot of available funding making it obvious that Congress intends to make public transportation attractive, safe, and convenient. Mandates and rules for allocating the […]

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Oct 5th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the city of Seattle, Washington

Thousands of large public projects that will require private sector expertise are in final planning stages. When solicitation documents are released, these projects will grab the attention of private sector contractors and competition will be fierce. Regrettably, there are just as many smaller projects – some of them considered critical — that will get less […]

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Sep 30th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
A redevelopment project in Schofield, Wisconsin revolves around the existing city hall building, which sits within a prominent TIF district. Photo courtesy of the city of Schofield, Wisconsin.

Public officials and contractors know about redevelopment districts, special tax benefits and alternative funding available through the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program. But the program has morphed somewhat, and the coveted funding and tax benefits are even more attractive now. That’s because of the innovative ways that some states are using the program. The TIF […]

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Sep 28th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services

Water that is clean, safe, and adequate is essential to human existence. It’s also a critical component of industry and economic development. And yet, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that 53 percent of river and stream miles, 71 percent of lakes, 80 percent of estuarine square miles, and 98 percent of the Great […]

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Sep 23rd 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) disbursed $1.5 billion for upcoming projects designed to make highway, multimodal freight and rail infrastructure safer, more efficient and resilient. More will follow and it is important to note that while state transportation agencies will oversee most of the projects, the work will be done in cities […]

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Sep 21st 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Transylvania County Courthouse—originally constructed in 1873—will be renovated for an estimated $57 million. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Judicial Branch.

Congress has several funding programs designed to incentivize private sector firms to help preserve America’s history, but the historic tax credit (HTC) program is the largest one. This particular program has leveraged more than $102 billion in private investment to rehabilitate older public assets in exchange for tax credits. The doors are currently open for […]

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Sep 16th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Another $3 billion in federal funding is now available for state and local governmental entities. This funding was allocated in the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) legislation that passed in 2021 but it took this long to design the allocation process and the funding has only recently started flowing. The new revenue will soon create hundreds […]

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Sep 14th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Unsplash

School districts throughout the U.S. are launching initiatives to keep students safe in classrooms. Millions of dollars are being spent but, relief is not coming quickly enough for most parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Campus comfort is hard to find currently. Teachers and administrators are focused on security, threats, incident attempts, cybersecurity breaches, and other […]

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Sep 9th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

A deadline is looming for an important announcement by the federal government. On September 30, state leaders throughout the country will learn whether or not their electric vehicle infrastructure plans were approved. If the news is good, funding will be immediately available for planned projects. If the news is bad, those state officials will go […]

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Sep 7th 2022 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Photo courtesy of the city of Las Vegas

The federal government recently made large amounts of funding available for street projects that are designed to make roadways safer. The funding is available now for public entities throughout the country. The Complete Streets Program is a federal initiative that was created to reimagine transportation infrastructure and make streets safer. It is part of an […]

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