Jul 13th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Returning from a July 4 break, members of Congress found themselves facing a number of high-priority issues with no quick resolutions. With an omnibus funding bill still in limbo, lawmakers are now trying to pass individual funding bills. The consensus in Washington is that when these bills are rolled out, water legislation, Farm Bill funding […]

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Jul 11th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Many intelligent people still blink with confusion when someone mentions blockchain technology.  That won’t be the case for long though, because it appears this new technology has reached the “tipping point.”  Its upward trajectory indicates universal acceptance. Because of that, it’s now incumbent on all of us to understand more about blockchain.  It promises to […]

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Jun 29th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Public officials at all levels of government struggle with funding needs that are spiraling out of control.  Yet, the prevailing trend is to cut funding at the state and local levels of government even more. Revenue shortfalls and the ever-growing critical needs at the state and local levels of government will soon result in huge […]

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Jun 27th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Last week, President Trump unveiled a sweeping plan to reorganize the agency structure of the federal government. Administration officials say that many provisions don’t require congressional approval so some aspects of the plan will be rolled out immediately. The plan presents radical changes. Trump’s reorganization reduces, eliminates, consolidates or transforms agencies that oversee food, prescription […]

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Jun 22nd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Example of gondola transportation

Look! Up in the sky… It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s – a gondola??? Facing the dilemma of monstrous traffic congestion and horrific cost projections for expansion and maintenance of roadways, some municipal officials are looking to the skies for relief.  City leaders throughout the U.S. are giving serious consideration to the possibility of […]

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Jun 20th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
IoT web of ideas

There’s a huge new marketplace emerging and it’s definitely worthy of watching.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming on strong…so strong, in fact, that the IoT marketplace is expected to exceed $130 billion by 2024. Here’s what the experts say to expect – by 2020 – IoT service offerings related to discrete manufacturing, transportation […]

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Jun 15th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Surrounded by advancing lava flows from the erupting Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, one terrified but fortunate islander’s life was saved by an improbable rescuer – a drone. The drone was utilized in the emergency response to the disaster and was used to lead the trapped victim to safety. This and other successes resulting from the proliferation […]

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Jun 13th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Every region wants an airport and the larger the better. Airports stimulate the economic vitality of any area and long-term economic sustainability is difficult without an adequate airport facility.  But, airport ownership has become challenging and that challenge is only going to escalate. Most U.S. airports are at least 40 years old and those that […]

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Jun 8th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Private Investment Project Procedures could speed up infrastructure projects

A federal Infrastructure Plan still languishes a year and a half after it was touted as “coming very soon” by the Trump administration.  However, one key segment of the plan got a boost this week from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). A final rule was issued that agency officials say offers “new, experimental procedures” designed […]

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Jun 6th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Artificial Intelligence or AI technology is destined to change the way we work, live, travel, entertain ourselves and stay healthy. It will also change public safety and almost every other aspect of government. Many recent changes will impact the use of AI. Last fall, the Trump administration issued a series of guidelines related to the […]

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Jun 1st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Example of airport expansion marketplace

Outdated, technologically challenged and overcrowded – that pretty much describes the majority of airports in the U.S. But change is imminent and a huge new airport expansion marketplace is evolving. To make critical upgrades and much-needed expansions, airports are expected to spend $70 billion over the next three years. The average American airport is approximately […]

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May 30th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

All indicators point to a strong year for the construction industry.  Most projections are that the growth will continue through 2021. However, there could be a glitch…and it could come from the public sector – the local levels of government, to be more specific. There are thousands of new local construction projects just waiting to […]

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May 25th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Local governments focus on climate change goals

Over the last 10 years, wildfires and extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts and hurricanes cost America more than $350 billion, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. And these costs don’t include three major hurricanes and wildfires that devastated parts of the country last year. That data has not been recorded […]

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May 23rd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Over the past week, the U.S. experienced three school shootings. National attention has again been painfully drawn to protecting the country’s school campuses, workplaces and churches. The #1 question is what to do. How can officials prevent and contain active shooters? The tragedies have been horrific and the grief is unbearable. Something must be done! […]

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May 18th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

One hundred forty-two Americans die every day in America from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Overshadowing that staggering statistic, however, is perhaps a greater revelation. State and local government officials are allocating billions of dollars to fight what has become a true opioid epidemic in the United States. But, the […]

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May 16th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Ready or not, autonomous cars are on our streets.  New and disruptive automotive technology is destined to change lives, laws, industries and major sectors of our economy. But first…self-driven cars must be tested and that’s the stage we are experiencing now. Concerns over the safety of autonomous vehicles increased in January when an Uber test […]

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May 9th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Hard to believe…but it is true!  Procurement officials report that many government solicitations are receiving insignificant interest or no interest at all from government contractors. Because competitive bidding is essential to public procurement, that’s a huge problem.  Competition ensures that taxpayers get the best value when products and services are procured. When a public entity […]

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May 4th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Who would have thought that a reservoir of water could play a role in producing energy?  Not many people would…but it’s happening elsewhere and it could soon be trending in America. A Los Angeles city councilman is floating – literally – a proposal for the city to build a unique solar energy production site.  He […]

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Apr 27th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

A lockbox containing $1.5 billion in federal funding for surface transportation projects has just opened up to communities across the United States. The funding comes from a new program called the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program. The announcement came this week from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Any federal program […]

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Apr 25th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It’s harder to manage cities, counties and state governments today than it was in the past. In fact, government leadership is a grueling job and citizen input has never been more important than it is today. Competition for global leadership, advancements in technology, population growth, health care systems and sustainability issues are just a few […]

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Apr 20th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Eighty-three bridges in 16 counties in Mississippi were ordered closed last week. The governor said the bridges were “unsafe for the traveling public” and that keeping them open would constitute “an unnecessary risk to public safety.” That’s shocking…but, not nearly as shocking as the fact that state legislators allowed the legislative session to end without […]

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Apr 18th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

President Trump has promised to shorten the time it takes for federal agencies to approve environmental reviews and issue permits for large public projects. Many have scoffed at the Administration’s claims.  But maybe – just maybe – change is in the wind. Last week, department heads signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the implementation […]

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Apr 13th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The voting environment in America has been forever changed!  That’s because the significant vulnerability of the country’s election systems and fear of election “interference” by foreign or domestic operatives – are genuine. With midterm elections only seven months away, this situation weighs heavily on the minds of both candidates and public officials responsible for ensuring […]

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