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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Feb 28th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
garrison dam spillway 340x240 No end in sight for water projects nearing the launch stage
The Garrison Dam Spillway. Courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

It is somewhat challenging to list all the components of water infrastructure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines the term as “all man-made and natural features that move and treat water.” And because it takes all types of systems and networks to deliver clean drinking water and preserve water resources, it is difficult to identify […]

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Feb 23rd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
franklin 340x240 $122 billion school funding ignites public private construction boom
Rendering of Franklin High School. Courtesy of Macon County Schools.

Congress appropriated an extremely large amount of funding for school projects, and the final round allocations totaled $122 billion. That’s a huge amount – about $380 per person in the U.S. This revenue came through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program and was delivered with a mandated deadline: It must be obligated by […]

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Feb 21st 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
dominik vanyi Mk2ls9UBO2E unsplash 340x240 These projects are eligible for billions in federal funding
Photo courtesy of Dominik Vanyi on Unsplash.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided approximately $11.3 billion for projects designed to rehabilitate land where old coal mines were located. Since Congress passed the law, funding has been allocated through the Abandoned Mine Land reclamation programs – about $725 million annually. The objective is to support communities and encourage them to clean up dangerous environmental […]

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Feb 16th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
bao menglong FhoJYnw cg unsplash 340x240 Large airport projects move closer to launch stages
Photo courtesy of Bao Menglong on Unsplash.

Following a near-total collapse of air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, early 2024 marks a significant milestone as North American air travel is finally returning to normal. Normal, however, may not be the appropriate word because many airports are experiencing significantly higher passenger demand. The demand is driving a huge need for expansion and renovation, […]

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Feb 14th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
artificial intelligence 3382507 1280 340x240 Funding opportunities for research and development projects are open now
Photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.

Federal research and development are critical to global competitiveness, so Congress is committed to supporting and encouraging both. Federal programs prioritize funding for almost every type of research. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) allocated a little more than $20 billion through 61 research programs. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) dedicated another $2.5 billion […]

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Feb 9th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Columbia Canal Power Plant and Canal Races 340x240 Open enrollments are currently available for renewable energy projects
The Columbia Canal Power Plant and Canal Races. Courtesy of Jack Boucher.

Demand for renewable energy resources has never been more robust, and billions of dollars in federal funding are now available to support projects designed to meet the demand. Projects that qualify for funding include ones designed to harness energy from water, wind or solar sources. Some technology projects are also eligible. The deployment of renewable […]

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Feb 7th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
maximillian conacher sPpe2D7VbpM unsplash 340x240 Affordable housing projects benefit from numerous incentives, funding support, and more
Photo courtesy of Maximillian Conacher on Unsplash.

Some people know about Public Facility Corporations (PFCs), but only a few, it seems. Public officials, however, are very familiar with PFCs because affordable housing and essential housing facilities are at the top of their priority list. PFCs are commonly involved in delivering housing options throughout the country. A PFC is a non-profit organization that […]

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Feb 2nd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
christopher gower m HRfLhgABo unsplash 340x240 Technology is changing the world; government cannot be left behind

There is no argument – everyone agrees technology is changing our world! Technological evolution and innovation trends are rampant. Changes are happening so fast that it’s simply not possible to keep up with everything. However, because taxpayer dollars fund much of what is happening in the government marketplace, the innovation is interesting to note. The […]

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Jan 31st 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
rendering of north canal project 340x240 Funding is available for projects that mitigate flooding risks and provide sustainable infrastructure
Rendering of the North Canal Project in Houston. Courtesy of the city of Houston.

Every $1 spent on flood mitigation before disaster strikes yields $6 to $7 in saved recovery costs, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA. Meanwhile, the number of properties in the U.S. that suffer from repeated flood damage is rising at a staggering rate, the Natural Resources Defense Council says. That’s surprising because abundant […]

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Jan 26th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
aaron burden gmy25xvSkq8 unsplash 340x240 Some of the largest infrastructure projects will involve tunnels
Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

Aging tunnels in America, coupled with the country’s continued growth, have created an extremely high demand for attention. The imminent repair and replacement will result in significant growth in the tunnel construction market in North America over the next several years. Thousands of tunnels are in dire need of attention because every state has hundreds, […]

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Jan 24th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
rendering of mccain library 340x240 Local government officials will appreciate this funding
Rendering of the McCain National Library. Courtesy of Arizona State University.

There is a sector of a federally funded program that I fear is not getting enough attention. This program supports many of the local projects I know public officials want to launch. The Facilities Grant Program, administered through the Treasury Department, is awarding grant funding to support the expansion of broadband accessibility in public centers. […]

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Jan 19th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
cytonn photography vWchRczcQwM unsplash 340x240 Want to be more successful in capturing government contracts? Here’s how to get started.
Photo courtesy of Cytonn Photography on Unsplash.

After working for the past 25-plus years to help companies be successful in selling to government, I get questions daily about what it takes to be successful in the public sector marketplace. This column’s objective is to provide some “Best Practices for Success” because I firmly believe it is in the best interest of all […]

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