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

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, self-driving 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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Apr 11th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

There’s been so much sensational news in the last few days, it’s very easy to overlook other important news.  That can be dangerous…and here’s a good example of something we should not overlook. Last month, the Trump administration released a report detailing a massive Russian hacking campaign, but rather than election hacking, this target dealt […]

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

Who would have thought that counties invest more than $122 billion each year to build infrastructure and maintain and operate public works? Very few! That statistic however, comes straight from the National Association of Counties (NAC) so the numbers are real. The data validates the fact that county government is “big business” in America. Here’s […]

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

Cyber breaches are destructive, costly and horrific incidents.  Government agencies, hospitals and big retailers are primary targets because of the massive data they hold.  They are especially attractive to cyber sleuths because that data is critical to ongoing operations. Last month, Atlanta was the victim of such a cyberattack. SamSam, a targeted ransomware virus, breached […]

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Mar 28th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

President Trump, without any fanfare this week, again declared that it is “Infrastructure Week.”  Who knows why he did that since official activities planned for Infrastructure Week are scheduled for May. There are other significant unanswered questions. If Trump wants to make U.S. infrastructure a priority, why did he threaten to shut down government last […]

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Mar 21st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Image of a police vehicle and safety signdepicting school safety

This is shocking …and most people are not aware of these alarming statistics: The U.S. averages 1.5 school shootings every week; and Since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, 400 people have been injured at 200 school shootings in the U.S. – 130 of which occurred at elementary, middle and high schools in 43 different […]

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

Seven months after hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked catastrophic damages in parts of Texas and Florida, leaving $175 billion in damages in their wake, help is on the way. Much-needed federal disaster relief dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should reach public officials […]

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

Despite rhetoric about wanting to address America’s crumbling infrastructure, President Trump’s budget suggests cutting a program essential to transportation in the U.S.  How can this be justified?  Are people aware of this? TIGER grants (from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program) have been essential to funding America’s transportation projects since 2009. Under the Trump […]

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

One important issue is missing from the national conversation about the country’s infrastructure needs. Most of the recent attention has been focused on roads, bridges, electric grids and water – but looming large is the absence of funding for public facilities. Hospitals, public schools, university campus buildings, courthouses, research facilities and other government facilities have […]

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Mar 7th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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Two words – blockchain and cryptocurrencies – became major buzzwords in 2017. By 2018, citizens, taxpayers and the public at large have no option – we must understand these concepts because both will likely touch our lives in the very near future. Governmental agencies are already beginning to use blockchain – an incredibly interesting and […]

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Mar 2nd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

“Innovation” could be municipal government’s middle name. When it comes to creativity and resourcefulness – city leaders take a backseat to no one. Local public officials don’t have the luxury of living on the periphery of problems.  Instead, they live in the middle of every issue on a daily basis. They, unlike state and federal […]

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