Sep 20th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Local contractors throughout the U.S. like to be able to anticipate upcoming opportunities. Not all, however, know how to uncover that type of information. Our researchers analyze lots of public documents so identifying upcoming opportunities is common for them. Here’s a bit of advice about how to do it, as well as some interesting opportunities […]

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Sep 15th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

For several days after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city of Beaumont, the city’s 120,000 residents lost water service when several main water intake pumps fell victim to the flood. Beaumont and other cities in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from Texas to Florida to the Carolinas, are experiencing similar fates with […]

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Sep 13th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, coastal cities will, without question, soon be reviewing flood prevention infrastructure planning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other governmental agencies are too stretched at the moment to help, but most regions don’t intend to wait. The devastation caused by flooding has become entirely too […]

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Sep 6th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

A large, new, Amazon-esque marketplace could be about to open up for commercial retailers across the United States. And its singular customer is huge! A U.S. House-passed defense bill awaiting action by the Senate includes a non-heralded section that could have significant effects on procurement methods across the entire federal government.  And, it may drift […]

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Sep 1st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Estimates of what it will cost to address the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey continue to climb. Companies of every size and type are burning up the phones attempting to get information. Some hope to provide immediate assistance while others are more interested in long-term rebuilding opportunities. Texas communities desperately need both types of assistance, […]

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Aug 30th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Estimates of what it will cost to address the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey are projected to be somewhere in the range of $160 billion, with Texas accounting for most of that total. Hard to believe that it would be possible to have enough damage to equal the combined total cost of Hurricane Katrina and […]

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Aug 25th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Public transportation needs are great in the U.S. but the good news is that elected officials, taxpayers and the public at large obviously want to address the needs. Throughout the country, there is proof that citizens want to see public transportation needs addressed quickly. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared a state of emergency […]

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Aug 23rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

At a time when there is scant funding for roads, bridges, water treatment plants, broadband expansion and airport expansions, there seems to be ample funding for urban renewal in most of the country’s major cities. The reason is understandable…infrastructure projects are large and have usually been funded by the state or federal government. Unfortunately, that’s […]

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Aug 18th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
Courtesy: City of Arlington

From Boston to Austin, autonomous vehicles are being tested on city streets. It’s so common that the driverless cars are no longer head-turners. Some estimates are that 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020.  But, the introduction of  new multi-passenger self-driving shuttles are still turning heads. These vehicles are grabbing the […]

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Aug 16th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government leaders continually struggle for funding. Budgets are constrained and critical needs are great. That creates great stress. However, public officials have options. Lots of alternative funding is available for projects that result in certain positive outcomes. Alternative revenue sources can be accessed through a number of federally funded programs. And, while these are attractive […]

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Aug 11th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Two city bridge superstructures demolished, moved and replaced in 16 hours? Impossible?  No…it can happen and Utah’s Department of Transportation just proved it. This impossible-sounding accomplishment is a result of a program called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It allows completion of bridge projects in record time. But, these kinds of success stories are not just […]

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Aug 8th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Delays in the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-heralded $1 trillion infrastructure plan are proving costly for deteriorating U.S. roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. And the longer the delay, the more it will cost taxpayers. Tired of delays on a long-awaited new plan, some members of Congress are busy putting together a “Plan B.” […]

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Aug 4th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

While some cities manage to balance revenues with citizen services and expectations, others struggle with that because funding and resources are required for critical needs related to transportation, infrastructure, public safety and emergency services. Their revenues are stretched to the breaking point and some citizen services are suffering. Wallethub recently analyzed the operating efficiency of […]

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Aug 2nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Most companies that sell to government love RFIs. These documents, known as Requests for Information (RFIs), alert contractors to upcoming opportunities and allow them time to consider whether to pursue the opportunity. RFIs related to technology are common and fairly easy to track. There are almost always RFIs before large technology projects are launched. Another […]

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Jul 28th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Created three years ago and finally funded this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program may soon announce the first round of funding for water infrastructure projects. The agency has $1.5 billion in available funds and it is all designated for water projects. The EPA announced that 12 of […]

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Jul 26th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Will a majority of Americans give up automobiles and rely on public transportation in the not-too-distant future?  Maybe not, but dependence on public transportation is definitely on the increase. Two things are happening as a result of this. Motorists are being tempted to abandon their automobiles and a large marketplace for companies with transit goods, […]

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Jul 23rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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The wheels on the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan appear to be moving. After months of delays, the president, through an executive order, announced the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Neither the president nor Congress has been able to focus on infrastructure as health care legislation has dominated the early months […]

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Jul 21st 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

This will surprise many. A recent report estimates that spending on law enforcement technology in the United States will likely reach $7.6 billion this year and that number will climb exponentially in the next few years. Law enforcement technology includes such things as body armor, cameras, drones, vehicles, biometric software, upgrades to Next Generation emergency […]

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Jul 19th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Here’s something that will shock most taxpayers. Projections are that cities will spend an estimated $150 billion in stormwater infrastructure projects over the next 20 years. That will create a very large marketplace but the action has already started. Spending is increasing at an incredible pace and stormwater projects are being launched throughout the country. […]

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Jul 14th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It sounds a bit futuristic – transportation systems that direct people and resources based on artificial intelligence. Is that really a possibility?  Actually, it’s happening now – in real time! When smart transportation technology first became part of the ever-changing transportation landscape, it was used primarily for traffic management. Now, smart transportation technology is used […]

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Jul 12th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government rarely leads when it comes to technology innovation. That’s because the funding required is simply not available. However, governmental entities are finally moving into the next phase of IT modernization – mobile apps. In the most recent survey, 65 percent of state CIOs reported that less than 20 percent of their applications were able […]

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Jul 7th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Government officials in rural America are more “anxious” than “eager” to hear details of the long-awaited $1 trillion Trump infrastructure plan. There’s no way to know how much, if any, will actually trickle down to small and rural areas.  Spokespersons for the administration say rural America will not be overlooked but there is still angst […]

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Jun 30th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Who owns the public infrastructure assets in the U.S.?  If your answer was – the federal government – you would be wrong. There’s lots of talk about infrastructure today and both parties in Congress are advocating for the funding, incentives and support that will be required to repair and expand the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.  But, […]

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