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

Uber believes the way to avoid traffic congestion is simple – just fly over it. Before laughing, read on. Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a new air traffic control system to manage their next project, a fleet of low-flying – possibly autonomous – aircraft. The project, which will be […]

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Nov 10th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

It’s been a contentious week in Congress! The newly minted federal tax reform bill has supporters and detractors and they all have strong opinions. One provision in the bill, however, has attracted an abundance of attention – both from the public at large as well as from private-sector companies of all types – and almost […]

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

At the federal level of government, environmental standards for power are being rolled back and regulation is being reduced as fossil fuels make a rebound. But, at the local levels of government, green energy is one of the hottest top priorities. City leaders, with great support from citizens, are moving aggressively to launch green energy […]

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Nov 3rd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

A scant two months ago, Hurricane Harvey roared onto shore at Rockport on the way to ravaging the Texas Gulf Coast and inland areas from Houston to the Golden Triangle – becoming the nation’s costliest hurricane on record. The historic and catastrophic storm left behind a multi-billion-dollar trail of damages and destruction from flooding and […]

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

When the Hurricane Harvey federal disaster relief funding spigot finally opens in Washington, D.C., Texas cities and counties with recovery projects – some of which will be mega-million dollar projects – are hopeful their projects will be among those funded. And when the funding starts flowing, contracting opportunities will be abundant. Private-sector firms throughout the […]

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Oct 27th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Electronic vehicles (EVs) are still all the rage. Government leaders definitely like them and want them…but there is a capacity problem. Of the 250-260 million vehicles on U.S. roads last year, only about 540,000 of those were EVs. And of the 17.6 million cars produced last year, only 134,000 were electric. The slow evolution of […]

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

Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create. Small businesses are the backbone of the nation and an essential part of every regional economy. […]

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

Cyberattacks, data breaches and ransomware demands have become almost common in the public sector.  Hackers intent on hacking into critical government networks have become a huge problem for public officials. The stress this creates for chief technology officers (CIOs) is great and because of that, most are very receptive to collaborative efforts with private-sector partners. […]

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

The battle between President Donald Trump and the National Football League (NFL) regarding players being allowed to kneel during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem is headed into overtime. The brouhaha has dominated the news for weeks and it centers on some NFL players “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem.  […]

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

Very large contracting opportunities are being announced weekly in regions with U.S. seaports.  Literally billions of dollars will be spent in the near future on all types of public projects related to ports. The American Association of Port Authorities estimates ports and private-sector partners will spend $154.8 billion over the next five years on seaport […]

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

The president’s proposed $1 trillion national infrastructure plan has become something of an anomaly. Once a highly touted campaign promise, the long-awaited plan has been void of any specifics and last spring was reduced to a set of ambiguous “principles.” However, both pre-campaign and post-inauguration, Trump’s proposal relied heavily on capital investment by the private […]

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

With every aspect of life becoming increasingly digital, Internet access is crucial for individuals, law enforcement, healthcare providers, companies and communities. For rural America, Internet connectivity is literally imperative for a community’s survival. Economic development is impossible without broadband and families expect their children to have access to the Internet so they are not hampered […]

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Sep 27th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The very recent Equifax data breach was another ominous “wake-up call.” Americans were reminded once again that our data networks are very vulnerable.  More significant, though, is the fact that cyberattacks don’t just involve data breaches. Critical infrastructure can be compromised just as easily – water systems, electrical grids, airports and public transportation. Lives can […]

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Sep 22nd 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

In 2016, about $88.9 billion was spent in educational construction work in the United States. That’s the largest year-over-year dollar value increase since 2008. And with enrollments increasing in classrooms in Pre-K to post-secondary public schools and colleges and universities, that trend is expected to continue, creating thousands of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms. When […]

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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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