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
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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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Feb 21st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

America’s power grids have been vulnerable to physical and cyberattacks for a very long time. But now, the very frightening possibility of losing power because of a security breach is getting an abundance of attention. This threat should receive attention – it is long overdue.  Just to put the danger in perspective, consider the consequences. […]

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

President Trump released his Infrastructure Plan on Monday and to no surprise…it pleased almost no one…other than perhaps those who crafted it.  Some have questioned whether the plan pleases anyone. The plan has been touted as a $1.5 trillion investment but there is actually very little funding coming from government. Even worse, the funding is […]

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Feb 9th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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There are more than 54,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. That designation does not mean the bridges are in imminent danger of collapsing, but it does mean that they need immediate attention. That fact becomes more alarming when one realizes that every day more than 174 million motorists drive over the nation’s structurally deficient […]

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Feb 7th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Working with government procurement has changed over the past few years…and not necessarily for the better. Unfortunately, it is often harder now to sell to government than it was in the past. State and local government spending now surpasses even that of the federal government.  Many large, experienced firms are eager to move into state […]

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Feb 2nd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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Projections of a possible record year for electric power production from renewable energy sources have been tempered significantly by actions of the Trump administration. The announcement that the U.S. government would impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar equipment such as photovoltaic cells and modules created shudders throughout the industry. And the shockwaves were […]

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Jan 31st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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We’re only days away from the 52nd Super Bowl and there’s lots of activity in Minneapolis. Construction is winding down on an expansion to the football stadium that will accommodate even more spectators and the ever-expanding needs of media coverage. The game will be played in the city’s $1.1 billion stadium and visibility will never […]

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Jan 26th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

The nation’s long-awaited Infrastructure Plan will be addressed during next week’s State of the Union address, according to President Trump, who also says the plan that originally was expected to result in a $1 trillion nationwide infrastructure investment has now grown to an investment forecast of approximately $1.7 trillion. This comes on the heels of […]

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Jan 24th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
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The expanded use and funding for Private Activity Bonds (PABs) has again taken over the spotlight in infrastructure debate in America. A six-page document claimed to be the draft outline for President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure plan was leaked this week and PABs are among the major infrastructure funding principles addressed. The leaked infrastructure plan […]

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