Apr 1st 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

State and local government contracting represented a multi-trillion dollar marketplace before the recent pandemic. That marketplace is now much larger … but its current size is insignificant compared to what it will be six months from now. To combat the virus, trillions of dollars are being spent on services and equipment supplied by private-sector companies. […]

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Mar 27th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Over the last few weeks, state leaders have been forced to mandate drastic actions in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Normally, state emergencies are declared when natural disasters strike – hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. This time, however, the United States called on states to protect citizens and to help […]

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Mar 18th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

At a time when every country is worrying about unemployment, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are aggressively planning and launching initiatives designed to prepare students for jobs that will be in high demand in the coming decades. Education officials are upgrading, launching new construction, and redesigning curriculum to stay competitive with recruiting efforts. There […]

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Mar 13th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The team of researchers at Strategic Partnerships, Inc. is known for its ability to point clients to upcoming opportunities long before public announcements are made about the projects. One way the team uncovers this type of valued information is by monitoring feasibility studies. A study of some sort is usually launched to determine potential positive […]

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Mar 4th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
background image of the handshake of business partners in the office. business concept

Public-private partnerships (P3s), or collaborative initiatives as they are sometimes called, are becoming more common – so common in fact, that it’s hard to find any state where collaborative partnerships that include funding options are not being used to deliver public projects. With limited budgets, public officials are being forced to seek alternative funding sources. […]

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Feb 19th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Looking for parking facility construction projects? Probably not! That’s because most construction firms are interested in larger projects. But, things are changing, and it may be wise to begin looking for parking garage projects. Here’s why. There is an abundance of demand for new parking facilities, and these projects are almost always tied to much […]

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Feb 14th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Clean and adequate water resources are essential components of human existence. For many years, government leaders had few problems providing this precious resource. That’s no longer the case, and companies interested in contracting with government to fix water problems will find an abundance of opportunities in 2020. In Washington state there has been no requirement […]

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Feb 5th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Over the next few months 33 state legislatures will approve funding for new budgets. The remaining states already have a budget for 2020. A quick look at funding requests indicates an extremely positive marketplace for companies that contract with government. The following overview outlines some of the interesting projects that will be launched in the […]

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Jan 31st 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Looking for a massive funding document that describes hundreds of upcoming opportunities? Look no further than the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) document that President Trump signed on December 21. For 59 years there has been a NDAA appropriations document, but never has there been one this large. The 2020 budget for defense is […]

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Jan 22nd 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
The Historic First National Bank Building at Independence Hall National Park. Note: This building is U.S. National Park Property.

Renovate or replace – these are the options government entities must decide between constantly. The tools, systems, facilities, programs, and technology necessary for efficient operations in cities, counties, schools, and state agencies are high priorities. Aging operational infrastructure is outdated, ineffective, costly, and, in some situations, dangerous. New projects are being announced weekly as public […]

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Jan 17th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

State and federal governments are providing significant funding for collaborative land deals that boost economic development. While some of this activity has occurred in the past, it was definitely not on the scale that is now evident. And, most of the current funding is flowing to public-private partnerships. Not only has the federal government passed […]

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Jan 8th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

By all accounts, 2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for government contracting. Following years of growth since the last recession, the year has begun with gusto. Earlier fears that the marketplace might be fragile because of government uncertainty seem to have vanished. Public officials are announcing large new project launches on a […]

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Jan 3rd 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Public school campuses are always busy places, but in about five months many of them will experience a different kind of activity. That’s because numerous school districts will launch major construction projects in the few summer months when students are not on campus. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, projected student growth between […]

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Dec 20th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Most citizens find planning documents a little boring. That’s not the case, however, for government contractors. For them, such documents are extremely interesting. In fact, savvy contracting firms know there’s gold to be found in planning documents. Almost every large upcoming project at every governmental jurisdiction is well documented somewhere in a detailed plan that […]

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Dec 11th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

When public entities commission a study, it’s safe to assume that one or more, usually large, projects will follow. For some companies, following government studies is how they manage to get ahead of their competitors. Most large government projects require a study of some sort – project feasibility, projected population growth, transportation patterns, public transit […]

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Dec 6th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Panorama of a beautiful city park

Most citizens appreciate parks, and many are regular visitors. However, the public at large rarely contemplates the economic impact of parks. And, too many companies overlook hundreds of contracting opportunities associated with parks. Parks are responsible for billions in annual economic activity. In 2018, community volunteers contributed 15.9 million hours improving local parks. Government agencies […]

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Nov 20th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Government funding continues to shrink for public colleges and universities. At the same time, there is a public outcry for lower tuition, on-line courses, and easy access to education. Education officials seek relief and many are finding it through collaborative initiatives. The federal government is encouraging, incentivizing and occasionally directing collaborative initiatives. President Donald Trump […]

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Nov 15th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Internet of Things (IoT) links the physical and digital worlds, creating smart environments through digital technologies to drive actionable insights, aka Industrial Internet and Internet of Machines.

Technology has altered our lives. It consumes us as individuals and impacts almost everything in the world around us on a daily basis. Emails, texts, instant news, apps of every kind, GPS, Google searches, and Siri are part of everyday life. Technology also has become a critical component of government, infrastructure, security, health care, and […]

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Nov 6th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

It’s difficult and costly to deliver broadband or high-speed internet to rural communities. And, there’s no way to generate enough revenue to make it worth the effort for private sector companies. Yet, broadband is a critical component of education, economic development, home-based health care, eldercare, professional education, social engagement, and e-government. High-speed networks provide a […]

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Oct 25th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
The University of Iowa is a public flagship state-supported research university located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are being launched somewhere in the U.S. every day. Public officials with critical project needs are seeking alternative funding sources, and almost any version of a P3 is attractive to them. Since the trend appears to be the future, here’s a sampling of what is happening currently. Upcoming P3 opportunities related to […]

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Oct 16th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Transportation congestion is surging. Demand for roadway access exceeds capacity, and something must be done. Time is lost, air quality is compromised, and motorists are frustrated to the point of exhaustion. Messages delivered by public officials in the past have fallen on deaf ears in many parts of the country. Americans continue to resist all […]

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Oct 11th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

When bond elections are as abundant as they are this year, there’s no doubt    thousands of new opportunities will be available for companies to interact with governmental entities. The demand for services of all types will be huge. Government leaders at every jurisdictional level of government need funding for specific projects, and when the revenue […]

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Oct 2nd 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Strange as it sounds, budget documents are always interesting reading. That’s especially true when they come from public entities. Government officials, at every jurisdictional level of government, are required to prepare and approve budgets. That’s not an easy or quick task. In fact, public officials spend months documenting anticipated revenues and planned expenditures. Because of […]

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