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

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

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

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

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 plan does […]

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Jan 19th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Municipal and county leaders throughout the country are in a bind. Coming off a year scarred by devastating multi-billion-dollar natural disasters, they are grappling with historic rebuilding efforts…while also dealing with the demands of dozens of other critical issues. These public officials were already facing growing budget gaps, aging technology, critical infrastructure needs, a continual […]

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Jan 17th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Major disasters became almost commonplace in 2017.  Regions within the U.S. suffered more than $300 billion in damages and many cities and counties were decimated. Wise people know that when the pain is great enough, change usually occurs…that is definitely happening now. That change is focused currently on rebuilding efforts – and it relates primarily […]

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Jan 10th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

President Trump recently signed the Modernizing Government Technology Act into law as part of an amendment to the defense bill. This statute now allows federal agencies to reprogram unused IT budget allocations to fund modernization projects. While this action only targets federal agencies, it is indicative of what is happening at the state and local […]

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Jan 5th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Mixed-use development, which was once rather unique to urban renewal and commercial endeavors, is now a hot new trend on university campuses. Throughout the country, college campuses are being transformed into communities and it is typical to see restaurants, retail shops, hotels, green space, offices, parking garages and other amenities adjacent to dorms and classrooms. […]

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Jan 3rd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Here’s a market segment worth monitoring in 2018 – social infrastructure. If social infrastructure is not a familiar term, think of it as construction related to social services – healthcare (hospitals), education (schools and universities), public facilities (courthouses, prisons and administration offices) and transportation projects of all types. Social infrastructure projects are often public-private partnership […]

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

As a new year approaches, state lawmakers throughout the U.S. are projecting the lowest state spending increases since the Great Recession. In fact, public-sector spending at the local levels of government has been outpacing state spending for a number of years. A recent survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers indicates that general […]

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

2017 was a banner year for technology sales in government. One of the largest contracts of the year came from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. That agency awarded a $723 million contract to overhaul its ticketing program to allow passengers to pay with their smartphones. In addition to software systems, cloud servers were also a […]

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

College and university executives struggle valiantly as the gap between their critical funding needs and the revenues they receive grows larger each year. State spending on public higher education is now well below pre-Recession allocations, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A recent report notes that state funding for colleges and universities […]

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

Senators worked until past midnight in early December to pass their version of a federal tax reform bill. Since the House had passed its version earlier, both houses of Congress are now negotiating final compromises. There are plans to get a bill on the president’s desk by Christmas. Local government leaders, however, are not happy […]

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

Here’s something important to watch!  Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a bipartisan bill to increase the funding available for water infrastructure projects in the future. They are monitoring debate on the reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The bill under consideration would double the program’s authorized funding […]

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

Many large cities have been so successful in revitalizing downtown areas, it’s now extremely difficult to find parking, to secure restaurant reservations or lease retail space. People wait for years to lease condos in revitalized urban areas and real estate prices have increased significantly. In far too many other American cities, however, downtown areas are […]

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Nov 29th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers

Artificial intelligence (AI) – to many individuals, it is exciting. Others may find it frightening and to some it could be significantly disruptive. The way you feel about AI likely depends on where you live, how you work, your age and whether or not AI will threaten your career. Autonomous cars and public transit will […]

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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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