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

Student enrollment in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. continues to grow. Data tells us that no matter what the economy does, young men and women realize the importance of getting a degree. Statistics from the Institute of Education Services point to the fact that even during the Great Recession from 2007-2009, student enrollments maintained […]

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

Significant changes are taking place in local communities at the various jurisdictional levels of government. And, a majority of the changes are related to revenue generation efforts by public officials. That’s because public funding, although stretched to the limit in most regions, no longer covers many critical government requirements. The emerging changes are significant, and […]

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Aug 23rd 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Some seasoned government contracting firms have spent decades studying ‘best practices’ associated with winning new business. They know exactly what it takes, and because of that, they incur less risk when pursuing projects. These firms also win lots of government business. Other firms, however, are not quite as knowledgeable. They know enough to be successful […]

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Aug 14th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Municipal leaders have stressful and difficult jobs. Elected officials and tenured public servants struggle to provide more citizen services with less funding and fewer municipal resources. Public leaders at the local levels of government are guided by mandates that could easily be categorized as ‘stretch goals’. And, they provide services to a diverse group of […]

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Aug 9th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Transportation infrastructure will stimulate the U.S. economy significantly over the next few years. Hundreds of large projects have been announced; so many in fact, it should be possible for almost every type of contracting firm to find attractive opportunities. Regional transit leaders in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently released a $10 billion transit plan. Upcoming opportunities […]

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

Very often the SPI Team receives inquiries from public officials about an upcoming project. Their questions are almost always about alternative funding sources or public-private partnerships (P3s). These officials usually are trying to determine whether a particular project is suitable for a P3 engagement. Since the question has become so common, it seems appropriate to […]

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Jul 26th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Occasionally, change occurs so rapidly it seems the world is spinning faster than ever. Technology changes occurring in roadways and bridges today are amazing, to say the least. Motorists will soon experience roadway technology never imagined in the past. The transportation sector is definitely a change leader in the U.S. Here are a few examples […]

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Jul 19th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

City leaders throughout the U.S. have made commitments to renewable energy. Most have aggressive goals and plans to rely completely on renewable power sources by a specific year. Community leaders who are not pushing for clean energy sources are out of step with their counterparts. This is because municipal officials are among the strongest advocates […]

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Jul 12th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

There are many ways to identify upcoming contracting opportunities in the public sector marketplace, but one of the most reliable ways is to track feasibility studies. Environmental impact statements also are precursors to the launch of large projects. Here are some efforts that should be of high interest to government contractors. The Capital Area Road […]

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Jul 10th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
rendering of Manhattan jail

Upcoming public sector opportunities can be found in almost every area of the public sector marketplace. But, at the moment, the sheer number of upcoming opportunities related to law enforcement facilities is enough to make one ponder. Has every incarceration facility become obsolete all at once? Have local and state officials all decided to upgrade jails, prisons, and justice centers at the same time for some reason? Are there enough experienced construction […]

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Jul 3rd 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
La Crosse Center rendering

At a time when the U.S. Congress cannot agree on an infrastructure plan and funding at the local levels of government is at an all-time low, it’s heartening to see that visionary elected officials continue to find ways to move forward with projects of all types. There are large projects as well as smaller ones, […]

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Jun 28th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Scranton City Hall

County courthouses, city halls, and government buildings of all types are being renovated, sold, or replaced. Most public facilities of this type are old, inefficient, costly to maintain, and unable to accommodate new technology. Some are unsafe and no longer meet federal compliance standards. Contractors interested in pursuing contracting opportunities to provide upgrades or new construction will find lots of options in every state.  In Scranton, Pennsylvania, city […]

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Jun 26th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The American Water Works Association has estimated that $1 trillion will be required to maintain and expand water services over the next 25 years. Here’s why: Americans get their water delivered through approximately one million miles of water pipelines. Most of the pipes, however, outlasted their estimated lifespan of 65 to 100 years some time […]

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Jun 21st 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Parking has become a critical consideration for governmental entities throughout the country. In the next 18 months, there will be thousands of upcoming opportunities related to planning, designing, engineering, and constructing new parking facilities. Not only is parking critical to public agencies, but it also is of the highest concern to cities, counties, colleges and […]

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Jun 19th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Asheville Regional Airport

Although large airport projects dominate the news, smaller regional airports are announcing numerous immediate upcoming projects.  Record growth at regional airports along with projections that the growth will continue for decades is driving expansion, upgrades, and new construction.  Many of the projects are quite large. The smaller, but crucial, airports are significant economic drivers which […]

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Jun 14th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Upcoming transportation projects are abundant throughout the country.   Projects of every size and type can be found, but a sweeping trend is for larger projects to be collaborative in nature. Delivery methods may be called public-private partnerships or comprehensive development agreements, but whatever the name, the common link is that private sector capital is invested […]

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Jun 12th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Cities with vibrant cultural assets attract tourists, retail establishments, hotels, real estate developers, and appreciation from local citizens. Cultural facilities also boost a region’s economic engine. The 2002 redevelopment of Millennium Park in Chicago, for example, spurred $1.6 billion in revitalization nearby. Libraries, museums, multipurpose theaters, recreational venues, and civic centers also are key components […]

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Jun 7th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Alfred E. Alquist Building at San Jose State University

Student housing is a critical component when it comes to recruiting students and retaining them through graduation. Young men and women want to live in modern, purpose-built housing within walking distance of campuses. Some will settle for nothing less – and that is driving a tidal wave of demand for modern, appealing housing options on […]

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Jun 5th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Illustration of restored wetlands at FDR Park in Philadelphia

Economic development is the highest priority for a majority of America’s mayors. And, within that category, parks and recreation is the No. 1 redevelopment priority throughout the country. There are several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that parks generate an incredible amount of revenue for cities. One source reports that more […]

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May 31st 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s schools are in dire need of attention.  That’s obviously a significant understatement because the report explains that the needs of K-12, the U.S.’ second-largest infrastructure sector, will exceed approximately $870 billion between now and the next several years. Of this amount, $490 billion in funding has […]

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May 29th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
The former site of the Carousel Mall in San Bernadino, California, is set for redevelopment into a mixed-use center including new housing options.

There are often dire predictions about the U.S. housing marketplace. Experts in the commercial sector worry about interest rates, construction labor shortages, and declining demand. In the government housing marketplace, however, the concerns all center on the great demand for affordable housing, student housing on college and university campuses, and homeless shelters and public housing […]

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May 24th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

New trends and contracting opportunities related to public safety all seem to revolve around technology and construction. Thousands of immediate contracting opportunities exist, and they may be found throughout the country at every jurisdictional level of government. Citizens expect to be protected from crime, weather, traffic hazards, fire, and every type of disaster. Taxpayers demand […]

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