Jul 2nd 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) passed by Congress created a sprawling, multi-faceted plan to combat COVID-19 and its debilitating effects on the U.S. economy. Signed into law in March, the $2 trillion relief package allocated funding for preserving jobs, backfilling government budgets, helping school districts, providing assistance for the unemployed and […]

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

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on America. Students of all ages will soon begin fall classes, and school officials are scrambling to ensure safety. Education leaders appear to be in total agreement about how to deliver instruction. Students will be taught through both online and in-person classes. And, as preparations are made to implement […]

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Jun 26th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

We know that an infrastructure bill is coming, and the debate in Congress will likely begin in July. Industry leaders, public officials, think tanks, and economic development organizations have provided lots of input. They know that some of their messages have been heard. There is no consensus between Democrats and Republicans about how the bill […]

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

The House of Representatives laid out an infrastructure plan on June 18 – an expensive one with a price tag of approximately $1.5 trillion. It will not, of course, pass Congress in its current state, but it promises to start the critical and overdue conversation in Washington about infrastructure. But, there’s an omission that hopefully […]

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

COVID-19 hit the construction industry like a tsunami. Almost all medium to large construction projects were shuttered as government leaders scrambled to protect the health of Americans. Today, however, even though the pandemic has not been contained, there is renewed interest in construction and reason for optimism. The immediate future is considerably brighter today than […]

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Jun 12th 2020 | Posted in Opportunities by Texas Government Insider
Rendering of Cap Metro underground tunnel

Members of the Austin City Council and Capital Metro (CapMetro) board adopted the $9.8 billion Project Connect system recommendation plan on June 10 to expand public transit in Austin. Financial estimates accounted for a 45 percent federal share that would contribute $4.4 billion to the expansion. The system plan features three new light rail lines […]

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Jun 12th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Transportation projects are almost always notoriously large and costly. But, infrastructure is critical to America and, with that in mind, a five-year, $494 billion surface transportation bill was recently released by the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure committee. The final bill, which must gain approval from both the House and Senate, will likely have […]

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Jun 10th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

To no one’s surprise, COVID-19 has pushed the country into a designated recession. While keeping a careful watch on public health and safety, government officials and economic leaders are now fervently seeking ways to boost America’s economy and to support job creation. The path out of this recession, according to many fiscal policy experts, is […]

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

It’s no surprise to anyone that cities and counties are quickly exhausting their budgets and depleting public funding. Local government officials have dealt with COVID-19 for months, and now they are contending with violence, protests, and property damages. Public safety expenditures are huge, and the coffers of local governmental entities are stretched to the limits. […]

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May 29th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

In the current sad and chaotic midst of almost total negative press, some positive things are happening … and some of it is related to law enforcement. Throughout the country, law enforcement budgets have been stretched to the limit. First responders at every jurisdiction have worked overtime during the COVID-19 crisis and funding for operations, […]

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May 22nd 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

As the country reopens for business and citizens strive to find normalcy, many critical issues must be addressed. Every region, citizen, and employer in America has been impacted by COVID-19, and getting back to normalcy and prosperity will require bold leadership. Decisions loom large, and how they are made will impact every region’s economic future […]

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May 20th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The demand for water has been on an upward spiral for years. And, municipalities have come to rely on utility fee revenue for big chunks of their budgets. In fact, water has provided funding for all kinds of citizen services in the past. Unfortunately, that revenue has been diminished significantly of late. Because of COVID-19’s […]

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May 15th 2020 | Posted in Opportunities by Government Contracting Pipeline
Blanton's Landing study area

Kentucky – The city of Frankfort is soliciting firms to develop a design and construction estimate for Blanton’s Landing as part of a feasibility study for its waterfront revitalization effort. Officials issued a request for proposals (RFP) as the third step of a process to plan for and implement strategies to maximize the use of the […]

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

Airlines are ready to fly again! As states begin to open up for business, airport and airline officials are preparing for takeoff – but the trip may be a little different. At the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, both Southwest and American airlines are relaunching flights to Spain, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Scheduled flights will soon […]

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Apr 29th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Before COVID-19, there were discussions about other types of viruses – particularly digital viruses. While not deadly to people, the threat of any type of digital virus is disruptive, costly and difficult to contain. The displacement of people and the increased reliance on the Internet has only increased this type of risk. As the country […]

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Apr 24th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Will students go back to public school campuses this fall? Will charter schools reopen? Will colleges and universities bring students back on campus? Will testing be available? Will facemasks be required? How and when will educators spend the federal recovery funding that has been allocated? Will projects with previously approved funding be launched soon? These […]

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Apr 9th 2020 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force, most government decisions are being made via teleconference. Public hearings, meetings, and conversations about business decisions must still meet all transparency statutes. Current conversations tend to revolve around whether to hold bond elections or postpone them a few months. Budget discussions are also very common. The SPI […]

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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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