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

Two rather shocking predictions are worthy of note. According to industry analysts, cybercrimes are expected to cost $6 trillion annually worldwide by 2021… and 2019 could be the worst year yet for cyberbreaches. Government portals are immediate targets for cyber terrorists. The valuable data available on public websites is all too tempting to hackers and […]

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Feb 13th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Across America, ports are expanding and posting record cargo growth. This will result in huge economic gains throughout the country.  However, the positive impact is vulnerable because many critical components in the infrastructure network that allow the movement of goods are woefully underfunded, especially when it comes to security. A majority of funding for port […]

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Feb 8th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Growth and change are descriptors common to colleges and universities throughout the country. That’s where the focus is…but managing the two is almost impossible without an abundance of human effort and financial investment. It would be hard to find individuals anywhere who disagree with the importance of higher education, but public funding has not kept […]

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

People in law enforcement have been under siege throughout the country for the past several years. Criticism comes from citizens who aren’t satisfied with the norm and want more protection. Angst, anger and fear are also evident from citizens who believe law enforcement officers are often bigoted and/or overly violent or impulsive. Frustrated public officials […]

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Feb 1st 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Sometimes bad things happen…and lately, a number of calamities have stretched emergency operations almost to the brink of failure.  Lives have been lost and damages have resulted in horrifically high costs. Natural disasters are on the increase, affecting millions of people. Rivers tend to flood when there is heavy rain, hurricanes cause unprecedented damage, wildfires […]

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Jan 30th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

While most people are preparing to file tax returns, elected officials throughout the country are looking at government coffers and evaluating whether they will raise taxes. They are also making decisions about how to spend funding that has not been available to them in the last few years. In the last decade since the financial […]

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Jan 25th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities, P3/PPP by Mary Scott Nabers

Although the federal government shutdown has dominated media headlines for more than a month, another subject – a cornerstone of the Trump presidential campaign – is sneaking its way back into the news. Trump’s proposed multi-billion-dollar infrastructure plan was expected to be a signature priority during the new administration’s first 100 days. Two years later, […]

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

The longest government shutdown in history continues and the impact has spread far beyond government workers and their families.  It is difficult to find any business, school, hospital, city, county, college, university or local government organization that is not suffering as a result of the shutdown.  The negative impact on retail establishments of all types, […]

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Jan 18th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Hard to believe…but spending on urban parks is up 30 percent over last year.  At least that is what the U.S. Department of Commerce reports. This statistic is important because it represents millions of dollars of new contracting opportunities for companies from almost every industry sector. Today’s municipal parks are treasured city assets. Most are […]

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

Blockchain technology is relatively new. However, it is having a widespread impact on state and local governments… and, it is likely to impact citizens and taxpayers in the very near future.  Public officials and industry executives are now claiming that blockchain may first be transformative in the energy sector. If that’s true, it is important […]

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

2018 was supposed to be a banner year for self-driving cars – or autonomous vehicles.  It didn’t happen! After pedestrian deaths in March, both Uber and Tesla scaled back significantly on initiatives that were on a fast track. The future for self-driving vehicles looked even bleaker after 50 percent of 25,000 consumers surveyed globally said […]

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Jan 4th 2019 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

While thousands of road projects languish for lack of funding, 2019 promises to be a banner year for new transit projects. Big changes are coming, funding is available and contracting opportunities will be abundant. Successful bond issues, federal grant programs and keen interest from private-sector investors are contributing to the increased availability of funding.  That’s […]

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Dec 21st 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

There’s new funding – $1.5 billion – now available to fund critical transportation projects.  Government officials are moving quickly to finalize plans and contracting solicitations should be rolled out soon.  More than 90 road, rail, transit and port projects planned in rural and urban areas of the United States will benefit from the new grant […]

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Dec 12th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

2018 has been a year of devastation! Wildfires in California, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and gas line explosions were horrific.  The carnage was great and public infrastructure assets were significantly impacted. One infrastructure category that may have been hardest hit was regional utilities. In most cases, water and power were sacrificed in the initial stages and […]

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Nov 30th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Recognizing that two heads really are better than one, governmental officials nationwide are taking the very old adage to the extreme as they work toward “smart city” status. In what is already a major trend, cities are partnering with private-sector businesses, corporations, educational organizations, civic groups, private individuals and non-government organizations.  The partnerships  or Smart […]

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Nov 16th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Almost every airport in the country will likely be expanded or upgraded over the next 24 months. Not a single airport in the U.S. is listed in the top 20 airports worldwide anymore.  Because of aging infrastructure, the lack of leading edge technology, transit options and minimal passenger comforts, the country’s airports are in dire […]

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Nov 14th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

The United States ranks number one in the world for health care spending as a percentage of GDP.  That sounds great… but, Texas ranks only 11th worldwide when it comes to performance.  That’s because of “access to care.” The country’s health care rankings are likely to get worse as 673 rural hospitals in the U.S. […]

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Nov 9th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Political candidates weren’t the only ones vying for the attention of voters this week. More than 508 bond issues totaling approximately $48.8 billion were decided in elections throughout the country. The bond issues that passed will result in millions of dollars being spent on projects such as new school construction, water and wastewater upgrades, affordable housing, […]

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Nov 2nd 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Tax breaks are universally coveted!  And, tax incentives attached to investments in government projects have attracted the attention of investors and developers. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced eagerly awaited proposed regulations and guidelines for a program that trades tax incentives for investments in projects in underserved communities in the nation’s 8,700 new […]

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Oct 26th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Visionary developers are being courted aggressively by city leaders throughout the country.  They are also in high demand by other public officials, including university planners, transit authorities, county officials, school administrators and public hospital leaders. There’s a reason for this new popularity – mixed-use development has become one of the hottest new tools for generating […]

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Oct 19th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Last week, a woman carrying an American passport arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight from Ghana.  Facial recognition technology alerted the U.S. Border Patrol that she was not an American citizen but, in fact, a citizen from Cameroon. It was the third time in the past 40 days that facial recognition technology […]

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Oct 17th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

An infusion of $6 billion in federal funding for critical water infrastructure projects appears to be on the way to some very happy state and local officials. What a great gift! Congress last week passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S.3021), which will result in federal funding for projects related to safer drinking water and sewer […]

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Oct 12th 2018 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers

Some tend to overlook a significant economic driver for many less-populated areas of the country – regional general aviation airports. While these airports are small compared to those found in major cities, their economic impact is extremely significant. In fact, the general aviation industry generates $219 billion in total economic input and contributes $109 billion […]

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Dec 15th 2017 | Posted in Opportunities by Kristin Gordon

As the state’s population increases, plans must be made by cities and towns to accommodate the growth. Monitoring city planning is a good tactic for contractors because they will be well-informed of the plan and will know when projects are implemented. Several cities in Texas have developed big plans and are looking to kickstart them […]

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