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Apr 26th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 26 123305 340x240 Federal agencies have announced more than $3 billion in funding opportunities
Photo courtesy of the USDA.

A notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is an announcement that allows eligible entities to know when there is an opening to submit funding applications. A NOFO not only announces the availability but also provides timelines and guidance for making funding requests. Federal programs are often designed to pass funds through state-level agencies, but not always. […]

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Apr 24th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 24 115403 340x240 Economic development has a new face along with visionary objectives
Photo: Rendering of the proposed Civic Center arena in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Courtesy of the city of Mobile.

Economic development initiatives have always focused on boosting local economies, but now they are commonly designed to deliver revenue to budget-restrained cities and counties. Attracting tourists and visitors is still a key focus of economic development efforts, but doing that in ways that impact a city’s revenue is becoming the norm. Before the pandemic, tourism […]

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Apr 19th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 04 19 120510 340x240 New water quality standards will result in billions being spent to remediate PFAS contamination
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Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited report on water quality standards outlining the maximum contaminant levels for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminants in drinking water. This marks the first time national standards for a new contaminant have been added to the Safe Drinking Water Act since 1996. It represents, without doubt, […]

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Apr 17th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights by Mary Scott Nabers
cytonn photography n95VMLxqM2I unsplash 340x240 These critical components will help any business succeed in the government marketplace
Photo by Cytonn Photography via Unsplash

If the U.S. government marketplace is the largest market in the world, surely one should expect it to be competitive and somewhat challenging. A company’s size does not measure success with a good offering; it is almost always measured by understanding the basics — the culture, process and people. Sooner or later, most companies realize […]

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Apr 12th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Sparrows Point Steel Plant 340x240 Massive $1 billion in funding now available for remediation projects
Photo: Sparrows Point Steel Plant. Courtesy of Jeff Kubina.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced more than $1 billion in funding for 110 Superfund projects. The upcoming project sites are scattered throughout the country. All locations are contaminated by industrial waste, and remediation is critically needed. Usually, the agency orders the responsible party to remediate the site, but when no party can […]

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Apr 10th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Southeastern Station Blue Line UPDATE 2 Cropped Resize 340x240 Another $20 billion is announced for transit projects in America
Photo: Rendering of the IndyGo Blue Line - Southeastern Station. Courtesy of IndyGo.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced another $20.5 billion in federal funding to support transit projects this year throughout the U.S. The FTA had previously announced $9.9 billion in funding, and this new announcement includes those funds plus quite a bit more. The investment in America’s transit infrastructure will […]

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Apr 5th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
HDR USDA AERIAL 02 340x240 Federal earmarks will fund local projects throughout America
Rendering of the $160 million USDA laboratory building and greenhouse facility. Courtesy of the University of Nebraska System.

Most people have heard about earmarks, but only a few citizens really pay attention to them. That should not be the case. The term earmark refers to federal spending for a specific project for a particular congressional district, locality or state. Members of Congress request this type of funding. In the most recent federal budget, […]

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Apr 3rd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Old WA State Capitol Building 340x240 Federal funding supports historical preservation projects nationwide
The Old Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington. Courtesy of RToes.

Historical preservation projects are being launched throughout America for two primary reasons: funding is abundantly available, and public assets are treasures that communities like to rescue. The projects create jobs, boost local economies, raise property values and please citizens. Dozens of federal programs provide ample funding support. The National Park Service, which oversees much of […]

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Mar 27th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Screenshot 2024 03 27 115952 340x240 Colleges, universities planning major construction projects as student enrollment rebounds
Rendering of UW-Madison engineering building. Courtesy of Continuum SmithGroup and the College of Engineering at UW-Madison.

Current data continues to indicate significant increases in student enrollments at universities and community colleges throughout the U.S. Community college enrollment was hit especially hard by the effects of the pandemic, but by 2023 a noted increase of 5.3% in student transfers from community colleges to universities had occurred. That trend continues, and these small-sounding […]

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Mar 22nd 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, News, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
638116410046570000 340x240 Funding Surge Sparks Wave of Courthouse Construction and Renovations
A rendering of the planned Richardson Municipal Center.

Courthouses across America carry a rich history, with some dating back centuries. However, the upkeep of these aging buildings makes them extremely expensive to operate and maintain. The General Services Administration receives annual funding allocated by Congress, and this funding has recently been increased. Additionally, the recent infrastructure funding available through other programs has also […]

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