abj Austin Business Journal 2004

  • Texas’ open records laws can offer wealth of information for contractors – 12/17/2004
    Too many individuals and firms have a tendency to believe that the quickest way to win government contracts is to offer goods or services at the lowest price. While that is certainly one method, it is definitely not the only way to be successful in capturing government business. [more]
  • Smaller agencies are hidden sources of contract dollars – 12/3/2004
    Most large government contractors focus primarily on the top-tier governmental agencies. That is because the largest agencies have the most money to spend and inevitably put out the most interesting bidding opportunities. Smaller government contractors, however, may want to consider a different route to capturing government business. [more]
  • Growth of government outsourcing likely will create more opportunities – 11/12/2004
    Governmental entities at the state and local levels are outsourcing numerous professional services that were once handled by full-time employees. [more]
  • Texas ports searching for more security help – 10/29/2004
    With hundreds of cargo and passenger ships coming and going each day from Texas ports, port administrators are scrambling to install security measures to safeguard the homeland from possible terrorist attacks. [more]
  • State requests can hold keys to future spending – 10/15/2004
    For government contractors curious about what big ticket items and services state agencies are planning to contract for next year, here are some answers. [more]
  • Texas cities looking to rails to solve traffic woes – 9/24/2004
    Transportation systems are a hot topic these days, thanks to urban sprawl and traffic gridlock caused by a burgeoning Texas population. While a lot of the talk about solutions to Texas’ traffic woes focuses on toll roads, passenger rail systems are a hot topic, too. [more]
  • Biometrics growth identified as future windfall – 9/10/2004
    Often a particular technology becomes an “overnight star” after existing for years with little attention. A good example is biometrics, a technology often used to restrict access in corporate and military settings. [more]
  • Contractors can capitalize on military growth – 8/27/2004
    Last year, the military employed nearly 230,000 men and women in Texas. With this number expected to grow over the next several years, opportunities for government contractors should be plentiful. [more]
  • Keeping country secure also can be profitable – 8/6/2004
    Business has been good for companies with products and services related to homeland security. [more]
  • Health care problems create opportunities – 7/23/2004
    Texas spent more than $22 billion on public health care in fiscal 2003, a 13 percent increase from the previous year. Costs continue to mount. [more]
  • Texas roads paved with opportunity – 7/9/2004
    Hope you’re not in a rush, because traffic in Texas is expected to get worse before it gets better. Contractors should be watching closely because the Texas Transportation Commission recently approve a four-year, $9 billion package, which includes $7.5 billion for highway maintenance and construction. For drivers, it means more orange cones. For contractors, it means money. [more]
  • Tracking water projects keeps revenue flowing – 6/25/2004
    Government contractors in Texas should keep a close eye on those charged with building and maintaining the state’s water resources. [more]
  • Regional councils doling out dough – 6/11/2004
    Texas’ 24 regional councils of governments are getting an abundance of attention, thanks to more than $1 billion in homeland security funds flowing into Texas from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [more]
  • Schools buzz with projects during the summer – 5/28/2004
    If you think school buildings are idle during the summer, think again. Summertime is construction and renovation time for schools, whether it’s building a new gym, upgrading security systems or installing new computers. [more]
  • Vendors should be on alert for wireless projects – 5/14/2004
    It’s critical for public safety agencies to be able to respond quickly to emergencies, such as three-alarm fires, tornadoes or terrorist attacks. To save lives, first responders must have communications systems that offer mobility, flexibility and interoperability. [more]
  • Community colleges preparing for growth – 4/30/2004
    The state of Texas is working on initiatives designed to assure that 500,000 additional students are enrolled in higher education institutions in Texas over the next 10 years. Sixty percent of these students will begin at community and technical colleges. [more]
  • Opportunities taking off at airports around Texas – 4/16/2004
    Texas airports aren’t just transportation hubs. They’re centers of economic activity. [more]
  • Now hear this: Internet voice services growing – 4/2/2004
    If the Texas Department of Information Resources has its way, state agencies soon might begin using data networks not only for email and Internet access but also for telephone calls. [more]
  • It pays to be schooled about education projects – 3/19/2004
    Because of Texas’ dramatic population expansion, demands are being placed on educational facilities throughout the state. [more]
  • Your ship might come in through port contracts – 3/5/2004
    Ports throughout the country are receiving more attention as homeland security initiatives continue. Ports are such a critical part of the nation’s overall infrastructure and carry a great economic impact. Maritime industries contribute more than $1 trillion to the annual gross domestic product. [more]
  • Health care arena filled with outsourcing deals – 2/20/2004
    Government outsourcing and contracting with private sector vendors is common. What isn’t so common is to see state and local governments outsourcing all kinds of medical services and health care related opportunities. But that trend is expected to escalate and become the norm. [more]
  • River authorities pumping opportunity in Texas – 1/30/2004
    Opportunities from the more than 20 river authorities in Texas are streaming throughout the state. [more]