hbj Houston Business Journal 2009

  • Security services a ripe field for government contracts in Texas12/04/2009
    The public sector is beefing up its safety systems. Equipment is being upgraded, capabilities are expanding and public entities are moving quickly to take advantage of digital, wireless and broadband technologies. [more]
  • Federal funding ramping up for energy-related initiatives11/06/2009
    Vendors and service providers with energy solutions should watch carefully over the next few weeks as millions of dollars are awarded to local public entities for energy-related initiatives. [more]
  • Engineers, consultants in big demand for government projects10/23/2009
    Engineering firms and engineering consultants will find the Texas local government marketplace attractive in the next few years as cities and counties work to resolve critical infrastructure issues. [more]
  • Local government entities to invest heavily in technology in 201010/09/2009
    Local governmental entities in Texas have just completed a difficult budget process, but technology firms should be delighted with the results. Technology purchases by cities, counties, schools and health care facilities will be abundant in 2010. [more]
  • Don’t overlook opportunities to help repair damage caused by Ike09/11/2009
    As Texans pause on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the third-most destructive storm to ever hit the United States, it is rewarding to see that funding has been made available for cleanup and rebuilding. The massive storm left the Houston, Galveston and surrounding areas with more than $29 billion in damages, but repair work and construction is now under way and new initiatives are being announced weekly. [more]
  • Government entities rely heavily on those with financial solutions07/31/2009
    In 2008, state and local governmental entities collected tax revenue in excess of $1.3 trillion. [more]
  • ‘Lion’s share’ of federal stimulus funding heading to Texas06/26/2009
    Government contractors in Texas are currently focusing most of their attention on cities, counties and school districts … and for good reason. The federal stimulus funding, almost $1 trillion, is heavily weighted to flow to end-users at the local levels of government. [more]
  • Plenty of funding in Texas for infrastructure, construction, water05/15/2009
    Texas’ growing population is driving demand for new and enhanced infrastructure. [more]
  • Stimulus money now flowing into school districts in Texas05/01/2009
    Texas school districts have had extreme demands, inadequate budgets and high-profile pressure to do “more with less” for years. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, funds, however, should provide much-needed relief to school districts in the short-term. The stimulus funds will provide revenue that schools can use for construction, upgrading classrooms, enhancing technology, increasing energy efficiency and more. [more]
  • Stimulus money will represent many opportunities for Texas – 04/17/2009
    Texas will receive more than $5 billion in stimulus money. The funding, coming from many federal sources, is not easy to track, but the time and effort involved is worth it. [more]
  • Food-related contracts a big slice of government budget – 04/03/2009
    Most government contractors are totally focused, at least for the moment, on federal stimulus money flowing into Texas. [more]
  • Opportunities abound as ARRA stimulus billions start to flow – 03/20/2009
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be remembered as one of the most-watched pieces of legislation ever passed by the federal government. Because the amount of money the bill dumps into local economies is so large — almost $1 trillion — it has created a flurry of anticipation. [more]
  • Forget the stimulus bill — Texas has lots of funding available now – 03/06/2009
    In Texas, there are thousands of funding sources and funds for almost everything a community or region could want to build or buy. [more]
  • Outsourcing and government contracting are here to stay – 02/06/2009
    There may always be some level of controversy about government outsourcing.Some people simply believe that only government should handle certain functions. However, when faced with declining revenues, tight budgets, a need for specialized expertise and in-creased mandates, governmental entities have no option other than to consider outsourcing and/or private sector contracting. [more]
  • Government spends millions on advertising, media services, PR – 01/23/2009
    As the national economy tightens and companies begin to look at ways to make revenue quotas for 2009, many firms should give serious consideration to the government marketplace. Public sector entities spend many millions each year on advertising, PR, printing and promotional campaigns. Ad agencies currently overlooking this marketplace may want to rethink the decision not to pursue public sector contracts.[more]
  • Government contractors in Texas can look forward to robust year – 01/16/2009
    In contrast to the doom-and-gloom headlines about the dire state of government finances throughout the country, the situation in Texas is rather robust.[more]
  • Plentiful opportunities ahead for environmental companies – 01/09/2009
    Every year, state agencies and local government entities in Texas spend hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental services provided by private sector contractors. This market segment may be large now, but it is set to grow even more in the coming years.[more]