sbj San Antonio Business Journal 2012

  • RFIs provide useful info for would-be contractors – 12/07/2012
    Government procurement is usually frustrating for both public officials and outside firms interested in competing new business. The process is time-consuming and expensive for all parties. As a result, many public officials are opting to make as many purchases as possible through cooperative purchasing programs. [more]
  • Transportation will drive new contracting work – 11/23/2012
    Transportation projects will be economic drivers throughout Texas in the coming months. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has an abundance of upcoming opportunities that should make construction, engineering and professional services firms very happy. [more]
  • Tech purchase opportunities on horizon in Texas – 11/16/2012
    As state agencies plan for new technology expenditures in the next fiscal year, technology firms are offered an inside look at likely purchases. The picture that is emerging will be attractive to firms selling software, hardware, network service and cloud computing. [more]
  • Tech, software on state agencies’ budget menus – 10/26/2012
    State agencies have submitted their Legislative Appropriation Requests (LARs) and these documents should make technology and software firms extremely happy. Many government officials are requesting funding for new projects and programs. [more]
  • Upcoming bond elections to create opportunities – 09/28/2012
    On Nov. 6, voters in Texas will decide the fate of numerous public projects totaling approximately $5.6 billion. This will be the largest cumulative bond package total amount in Texas since May 2008 and more than double the November 2011 level. [more]
  • Texas has many transportation P3 opportunities – 08/31/2012
    Public-private partnerships (P3s) — that’s a term that all Texans need to understand. We will hear a lot about P3s in the next few years and these initiatives will impact every taxpayer, public official, government employee and company of every size and type. [more]
  • Government marketplace holds opportunities – 08/17/2012
    It was common in the past for public entities in small Texas communities to provide preferential treatment to local vendors. The reasoning was that it helped stimulate the local economy. [more]
  • Governments seek solutions from private sector – 08/03/2012
    Nine municipalities have declared bankruptcy in the first six months of 2012. Another city appears to be only hours away from the same fate. In 2010, the country recorded six municipal bankruptcies and that number rose to 13 in 2011. [more]
  • Government services contracting going strong – 07/20/2012
    It takes a lot of repair work to keep government operational. Considering the buildings, roads, bridges and public lands the state owns, it is not surprising that the demand for repair work is strong and continual. [more]
  • Billions in infrastructure projects being funded throughout Texas – 07/06/2012
    Billions of dollars are allocated for upcoming Texas infrastructure projects. Public officials plan to build roads, repair bridges, add toll lanes and construct bike paths, trails and sidewalks. [more]
  • HR contracting opportunities are very plentiful – 06/22/2012
    Thousands of people work in government and in almost every governmental organization, human resource (HR) costs are very high. Many public officials are now aggressively encouraging HR outsourcing in an attempt to reduce costs and improve financial management. [more]
  • Cooperative purchasing programs are important – 06/08/2012
    Public officials are looking for ways to do things quicker and with fewer resources. One good example is the increased use of cooperative purchasing programs. [more]
  • Consider government when selling commodities – 05/25/2012
    Got commodities for sale? Don’t overlook the government. Public entities spend billions on products and equipment each year. Usually, the items are procured in one of two ways.. [more]
  • Professional services is popular for outsourcing – 05/04/2012
    Public officials throughout the country spend millions each month with firms that provide professional services. In fact, considering the wide range of services that fall into what the public sector classifies as professional services, it is understandable why this is one of the fastest growing areas of government outsourcing. [more]
  • Increasing opportunities on university campuses – 04/27/2012
    University campuses have become a great place for firms to find big opportunities. As enrollment increases, so do demands on housing, technology, security and all types of services. [more]
  • Texas voters to decide fate of $1.8 billion in bonds – 04/06/2012
    On May 12, residents in 60 Texas communities, including 11 cities, two community colleges, one hospital district and 46 school districts, will vote on bond propositions totaling approximately $1.8 billion. [more]
  • Public transportation emphasis boosts contracts – 03/30/2012
    As long as cities have traffic congestion, a need to move people and serious funding shortages, there will be an abundance of contracting opportunities with public transit agencies. In Texas, bus routes and rail lines are expanding and diversifying services. [more]
  • Wireless products create contracting opportunities – 03/16/2012
    The demand for wireless products and services is extremely strong in the Texas public sector. And, as wireless devices become more abundant and less expensive, public officials will find even more ways to use them. [more]
  • Public sector needs variety of financial services – 03/02/2012
    Financial firms will find high demand for their services in the public sector throughout the year. In addition to an ongoing need for audit work, public officials have been turning to outside firms as they search for cost savings, tax collection solutions and options for the administration of benefit programs. [more]
  • Water shortages lead to contracting opportunities – 02/24/2012
    Water has become a scarce commodity in Texas and, as a result, there are numerous contracting opportunities. One community in Burnet County recently hired a contractor to deliver water by truck. [more]
  • P3s are innovative way to fund critical projects – 02/03/2012
    In an era of shrinking public sector budgets, public officials are seeking innovative ways to fund critical projects. Public-private partnerships, also known as P3s, have become extremely attractive. [more]
  • Many public safety projects escape budget knife – 01/20/2012
    Government budget cuts have been significant, but there are a few areas that rarely see reductions. Public safety and criminal justice are sometimes called “sacred cows” because public officials know that providing safe communities is one of the most basic government services. [more]
  • Population increases driving school construction – 01/13/2012
    Population growth in Texas shows no signs of slowing down. As a result, the need for new school buildings, renovation of existing facilities and updated technology continues to increase. [more]