Mary Scott NabersPresident & CEO

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Mary is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI). Mary is also co-founder of the Gemini Global Group (G3), a firm that works with national and international clients on business development, P3s, and other types of government objectives.

A recognized expert regarding P3s, Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government and Inside the Infrastructure Revolution – A Roadmap for Rebuilding America. Her first book, Collaboration Nation, explores the growing trend of P3s and describes a number of best practices for successful projects, as well as the importance for both parties to respect the cultural differences of the other. While her newest work asks readers to look carefully at the cost of continuing to neglect public assets like roads, bridges, water resources, airports, electric grids, healthcare and educational facilities and points to their critical role in maintaining America’s global leadership position.

Mary writes for many publications and blogs weekly. Her articles have been published by media outlets including Forbes,, CEO-Read, Change This, The Hill, Water on Line, World Highways, Bloomberg Government, Airport World, Politico, Smart & Resilient Cities, Infrastructure USA, Water Online, Construction USA, Renewable Energy World, Construction Today, P3 Bulletin, P3 World, ICMA, American Infrastructure, Born To Invest, Onvia and many others.  She is a regular contributor to business journals and SPI publishes two newsletters each week that carry her columns. She is active on the professional speaking circuit and is a keynote speaker at both business conferences and government executive’s conferences.

Mary has an extensive business background in both the public and private sectors. Before entering government, Mary was the President and General Manager of two media firms. In government, she served as the Commissioner representing Business at the Texas Employment Commission. In that position, she was a high-profile, proactive business advocate who founded The Texas Business Council. Then, Commissioner Nabers moved to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry, which at the time regulated approximately $65 billion of the state’s economy annually. She was active on both the state and federal levels and represented Texas on numerous national boards.

Mary holds a BS degree from Howard Payne University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree and was named a Distinguished Alumnae of Howard Payne University.


Delegate, Emerging Leaders World Conference · Spirit of Texas Award · Leadership America · Leadership Texas · World Congress on Information Technology · Named to Profiles in Power · Mentor, University of Texas’ Forty Acres Scholars · Partner & Mentor, Capital Factory


President, Headliners Club · Board of St David’s Healthcare Foundation · University of Texas groups – UT Exes Council; the Chancellor’s Executive Committee; the President’s Advisory Council · National Council for Public-Private Partnerships · National Petroleum Council · Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission · Long Center for the Performing Arts · Advisory Board, San Antonio Spurs · Chair, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce ∙ Board of Directors – Texas Association of Business · Girl Scouts Advisory Board


Articles by Mary Scott Nabers

Sep 27th 2023 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
roy wilkins park 340x240 Benefits from recreational projects are responsible for the launch of hundreds of new construction initiatives
Exterior of Roy Wilkins Park Recreation Center. Courtesy of NYC Parks.

Public recreational initiatives are creating an abundance of government contracting opportunities throughout America as local governments build parks, aquatic centers, urban socializing spaces, walking trails, sports facilities and event centers. These initiatives facilitate activities enjoyed by citizens and result in new tax revenue, economic stimulus, higher property values and job creation. Then… there is the […]

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Sep 22nd 2023 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Rocklin Roadwork 340x240 Funding for infrastructure projects continues to expand
An aerial view of the double diamond interchange. Courtesy of the city of Rocklin.

TIPs and STIPs are acronyms for transportation improvement programs at the local and state levels of government. The formal names are ‘Transportation Improvement Program’ and ‘Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.’ They both fund transportation projects and allow for the coordination of federal, state, and local funding. TIPs are locally approved plans which have been developed by […]

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Sep 20th 2023 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
green infrastructure 340x240 Green Infrastructure funding represents upcoming projects currently in design phases throughout the U.S.
Rendering of the Newport River Trail. Courtesy of the town of Newport.

Green Infrastructure ꟷ a phrase that has become quite common, is generating lots of discussion. Perhaps that’s because of the significant amount of funding now available for projects that fall into this category. These types of projects promote environmentally friendly solutions to current problems, and the funding supports rain gardens, stormwater parks, permeable pavement, subsurface […]

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