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Funding flowing to Texas resulting soon in hundreds of immediate contracting opportunities

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

When the Hurricane Harvey federal disaster relief funding spigot finally opens in Washington, D.C., Texas cities and counties with recovery projects – some of which will be mega-million dollar projects – are hopeful their projects will be among those funded. And when the funding starts flowing, contracting opportunities will be abundant. Private-sector firms throughout the country willing to bring their experience and resources to the Texas Gulf Coast will be called on to contract with public-sector entities to help with the rebuilding of Texas.

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Freight Rail is a Driver of Innovation

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Even in a nation’s capital typically behind the curve on technological matters, autonomy and self-driving automobiles continue to grab headlines. Case in point: The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed a bill unanimously in October crafted to expedite the testing and deployment of partly and fully autonomous vehicles. While the bill must still pass the full Senate, a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed. Both measures have the same goals in mind – adjust traditional car standards to allow greater room for innovation and technological advancement by carmakers and give the federal government the ultimate authority on related governance.

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Startup firms partnering with government? Really?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. Startup companies of all types are hot topics today. They excite investors because some offer great revenue potential. The media loves to write about them and economic development organizations try to attract them because of the jobs they create. Small businesses are the backbone […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Namrita Kapur, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
Namrita Kapur on The Infra blog

Our systems and services in infrastructure are pretty compromised right now, especially in areas that have been subject to extreme weather events. But even if they haven’t, we’ve got a lot of infrastructure that, frankly, is falling apart. We haven’t done a good job of maintaining it, and we don’t have enough resources to maintain or resuscitate that infrastructure. So the reason this is important is because it creates a path for being able to address that issue. To create the type of infrastructure that we need to provide energy security, safe drinking water, reliable transportation, all the services and needs we have from our day to day infrastructure that we aren’t receiving right now through our public sector.

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Citizens will hopefully get involved in this issue

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Just a week ago, the president started walking back his often-stated commitment to use $200 billion in federal funding to leverage another $800 billion in private capital and other non-federal funds for an infrastructure plan. Word from the Beltway this week is that a new “outline of principles” for an infrastructure plan will be forthcoming from the Trump administration, possibly in the next week or so.

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Toll Excellence Awards, Student Scholarships Spotlight Innovation in Global Tolling Industry

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
IBTTA Awards

Originally posted on the blog of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Written by Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA The tolling industry’s top innovators and some of its most promising future leaders were in the spotlight in Atlanta last month during IBTTA’s 85th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta. On the Monday morning […]

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Fall 2017 Bond Elections

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Fall 2017 Bond Elections - Bonds at work in construction - Photo by Phil and Jo Schiffbauer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From August through November 2017, voters across the country are being asked to approve hundreds of local bond propositions. The bonds that pass will provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracting opportunities for many types of firms. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), which has been tracking all Texas bond elections and recently began tracking bond elections nationwide, is currently monitoring 470+ fall bond elections valued at more than $28 billion. The following article explains what bond are, the types of projects funded, and how contractors can follow the money to pursue bond-related contracting opportunities with local governments.

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October 12, 2017–Nationwide Event: Imagine a Day Without Water

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Water Infrastructure - Image a Day without Water

The good news is that the American people are already widely supportive of increased investment in nation’s water infrastructure. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address. Americans view water infrastructure investment as an even greater priority than infrastructure generally, with 82 percent of voters saying that they view the issue as either important or very important. No other issue facing our public officials enjoys such a broad consensus.

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How a tech startup and nimble non-profit exposed toxic releases during the Houston flood

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Bakeyah Nelson with the Air Alliance Houston checks air measurements with Entanglement Technologies

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, Tony Miller, chief executive of a Silicon Valley startup, wondered how he could help. His company, Entanglement Technologies, can measure levels of air pollution in real time, important information for emergency responders and people living near storm-damaged refineries and chemical plants. On Aug. 31, Miller called Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund’s Texas-based senior health scientist, and the two quickly came up with a plan to monitor neighborhoods near industrial facilities in and around Houston. Miller was on the road the next day.

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Contracting opportunities in Texas, Florida may span a decade

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Contracting Opportunities in Texas and Florida May Last a Decade

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made an indelible mark on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The back-to-back storms ravaged the Texas and Florida coasts in late August and early September and left behind a wide swath of damage and destruction that will take years to restore […]

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