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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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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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Spending on educational facilities breaking records throughout the U.S.

Monday, September 25th, 2017
School Construction Boom - School Bus

In 2016, about $88.9 billion was spent in educational construction work in the United States. That’s the largest year-over-year dollar value increase since 2008. And with enrollments increasing in classrooms in Pre-K to post-secondary public schools and colleges and universities, that trend is expected to continue, creating thousands of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms.

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Governor announces Commission to Rebuild Texas

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Governor

Construction, machinery, building products and engineering firms will be in high demand. Following Hurricane Katrina alone, a $100 million emergency FEMA contract was awarded to a construction and engineering firm for housing management and construction. Another similar firm also earned a $100 million contract to provide temporary housing and communications tools to hurricane victims. And a $30.9 million contract was awarded for repair of a bridge on Interstate 10.

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Rising Traffic Volumes Reaffirm the Need for Infrastructure Investment: FHWA

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Federal Highway Administration Logo

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) isn’t pulling any punches with the conclusion it draws from the latest figures for U.S. traffic volumes, which show “a streak of steadily increasing vehicle miles travelled (VMT) that began in 2011.”

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Damage repair resulting from Hurricane Harvey projected at $160 billion

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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With a current price tag estimated at $160 billion for emergency and recovery efforts, the private sector will play a major role in providing for cleanup and revitalization. Contracting opportunities will be plentiful for thousands of companies and Texas and Texans will welcome their assistance.

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Contracting opportunities more abundant now at the local levels of government…a trend to watch!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Rail Trail - New York State

Major cities throughout the U.S. are focused on urban redesign to create vibrant communities in downtown areas. Parks, trails, green spaces and community gathering places are all being constructed. Green infrastructure is also a high priority. Engineering design firms, construction contractors, landscaping companies and playground equipment suppliers are in high demand. Cities are also enhancing Wi-Fi access, moving to IoT (Internet of Things) technology and launching renewable energy projects. Funds for these types of projects are coming from various sources and as a result, lots of attention is now focused on what’s happening at the local levels of government.

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Bridge construction projects – happening at ‘almost’ the speed of light!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Two city bridge superstructures demolished, moved and replaced in 16 hours? Impossible? No…it can happen and Utah’s Department of Transportation just proved it…This impossible-sounding accomplishment is a result of a program called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It allows completion of bridge projects in record time. But, these kinds of success stories are not just happening in Utah.

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Of Mega-Cities and Metro Cards: Urban Security is Digital Security

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Urban Security is Digital Security

According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a percentage expected to reach 66 percent by 2050…This “mega-cities” trend is in part due to digital transformations which are changing economies, cultures and communities at light speed. Unprecedented connectivity, mobility and access to information are fundamentally changing how individuals, organizations and communities view their own safety, security and quality of life…From the protection of critical infrastructure to information in cyberspace, and point-of-sale purchases to international financial transactions, Thales is helping communities and organizations everywhere meet the challenges of a complex digital age.

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Congressional leaders begin to address infrastructure with a plan of their own

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Delays in the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-heralded $1 trillion infrastructure plan are proving costly for deteriorating U.S. roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. And the longer the delay, the more it will cost taxpayers. Tired of delays on a long-awaited new plan, some members of Congress are busy putting together a “Plan B.”

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