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Posts Tagged ‘Mary Scott Nabers’

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan is out – and controversy is rampant!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. President Trump released his Infrastructure Plan on Monday and to no surprise…it pleased almost no one…other than perhaps those who crafted it.  Some have questioned whether the plan pleases anyone. The plan has been touted as a $1.5 trillion investment but there is actually […]

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President’s ‘leaked draft plan’ for infrastructure holds high interest

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The expanded use and funding for Private Activity Bonds (PABs) has again taken over the spotlight in infrastructure debate in America. A six-page document claimed to be the draft outline for President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure plan was leaked this week and PABs are among the major infrastructure funding principles addressed. 

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Government Construction Projects May Never Be the Same

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Construction firms interested in new business opportunities need only to look at where the disasters occurred in 2017.  But successful bidders will be companies that understand the importance of offering construction services with built-in resiliency. That’s the value proposition public officials are seeking in today’s marketplace.

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State funding continues to shrink – most large public projects will require alternative types of funding in 2018

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Public officials in states that have been cash-strapped for the last number of years have already exhausted internal creativity and innovation. There are just so many ways to do “more with less” and most say they have no new ideas left. In states that enacted fee and tax increases, the total net result was only $9.9 billion in additional revenue. Now lawmakers and budget gurus must explore alternative funding options. That’s because some projects and budget items simply cannot be overlooked, decreased or eliminated.

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Infrastructure projects worth billions hang in limbo as Congress debates tax reform bill

Friday, December 15th, 2017

The House bill eliminates Private Activity Bonds (PABs) and Low-income Tax Credits, which are critical to the construction of housing developments. Both bills call for eliminating advanced refinancing bonds. These tax-exempt bonds allow cities to refinance debt. Without advance refinancing bonds, many large projects at the state and local levels of government will be immediately jeopardized. Additionally, the tax reform bill, unless changed, increases the federal deficit and that will trigger $150 billion in automatic cuts to vital transportation and infrastructure investments.

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Cities: where the action is…

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Many large cities have been so successful in revitalizing downtown areas, it’s now extremely difficult to find parking, to secure restaurant reservations or lease retail space. People wait for years to lease condos in revitalized urban areas and real estate prices have increased significantly. In far too many other American cities, however, downtown areas are anything but vibrant. Some are eyesores because of vacated buildings and a few almost feel like ghost towns. When cities languish, municipal revenues become strained and the downward spiral escalates even more quickly.

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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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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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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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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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