Mary Scott Nabers

Mary Scott Nabers is president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships Inc., a business development company specializing in government contracting and procurement consulting throughout the U.S. Her recently released book, Inside the Infrastructure Revolution: A Roadmap for Building America, is a handbook for contractors, investors, and the public at large seeking to explore how public-private partnerships or joint ventures can help finance their infrastructure projects.


  • 1/22/2024
    After working for the past 25+ years to help companies be successful in selling to government, I get questions daily about what it takes to be successful in the public sector marketplace. This column's objective is to provide some 'Best Practices for Success' because I firmly believe it is in the best interest of all parties, including taxpayers, to make collaborations and public and private sector interactions as successful as possible.
  • 12/20/2023
    In 2024, there will likely be more water projects throughout the country than history has ever recorded. That's a very good thing because water security is critical for the nation's stability.
  • 10/19/2023
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced an $800 million allotment for rural infrastructure projects. Although the funding may seem insignificant, it will greatly increase the number of new projects launched in 2024. It is also important to note that the federal funding, in almost every case, will be supplemented by other state or local the projects will not necessarily be small.
  • 9/20/2023

    The Department of the Interior will oversee a recently announced federal funding program named the WaterSMART program. It is designed to provide funding for projects that fortify the Western region of the U.S. against drought and climate-related water scarcity.

  • 9/8/2023
    There's too much confusion about public-private partnership (P3) engagements. That really needs to change.
  • 7/20/2023
    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated the largest amount of funding ever to be invested in the country's water resources. More than $50 billion was earmarked to specifically improve the country's drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. In addition to that funding, almost every state has also increased its funding commitments to improving water infrastructure. Water projects of all types are currently on the drawing boards or in the planning stages throughout the U.S. A few examples of what can be expected are described here.
  • 4/10/2023
    A recent study revealed some shocking facts. Researchers provided data that points to more than 200 million Americans who must depend on contaminated drinking water. PFAS, or "forever chemicals", are now in the drinking water of 60% of the U.S. population.
  • 4/3/2023
    American ports, even those that are among the busiest in the world, have faced near-crippling levels of congestion since the outbreak of COVID. Supply chain back-ups have also had a negative impact. The smaller ports especially have scrambled to meet demand, but it is obvious that operational inadequacies at all U.S. ports must be addressed. Now, significant public investment is opening up for port projects of all types.
  • 2/22/2023

    Before environmental concerns became a staple of urban planning, industrial sites dominated waterfront properties in American cities. For decades, factories used urban waterways to dispose of pollutants. As environmental awareness grew, however, those sites were abandoned, but the toxic aftermath lingered. But new funding and technology are both available now to remedy that risk.

  • 2/14/2023

    The time has come to stop thinking about port projects in the same way we once did. Everything has changed. And with an abundance of funding, port projects in 2023 will include many new components.