Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning for July

Thu, 2017-07-20 21:45 -- SCC Partner

There are two sides to the smart city story: 1) What people are saying and 2) what they are actually doing.

I’m here to talk about the second one. Below you’ll find highlights on what cities are doing right now in the U.S and Canada. I asked the experts from Onvia to prepare this inside look because they are the only ones I know that monitor all three aspects:

  • What cities are planning (by monitoring their budgets)
  • What cities are soliciting (by monitoring their RFPs)
  • What cities are buying (via Onvia Exchange)

A word about Onvia Exchange, which is free to the public sector. It’s a new program that lets you search from millions of recent bids to download relevant projects, specifications and contract terms. Highly recommended.

I hope you’ll take a moment to see what your peers are up to. We repeat this every month so you can track trends and find ideas to apply to your own city. — Jesse Berst


By Nick Schiffler, Onvia

As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage. And identifying qualified vendors and researching comparable bid specifications from agency colleagues is easy with the Onvia Exchange, available for free to city and government officials.

Here are 10 smart city projects from the past month that were awarded to a vendor, recently put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan:

Recent Contract Awards
Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS) tracks government projects through their entire lifecycle, including contract award announcements. Here’s three examples of the kinds of “smart” projects that have recently been awarded to vendors by cities across the U.S.

Construct Fire Station – City of Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles has agreed to a $15M contract with Ford E.C., Inc. to build a new two-story fire station in the Van Nuys neighborhood that meets LEED Silver certification standards.

Regional Transit Center – City of Turlock, CA
The Turlock City Council approved a $5M agreement with Diede Construction, Inc. to construct a regional transit center, including site lighting, landscaping and the installation of photovoltaic arrays.

IT Consulting Services – City of Austin, TX
Austin awarded a $1.5M contract to JW Group, Inc. for a two-year contract for providing aviation information technology consulting services at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Currently Open Bids and RFPs
Bids and RFPs are the bread and butter of government contracting. These smart city projects are a few examples of the kinds of contracts agencies have recently put out to bid.

5th Avenue Bikeway and Pedestrian Trail Project – City of Lake Worth, FL
Lake Worth has released an invitation for bid for a multi-use pathway project, including trails for pedestrians and cyclists as well as provision of bicycle racks.

Network Services – City of San Diego, CA
San Diego recently released an RFP looking for vendors to manage and support its IT services, including managed network operations, service delivery and service support.

Fiber Splicing – Springfield City Utilities, MO
Springfield’s utilities agency has put out an RFP seeking a provider of services to prepare, splice and terminate fiber optic cable in public, private and commercial settings.

Information Security and Cybersecurity – Port of Tacoma, WA
The Port of Tacoma is seeking proposals from qualified firms interested in providing cybersecurity services on a minimum three-year contract.

Future Leads in Budgets and Spending Plans
Companies interested in selling smart products or services can get the most foresight by finding potential projects within agency budgets and capital spending plans. These projects were found in Onvia’s B2GIS and provide vendors with forward visibility to make more strategic decisions. For agencies, the same information offers a look into the spending areas that local officials are beginning to budget for over the coming months and years.

Meter Replacement – Passaic Valley Water Commission, NJ
The Passaic Valley Water Commission, based in Clifton, NJ, has allocated $22M in its budget through 2022 to its annual meter replacement program.

Transportation Expansion – City of Burlington, VT
Burlington has assigned $10M in its budget from 2022 to 2026 for transportation projects. Its Developmental Plan calls for an “interconnected system” for transit, cycling, walking and cars by 2026.

Accessibility Enhancement Program – City of Ames, IA
Ames will spend nearly $1M through 2021 for providing accessibility upgrades, like improved handicap ramps and enhanced crosswalk signals, at traffic crosswalks and other public parking facilities.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for Onvia, the leader in sales intelligence and acceleration for B2G. Follow Onvia on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.