Inside Look: What cities are buying and planning in September 2018

One of the best ways to see what’s happening in cities is to look at the projects they are planning and implementing. Our monthly Inside Look series does just that. It’s compiled by GovWin+Onvia from Deltek. — Kevin Ebi

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
GovWin+Onvia 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.

Stream Restoration and Stormwater Treatment – City of Austin, TX
Austin will work with multiple contractors on deals totaling $6M for planning, design, bidding and construction of engineered solutions that restore and protect Austin's waterways.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Upgrades – City of Bellingham, WA
Bellingham recently awarded a bid worth $1.8M to Colacurcio Brothers for installing and retrofitting pedestrian signals and beacons along with hardscape, utility and striping improvements.

Water System Improvements – Town of Elkin, NC
The Town of Elkin has agreed to an estimated $1.4M contract with W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc. for water line and reservoir improvements such as more modern vertical turbine pumps and valves.

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.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure – City of Riverside, CA
Riverside has posted a bid for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and a Meter Data Management system to integrate and support customer facing applications and web integration.

Network Core Equipment – Town of Lexington, MA
Lexington is planning a multi-year capital funded project to replace aging equipment and add new equipment to the town’s core voice and data network.

Street Infrastructure Improvements – City of Portland, OR
Portland will be funding a project to construct improvements and rehabilitate pipe segments and install a street, roof and parking stormwater control system to relieve potential street flooding.

Security Camera System – City of Johnston, IA
The City of Johnston is planning on putting out a solicitation for the replacement of existing security camera equipment and installation of additional security cameras.

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, found by GovWin+Onvia, 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.

Transit Buses – City of Harrisonburg, VA
The City of Harrisonburg is planning to spend $11.2M between 2019 and 2023 to replace and expand both transit buses and para transit vehicles in their transportation network.

Signal Equipment Modernizations – City of Garland, TX
Garland has allocated $3.4M in its capital improvement plan for 2018-2022 to make traffic signal improvements, modernize the signal management system and replace vehicle detection systems.

Boat Ramp Replacement – City of Sunrise, FL
Sunrise will spend approximately $2M over the next five years for its citywide boat ramp replacement program, including maintaining its pollutant discharge elimination system.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin+Onvia from Deltek. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.