Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in May 2019

Fri, 2019-05-17 07:16 -- SCC Partner

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. Here’s a wrap-up of some of March’s biggest projects, compiled by GovWin from Deltek. — Jesse Berst

By Nick Schiffler, Deltek

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 IQ 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.

Street and Utility Improvements – City of Tulare, CA
Tulare has authorized the award of a $6.4M contract with Don Berry Construction, Inc. to provide street and utility improvement services for a main city thoroughfare.

Park Construction – City of Bellingham, WA
Bellingham has given awards valued at $6.2M to multiple contractors for park renovation work, including construction, prefabricated structures, lighting, trails, bike infrastructure, and more.

Computer Software Training – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago is awarding a contract worth more than $2.2M to Directions Training Center for a computer software training services project spanning a minimum of five years.

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.

Smart Sensors – City of Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles was recently accepting bids and proposals for a package of scientific and instrumental equipment, including smart sensor technology. 

Fiber Installation – City of Tucson, AZ
Tucson’s Department of Public Works is accepting bids from prime contractors for a federally-funded RTDN fiber installation project.

Parking Solution Pilot Project – City of Westerville, OH
Westerville is accepting proposals from private sector solution providers for the implementation of a “smart parking” pilot project for areas in the city’s Uptown District.

Electrical Maintenance – City of Hopewell, VA
Hopewell has a requirement for several qualified vendors to provide power supply maintenance, electrical maintenance and electrical-related repair services.

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 in GovWin IQ, 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.

Access Control System Upgrade – City of Houston, TX
Houston is planning on spending $1.9M through 2023 to replace an outdated access control system and server with a new, more reliable and better-integrated system.

Streetscape Improvements – City of Lexington, MA
Lexington is including $3.2M in its recommended budget and financing plan for 2021-22 for landscape and paving work specifically associated with streetscape improvements.

Bike Share Program – Town of Fishers, IN
The town of Fishers is including between $360K and $510K in its budget between 2019 and 2022 for ongoing funding of the town’s bike share program.

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