Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in November

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

By Nick Schiffler, GovWin+Onvia

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.

Uninterrupted Power System (UPS) – City of Chicago, IL
Chicago has agreed to a contract with Courtesy Electric, Inc., worth $27.8M for the maintenance, repair, replacement, and installation of uninterrupted power systems and power distribution and control systems.

Citywide Telecommunications Services – City of New York, NY
New York City has a $3M term contract that was recently awarded to Windstream Holdings, Inc., for providing telephone and other communications services to the city for a five-year period.

Replacement for Tax System – City of Memphis, TN
Memphis has awarded a one-year term contract with three one-year options worth $4M to Tyler Technologies to provide a replacement for their treasury tax system.

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.

Data Transmission and Internet Access – City of Boston, MA
Boston is requesting proposals through the E-rate program for IT services including data transmission, internet access, and leased lit fiber (with or without internet access).

Environmental Consulting Services – City of Westminster, CO
Westminster is receiving bids for firms to provide services related to environmental consulting, including facility compliance assessments, database development and plans for storm water and waste management.

City Website Redesign – Town of Weston, CT
Weston is looking for a vendor to design and develop a more advanced website to cover all municipal departments for the town, including police and library services.

Electric Smart Grid – City of Mesa, AZ
Mesa is preparing to put out an RFP as they look to install an electric smart grid, with the goal of replacing obsolete technology and improving their ability to identify problems and respond efficiently.

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.

Wastewater Equipment – City of Honolulu, HI
Honolulu has included more than $87M in its 2019 proposed capital program and budget for procuring wastewater facilities and collection system equipment for its Department of Environmental Services.

Downtown Streetscape – City of Naperville, IL
Naperville will budget $2.2M in 2019 for the design and construction of streetscape improvements, including new sidewalks and parkway features to support changing water and energy needs.

Intelligent Transportation System – City of Pasadena, CA
Pasadena has set aside $375K in 2019-2020 for upgrading and replacing equipment related to the city’s intelligence transportation system (ITS), such as fiber optic cable and smart traffic lights.

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.