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What do Alaska, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Maine have in common? They’re among the 17 states that saw at least a 10 percent increase in the number of state and local agency bids and requests for proposal between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017, according to a new Onvia report.
The state, local and education market witnessed an across-the-board 4.9 percent increase in procurement—the second-highest year-over-year growth since 2014—rooted in more than $200 billion in infrastructure spending.
Transportation, water and infrastructure projects approved by voters in 25 states last November are responsible for the above-average growth, along with the health care and education sectors, according to the report:
Further analysis showed transportation contracting was the #1 ranked industry within local government and was mid-ranked at the state level. Analysis by level of government showed [environmental services] was ranked #1 among state government and #2 among local agencies. [Water and energy] was highly ranked for local (#3) government and mid-ranked (#5) among state agencies. Healthcare was the #1 sector among education government and was #4 among state agencies.
Within the SLED market, local and education entities were the most active.
While it’s too soon to call these results a trend, you can read the full report and see them for yourself.
Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.
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