Mary Scott Nabers of Strategic Partnerships on modernizing our infrastructure » Dallas Innovates

Mary Scott Nabers
President and CEO
Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
.…speaking at the North Texas Infrastructure Summit Thursday in Hurst, via the Dallas Morning News.

Nabers spoke yesterday at the second North Texas Infrastructure Summit in Hurst, presented by the North Texas Commission. The summit focused on challenges and possible solutions for the region’s infrastructure, exploring everything from water supply to the electricity grid to the need for more electric vehicle charging stations as the electrification is growing.

The one-day event included speakers and panelists who discussed the impact of critical infrastructure on North Texas businesses. Experts and industry leaders discussed how the region can benefit from the $35 billion Texas will receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act.

During her session, Austin-based Nabers said she believes state and local governments cannot fully modernize infrastructure on their own.

“I don’t think we can do this without public-private partnerships,” Nabers said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Nabers thinks public-private partnerships (also known as “P3s”) could have a huge impact on infrastructure if they expand into new areas of need.

“Everyone thinks a P3 is a toll road,” Nabers added. But she stressed that it is much more than that. “It’s water, it’s construction, it’s grid technology, it’s our electricity grid. All of this is our infrastructure.

According to the DMN, the one-day summit explored how infrastructure upgrades should be done fairly; how almost 50,000 electric vehicles are already driving in DFW; how electric vehicles could help reduce health care costs related to air pollution; and more.

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