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Collaboration Nation: How Public-Private Ventures are Revolutionizing the Business of Government Kindle Edition

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Mary Scott Nabers served for a decade in senior executive roles in Texas state government before starting Strategic Partnerships, Inc., in 1994, a large, national consulting practice that helps Fortune 100 clients identify and win billion-dollar government contracts. After a long career as an entrepreneur-owner of media properties, she served eight years on the Texas Workforce Commission, representing the interests of 380,000 companies in dealings with government, followed by a two-year stint on the powerful Texas Railroad Commission under Governor Anne Richards. She is a frequent public speaker at conferences and forums on reforming the business of government.

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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Platform Press (May 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081VTHM2
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Mary Scott Nabers, an expert on how government does its business, explains why outsourcing and privatization are inevitable trends and why it makes perfect sense to return to our historical roots of allowing the private sector to invent solutions to public needs. Nabers, an entrepreneur who spent a decade as a public executive in Texas, explains what it's like to be a public official and why government should not be expected to be the innovator of solutions. And she provides an inside look at the relationship between government executives and private vendors and why those relationships are sometimes flawed and can cause unintended problems. This book is full of examples and should be read by every government executive and every private vendor. The popular notion that, as President Reagan said, government is the problem, not the solution, is debunked here. As a nation, we cannot afford to have the public and private sectors at war with each other. Instead, Nabers argues, we need a massive collaborative effort on the scale of what we had in World War II, when the private sector worked with government to solve enormous, crisis-sized issues. The most interesting datapoint in this book is that the US is way behind much of the rest of the world on this issue. Public-private partnerships have been around for a long time in Europe and elsewhere.
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Mary Scott Nabers has written an enlightening book on the evolving nature of public private partnerships. She is a leader in this field with her successful company focusing on assisting businesses in understanding and participating in government contracting. The book is a thoughtful resource.
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Timely and excellent book on public private partnerships by someone who has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. It covers the topic well and offers important, practical advice to all who want to be successful in this arena. JH
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In this timely and insightful work, author Mary Scott Nabers demystifies the recent paradigm shift in the US regarding the relationship between government and business. The Great Recession, hyper-partisanship and an ever-expanding national debt have necessitated a political climate in which creativity, ingenuity and yes, collaboration with the private sector are required to deliver the goods and services the public demands. In a refreshing departure from related books in the field, the author draws heavily on her experience as a practitioner in both the public and private sectors. Moreover, instead of focusing descriptively on the events leading to the current environment, Mary Scott Nabers unveils proven best practices, engaging case studies and instructive anecdotes - culminating in the essential blueprint for anyone interested in how public and private entities interact.

As a graduate student in public policy, Collaboration Nation should be a required read for all of my colleagues due to its practical yet multi-dimensional approach to topics that include transparent communications, contract procurement and collaborative strategies. The book is also highly accessible and well-organized, providing value whether you are a 30 year civil service veteran or a freshman political science major. Finally, one of the great achievements of the book is to look beyond the false choice of small vs. big government- highlighting an alternative path that encourages each sector to specialize in what it does best.
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