The Trump administration has placed the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace in a state of uncertainty, but there are still several clear areas of growth in public sector spending. In order to highlight some of these growth areas and provide proactive business contractors with valuable market data, Onvia has identified the top 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017.

We analyzed more than 4,000 unique industry tags to determine the 10 that are experiencing the fastest rates of growth and adoption among governments. Our 10th-ranked hotspot is for growing school bus services, which saw 10% growth in bids and RFPs released by state, local and education (SLED) government agencies from 2015 to 2016.

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Schools Privatizing Student Transportation Services to Save Money and Increase Efficiency

As K-12 school districts experience budget pressures, they have begun outsourcing some services to the private sector instead of hiring private employees. In fact, a recent study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy found that in Michigan, between 2001 and 2015, the percentage of school districts outsourcing food, custodial or transportation services jumped from 31% to 71%.

The growth of private-sector vendors providing their services to school districts allows school officials to spend more of their resources on educating students.

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Privatized educational services, such as student transportation, do have critics. The National Education Association has argued that agencies run the risk of lower quality services and accountability problems with the privatization of education services. However, with continued school funding difficulties and a more business-friendly administration in the White House, the trend towards private bus services for schools appears to be on the road to continued growth in the next few years.

New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts are some of the top states for student transportation services bids and RFPs. New Jersey in particular has been a leader in using private bus transportation contracts to become more efficient at the school district level.

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Examples of School Bus Services Bids and RFPs

Below are several examples of school bus and student transportation services bids and RFPs. These examples were drawn from Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS), which tracks government-contracting leads to give government buyers and sellers actionable data and commerce intelligence.

  • Student Transportation Services – North Chicago Community Unit School District 187

This three-year contract for transportation services seeks a vendor with “The ability to provide safety and comfort for the students.”

  • School at Northeast Student Transportation – Schenectady City School District

The district is looking for student bus transportation for one year, and for all bus drivers to have First Aid, CPR, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) or TCIS training.

  • Pupil Transportation: Field Trips & Athletic Events – Beverly Hills Unified School District

This athletic event and field trip transportation bid covers multiple schools in the same district.

  • Student Athlete Transportation – Kearny School District

The New Jersey school district released a bid for student athlete transportation.

  • Coach Bus Transportation Services for Extracurricular Trips – New York City Department of Education

This bus transportation services bid seeks a variety of vendors and will result in multiple transportation contract awards.

Discover Other Areas of State and Local Government Contracting Opportunity

The growth in bids and RFPs for student transportation services might lead to growth in other contracting areas. More contracts for bus services, for example, might lead to more contracts for security cameras on school buses, or more opportunities for businesses to provide school bus parts and maintenance.

And beyond just school bus services, there are 9 other hotspot areas that have shown rapid rates of growth in bids and RFPs from state and local governments in 2017. Click the link below to request a complimentary copy of Onvia’s “10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017,” or request a free consultation with one of our expert advisors to discuss how Onvia can help you find relevant government contracting opportunities in your field.