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City Point Partners Forecast 2018

| December 22, 2017

by Jay Moskowitz

City Point Partners is a program management firm with a specific expertise in transportation and public projects. We provide project management, project controls, public outreach, and onsite construction oversight on public and private horizontal and vertical construction projects.

In 2018, we anticipate that we will be kept busy throughout the year providing onsite construction management, estimating and scheduling, and public outreach services to our clients. We continue to see growth in the public sector, and the agencies we work for in the commonwealth of Massachusetts such as the MBTA, MassDOT, Massport, and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have robust capital improvement plans. We are also following many transportation-related opportunities in the state of Rhode Island.

Our owner’s project management group continues to track opportunities in higher education for both public and private institutions in the New England area but remain watchful of the proposed tax overhaul coming out of Washington and the effect on the investment strategies of these clients. With Mayor Walsh beginning his second term, we are also looking forward to seeing more affordable housing opportunities in the city of Boston. The mayor has made increasing the housing stock in the city a priority going forward, and our OPM group will be watching these development opportunities. Currently, we are serving as the OPM on the city of Newton’s Crescent Street affordable housing development.

Our project controls group grew significantly in 2017, and as our clients realize the value in having construction schedules and cost estimates early in the design process, we anticipate this group’s growth will continue into 2018. Our transportation clients have retained us for scheduling and cost estimating to assist on projects for both MassDOT and RIDOT, and we are planning for this trend to continue into 2018 as the economies of both states remain strong. In particular, the governor of Rhode Island has made a commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure, and a number of road and bridge projects are already underway.

Our public outreach group has also grown significantly in 2017. Their clients are primarily in the transit sector. With the MBTA in the middle of an unprecedented investment plan for improving safety and service for its riders, City Point Partners expects to continue helping the MBTA to realize these priorities by interfacing with the MBTA’s constituents to communicate project information that will be useful to them. Whether it is the massive investment in the Green Line Extension or making the commuter rail more efficient, many of these transit-related changes directly impact working and living in the city of Boston.

As the economy remains relatively strong, the competition for staff between our competitors and teaming partners is extremely robust. City Point Partners prides itself on consistently being one of the best places to work in the city of Boston. For two consecutive years, we have been on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the Best Places to Work in Boston. This speaks directly to our devotion to our staff and our investment in their skills and abilities. Throughout the year, we provide our staff with technical training and provide the opportunity for them to customize their work environment by offering flexible schedules and the ability to work remotely. We believe our employees are our greatest resource and, as a result, will make investing in our staff a priority for 2018.

 

Jay Moskowitz

 

Jay Moskowitz is marketing manager for City Point Partners.

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