On May 6th, 2023 Central Texas cities, counties, and school districts voted to support $4 Billion in infrastructure projects, school construction, and improvement projects. For many localities this is the first time they will be managing multiple projects simultaneously. For others, it is the single largest bond in the history of their jurisdiction.


Municipalities often face challenges when managing concurrent construction projects in bond programs due to complexity, limited resources, stakeholder demands, and insufficient budget controls. Integrating project management tools will help municipalities overcome the difficulties they face guiding bond programs to a successful conclusion.

  • Complexity: Managing multiple construction projects at once increases the complexity of oversight and coordination. Each project has unique requirements, stakeholders, timelines, and budgets. Coordinating these variables and ensuring smooth progress across all projects can be daunting.
  • Resource Allocation: Municipalities have limited resources-staff, funding, and expertise. When multiple construction projects are underway, allocating resources effectively becomes difficult. Each project must receive adequate attention, funding, and skilled personnel, especially when projects have competing priorities.
  • Stakeholder Management: Construction projects involve multiple stakeholders-contractors, architects, engineers, elected officials, and taxpayers. Municipalities must effectively communicate with and manage the expectations of these diverse stakeholders. With a broad infrastructure portfolio, maintaining clear and consistent communication becomes crucial, yet remains challenging.
  • Time Management: Each construction project has its own timeline and critical path. Managing multiple projects requires careful time management to ensure that milestones are met, dependencies are addressed, and delays are minimized. Without efficient project scheduling and monitoring, delays in one project can have a cascading effect on others.
  • Budget Control: Capital investment bonds provide funding for multiple projects. Managing budgets across these projects while ensuring that allocated funds are used judiciously can be complex. Cost overruns in one project can impact the overall budget and may require adjustments to resource allocation or additional funding.


Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) are crucial tools for helping keep projects on time and on budget. PMIS can provide a centralized platform for project managers and team members to collaborate, monitor progress, and make informed decisions throughout the project lifecycle. One PMIS example is Procore, a cloud-based construction management software. Procore offers features for project scheduling, document management, budget tracking, communication, and collaboration. It is one of the key tools in a suite of applications that Front Line Advisory Group (FLAG) has used to save a single client over $26 million in project rescue and capital improvement bond program management. PMIS can aid in implementing program controls and meeting municipal objectives through functionality that supports:

  • Planning and Scheduling: Supports creation of detailed project plans and schedules by defining tasks, dependencies, and milestones. These systems facilitate the development of comprehensive project timelines, enabling better resource allocation, identification of critical paths, and efficient time management.
  • Cost Management: Allows project managers to track project costs, monitor budgets, and compare actual expenditures against planned budgets. They enable effective cost control by providing real-time visibility into financial data, facilitating the identification of cost overruns, and enabling corrective actions to be taken promptly.
  • Resource Management: Assists in managing project resources effectively. They provide visibility into resource availability, allocation, and utilization, enabling project managers to assign resources efficiently, identify potential bottlenecks, and optimize resource utilization to ensure timely project completion.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Serves as a centralized communication hub, facilitating collaboration among project stakeholders. They enable real-time information sharing, document management, and issue tracking, ensuring that all team members are aligned, aware of project updates, and able to address issues promptly.
  • Risk Management: Support proactive risk management by allowing project managers to identify, assess, and track project risks. They provide frameworks for risk analysis, mitigation planning, and monitoring, enabling timely risk response strategies to be implemented to keep projects on track.


Support from a consulting firm like FLAG brings an abundance of expertise, experience, and efficiency. FLAG consultants have built the working knowledge needed to maximize the benefits of PMIS when helping municipalities to make the most of their resources throughout the lifecycle of a bond program. By partnering with a consulting firm, you can augment your limited resources and instantly acquire knowledge only cultivated over extensive time and repetition.

  • Expertise and Experience: Consulting firms like FLAG specialize in project management possess expertise and experience in implementing PMIS tools effectively. They can provide guidance on selecting the right tools, configuring them to meet specific requirements, and training staff members on their usage.
  • Efficient Implementation: Implementing PMIS tools requires careful planning and configuration. Consulting firms can streamline the implementation process, ensuring that the tools are set up correctly, integrated with existing systems if necessary, and aligned with the municipality’s project management processes.
  • Maximizing Benefits: Consulting firms can help municipalities maximize the benefits of PMIS tools. They can assist in leveraging advanced features, analyzing project data, generating meaningful reports, and providing insights to support decision-making, thereby optimizing project outcomes.
  • Resource Augmentation: Municipalities may lack the necessary in-house expertise or resources to unlock PMIS potential. By hiring a consulting firm, they can tap into external expertise and supplement their existing capabilities, enhancing their project management practices.

With an eye to the future, a well-executed bond program translates into greater opportunities for municipalities to harness their creditworthiness. PMIS tools, along with the expertise and support of proven consulting firms like FLAG, will enable municipalities to streamline project management processes, improve transparency, enhance communication, and increase the likelihood of completing projects on time and within budget.

At Front Line Advisory Group, we are pioneers in Capital Improvement Bond Management, leveraging unparalleled expertise and deep industry insights. Our mission extends beyond consultation – we empower our clients to realize the full potential of their investments, ensuring tax dollars are put to maximum use through astute Program Management Consulting. For more information or to commence your journey towards transformative bond management, reach out to us at info@frontlineadvisorygroup.com

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