February 2014

  • ENGINEERS WEEK: So, why’d you want to be a civil engineer?

    Happy Engineers Week! We asked our engineers what led them to their career choice. We enjoyed their responses and thought you would too: My grandfather was a civil engineer for CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) and I frequently listened to his stories about improving our lives through effective, efficient and reliable infrastructure. He stressed repeatedly […]

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  • Emergency Road Money in the Works

    As we anticipate spring, we know this extraordinary winter was not kind to our roads and they will need substantial repair. According to good friend Don Stypula of Collaboration Matters, the State may be providing as much as $100 million in one-time funding to help road agencies. The Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee will present this […]

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  • How to find money for your project: PART 4 – Improve your chances for success!

    This is the fourth post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. I am convinced that preparation begets luck. I have found when my clients focus on these four things it greatly enhances their chances for funding success: Shovel-readiness: The better defined your project is by the time […]

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  • What will happen when all this snow melts?

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. I just returned from a warm vacation, and whenever I’m away, I always wonder what’s going on at home. This time, I wondered how much more snow could pile up in my driveway. Answer: six inches! As I look out my office window right now, it’s still snowing. I’m already dreaming […]

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  • New Video! Ride the Grand River Valley Rail Trail!

    Prein&Newhof’s Scott Post, PE was the Project Manager and lead designer of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail between Ionia and Saranac, which will eventually connect to the larger Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail. Check out this 240-mile-per-hour video tour of the trail that includes several converted railroad trestles, one of which crosses the Grand River. If you’d […]

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  • Rural Development Grants and Loans Available

    We ran into our friends from the USDA’s Rural Development office at last week’s Michigan Townships Association conference, and they shared with us the latest details on their programs. RD has grants and loans available for sewer and water systems, or community facilities including buildings and public safety or emergency vehicles. For more information, click […]

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  • How to find money for your project: PART 3 – Make Your Pitch!

    This is the third post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Once you have identified your project and found a prospective funding source, it is time to make your pitch! Usually, this means writing a grant or funding proposal. Every organization has its own proposal format and […]

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  • Two new DNR grant programs to improve aquatic & wildlife habitat

    Aquatic Habitat Grant Program What: The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program would fund projects that protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic habitat.  This new grant program will be funded by new revenues from the increased fishing and hunting license fees. For whom: Single- and multiple-year projects by local, state, federal and tribal governments, nonprofit groups and […]

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