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  • Grant Opportunity: New Public Spaces Community Places Grant

    In the Public Spaces Community Places Grant program, communities, nonprofits, and business entities can submit projects to which residents may contribute individually and promote within their communities. Projects that meet fundraising goals get a matching grant (up to $100,000) from the Michigan Economic Development Coalition. What kinds of projects are they talking about? Public Plaza & […]

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  • Kalamazoo County welcomes new building

    Congratulations to Kalamazoo County on their new Healy Street Center facility!  June 27 marked the official grand opening at a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 30,480-square-foot building is adjacent to the County jail and houses the Community Corrections Program, parole and probation offices, and space for public video visitation. Prein&Newhof provided civil engineering and surveying […]

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  • P&N helps Rothbury receive $75,000 MDOT grant

    State officials announced on Tuesday, June 17 that the Village of Rothbury — home to the annual Electric Forest Festival and the Double J.J. Resort — will receive a $74,998 Category A grant from MDOT’s Transportation Economic Development Fund to reconstruct McKinley Road to all-season standards. P&N prepared a grant application on behalf of the […]

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  • Don’t let the vocal minority kill your project: How to Deal with Trail Opposition

    While it is typical to have someone who objects to a proposed trail, in most cases we see an about-face once the trail opens for public use. One property owner actually called me a couple months after the trail opened and apologized for being difficult during construction. She discovered how much she loved the trail! […]

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  • P&N’s York Creek Drainage Design in Action!

    A few years ago, Prein&Newhof helped Plainfield Township, Alpine Township and the Kent County Drain Commissioner address a serious flooding problem at York Creek along Four Mile Road. In general, pervious areas were declining in the watershed. York Creek’s flow is very flashy (responds very quickly to rainfall) because it drains a large, densely developed […]

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  • Brownfield Money: $945,000 cleans up site for New Health-Focused Campus

    MDEQ awarded Kalamazoo Valley Community College $945,000 to clean up sites along Portage Creek, making way for its new Health Focused Campus. P&N helped KVCC with all the paperwork to make this grant a reality. Contaminated sites are usually a major roadblock in redeveloping urban areas, and KVCC worked with the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield […]

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  • Whitehall’s green street featured in MML Review

    The May/June issue of the MML Review features Whitehall’s Lake Street (the green road) on pages 8-10. Here’s an excerpt! Indeed, the real genius of the project lies in the low-impact design created by Prein&Newhof. Rather than imposing on the landscape a series of artificial constructs to perform the filtering functions, these innovative engineers looked […]

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  • Designing low-maintenance trails

    When I started designing non-motorized trails in the Holland area about 16 years ago, trail development was still in its infancy. Since then, I have designed or managed construction of about 150 miles of trails. As your community’s trail system develops, maintenance becomes a real concern. Here are 13 of my favorite maintenance-minimizing trail design […]

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  • EPA Updates Federal Funding Catalog

    For all your federal funding questions, the EPA has updated its catalog for fiscal year 2014. It’s a searchable tool that narrows down to the opportunities that match your situation. Check it out!

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  • Money available for Muskegon River Watershed projects

    What: Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund How much: Up to $50,000 annually, but typical grants are in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. For Whom: Any agency with a project supporting conservation, enhancement, and restoration of the Muskegon River Watershed waters and natural resources. From Whom: Great Spring Waters of America, Inc. When and How: July […]

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