Updates

  • Grant Opportunity: New Public Spaces Community Places Grant

    In this unique 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 & Green Space Development […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pavement Management shows promise as pothole fix

    by Connie Houk, PE Car repair shops love potholes! The rest of us, not so much. So, how do we prevent them? The answer is simple. If there is no water trapped under the road bed to freeze, there are no potholes. The solution, however, is a complex mixture of design, materials, maintenance and management […]

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  • Buchanan’s McCoy Creek Restoration wins ASCE SW Branch “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award”

    The American Society of Civil Engineers Southwest Michigan Branch has honored the City of Buchanan with its “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award” for the McCoy Creek Restoration Project. Congratulations to the City of Buchanan! This was a great project that we wrote about last summer, but here’s a summary: The McCoy Creek Restoration Project in […]

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  • P&N’s Scott Post designing new M-66 trail in Ionia

    At its March 4 meeting, Ionia’s City Council approved a resolution to apply for grant funding to construct Phase II of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This phase of the project is approximately two miles of 10′ wide shared-use pathway in the heart of the City and includes a remarkable non-motorized bridge […]

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