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  • Seven ideas for funding non-motorized trails

    By Scott Post, PE Whenever I meet with a new non-motorized trails group or client, one of the first questions I am asked is, “Where can we get grants to pay for our trail?” If your group or community is planning a non-motorized trail, check out my seven favorite trail funding sources: Michigan’s Natural Resources […]

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  • Muskegon’s Marquette Street: 13 years old and pothole-free!

    By James Hegarty, PE and Chris Cruickshank, PE In 2001, Prein&Newhof designed a new 60-inch-diameter sewer line for Muskegon County under Marquette Street in the City of Muskegon. The contractor ripped up the entire four-lane street for almost two miles to install the pipe, which in some places was 15 feet deep. About a mile […]

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  • How to find money for your project: PART 5 – Is there hope for me?

    This is the last of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Face it. Finding grants and funding is hard work. Plus, it is getting harder. It requires equal measures of creativity, persistence, networking and passion. However, there is hope! When I was growing up, Senator William Proxmire of […]

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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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  • 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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  • How to find money for your project: PART 2 – Network!

    This is the second post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Pick any project on your wish list—where will you find enough money to make it happen? Look to your network. No, I do not mean ask them for money! They are, however, a key link between […]

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  • How to find money for your project: PART 1 – Dream Big!

    This is the first post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. When I was a young engineer, one of my mentors told me this: “There’s no such thing as a money problem, only idea problems.” In other words…“Good ideas attract money.” I like to ask my public-sector […]

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  • Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. Unlike many Grand Rapidians, I missed the worst of Grand Rapids’ Great Flood of 2013. I was in Clearwater, Florida, reading the national news about our flood from the safety of my beach chair. Being in a relaxed and contemplative state, I began to ruminate about “our” flood in terms as […]

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  • Whitehall’s Story Retold: “Urban Stormwater Management Using Low Impact Design”

    Award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Alexander of Grand Haven has written a summary of our Whitehall project for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (page 10) and it was included in a report to Congress on the on-the-ground success of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Jeff writes a success story like this about once a week. […]

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