Resources

  • New Video of Rail Trail between Saranac and Ionia, Michigan

    We recently re-visited the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail from Saranac to Ionia that opened last year. What a delightful summer experience!  Be sure to check it out!  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-sERYg9IE&w=560&h=315] (Change the video setting to 720p or 1080p [HD] for a clearer video.)

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  • Restore your community’s forestry with Community Forestry Grants Program

    Have you noticed a loss of trees in your community, due to the harsh winter or disease? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has $100,000 available for street/park tree management and planning, urban forestry, Arbor Day celebrations, or urban forestry education/training events through its 2014 Community Forestry Grants Program. Applications are due September 12. Grants […]

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  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Money!

    The EPA has released a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Request for Applications (RFA) for over $20 million of funding in support of the GLRI Action Plan. Full applications are due August 25. The RFA includes the following categories: Invasive Species Control Watershed Management Implementation Sediment Reduction from Priority Watersheds Expected benefits of this program: […]

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  • YouTube video features P&N-designed Greenville Tunnel

    To promote their proposed pedestrian tunnel under M-45 that would complete the Fred Meijer Standale Trail, a group in the City of Walker recently released this video featuring footage of Greenville’s award-winning pedestrian tunnel under M-57, which we helped design in 2010. It’s pretty cool…check it out!  For more information on Greenville’s tunnel, click here.

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  • Safe Routes to Schools, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Montague, and Helmets!

    One of the things our engineer Connie Houk does is to help schools prepare SR2S Grants via the Michigan Fitness Foundation. This year she was able to help distribute 12 Micro Grants of $700 to various schools. The grant money is used to purchase motivational items to help encourage students to walk and bike to […]

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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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  • 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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  • MDEQ launches wetland banking grants and loans

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced it will take grant and loan applications for its Wetland Mitigation Banking Fund Program (WMBF) starting on July 1, 2014. The WMBF provides grants and low interest loans to eligible municipalities interested in developing a wetland mitigation bank. The primary purpose of the program is to promote the […]

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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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