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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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Funding Restored to Two Great Lakes Programs

Congress released its 2014 spending bill last week, providing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with $300 million and the Clean Water State revolving fund with $1.44 billion, up from $285 million and $1.37 billion in 2013. “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports efforts to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, fight invasive […]

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Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Grant Program VERY Popular!

The numbers are in: 673 SAW applicants requested $541,000,000 on December 2, 2013. $97,000,000 is available in 2014, while the SAW Program has an additional $350,000,000 to distribute over the next several years. MDEQ’s lottery will determine which applications will be successful. Roughly 5 out of 6 applications will be funded…eventually. MDEQ has 60 days […]

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Upcoming RFP and Webinar from Sustain Our Great Lakes

What: Grant funding available and awarded in two categories: Habitat Restoration Delisting of Habitat-Related Beneficial Use Impairments. For whom: Non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. From whom: Sustain Our Great Lakes How Much: Last year, awards ranged in size from $25,000 to $1.5 million. When: January 6: Request for Proposal Available […]

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Merry Christmas from P&N!

We at Prein&Newhof wish you glad tidings In the spirit of the season, we want you to know how much we appreciate you and your hard work. You make a marked difference in Michigan communities. Here’s to another year of investing wisely, developing relationships, building expertise, taking responsibility, and building our community. How does GIS […]

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Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants

What: The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Michigan Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants program will be released January 6. For whom: State, county, township, city, or village governments within watersheds that are associated with or within the State of Michigan’s Areas of Concern. From whom: The NOAA Department of Commerce provides this money […]

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MNRTF Grants Shrinking

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has a bank account that totals about $500 million. It plans to operate like a foundation does from now on. To protect their fund’s corpus, MNRTF plans to use only the earnings on the $500 million to fund future development and acquisition projects. This means annual distributions of […]

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SAW Grant Applications Delivered

We made it! With a sigh of relief, P&N delivered a box full of SAW Grant Applications today in Lansing.  A special thanks to the clients that entrusted this critical application process to us. We wish everyone the best!

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P&N mourns sudden death of Mark Lee, long-time colleague and friend

We are saddened by the sudden death on Monday afternoon of Mark Lee, who worked for Prein&Newhof for 27 years. Mark Lee, P.E.,  combined the skills of an artist, a diplomat, a humanitarian, a diver and an engineer. I saw and enjoyed all of these in action as we collaborated on very interesting and challenging […]

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Pipeline Magazine Features P&N Presentation

The Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners (MACDC) publishes “The Pipeline” magazine quarterly. The most recent issue includes an article about the MACDC summer conference, and highlights from the presentations given there. Prein&Newhof’s Grant Specialist Jim Hegarty, P.E., Harry Sheehan of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Office, and Keith McCormack from Hubbell Roth & Clark, […]

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Coastal land conservation projects – RFP Released for Funding

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The deadline is Oct. 11, 2013. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $3,000,000 may be available through CELCP appropriations and approximately $800,000 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered […]

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P&N’s Tom Smith, PE becomes chair of Michigan Section AWWA

Tom Smith, P.E. became Chair of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association this month. Tom  is a project manager specializing in hydraulic engineering and modeling at Prein&Newhof. Tom has served AWWA in several positions over the past years, including: Board of Directors, 2007–present Source Water Protection Committee Dist. System Practices Committee Water […]

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Whitehall project makes SEMCOG Green Streets Guidebook

The City of Whitehall reconstructed Lake Street as a green street last fall. The low impact design features are working so well that one of the storm water outfalls has yet to see water! Lake Street is located on the east side of White Lake, an EPA designated Area of Concern. Whitehall’s Lake Street has […]

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September is Aviation Month!

“Citing aviation’s vital role in Michigan’s economy, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September as Aviation Month in Michigan,” announces MDOT.  At Prein&Newhof we applaud this designation and the Governor’s recognition of the value and significance the aviation industry provides to our state’s economy. We recently expanded our airport team to be able to serve more […]

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Building America with foreign profits?

By Jim Hegarty, PE I’m always on the lookout for ways to help our clients secure financing for their projects, and the other day I saw an interesting proposal put forth by 39 Congressmen to create the American Infrastructure Fund (AIF). The fund would provide low-cost financing or loan guarantees to construct, maintain, improve, or […]

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Money for Dam Removals, Bridge Replacements

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) has money available to help remove dams or replace inadequate culverts and bridges. The submission deadline is October 4, 2013. If you have a project that you believe would qualify, we would be happy to help you. Contact P&N project funding specialist Jim Hegarty, […]

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