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Helping communities, businesses and elected officials with funding, legislation and issues related to engineering and planning projects.


Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs) Maintenance

March 27th, 2014
There has been a recent policy change with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding charging for flight inspections of airport owned Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs), Visual Glide Slope Indicators (VGSI) such as PAPIs, VASIs, REILs and other visual lighting aids. The inspections are non-reimbursable to the airport. Flight checks may be...


South Dakota Community Access Road Grants

March 24th, 2014
The South Dakota Department of Transportation provides funding through the Community Access Road Grants Program to assist local governments in efforts to pave or reconstruct important local roads (such as their Main Street, the road to the elevator or schools, etc.) one mile or less in length. Eligible Applicants: cities with less than 5,000 in...


South Dakota Agri-Business Access Grants

March 24th, 2014
The South Dakota Department of Transportation provides $1 million in funding through the Agri-Business Access Grants Program to assist local governments in addressing road needs associated with new agri-business such as ethanol plants, large scale elevators, etc. Funds must be used for roads serving as primary access to an agriculture related...


South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants

March 24th, 2014
The South Dakota Department of Transportation provides funding through the Industrial Park Program to assist cities and towns that have a new industry coming to the community and need new or expanded access to the industry. Funds must be used for roads within or providing access to an industrial park. Eligible Applicants: city, town, township,...


Supplemental Funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grantees

March 24th, 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization has allocated approximately $6 million to provide supplemental funds to Revolving Loan Fund capitalization grants previously awarded. Grantees must be able to demonstrate they have expended existing funds and they have a clear plan for quickly expending...