Competitive Edge

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


Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants “New Starts”

September 15th, 2014
The US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration has allocated $20 million to the Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grant Program, which is commonly referred to as “New Starts.” New Starts provides grants for new and expanded rail, bus rapid transit and ferry systems that reflect local priorities to improve transportation...


Tracking and Reporting Activity at your Airport

September 9th, 2014
In order to receive assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it is critical to keep track of what is happening at your airport. Two key statistics should be tracked and reported annually: • Based aircraft, with N-numbers •    Single •    Multi •    Jet • Operations (takeoff or landing, by type) •  ...


Minnesota State Park Road Account Program

September 8th, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has allocated approximately $3 million to the State Park Road Account Program to help local governments improve access to public recreation facilities. The program provides financial assistance to improve county state-aid, county, township and city roads which provide access to state parks, outdoor...


Manufacturing Enterprise Systems

September 8th, 2014
The National Science Foundation has funding available to support research on design, planning and control of operations in manufacturing enterprises. Topics of interest include supply chain optimization and management, production planning and scheduling, monitoring and control of manufacturing processes and maintenance and repair. Of particular...


Community Forest Program

September 8th, 2014
The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service has allocated an estimated $4 million to the Community Forest Program. This grant program authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance for projects to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Eligible projects include those protecting...