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


Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants

October 20th, 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency has allocated $59.5 million for Brownfields Assessment Grants and Brownfields Cleanup Grants which provide funds for cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the applicant. Brownfield sites are defined as real property in which the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or...


Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program

October 20th, 2014
The US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated approximately $8 million for the Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. FTA is seeking projects which promote innovative nationally and regionally significant public transportation workforce development...


Airport Design Standards

October 13th, 2014
Early in the 20th century, aviation in the United States wasn’t regulated. Frequent accidents and the lack of safety standards led to the push for federal oversight of aviation. In 1926, the Air Commerce Act gave the Secretary of Commerce the responsibility of fostering air commerce, issuing and enforcing air traffic rules, licensing pilots,...


Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Grant

October 13th, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be investing approximately $7.5 million across the state for on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation. Eligible activities include the construction, planning and design of infrastructure-related projects sidewalks, bicycle...


Minnesota Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grants

October 13th, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has allocated $1.25 million for infrastructure projects located within two miles of a school with students in grades K-12 through the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). The purpose of the SRTS Program is to help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. Eligible infrastructure projects...