From safety upgrades to routine maintenance, infrastructure improvements can be costly. For many communities across the Midwest and beyond, funds are finite, restricting the ability to address all system deficiencies. We understand the struggle municipalities face with constrained financial resources and have worked with hundreds of communities to procure funding from outside sources for transportation and utility infrastructure needs.
To match your community with available funding assistance sources, we begin by evaluating your infrastructure needs. Our staff will prepare project work plans in conjunction with community improvement programs to assist with planning efforts, so outside funding opportunities aren’t missed. Through a combination of federal, state, and other funding sources, we can guide you in closing funding gaps.
Incorporating client and stakeholder feedback, we evaluate project feasibility, financial requirements, risk, and impacts to facilitate proper project planning.
We’ll strategically position your project to acquire funding and financing with expedited implementation in mind.
Utilizing methods tailored to your specific project needs, our experienced team will move your project through the process of funding preparation and procurement.
While there are no guarantees when applying for outside funding, our clients are often highly successful in meeting their funding needs once applicable sources are identified. In the past decade alone, we’ve provided guidance, application assistance, and designs for community infrastructure projects totaling over $1 billion.
Working alongside your staff, we’ll systematically review all community projects, prioritize them, identify funding opportunities, and create a general timeline for completion. The result is a Capital Improvement Plan, which serves your community as a five to 10-year planning and fiscal management tool.
It’s important to keep debt service levies in check to stay competitive for economic development while striving to improve infrastructure conditions. We can assist in developing right-sized solutions that leverage utility and economic revenues for long-term infrastructure and development initiatives.
Innovative relationships across public and private sectors that leverage nontraditional funding sources help us guide communities to overcome the financial challenges they face to meet evolving infrastructure needs. The end game for public and private partnerships is to benefit the community with new economic development while benefitting the general public with improved infrastructure.
With an understanding of your community’s unique needs and any established policies or precedents, we can help avoid potential assessment pitfalls, guide policy development, work with property owners, and propose creative solutions to achieve community objectives.
Fundraising is playing a more significant role in park development, as in response to public funding reductions. Our landscape architects are experienced in creating a unique and valued vision that encourages donations and community investment.
Continuous monitoring of federal, state, and local funding opportunities for infrastructure improvements is second nature to us. As regulations evolve and new constraints emerge, we collaborate to pioneer funding strategies that support the mission of each community’s infrastructure planning and construction.