The Brownfields Assessment
The EPA first awarded the Coalition a Brownfields Assessment Grant in 2012. Since then, the Coalition conducted environmental assessments of 15 properties. These former brownfield sites can now be redeveloped into new housing, commercial uses, and public spaces. With this continued funding, the Coalition will build on the success of previous work, targeting areas that may face challenges in attracting redevelopment.
“With the EPA’s grant support we can continue to build on the success of the Brownfield Assessment program. This program is helping promote the sustainable reuse and redevelopment of existing land within our community,” says Eugene Mayor Lucy
“This EPA program is a valuable asset that has and will help communities like ours,” said Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg. “It is vital that we are good stewards of our land and partners with our existing and future property owners. This funding will allow us to continue our efforts with our regional partners to move our communities forward by rehabilitating existing properties.”
"We are thrilled to be part of the Brownfields Coalition," said Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr. "This grant will be a critical boost to our region's economic development efforts and will assist Lane County in its efforts to promote safe, healthy and vibrant communities."
“I’m proud to have helped secure this funding for the Brownfields Assessment Coalition,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “This grant will help struggling communities reclaim contaminated former mill sites and turn them back into productive workable lands. Through the EPA’s Brownfield’s Assessment Grant, the Eugene Brownfield Coalition will determine how contaminated these sites are, what pollutants are present, and how to
A brownfield is a site that is perceived to have potential contamination issues, but in
Grant funds will allow the Coalition to work with property owners and other stakeholders to take the first step towards redevelopment and reuse of brownfield sites by assessing whether or not they are actually contaminated and creating a clean-up plan as needed. Thanks to the support of local community organizations and Congressman DeFazio, this tool will continue to be available to help the Coalition partners address disadvantaged areas that may otherwise not attract redevelopment without the availability of these Assessment funds.
Funds from the Coalition’s previous grant have played a significant role in two upcoming projects: the 6th Avenue and Oak mixed-use development and the redevelopment of the EWEB property known as the Riverfront Redevelopment Project. The grant funded assessments identified the precise location of contamination and supported the development of a remediation plan. These two projects are expected to generate more than $150 million in private investment over the next decade.
With this new round of funding, the Coalition will reach out to community groups and nonprofits to identify underutilized sites in targeted areas, including the Bethel, Trainsong, and Whiteaker neighborhoods in Eugene, the Glenwood and
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The U.S Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced today that it is awarding a $1.9 million grant to the City of Eugene and its partners for the construction of the high-speed fiber network that will connect about 120 downtown Eugene buildings to
“This is great news for our city and our region,” said Mayor Lucy
The grant award will help the community realize its vision to be one of the best places in the country for internet access, supporting robust and sustainable job growth. “We are celebrating this win today in part because of the terrific advocacy we have received from our elected local and federal officials. Thank you Mayor
This economic development project builds on the success of a two-year pilot, which brought fiber to seven downtown buildings. The pilot demonstrated the benefits of a publicly owned fiber network that partners with private internet providers. Providing the high-speed fiber infrastructure creates a competitive landscape that will offer faster internet service at lower costs, boosting the competitiveness of local businesses.
Now that full funding has been secured the construction schedule for the full-build out can begin. Initial construction of the network began in late April, and over 35 buildings have signed up for the new gigabit service. Completion of the planned network within the service area in downtown Eugene is anticipated to take approximately 18 months.
The EDA grant will provide 50% matching funding for the project, which is estimated to cost just under $4 million. The fiber network will be constructed by the City, LCOG, and EWEB, and will be owned by the public. Private ISPs will lease the fiber strands from EWEB and then provide services to individual businesses within the service area. Any qualified ISP can lease the fiber— it is an open-access network.
For more information about the fiber project, including how to sign up for service, please visit www.EUGnet.org.TOP
“It was very cold and the streets were icy, but we managed to accomplish what we set out to,” Carvalho said.
On his first full day on Capitol Hill, the mayor scheduled nine appointments including a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“We talked about the landfill challenges we’re facing on Kauai relative to the Endangered Species Act and the methane gas capturing system that we’re developing at the landfill,” Carvalho said. “After the EPA has had a chance to fully review our situation, we will follow up with a conference call, and hopefully they can assist us.”
The mayor also met with U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz as well as with the staff of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Rep. Mark Takai. He provided the senators and the representatives’ staff with an update on several key projects including: the adolescent treatment and healing center; landfill and resource recovery park; Lima Ola, a large scale affordable housing project in ‘Eleele; Kauai Creative Technology Center and the Hanalei Valley Overlook.
“Building and strengthening relationships with all levels of government is important as it enables us to connect and discuss our shared goals,” Carvalho said.
During the USCOM meeting, Mayor Carvalho and about 300 other mayors from across the country discussed issues facing U.S. cities and counties including aging infrastructure, traffic, affordable housing, job creation and homelessness.
“Although we come from different locations and our populations vary in size, we still share some of the same challenges,” said the mayor.
He noted that the session on homelessness drew a lot of interest, as the mayors were eager to find out how others are handling this complex issue and what new sources of funding are available to support this effort.
Carvalho also made a short presentation on the $13.8 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant that the County of Kauai received approval for last fall for the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Plan.
“When I went to Washington D.C. for the conference last year, I showed our draft proposal for the TIGER grant to our congressional delegation and transportation officials and asked for their feedback,” noted the mayor. “Thanks to everyone’s input, we were successful with our application.”
Another highlight of the mayor’s DC trip was attending a reception at the White House with President Barack Obama and some of his cabinet members.
“President Obama shared his plans for his final year in office and how he intends to ‘leave it all out in the field,’” said the mayor. “He also said that he respects our roles as mayors as we are on the front lines and interact with our citizens on a daily basis.”
Mayor Barnard Carvalho and Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
BERNARD P. CARVALHO, JR. Mayor NADINE K. NAKAMURA Managing Director News Release For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2015 County awarded $13 million plus grant by U.S. DOT LĪHU‘E –
County officials received exciting news this morning all the way from Washington, D.C.!
Kaua‘i County was successful in its bid for more than $13 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Known as the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, the county will use the funding for the revitalization of the Līhu‘e Town Core. “This is a historic day for Kaua‘i. It all started with a community vision and everyone working together,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “I would like to thank the many private and public partners who supported us with our grant application, from Kaua‘i to Washington, D.C. Now the entire island will benefit from this collaboration.” Among the projects that will be covered by the TIGER grant are the following: safety improvements and the addition of pedestrian and bike lanes on Rice Street; a shared-use path from the Līhu‘e Civic Center to the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall; and bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Ho‘olako Street. In addition, the conversion of Eiwa Street to a transit hub will be completed, sidewalks will be installed on Ho‘ala and Kalēna streets, a bicycle boulevard will be added to Pualole and Malae streets, and transit services for the Līhu‘e Civic Center will be expanded. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz sent a congratulatory message to the Garden Isle.
“Securing this competitive grant was not easy. This is the first time our state has received a TIGER grant in four years, and we could not have done it without the support of Mayor Carvalho. The Mayor and all those who contributed to this project have done a great job evaluating the needs of the community and putting together a proposal that will improve pedestrian safety, increase access to employment and education through transit, and contribute to a redesign of the neighborhood that all residents can enjoy,” said Schatz. “As a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations subcommittee as well as the Commerce Committee, I have worked with Transportation Secretary Foxx to underscore the importance of investing in planning that makes communities walkable and accessible for all residents regardless of age or disability.” In her congratulatory message, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono said, “The TIGER grant program is highly competitive, so this award is a testament to the county administration’s depth of vision for Kaua‘i’s future.
When Mayor Carvalho proposed his Holo Holo 2020 plan, I fought for federal resources to make this happen including talking directly with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. This federal support allows Kaua‘i to move forward on improving public transportation options, connecting neighborhoods, and revitalizing downtown Līhu‘e.” U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also shared her thoughts on the county’s receipt of the TIGER grant. “Kauaʻi County and Mayor Carvalho have made great progress toward transforming and revitalizing Līhu‘e; this funding will go a long way in continuing that progress,” said Gabbard. “Not only does this project create additional economic opportunities for Līhu‘e and Kauaʻi County, it also promotes the environmental sustainability of the Garden Isle by encouraging smarter, more viable community planning and expanding transportation options for residents and visitors.” U.S. Rep. Mark Takai echoed the sentiments of his Washington counterparts in his congratulatory message.
“Congratulations to the County of Kaua‘i on receiving a TIGER grant for their Līhuʻe Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project,” said Takai. “I am pleased that our federal government is providing the resources the State of Hawai‘i needs to improve and modernize its infrastructure. Investment in transportation is essential to economic growth. Not only does it create jobs for American workers tasked with building and repairing our nation’s highways, railways, ports, and mass transit systems, but allows for faster transport of goods and resources throughout our country.” Gov. David Ige also shared his excitement.
“The project will provide new and better jobs for local people and improve access to education, especially for disadvantaged populations, resulting in higher income and economic benefits. It is a model of sustainable transportation that can be replicated on other counties throughout Hawai‘i,” said Ige. “Kaua‘i’s regional impact reaches around the world with hundreds of thousands of people flying to Līhu‘e annually, the majority of whom are from neighboring counties and the mainland United States.” A tentative schedule has been set for all of the projects covered by the TIGER grant, which must be expended within five years. The county will provide 15 percent in matching funds totaling approximately $2.5 million. For more information about the county’s TIGER grant application, please go to http://www.kauai.gov/Government/Office-of-the-Mayor/TIGER-Grant.TOP
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – With Congress preparing to consider a legislation to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with representatives from the Chicago region’s transit, light rail, and bus organizations to discuss the importance of robust federal support for mass transit and our national transportation network. Today’s meeting was attended by Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Chairman Kirk Dillard and representatives from Metra, Pace Bus, and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
“This year, Congress faces a deadline on the future of our national transportation and infrastructure network,” Durbin said. “The Chicago region’s future depends on our ability to improve our existing infrastructure to meet new demand. With RTA, CTA, Metra, and Pace working together to improve mass transit service throughout the region, Congress must also do its part and provide the necessary resources to upgrade aging public transportation systems and infrastructure like Chicago’s Union Station.”
With an extension of funding federal surface transportation programs set to expire, Congress is expected to take up legislation reauthorizing highway, transit, and rail programs later this year. This bill will have a significant impact on Illinois, which is home to one of the nation’s largest multimodal transportation networks.
Intelligent Highway Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: IHSI) today announces it has entered into an agreement with Smith, Dawson & Andrews, a Washington D.C.-based government relations firm, to assist IHSI in the exploration and execution of additional industry contracts and opportunities.
Piggy-backing the success of its relationship with Honeywell International, Inc. to bring the tech giant's California buildings to code with Title 24 regulations, IHSI will leverage its new partnership to continue expanding its reach to other municipal, state and federal sector buildings with similar needs.
IHSI's initiatives are aligned with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), which outlines energy management goals and requirements. Section 434, in particular, requires that each Federal agency ensures that major replacements of installed equipment (such lighting, heating and cooling systems), or renovation or expansion of existing space, employ the most energy-efficient designs, systems, equipment, and controls that are life-cycle cost effective.
Through its master distribution agreement with SCS Lighting Systems, IHSI will apply its lighting solution technology to help businesses implement energy-efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs in Federal buildings.
Devon Jones, chief executive officer of IHSI, stated, "We have the tools necessary to provide the solutions, and our relationship with Smith, Dawson and Andrews gives us the conduit to make the necessary connections at the Federal level to introduce our company to the right decision makers in D.C. and other municipal and state agencies. This type of retrofit is the same as IHSI has undertaken with Honeywell in California."
The SCS lighting fixtures and lamp replacement have proven successful in reducing energy consumption by up to 80% in a variety of buildings. In addition to energy savings, implementation of these lighting systems increases the value of the building, provides a healthier working environment, and assists with LEED certification.
Robert Gaines of Smith, Dawson & Andrews said, "I am enthusiastic about this new relationship with IHSI. My background in representing cities, counties and public agencies has led to my understanding of what makes a successful public-private partnership. The services offered by IHSI provide a one-stop solution for public agencies. IHSI provides a full turnkey solution from the initial energy audit to a completed installation and on-going service and maintenance."
About Smith, Dawson & Andrews
Founded in 1981, Smith Dawson & Andrews (SDA) provides strategic planning, government relations and communications services to a wide range of businesses, state and local governments, nonprofits and associations. For more than 30 years, clients have looked to SDA's solution-oriented professionals to deliver winning strategies and positive outcomes in Washington and across the nation. SDA's relatively small size, structure and personalized approach allow the firm to provide proactive, cost-effective representation to small institutions and multi-billion dollar organizations alike.
About Intelligent Highway Solutions, Inc.
Intelligent Highway Solutions, Inc. (IHSI) is a technology-based electrical contracting company that develops and implements high and low voltage solutions across multiple platforms. Through the development of proprietary wireless vehicle detection systems the company is working to make the nation's roadways more efficient. IHSI also performs electrical installations, temperature control systems, communication/wireless integration, and advanced lighting systems for commercial applications.
For more information, visit http://intelligenthighwaysolutions.com
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Detroit to Receive Over $25 Million to Improve Access to Transit for Residents in Greatest Need
DETROIT – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today $100 million in competitive grants to 24 recipients in 19 states to significantly improve bus service and bus facilities in urban and rural communities where residents depend heavily on public transportation.
The grants are provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Ladders of Opportunity Initiative, which supports the modernization and expansion of transit bus service across the nation, with the purpose of connecting disadvantaged and low-income populations—including veterans, seniors, and youths—with centers of education, employment, job training, health care, and other vital services. A list of all funded projects is available at
“Transportation is about more than getting from one point to another--it’s about getting from where you are to a better life,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Ladders of Opportunity grants will help communities to offer better access to jobs and schools and allow citizens to gain the life skills they need to achieve their goals.”
Secretary Foxx made today’s announcement at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He was joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan and state and local officials.
Secretary Foxx was one of several Cabinet secretaries who met in Detroit in September 2013 to discuss what they could do to support Detroit revitalization efforts. Since the Secretary’s visit, the U.S. Department of Transportation has provided approximately $24 million to repair and rehabilitate buses and install security cameras to protect passengers and drivers, more than $37 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants to the M1 RAIL/Woodward Avenue Streetcar project and $6.4 million to assist the newly created Regional Transit Authority implement a regional bus rapid transit system.
“More Americans travel by bus than any other form of transit—and nearly half of the buses that people depend on in the United States are in marginal or poor condition,” said FTA Acting Administrator McMillan. “These grants will give a much-needed boost to communities around the country whose residents need and deserve safe, reliable bus service to access jobs and other important opportunities to provide for their families and achieve a better quality of life.”
FTA’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative proved to be one of the most over-subscribed discretionary grant programs in the agency’s history. FTA received 446 project proposals from 282 applicants requesting a total of approximately $1.4 billion—14 times the available funding. This highly competitive response reflects tremendous demand for modern buses and bus facilities in communities across the United States. Priority was given to projects that provide ready access to work for individuals lacking reliable transportation, especially in low-income and under-served neighborhoods; projects connecting to universities, hospitals or other places that can lead to improved quality of life; and projects based on effective partnerships with local governments, businesses, and non-profits.
The President’s GROW AMERICA Act reauthorization proposal would increase funding for transit buses and bus facilities by over 350 percent between FY2014 and FY2015, to help address additional unmet transportation needs across the country, including provisions for discretionary grants.
Among the projects selected nationwide:
• Detroit will receive $25.9 million to purchase up to 50 new hybrid and clean diesel buses that will ease overcrowding, reduce wait times, and provide more accessible and reliable service for a highly transit-dependent population where 60 percent of residents do not have access to a car, and 35 percent live below the poverty line. The new buses will provide riders with essential links to jobs, education, training and other opportunities throughout Detroit, including vital connections to the Central Business District. The clean-fuel buses will replace aging vehicles that have been plagued by maintenance issues, resulting in better on-time service, as well as reduced carbon emissions.
• San Francisco will receive approximately $9 million to help the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to expand its Muni bus service by adding up to 12 motor coaches to targeted lines across San Francisco. Improved bus service will help ease overcrowding and facilitate transit access in some of the city’s highest need areas.
• Denver will receive $5 million to link Denver’s bus system with nearby Aurora, Colorado, connecting residents of an economically diverse corridor with a variety of education and employment opportunities. This project incorporates Denver’s Workforce Initiative Now! program to deliver training, education, and job services.
• Oklahoma will receive almost $4.1 million to replace aging vehicles in 10 transit systems across rural parts of the state, expanding economic opportunities in a region where 78 percent of rural workers face commute times of an hour or more.
• Two grants totaling $260,570 will establish new transit systems on Native American reservations. These projects will afford much-needed transportation options to tribal residents who often lack access to employment, health care, and other essentials. Recipients are the Sac and Fox Nation, which borders Kansas and Nebraska, and the Muckleshoot Reservation in Washington State, near Seattle, Wash.
Posted By richard barry, Community Contributor
9:58 p.m. CDT, April 15, 2014
RICHTON PARK, IL.- April 15, 2014-Matteson Elementary School District 162 and Southland College Prep Charter High School, together with seven local government agencies and higher education community partner organizations, have been awarded a Carol White Physical Education federal grant by the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant totals $557,075 over three years.
It will support the "Aware, Active and Healthy ("AAH!") project and will permit Matteson District 162, Southland and their seven community partner organizations to transform physical education, nutrition and health programming programs to better serve the health and well being of the students they serve.
The award is named for the late Carol M. White, a congressional aide and chief of staff to Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R- Alaska). She was an advocate of physical education and helped pass the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act.
Joining with District 162 and Southland College Prep Charter High School are: Park Forest's Parks and Recreation and Health departments; Richton Park Parks and Recreation, University of Illinois Extension Cook County; Chicago State University College of Health & Human Services, Cook County Department of Public Health and the Matteson School District's Food Service Director.
The award, whose first year payment will be $242,470, is one of 67 grants totaling more than $ 33 million to expand and enhance physical education and nutrition education for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, according to an announcement by U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
Two other Illinois school districts, Woodstock Community Unit District 200 and East St. Louis School District 189, also earned similar awards.
"A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success, "said Sec. Duncan. "These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles," he said.
"We welcome this grant for it will help us develop in our students, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, an appreciation for lifelong, healthy nutrition and physical education habits," said Dr. Blondean Davis, District 162 Superintendent and CEO of Southland College Prep Charter High School.
"In today's digital world when students spend so many of their school hours and free moments in front of ubiquitous screens of all sizes, it's critical that they have the time and energy to move and engage in physical activity and learn the value of lifelong exercise and good nutrition," she said.
"We are very appreciative of the active support and encouragement for this important grant that we received from Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois," she said.
"We are also very cognizant that the grant is aligned with First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move! Active Schools' initiative to encourage students to move before, during and after school," Dr. Davis said.
"The grant will instruct our students in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and provide numerous opportunities to expand fitness education and assessment.
In addition, the grant will provide for physical education equipment and materials, professional development of teachers and staff based on the latest research, issues and trends in physical and health education and it will permit us to develop a comprehensive student health database system," Dr. Davis explained.