How to Build a Successful Funding Program

RETTEW’s Jim Caldwell, Director of Civil/Municipal Engineering, and Lori K. Yeich, Recreation and Conservation Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will co-present on how to build a strategy to secure funding. They’ll review how public park and trail advocates can no longer adhere to the “let’s apply for a grant and hope for the best” philosophy to fund projects. Instead, local leaders need to take a coordinated approach with county and state officials and others to successfully pursue funding. Panelists will discuss their experiences and the unique approaches they took that ultimately led to results. Jim and Lori will present at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Empire B room.

Finding Valuable Commercial Space Under Parking Lots

For many first-ring suburban municipalities, the once-grand shopping mall is hiding a valuable asset: redevelopment space in underused/overparked macadam islands commonly referred to as parking lots. In this session, Frank Chlebnikow, AICP, BCO, Senior Community Development Specialist at RETTEW, will co-present with Christopher Knarr, AICP, BCO, CZO, Land Planning Specialist with McNees Wallace & Nurick. For municipalities where green development property is no longer available, the discussion will focus on re-evaluating off-street parking requirements and aligning them with today’s shopping trends as a win-win for the public, the property owner, and the municipality. This presentation will be at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in Cocoa Suite 4.

The Pennsylvania Society of Township Supervisors’ Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show is coming up! RETTEW will be presenting four workshops at the event April 14 – 17 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Read on to see the case studies and topics, as well as the impressive speakers!

Three Parks: Same Grant Program, Different Styles

Attendees will learn about a Central PA case study where three municipalities submitted applications to the same grant program for significantly different municipal parks. Melissa Kelly, RLA, ASLA, a Landscape Architect and Project Manager at RETTEW, will walk through the steps each community took to successfully secure funding despite the uniqueness of their projects. She will present at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Wild Rose B room.

Full-Depth Reclamation: Paving 2.0

Melissa Kelly, RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Project Manager, and Mike Knouse, PE, Civil Engineer, both of RETTEW, will co-present and review the method of full-depth reclamation. This little-used road repair and repaving method not only saves time and cost, but also improves the road for the long-term. The session will be on Monday, April 15, at 2:45 p.m., in the Empire C room.