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TRC Assists in Securing $11M in funding for small Communities

Tyrus Clayton, PE, Steve Gandy, Ph.D., PE, Ethan Gartin, Luke Baker, PG, Marla Ashworth, Allie McLuckie | April 14, 2023

WINDSOR, Conn. – The ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) grant funds are an important source of financial assistance for small communities in the United States. These funds are part of the federal government’s efforts to provide economic relief to communities that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small communities often have limited resources and may struggle to secure funding through other means. The ARPA grant funds can provide much-needed financial support to help them recover from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. These funds can be used to support a range of community needs, including small business assistance, public health initiatives, and infrastructure improvements.

With the increasing demand for funding and resources, acquiring grant funding plays a crucial role in securing financial support for municipalities and organizations that work towards making a positive impact in their communities.

Last year, TRC successfully assisted local municipalities in North Carolina, acquiring ARPA grant funding for 17 Water and Sewer projects with budgets totaling over $11 Million. These projects are for small towns and municipalities who qualified for earmarked funding from the State for water and sewer upgrades and/or repairs.

Our Team Of Experts
TRC’s familiarity with funding programs and relationships with funding agencies has enhanced our success in preparing funding applications and meeting program requirements.

Tyrus Clayton

Tyrus has utilized his engineering expertise on a broad range of projects for municipalities across North Carolina, including stormwater management, asset inventory and assessment, site design, municipal infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment and distribution, geotechnical investigations, and construction administration. He also has extensive experience working with clients to obtain project funding from grant sources, including USDA Rural Development, Golden Leaf, USEPA Brownfields, AIA, and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, among others. As Principal-In-Charge, Tyrus is committed to prioritizing management of your task orders and is eager to provide his expertise to enhance the City of Dunn’s infrastructure for current and future generations.

Steve Gandy, Ph.D., PE

Steve has served as utilities engineer for small and large municipalities, non-profit utility associations, and private entities for more than 25 years. He has experience in all aspects of water treatment and distribution systems. Steve has designed, expanded, and repaired both water and wastewater systems utilizing funding from state, federal, and private sources. These funds have helped mitigate the increasingly complex regulatory structure and facilitate availability of water and sewer to new and existing customers. Steve also has experience in groundwater assessments and corrective action plans and environmental assessments and remediation.

Ethan Gartin

Ethan is a Project Manager with experience in water and wastewater engineering projects. He has managed projects from preliminary design through construction, including obtaining government approval through reports and grant applications, and public and client approval through presentations.

Luke Baker, PG

Luke is responsible for the technical performance and construction management of various projects at TRC. He is also responsible for geotechnical engineering services, the performance of subsurface explorations, field and laboratory test programs, data reduction and analysis, and design recommendations.

Marla Ashworth

Marla has 24 years of experience successfully overseeing over $9 million in federal, state, and private funding for various projects; therefore, she is well-versed in the technical, administrative, and financial requirements of grant administration. Specific grant agencies with which she is familiar are USDA Rural Development (Water & Environmental Program, Community Facilities Program, and Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program), Golden Leaf Foundation, NCDOT Powell Bill, and NC Rural Center. Marla is also versed in applying for North Carolina Local Government Commission approval for financing as required for specific types of debt. Her goal is to use her experience to assist smaller municipalities with finance related matters including planning, applying, obtaining, and administering grant funds to improve infrastructure and promote economic development.

Allie McLuckie

Alison is a Project Engineer with experience in stormwater management and water/wastewater treatment. She recently graduated from the University at Buffalo. Since joining TRC, she has played an integral role in various projects.

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