Economic Development: Infrastructure Improvements at the Provo Municipal Airport, – Provo, Utah

Provo City, Utah, had been working with the largest, family-owned business aircraft maintenance company in the world to build a facility in their city that would bring 657 jobs to Utah County.  In order to make this project a success, infrastructure improvements were needed at the Provo Municipal Airport to enable access to the airport’s service bay hangers and taxi lanes.  Significant capital investment was needed to provide these infrastructure improvements. 

Jordan & Associates identified the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Public Works Program as a viable funding source for the infrastructure improvements at the Provo Airport.  The firm’s grant writer transformed the project concept into a winning proposal. We worked with EDA to refine the proposal prior to the submittal deadline.  Jordan & Associates background and knowledge of EDA’s priorities resulted in Provo City receiving $3,515,400 in EDA Public Works funds to support construction of infrastructure improvements at the Provo Municipal Airport. The improvements will enable access to the airport’s service bay hangers and taxi lanes, and will serve as a catalyst for expansion and development of other airport infrastructure. This investment is part of a $7,030,800 project that will create over 600 jobs and leverage $65 million in private investment.  Our strategy involved tailoring the project’s strengths with EDA’s priorities. Encouraging job growth in the advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries that surround aviation was a critical factor to emphasize with EDA, as well as the ability for the aviation facility to attract businesses from outside the country which will improve global competitiveness.  The project also resulted in identifying Provo and Utah County as a national aviation cluster, which will enable further economic development in the region.

Workforce Development: Transit Training – Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC), California

Jordan & Associates was approached by SCRTTC to find federal support for a program that would focus on the development of a highly-skilled transit workforce that is critical to maintaining a competitive and efficient public transportation system in the United States. SCRTTC is comprised of over 45 public transit agencies and community colleges in California, whose focus is to provide a training resource network focused on the development and delivery of training and employment of the transit industry workforce. Public transportation has experienced significant growth in this country, yet transit employees skills were not keeping up with this demand. Training transit employees through a workforce development program was not a focus of the federal government at the time. 

Jordan & Associates was able to secure $1.5 million for the only research and development project for California in the 2005 transportation law, which provided the foundation for SCRTTC to train their employees. SCRTCC became a national model for the Department of Transportation, which led the way for community colleges and transit agencies to become partners in developing transit training programs.  We continued to work with officials at the Department of Transportation and made SCRTTC aware of a new discretionary funding opportunity through the Federal Transit Administration called the innovative Workforce Development Grant.  We worked closely with the Department of Transportation and the congressional delegation to make them aware of the importance of the project.  SCRTTC was awarded $673.713 from the FTA in 2012 through the Innovative Workforce Development Grant Program, which will provide training to transportation providers in California. 

Environment: Clean Up Project of the Former Bushnell Army Hospital/Intermountain Indian School, – Brigham City (via USU), Utah State

In December 2010, Utah State University purchased 40 acres of land in Brigham City for a new campus location to serve northern Utah.  The site included the former Bushnell Army Hospital (from 1942 to 1947) and Intermountain Indian School (from 1950 to 1984). The University could not move forward with expanding a new campus in Brigham City, since the site was contaminated by asbestos and other environmental contaminants.  The contamination needed to be cleaned up, in order for Utah to build a new campus in Brigham.   Jordan & Associates recommended the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfield Grant Program as a source for clean-up of the site.  EPA's Brownfields Program allows stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites, in order to eliminate blight and encourage economic redevelopment. The firm’s guidance and knowledge of the Brownfields grant program resulted in USU receiving an award of $200,000 to clean up contamination at seven buildings at the abandoned site.

As a result of the 2012 EPA Brownfields Grant, the site was cleaned up and Utah State University-Brigham City held its groundbreaking ceremony for its new classroom and student services building in October 2014. The 50,000-square foot facility will contain broadcast-enabled classrooms, a lecture hall, multi-purpose room and offices for faculty, advisors and staff. It will serve the educational needs of Brigham City and the surrounding region as these areas continue to grow. USU ’s extended plans for the new campus include a regional research and development complex, and additional classroom and laboratory buildings.

Establishing a Utah State campus in Brigham had been a long time goal of the City.   Jordan & Associates involvement was integral in achieving cleanup of the site and allowing the USU campus to begin construction.

Vehicles: Alternative Fuel Replacement Vehicles – Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, California

The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) had an urgent need to replace diesel transit vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles. First, the California Air Resources Board had adopted a Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies and more stringent exhaust emission standards for bus engines and vehicles.  Second, the City of Santa Monica Big Blue Bus’ initiated a sustainable cities program that identified 10 different areas of focus, including public transportation.  The goal was to convert their entire bus fleet to Liquified Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas.  The program was so ahead of its time that the United Nations is now using it as a model for other cities around the world.  

In 2012, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $826.5 million in discretionary funds through three Fiscal Year 2012 grant opportunities: State of Good Repair, Bus Livability, and Clean Fuels.  The firm alerted BBB to the grant opportunity and worked with the FTA and the congressional delegation to prioritize the project.  Jordan & Associates was able to secure a $1.992 million grant award through the FTA’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 Bus Livability grant program. The funding allowed BBB to replace 15 year old diesel-fueled vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled vehicles.  The project will reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance and fuel costs.  Aside from cleaner emissions, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus is spending significantly less on fuel due to a 50-cent-per-gallon federal fuel tax credit, which results in an approximate $1.5 million annual savings.

Planning: Transit Oriented Development Plan –Livermore, California

The City of Livermore had been working for several years with local officials to extend a rapid transit system to their community. The goal of the transit project was to provide an inter-regional and inter-modal link from the existing transit system to inter-regional rail service and Priority Development Areas in Livermore. The project was also intended to support integrating transit and land use policies to create opportunities for transit-oriented development around the proposed transit station, as well as around the inter-regional rail station and the express bus stations in Livermore.  

Funding was needed for a development plan to help the City of Livermore plan for local land uses and access improvements to further the planned rapid transit extension. Congress had banned the practice of earmarking, but Jordan & Associates identified a discretionary account within the Federal Highway Administration, known as the  Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) Program..  We made Livermore aware of  the funding opportunity and worked with the City to submit an award winning grant. throughout the application process. As a result, $286,000 in TCSP funds was awarded to allow the City.  The grant award will enable the City to properly plan for the planned extension of the rapid transit extension to their community.

Transportation: Provo Municipal Airport – Provo City, Utah

Jordan & Associates worked closely with Provo City to secure federal support for the necessary infrastructure to initiate commercial air service at the Municipal Airport.  The firm secured a total of $1.8 million through the FY 2002 and 2003 Transportation Appropriations Bill for a Control Tower at the Provo Airport.  The firm also identified a competitive discretionary grant program through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which provided funding for modernization of small airports.  Jordan & Associates then helped Provo secure operational support for the Control Tower through the FAA Contract tower Program.  The firm worked to secure radar coverage, as the next step toward reaching Provo City’s goal of commercial air service by securing $1 million through the FY 2008 Transportation Appropriations Bill for Beacon Interrogator-6 coverage.  A radar site was critical for attracting commercial air carriers to the airport.  Jordan & Associates worked to establish commercial air service at Provo by identifying a federal grant within the Department of Transportation (DOT) known as the Small Community Air Service Development Program to address air service and airfare problems in their communities.  Provo was awarded $500,000 in October 2010, which proved critical to attracting a commercial air carrier to the Provo Airport.  Commercial air service began in 2011. 

Infrastructure: Regional Transportation Center (RTC) Project – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), California

San Joaquin RTD had identified a significant deferred reinvestment need in their transit system.  A Regional Transportation Center that would include a Fuel and Bus Wash Facility, structures for fueling, inspection and washing of buses had been deferred for many years, due to lack of funding.  The total cost of the facility was $67 million.  While state and local sources provided some of the funding, federal funding was needed to close the financing gap.  Without investment in adequate transportation facilities, RTD’s ability to provide efficient and cost-effective transit service to the community in Stockton would diminish as the current facility deteriorated. 

We initially secured $1.25 million through the annual appropriations process for the RTC project through the Transportation Appropriations bill, Bus and Bus Facilities Account.  When Congress placed a moratorium on earmarking, Jordan & Associates identified several new discretionary grant programs through the DOT that could fund the transportation facility project.  Jordan & Associates then introduced RTD to our local grant writer who was able to transform RTD’s project into a winning grant application. RTD received an FY 2011 FTA 5309 State of Good Repair grant for $8,517,000 as well as an FY 2012 FTA SGR grant for an additional $7,958,725.  In total, RTD has received nearly $18 million in  federal funding for the project.  

The federal grant will also create an estimated 1,217 direct jobs through the construction period, which has provided significant economic benefits for San Joaquin County.  

Recreation: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Road and Non-Motorized Trail Enhancements – Brigham City, Utah

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, lies just west of Brigham City, and is one of the most important resting and staging areas for migrating waterfowl in North America.  The refuge has the potential to draw thousands of tourists with the necessary infrastructure improvements, which would provide economic benefit to Brigham City and Box Elder County. In 2005, Brigham City first expressed their strong interest in developing a nonmotorized trails system in Box Elder County that would connect the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Interstate 15 (I-15) to an existing parkway trail east of I-15 that would encourage further development near the commuter rail terminus in the City.

Initially, Jordan & Associates identified a Federal grant through the DOT that would fund a trail to connect the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Visitor Center west of I-15 to an existing parkway trail east of I-15. The parkway trail would highlight and improve the Forest Street interchange and encourage transit oriented development, an important part of the community’s planned growth since Brigham City is the terminus of the Front Runner Commuter Rail Project. Brigham City applied for and received $500,000 through a Federal Transportation Enhancements grant that provided the first nonmotorized trails link. 

We then worked with the Utah Congressional delegation to secure funding for needed improvements to the Bear River Access Road, which is located in both Brigham City and Box Elder County.  The access road is the primary public access point for the Refuge. Flooding in the early 1980s destroyed most of the road accessing the Refuge, discouraging visitors from driving to the area. Improving the access road was timely, since the Congressional delegation had secured funding to construct a visitors center at the Refuge, which was almost complete. More than $23.6 was secured in the 2005 SAFETEA-LU law for improvements to the Bear River Access Road, which has served as a critical link to trails that would connect the east side of Brigham City to the Refuge.

Brigham City had difficulty meeting the 20 percent local match required under the program, so Jordan & Associates identified a Federal transportation program that would pay for the nonfederal commitment.  Pat secured an additional $875,000 through the Federal Lands Highway Program in the FY 2008 transportation appropriation bill. Since the road accessed a Federal wildlife refuge, Brigham City was able to use this funding to meet the local match requirement, meaning that Brigham did not have to provide the local match.

Jordan & Associates demonstrated the ability to successfully advocate for Brigham City in both the politically charged environment of Capitol Hill and complex administrative agency settings. She identified Federal agency programs, as well as authorization and appropriation opportunities to address Brigham City’s priority to establish a comprehensive trails system in their community, and found innovative ways to solve the problem associated with a local match requirement

Transportation: Development of Urban Circulator Projects – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), California

Initiating a transit circulator system was a high priority for RTD, which is located in Stockton.  A circulator system was needed along Stockton’s most highly traveled roads to form a backbone of service for an efficient bus transit system that would provide convenient access to retail, commercial, residential, entertainment centers, industrial, and workforce housing for the community.

Jordan & Associates quickly advised RTD to utilize a new program at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) called Very Small Starts. The program would allow the transit agency to use an expedited approval process for projects under $25 million that could be completed within 12 to 18 months. Few transit agencies had taken advantage of this program.  Jordan & Associates identified key officials with whom RTD should meet, and enabled project discussions at the federal level to ensure that the project was meeting all of the federal program requirements.  We worked closely with the congressional delegation to secure $2.8 million in funding needed for the project. The Metro Express Airport Way Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project, as it is known, provided reliable rapid transit along a 7.2 mile corridor in  low-income areas of south Stockton, and reduced travel time for students from a low income neighborhood of Stockton to get to the University of the Pacific from 90 minutes to 40 minutes. The project provided a connection to the Stockton Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), a regional rail service, the proposed Stockton Amtrak Station and the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, which serves as its terminus.

Designation as a Very Small Starts project laid the foundation for RTD to apply for and receive funding for a second Bus Rapid Transit project, known as the Metro Express Hammer Lane Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project. RTD received $5.2 million through an FTA discretionary grant to complete an east-west express corridor along a major thoroughfare, which completed a regional rapid-transit system in Stockton. RTD is now poised to connect the Bus Rapid Transit network directly to the high speed rail project proposed in the Central Valley of California.

RTD successfully applied for and received funding for two Bus Rapid Transit Projects in three years. Jordan & Associates used all facets of the Federal process to provide guidance and secure federal grants and administrative approval for RTD for these two Bus Rapid Transit projects.  The projects are credited with laying the foundation for transit-oriented corridors in Stockton that will encourage sustainable growth.   

Public Safety: East Bay Regional Communications System – Tri-Valley Cities, California

The Tri-Valley Cities, located in the Bay Area, had an urgent need for a public safety communications system to enable first responders within Alameda and Contra Costa counties to efficiently communicate during emergencies. Disparate communications systems had previously impeded coordinated responses by area first responders during both the Oakland Hills Firestorm and the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Tri-Valley Cities needed funding to designed, build, and operate a state-of-the-art P25-compliant communications system –and more importantly to protect the 2.5 million area residents residing in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Jordan & Associates identified funding opportunities for the project and educated the California congressional delegation about the importance of the project.  Jordan & Associates initiated the development of the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) which was critical for allowing the Tri-Valley Cities and other Bay Area cities to jointly pursue Federal funding for the communications system.  On September 11, 2007, with the formation of the JPA, the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA) was officially created.  The EBRCSA represents 35 member agencies –including both Alameda and Contra Costa counties, 29 cities, and 4 special districts.

Since its inception, the EBRCSA has received over $39  million from various Federal sources, including congressionally-directed spending, Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants, and Department of Homeland Security grants.  

EBRCSA has gained national attention from the DOJ, which has assisted the JPA in seeking other Federal discretionary funds, and continues to assist the EBRCSA in obtaining new sources of Federal discretionary funds through the Executive Branch. In particular, the COPS Office at the DOJ has made EBRCSA a national model for other local governments to follow in emergency preparedness. 

The firm’s advice and knowledge was instrumental in making EBRCSA a top priority of the California congressional delegation which laid the groundwork for EBRCSA to obtain additional Federal funding through discretionary and administrative grants.

Economic Development: Infrastructure Improvements at the Provo Municipal Airport, – Provo, Utah

Economic Development: Infrastructure Improvements at the Provo Municipal Airport, – Provo, Utah

Provo City, Utah, had been working with the largest, family-owned business aircraft maintenance company in the world to build a facility in their city that would bring 657 jobs to Utah County.  In order to make this project a success, infrastructure improvements were needed at the Provo Municipal Airport to enable access to the airport’s service bay hangers and taxi lanes.  Significant capital investment was needed to provide these infrastructure improvements.