Memphis Offers Grants for Public Infrastructure Enhancements

Dec 13

Memphis Offers Grants for Public Infrastructure Enhancements

The city of Memphis is currently supporting a multi-million dollar investment in public infrastructure, most recently involving St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The state will use the funding to improve the public infrastructure surrounding the St. Jude campus in downtown Memphis. The initiative is also intended to spur economic growth, leading to more jobs for the residents of the city. The infrastructure investments will benefit not only St. Jude, but all of the surrounding areas. The expansion project is expected to be advantageous to clinical care and research programs and will be part of a six-year strategic plan. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened more than 50 years ago and treats patients from all 50 states and around the world. The enhancements are being funded through the Fast Track Infrastructure Development Program (FIDP). This program assists in the funding of local governments in providing public infrastructure to support new or expanding industry. There are several organizations that qualify for such grants, including water systems, wastewater systems, and site improvement, as well as other public infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth. Grants are typically limited up to a maximum of $750,000 with amounts determined for individual projects. To date, the expansion projects include over a billion in both new capital investment and additional operational expenditure over the life of the six-year plan. This total is designated for use in additional strategic investment specifically for Memphis. Fun Fact: Memphis has several parks- Mudd Island being arguably the most unique of the city’s parks. It’s located on a 50-acre island in the Mississippi River. The park is open seasonally and will re-open in April. When you go be sure to visit the Riverwalk where you’ll find concrete sections which were installed and positioned to allow the water to flow from north to...

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Nashville’s Cumberland River and its Resources

Mar 09

Nashville’s Cumberland River and its Resources

The Cumberland River is one of Nashville’s greatest resources and a special ingredient in the quality of life in Music City. The Cumberland is an attraction for water enthusiast, a destination for recreation, leisure and entertainment, and a magnet for economic investment. Much of the sewer system is old and lacks the capacity to handle the current volume of sewage and storm water. The Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program, recently established, and building upon decades of work in addressing sewer capacity issues, will update infrastructure to reduce sewer overflows.  The goal is also to reduce health risks associated with exposure to bacteria and contaminants, and improve water quality in the Cumberland River and the associated streams, creeks and tributaries. The program to improve the wastewater system infrastructure will provide lasting benefits for future generations by addressing wet weather sewer overflows and increasing the sewer capacity. For residents who would like to learn more about the happenings at the Cumberland River Center, there are a series of interesting and interactive lectures on the sustainability initiatives for the River. Discussion topics next month will be on flood risk management, hydropower, navigation, recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife benefits for the region. Memphis, have you registered yet for the NASTT’s No-Dig Show? It’s being held this month in Dallas. The NASTT No-Dig show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America. Professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. We’ll have many fascinating, informative demo’s on the latest trenchless technologies along with exhibits, products and resources on all of our services locally and nationwide. You won’t want to miss it! Location: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center/ March 20th-24th 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, TX...

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Creativity at its Best: Mud Island River Park

Feb 05

Creativity at its Best: Mud Island River Park

Mud Island River Park and Museum represent the fascinating history of the lower Mississippi River valley.  A thousand miles of the lower Mississippi from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans and finally to the Gulf of Mexico, where the river empties, is replicated in a section of the park called the Riverwalk.  Built at the scale of 30 inches to a mile, the replica spans 2,000 feet of riverfront space where every sandbar, oxbow, and topographic contour is carefully reproduced in cement. The river itself is a little stream that flows quietly south past minimalist cities and bridges rendered in steel. The attraction also includes historical information as well as details on its impressive engineering. Major cities and small towns located are marked in the scale model, and panels explain history and facts about the river. The water drains to an acre-wide representation of the Gulf of Mexico. An average of 1.2 million gallons of water flows through the model every day. The plethora of creative features include twenty cities which are mapped along the Riverwalk, concrete wedges locate the main water flowing into the Mississippi or show engineering structures such as floodways. There are four watershed walls which map the entire drainage area of the Mississippi River. The Riverwalk is one of the most unique representations of the Mississippi River in the world.  Along your journey, you’ll revisit yesteryears events and learn about geographical transformations.  After the conclusion of the “1,000” mile journey, you can enjoy a (optional but recommended) leisurely pedal boat ride around the Gulf area, with the Memphis skyline in the background. This amazing Memphis amusement will reopen for you on April...

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