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PIDP Grant Secured for Michigan Port

Foth congratulates the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) and Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Company as recipients of a $16 million Maritime Administration (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development (PIDP) grant.

With assistance from Foth, this public-private partnership was successful in securing the funds needed to invest in rail extensions to reduce truck traffic within the port, and a variety of upgrades to 100-year-old docks that will allow them to withstand the changing climate and shift more links in the transportation system from trucks to rail and ships, reducing the environmental impact of product movement. Improvements are expected to double the capacity for fueling cargo ships that travel the Great Lakes.

Foth Client Team Leader Joe Liebau, Jr. stated, “These are exactly the type of projects that the PIDP is aiming to support – they help improve the movement of goods while reducing environmental impacts and creating more resilient infrastructure. But the process can be challenging to navigate. Our team has a lot of experience in this area and a high success rate. We’ve been very transparent about our process. We follow our own recommendations and avoid common mistakes. That has worked in our partners’ favor and we couldn’t be happier for them.”

As lead consultant for the grant application, Foth provided preliminary engineering design, application development, and coordination to the Port Authority and Waterfront to create a well-crafted grant application with an effective benefit cost analysis. This led to a successful application and acquisition of the grant funds. Foth has helped secure more than $180 million in local, state and federal grants for projects across the United States, including one-third of all the PIDP grants in the Great Lakes region.

Foth is available to assist with project feasibility assessments, application development and coordination.

If you have a project in mind that might qualify for grant funding, read an insider’s guide to securing project funding and permitting, then contact us to start your grant application process.

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