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Awards & Grants

APWA Awards Public Works Executive Credential
Mound City’s Manager and Public Works Director, Eric P. Hoversten, was recently awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Executive credential. The Public Works Executive (PWE) credentialing program is part of the Donald C. Stone Center (DCS) developmental program for public works professionals focusing on the cognitive, analytical and applied skills necessary to lead through the challenges facing the profession.
“The DCS candidates who have completed the PWE program have developed skills to lead and implement change to move their organizations forward,” said APWA Executive Director Scott Grayson.
Hoversten has been Mound City’s manager and public works director since January, 2016.
New EPA Program Makes $1 Billion in Loans Available for Water Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to credit-worthy water projects. WIFIA provides another option for financing large infrastructure projects – generally at least $20 million – in addition to the State Revolving Funds and bond market. WIFIA is available to state, local and tribal governments, private entities, partnerships and State Revolving Fund programs. EPA estimates that funds appropriated to the WIFIA program can be leveraged at a ratio greater than 50 to one, which means the $17 million program budget could allow EPA to make approximately $1 billion in loans and stimulate about $2 billion in total infrastructure investment.
Some of the projects that WIFIA enables EPA to provide assistance for include:
  • Drinking water treatment and distribution projects
  • ? Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects
  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
  • Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply and water recycling projects
  • Drought prevention, reduction or mitigation projects
EPA will evaluate projects using criteria such as the extent to which the project is nationally or regionally significant, helps maintain or protect public health or the environment, protects against extreme weather, and serves regions with significant water resource challenges. EPA will make selections on a competitive basis.
EPA estimates that the U.S. needs about $660 billion in investments for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure over the next 20 years.
Deadline to submit letters of interest is April 10, 2017. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/wifia.
A variety of grants available for municipal governments are listed and updated regularly at www.grants.gov. The list is sortable and searchable. There are currently 102 grants listed with close dates in March.