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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD):

"The 83rd Texas Legislature has restored approximately half of the Texas Recreation Parks Account (TRPA) and Large County & Municipality Recreation and Parks Account funding for the 2014-2015 biennium. Funding will become available in 2014 for the Local Park Grant Program and for the Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). As this is only a partial restoration, program rules such as award ceilings, scoring criteria and application deadlines need to be reviewed. To assess the needs and desires of our grant customers, we...

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On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are presenting a workshop on Performance-Based Planning and Programming and Transportation Performance Management at the Texas Department of Transportation Riverside Campus in Austin.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 100 attendees. To register, send your name, organization, position, mailing address, phone number and email address to Kirk D. Fauver, kirk.fauver@dot.gov, by Nov. 1.

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The 16th Annual Transportation and Infrastructure Summit is Aug. 6-9 in Irving, Texas. Many of our staff will be in attendance, including Account Director Ray Longoria, who will moderate Panel Session 1: Water Re-Use, Thursday, August 8, at 1:45 p.m. The panelists in this session will discuss various ways communities can address drought issues through water re-use applications.

Are you attending? If so, let us know. We hope to see you there!

 

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We are pleased to announce that Tricia Hatley, our Group Manager of Urban Planning & Design, has become President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers!

Read the full story in our News section.

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Matt Johnson, Transportation, Pearland, served as a guest panelist at the "So You Want to be an Engineer?" event in Houston Community College's Grad Job Lead series. The April 15 session, at the HCC Northwest – Alief Campus, drew about 80 prospective students who...

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Freese and Nichols is proud to announce the opening of our new office, located in Raleigh, North Carolina! The office is located in the Centennial Campus research park at North Carolina State University. View the email announcement here.

Read the full story in our News section.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently published a Notice of Funding Availability for the TIGER grant program. This grant program provides funding for transportation projects that have a significant impact to the nation or region. Projects can include highways, bridges, public transit, rail intermodal facilities, and marine and port investments. $473 million has been made available for this program.

Details of the program can be found at http://www.dot.gov/tiger.

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The evolution of downtown Dallas — from a 5 p.m. ghost town to a thriving arts district where people live and work — continues to gain momentum. A new structure pops up every four to six months. But this exciting time leaves some asking about the city’s history. Can legacy buildings stay relevant? The University of North Texas at Dallas with the architects of Freese and Nichols and the designers of Ayers Saint Gross are taking bold steps toward a resounding yes.

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