Community planning and development services include but are not limited to general planning, strategic planning, project planning and management, capital improvements planning, meeting facilitation, funding source identification and proposal preparation as well as environmental assessments.
Long–term planning and visioning are critical for government entities and non-profits. A well thought out plan that has buy-in from key constituencies should guide and direct the future activities and spending of the entity. The NCRPC staff is qualified to assist member cities, counties and area non-profits with planning initiatives they undertake such as a formal Strategic Doing process.
Capital Improvements and Planning
Capital improvements planning is critical for cities and counties. A capital improvement plan guides the long-term expenditures that are placed in each annual budget and it helps a community determine the level of funds that need to be placed in the capital improvement account each year to fund future improvements and maintenance. Communities who effectively plan for these expenses find themselves with a “rainy day fund” when expensive infrastructure and equipment must be replaced or rebuilt. These funds are the best source of matching funds for grant dollars, which can offset some of the cost of these purchases. The NCRPC staff can consult with government entities to aid them in developing a capital improvement plan.
The NCRPC has expertise to assist communities, financial institutions, housing authorities, attorneys, and utility districts with various types of environmental reviews. Regardless of the nature of the project, we can provide analysis related to project impact on the environment. Staff have completed HUD Region VII Environmental Review Training.
Have you found your organization ready to plan for the future or facing a difficult situation and needing an objective outside voice to lead the discussion? Sometimes an experienced facilitator is all it takes to keep the discussion productive and moving forward. The NCRPC staff can play that role. They have experience facilitating sessions for small and medium size groups particularly related to community issues.
Funding Source Identification and Proposal Preparation
The NCRPC has a vast knowledge about funding sources available for various community improvements. Let our staff meet with your government entity or non-profit organization to determine the best possible mix of funding sources to complete a project.
Grant funds are frequently a first choice option if available. The NCRPC has successfully prepared grant applications either alone or with partner agencies to the following programs and others:
- Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant Program
- Community Development Block Grant Program
- Economic Development Administration
- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Program
- Kansas State Historical Society Historic Preservation Program
- Kansas Health Foundation
- Safe Routes to School Program
However, grant funds are not always available. In that case, we can also discuss long-term financing options that might meet cash needs for certain projects. Our staff has experience with KDHE Revolving Loan Funds and USDA Rural Development Financing. If you need to issue bonds and don’t know how to start that process, we can discuss what various types might meet your needs and refer you to bond attorneys and financial consultants who can walk you through the process. Contact us to discuss how we can assist with your project needs.