MGT’s clients made for an impactful 2015!

MGT’s clients made for an impactful 2015!

As we commence the second month of 2016, and continue the journey into our 23rd year, we want to express our appreciation to our clients and steadfast supporters for helping to make 2015 one of our very best years. We are indebted to every one of you for your project collaboration and commitment to the development of healthy, safe, and active communities.

Join us in looking back on the strides we made together last year:

Tribes, Rural Communities & Nonprofit FAST Act Wins

As a Tribal Transportation UNITY Caucus member, MGT helps tribes advocate for critical improvements to Congressional funding of tribal transportation; and tribes, rural communities, and nonprofits made big gains on December 4, 2015 when President Obama signed the five-year transportation bill, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act; e.g.,

– The STP Set-aside–known as the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) under MAP-21–will function just as TAP did; i.e., Safe Routes to School, bicycling, and walking projects all can compete for funding;
– Tribal Transportation Program funding is increased to $465 million in FY16 with $10 million/year increases to $505 million in FY20;
– The USDOT tribal self-governance program is part of the final legislation, a real boost for Indian Country;
– The Tribal Transit Program is increased from $30 to $35 million/year (with $5 million for the discretionary Section 5311 transit grant program);
– A new $100 million/year grant program is established for “nationally significant” Federal Lands and tribal transportation projects;
– Rural communities have backing for Complete Streets implementation, in that states are encouraged to adopt Complete Streets standards for the planning, development, and operation of federally funded transportation projects, and the USDOT will issue Complete Streets best practices and state progress reports; and
– State and local nonprofits with transportation safety in their missions are allowed to compete directly for Surface Transportation Setaside funds.

MGT continued its grant and technical writing, editing, multimodal transportation planning, and training efforts via contractual work for the following clients/communities: Craig Tribal Association, Craig Alaska; NeighborWorks America, Washington, D.C.; Pittsburg and Girard, Kansas through the PedNet Coalition of Columbia Missouri; HealthTrans, LLC, Barrington, Illinois; the Hualapai Indian Tribe, Peach Springs, Arizona; the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Pipe Springs, Arizona; the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Duckwater, Nevada; Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Elko, Nevada through the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) in Phoenix, Arizona; the Native Village of Tanana, Tanana, Alaska through Alaska Tribal Transportation Services, Inc. of Manuley Hot Springs, Alaska; the Talent Advisory Group, LLC, Tucson, Arizona; ETD, Inc., Flagstaff, Arizona; Klawock Cooperative Association, Klawock, Alaska; Arizona Charter School, Imagine School at Rosefield, and Imagine Prep through Amec Foster Wheeler and the City of Surprise.

We encouraged healthy and active living; Safe Routes to School, bike safety, and tribal transit program development, as well as built environment improvements through national speaking engagements and trainings at NeighborWorks America’s Los Angeles and Kansas City National Training Institutes and our third appearance at the National Tribal Transportation Conference.

The Active Transportation Safety Program published a tribal Safe Routes to School program development toolkit entitled, Creating Safe Routes to School Programs in Tribal Communities in California. Three years in the making, much of the toolkit design was based on text and information from the five Issue Briefs MGT and the PedNet Coalition were subcontracted in 2012 to NCE of Reno, Nevada to write.

We enjoyed the privilege and growth obtained from working with several consultants; including: Robert Johnson, the PedNet Coalition’s Director and President of HealthTrans, LLC; Brian Fellows, Senior Transportation Planner at Amec Foster Wheeler; Esther Corbett, Program Manager for the ITCA’s Tribal Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Prevention Project; Eunice Tso, ETD, Inc. President; and Lawrence Bredeman, Owner/Operator of Alaska Tribal Transportation Services, Inc.

Partnership with the following organizations made it possible for MGT to enhance its outreach, advocacy, and education efforts this year: Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program; National Tribal Technical Assistance Program; NeighborWorks America; Inter Tribal Council of Arizona; National Tribal Transportation UNITY Caucus; and NeighborWorks America.

Thanks so much for everyone’s ongoing support!

M.G. Tech-Writing, LLC’s mission is to promote community health, wellness, and economic development through provision of professional grant and technical writing, and uniquely-customized training and multimodal planning services.