Improve Your Public Works Projects: Securing Funds in North Carolina

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Competition for grant money is fierce, and putting together a winning application is a lot of work. Having grant funding experts on your side is a great first step, but it also helps to come prepared with data to prove your need and your expected outcomes if you receive funding. Even then, the key ingredient is often persistence: if at first you don’t succeed, re-evaluate and try again.

WithersRavenel and Brightly have guided several local governments through the grant funding process, including clients with especially challenging paths to success like the Town of Selma, North Carolina. Selma was not selected for funding during the first award cycle they submitted. But with the help of WithersRavenel and Brightly, who re-examined their needs and refined their application, they were able to secure more than $5 million in funding from not one but three programs during subsequent funding rounds.

Watch this informative discussion with Amanda Whitaker, Director of Funding Services at WithersRavenel and Byron McAllister, Mayor of Selma, North Carolina on the efforts that resulted in securing more than $5 million in funding for Selma.

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Byron McAllister, Mayor of Selma, NC

Mr. McAllister and his family have called Selma home since early 2017 after they purchased their dream house in their dream town. His wife, Sara, and he have made community involvement one of their top priorities. He beams with pride to say they have been able to participate in a myriad of community activities in Selma and throughout Johnston County.

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Amanda Whitaker, Director of Funding Services, WithersRavenel

Bio: Ms. Whitaker's experience is concentrated in grant writing, grant administration, and community and economic development projects. She has worked with a number of granting agencies on successful projects, including NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Golden LEAF Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture. She has successfully written and administered grants for projects all over North Carolina for economic development, neighborhood stabilization, housing rehabilitation, parks and recreation, public infrastructure, and downtown revitalization. She previously served as an economic development director for Montgomery County.

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Moderator: Luke Anderson, Strategic Solutions Consultant, Brightly

BIO: Luke comes from a background in energy automation and HVAC Controls and has been with Brightly Software about 10 years. After receiving him FMP in 2017, Luke has focused on both sides of the asset management world, day-to-day operations, and long-term strategic capital planning. Luke spends his workdays at his home office juggling his 4-year-old son Everett and his attorney wife Aleks. Luke’s current role as Strategic Consultant allows him to consult with civic leaders helping to establish clear and justified capital plans.

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