Yearly Archives: 2016

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Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Insights From the First Responder Grants Seminar

Toa55/Shutterstock  With the application period for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program opening in a few days, I’m glad that I attended a two-day First Responder Grants Seminar in Massachusetts a few weeks ago. Receiving nearly 12,000 applications a year from across the United States and its territories, the AFG is one of the most competitive federal grant

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Abandoned Property Vineland NJ

Ways Municipalities Can Address Vacant & Abandoned Housing

Source: JamesDeMers/Pixabay During the New Jersey State League of Municipalities annual conference last November, it’s clear that municipalities face a growing problem of vacant and abandoned properties. We spoke with many people who wanted strategies and tools to help them manage these properties in a way that was beneficial for the entire community. It turns out there

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Neighborhoods Healthier And Safer

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: Making Neighborhoods Healthier and Safer

Source: Unsplash/Pixabay A neighborhood’s design, including layout, lighting, building and maintenance, can influence the prevalence of crime and fear. When these are present, residents’ behavior is greatly impacted – including their physical activity levels, as well as school safety and performance. Unfortunately communities don’t have the resources they need to ensure every public space and facility

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Why Municipalities Should Focus on Reducing Rainwater Run-Off Instead of Costly Sewer Upgrades

Source: diego_torres/Pixabay Green infrastructure solutions for deficient waste water systems throughout New Jersey are not only effective, but also save a lot of money. That’s why the State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently announced new permits for the state’s 25 utility companies operating combined sewer systems (CSS’s). These permits require affected towns and sewer treatment

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