Project: Herman Water System Construction | Cost: $3,800,000
Pat Conroy of WSN was instrumental in helping us through a very complicated funding process. While we were clearly eligible for one funding program, he helped us find two others which provided considerably more grant funds so that we could replace our tower, drill a well, install water mains, and construct a new treatment plant to remove dangerous levels of arsenic in Herman’s drinking water.
— Mayor Neil Blume, City of Herman
Project: Cyrus Water System Improvements | Cost: $2,300,000
Our project required replacement of undersized and unlooped water mains as well as a Water Treatment Plant and a new well for the city. Without Pat Conroy’s grant writing help, we couldn’t have found our way through the maze of paperwork required to locate the money necessary for this construction. WSN’s funding help did not end there. These funding programs require administrative work after the funding is awarded. We turned that job over to WSN’s Jordan Lee, and are very pleased with the outcomes; which include a really good site monitoring report recently completed by funder reps from St. Paul. We are a small city and a project of this complexity is way beyond anything we could handle on our own. WSN’s expertise was exactly what we needed to make this project a reality.
— City Clerk Julie Rutter, City of Cyrus
Project: Villard Grove Lake Avenue Reconstruction | Cost: $800,000
This three-quarter million dollar project helped Villard in so many ways! First, it made a street along our east side much safer. Reconstructing, rerouting, and paving it has improved traffic flow and slowed down traffic on a dangerous intersection. Second, it really improved access to and from a local manufacturer’s place of business. Since this company’s suppliers and shippers can now easily get to the facility, they are planning to expand the workforce by a substantial amount. That will create vital, well-paying local jobs. None of it would have been possible without assistance from Jordan Lee and Pat Conroy with WSN’s Funding Department, which put together a funding package that was 100% grant and covered the entire cost for us. The money came from Minnesota's Department of Transportation and from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
— Mayor Jason Rupp, City of Villard
Project: Clearwater Co. Hospital/Clinic, Bagley Avenue/4th Street Reconstruction | Cost: $882,000
As a partnership between Clearwater County and the City of Bagley, both entities needed to financially support the street reconstruction and infrastructure replacement that was necessary as Clearwater County’s hospital/clinic transitioned to a private operator. The county took the lead on this reconstruction project, but the city used WSN’s funding specialists to secure monies for water and sewer line replacement and fiber optic service to the hospital. Without grant writing help from WSN, and the $204,000 BDPI grant awarded to the City, the aging and faulty piping under these streets could not have been replaced.
— Mike Jensen, Bagley Public Utilities
Project: Cavalier Fire Department AFG for Personal Protective Equipment | Cost: $150,000
A few years ago, as we looked at our turnout gear and SCBA units, we realized they were unsafe, outdated and badly in need of replacement. We applied several times for the AFG grant and had no success. We couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong! The experience of WSN’s grant writer, Pat Conroy, was amazing! Conroy put in many hours putting together this Assistance to Firefighters Grant. In the end we were awarded more than $150,000. The new turnout gear and air packs are protecting our firefighters and the residents of the Cavalier area. We also have the ability to clean the gear so they will last for many years. This would not have been possible without the assistance of WSN’s grant writer. This was money well spent. WSN was with us all the way. There are many people who claim to be grant writers, WSN is the real deal!
— Jeremy Mattison, Cavalier Firefighter
Project: Pomme de Terre Park Improvements | Cost: $154,000
Our Pomme de Terre Park has served the area well for decades, but was beginning to show its age. Buildings and walkways were not handicapped accessible, bathrooms needed upgrades, a concrete patio and other improvements would be important additions. But without financial assistance, our city budget just didn’t contain any room for park modernization. Jordan Lee and Pat Conroy from the WSN Funding Department helped us solve the PdT Park improvement cost problem through a Parks and Trails Legacy grant. As a result of their work, area residents will have modern amenities and accessibility at Pomme de Terre Park for generations to come.
— City Manager Blaine Hill, City of Morris