Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Infrastructure Funding for Public Improvements - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/29/2023

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This session prepares landscape architects to lead and collaborate with public clients to win local and federal grant funding. Learn about best practices and potential pitfalls of grant funding following three themes: 1) connecting aspirations with funding, 2) understanding grant realities, and 3) understanding grant implementation.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how different grant funding sources can align to leverage a community's resources and create more impactful projects.
  • Learn how grant applications are evaluated and awarded.
  • Gain insight on applying for infrastructure grants and how to work with allied professions.
  • Understand potential pitfalls and considerations for moving through the design and construction process of grant-funded projects.

Louis Johnson, ASLA

Executive Vice President

Gresham Smith

Louis is an Executive Vice President and Owner within Gresham Smith’s award-winning landscape architecture practice with offices in Nashville, TN Louisville, KY, Lexington, KY and Atlanta, GA. Louis has been instrumental in successfully pursuing federal funding and implementing design and planning processes for transformative urban complete street projects like Town Branch Commons (Lexington, KY) and Broadway All the Way (Louisville, KY). Louis’ work and collaborations have been highlighted in Landscape Architecture Magazine from innovative stormwater management and multimodal projects. Louis has been instrumental in Gresham Smith’s commitment to NC A&T as a Diversity by Design Partner.

Thomas J. Rogers, ASLA



Tom Rogers is a Principal and landscape architect and leads an Urban Design and Waterfront Studio for SmithGroup’s Wisconsin offices. Working throughout the Midwest, he collaborates with communities leading engagement, planning and design of public spaces that fortify communities to become destinations for recreation, play, and socialization. He has worked with more than a dozen communities throughout the Midwest to receive local, state, and federal grants. He has presented at the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association and Wisconsin ASLA conferences and is a member of SmithGroup’s Board Advisory Council to enhance the firm’s approach to integrated design.

Chris Bauer

Senior Project Manager

PACE Contracting LLC

Chris is a Senior Project Manager for Pace Contracting, with 20 + years of experience in transportation, commercial, industrial, and residential construction. Chris is a specialist in all aspects of Sitework, KDOT & INDOT Roadwork Construction, Underground Utility Infrastructure Builds, Hardscape, Architectural Streetscape Projects, New Commercial Building Construction,Building Renovations,Structural Concrete and Flatwork Concrete Construction.

Chris led the implementation of the recent National and State award-winning showcased project: $ 21.5 million dollar Town Branch Commons project in Lexington, Ky. This project was completed ahead of schedule,on budget,featuring collaborative changes that met the Citys & Publics needs,the Architects vision, and logical construction.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
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