• Dig Deep client, Tim Gross from the City of Newport, OR, is the first Public Works Director to be interviewed for the wildly popular podcast City Council Chronicles! Listen to Tim discuss the participation of Public Works staff in City Council meetings and his tips for conveying technical issues during Council meetings!...

  • You asked and we answered! What are some of the more creative ways that Dig Deep has helped its members identify and pursue creative funding solutions for their infrastructure projects? Our new Portfolio page provides recent examples of our efforts to assist our clients in reaching their funding goals. Check it out now!...

  • A bi-partisan effort to strengthen the nation’s ability to prepare for and recover from earthquakes has successfully passed the Senate. The bill, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act, focuses on preparation and protection efforts by improving the seismic stability of infrastructure, remove barriers between federal agencies sharing earthquake data, increasing and updating earthquake hazard maps, and continuing research to develop more modern risk assessments and early warning systems. The legislation next heads to the House for further consideration. Read more about NEHRP....

  • Dig Deep client, City of Newport Oregon, was recently awarded $250,000 from Oregon’s Regional Infrastructure Fund in support of its Big Creek Dam Remediation Project. The City’s application ranked #1 of 14 applications submitted for the region and #5 among all application submitted. Funds will be used to offset costs associated with preliminary design and conducting an environmental survey. Congratulations Newport!!...

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Tia Cavender

The founder of Dig Deep™, Tia takes the lead in strategically structuring municipal projects and then matching them with capital funding sources. Known inside Dig Deep’s walls as “the master cultivator,” she is tireless both in her thoughtful structuring of each project and in searching for long-term solutions that meet the needs of everyone at the table. A national expert with more than 15 years of experience in capital grant seeking, Tia is a Certified Grants Professional (GPC) and member of the Grant Professionals Association. In addition, she holds two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado (Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and Clinical Psychology). Fueled by too much caffeine and a relentless drive, Tia is devoted to social justice, environmental sustainability, and quite a few other things that aren’t even remotely serious. She always finds time to cheer on her kids’ athletic and artistic pursuits. (She’s the loud but constructive one.)

Jen Waltz

The generator behind Dig Deep’s daily operations, Jen keeps a firm hand on the company’s proprietary data and research. With more than ten years of experience managing evaluation projects, securing research funding, and conducting usability testing protocols, Jen excels in mixed-methods analysis and evaluation. She also manages the content for Dig Deep’s online resource library and is indispensable when it comes to decoding grant-speak. Off the clock, she finds respite in Colorado’s foothills where she lives with her many, many pets. Of course, there are witty names, too. But we’ll spare you.

Rachel Hood

Rachel is one of Dig Deep’s expert surveyors, with more than 15 years of experience managing teams and building public-private partnerships. She maps out various pathways to energy and water-related funding, and is often tapped for her expertise in renewable energy, energy-water nexus and environmental education. Rachel is passionate about anything that will make the world a better place for her kids and yours. In her off hours, you can catch her on a bike, in a garden or at a party raising more money and volunteers for communities.

Kevin Eatherly

Dig Deep also counts Kevin as a master surveyor, who plots solutions in a different area. With more than 18 years of project management experience, he helps nurture collaboration between public agencies and private stakeholders to develop cost-effective solutions for water conservation, while maintaining a balance between the needs of agricultural and urban audiences. In his downtime, Kevin enjoys meditating and farming—but never at the same time.