Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership

PLEASE NOTE:Due to the local COVID-19 pandemic, the March event has been postponed.


As part of W&A Engineering’s 20th anniversary celebration, we will be launching a year-long program, the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership!

Throughout 2020, W&A will partner with 12 local businesses to highlight the work they have done in establishing their business as an important part of the culture and economy of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

W&A will be asking each of the 12 businesses chosen, one per month, to name a nonprofit “beneficiary” and pledging to donate an amount equal to the business sales on the 20th day of the month, up to $500. Designating a nonprofit as part of this partnership is not only a way to give back, but also as an opportunity to recognize the significant role these community partners have in our economy.

The year-long partnership will operate under the W&A Cares Program. W&A’s corporate citizenship initiative, W&A Cares, is part of an ambitious effort to formalize and increase the firm’s commitment to “Building Better Communities” through service and financial support in five focus areas: Community, Economic Development, Education, Employee Well-Being, and Sustainability.

“Twenty years ago, I started a design and engineering firm in Watkinsville, GA. Since then, the business has grown into a multidisciplinary engineering firm with five core disciplines, nearly 50 employees with offices in Athens, Nashville, and Augusta, and a national footprint with project experience in over 45 states. I know the courage and vision it takes to start a business and the tenacity it takes to keep it going. The goal of the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership is to celebrate local businesses and nonprofits, and I sincerely hope our local community will join us for this 20th anniversary initiative.”

Jon Williams, CEO and President of W&A Engineering


Established in 1998 by Krimson Black before her 21st birthday, the idea for Krimson Kafe was to provide a fresh simple product for lunch with a focus on supporting the local community. Having different art displayed monthly and using as many locally grown items as possible, Krimson strives to do their part. “Now after 20 years, the cafe has been successful in doing just that, thanks to all the loyal support they have received,” said Krimson, the owner. The cafe’s friendly atmosphere along with affordable fresh food makes this eatery a great place for lunch!


Krimson Kafe’s Beneficiary: Food 2 Kids

Food 2 Kids is a special program aimed at closing the hunger gap for needy school children in northeast Georgia. Founded in 2008 by the Food bank of Northeast Georgia, the Food 2 Kids program provides free sacks of food to over 1,500 students weekly in Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Oglethorpe, Madison, Banks, Rabun, Habersham, and Stephens County who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend. While the public schools offer breakfast and lunch to the most impoverished students in our community, many of these same children do not have a reliable source of food over the weekend. Modeled on a national program, Athens Food 2 Kids aims to bridge this weekly hunger gap.


For more information, please contact Amy Kissane, Corporate Citizenship Coordinator: or 706-310-0400.


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