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Earlier this summer, Athens-based Landmark Properties was named the country’s top student housing developer by Student Housing Business magazine. This is the 2nd year in a row that Landmark has earned this impressive distinction. The full article is available here. Landmark specializes in the investment, development, construction and management of high quality communities. The company … Continued

Established civil Engineering firms like W&A Engineering play an important role in economic development, a process that starts well before any sites are surveyed or foundations laid. Information Powers Development A crucial role W&A plays is to help local economic development boards and their directors gather the information they need to get their sites ready … Continued

The Extra Special People (ESP) fall festival is a very special annual event that many families look forward to all year. W&A Engineering has long felt a strong connection to ESP, and they help whenever they are able. W&A Engineering provided all the meat for this event while board members, Doug Brouillard and John McLean, helped cook. Over … Continued

W&A Engineering hosted their second annual Georgia Industry Tour this past week at the Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc. facility in Augusta, Georgia. W&A hosts the event each year to highlight manufacturers across the state who are excelling in their fields, as well as the community partners who support them. Local economic development professionals and service … Continued

This past June, Athens residents gathered for the 47th annual Athens-Clarke County Heritage Foundation (ACHF) Preservation Awards, for which W&A Engineering was a proud sponsor. The event brings together a vibrant mix of local businesses, government leaders, architects, engineers, builders, preservation aficionados and history buffs, event sponsors, and volunteers to celebrate successful historic preservation efforts in … Continued

W&A Engineering is proud of its long-time partnership and support for Extra Special People (ESP), a Watkinsville, GA based nonprofit that empowers children with developmental disabilities to cultivate skills, self-confidence, and relationships through recreational therapy, community involvement, and the arts. While we have been able to provide meaningful support through our fundraising efforts and the … Continued

Community support is the cornerstone of W&A Engineering’ Community Economic Development Program (CEDP). W&A currently serves 28 Georgia communities with economic development services. Earlier this year, one of our CEDP clients, Kyle Fletcher, reached out to W&A’s economic development team for design assistance. Kyle is the Director of the Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority, and … Continued

“Nothing brings people together like good food, good friends, and a good cause.” -Jon Williams, W&A On May 13, 2016 over 600 community members gathered at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville to enjoy homemade BBQ & fixin’s. For the past 17 years, Jon Williams of W&A and Donald Hansford of Donald W. Hansford Law have … Continued

Every year, W&A sets up our equipment on the first hole of the annual Oconee County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at the Lane Creek Golf Course in Bishop, GA. This year’s tournament was on April, 21. We use our professional land surveying equipment to determine the distance of the longest drive from each group off … Continued

Strong economic development for any community depends upon having a reliable, solid workforce; a foundation whose cornerstone begins with finding ways to retain and attract new jobs. While incoming industries are good indicators of a strong local economy and workforce potential, the truth is that retaining jobs in existing industries is equally, if not more … Continued

On Monday evening, April 18, 2016, as part of Georgia’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW), Athens-Clarke County’s Economic Development Department hosted their annual Industry Appreciation Dinner at the Athens Cotton Press. W&A Engineering was proud to sponsor this great event honoring the manufacturing industry in Athens-Clarke County, and its tremendous contribution to the county’s economic well-being. … Continued

On March 31, 2016, W&A principal Jon Williams moderated a panel discussion on distribution & logistics at the SEDC (Southern Economic Development Council) Meet the Consultants conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel featured speakers representing brokerage firms with extensive experience facilitating transactions with global manufacturing and logistics companies. The discussion highlighted perspectives on supply … Continued

Our Director of Economic Development Justin Greer, Business Developer Jim Lenahan, and Landscape Architect Mary Charles Howard lead the charge for W&A Engineering for economic development throughout the State of Georgia and beyond. Combined these three economic developers have garnered a great deal of knowledge over the years working in the economic development arena. That … Continued

Congratulations to Kevin Price General Contractors on their new office location.  Progress has been impressive despite the rain we have had in recent months.  We are delighted to have a new neighbor and clients like Kevin.  W&A is proud to have been a part of the project’s success through surveying, engineering, permitting and construction staking.  … Continued

As 2015 comes to an end, W&A Engineering is happy to reflect on the successes of our clients, employees and company. In the past year, our clients expanded their reach to over 40 states across the nation and brought us with them on the journey. W&A expanded economic development outreach to support 21 state-wide communities … Continued

ECG/MEAG (Electric Cities of Georgia/Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia) invited Mary Charles Howard, a key member of W&A’s economic development team to attend both of their Economic Development Bus Tours in 2015. ECG/MEAG Power’s first tour was hosted in May featuring Northwest Georgia’s Norcross, Acworth, Calhoun, Dalton, LaFayette and Cartersville. The second tour was hosted … Continued

Veteran economic developer Jim Lenahan, EDFP has returned to W&A as a business development and marketing team member. According to Jim, “Chicago is a great city, but Georgia is where my heart is. I am excited to continue working to make our state, regions and communities the best they can possibly be”. Expect to hear … Continued

Earlier this month Jon Williams traveled to Dallas, Texas to moderate a panel on Advanced Manufacturing with Dean Barber and Josh Bays at SEDC’s (Southern Economic Development Council) YP Meet the Consultant’s Conference. Jon’s experience in site selection/ site analysis within Georgia provided a valuable perspective on this panel of site selection specialist from Dallas. … Continued