Last week, GEDA, hosted their 2017 Spring Workshop at Legacy Lodge on Lake Lanier Island. We joined Economic Developers from all over Georgia for great panel discussions, awards ceremonies, dinners, and more. Reverse Mentoring Panel W&A Engineering Business Development Director, Scott Poag, participated in a panel discussing reverse mentoring. He made a fascinating presentation about … Continued

W&A Engineering is committed to helping your community win projects and create an environment for economic growth and prosperity. Since we began the Community Economic Development Program (CEDP), W&A has been focused on positioning your community to respond when a new industry or business knocks on your door. We believe in that mission and strive … Continued

W&A Engineering and Donald W. Hansford Law Office hosted our 18th Annual BBQ on May 12th. Over 600 community members gathered at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville, GA to enjoy an afternoon of great food and even better company! Employees and their families prepared and served countless pounds of pork along with corn, coleslaw, and … Continued

W&A Engineering, an Athens based engineering firm, announced that Scott Poag, CEcD will be joining their team to spearhead their business development efforts. The Making of a Great Team Since 2013, Scott served as the Project Manager with the Augusta Economic Development Authority and previously worked in the field in North Carolina. Scott has announced … Continued

McNeill Hotel Company held official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Homewood Suites by Hilton in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday February 22nd. Along with the McNeil Hotel Company, W&A Engineering is looking forward to entering the development phase of this property. We joined McNeill in February 2016 to begin the planning process, creating the initial site … Continued

Landmark Properties’ cottage community, The Retreat at Blacksburg, received a prestigious recognition from the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The Retreat received the award of “Green Partner of Excellence as a Builder/Developer” by voluntarily choosing to build better buildings and embrace third-party certification, proving their commitment to sustainable homes. Landmark Properties is a vertically integrated … Continued

Jon Williams, President and CEO of W&A Engineering, volunteered to give a STEM presentation at Rocky Branch Elementary in Oconee County. STEM is a new curriculum that involves teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a hands on way that allows students to apply their learning to real life scenarios and encourages higher level thinking. … Continued

Integrating Engineering into our education system via STEAM learning holds great promise for students and society alike.   Putting the “E” Back in Learning Engineering is a crucial part of our world today. Without engineers we would be without shelter, medicines, roads, and so much more. Our present lives are what they are because of … Continued

W&A Engineering now offers soil classification expertise to our clients and partners. As W&A continues to grow, we are constantly identifying new ways to provide exceptional customer service and convenience for our clients. A key component of that effort is identifying services that align with our clients’ development needs. To more fully meet those needs, … Continued

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