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“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

 Athens, GA – W&A Engineering, an Athens-based engineering firm has been ranked as one of the top 3 engineering firms in Georgia for economic development in the American South by Southern Business & Development magazine in their Summer 2015 issue. W&A Engineering currently serves 20 communities in Georgia including Athens-Clarke County, Augusta, Banks County, Greene County, … Continued

Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certification and validation program is essential for your community. W&A now offers Essential GRAD Certification Assistance. Playing in the big leagues of economic development: If your community wants to play in the big leagues of economic development and your community doesn’t have GRAD certified sites, you are likely missing … Continued

  After 3 years of planning, Extra Special People broke ground on ESP’s new home. The 14,000 sq. ft. facility will help ESP achieve their dream of serving special-needs children beyond the limitations of their current campus. Over 100 community supporters gathered together on Friday, June 5 for a celebratory breakfast and groundbreaking ceremony. Laura Whitaker, Executive Director of ESP, shared some inspiring … Continued

Active Engagement in Our Community In our business we get some interesting questions. One of the more frequent questions we get is- Why does W&A Engineering have an Economic Development focus?  The answer is obvious to some and less obvious to others. Providing traditional services to developers and municipalities has provided both challenges and rewards … Continued

The Standard Athens, Georgia The Standard Athens offers high-end amenities to Athens students. From coordination of site planning, utilizes, engineering and amenity design, W&A Engineering guided the design and coordination process for this project from beginning to end with surveying, engineering and landscape architecture services. Landscape Architects Scott Haines, Jim Bob McElroy & Mary Charles Howard … Continued

The Standard at Athens Client: Landmark Properties Location: Athens, GA Description: The team at W&A Engineering assisted with the development of the Standard at Athens by providing our world-class services that include the following: • Surveying • Site design • Storm water and utility design • Coordination of structural design pertaining to site related elements … Continued

W&A Engineering is proud to announce that November 1, 2014 marked our 15th year anniversary. W&A began with the idea of establishing an all-encompassing design firm in the northeast Georgia area to serve the growing communities.  Over the past 15 years, the firm has grown from a one-person operation into a diverse company of 23 talented civil … Continued

W&A Engineering, in coordination with the City of Watkinsville, has begun the conservation and preservation of an historic landscape that has long been hidden to most all of Watkinsville’s citizen and visitors. The recent discovery of the historic landscape began with the City’s purchase of a 6-acre lot. The lot is wooded with a variety … Continued