Heather Simmons Jones to Lead MRB Group Launch into SC

Heather Simmons Jones

Heather Simmons Jones

MRB Group President Ryan Colvin recently announced that Heather Simmons Jones has joined MRB Group to support its launch of much needed local government services in South Carolina.

MRB Group is a municipal support firm providing engineering, architecture, planning, and economic development services that strengthen local governments. Its expansion into South Carolina adds a third state to the firm’s geography, with the goal of serving communities that need to achieve more with limited resources. According to Colvin, it was the availability of Jones, combined with a strong need for the firm’s “wrap around” municipal services, that prompted MRB Group’s investment in the greater Charleston area.

“Heather is a well-known and respected economic developer and local government expert,” said Colvin. “She has decades of practical experience in local government – and a personal track record for getting things accomplished. Both are a hallmark of MRB Group’s approach,” he continued.

“Opportunities to build a stellar team are rare,” Colvin continued. “We are extremely fortunate that Heather chose us, and that she will help us further expand our team to serve local government leaders and their communities in the Palmetto State,” he stated.

With roots that date back to 1927, MRB Group is one of the oldest engineering and architecture firms in the northeast. In addition to providing traditional civil engineering and architecture, MRB Group developed its SmarterLocalGov team in 2011, adding a wide array of critical services that directly support what Colvin calls “next-generation engineering and architecture.”

Jones say that she selected MRB Group because of its unique approach.

“The MRB Group team understands the strong connection between infrastructure development and economic development,” she said. “My experience taught me that preparation is critical – and MRB Group has the multi-disciplined teams that work together to plan, support and design for community growth!” she continued.

A native of South Carolina, Jones grew up in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Clemson University, and is a certified economic developer in South Carolina. She has focused on matching private investment to a community’s vision and growth objectives, and currently serves as a Governor’s appointee to the South Carolina Research Authority.

In addition to her academic and career pursuits, Jones’ economic development leadership in South Carolina includes serving as a former President of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.

“We are excited to support communities in South Carolina, and Heather is the right person to help us build stronger local governments - and foster economic development throughout the region,” said Colvin.

An engineering and architecture firm that specializes in municipal services, MRB Group has supported communities throughout the United States since 1927. The firm’s team of nearly 125 engineers, architects, planners, and technical staff currently works with more than 150 local governments, supporting operations and assisting with long term strategic plans, planning and zoning board support, and economic development services. MRB Group assists with a variety of public works functions, provides architecture for rehabilitation of public facilities, and works closely with municipal leaders and staff to preserve and maintain critical community infrastructure, like water and wastewater systems. For more information, visit www.mrbgroup.com .

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