Kevin Fox is a New Financial Services Team Leader

Kevin FoxKevin Fox has joined the Financial Services team at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG). As a financial services team leader, Fox will develop financing strategies and assist clients with capital improvement project planning. He will also perform construction monitoring and construction control review to ensure that projects are financially viable and in compliance with funding program guidelines.

Fox has close to 30 years of experience in the engineering field, with a particular emphasis on water and sewer utilities. He has extensive experience calculating water and sewer rates and assisting with the management of utility budgets. He also has a master’s degree in both engineering and business administration and is a licensed engineer in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.

 

ABOUT HRG

Founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit our website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Adrienne Vicari Named One of Central PA’s Top 40 Under 40

Adrienne VicariThe Central Penn Business Journal named Adrienne Vicari to its 23nd annual Forty Under 40 list, which honors individuals for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the Central Pennsylvania community.  She and the other honorees will receive their award at a banquet on October 2 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Adrienne is the financial services practice area leader at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience in financial consulting, project management and engineering design for municipal wastewater, water and stormwater clients. In her current role with the firm, she uses asset management and capital improvement planning as tools to complete long-range strategic financial planning for her clients.

But she began her career at HRG in a very different role: as a professional engineer designing water and wastewater treatment facilities. She quickly developed an interest in helping her water and wastewater clients obtain and manage their funding for capital improvement projects and transitioned into the firm’s financial service group. As communities have developed a growing need for increased stormwater management funding and utility valuation, she has become an industry leader in these areas, as well.

Russ McIntosh, a vice president of HRG, says:

“Adrienne is an unstoppable force. When she sees something needs done, she dives right in and gives it everything she has. She is extremely knowledgeable of the issues municipal water quality professionals face and very creative in addressing those challenges. There is nothing she can’t or won’t do to help her clients succeed.”

Adrienne Vicari volunteers for STEM educationThis dedication extends outside the office to the Central Pennsylvania community, as well. Adrienne encourages young people to achieve success in science, technology engineering, and math related fields by participating in STEM-related events like the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at the Whitaker Center. She also serves as a board member with the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania organization and takes part in their annual STEM expo. In addition, she coaches Central Penn Mini Sticks field hockey and a Cumberland Valley softball 10U team.

She also co-founded a women’s volunteer group for West Shore mothers that encourages them to pursue diverse volunteer opportunities with their children. The group has had a significant impact on mid-state organizations such as Caitlin Smiles, Leg Up Farm, Ronald McDonald House, Dress for Success, and others.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

 

Adrienne Vicari to Present at PSATS 2017: Derry Township’s Stormwater Authority Experience

Join us Monday at the annual PSATS Conference when HRG’s Financial Services Manager Adrienne Vicari will be presenting a workshop on Derry Township’s experience forming a stormwater authority.

 

One Township’s Experience with a Stormwater Authority
1:15 p.m. at Empire D, Confection Hall (lower level)

This workshop will explain how a stormwater authority has helped Derry Township comply with its MS4 requirements while improving service, enhancing water quality, reducing flooding, and improving township finances. The presenters will explain lessons learned from every phase of the authority’s development, from the initial analysis to the public outreach.  They will also discuss the importance of open, collaborative communication between the municipality and the authority staff.

 

Though communities have been charging fees for stormwater across the U.S. for years, stormwater authorities are still relatively new to Pennsylvania.  Township leaders rightfully have many questions about whether forming a stormwater authority would be the best choice for their community (and whether residents and business owners will support the idea).  The best way to get those questions answered is to hear from another township who’s already thought through these questions!

Adrienne will be co-presenting this workshop with Michael Callahan, the stormater program coordinator at Derry Township Municipal Authority; Wayne Schutz, the executive director of the Derry Township Municipal Authority; and Lee Stinnet, esquire at Salzmann Hughes, PC.

Get up-to-the-minute info about PSATS’ 2017 Annual Conference

 

PSATS-2017_Vicari-presents-stormwater-authorities

Do you want to learn more about how a stormwater utility could fund your stormwater program? Download our guide:

Determining If a Stormwater Utility Is Right for Your Community

Stormwater Utility GuideIt includes
• Answers to common questions about stormwater utilities
• Advice for how to build public consensus for stormwater fees
• An outline of the early steps you should take when investigating the feasibility of a stormwater utility

Download the guide at

www.hrg-inc.com/stormwater-utility-guide

 

 

Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank Honored with Governor’s Award

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that our client Dauphin County received a Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence for the infrastructure bank program we helped them create. The award for “innovative community or government initiative” was presented to Dauphin County officials at the Governor’s Residence on April 12, 2017. Commissioners George Hartwick, Jeff Haste, and Mike Pries attended the ceremony with George Connor, the executive director of Dauphin County’s Department of Community and Economic Development and the administrator of the infrastructure bank program.

HRG worked with PennDOT and Dauphin County officials to develop this program, which provides a creative solution to one of local government’s biggest challenges: successfully maintaining and replacing infrastructure. It leverages the county’s Liquid Fuels funding and the underutilized Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank program to stretch the value of local government dollars. In its first three years, Dauphin County turned an annual investment of $325,000 in Liquid Fuels money into 10 projects worth $11 million: 7 bridges, 1 streetscape, 1 intersection improvement, and 1 traffic signal improvement.

DCIB turns 325K into 10 projects worth $11M

While people on both sides of the aisle agree that infrastructure improvements are badly needed, the debate often stalls over where the money will come from to pay for these improvements. The Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank shows that new revenue is not necessarily needed to begin addressing these problems; applying existing revenue in new ways can help us make significant progress. By combining several sources of funding – each of which would’ve been inadequate to meet the infrastructure need alone – the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank has accomplished so much more for the county’s residents than these funding sources could’ve done individually.

Brian Emberg is an engineer who helped develop this program. He began working with the county in the 1980s on a similarly forward-thinking program that helped the county eliminate significant structural deficiency of its bridges. (In 1984, one-third of the county’s bridges were structurally deficient, but today the county has no load-posted, structurally deficient bridges at all, thanks to a bridge management system they designed with HRG.)

Emberg says, “Dauphin County’s officials are dedicated public servants and true visionaries. They continually challenge the status quo to deliver the best service to their constituents for the highest return on public tax dollars. This program provides a great example to other counties on how the seemingly impossible task of addressing our infrastructure can be solved.”

Indeed, HRG is currently in talks with counties around the state about implementing similar infrastructure bank programs of their own. Though Dauphin County uses its program for transportation improvements, the program can be used to fund any type of infrastructure, depending on the sources of money used to capitalize the loan program. For more information about the program, read our white paper on county infrastrastructure banks.

  • Projects funded by the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank

    Middletown Borough Streetscape

  • Projects funded by the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank

    Londonderry Township culvert

 

ABOUT HRG
Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

 

County Infrastructure Banks make local roadway, bridge, and stormwater improvements easier and more affordable.

With a County Infrastructure Bank, local government officials have a renewable funding source that can:

  • Multiply the return on a small investment: completing several projects for less than the cost of one. (Dauphin County has successfully taken an annual allocation of $325,000 – not even enough to fund one single-span bridge replacement – and used it to fund 10 projects in just three years.)
  • Offer unbeatably low interest rates (0.5%) to your local municipalities.
  • Promote economic growth by providing a funding pool for infrastructure needs that often prevent development projects from getting off the ground.
  • Provide both funding and project delivery support to municipalities that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources or staff to complete complex infrastructure improvements.
  • Target money to long-term, strategic planning goals for the region.

Download our white paper

 

Bonanno, Vicari, and Weikel Named Practice Area Leaders at HRG

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that three of our distinguished professionals have been named practice area leaders: Matt Bonanno, P.E., will oversee the civil engineering practice area, Adrienne Vicari, P.E., will oversee financial services, and Doug Weikel, P.E., will oversee construction services.

 


Matt Bonanno

Bonanno joined the firm as a staff professional 13 years ago and worked his way up to being the Harrisburg area regional manager of civil services before being promoted into his current position.

As the civil engineering practice area leader, Bonanno will oversee the completion of all municipal and civil engineering projects in each of HRG’s regional offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

 


Weikel joined the firm in 1994 and previously managed its civil engineering group before being put in charge of the newly designated construction services practice area.

Weikel has managed the construction phase of many high profile projects at HRG, including the innovative wastewater to energy treatment plant HRG designed for the Milton Regional Sewer Authority in Northumberland County.

 


Adrienne M. Vicari

 

Vicari joined the firm in 2004 as an engineer in the water and wastewater service group and quickly developed into an expert on municipal authority finance. She has made numerous presentations on capital improvement planning, grants and public financing, and stormwater authority implementation before organizations like the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, and others.

 


 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Tim Staub Joins HRG as Financial Services Team Leader

Tim StaubHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that Tim Staub, AICP, is joining our firm as the financial services team leader.  Staub has twenty years of experience in community planning and financial analysis that he will put to work for HRG’s vast network of public and private sector clients.

“Tim has been on both sides of the table, representing municipalities and representing commercial and residential developers, on matters of land planning and community development,” financial services practice area leader Adrienne Vicari says.  “He knows what each side cares about and is uniquely talented at bringing both sides together for a solution that benefits everyone in the community.  He’s also very skilled at helping clients communicate their vision and assemble the financing needed to turn their vision into reality.”

Staub is certified by the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners and is a two-time winner of the association’s Outstanding Plan Award via its Pennsylvania chapter. He also has wide-ranging expertise in green infrastructure and sustainable planning, program management, group facilitation and conflict resolution, public involvement, and financial reporting and analysis. In addition to his many years of experience in the consulting industry, Staub is a member of the Springettsbury Township Planning Commission in York County.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

HRG Named a Utility Valuation Expert by the PA Public Utility Commission

Many municipalities are considering selling their water and wastewater systems in order to address long-term budget and debt obligations. As one of PA’s first Utility Valuation Experts, HRG is ready to help municipalities attain fair market value for these assets.

HRG can help you determine your utility's fair market value as a registered Utility Valuation Expert

 

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as a Utility Valuation Expert. Under legislation signed by Governor Tom Wolfe in 2016, municipalities wishing to sell their utility assets to a PUC-regulated utility can engage the services of a registered Utility Valuation Expert to determine fair market value of their system.

The program is voluntary, but it benefits both the municipality and the potential buyer by presenting a more accurate picture of a utility’s value than the traditional method.

In Pennsylvania, the purchase of water and wastewater systems by a regulated utility must be approved by the Public Utility Commission. Traditionally, the commission has considered the value of a system to be equal to its depreciated original cost (construction cost minus grants and depreciation). This approach did not consider the potential income that could be generated from the assets and frequently resulted in valuations so low that municipalities couldn’t benefit from a sale.

At the same time, with no consideration to the market or revenue, potential buyers could not be sure whether they would achieve an adequate return on their investment with the purchase.

To remedy these problems, Act 12 of 2016 created a new, voluntary approach to utility valuation based on fair market value. Under this system, the buyer and the seller each retain a registered Utility Valuation Expert to conduct independent appraisals of the utility using industry standards: cost, market, and income approaches. These appraisals use data on the physical system assets that was assessed by a professional engineer retained by both parties.

After both appraisals are submitted, an average of the fair market value calculated in each one is used as the final valuation.

HRG was one of the first firms to be listed on the PUC’s official Registry of Utility Valuation Experts. The firm specializes in providing financial services to the water and wastewater industry and has conducted numerous system reviews and valuation studies for municipalities throughout the state. Vice President Russ McIntosh has published dozens of articles on water and wastewater system financing and was honored by the Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association for outstanding contributions and exceptional service to the industry in 2014. McIntosh has also served as an expert witness on matters of utility financing in several court cases.

“Our goal at HRG is to provide a fair and honest accounting of a utility’s value, so that the municipality can decide what is best for the long-term health and financial stability of its community,” McIntosh says. “We can go beyond mere valuation to help communities weigh all of their options for generating the money they seek to address budget needs while protecting the value of their most important assets.”

For more information about the utility valuation process defined in Act 12 of 2016, please contact Russ McIntosh at (717) 564-1121 or rmcintosh@hrg-inc.com.

 

Vicari Named Shining Star by West Shore Chamber

Vicari Wins Luminary Award

(Names of individuals pictures from left to right:  Marissa Price, Jamie Keener, Russ McIntosh, Ryan Brockman, Adrienne Vicari, John Vicari, Andrew Kenworthy, Howard Hodder, Ryan Albright)

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce recently honored Adrienne Vicari with the Shining Star Award at their 2016 Luminary Awards luncheon.  This award is given to a woman who excels both as a professional in her industry and as a volunteer in the community, and Vicari is a true leader in both areas.

Vicari is the financial services manager at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) and a shareholder of the firm. As a dedicated team player, Vicari has excelled at any role the firm has given her.  She first joined the firm as an engineer but quickly developed expertise in water and wastewater system financing, too.  After taking on a role in the firm’s Financial Service Group, she quickly became a thought leader in the industry, publishing articles in industry magazines and making presentations at conferences on a wide variety of water and wastewater system finance issues.  She is also developing a reputation as a leader in the emerging field of stormwater authorities in Pennsylvania.

Beyond her work at HRG, Vicari works hard for various community organizations:  She serves on the Board of the Cumberland Valley Softball Association and coaches for both the Cumberland Valley Softball 10U team and Central Penn Mini Sticks field hockey team.  She is also a founding member of Sp*rk, a group of West Shore moms who volunteer with their children for local community groups like Caitlin Smiles, Leg Up Farm, Ronald McDonald House, Dress for Success, and others.

It is such an honor to be recognized alongside so many talented women who have contributed to their profession and the entire Harrisburg community,” Vicari says. “I’m so happy that the West Shore Chamber is donating to the New Hope Ministries in recognition of this honor.  I can’t think of a more deserving organization that benefits this community.”

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce donates a portion of the proceeds from the award ceremony to a non-profit chamber member chosen by the award winners.  New Hope Ministries helps close to 15,000 residents of York and Cumberland Counties each year to become self-sufficient through counseling, workforce training and development, crisis assistance, and youth programs among others.

 

ABOUT THE LUMINARY AWARDS

The Luminary Awards Luncheon was held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill on August 31. The Chamber’s Women in Business Roundtable Committee selected the winners from a group of nine female nominees who exemplify leadership in the workplace and the community.

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

HRG’s MRSA Wastewater to Energy Project Featured at OECD Rural Development Conference

Peter J. Fisher of the USDA, HRG’s Justin Mendinski, and Thomas P. Williams of the USDA exhibiting the MRSA Wastewater 2 Energy (Ww2E) Project at the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference in Memphis, TN.

Peter J. Fisher of the USDA, HRG’s Justin Mendinski, and Thomas P. Williams of the USDA exhibiting the MRSA Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E) Project at the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference in Memphis, TN.

HRG is proud to support Pennsylvania’s Rural Development in exhibiting Milton Regional Sewer Authority’s (MRSA) Wastewater to Energy Project at the 10th Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference – National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy on May 19-21 in Memphis, Tennessee.

This invitation-only conference marks the 10th meeting of the world’s leading policy officials, international experts and representatives from the private sector for discussing best practices for rural areas.

Officials from the United States Department of Agrigulture (USDA) invited HRG to assist in the exhibiting of the MRSA Ww2E project at the conference given its innovative engineering design and the positive impact it is making on rural development within Pennsylvania. The project will allow the MRSA to produce all of its energy needs from its own wastewater treatment process. Click here for more information on the project.

Milton Regional Sewer Authority's Wastewater to Energy Treatment Plant

Milton Regional Sewer Authority’s Wastewater to Energy Treatment Plant

Russell F. McIntosh Receives 2014 Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association’s Red Davis Award

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.’s (HRG) Russell F. McIntosh was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association’s (PMAA) L.W. “Red” Davis Award. The award has been presented annually since 1978 to an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided exceptional service to PMAA and its authority members. He was presented this award at PMAA’s 2014 Conference and Tradeshow at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, PA.

McIntosh serves as the Vice President of HRG’s Financial Services group. The group’s mission is to find affordable solutions to funding necessary infrastructure projects. It seeks to combine the most efficient technical solution with the most affordable financial solution. This requires a blending of the engineering and financial aspects of the project and an understanding of the requirements of the lenders, rating agencies, and federal and state funding agencies. Because utility rates and charges are governed by a variety of state laws and regulations, an understanding of these requirements is incorporated into the work of this group.

McIntosh has been with HRG since 1990 and was named a Shareholder in 2001.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.