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Jennifer Voris named New Southeast Community Liason of OCRA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2018

A new Southeast Community Liaison is
named
INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this month, Jennifer Voris moved from the West Central to the Southeast Community Liaison position with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Southeast region covers the following counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington.
Jennifer joined OCRA in October of 2017. Before joining OCRA, Jennifer previously worked for Dorel/Cosco Home & Office Products in Columbus, IN. She has more than twenty years of experience working in finance, marketing and sales in a variety of positions including the CEO of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce.
“My passion lies within state and county government and it is an area I have been very much involved in at the local level for the past 20 years,” said Voris.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Butler University and is also a Lugar Series graduate. She has served on various local economic and planning boards as well as in multiple volunteer positions. She is a native of Columbus, IN and has resided in Nashville for 27 years with her husband Larry. She has one grown daughter and recently became a grandmother in January.
For counties located in the West Central and East Central regions, Christmas Hudgens is your interim contact. Jennifer will remain a helpful contact for the West Central region during the transition as well.

Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.

GAI Consultants; Newest office in Fishers, IN

February 12, 2018

National Engineering Firm Expands Reach with Third Indiana Location
Fishers, IN—GAI Consultants (GAI) announced today the opening of its newest office location in Fishers, IN to better serve both new and longstanding clients, and to continue to expand the firm’s growing team of experienced professionals in Central Indiana. Fishers is GAI’s 25th office location and the firm’s third location in Indiana, along with Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
“This is a great opportunity—these are exciting times for growth in transportation and local development in Central Indiana. I look forward to serving new and existing clients while bringing on quality staff who share GAI’s vision for success.”
Mike Wenning, PE, Transportation Services Director/Senior Associate, GAI Consultants
Highlights/Key Facts
GAI is undergoing exciting growth and is actively seeking skilled individuals to work on challenging initiatives from the firm’s new Fishers office, Fort Wayne office, and a soon-to-open Downtown Indianapolis location.
16 employees have relocated to GAI’s new Fishers office, with projections of adding another dozen high-paying jobs to Fishers/Hamilton County within the next 24 months.
GAI is currently working for a multitude of clients across Indiana, including the City of Fishers, Indiana Department of Transportation, City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, Town of Brownsburg, City of Greenfield, City of Seymour, City of Bedford, City of Beech Grove, and City of Lebanon.
The office is led by long-time Fishers resident, Mike Wenning, PE, a Director and Senior Associate in GAI’s Midwest Transportation Market Sector.
GAI’s new office is located at 9998 Crosspoint Boulevard, Suite 110, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
An Open House event at GAI’s Fishers office is planned for 2018.

Umabugh #5 in National Rankings

Once again, we are proud to be ranked in the top ten of all municipal advisors in the U.S. by the Thomson Reuters reporting company. For 2017, Umbaugh ranked fifth in the nation for the number of public market municipal bonds with a par amount of $10 million or less.
Moreover, Umbaugh served as municipal advisor to more than 344 bond issues in 2017 ranging from $237,000 to over $285 million and totaling over $3.4 billion par. These statistics include the Indiana State Revolving Fund, USDA Rural Development financings, and private placements on which Umbaugh worked last year.
The financed projects ranged from schools, utilities, economic development, roads, libraries and other projects to improve the quality of life for the clients we serve. Thank you for the trust and confidence you placed in us!
As the funding environment becomes more complex, and as the regulatory requirements bring a greater level of scrutiny, it is important for issuers to work with advisors who have a depth of experience. As our tag line says: “It’s all about Experience.”
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at vision@umbaugh.com.

WaterSense Spring 2018 Issue & Updates

New Website: Check Your Links!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its website with a new look and easy-to-use navigation. The WaterSense home page address is the same, and it still has all the great content and tools you need to save water indoors and out.
To make navigating the site easier, WaterSense has streamlined some of the pages and changed their URLs. If you have linked to or bookmarked specific pages within the WaterSense website, your links may be broken, and you will need to update them using the site’s new URLs. Check out the redesigned website, a great resource to help save water!
How many gallons of water can a hose leak as small as the tip of a pen waste each month?
a. 63 gallons
b. 630 gallons
c. 6,300 gallons
See this issue of the WaterSense Current for the correct answer!

How Does Your Garden Grow…With Less Water?
Turn your green thumb a little more blue this spring with a yard that’s both beautiful and water-smart. The average American family uses 30 percent of its water outdoors, but in some areas, landscape watering accounts for 60 percent of a family’s watering. By revisiting your landscape with water efficiency in mind, you can have curb appeal with less watering.

Inspect, Connect, Direct, and Select Your Way to Savings
Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, and as much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods and systems. This spring, a little home irrigation system maintenance can go a long way, so spruce your sprinklers!

Charlottesville Residents Love Their Landscapes
Showing just how easy it is to spruce up your sprinklers as part of spring yard maintenance, WaterSense 2016 Promotional Partner of the Year the City of Charlottesville (Virginia) collaborated with another WaterSense partner, the Albemarle County Service Authority, to launch the Love Your Landscape contest.

Cobb County Maximizes Its Water Savings
From fixing leaks and challenging hotels to promoting professionals and making showers better, Cobb County (Georgia) Water System actively participated in all of the WaterSense campaigns, which helped earn its 2016 Promotional Partner of the Year Award.

Save Blue by Dining Green
Did you know approximately 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States is from hospitality and food service establishments? If your favorite local restaurant is implementing water-efficient practices, it could decrease its operating costs by 11 percent!

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water.
The WaterSense Current is a quarterly update dedicated to news and events related to WaterSense. For more information, please visit the WaterSense website.

OCRA hires Andrea Kern as Northeast Community Liaison

OCRA welcomes Andrea Kern as the Northeast Community Liaison
INDIANAPOLIS – On January 16, 2018, Andrea Kern joined the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) as the Northeast Community Liaison. The North East region covers the following counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Wells.
Before joining OCRA, she previously worked as a Preservation Specialist for Architecture and Community Heritage (ARCH) based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more than two years, she worked closely with both public and private sectors to advocate for historic preservation solutions to development challenges. This non-profit helped Andrea develop and hone her skills in grant writing, fundraising, tax credits, along with education and advocacy. She also worked as an independent consultant in partnership with the Noblesville Main Street and Indiana Landmarks to develop design guidelines for a new local historic district in downtown Noblesville.
Outside of work, her passion for historic preservation brought her to volunteer with Auburn’s Main Street organization as part of the façade grant committee; as well assisting in the development of a neighborhood planning document with the DeKalb County Historian, City Planning Department, and the Eckhart Neighborhood. As a native of Auburn, her love of historic properties began at home.
“I fell in love with this field early on, growing up in Auburn, Indiana, where we love to celebrate our hometown history as the Classic Car Capitol of America,” said Kern. “I have developed a unique perspective on how important historic preservation is to maintaining a unique sense of place in small towns across Indiana.”
Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Her master’s thesis titled Modernizing State Enabling Legislation for Locally Designated Historic Resources received an award in 2016. Her thesis focused on analyzing state enabling legislation for historic districts, identifying potential issues, and developing creative solutions.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity, because it allows me the opportunity to connect more Hoosiers with community development strategies and solutions on a regional scale. I love this region, and I can’t think of a better way to give back to the place I call home.”
Andrea lives in Auburn with her husband Jacob along with their Labrador Nubia. They are in the process of moving into a beautiful c. 1912 Colonial Revival home near downtown Auburn.

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Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.