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Joy Simpson, MA, recently joined the fast-growing MRB Group in Charleston. The firm provides engineering, architecture and planning services and boasts a long history of generational relationships with communities, supporting their professional organizations and local governments.

A professional grant writer with a background in strategic development, Simpson will join the firm’s SmarterLocalGov initiative, and work with a team of municipal advisors and development professionals.

According to MRB Group Southeast Operations Director Heather Simmons Jones, Simpson’s experience includes broad support for administration and development, spanning a number of critical functions that contribute to the success of a professional organization.

“Joy’s skill sets will be a tremendous asset to MRB Group clients,” said Jones.  “Many are looking for a competitive advantage that will set them apart,” she continued. “Joy can help them compete more effectively for the kind of significant investments that will make a difference and promote long-term sustainability.”

Simpson’s successful grant writing has supported the health care and education industries, including several years of developing and implementing multi-million-dollar campaigns on behalf of The Citadel.

“The strong strategic development and outstanding communication skills required to accomplish what Joy has achieved in her career are exactly what local governments and professional organizations need to succeed,” Jones said.

“We are confident her powerful capabilities will translate seamlessly to MRB Group’s broader arena, and will generate significant investments that will build strong communities in South Carolina and throughout the southeast,” Jones concluded.

MRB Group’s team members work collaboratively across many disciplines to provide comprehensive support for optimal operations, from design and maintenance of key assets like water and wastewater facilities to professional and municipal board development, including strategic planning with executive staff.  With expertise in all aspects of economic and community development and local government operations, the MRB Group team becomes an extension of local staff that can be utilized as needed.  The targeted use of this kind of expertise often lowers related operational costs for community residents.