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Mark Bailey, Engineer-in-Training, has joined MRB Group. President Ryan Colvin, PE, announced Bailey’s addition to the firm’s Rochester office, where he will support both water and wastewater teams as a project engineer.

Bailey is a 2015 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering. He is currently working on his Master of Science in that field through his studies at SUNY at Buffalo.

“Mark has a number of impressive projects that he has completed, including engineering support for brownfield cleanups in the Rochester area,” said Colvin.

“His concentrated studies have also focused on water quality issues, and he has worked closely with the DEC (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation),” said Colvin, noting that Bailey co-authored the publication entitled Sustainable Developer Guidance for the City of Rochester, a document intended to support development efforts that align with the City’s environmental goals.

“Mark has demonstrated a unique ability to translate regulatory guidelines into strategies for best practices for communities,” Colvin continued. “That is precisely what our local governments need during this challenging time,” he stated.

Colvin believes that municipal leaders often struggle with environmental stewardship, and associate those mandated responsibilities with higher costs and increased property taxes. He says his firm’s planning board support includes a much needed focus on economic and community development in partnership with preserving assets.

“We help communities turn the scenario around, and create development guidelines that protect environmental assets while attracting developers,” said Colvin.

“Sustainability has to be planned in practical terms, including the importance of remaining financially stable for the long-term,” Colvin continued. “MRB Group’s blend of engineers, planners, and economic development professionals can help communities get the balance right,” he said.

“We’re pleased to add Mark Bailey to our growing team, and continue to develop our staff into a well-rounded and experience-based resource for local governments,” Colvin concluded.

MRB Group provides has served the Central New York region for more than 90 years, providing engineering, architecture, and municipal services to support and strengthen local governments. The firm currently works with more than 140 communities, assisting with day-to-day operations like water and wastewater treatment, public works services, architecture for maintenance and rehabilitation of public facilities, and support for municipal operations including strategic planning, planning board services, and economic development.