GS&P Announces Right-of-Way Acquisition Leader Ruthie Jones

New Position Represents Major Addition to Firm’s Georgia Transportation Services

April 12, 2017   |   Atlanta,  Ga.   |   People

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces Ruthie Jones as right-of-way acquisition program manager in the firm’s Midtown Atlanta office. Jones has nearly 30 years of roadway engineering, project management and right-of-way acquisition experience with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). She will lead a team in providing right-of-way acquisition services for the firm’s Transportation clients in Georgia before expanding to surrounding states. Acquisition of commercial- or private-owned property is often necessary for transportation project right-of-way and requires careful adherence to state and federal guidelines and regulations. Jones will also mentor GS&P staff and help train other representatives from local and state organizations.

“Ruthie’s expertise in right-of-way acquisition enables a big step forward for GS&P’s Georgia Transportation practice,” said Kent Black, P.E., executive vice president at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Her leadership allows our team to pursue new right-of-way projects as well as provide in-house services to existing clients rather than contracting with outside consultants. Ruthie’s background in right-of-way and passion for effective negotiation are unparalleled. We are very glad to welcome her to GS&P and we look forward to her leadership of a new, highly capable team of right-of-way experts.”

“I love talking to people, and effective communication is essential in each stage of the property acquisition process,” commented Jones. “My main goal is to acquire property rights in good faith negotiations, so every day I draw from my principles, my past experience and my knowledge of the system to support a successful outcome. I’m excited to join GS&P and open up this new avenue for transportation services.”

Jones joined GS&P in 2016 and first served as a project manager for several GDOT projects. She is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and State Registered Real Property Appraiser. Jones will also seek certifications in Tennessee and Alabama as she works to geographically expand GS&P’s right-of-way services. Outside of the office, Jones is active with the Bridge Over Troubled Water homeless ministry in Atlanta and serves as chair of her church’s trustee board. She is also an advisor to several local youth groups. An Alabama native, Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa.
GS&P’s Transportation professionals deliver comprehensive planning, design, environmental, architectural and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast.  The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions.

“Ruthie’s expertise in right-of-way acquisition enables a big step forward for GS&P’s Georgia Transportation practice. Her background in right-of-way and passion for effective negotiation is unparalleled.”

Kent Black, P.E., GS&P executive vice president
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