CH2M HILL OMI Selected to Start Up New City of Chattahoochee Hill Country, Georgia

Aug 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from CH2M HILL

    DENVER, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the soon-to-be City of
 Chattahoochee Hill Country, Ga., have selected CH2M HILL OMI to design,
 implement and operate all of the municipal processes and services that
 citizens will receive when the city formally opens Dec. 1.
     The memorandum of understanding, signed in late July, also recommends
 that the city officials who are elected in November should continue to
 partner with CH2M HILL OMI for municipal operations services for this
 community of about 2,500 citizens.
     Chattahoochee Hill Country is the fourth brand-new Fulton County city
 to rely on CH2M HILL OMI's expertise, following Sandy Springs, incorporated
 Dec. 1, 2005, and Milton and Johns Creek, both incorporated Dec. 1, 2006.
     Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum in June to create the new
 city, effective Dec. 1, 2007, as a means of improving levels of service to
 citizens, strengthening local control and preserving the 50-square-mile
 community's rural character. CH2M HILL OMI expects to provide
 administration, public works and community development services through a
 public-private partnership model similar to the three other cities.
     "We've analyzed the data, toured other CH2M HILL OMI-operated cities,
 and done our homework, and we believe this partnership is the best way to
 provide reliable, high-quality service and lower costs for the citizens of
 Chattahoochee Hill Country," says Tom Reed, president of the Chatt Hills
 Organizing Committee, which signed the MOU. "We also know CH2M HILL OMI has
 the unique people and process skills necessary to get our city services up
 and running within the next four months."
     The company already has been helping the soon-to-be city with mapping,
 development and planning resources, and other guidance on city start-up.
     "This community has a strong focus on preserving its wetlands,
 forestlands, open spaces and other natural resources while also wishing to
 improve services for all residents, which aligns with our own corporate
 values," says Rick Hirsekorn, vice president of municipal services for CH2M
 HILL OMI. "We believe Chattahoochee Hill Country will prove to be another
 great example how public entities and private companies can work together
 to enhance and advance quality of life."
     Featuring rolling hills, tree-lined roadways and abundant recreation
 opportunities, the City of Chattahoochee Hill Country will include about
 33,000 acres in south Fulton County, between the Chattahoochee River and
 the city of Palmetto, Ga. For more information, visit
     Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL OMI
 to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions.
 The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization;
 contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete
 municipal operations, including administration, public works and community
 development -- all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation
 and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Denver-based
 company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
 For more information, visit
     Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a $4.5 billion global firm providing
 engineering, construction, operations and related technical services to
 public and private clients. CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees
 worldwide and is routinely ranked among the Fortune Most Admired Companies
 in its industry. For more information, visit