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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060123/LAM077LOGO) 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 http://www.chatthills.org. 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 http://www.omi.ch2mhill.com. 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 http://www.ch2mhill.com.
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