MS Consultants Gives Back to Community
By Thomas E. Mosure, president
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As 2019 begins, MS Consultants continues to invest in the growth and transformation of northeastern Ohio. By focusing on employees and local communities, MS is also investing in the future.
To better serve our clients and employ more talent, throughout the last year we expanded our planning, interior design and commercial architecture services. Additionally, the firm continued to invest in the latest technologies, including smart transportation solutions, drones and virtual reality.
After more than 55 years in Youngstown, MS gives back to our community. We do this not only through engineering and architecture services – improving roads, providing clean water and building community facilities – but also by incorporating community service into our day-to-day operations.
MS employs nearly 100 individuals in the area and more than 300 nationwide. These employees bring innovation to the engineering and architecture industry while also giving back.
Last year, our employees participated in the Youngstown Community Cup, Panerathon and in United Way’s inner-city school programs. Employees also led and participated in local engineering competitions, such as the Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition. And lastly, employees participated in the Youngstown Green Infrastructure Community Education Program, engaging residents on green infrastructure.
Beyond participation, MS provides charitable contributions and support to local organizations.
A major initiative in 2018 was combining our wellness program with a charity. During September, MS challenged employees with meeting a step goal. Armed with company-provided Fitbits, our employees took more than 35 million steps for STEM education.
With the wellness focus and drive for giving back, this commitment led to a donation of 3D printers to local schools through Advanced Methods in Innovation. AMI is part of the Youngstown Business Incubator and creates engaging learning experiences in the STEM world.
MS understands a key to transformation, in any region, is focusing on the future. That’s why our firm partners with Youngstown State University to provide support for its civil engineering program. Additionally, employees serve as higher education and technical instructors, combining a passion for teaching with industry experience.
Annissa Neider, project architect, teaches the hospitality layout and design course at Kent State University’s College of Foundations, Leadership and Administration. Phyllis Schaab, project engineer, developed and teaches a specialized AutoCAD 3D course at YSU. By inspiring the younger generation, our employees impact their communities now and into the future.
Last year, our employees also were recognized for their leadership talent and community commitment. Chrissy Mosure Dundics and Stephen Preston were welcomed into Leadership Mahoning Valley’s class of 2019. This program provides an opportunity to understand key community issues and potential.
Also serving as an inspiration, MS continually focuses on its internship program. Last year, we transformed our annual summer internship program, named Blueprint Internship, to better meet student needs. The new program provides future engineers and architects with real-world experience. In this program, employees serve as mentors, providing guidance during employment and beyond.
Going into 2019, MS employees look forward to working with the community and partners on executing Smart2 work from the newly obtained federal Build grant, including the Fifth Avenue improvement project. Together, we will see great transformation in the region now and for years to come.
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