Congratulations to Janai Smith on her election to the board of Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO). SPEO provides guidance and mentorship to MWBE owned engineering firms enabling them to be successful members in the regional business community.
As a second generation leader in her firm, Janai already follows SPEO’s mission by establishing collaborative partnerships with other MWBE firms for engineering projects. Janai states “As a minority – and soon to be – woman owned firm, it is important to me to promote the same diversity not only in my workplace but to empower other minority and woman owned firms to assume leadership roles in our industry.”
Janai is connecting people and place
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Janai Williams Smith is ready to take over as CEO of E. Holdings, Inc. and tackle the challenges our region facesehold
E. Holdings, Inc. sponsored SMPS Pittsburgh Chapter’s May Luncheon: Transportation and Infrastructure in the Pittsburgh Region with Managing Director Janai Smith sharing her plans for growth and expansion as she takes over the helm of her family’s business.
She shared her vision for expanding her father’s vision into a company that’s multidisciplinary and her plans to bring on new talent to meet the infrastructure expansion challenges our region faces.
A diverse panel of regional infrastructure leaders shared their upcoming projects, outlook for the future, and funding challenges for long range transportation and capital improvement planning.
Onyx Woman Network (OWN) recognizes E. Holdings, Inc.’s Janai Williams Smith as a 2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree. OWN celebrates “Pittsburgh’s top women in leadership roles for their support and commitment to other women, business, social justice, and in our communities at large.”
E. Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are working with Neighborhood Allies once again to provide technical assistance to the applicants of the Love My Neighbor! Grant program. E. Holdings, Inc. previously worked with Neighborhood Allies in 2017 in the neighborhoods of Larimer and the Hill District and will be serving those neighborhoods again in the 2019 application cycle.
The Love My Neighbor! program provides mini-grants to individuals within a community to enact a positive project that benefits their neighbors. Grant awards range from $500-$2,500 and this year there are two application deadlines: February 28 and March 31.
For more details on what types of projects meet grant criteria, application requirements, and a downloadable application visit: lovemyneighborgrants.org/
If you live in Larimer or the Hill District and require assistance with your application please contact Kellie Cominsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-434-6571.
E. Holdings, Inc. was awarded a contract to begin work on New Granada Square. The Hill CDC won a grant from Allegheny County’s CITF in 2017 for this project. The Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) from Allegheny County‘s Department of Economic Development will provide the funding for the New Granada Square water and sewer tap-in required to bring the historic building closer to completion and reinstatement as a community asset.
Recently New Granada Theater’s exterior was updated with new glass and doors in addition to the renovation of the 1,200 sq ft. interim use space that will open as HillWorks later in 2019.
We look forward to being a part of restoring this neighborhood landmark and revitalizing a key corner of the Hill District.
E. Holdings, Inc. is proud to be part of the FAST Start Program team to replace Flint’s lead and iron pipelines. The team worked with the City of Flint and Mayor Weaver to exceed initial deadlines; replacing 7,000 lines a year ahead of schedule. Follow the link to the Detroit News article to read more about the program’s first year efforts and success.
Congratulations to Matthew Horton PE, E. Holdings, Inc.’s Technical Services Manager, on his election as a Director to Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO). Matthew shares, “It is truly a great opportunity to make new connections as well as develop existing relationships with the people and organizations that are a part of SPEO. I look forward to providing insight from the perspective of a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with ambitious plans for the future .”
Since 1995, SPEO has brought together engineering consulting firms, government, and regional officials to identify and help address the assistance needs southwestern Pennsylvania’s minority and woman-owned businesses. As a MWBE, E. Holdings, Inc. is excited to have representation on the Board of Directors and to have a hand in providing guidance and support to the region’s MWBEs.
To learn more about SPEO visit: www.speo-pa.org
Today in recognition of #InternationalWomensDay we are celebrating E. Holdings, Inc. Managing Director, Janai Smith.
Janai has built a firm that has become a dominant figure within Pittsburgh’s consulting industry. Her family’s MWBE consulting firm has participated in and led some of Pittsburgh’s most prominent infrastructure projects. Through her senior project management, Janai secured contract renewals for a regional infrastructure project and expanded geographically to provide similar services in areas like Flint, Michigan.
Janai receives recognition from her peers and is active in her community. She was recently recognized as an Emerging Pioneer by the Hill District Community Development Corporation (CDC) at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Most importantly Janai has hired women as leaders in the firm. She is an active member in the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA (AACCWP), Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO), and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) – Three Rivers.
Janai is a champion for her team. Three out of E. Holdings, Inc.’s four service lines are led by women managers. She also ensures that the MWBE firm is staffed by a diverse workforce.
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