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About Us

Blue Cypress Consulting, LLC (Blue Cypress) is a woman-owned small business (WBE/DBE) headquartered in Decatur, Georgia, providing Community Planning, Public Outreach, GIS and Utility Management Services to public, non-profit, and private clients throughout the Southeast. The company was formed in 2013 with a vision of improving the communities in which we live and work. Our planning services help our clients build community by developing or fulfilling a vision, creating or enhancing neighborhood plans, and supporting the execution of those plans. We help Utility Management clients optimize water, wastewater, and storm water operations in order to meet or exceed service level commitments to rate payers and regulators.

Our Mission

We foster community and environmental stewardship by helping our clients solve their toughest problems. Through active engagement between stakeholders and our team of experts, together we achieve best in class performance.

Quality

Our top priority is to ensure that clients always feel that they received more than they paid for. This means being responsive, having a quality control program, and offering analysis and documentation that adds value.

Integrity

We believe in doing the right thing for the right reason. Our recommendations will always be in the best interest of the client.

Service

We are focused on building long-term relationships with our clients. We work with good clients that appreciate the benefits of using a consultant, enjoy their work, and have a vision to be amongst the best. We provide best in class service and strive to exceed client expectations.

People

Our employees are our greatest asset. We believe in helping our employees align their energy with their passion. We set our employees up for success by providing a structure to develop their skillsets.

Leadership

Caroline

Caroline Evans, AICP

Founding Principal // Community Planner

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Caroline Evans, AICP, founded Blue Cypress Consulting in 2014 with a vision of improving the community. Caroline has more than 17 years of experience in community planning, including expertise in land use analysis, authoring planning documents, leveraging GIS, and conducting stakeholder and community outreach. She has significant experience with business process design and implementation to optimize operating procedures and a detailed understanding of utility infrastructure, such as water distribution, wastewater collection, electric and gas utilities, and transportation and the long-term effects planning decisions have on these systems. Prior to founding Blue Cypress, Caroline was employed by a large Architecture/Engineering firm, where she was responsible for developing and managing a large team dispersed throughout the United States. She utilizes the skills and knowledge gained during that time to make a difference in the communities in which we serve.
Caroline holds a Master of City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Urban Studies and Geographic Information Systems from Florida State University. She is a member of the American Planning Association and is actively involved in the Georgia Chapter. She is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

John

John Evans, PE

Senior Utility Management Consultant

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John Evans, PE, has 20 years of experience in utility management, operational optimization, regulatory compliance and information management. He has supported more than 50 public utilities nationwide, including Clayton County, GA, Jefferson County, AL, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Seattle, San Antonio, Las Vegas and many smaller cities and counties. John joined Blue Cypress in 2015 to form the company’s Utility Management Services group after a highly successful career at a large Architecture/Engineering firm.

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with honors from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He is actively involved with the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, the National Association of Clean Water Utilities and the Water Environment Federation.

Staff

David

David Gordon

Utility Management Consultant II

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David Gordon has over seven years of experience in asset management and economic analysis. He has partnered with clients from small regional utilities to the World Bank. David is committed to helping clients meet and exceed strategic objectives by providing excellent management consulting, economic decision support, and financial analysis.  Having served as both a researcher and a consultant during his career, David combines business acumen with a curiosity that hones on creative solutions.

David holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary. He is actively involved with the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and is currently chair of the Utility Management Committee.

Eric

Eric Freedman, LEED AP BD+C

Utility Management Consultant

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Eric Freedman has more than nine years of engineering and consulting experience including commercial building design, utility management, and performance assessment. He has worked with a variety of clients in the private and public sectors including state and local governments and public utilities. Eric’s LEED accreditation and prior experience in green building and design is an example of his fierce commitment to the environment, which he has brought to the work he does at Blue Cypress.

Eric holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship with a secondary major in Environmental Studies from Tulane University. He is an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals as well as a member of the Ocmulgee River Basin Advisory Council.

Chris

Chris Jayko, EIT

Utility Management Consultant

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Chris Jayko has three years of engineering and consulting experience including water and wastewater operations as well as experience utilizing GIS tools in these fields. Chris is an Engineer in Training (EIT) and LEED Green Associate with a passion for sustainable sources and strives to integrate sustainability in all his projects at Blue Cypress.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Young Professionals Committee.

Sarah

Sarah Beddington, MPH

GIS Analyst

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Sarah Beddington has more than thirteen years of GIS experience in a variety of fields including public health, community planning, and environmental sciences. Prior to joining Blue Cypress, Sarah worked at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness’ Environmental Health. She brings a diverse set of skills including GIS techniques, database technologies and management, and social science research methods and technologies.

Sarah holds both a Master of Geoscience and of Public Health as well as Graduate Certificates in GIS and Disaster Management from Georgia State University (GSU). She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia State University. Sarah is an active member of the Georgia chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

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Candice Scale

Marketing & Business Development Manager

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Candice Scale has nearly ten years of experience working in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry and has spent much of her career serving clients in the federal government sector. She started her career in the GIS field and understands the technical needs of clients. Candice is a firm believer in data driven marketing to demonstrate how Blue Cypress is responsive and competitive to current marketplace demands. She is passionate about matching client requirements to the appropriate technologies and people to deliver outstanding client service.

Candice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Georgia Southern University. She is an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and the Society of American Military Engineers Atlanta Post.

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Jeannie Reiter

Office Manager

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Jeannie Reiter has more than fifteen years of experience in developing and maintaining strong customer relationships, project management, and event planning for clients in the technology banking, higher education, and more. Jeannie utilizes the many skills she has amassed from her previous work experience and applies them to her role at Blue Cypress. Her strong organizational and problem-solving skills keep Blue Cypress projects on schedule and on budget. Jeannie’s effective communication skills and fine attention to detail are critical to business operations at Blue Cypress Consulting.

Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish from North Carolina State University.