MRB Group, a Rochester-based Engineering and Architecture firm, recently announced that Mathew D. Horn, former City Manager for Geneva, will soon be leading their Municipal Services Division.
Horn announced that he was leaving the City of Geneva in 2016 to accept a position with a Washington DC-based consulting firm, providing his municipal budgeting and management expertise to a national audience.
“We have been in discussions with Matt for the past two months,” said Ryan Colvin, President of MRB Group. “We thought it was time to bring him back home to the Finger Lakes region, where his talents are needed most,” Colvin stated.
While MRB Group’s staff of more than 75 professionals, technicians and planners have been recognized for highly publicized water, wastewater and civil engineering projects for communities across New York State, they are also heavily involved in other local government operations, providing behind-the-scenes support for community planning, grant writing, planning board reviews, shared services studies, capital improvement plans, and strategic plans for infrastructure maintenance.
“Since 1927, community leaders have leaned on our staff to help them transition into their positions and effectively support government operations,” Colvin continued. “Because of our strong familiarity with the communities we serve, we are sometimes the primary source of institutional knowledge that helps new staff and leadership understand what needs to be done to keep local government operating efficiently,” Colvin stated.
According to Colvin, MRB Group’s long-term relationships with communities have, in some cases, spanned decades, with staff becoming trusted advisors to municipal leaders. “Our role goes well beyond the expected. We become part of the municipal team that community leaders rely upon, every day,” he said.
In 2011, that role was recognized as a new division at MRB Group, and Horn has been selected to define and develop the continuing path for the Municipal Services team.
“We understand municipal challenges including limited budgets and limited staff. We assist our communities in most aspects of government operations – with expertise that’s available only as needed, to minimize the financial impact on taxpayers. Matt will help us enhance those services, and expand the ways we can support our communities,” Colvin stated.
“I am really excited to have my career path return to the Finger Lakes area,” said Horn. “This is where I want to raise my family, and teach my kids by example that caring about their community means being involved in making things work – and work well.”
Horn has been directly involved in making things work well for local governments since his early career in economic development. He went on to serve the City of Beaufort, SC, as Assistant Manager, and was the Director of City Operations for CH2M serving the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and a host of nationwide municipal clients before becoming Manager of the City of Geneva.
“My role working for local governments has always been one that supports community planning and strategic growth,” Horn said. He believes this new position will allow him to focus on that role and expand it, helping MRB Group continue to serve clients with even more services.
“I am really pleased to be joining a firm that puts me where I want to be, doing what I feel I was meant to do. It’s a great opportunity to work with people with just as much dedication to supporting local government and helping communities thrive,” Horn stated.