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Contact:     Donald Bowen, Principal
Meridian Associates, Inc.
Phone: 978-299-0447 ext. 201   

For Immediate Release

Beverly, Mass. (August 7, 2012) – Meridian Associates, Inc. (Meridian) is honored to be recognized as the 2012 “Small Business of the Year.” Now in its 28th year, the prestigious award honors the top ten small, high-growth, for-profit businesses in the Greater Boston region. Recipients of the award must have gross revenues of more than $1 million and display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation, and community and/or social responsibility. This year, the committee also sought to highlight emerging technologies and to honor a company with a bold plan and vision for growth.

“ The Chamber is delighted to honor...and pay tribute to the significant impact that small businesses have on our regional economy,” said Paul Guzzi, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “This year’s honorees truly represent the entrepreneurial spirit, focus on excellence, and commitment to the community that define our region’s small business community...”

What sets Meridian apart?
Founded in 1990, Meridian is a well-established company which has:

• Honed a stellar reputation for outstanding service, as evidenced by twenty-one years of consistent growth that spans three economic recessions.
• An exceptional reputation for thoroughness and integrity while providing technical services with high standards of performance, resulting in a repeat business rate of over 80%.
• A well-known track record of continually investing in the training of its staff and in new and emerging technologies and equipment.
• Been at the forefront of the adoption of sustainable best practices, choosing the most socially and environmentally responsible decisions in day-to-day operations while considering their impact on future generations.
• Committed itself to supporting the community and to nurturing a culture of philanthropy.

“ We recognize that our staff represent our most valuable resource and we pride ourselves on the long-term commitment many have made to the firm,” said Donald E. Bowen, Jr., Principal of Meridian. Since its founding, Meridian has grown to a team of over 80 employees. Talented staff and strong relationships are the unparalleled resources that set Meridian apart from its peers. Meridian also has documented success with providing a quality experiential learning experience which includes partnership with numerous institutions and mentorship of over 30 students over the past 3 years. The firm’s internship program provides students with an unmatched experience that is productive, exciting and collaborative.

An early adopter, Meridian saw opportunities in renewable energy and sustainability and began pursuing those markets aggressively. To support the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) established by many states in the 1990s, Meridian invested in state-of-the-art software and meteorological towers to enable its staff to interpret and analyze wind speeds and develop models to forecast production. These services allowed the firm to assist utility companies in conducting valuable economic analyses that enabled developers and lending institutions to support public and private investment. Meridian has been involved with due diligence, feasibility analyses, or development of over 25 wind turbine generator projects and over 20 ground-mounted solar photovoltaic projects. These completed renewable energy projects, along with projects currently in the feasibility, design, or construction phase, represent over 75 MW’s of solar power throughout Massachusetts.

Meridian will continue to:
• Practice sound basic business principles.
• Reinvest in its staff through training.
• Have the agility to adapt to changing business conditions.
• Seek new sources of revenue through its core services.
• Invest in new and emerging technologies and equipment.
• Cross-sell services to deepen involvement with valued clients.
• Anticipate regulatory hurdles or opposition strategy to significantly benefit our clients.
• Nourish long-term relationships with clients who repeatedly request our reliable service.

About Meridian
Meridian Associates, Inc. is a consulting firm that offers civil engineering, 3D laser scanning and survey, landscape architecture, and renewable energy and sustainability consulting services. The firm provides clients with technical expertise and end-to-end consultation and management of complexland development, infrastructure, and energy projects rom initial programming studies, feasibility analysis, technical due-diligence, land planning, site and infrastructure design, permitting, and construction layout to final compliance certification.

Founded in 1990, the firm is headquartered in Beverly, MA, on the North Shore of Boston with offices in Westborough, MA; Cherry Hill, NJ; Houston, TX; Reidsville, NC, and Phoenix, AZ. Meridian Associates has provided services to projects in 213 of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts and 31 of the 48 contiguous states in the US, as well as in several foreign countries. The firm continues to evaluate new options geographically as it focuses on growing its 3D laser scanning and renewable energy services.

To learn more about Meridian Associates, Inc., visit our web site at www.meridianassoc.com or contact us at (800) 466-5505.

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