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Testimony delivered at the Philadelphia City Council Committee of Commerce & Economic Development

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:15 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Nov 27, 2019, 3:50 AM ]

Committee of Commerce & Economic Development 

Louis Rodriguez, P.E., CEO and President of Rodriguez

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 10:00  AM


Good afternoon.

I am Lou Rodriguez, CEO & President of Rodriguez, a civil engineering and land surveying company based here in Philadelphia and Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an organization which represents over 600 small businesses and corporations in this region.  

Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you about Education and Workforce Modernization.

Over the last five years Philadelphia has experienced unprecedented growth in terms of new construction of residential housing and commercial buildings.  This growth has led to tremendous wealth for some. However, our infrastructure is not being maintained at the same growth rate and has led to tremendous challenges for others.

Keeping pace with the rapid change in demand, and improving the quality of our water systems and roads requires financial resources but it also requires human resources, technical and non-technical employees that have the skills to do work.

As a former employee of the Philadelphia Water Department I understand the challenge of managing over 3,000 miles of water mains and sewers that serve a population of over 1.5 million people in one of America’s oldest cities much of which was built over 100 years ago and was not adequately maintained over its lifetime.

My business is built on supporting these goals and we employee 25 people that love infrastructure and Philadelphia and we want to be a part of the solution to this challenge.

However, my engineering business and many others in our region are faced with a challenge that is far from unique: there are not enough trained and experienced people to meet our growing demands.  Too often we are forced to spend 1-2 years and substantial resources to train these inexperienced engineer, only to risk losing them to an aggressive job market.

More troubling, we have problems finding workers for jobs that do not require a college degree such as draftsmen, construction inspectors, and land surveyors. These positions provide the greatest potential to the people that live in the communities that we serve but they are, by far, the hardest to fill.  We routinely interview people that attended local trade schools that lack the basic communication and math skills required to perform the duties of the job. 

If we are going to meet this challenge, there needs to be  meaningful alternatives to conventional college education that are supported by our by local governments and local corporations that teach people the relevant skills they need to be immediately productive in the workforce.  This is coming from someone that serves as a Board Trustee at Widener University, one of our region’s leading higher education institutions. 

That’s why in 2019 I formed Rodriguez University, a division of my company that is focused on training and developing workers for infrastructure jobs that do not require a college degree.  We partnered with Hopeworks, a non-profit organization, that has a 20-year track record of creating workforce development programs for under-served communities. We have just received two grants and will launch 

I wish to close by thanking Council for its support of the PHL Neighborhood Growth Project. This initiative is essential if we are to improve education and modernize the workforce in our region.  If successful, it will allow individuals that live in under-served communities to obtain meaningful jobs, such as supporting our aging infrastructure. 

Thank you for your time and consideration of this initiative.


Rodriguez Featured in KYW Story About Rebuild

posted Apr 12, 2019, 3:02 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jul 22, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 20, 2019) — Rodriguez was recently featured in a story on KYW 1060 about the City of Philadelphia's Rebuild program and the opportunities that the program is creating for small businesses.  The story discusses how Rebuild has given Rodriguez an opportunity to be a prime contractor on a City contract for improvements to the Heitzman Recreation Center.  For more on the story go to: https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/city-extends-helping-hand-small-businesses-might-otherwise-get-overlooked 

Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in improving community facilities.  Rodriguez will be providing project management, professional engineering, and land surveying services for this project. 

Please fill out this form if you are interested in being part of the Impact/Rodriguez Team on this or future projects.

About Rodriguez
Rodriguez Consulting, LLC (Rodriguez) provides innovative engineering and geospatial solutions for our Nation's infrastructure incorporating creative applications of technology. Our team of professionals specializes in Design (land development, redevelopment, site retrofits), Infrastructure (water, sewer stormwater, roadways), Geospatial (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, land surveying) services.  Rodriguez is a certified SBA 8(a), minority-owned (MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) established and incorporated in 2007.  Learn more at www.rodriguez.biz or @rodriguez_llc. 

IMPACT Services Corporation
IMPACT Services Corporation (IMPACT) has been working in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to help people reenter the workforce, train for jobs, find housing, and build community since 1974. Our work includes building housing in an effort to end veteran homelessness, addressing unjust policies that perpetuate poverty at all levels of government and fostering strong connections among residents to increase resiliency and social cohesion. The foundation of our work lies in our ability to nurture partnerships with other mindful organizations. By aligning missions, resources, and creativity we are able to garner the potential that exists in our community. For more information, please visit www.impactservices.org.

Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild)
Rebuild is a historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. Proposed in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget as a part of his vision for a more equitable Philadelphia, Rebuild seeks to improve pivotal community spaces, empower and engage communities, and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion. Rebuild is a public-private partnership made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.


Rodriguez Awarded Heitzman Rec Center Rebuild Project

posted Apr 12, 2019, 3:02 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jun 3, 2019, 10:25 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 11, 2019) — Rodriguez in partnership with IMPACT Services Corporation (IMPACT) is excited to announce that our team was recently awarded grant funds by Rebuild to manage major renovations at the Heitzman Recreation Center in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia. The Heitzman Recreation Center sits on a 3-acre site in the diverse neighborhood of Harrowgate and is comprised of a building (rec center), playgrounds, pool, basketball court, and hockey rink. The center currently serves as a staple in the community, offering a range of activities, such as art and cooking classes, homework assistance, organized kids games, and community fundraising events.

Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in improving community facilities.  Rodriguez will be providing project management, professional engineering, and land surveying services for this project. 

Please fill out this form if you are interested in being part of the Impact/Rodriguez Team on this or future projects.

About Rodriguez
Rodriguez Consulting, LLC (Rodriguez) provides innovative engineering and geospatial solutions for our Nation's infrastructure incorporating creative applications of technology. Our team of professionals specializes in Design (land development, redevelopment, site retrofits), Infrastructure (water, sewer stormwater, roadways), Geospatial (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, land surveying) services.  Rodriguez is a certified SBA 8(a), minority-owned (MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) established and incorporated in 2007.  Learn more at www.rodriguez.biz or @rodriguez_llc. 

IMPACT Services Corporation
IMPACT Services Corporation (IMPACT) has been working in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to help people reenter the workforce, train for jobs, find housing, and build community since 1974. Our work includes building housing in an effort to end veteran homelessness, addressing unjust policies that perpetuate poverty at all levels of government and fostering strong connections among residents to increase resiliency and social cohesion. The foundation of our work lies in our ability to nurture partnerships with other mindful organizations. By aligning missions, resources, and creativity we are able to garner the potential that exists in our community. For more information, please visit www.impactservices.org.

Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild)
Rebuild is a historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries. Proposed in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget as a part of his vision for a more equitable Philadelphia, Rebuild seeks to improve pivotal community spaces, empower and engage communities, and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion. Rebuild is a public-private partnership made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.




Thank You Debra McCarty

posted Mar 15, 2019, 7:50 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 7:52 AM ]

When I started my career at the Philadelphia Water Department back in 1991, I remember looking across the room at the sea of cubicles and realizing something odd.  There were no female engineers on my floor, not one.   

A few years later, the first female graduate engineers were hired and I was given the opportunity to train one of them.  It was my first time I had insight on the challenges that women faced working in a male-dominated industry.  Not technical challenges, they were equal if not more capable then the men, but social challenges.  

Over the course of the 1990’s and 2000’s, I witnessed the wave of technology moving through the engineering industry and the wave of women moving into management positions.  I was blessed with the opportunity to work for and with some amazing female engineers.  They were and still are, some of the greatest mentors of mine.  People like Sue Lior, Debbie Ayars, Cheryl McKissack, and...Debra McCarty.

The first time I met Deb was on the volleyball court playing in the PWD Volleyball League.  Here was this tiny woman playing volleyball amongst a sea of tall, mostly out of shape, middle-aged men.  In many ways, the volleyball court was a microcosm of the Department.  Despite the challenges in height, Deb could clearly play the game and it was obvious she was the leader of her team. She had an incredibly pleasant personality but commanded the respect of everyone around her.

Although we worked on different sides of the water industry for most of our careers (plant versus street), our paths crossed a number of times. I was always amazed at her professionalism and the respect she commanded from her staff, especially the men. Everyone I met spoke extremely highly of her technical and leadership skills.

In 2015, I had the privilege of serving on Mayor Kenney’s Transition Team and it was during this time that my career would cross paths with Deb’s again as she was the newly appointed Water Commissioner.  This was really the first time I had the opportunity to sit in meetings with her and witness, firsthand, her love for the Department, the city, and the engineering profession.  I did not envy her job of having to run one of the country’s largest municipally-owned water utilities, but I had no doubt she was going to be a great commissioner.

Over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Deb through candid conversations we would have over coffee or in her office.  We discussed the challenges women and minorities faced owning and operating businesses.  We also discussed the need to introduce STEM fields to children at an early age in order to change the demographics of the engineering field. But, most importantly, we discussed our love for the city and the profession we chose.

Selfishly, I wish Deb would push retirement off a few more years but I know that she leaves the Department in good hands.  Deb, I just want to say that it has been an honor to operate a business in Philadelphia that has worked for a Department under your leadership.  You are truly an inspiration to countless people and I wish you all the best in your retirement.
   
God bless.

Lou




Rodriguez Participates in Drone Demonstration for Community Schools Philadelphia

posted Aug 8, 2018, 8:59 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 9:04 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 6, 2018) — Rodriguez partnered with Keystone Aerial Surveys and the Philadelphia Streets Department (Surveys & Design Bureau) to demonstrate how drone technology can be utilized to map project sites in support of civil engineering and land surveying operations.   The demonstration was conducted for interns that are working for the Streets Department as part of for Community Schools Philadelphia. Community schools are public schools where a full-time coordinator works with the entire school community—students, parents, teachers, administrators, service providers, and neighbors—to identify the community’s most pressing needs, such as job training.  The student interns are recent graduates of Philadelphia public high schools and have expressed an interest in career training in the engineering and surveying fields.  They are working with the Philadelphia Streets Department (Surveys & Design Bureau) and gaining valuable experience working under the supervision of professional licensed surveyors.

The location of the demonstration, Larder's Point Park, was chosen because Rodriguez and Keystone had previously mapped this location in support of a  Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) project that was designed to support water and land habitats, provide easy community access to the Delaware River, and provide a more stable, durable shoreline in the face of flooding and storms.  Drones were used on the project to support conventional land surveying technology due to the fact that many of the planned improvements were along the shoreline of the Delaware River and mapping the existing conditions would be more efficient and safer with drones. 

About Rodriguez

Rodriguez Consulting, LLC (Rodriguez) provides innovative engineering and geospatial solutions for our Nation's infrastructure incorporating creative applications of technology. Our team of professionals specializes in Design (land development, redevelopment, site retrofits), Infrastructure (water, sewer stormwater, roadways), Geospatial (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, land surveying) services.  Rodriguez is a certified SBA 8(a), minority-owned
(MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) established and incorporated in 2007.  Learn more at www.rodriguez.biz or @rodriguez_llc. 

Sara Poindexter Named to SBN Board

posted Jan 19, 2018, 2:15 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 17, 2018) — Rodriguez Consulting is pleased to announce that Sara Poindexter, our Chief Operating Officer, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia (SBN).  Sara was elected to the board at SBN’s 2018 Annual Meeting and introduced to their membership at an event that evening.

Sara has been an active member of SBN for the past four years and served as committee chair of SBN’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners' Plan Review Committee for the past two years. The committee was responsible for identifying and exploring ways to both promote and streamline the approval of land development projects in Philadelphia that use green and vegetated approaches to managing stormwater.

“Rodriguez has been a longtime supporter of SBN as the primary organization in Philadelphia that advocates for locally-owned businesses that are socially and environmentally conscious,”  said Lou Rodriguez, CEO of Rodriguez. “SBN has such an important role within the Philadelphia community. I am proud that Sara is making a difference within the organization.”

About Rodriguez

Rodriguez Consulting, LLC (Rodriguez) provides innovative engineering and geospatial solutions for our Nation's infrastructure incorporating creative applications of technology. Our team of professionals specializes in Design (land development, redevelopment, site retrofits), Infrastructure (water, sewer stormwater, roadways), Geospatial (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, land surveying) services.  Rodriguez is a certified SBA 8(a), minority-owned (MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) established and incorporated in 2007.  Learn more at www.rodriguez.biz or @rodriguez_llc. 

Sara Poindexter Appointed to the City of Philadelphia Plumbing Advisory Board

posted Jan 3, 2018, 7:51 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 11:32 AM ]


PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 3, 2018 – Sara Poindexter appointed to the City of Philadelphia Plumbing Advisory Board.

Rodriguez is proud to announce that our COO, Sara Poindexter, has been appointed by Mayor, James F. Kenney, to the City of Philadelphia Plumbing Advisory Board.  The newly appointed board is made up of seven industry professionals and is responsible for formulating recommendations for a new Philadelphia Plumbing Code. The new Plumbing Code will be based upon the national standards developed by the International Code Council as adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“Over the past year, Sara has been working diligently with members of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia (BIA) on improving the plumbing permitting process and promoting an updated, greener plumbing code” said Lou Rodriguez, CEO of Rodriguez. “She is truly an expert and leader in land development, not just locally, but nationally, and its great to see her being recognized for her efforts.”

The board’s first public meeting is schedule for January 4, 2018. If you wish to provide comments to the Board on a new plumbing code for Philadelphia, the meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Room B, 16th floor
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103




CEO Lou Rodriguez Named to Philadelphia Business Journal's “Power 100” List

posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:35 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2017/10/23/now-unlocked-the-complete-2017-philadelphia.html
OCTOBER 23, 2017 --- 
Rodriguez CEO Lou Rodriguez was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Power 100” list, a compilation of “the most influential people in greater Philadelphia.”

“2018 has been a great year for our firm and for me personally. We celebrated our tenth year in business in August and I was named to the Board of Trustees at Widener University, my alma mater, earlier this year,” said Lou Rodriguez. “I was truly honored to be recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a leader that is helping to shape the future of Greater Philadelphia.”

About Rodriguez

Rodriguez Consulting, LLC (Rodriguez) provides innovative engineering and geospatial solutions for our Nation's infrastructure incorporating creative applications of technology. Our team of professionals specializes in Design (land development, redevelopment, site retrofits), Infrastructure (water, sewer stormwater, roadways), Geospatial (GIS, GPS, LiDAR, land surveying) services.  Rodriguez is a certified SBA 8(a), minority-owned (MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) established and incorporated in 2007.  Learn more at www.rodriguezconsulting.biz or @rodriguez_llc



Happy 10th Birthday Rodriguez Consulting!

posted Aug 2, 2017, 5:26 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 5:27 AM ]

AUGUST 2, 2017 --- 10 years ago today I decided to file corporate paperwork and form a company. It’s something I had done numerous times but those ventures all failed for a variety of reasons…but this one felt different, partly because it was the first time I would put my name on it. There was also no safety net of a job or a weekly paycheck this time around. I was all in. 

I had no idea that the economy was going to crash a few months after I started but I learned there was no better time to start a business. You jump in the deep end and just start learning to swim.

Ten years later it is still standing. I have made more mistakes than I can count but I did a few things right.  There is no way I can thank everyone that contributed to the company and helped me along the way so I’ll thank three people. I have to thank my parents, Chris and Lou Rodriguez Sr., for putting up with me through the first twentysomething years and establishing the values and foundation I’d need later. And I have to thank my wife Nicole for putting up with me for the last twentysomething years and dealing with all the insanity that comes from owning your own company…like not getting paid every two weeks. She’s the “silent partner” that covers up all of the holes in my game and there are many.

Oh yes, there is one more. I hang out with Him on Sundays but he seems to be around all the time. He tends to toss ideas my way when I am deep in the woods in the middle of a trail run.

I’m looking forward to another ten years.

Land Mapping Drones become a Surveyors Best Friend at Rodriguez

posted Apr 3, 2017, 8:34 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 4, 2017 – Land Mapping Drones become a Surveyors Best Friend at Rodriguez

Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), an award winning professional engineering and land surveying firm founded in 2007, announced today the acquisition of new aerial tools to its arsenal. Emerging drone technology at Rodriguez will complement the firm's offerings in civil engineering, site development, land surveying, water management, traffic data collection, construction inspection, and digital mapping/geographic information systems (GIS) services.

Partnering with FlexRight Solutions™, an award winning Fort Washington, PA based firm (PA Home Builder's Association, 2016) with a focus on providing next generation leadership solutions using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Rodriguez' new aerial intelligence solutions delivers a better approach for site development, land surveying and construction management projects.

Integrating a complete sUAS system to generate high-resolution aerial images, topographic maps, 2D and 3D models, and accurate volumetric data, allows the firm to acquire survey-grade accuracy with immediate reliable data for project estimates, civil survey designs and construction stakeouts.

Gaining time in the field using these next generation aerial platforms, the use of drone technology at Rodriguez will provide general contractors, project and survey managers with the most up to date reporting, keeping projects ahead of schedule and under budget.

Plus, improved speed and safety does not come at the cost of accuracy. Land mapping drones at Rodriguez will deliver a high level of accuracy to conventional surveying methods. This means client's will still have centimeter-grade precision, without the time, risk and costs. The integration of this technology is yet another professional tool to deliver better results in less time to quickly become the perfect support for boots on the ground at Rodriguez.




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