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Engage members, evolve recruitment, encourage start-ups

HRC’s Howard B. Ray is the 2019 Douglas Chamber chairman.

The newly installed chairman of the 2019 Douglas Chamber of Commerce has big plans for the West Georgia county. Howard B. Ray, who also serves as president of civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architectural firm HRC, was featured in a Feb. 15, 2019 article written by Tom Spigolon in the Marietta Daily Journal’s West Georgia Neighbor.

He is spearheading efforts to engage current members so all play a role in making business—and the community—better in Douglasville and the surrounding area. Ray also wants to recruit younger members, and to do that he emphasizes the need to demonstrate the value they’ll get from their membership—an effort that’s already under way.

In addition, the Villa Rica native, Georgia Tech grad and Douglasville business owner is initiating a chamber program that helps new businesses “get out of the ground,” encouraging a supportive entrepreneurial environment that generates new jobs and helps create a stronger economy.

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Chamber Chats, Featuring HRC’s Howard B. Ray

The Douglas County Chamber recently sat down with Howard B. Ray, president of HRC, and 2019 chamber chair. HRC’s been involved with the chamber the better part of 10 years, and Howard now serves as chair.

When asked what he appreciates most about his job, Howard replied, “What I love most is helping my clients.

“Our mission, our goal, is making our clients more successful, and making our communities better,” he said, noting that that happens by providing quality design, surveying and construction administration services—and getting involved with organizations that support the arts, education, healthcare, the environment, and commerce, like the chamber

HRC is part of the chambers’ Chairman’s Club, an exclusive membership level for executives interested in networking with public, private and political leaders to influence local and regional issues. “This organization lets us build the personal relationships that help us all make our community stronger.”

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Real Solutions to Homelessness in Douglas County

Sanctuary Village is a new development designed to provide housing to people currently living in tents in the woods. The project converts donated double-wide trailers located at the landfill into efficiency apartments, providing a haven to those in need.

Hughes-Ray Company is committed not only to helping our clients be successful, but to making the places we live better. That’s why our team provides professional services on a pro-bono basis in ways that give back to the communities we serve.

“We’re proud to be a part of the Sanctuary Village team,” said Darryl Ray, a registered landscape architect and vice president of HRC (pictured above, left, with teammate Taylor Pounds).. “Our team is developing a landscape plan with the goal of making sure this new community is both safe and aesthetically designed, for the benefit of those who will reside here.”

To help the residents of Sanctuary Village attain self-sufficiency, they are required to participate in case management, mental health and addiction treatment as needed. For more information, visit the Sanctuary Village, Douglas County Facebook page.

The first two homes are in place at Sanctuary Village, with more to be located and renovated in the new community designed to address homelessness in Douglas County.
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Small Business of the Year

HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects were named the Small Business of the Year by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, at the organization’s annual Winter Ball. Howard Ray, president of HRC, accepted the award at the Feb. 10, 2018 event, attended by 400 people.

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2017 Small Business of Excellence

The Douglas County Chamber is proud to recognize the important role small businesses play in the county and its economy. The Chamber and the Douglas County Sentinel have named HRC (Hughes Ray Company) as one of 10 winning businesses. HRC was also named a Small Business of Excellence in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Atlanta Business Chronicle


We’re proud to announce our landscape architecture project for the City of Jonesboro was recently featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Each year, an award is present to a community that is making strides in the implementation of its vision crafted through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). The winning project, HRC’s revitalization of Lee Street Park & Amphitheater, was awarded exceptional merit for LCI achievement.

Read the article below or click here to read more about our Landscape Architecture services.

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HRC is Awarded 2016 Small Business of Excellence

HRC was awarded by the Douglas County Sentinel as a 2016 Small Business of Excellence!

We are proud to announce the Douglas County Sentinel has awarded HRC as one of the 2016 Small Businesses of Excellence. The 10 winning businesses are recognized for successful operations and growth as well as service in their community.

To read about HRC and the other winners, be sure to click here to view the article in its entirety.