News: Nashville district announces employee of the month for July 2012
Story by Fred Tucker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Porter Williams, a planner in the Project Planning Branch of Planning, Programs, and Project Management Delivery, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee of the Month for July 2012.
Williams joined the Nashville District team two years ago shortly after receiving his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and hit the ground running, according to his supervisor Craig Carrington, chief of the Plan Formulation Section.
“He worked tirelessly on the Harpeth River Reconnaissance Report and received high praise from Great Lakes and Ohio River Division reviewers during their review for certification and approval,” Carrington said.
Williams is also credited with leading the Project Delivery Team in developing and refining the scope and study costs to a level consistent with the new Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Risk-informed, and Timely (SMART) Planning guidelines of keeping total study costs under $3 million.
The study involves a regional flood risk management effort to reduce future flood damage in the Harpeth River watershed area that includes Metropolitan Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County, according to Williams.
“He has facilitated the ongoing negotiation of cost apportionment of the non-Federal cost share of the Feasibility Cost Share Agreement among four non-Federal sponsors, a herculean effort on his part,” Carrington said. “Execution of the FCSA on this complex study is near only because of Williams’ leadership, initiative and selfless service,” he added.
Williams’ initiative and commitment to the Nashville district mission make him an outstanding employee, according to Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander.
“Williams is a role model employee whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate,” DeLapp said. “His professionalism, dedication to mission execution and superior performance is a credit to the Nashville District, the region and the Corps of Engineers.”
Williams’ hobbies include boating and fishing and Nashville District offers excellent opportunities to pursue both. He is a native of Birmingham, Ala.