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Michael Baker, Jr. Opens Regional Management Center

March 03, 2005

Officials in Natchez, MS have recently announced that Michael Baker Jr., Inc. (Baker), a wholly owned, full-service subsidiary of the Michael Baker Corporation, a U.S. corporation headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is expanding their operations by locating an office in their community. Initially the office will be staffed with two managers and 10 staff. The Michael Baker Corporation, with 4,500 employees, provides engineering and energy expertise for public and private sector clients worldwide.

“Baker views this relationship with the City of Natchez, as well as the opportunity to leverage the excellent talent and resources of the local colleges and universities, as a real plus in potentially growing both the Engineering and Geographic Information Technology (GIT) sectors of our business,” said James (Jim) Kopf, Vice President of Baker’s Jackson, Mississippi, operations. “Baker already has a long history of working successfully with MDOT, and we view the Natchez office as opening new opportunities for our company, the City of Natchez, and the State of Mississippi.”

Baker will begin their work by focusing on two projects, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and FEMA – Floodplain Mapping for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Mississippi is proud to have as our partner Michael Baker Jr., Inc., This project clearly demonstrates confidence in our future. Technology truly does have a home in Mississippi,” said Leland Speed, executive director, Mississippi Development Authority.

Baker also maintains an office in Jackson and is directly involved in the program management, including: Project Management for flood-map modernization for nine counties in Mississippi; nationwide flood map conversation to standardized National Flood Layer, and the production of Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) for various locations across the nation.

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