"Our company ethos is defined by the enduring notion of community citizenship and by our commitment to public service: Being responsible members of society carries the attendant obligation to fully bring our expertise, intellect and intensity to bear upon the problems faced by our public clients."
William Roehr - Founder TGW Consulting Group
TGW Consulting Group, Inc.
TGW Consulting Group, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary municipal consulting firm based in Amsterdam, NY that provides project development, grant preparation, project implementation, grant administration and economic planning/development services to a range of municipal clients. Our firm draws upon the lessons learned by many colleagues from a broad spectrum of public management backgrounds, including a former mayor and planning agency administrators. Proposed solutions are framed by the perspectives of multiple team members and tested against the reality of experience. TGW Consulting Group, Inc. has the ability and the passion to undertake the most ambitious and innovative of initiatives. The commitment and trust we have established with our clients enables us to be genuine advocates for their interests.
John Duchessi, who, as Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, NY, and before that, the Fire Chief of the City of Amsterdam, has particularly robust experience with municipal leadership and emergency response.
Amsterdam is a community of 18,000 persons nestled along the Mohawk River and facing the typical fiscal, economic development and public safety challenges that confront many upstate municipalities. Amsterdam has a strong mayor form of government whereby the mayor serves as the chief executive officer, with responsibility for the management of an $18 million budget and administration of over 200 employees. During his mayoral administration, Mr. Duchessi initiated the City’s first comprehensive planning effort in decades. As Mayor, Mr. Duchessi provided administrative guidance and forged partnerships across the community to win considerable grant funding for the City. Prior to his administration, Mr. Duchessi was a career firefighter, culminating his career as Chief. Mr. Duchessi holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from SUNY, Brockport and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Administration from Empire State College.
William Roehr leads all governmental innovation initiatives and all intergovernmental shared services/consolidation efforts in Montgomery County NY. He has recently drafted testimony for the New York State Assembly Committees on Cities and on Local Governments. Together with faculty from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Mr. Roehr will be presenting a paper on local government innovation at the 2018 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference. Previously, Mr. Roehr directed all planning activities for Montgomery County, NY and served as the County’s primary land use planner. Prior to his service to Montgomery County, Mr. Roehr was Grants Coordinator and then Deputy Commissioner of Planning for the City of Troy, NY. Finally, Mr. Roehr, a skilled not-for-profit entrepreneur, has served in a leadership role or founded/co-founded half a dozen community-based organizations.
Mr. Roehr has worked for more than two decades with myriad of State and Federal Agencies on behalf of municipalities to procure grants, complete studies and redevelop properties. Mr. Roehr has extensive experience in evaluating redevelopment potential in the context of municipal economic development opportunities. Mr. Roehr’s broader municipal and multi-jurisdictional planning and redevelopment experience and successes are represented by the following examples:
Developed the concept, engaged all partners and obtained the single largest ($3.6 million) COPS Technology Program grant in the U.S. that year to integrate 22 police agencies in the Capital Region into a single records management system
Supervision of land use planning and waterfront redevelopment initiatives for the City of Troy
Directed Congress Street-Ferry Street site redevelopment & Waterfront Park redevelopment in Troy
Secured and implemented Amsterdam-Florida-Glen Empire Zone & secured Schenectady-Glenville Empire Zone
Wrote APA award-winning comprehensive plan for Town of Niskayuna
Oversaw development of Montgomery County All Hazard Mitigation Plan
Mr. Roehr holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (summa cum laude) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Disaster Management Consultant
Having experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina as a resident of New Orleans in 2005, Ms. Fritz is no stranger to facing the challenges of tackling daunting tasks. She had gained a new perspective on the value of a positive attitude, persistence, teamwork and a realization that every problem or challenge is just an opportunity dressed in work clothes. The experience was in fact an invaluable opportunity to be engaged with the rebuilding of a community and to realize that there is an exponential effect of an individual’s contribution when working within a team.
Ms. Fritz has over 15 years of management and hands-on experience in the residential construction trades. She is committed to quality, service and the continuous study of current construction processes, systems and materials innovations to further enhance a broad knowledge base.
With her background in the construction trades and the sensitivity to the physical and psychological challenges of rebuilding or relocating after a disaster, it was a natural transition into the professional Disaster Recovery arena. She is able to apply the hands-on knowledge that she has developed and also incorporate creative, strategic and tactical skills into a team effort to achieve the goals of successful project completion.
As a Disaster Recovery Consultant, Ms. Fritz has been deployed to several disaster recovery engagements where she provided project management, technical assistance, quality control services and performed over 150 site inspections and damage assessments.
Ms. Fritz has a demonstrated ability to identify and define needs, formulate solutions, respectfully engage with clients and co-workers at all levels and effectively manage several priorities simultaneously. She is a multi-faceted performer, who confidently meets challenges with high standards of performance and accomplishment, while promoting a supportive, cooperative and productive work environment.
James L. Tatum III
James L. Tatum III is from the Detroit metropolitan area, and recently earned a Master of Public Administration (2017) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His expertise is in the areas of public finance, urban policy and local economic development. Prior to the Maxwell School he worked as a research assistant at his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, where he has since returned as a lecturer. He's had scholarly works published by the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal, The Urban Lawyer and Public Finance and Management.
Certified Community Planner
Charles Moore holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany. Mr. Moore presently serves as the Director of the Rensselaer Planning and Development Agency and previously served as the Assistant Director of that Agency. He has been responsible for the administration of over $30 million in grant-funded programs. Mr. Moore developed community master plans as an Environmental Planner for Clough Harbour and Associates and served as the Chairman of the Rensselaer Planning Commission. Mr. Moore has drafted multiple planning strategies, including a Flood Damage Ordinance. Finally, Mr. Moore possesses a deep set of skills/knowledge/abilities related to FEMA/DHSES planning, project development and grant administration.