Clint Sloss recently joined JEO Consulting Group, Inc. as a planner in the planning department. Bringing 6 years of experience, Sloss offers extensive GIS knowledge, downtown revitalization design, various grant knowledge, and website content management.

As a planner, Sloss will focus on comprehensive plans, downtown redevelopment plans, housing studies, and blight substandard determination studies. He will also assist with capital improvement plans and vision implementation plans.

Sloss joined JEO on December 15, 2014, and has already become heavily involved with projects in Nebraska and Iowa. “I’m looking forward to growing JEO’s presence in Iowa,” Sloss said about his new position. “I want to explore innovative planning and public engagement practices that will make us standout amongst our competitors.”

Previously, Sloss was a project manager for the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA). While there, Sloss was appointed lead on the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) regional vision project called “Heartland 2050.” He was responsible for regular program reporting, draw requests, event coordination, and social media/website management.

Sloss holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. He is also GIS certified from Iowa State University. Sloss will be working out of JEO’s Ankeny office.

Race Hodges recently transitioned from an intern to a full-time hazard mitigation planner in JEO’s hazard mitigation and emergency management department. He will continue his focus on how JEO can increase public involvement in the planning process.

During his ten-month internship at JEO, Hodges worked on nine mitigation plans: five in Iowa, three in Nebraska, and one in South Dakota. He’s also delivered staff development trainings on USDA Risk Management Agency data and census/indicators of resiliency during his time as an intern.

“I’m looking forward to working more closely with JEO’s clients and stakeholders that are involved in the hazard mitigation planning process,” Hodges said.

Hodges holds bachelor degrees in philosophy and sociology from Louisiana State University. He also holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with specializations in hazard mitigation planning and hazard policy studies from the University of New Orleans.

With the addition of two full-time employees this month, JEO is still looking for outstanding people. To see the current list of job openings, click here.