Welcome to CDM Smith.

Joseph T. Ridge

Vice President, Economist

Joe is an econ­o­mist with 37 years of ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in as­sess­ing the fiscal and economic impacts of capital projects on mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments and au­thor­i­ties. He has assisted clients in as­sess­ing and im­ple­ment­ing programs to improve com­pet­i­tive­ness and in de­ter­min­ing the fi­nan­cial fea­si­bil­ity and economic impact of proposed projects. Joe has de­vel­oped fi­nanc­ing plans, assessed fi­nan­cial ca­pa­bil­ity, and con­ducted fi­nan­cial fea­si­bil­ity and mar­ket­ing analyses for more than 50 projects. Most recently, when he hasn’t been fly fishing, he has been involved in a number of CDM Smith’s major asset man­age­ment projects, serving in the role of project manager, tech­ni­cal director or reviewer.

What inspires you? Working with staff and project teams that are really good at what they do and provide that to clients and other staff.

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Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? Shared com­mit­ment—within our project teams and our clients.  The success of CDM and of our clients is driven by everyone doing their part and fol­low­ing through. I think our most suc­cess­ful projects are when clients are fully com­mit­ted and deliver on their side.

What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? One of the most im­por­tant things we can and need to do is to listen to our clients and help them isolate their problems.  Fre­quently, they know there is an issue and we need to help them really focus on that problem before we create a solution. 

What are your 3 non-work passions? Fly Fishing, soccer and spending time with family.

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