Partnership At Work!

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) TVGA Consulting is a Buffalo based company with 50 employees that just recently moved out of the suburbs and into downtown Buffalo.

The company has taken over a beautifully restored historic building on Main Street.

Edward Schiller, Principal at TVGA Consultants notes, "We are a consulting engineering firm, civil engineering, survey, environmental, predominately infrastructure driven."

What that means is the company designs and oversees the construction of bridges, roads, sewers, and anything else the public sector needs built.

For 90 years, TVGA has been helping to build Western New York with a team of civil engineers, environmental scientists, planners, architects, draftsmen, and surveyors.

This hometown group has weathered the recent economic times, and notes they don't last forever. Sooner or later, things have to be fixed.

Schiller continued, "I think the prognosis going forward is that there seems to be a re-emphasis and acknowledgment that the infrastructure in this country is in bad shape, so we are hoping there is going to be some emphasis on rebuilding it."

TVGA doesn't just do government work. That land survey you need when you buy a new home is what they do too. It is a good sign to see where the economy is going next.

Douglas Hager, another principal at TVGA told Eyewitness News, "We're seeing the residential market, which is the housing market, starting to uptick a little bit. A couple of years ago we were doing maybe one or 2 residential surveys a week...now we're probably up to 20 or 25 a week. So, we've seen a substantial increase in the residential market, which is always a good sign."

Hager is a land surveyor by trade.

He offers a tip if you're looking for a career right now. "There is a shortage of land surveyors. There's a shortage of young people coming up into the trade. There is a lot of room in the colleges for mores students, and there's definitely a shortage," according to Hager.

WKBW salutes TVGA Consulting, a true example of "Partnership At Work!"