JPI has called the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) home since 2004 and will celebrate 12 years as part of the VTCRC business community this upcoming February.

JPI is a Small Business Administration (SBA) certified Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) company. They provide program management and information technology (IT) services to federal clients. Their work includes project management, cyber security, software development and testing, strategic communication, and technical solutions that support clients’ risk management, planning, and process improvement needs.   

JPI was recently awarded the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Achievement Award for “outstanding work in support of the DHS mission” while supporting the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Program Management Office (PMO). They very much appreciated recognition for their efforts managing a diverse team of technical developers, project managers and communication professionals in an effort to promote a client’s critical priorities.

Doug GDoug Garnett-Deakinarnett-Deakin, JPI President, said “We are also proud of our efforts to build and thrive in the local community. JPI has increased our corporate footprint nearly 40 percent since 2013. We purposefully chose to locate our offices in Blacksburg, VA, a HUBZone location, to offer clients an alternative to big brand consulting firms. We saw an opportunity to connect professional talent beyond the Washington D.C. metro area, where many of our federal clients are located. In Blacksburg, we have also been able to contribute more directly to the causes and community that matter most to our employees.”

The company is especially proud of the work they are doing on several intricate projects across Federal agencies. For example, JPI supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) in creating an information sharing environment to address the impact of policy implications on information sharing solutions. They leverage a proprietary approach, called Project Rigor, to distribute information to users, enable real-time reporting on client priorities, and mitigate issues before they become big problems.

JPI also supported U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) modernization efforts by helping consolidate 11 existing IT help desks into a Centralized Service Desk (CSD) serving all USCG end users. They established a CSD Implementation Team to facilitate the planning, coordination, communication and execution of a one-year plan to implement the CSD. Efforts were primarily focused on project management planning, issue tracking, risk mitigation, document control, and meeting management and reporting. They developed strategic documents including charters, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS), requirements documents, and continual service improvement plans. As a result, USCG was able to open the CSD on time and within scope.

In support of the General Service Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS), JPI developed a way to track progress of capital construction projects affecting one million federal employees. They created a system called Project Information Portal (PIP) that pulls data from seven different financial and management systems and allows data management in nine focus areas for complete project and program tracking. The content is available to thousands of GSA managers and is rolled up to the GSA PBS Commissioner which continues to help GSA PBS manage its business, finances, schedules and customer health through a single access point.

Additionally, the DHS Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer (OCRSO) leveraged JPI’s expertise in strategic communication services to support a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative to share fuel and fuel facilities for land-based vehicles. JPI partnered with DHS stakeholders to help shape new common practices and modification efforts and implemented a campaign to educate audiences about the value of government bulk fueling stations, ultimately helping save DHS roughly 50 cents per gallon.

Mr. Garnett-Deakin has maintained an office at the research park since 1994. When JPI was launched in 2004, the VTCRC was the best choice given the quality infrastructure and suitability to meet the evolving needs of their company. JPI started small, but has been able to expand and grow while finding new space within the park to best serve their corporate and employee needs. They value the ability to maintain their HUBZone status as a tenant of the research park as well as the simple one-year leasing option, which has provided them the flexibility to expand their business while remaining in the corporate community. 

“We feel the VTCRC has been the right foundation for us to be a part of a corporate community that shares our passion for growth, delivering results, and developing lasting relationships with clients and within our communities,” said Garnett-Deakin.

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