JMTE's Team of Small Professional Services Firms was selected!

JMTE is thrilled to announce that a team of Small Professional Services Firms, led by JMTE, has been chosen for NCDOT’s inaugural limited services contract LSC for small professional services. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partners for their unwavering support and congratulate Nick Perpich, PE, for his hard work in authoring and submitting the letter of interest. We are excited to collaborate with NCDOT and our team members to deliver exceptional services to the residents of North Carolina. This milestone marks an important step forward for JMTE in the field of professional services, and we are committed to maintaining our high standards of excellence throughout this project and beyond.

So what is the purpose of The Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF).  

This program was developed to provide consultant opportunities for firms that meet the eligibility criteria to compete against other consultant firms that are comparably positioned in their industries. The Department of Transportation is committed to providing contractual opportunities to firms deemed eligible to participate in the SPSF program. 

Press Release November 21, 2023 Outdoor recreation remains a powerful economic driver across North Carolina and nationwide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Sixth year of economic data shows outdoor industry provides job growth, builds healthy communities, and supports the economy at the state and national levels.

NORTH CAROLINA. — November 21, 2023 — The United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released its most current economic data, measuring outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy in 2022. Despite continuing inflation, workforce, and global supply chains and climate challenges, North Carolina’s outdoor recreation economy remains a powerful state driver, ranking 11th in the nation. This year’s report shows that, by BEA measured metrics, outdoor recreation generates $14.6 billion in value added for North Carolina, accounts for 2% of the state’s economy, and 2.9% of its employment, or over 146,000 jobs.  “The latest data highlights that outdoor recreation and its supporting industries have an unwavering impact as an economic powerhouse in North Carolina,” said Amy Allison, director of the MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership. “By championing strategic investments in public lands and infrastructure, fostering outdoor-driven communities, and providing support for the innovative endeavors of outdoor recreation businesses and entrepreneurs, we continue to bolster our region’s economy, while also laying the foundation for a thriving and resilient future.”

At a national level, these new numbers show outdoor recreation generates $1.08 trillion in gross economic output, accounts for 3.2% of U.S. wage and salary employment, and accounts for 4.98 million jobs. This means the outdoor recreation economy contributes more to the U.S. economy than mining, utilities, farming and ranching, and chemical products manufacturing. (ORR Website) 

North Carolina has maintained its year-over-year strength in core outdoor recreation sectors, supported by an interconnected network of land management, economic development, entrepreneurial support, business alliances, conservation, tourism, user group advocacy and more. As access, opportunities, investment in greater equity and statewide outdoor investment have expanded, so have many outdoor recreational activities in their economic impact and participation.

“The MADE X MTNS Partnership remains dedicated to fostering the sustainable growth of the outdoor recreation economy, ensuring it stands as a cornerstone of Western North Carolina’s economic prosperity,” said Amy Allison. “We will also continue to recognize the pivotal role of equity in ensuring widespread access to outdoor opportunities, a key factor in advancing entrepreneurship, driving workforce development, and cultivating dynamic and inclusive outdoor recreation communities.”

The coordinated efforts of the MADE X MTNS PartnershipOutdoor Business Alliance of WNCNC Outdoor Recreation Industry OfficeNC Outdoor Recreation CoalitionAppalachian Regional Commission, and the Dogwood Health Trust further fortify North Carolina’s strong national standing in the outdoor economy. 

The recent data shows that, in 2022:

  • North Carolina remains ranked 11th among all states in regards to outdoor recreation’s value-added economic impact  ($14.6 billion)
  • North Carolina remains ranked 9th among all states in employment (2.9%)
  • North Carolina is ranked 11th in outdoor recreation employee compensation

The consistency of these annual reports signals a clear return on investing in our natural spaces, public health, and fostering an environment conducive to entrepreneurship, small business growth, and workforce quality of life. Communities across North Carolina are leaning on their outdoor assets as means to attract new businesses and workforce talent, increase quality of life for residents and be sustainable tourism drivers.

This is the sixth consecutive year of data on this critical industry sector and our first look at the sustainability of the outdoor industry in a post-pandemic economy. It clearly remains a national economic pillar and a consistent job creator worthy of continued investment. 

See the full national and state report, and visit for more information about MADE X MTNS’s mission to grow the outdoor economy and catalyze rural development across Western North Carolina.


About MADE X MTNS Partnership

The MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership is working to expand the outdoor industry and economy across North Carolina’s Appalachian region and catalyze rural development by building vibrant outdoor communities, driving outdoor industry growth, and empowering regional storytelling. For more information, visit or @madexmtns

JMTE Employee Spotlight Gray Terrell - Engineering Technician 828.456.8383

Gray joined JMTE as an Engineering Technician in February 2022. Gray is a native of Waynesville, NC and started his working career as a Manufacturing Engineer in the furniture industry. After 41 years working in the furniture industry, the last 21 years in Hickory, NC, Gray and his wife Clara decided it was time to retire in the fall of 2021 and returned to Waynesville to spend more time with family and friends. 

As an Engineering Technician at JMTE, Gray is responsible for gathering and processing traffic count data for submission to NCDOT and assists other Engineers in Traffic Calming and TIA Reports. He has also been certified by NCDOT as a Flagger and Work Zone Installer. We are excited to have Gray as part of our team and we look forward to his contributions to the success of our projects.

Favorite reading: Sport Car Tech Magazines & US History

Favorite Movie: Forest Gump

Favorite Quote: “Your education is something no one can ever take away from you.”

Favorite Food: Classic Southern dishes of meat & vegetables

JMTE has found YOU money to be used for training. Daddy said never leave money on the table! (you can use this for your Work Zone Flagger, Installer & Supervisor training)

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program as part of the START NOW Initiative. With funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), they are able to help businesses offset their training costs while creating new job opportunities and filling skilled positions. Their program is designed to specifically target small businesses with 25 or fewer employees, especially those that are Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), veteran, female, minority, or persons with disabilities-owned businesses in our region.

If your company is seeking training that can benefit both you and your employees, the IWT Program can reimburse you for the training. Their region covers Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne Counties. Workforce Development Boards across the Sate of NC have funds available for small business seeking to train employees. Simply reach out to the one in the county were your company is located.

They have a wealth of resources available to help businesses take advantage of this program, and they are looking for partners like you to spread the word and help us reach those who can benefit the most.

Let’s work together to build a stronger, more skilled workforce in our region.

NOW HIRING Work Zone Safety Instructor! J.M. Teague Engineering is growing! We are in need of an additional Work Zone Safety Instructor to assist with our class offerings to clients. Below is an opening announcement. Please post or distribute to your contacts who may be interested and are qualified. Thank you for continuing to use J.M. Teague Engineering for your training needs. HR Contact: Name: Jon Sears Title: HR Manager Email address:

Work Zone Safety Instructor needed for a local, high growth, dynamic, energetic, professional engineering firm. Part-time position based on client demand. Looking for a hardworking, trustworthy, and organized individual, with a strong ability to multitask. A can-do attitude is a must, along with the ability to learn quickly, and adapt to a demanding and changing work environment.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

·        Serve as an instructor for assigned courses in Flagger, Installer, and Supervisor subjects per the Academy Coordinator utilizing current engineering standards communicated by individual State DOT, AASHTO and MUTCD standards.

·        Assess student performance in adherence to testing guidelines and make recommendations for advanced coursework based on student ability and qualifications.

·        Maintain home office with appropriate equipment to conduct all marketing and training issues, or maintain an office at the JMTE office in Waynesville

·        Stay up to date on advancements in the field and new research being produced in your area of expertise.

·        Provide timely submission of completed testing materials and evaluation forms to J.M. Teague Engineering offices.

·        Conduct accurate counts of class participants and expenses incurred in conjunction with the class.

·    Develop client relationships and observe potential to provide other services our company offers.

·        Employee shall devote their time while engaged in activities for the Company with the attention, energy, and skill necessary to carry out their assigned tasks during the engagement term set forth below.

·        Employee engagement shall be on an as needed basis.   


Skills & Qualifications:


·        10 years’ experience in work related to traffic control, traffic management, or highway work zones.

·        Desire and ability to instruct and mentor students, while providing the company with accurate feedback on their work force.

·        Ability to address student questions using examples or stories from real world experience.

·        Ability to travel by motor vehicle extensively throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee, often staying overnight while conducting multiple classes in various locations during a regular work week.

·        Ability to use personal vehicle and provide required insurance.

·        Flexibility to work within the demands of client’s schedule, as needed.



  • Three years serving as an instructor in either formal or informal settings. 
  • Degree in Transportation Engineering or related field.

Note: On the job training and required certifications will be offered following employment. 

To Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest with your salary requirements to Please list Work Zone Safety Instructor in subject line. NO PHONE CALLS.

If you meet qualifications, you will be contacted for an interview.

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