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“As I prepare to retire from EPA in May 2022, I have been looking back at my 30-year career. Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of my job has been supporting E-Enterprise on behalf of EPA Region 1. It has been satisfying to see how E-Enterprise has grown into an important and necessary collaboration between EPA, states, and tribes. I was fortunate to be there from the start in 2013. I was in the room when Region 1’s former Deputy Regional Administrator, Ira Leighton, was brainstorming and conceptualizing the idea of E-Enterprise with EPA’s former Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and then-ECOS President Tom Burack, the former New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner. Their overall goal was to encourage closer relationships among environmental co-regulators while collectively working to build a 21st century digital government. While it hasn’t always been easy to identify, develop, and implement projects that could exemplify such ambitious goals, I believe that E-Enterprise has shown great progress and promise. I have truly enjoyed working with so many talented colleagues and friends and will miss being part of the impressive team that has kept E-Enterprise moving forward.”


In March 2022, James Davies stepped down as the Region 4 E-Enterprise Regional Coordinator (EERC), transitioning to the Region’s Air and Radiation Division in the Grants Management and Strategic Planning Office. Having served as an EERC since 2017, James brought extensive knowledge and experience with National Environmental Performance Partnership System and funding, as well as insightful and practical advice for engaging with states and tribes. “Since I was the Performance Partnership Grants (PPG) coordinator as well as the EERC for Region 4, I was able to connect the dots and understand how PPGs could be used as a tool in facilitating workload tradeoffs,” he notes.

This year as EERC Co-Chair with Whitney Rawls of Region 7, James supported the development of an outreach plan, best practices document, introductory video, and informational materials initiating a campaign to increase EPA use of the E-Enterprise Community Inventory Platform. James has worked diligently behind the scenes to collaborate with state and tribal partners encouraging and capitalizing on meaningful connections between E-Enterprise and other programs, processes, and projects. We wish James the best in his new position and will miss him and his contributions to E-Enterprise.