Inspiring Confidence in Progress: The History of ORC

Inspiring Confidence in Progress:  The History of O. R. Colan Associates book

ORC is proud to announce that our CEO, Cathy Colan Muth, has written a book on the history of our company entitled Inspiring Confidence in Progress: The History of O. R. Colan Associates. While the intended audience of this book is our employees, it may find a broader audience in the right of way industry among those who are interested in the history of the Uniform Act.

The book tells the story of our founder, Owen Richard Colan, J.D. and the journey of his daughter in continuing the business after his death in 1989. The book is currently available on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle edition.

History

Owen Richard Colan, Catherine Muth, Karen Ammar

Founded in 1969 by Owen Richard Colan, J.D., O.R. Colan Associates (ORC) is the nation's oldest firm specializing exclusively in land acquisition, relocation, and program management for public works projects implemented under the Uniform Relocation Act regulations. Currently the company has twenty six offices located in seventeen states from coast to coast. ORC remains a family-owned and managed business, currently led by Catherine Colan Muth and Karen S. Ammar, daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Mr. Colan.

ORC is recognized nationally as the premier company in the field of real estate/right-of-way acquisition and related services for projects implemented under the provisions of the Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646, as amended - URA); Our staff are experts at the implementation of URA regulations, Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 24, Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs (49 CFR Part 24); FAA Order 5100.37B, Land Acquisition and relocation for Airport Development Projects; and FTA Circular 5010.1D, Grant Management Guidelines, Chapter II: Management of Real Property, Equipment & Supplies.

O. R. Colan Associates remains focused on providing real estate solutions to public agencies. Our clients include Airport Authorities; State Departments of Transportation; Redevelopment Authorities; Transit Agencies, School Reconstruction agencies; Environmental Agencies; various other Local Public Agencies; and numerous engineering firms providing services to these agencies.

ORC maintains a large full-time staff of qualified professionals with diverse experience in appraisal, land acquisition and relocation assistance, ensuring the quality and cost-effective implementation of each project. As a service company, our greatest asset is our people. Our excellent reputation and record of accomplishment continue to attract to our staff roster the best real estate people in the industry.

ORC Affiliates and Divisions:

The primary objective of ORC is client satisfaction, attained by dedication to sensible and practical project implementation and by meeting the time and budgetary needs of our clients.

ORC is certified by a number of agencies as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise.

Current Open Positions

O. R. Colan Associates ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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