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Mendota Heights, Minn., resident selected as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Silver Jackets Coordinator of the Year

Published Aug. 13, 2014
Terry Zien, St. Paul District project manager.

Terry Zien, St. Paul District project manager.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently announced its selection of Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District employee and Mendota Heights, Minn., resident Terry Zien as one of the two recipients of the 2013 Silver Jackets Coordinator of the Year Award.

Zien received this top honor for demonstrating passion, desire and commitment with a coordinated collaborative approach when working with multiple agencies to manage and reduce flood risks. In the past eight years, Zien has served as the St. Paul District Silver Jackets Coordinator for Minnesota and Wisconsin and as a co-lead for North Dakota. Zien has also managed the Flood Plain Management Services and Planning Assistance to States programs at the St. Paul District.

Silver Jackets is a program that provides an opportunity to consistently bring together multiple states, federal, tribal and local agencies to learn from one another in the area of flood risk management and apply this knowledge to reduce risk.

"Mr. Zien’s exemplary professionalism, personal commitment to reducing risks and his ‘above-and-beyond the call’ work ethic and outstanding interpersonal skills have resulted in enhanced cooperation and collaboration between the Corps and the many federal, state and local units of government having flood risk management roles and responsibilities,” said Chris Erickson, Zien’s supervisor. “Zien’s compassion and unwavering commitment to advancing flood risk management makes him worthy of this recognition.”

Zien will receive his award at the 2014 Flood Risk Management Workshop to be held this month in Southbridge, Mass.

The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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