Dow & Associates
We are a small sole proprietorship consulting firm that focuses on
transportation planning in northwestern California. The owner,
Phillip J. Dow, has
25 years of experience working with regional transportation planning
agencies in California. This experience has accumulated first as a
public employee, then through two phases of working as a consultant.
Mendocino County Department of Public Works (DPW)
Mr. Dow was hired by Mendocino County in July, 1981 to fill the
vacancy of Transportation Planner within the Public Works Department.
that time, the DPW retained the responsibility of staffing
function of the regional transportation planning agency, Mendocino
Council of Governments. The County Administrator’s Office
assigned a staff person to perform administrative functions.
Mr. Dow also
performed traffic engineering duties for Mendocino County and
was promoted in
1983 to Traffic Engineer, but retained transportation planning
Phillip J. Dow, P.E., Traffic Engineering/Transportation Planning
In 1986 Mr. Dow submitted a proposal to provide transportation planning
services to the Lake County/City Area Planning Council (APC). A
contract was awarded in September 1986 and Mr. Dow began full-time
The APC contract has continued with annual renewals through June
2006. In 1987, Mr. Dow subcontracted with the Mendocino County
Department of Public Works to perform the duties of the Transportation
for MCOG. That relationship continued for two years, after which
MCOG began contracting directly with Mr. Dow. During this period
Mr. Dow also performed limited traffic engineering work with private
sector clients. It was also during this phase that the first employee,
Loretta Ellard, was added.
Dow & Associates, Transportation
In 1999 Mr. Dow responded to a Request for Proposals from the Mendocino
Council of Governments to provide comprehensive (Administration & Planning)
services for the agency. A contract was awarded effective July 1999,
and four additional professional and clerical staff were hired, starting
with Janet Orth, who had worked for the previous MCOG administration.
Since 1999, Mr. Dow has functioned as the Executive Director of MCOG
while continuing transportation planning functions for the APC. Dow & Associates
no longer accepts private sector clients, devoting all available
time to the two transportation planning agency clients.