Greg Goza, winner of TVA’s 2018 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year award, knew at an early age that he was born to be an engineer. Today, he puts his skills to work helping to bring thousands of high-paying jobs to our region.
March 21, 2018—Most of us spend our college years searching for what we want to be when we grow up. Greg Goza, a transmission and power supply engineer knew he wanted to be an engineer in the fifth grade. “My buddy and I would sit in class and draw up sketches of how to build go carts or anything with wheels,” says Goza. “I always had a curiosity about how things worked.”
Today, Goza puts his 44 years of engineering experience to work as a key player in bringing jobs. As the primary electrical supply contact for TVA’s Economic Development team, Goza plans electrical supply facilities that will connect TVA's transmission system to potential or expanding industries that want to do business in TVA’s seven state service area. His work provides an electrical gateway for prosperity in the Tennessee Valley.
Over the past three years, Goza has coordinated transmission supply needs for 77 industrial inquiries involving more than 370 site requests. He listens to the specific energy needs of potential industrial customers and presents them with an electrical supply plan from TVA’s transmission system that will suit their needs for both power quantity and quality.
“Every business has unique energy needs,” he explains. “We want to deliver the energy needed for them to create quality products or services for their customers. I ask questions to understand how they operate and what type of equipment they use. Understanding the electrical supply they need and showing them how we can provide it is an essential selling point.
Goza’s work has helped land five large companies representing 2,400 jobs and $1.48 billion in investments, in addition to two proposed Google data centers with an additional $1.2 billion investment. You may recognize some of the big names that he helped bring to the Valley: Hankook Tire, Wacker Chemie AG, Volkswagen and Yokohama Tire.
One of the biggest wins that Goza contributed to was announced in January with the Toyota-Mazda joint venture moving into TVA’s Huntsville Megasite. Toyota-Mazda will invest about $1.6 billion, creating over 4,000 jobs with an average salary of $50,000. The Toyota-Mazda groundbreaking is expected to take place this fall.
“I get to show these customers how TVA—working with local power companies—can provide the reliable and affordable power that they need to do business,” says Goza. “Being part of the team that helps to bring jobs to families in the Valley means a lot to me.” Since 2011, TVA Economic Development overall efforts have attracted or retained 400,000 jobs resulting in $48 billion in direct investment in the Valley.
For his individual efforts, Goza was honored as TVA’s 2018 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year— the company’s highest engineering award.
“Greg has distinguished himself as a leader who tirelessly helps create job opportunities for our friends and neighbors,” says Bob Dalrymple, TVA senior vice president, Transmission and Power Supply. “He has committed his professional endeavors to help make the Valley a great place to live, work and raise your family.”
Teaching is also a passion of Goza’s and something he hopes to do more of when he retires from TVA. Through TVA’s Partners in Education program, Goza taught electricity to fourth graders and math lessons to fifth grade students at Lakeside Academy of Math, Science & Technology in Chattanooga, Tenn,. in 2016 and 2017.
“The true benefits of my work really hit me as I was trying to explain to the kids what I do at TVA,” Goza explains. “I asked if anyone knew someone who worked at Volkswagen. Seeing those hands go up and hearing, ‘My dad works there!’ was very impactful. It wasn’t just that I helped to bring jobs—I helped local children’s families have jobs. This is why the work I do at TVA is so meaningful to me.”
Teaching also reminded Goza of his own early start to an appreciation of engineering, and he now sees his granddaughter developing similar interests. At 12 years old, she participates in her school's robotics program and has attended a TVA-sponsored robotics competition. (Children like Goza’s granddaughter have a brighter future because TVA sponsors more than 80 robotics teams, bringing STEM opportunities to over 10,000 students at 500 schools.)
“I’ve been fortunate to always work with a diverse group of people that encourage me to help my community,” said Goza. “It is a true pleasure to work with people who care about the work they do and are committed to give the next generation a better future.”
A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering, electrical concentration, and a master’s of science in engineering, Goza is a senior program manager for TVA’s Industrial Development, Transmission Planning and Asset Management group within the Transmission and Power Supply organization. He is a life senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee.