Eddie Bower, Outside Plant Engineer

A typical day at Citizens for Eddie begins with viewing tasks and maps for fiber deployment. He spends a lot of his day looking at jobs for new homes needing facilities constructed for service connection. He also can be found laying out fiber drops, or making plans for a new road build. Eddie is responsible for meeting with VDOT, local governments, developers, and customers to discuss topics such as new roads, local infrastructure improvements, moving existing facilities, connecting new buildings, and more. Eddie also works with VDOT and contractors to locate Citizens facilities to ensure they aren’t damaged. 

What is your favorite thing to do on your off time?

Spend time with family and working around our place.

How do you plan to use your Volunteer Time Off?

With everything going on this year that is to be determined at a later date.

What is your favorite thing about your home?

We built our home on land that has been owned by my family for at least 5 generations.

Are you into podcasts or do you only listen to music?

I don’t listen to podcasts. I typically like to listen to local radio–either country or classic rock, but if it sounds good, I will listen to it.

What is the secret to a good life?

Enjoy everyday as it could be the last, and treat everyone how you would like to be treated.

Tell us about a pet peeve you have.

I know this sounds bad, but I do not like taking surveys. I personally have a hard time answering most of the questions honestly … I really don’t know from 1 to 10 if that was the best “whatever” I’ve ever experienced or how likely I am to recommend “whatever” to my family or friends.

Tell us about something on your bucket list.

Skydiving, I think this would be a blast.

Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?


What do you remember most about your first job?

My first public job was at the Floyd X-Press Market the year they opened. It was very interesting and educational to experience everything that I did that summer. From stocking the shelves and coolers, to making food, cleaning the store, and running the registers, I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience and the people very much.

What makes you feel most alive? 

Being outside, especially in spring when the birds are returning and plants are waking up.