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March 8, 2019

President’s Monthly Update — March, 2019

Dear Colleagues –

This has been anything but a sleepy winter at ACEC National.  Personally, I have had the opportunity over the last few weeks to visit with the EEA judges as they worked to narrow down our 196 entrants (an ACEC record!) to a strong group of finalists.  I had a good meeting with the CEO of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) last month and we have plans to work together on a number of fronts this year.  We also had two great and productive dinners with Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), ranking member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) ranking member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House T&I Committee.  Both Congressmen are optimistic about getting an infrastructure bill passed this year.  Though their focus on the most effective funding source differs somewhat, it’s clear they are ready to get down to work and make things happen.

I also had the opportunity in the past few weeks to travel to meetings with our Life/Health Trust Board of Trustees chaired by Gregg Ten Eyck; ACEC’s Design Professional Coalition chaired by Greg Kelly; a leadership breakfast of ACEC/Minnesota chaired by Sirish Samba; and finally a visit with the Engineering Change Lab group in Kansas.  There is a lot of good work going on in our industry and ACEC’s network is broad, strong and active.

This place is humming with activity and we are all looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Convention in Washington May 5-8.  We will have great political insights from Dana Perino and Donna Brazile, a power house futurist, and a fantastic panel on the 2019 push for infrastructure that I will moderate along with ACEC Chair Manish Kothari.  The panelists will include CEOs from AGC, APTA, AASHTO, the Edison Electric Institute and the Waterways Council.  We are also working through a number of private client focus sessions that I know will be of interest.



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March 8, 2019



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