The Voice Newsletter
January 1, 2017
2017 Rising Star Awards
ACEC Virginia's Next Generation Committee has announced two recipients for the 2017 Rising Star Awards, Jessica Ewald of Draper Aden Associates and Michelle Martin of WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff. Jessica and Michelle will accept their awards at the annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, February 2 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Both recipients were selected out of 18 nominations for their demonstration of leadership in their area of expertise, involvement in professional organizations, as well as their civic and community activities.
2017 Winter Meeting
March 9 -11, 2017
Join us for the 2017 Winter Meeting for two days of educational sessions, networking and fun at the Greenbrier Resort! Download the tentative agenda here.
New this year:
Welcome Reception at the Greenbrier Bowling Alley and a Falconry Experience to support the ACEC/PAC (registration to the Falconry Experience is separate, click here to learn more!)
We met our 2016 ACEC/PAC fundraising goal of $21,794 and joined over 31 other states across the country. Thanks to all that contributed!
“It is through these ongoing efforts, by all members, that our voice is heard on key issues as it relates to funding bills for many of the infrastructure projects we all hope are part of a more robust investment at the national level. This includes all sectors including Transportation, Airports, Water, Wastewater, Defense, Energy,” said Donald Booth, the ACEC/PAC Virginia Chairman.
2017 Engineering Excellence Awards
February 2, 2017
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Sponsorship opportunities are still available but the deadline is approaching! Click here to learn more about available sponsorships!
Join ACEC Virginia for the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala where we will be recognizing outstanding engineering achievements from throughout the world and Virginia, including the distinguished Pinnacle Award for the best overall engineering accomplishment.
Small Firm Council
Join the SFC by January 6, 2017 and get all the benefits of membership for half price!
Does your business ever feel like a small fish in a big pond? The Small Firm Council provides an indispensable forum that focuses on the unique needs and challenges facing small engineering firms. From ensuring that they remain an active and respected element of ACEC to working with Congress to expand US Federal Government contracting opportunities for small firms, SFC is committed to advancing small firm issues!
January 12, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. will provide comments again this year! Increase your exposure with state agencies, support our industry, and build your business by attending the Transportation Reception!
Sponsorship opportunities are also available but the deadline is approaching quickly!
Government Affairs Update
Meeting with Congressman-Elect Tom Garrett
There was not a single position we had that he disagreed with and most he agreed strongly with. The one main caveat is that he is very reluctant to approve of significant additional Federal Government spending if it would ”increase the deficit." Note that he did NOT say“increase the debt.”
On the Horizon for the Virginia Engineering Industry
The Virginia General Assembly opens on Wednesday, January 13 and is a short session. An expected 2,500-3,000 bills will be dropped by mid-January and we always expect to see bills on QBS, professional taxes, BPOL, or AOSE. We will review all bills to identify issues that could harm the industry.
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