• President's Corner - January 2016

  • As we reflect back on 2015 I thank each of you for your membership and involvement with ACEC Virginia. With your support, we have been able to pass bills, break records and protect our industry, including:
    • Gained 11 members throughout the year!
    • Broke records in attendance for our annual Transportation Reception and in the number of entries for the Engineering Excellence Awards! We also held our first ever Transportation Round Robin in partnership with VDOT and had over 100 representatives in attendance.
    • The Next Generation Committee awarded not one, not two, but three Rising Stars in 2015; Allyson Monsour, Coles Jennings and Sara Phillips.
    • With assistance from the Board of Directors and numerous members, we assessed the strengths and weaknesses of our association to better serve current membership and attract new membership. Through this process we have created and implemented a new website, new marketing materials, new membership database software and a Member Information Center.
    • The Engineering Companies of Virginia PAC (ECVPAC) rose over $38,000 through firm contributions, silent auction purchases, and the ECVPAC Golf Classic. These funds help raise our profile with state legislators when our introduce bills to protect our industry.
    • With the hard work and dedication of our Government Affairs Committee, HB1835 and SB1371 were passed. The passage of these bills clarified the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA), controlled the contract amounts for job order contracting for A/E services, clarified the provisions of the VPPA relating to cooperative procurement, required that state/local entities report their respective experiences and findings relating to the appropriateness and effectiveness of job order contracting to the General Assembly each year. It also required construction projects, in excess of $2 million, provide justification for use of any procurement method other than competitive sealed bidding to the Director of the Department of General Services. 
    • Worked with AIA to develop a bill to for the 2016 General Assembly to ensure localities do not request terms and conditions during the RFP process for A/E firms.
     
    Looking forward to 2016, ACEC/VA continues to be proactive on advocacy, education, and networking opportunities. We are in the process of creating an Advanced Leadership Program and have engaged top notch speakers for the Winter and Annual Conferences.
     
    Thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
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  • Benjamin A. Lilly

    ACEC Virginia President

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