• Advocacy for Engineering Firms

  • ACEC’s role is to foster a business climate in Congress and the VA General Assembly to ensure that the interests of engineering companies are protected. ACEC holds paramount the primary obligation of engineers to promote health, safety, and welfare of the general public. Advocacy efforts will allow our members’ contributions for the built environment to continue for the public good in Virginia, the country, and throughout the world.

    ACEC Virginia tracks and identifies bills of interest and work with legislators to include language friendly for the engineering industry. Examples include:

    • Clarifying Virginia’s limitation of liability statute in Virginia to save Engineers and Architects millions of dollars.
    • 3% Withholding - Instrumental in saving member firms over $4.3M in federal withholdings on revenue.
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  • Political Action Committees

    The PAC provides our members the opportunity to support state/federal candidates in office who support a pro-business legislative agenda. The ACEC PACs are bipartisan and operates out in the open in full compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act and the State Board of Election laws. PACs provide opportunities for our registered lobbyists to educate candidates and legislators on how legislation could affect the business environment and the health, safety and welfare of the public.

    Our strength comes from you and your commitment to the engineering industry.

  • How to Contribute

    ACEC Political Action Committee (ACEC/PAC)

    The American Council of Engineering Companies Political Action Committee (ACEC/PAC) was established in 1975 to allow ACEC members the opportunity to support and keep federal candidates in office who support a pro-business legislative agenda. The ACEC National PAC is bipartisan and plays an integral role in the success of ACEC’s advocacy program. It is funded solely by ACEC member contributions. Participating in one of our raffles is the easiest way to contribute to the ACEC/PAC! Learn more at www.acec.org/advocacy.

  • Engineering Companies of Virginia PAC (ECVPAC)

    Contributions to the ECVPAC may be either firm or individual contributions. Firms may also provide a voluntary contribution when paying annual state dues. The annual ECVPAC Golf Classic or the Silent Auction during our Annual Conference are other fun ways to make a difference!

    To make a contribution via check, complete this form and mail to Engineering Companies of Virginia PAC at 8600 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23294.

    To make a contribution online, login to the Member Information Center. On the left hand toolbar, click on Billing>Make a Payment. Enter the amount you would like to donate, add the comment "ECVPAC Donation" and then follow the prompts to complete your transaction.

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  • Advocacy Updates:

    Update your profile in the Member Information Center to get the Advoacy Update directly in your inbox! (Your firm must be an ACEC Virginia Member)

  • Thank you to this year's contributors - August 10, 2017 Thank you to this year's contributors - August 10, 2017

    ACEC/VA is aware that giving to a PAC is not anyone’s idea of fun so we offer events and raffles throughout the year so our members can enjoy the camaraderie of colleagues while getting the opportunity to get two things in return, a prize and knowledge on what is facing our industry on the state and national level!

    How do we do this, you ask? Lets review!

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    ECVPAC at Work - July 28, 2017 ECVPAC at Work - July 28, 2017

    On July 27th, Jeff Lighthiser of Draper Aden Associates represented ACEC/VA at a Williams Mullen briefing and reception for Dr. Ralph Northam, current Lieutenant Governor and candidate for Governor of Virginia. Dr. Northam expressed his commitment to supporting business growth in Virginia, even using ACEC/VA's tag line of wanting to “Build Your Business.”

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    ACEC and VDOT Senior Leadership Meeting - July 25, 2017 ACEC and VDOT Senior Leadership Meeting - July 25, 2017

    ACEC Virginia and Metropolitan Washington's Transportation Committees gathered with Senior Leadership from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for a meeting to discuss current trends within the industry and agency initiatives. Attendance from VDOT included Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick, Chief Deputy Commission Quintin Elliot, Chief Engineer Garrett Moore, Deputy Chief Engineer Mohammad Mirshahi and Division Administrator for the Alternative Project Delivery Division, Shailendra Patel. 

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    Federal Forum featuring Senator Mark Warner - April 13, 2017 Federal Forum featuring Senator Mark Warner - April 13, 2017

    Senator Mark Warner conducted a Federal Forum with members of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance on Wednesday, April 12. The Forum dealt with numerous challenges facing the country. While briefly touching on the need for infrastructure spending, most of the Forum dealt with national security and tax reform.

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    2017 Hill Visits - April 13, 2017 2017 Hill Visits - April 13, 2017

    We’re only two weeks away from ACEC’s Annual Convention and Legislative Summit! There could be some drama on Capitol Hill during the week of the Convention, as Congress returns to work from the Spring recess to consider must-pass legislation to fund federal agencies and programs for the remainder of FY’17.

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    President Trump's Budget - March 23, 2017 President Trump's Budget - March 23, 2017

    President Trump submitted his initial budget proposal to Congress, calling for major cuts in domestic discretionary spending, including many programs that support infrastructure projects, environmental clean-ups, and other market sectors that our members engage in. At the same time, the budget proposal includes significant increases in defense accounts, although it doesn’t provide more detailed information on proposed allocations.

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    A Service that Protects Our Members - March 23, 2017 A Service that Protects Our Members - March 23, 2017

    Have you recently come across a RFP that violates the Virginia Public Procurement Act, VPPA? Did you know that ACEC/VA will send a letter to the state or local entity on your behalf when a RFP violates the VPPA? Not only are letters sent, our success rate in getting changes to a RFP is over 90%.

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    Terms & Conditions Update - November 1, 2016 Terms & Conditions Update - November 1, 2016

    • November 1, 2016

    • During the 2016 General Assembly, the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) comprised of ACEC/VA and AIA submitted a procurement reform bill regarding terms and conditions. The JLC was successful in passing House/Senate companion bills to clarify when terms and conditions could be discussed during the procurement process. The new law, which took effect on July 1, 2016, provides that terms and conditions may be discussed after the ranking of offerors during the negotiations stage of procurement. 

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