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Martin Manning left president of the American Public Works PUBLIC Association met with ACEC Past Chairman Dan DeYoung during the Convention in Boston. WORKS LEADER UNDERSCORES CLOSE RELATIONS WITH ACEC P H O T O BY ANN BRANDSTADTER D uring the 2003 ACEC a n d I see the strength of our w h e n governmental agencies areas, costing about $70 billion Annual Convention in partnership as key in our efforts select engineers, architects and each year. More than a third of B o s t o n , ACEC Past- to secure a better future for our related professional services and all roads and bridges, through- Chairman Daniel De- transportation system. A consis- technical consultants for projects out the country, need improve- Yo u n g and Martin tent and reliable funding source and studies through QBS. It fos- ment. Our transit systems have Manning, president of the Amer- i s essential to help meet our ters greater creativity and flexi- needs, too. For example, more ican Public Works Association m a n y transportation needs. bility and minimizes the poten- than a third of our urban rail A P WA , discussed issues of T E A - 2 1 's guaranteed funding tial for disputes. vehicles and maintenance facili- mutual interest for both associa- and renewals have been espe- ties are substandard and in need DeYoung: We have faced initia- tions, such as increased federal cially important in helping to of significant improvements or tives on both the national and funding for transportation and reach the goal of a safer, more upgrades right now. Addressing s t a t e level that would restrict water infrastructure. efficient transportation system. these and other needs in reau- outsourcing to the private sector. B u t our communities still thorization is a priority for all of Daniel DeYoung: A P WA and Can you provide your thoughts have tremendous needs. One of us. Our commitment and the ACEC were successful in work- on the value of using the private t h o s e is safety. Improvements strength of all our efforts will ing together to restore a poten- sector, and tell us how such ini- need to be made to our roads help get the job done. tial $8.6 billion cut in highway tiatives affect APWA's members? and, in particular, to our rural D e Yo u n g : A P WA has a policy f u n d i n g in F.Y. 2003. As we roads, where more than half of M a n n i n g : Fi r s t , I think it is t h a t endorses qualifications- approach the reauthorization of a l l fatal crashes occur. Also, i m p o r t a n t to point out that based selection QBS and has TEA-21, the two organizations improvements must be made to APWA members include rep- published a QBS manual. Can s h a r e many goals first and intersections and rail crossings, resentatives of both the public you discuss your views on QBS foremost, to substantially boost a l o n g with other roadway a n d private sectors. At last a n d how it benefits APWA funding for transportation. In enhancements, to help save lives. count, 80 percent of our mem- members? your view, what are the trans- Hi g h e r investment will make bers are in the public sector por tation infrastructure needs t h o s e things possible and Manning: APWA has long sup- w i t h the vast majority being out there and how can we part- make our transportation system p o r t e d quality in all public those who work in local govern- n e r effectively to secure addi- safer overall. agency activities, with a focus on ment. The remaining 20 percent tional funding? Hi g h e r investment also will e c o n o m y, safety, efficiency, are in the private sector, which is make our transportation system Martin Manning: We are proud sound construction, serviceabil- v e r y important and that more efficient and improve our o f the successes that we have ity, maintenance and operations. includes many ACEC members. quality of life. Congestion con- achieved in working together, The public interest is best served Those of us in the public sec- tinues to worsen in our urban l August 2003 ENGINEERING INC. 2 1 July

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2003

FROM ACEC TO YOU
MEMBERS ASK
NEWS & NOTES
LEGISLATIVE ACTION
INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BOEHNER (R-OHIO)
WHAT IS WHITE COLLAR?
ADDED BENEFITS
APWA AND ACEC SHARE MANY COMMON CONCERNS 21
MEMBERS ?DIG? BOSTON
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