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From ACEC to You ENGINEERING INC. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES Message to Congress: Get on With Bipartisan Accomplishments B ipartisanship has been elusive on major issues before Congress such as a long-term budget deal, taxes and immigration reform. However, a willingness to cooperate was evidenced in the recent twoyear budget deal, as well as broad vote margins in both the House and the Senate WRDA bills. A final bill is expected to be among the first accomplishments of the new year. There is also bipartisan recognition that we need to invest more in surface transportation and water/wastewater infrastructure, as well as to develop more of America's energy resources. Our message to Congress and the White House in the coming months is straightforward: There are bipartisan ideas on the table right now to spur the economy and build America's infrastructure-let's get it done. The Council has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill and in the White House for strong and reliable industry advocacy. While the political challenges are obvious, we intend to stay on the offense and look for every opening to move our agenda forward. This issue of Engineering Inc. examines some of the opportunities and challenges the Council faces in achieving meaningful legislative progress in the new year. Also included are features on how new carriers are enhancing PLI options for member firms and how adaptation to climate change is affecting infrastructure design. We wish you all the best in the new year. Gregs G. Thomopulos ACEC Chairman David A. Raymond ACEC President & CEO AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT & CEO VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS Gregs G. Thomopulos David A. Raymond Mary Ann Emely VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Steven Hall VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS RESOURCES AND EDUCATION Marie Ternieden DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA Alan D. Crockett STAFF EDITOR Andrea Keeney 202-682-4347 SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS WRITER Gerry Donohue ACEC PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Jackie Fox McMURRY/TMG, LLC Corey Murray Jeff Kibler PROJECT MANAGER Katie Mason MANAGING EDITOR ART DIRECTOR ADVERTISING SALES Leo Hoch ACEC 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005-2605 202-682-4341 Engineering Inc., Volume 25, Number 1 (ISSN 1539-2694), is published bi-monthly by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and at additional mailing offices. Annual subscriptions are $24 for members (included in dues as a non-deductible amount); $45 for U.S. non-members; $65 for institutional subscriptions. Back issues are $15. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Engineering Inc., c/o ACEC, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. © 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies. All rights reserved. This publication may be copied, downloaded from the ACEC website, stored in electronic or hard-copy format, and disseminated to third parties for educational and information purposes. ACEC expressly disclaims any liability for damages of any kind in connection with such copying, downloading, storage, and/or dissemination. By copying, downloading, storing and/or disseminating this publication, the recipient of this publication expressly agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold ACEC, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, causes of action and liabilities, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, arising out of or resulting from the recipient's use of this publication. Notwithstanding the above, no part of this publication may be altered, resold, licensed, or used for any other commercial purposes without the prior written permission of ACEC. Recipients may opt out of receiving the electronic version of this publication from ACEC by sending an e-mail with the subject line "Unsubscribe" to ACEC at Engineering Inc. subscribers: If you have a mailing address correction or need to add or remove an employee from the Engineering Inc. mailing list, please contact the ACEC Membership Department at or call 202-347-7474 and ask for Member Records. WWW.AC EC.ORG http://WWW.ACEC.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - January/February 2014

Engineering Inc. - January/February 2014
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Extreme Weather Resistance
2014 Legislative Outlook
Model Infrastructure
The Hard Market That Never Came
2013 Fall Conference Highlights
Mirrored Concerns
Risk Management
Business Insights
Members in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions

Engineering Inc. - January/February 2014