Engineering Inc. - May/June 2012 - (Page 20)

Prospects S 20 ENGINEERING INC. MAY / JUNE 2012 PROMISING eeking to take advantage of new marketplace opportunities, more than 1,300 ACEC members—an all-time record—attended the recent ACEC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. The high turnout gave the Council a robust advocacy presence on Capitol Hill as the Convention’s “citizen lobbyists” held more than 300 meetings with senators, congressmen and staffers to urge passage of long-term transportation, water/wastewater infrastructure and energy legislation. The Convention also featured thought-provoking political insights from two former governors, perspectives on market success from three top U.S. engineering firm leaders, more than a dozen federal agency contracting presentations and cutting-edge business management sessions. The annual meeting was highlighted by the black-tie Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, which also was attended by an all-time record of more than 600 guests. “The strongest part of this year’s program was the speeches by Governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell. They were dynamic, entertaining and addressed issues that matter to our industry,” said Jim Thomas of VTN Consulting in Las Vegas. “We always try to attend this event. The program is always really solid and pertinent to our business.” William Hall of United Consulting in Indianapolis was impressed with the Convention’s targeted business focus. “I sat in on the Transportation Committee Meeting where the transportation bill was discussed,” Hall said. “I enjoyed learning specifics about highway funding and FAR overhead issues, especially since my firm and state are dealing with these issues.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - May/June 2012

Engineering Inc. - May/June 2012
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
2012 Engineering Excellence Awards
2012 Annual Convention Wrap-Up
Taking the Lead
Decision Makers
Business Insights
Members in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions

Engineering Inc. - May/June 2012