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“What are the most critical engineering needs facing the U.S. today?” Attracting Top Talent, Global Competition, Focus on Infrastructure Top 2007–2008 ExCom Answers to: Chairman-elect John F. Hennessy III “The U.S. must face up to the fact that we must raise the level of investment in our nation’s infrastructure. For the nation to continue to grow and provide a better standard of living we must invest in our infrastructure the way the Eisenhower Administration did in the 1950s, which fueled the economic boom of the 1960s. With the proper level of investment the engineers of this country will solve the problems of energy, global warming and transportation.” Chairman Orrin B. “Mac” MacMurray “Adequate financing for infrastructure improvements and private development is our most critical need. Everywhere I go in the country, government officials, corporate leaders, developers and our engineering leaders have a pretty good idea as to what needs to be done. Our government advocacy initiatives to gain political support for addressing these needs and providing the necessary resources to do so are an ACEC top priority.” President & CEO David A. Raymond “Are we going to be ready with 21st-century infrastructure when global investors—both U.S. and foreign—make their decisions on where to establish new plants and industries and what trade routes to use? While the U.S. was the 20th-century favorite, the competition for 21st-century leader is up for grabs. Investments that previously would have gone to the U.S. are increasingly headed to other destinations. To make sure that the U.S. is the destination of choice for investment in the 21st-century, we need to do more than maintain or rebuild a 20th-century base; we need to leap into the future—which is now the present!” Senior Vice Chairman Richard L. Corrigan “Our best clients are those familiar with the unique contributions made by consulting engineers and the importance of Qualifications-Based Selection. Reductions in agency engineering staffs, combined with increased use of multi-purpose contracting officers without engineering expertise, make working for the federal government more challenging and potentially less rewarding. While ACEC has historically opposed increasing government workforces, support for selective hiring of contracting officers with professional backgrounds may be in the public’s best interest, as well as our own.” 36 ENGINEERING INC. JULY / AUGUST 2007

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2007

Call for Entries
From ACEC to You
News & Notes
Market Watch
Legislative Action
The Big Dig
Risky Engineering
2007 Professional Liability Survey
Institute For Business Management Fall 2007 Course Catalog
Roadside Technology
2007 Convention Wrap-Up
2007-2008 Excom
2007 Fall Conference Primer
Business Insights
Members in the News
One on One

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2007