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FRoM ACEC To YoU engineeringInc. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT & CEo VICE PRESIDENT, oPERATIoNS VICE PRESIDENT, GoVERNMENT AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT, INSTITUTE FoR BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DIRECToR, CoMMUNICATIoNS and MEDIA STAFF EDIToR Putting Infrastructure on America’s Political Agenda As we enter the height of the election season, we must devote our efforts to making sure the candidates understand America’s critical infrastructure needs—in transportation, water and energy—and the importance of a healthy and growing private sector. Preventing devastating cuts to state transportation programs in 2009 and laying the groundwork for a new transportation program, as well as the elimination of the unfair 3 percent withholding mandate and other regulatory relief measures are high on our agenda. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), the subject of our cover feature, is a champion in the fight to repeal the 3 percent withholding. He joins the Council in the belief that small businesses and companies pursuing government contracts— many of which operate on tight margins or irregular cash flows—would be adversely affected by this withholding tax. (See page 8.) This issue of Engineering Inc. also reports on the growing— and profitable—international market for Member Firms, with some firms now generating more revenue from overseas projects than domestically. Also included are results of the 2008 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey, which show that insurance premiums are continuing a stable trend (see page 19), and the 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards Call for Entries, which begins the annual process of recognizing Member Firm achievements. Additionally, you can meet the new ACEC Executive Committee as its members address their individual motivations for participating in the Council’s leadership. Finally, start making your plans for the ACEC Fall Conference—the industry’s preeminent business event—to be held Oct. 19–22 in beautiful Montréal, Canada. John F. Hennessy III David A. Raymond Mary Ann Emely Steven Hall Jeffrey L. Beard Alan D. Crockett Andrea Keeney (202) 682-4347 ACEC PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Edward J. Mulcahy THE MAGAzINE GROUP EDIToRIAL DIRECToR Thomas Halligan Corey Murray ART DIRECToRS Jeff Kibler, Melissa Hamid PRoJECT MANAGER Mary Mieszczanski MANAGING EDIToR ADVERTISING SALES Nina Goldman Director Advertising & Sponsorships ACEC 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005-2605 (202) 682-4325 Engineering Inc., Volume 19, Number 4 (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. © 2008 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 For more current news on ACEC issues and developments, subscribe to the weekly electronic newsletter, Last Word. To subscribe, contact abrandstadter@ For members without electronic access, a fax-on-demand version is available. Contact Ann Brandstadter for information at 202-682-4333. David A. Raymond ACEC President & CEO John F. Hennessy III ACEC Chairman WWW.AC EC .o RG 2 ENGINEERING INC. JULY / AUGUST 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2008

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2008
2009 EEA Call for Entries
Table of Contents
From ACEC to You
News & Notes
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Congressman Kendrick Meek
Going Global
2008 Professional Liability Insurance Survey
Institute for Business Management 2008 Fall Course Catalog
Bridging the Gap
2008 Convention Wrap Up
2008-2009 Executive Committee
2008 Fall Conference Primer
Business Insights
Members in the News
One on One

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2008