ACEC/PAC’s 95 percent success rate in the mid-term elections, as well as its current program of helping candidates retire their campaign debts, is all aimed at translating political muscle into legislative gain for our industry. This job continues during the current lame duck session of Congress and gains more traction with the new Congress in January. With virtually all states contributing at unprecedented levels, we are on track to set a new ACEC/PAC benchmark by the end of the year.
• ACEC/PAC contributed $1.68 million to U.S. House and Senate candidates and national party committees to date this election cycle; 95 percent of all ACEC/PAC supported candidates won in the 2014 mid-term elections, including 17 open seat races.
• ACEC/Utah and ACEC/New York achieved their 2014 ACEC/PAC fundraising goals, bringing the total number of states at goal to 21; many more states are poised to meet their goals by year’s end.
• ACEC-AASHTO Joint Committee agreed to collaborate on a comprehensive update of the AASHTO Guide for Consultant Contracting, last published in 2008, to address selection processes, contract negotiation, and program management issues.
• November featured an array of popular webinars including: How to Give and Receive Effective Feedback; Measuring Time with a Ruler: Statutes of Repose for Public Projects; Is an ESOP Right for Your Firm; Using PowerPoint Effectively in Presentations; Earning a Seat at the Table: A Guide for Emerging Leaders; Innovative Financing to Address Water Infrastructure Needs and Accelerate Investment; The Consulting Engineering Game – Does Size Really Matter?; Two Ways To Measure Project Delays; Best Practices of Highly Effective Boards; and an on-site seminar, Essentials of A/E Financial Management, Valuation and Transition Planning, in San Antonio.
• December webinars will feature: I Don’t Need a Website, I Need a Web Strategy; If You Haven’t Planned It, You Can’t Control It; Design-Build Contracts, Law & Risk Management; Writing and Editing for Readable Proposals; Five Inviolate Laws of Extraordinary Execution; Industry Economic Update – What Can We Expect for the first half of 2015; ESOP Exit Strategy – Why an AE Company Should Consider an ESOP as a Corporate Exit Strategy.