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ACEC Stock Index

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The ACEC Index compares the stock performance of ACEC’s publicly held Member Firms with the NYSE Composite Index and Total U.S. Construction Spending.

A/E Employment

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Total U.S. architectural and engineering employment climbed in July for the tenth consecutive month.


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ACEC Webinars

4—"Documentation", by Dan Buelow, managing director, and Robert Stanton, Willis A&E. This workshop examines the importance of effective communication in the design process, addressing both what constitutes effective communication and pitfalls frequently encountered by engineers.
9—Betting the Firm: Managing the Risks of Indemnity Clauses in Professional Services Agreements, by Karen Erger, vice president and director of practice risk management, Lockton Companies. Participants will learn to identify and evaluate the risk represented by indemnity clause language, including the risk that it will not be covered by professional liability insurance.
10—Legal Issues Unique to Design-Build, by Mark Friedlander, partner, Schiff Hardin. A nationally-renowned design-build expert will lay out the business and legal issues that make design-build and engineering, procurement and construction projects unique.
11—Strategic Planning—Don't Waste Your Time, by Mark Goodale, principal, Morrissey Goodale. If you're going to invest time, money and effort into strategic planning, make sure you work on things that matter.
18—6 Month Review of New Affirmative Action Regs for Protected Vets and People with Disabilities, by Maryelena Zaccardelli, MEZ Consulting, LLC. This webinar will review the new regulations governing federal contractor efforts related to affirmative action for Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans, identify how they differ from the former requirements, and discuss what is known about how the regulations will be enforced.
23—Ten Top Tips of Terrific Communicators, by Sylvia Montgomery, senior partner, Hinge. Learn what tips the scale for buyers of A/E/C services; which marketing techniques are favored by buyers but overlooked by 97% of sellers; what is the real value that your firm brings to clients; and what you can do to increase the referrals your firm receives.
24—A Tour of the Horizon for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Service Opportunities with the United States Government, by Jim McCarthy, owner and technical director, AOC Key Solutions, Inc. (KSI).Learn which federal agencies are the most active buyers; identify what type of A/E/C services will be produced; ascertain specific targets of business opportunity; discover opportunities for teaming and subcontracting; detect new and emerging trends; and receive strategies and tactics for winning.
25—Opportunities Lost: 16 Missing Things from Most Marketing and Business Strategies, by Wendy Nemitz, Ingenuity Marketing Group, LLC. This session unpacks the 16 things that firms fail to deploy in their marketing or business strategies, including no differentiation in competitive messaging, zero or weak calls to action, compensation plans that discourage nonbillable activities, and more.
30—Be Memorable and Win More Work: The Difference-Makers for Winning Proposals, by Jim Rogers, president, Fleetridge. Learn why being memorable is the key to winning more work. Find out why being memorable actually trumps being “better” than your competitors.
1—What Is the Right Value for Your Firm, by David Cohen, managing director, Matheson Advisors. Through case studies and “war stories” the presenter will explore why a firm needs a formal valuation; different ways to value a design firm; how to get your firm ready to sell (internally or externally); and, stock formulas and what creates positive shareholder behavior.
2—Negotiating Better Engineering Contracts, by Gary Bates, Roenker Bates Group. Understand the importance of conflict resolution in our business and personal lives. Know what skills are required to be an effective negotiator. Realize the proper sequence for reaching win-win engineering and architectural contracts.
7—Raising Your Marketing ROI, by David Stone, Stone & Company. This program will show you how much you should be spending on marketing, what you can expect a marketing program to do for you, what should be in your marketing plan, how to set up an effective marketing department—whether in-house or outsourced—and how to measure results.
8—Expand Your Business: How to Diversify Your Network and Get Out of a Rut, by Jim Wylde, associate, Contacts Count. Are you spinning your networking wheels, stuck in the same professional conversations with the same clients? In this webinar you’ll discover the latest strategies for expanding your business through the optimal balance in outreach.
9—Policies for Maximizing Revenue without Sacrificing Your Firm’s FAR Overhead Rate, by T. Wayne Owens, T. Wayne Owens & Associates, PC. This webinar covers the FAR Formula and how firm policy decisions effect total revenue. Learn how to balance the needs of commercial clients with the requirements of the government, and to negotiate with confidence when your rate structure is different from the competition.
14—Content and Social Media for Professional Services: 5 Things Every Executive Should Know, by Sylvia Montgomery, senior partner, Hinge. Discover how your firm can leverage social media to gain a competitive advantage.
15—Site Safety Responsibility and Liability, by J. Kent Holland, Construction Risk LLC. Using court decisions from courts around the country, the presenter will provide a detailed discussion of who owes what duties by virtue of their role on the project, the language of their contracts, and the actions of their personnel in the field.

Latest News

Key Fall Legislative Priorities: Procurement Reforms, Critical Tax Provisions, Infrastructure Funding

During the short September Congressional session and the "Lame Duck" period following the November 4 election, the Council is focused on the following priorities:

  • Passage of a continuing resolution to fund federal programs after September 30.

  • Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank charter, set to expire at the end of September. ACEC Members are encouraged to contact their Congressional delegation in support of the Bank. Click here for more information and a sample letter.

  • Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (which sets government-wide procurement rules) with limits on the use of single-step design-build, prohibitions on the use of reverse auctions, and reforms to the short-listing process.

  • Extension of several expiring tax provisions, including the R&D tax credit, parity for employer-provided transit benefits, increased Section 179 expensing limits, and the wind energy tax credit. The tax benefits would be in effect for 2014, retroactive to January 1, and end on December 31, 2015. A few provisions—such as R&D or Section 179—could be made permanent.

  • Early action on long-term transportation funding in advance of MAP-21 expiration in May, 2015.

ACEC Auditor Says Council "Among the Best Managed Associations"

ACEC's auditing firm CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) has commended the Council's financial and operational performance following the 2014 audit.

"In this challenging economic climate—in which organizations must also meet higher standards of compliance—ACEC has not only preserved its financial health but continues to meet and exceed these higher industry standards," wrote CLA Principal J. Andrew Smith. ACEC's financial practices and procedures are "much better than many of the over 600 non-profit organizations we encounter."

To view a copy of the auditor letter, click here.

Minuteman Fund Grant to Help Idaho Secure Transportation Funding Increase

ACEC has awarded a Minuteman Fund grant to ACEC/Idaho to help defray the cost of a public outreach campaign to increase transportation funding in the state.

ACEC/Idaho and a coalition of transportation stakeholders called the Idaho Transportation Funding Coalition are leading the effort to add $300 million annually to the state's transportation budget by increasing the state gas tax, registration fee, and other fees. A recent survey of likely voters in the state found support for increased transportation funding.

For more information on The Minuteman Fund, click here.

Washington State Surpasses ACEC/PAC Fundraising Goal for Tenth Straight Year

ACEC/Washington became the latest state to achieve its 2014 ACEC/PAC fundraising goal, joining Indiana, South Carolina, Delaware, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky and Connecticut. Seven other states are at 70 percent or higher of their goal.

ACEC/WA's ten-year streak is no accident, said PAC Champion Chris Robertson of Shannon and Wilson in Seattle. “Supporting ACEC/PAC is part of our organizational culture. It begins with our leaders but we work to engage all of our membership in our political programs and help them understand that the PAC exists to benefit them and their firm.”

For more information about ACEC/PAC and ACEC’s political programs, contact ACEC Executive Director for Political Affairs Greg Knopp or ACEC/PAC Director Cara Gavagan.

Deadline Looming for ACEC Conference Registration and Room Discounts. Book Now!

Register by September 22 for the 2014 ACEC Fall Conference at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, October 22-25, and save $100. Additional registrants from the same firm—and first-time Member attendees—save an additional $145.

ACEC's special discounted room rate of just $214/night also expires on September 22.

The Conference features expert speakers, CEO panels, more than 30 management education programs, CEO roundtables, the CASE Convocation, a celebration of 20 years of the ACEC Senior Executives Institute, the annual ACEC awards luncheon, and numerous ACEC coalition, council, and forum events.

For more information and to register, click here.

ACEC/PAC, ACEC/Illinois Support Representative Bustos

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)(second from left), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with ACEC/Illinois members (left to right) Brett Fetter of McClure Engineering Associates, Inc., Dan Meckes of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., and Geri Boyer of Kaskaskia Engineering Group.


FHWA Partners with Member Organizations in Third Round of Project Delivery Innovation Initiatives

The Federal Highway Administration has released the next round of its “Every Day Counts” series of project delivery acceleration and technology deployment initiatives. Several ACEC Member Organizations are participating in the effort through their DOT’s designated State Innovation Council.

The program features 11 technologies and practices designed to help shorten the project delivery process, enhance safety and improve environmental sustainability, including 3-D Engineered Models, Accelerated Bridge Construction, Electronic Project Document Management Systems, Roadway Reconfiguration, e-NEPA and Implementing Quality Environmental Documentation.

FHWA will work with state and local transportation agencies and other partners, including ACEC and its Member Firms, to deploy the innovations over the next two years. A series of regional summits will be held this fall to discuss the initiatives and share best practices.

For more information, click here.

California Passes Bill to Regulate Groundwater Use

The California legislature passed a bill over the weekend that calls for local and state management of groundwater supplies. California has been the only state in the nation not to monitor or regulate groundwater.

The legislation, which Governor Brown is expected to sign, requires groundwater basins to form a local management agency within two years, adopt a sustainable management plan within five years, and achieve a sustainable supply of groundwater within 20 years.

Unlike the current situation in which landowners can pump as much groundwater as they want without accountability, the new bill mandates that each groundwater basin report every landowner's pumping quantities and the depth of groundwater each year.

FHWA Lags Behind in Implementation of MAP-21 Bridge Safety Mandates

The Federal Highway Administration has completed only half of the 24 required MAP-21 bridge safety and funding provisions, according to a recent report by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General.

Delays in two rulemakings regarding asset management and performance management may delay states' implementation of key performance and accountability requirements by at least a year later than specfied in MAP-21. Further, the FHWA has not finalized plans for the prioritization process for bridges or fully determined the contents of a required report to Congress on national bridge and tunnel inventories.

To view the complete report, click here.

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