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January, 2021
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The next meeting will be held February 5, 2021
City of New Orleans - review and draft questions underway in response to recently issued RFQ for Citywide Roster. Development of suggested changes to resident inspection process.

DOTD - discussions ongoing with DOTD relative to engineer selection process, compensation, traffic, fee negotiation process, Secretary/Chief Roundtable, SelectServer phase out.

Lafayette Parish School System - finalizing comments to LPSS relative to new A/E selection process.

State Division of Administration - advocated for changes to how engineering services are procured for purposes of HUD funds in adherence to state Hammett Act and federal procurement rules.

Legislation - drafts underway to strengthen Hammett Act to clarify 'design services' are A/E services. Not everybody gets that.
In July 2020, ACECL launched its state PAC. Many thanks to the firms who contributed to this important advocacy tool. The PAC committee looks forward to participating in the 2024 election cycle.
Thank you to our federal PAC contributors and sponsors! We raised $21,500 in 2020! Your contributions will enable us to support our congressional delegation and influential members of Congress. We reset now for 2021. Please consider a donation this year so that we can meet our annual goal!
Click here for a summary of the Omnibus Stimulus bill that was signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. It includes links to PPP regulations released in early January by SBA.
2021: A Year of Building for MOVEBR. Baton Rouge Sharon Broome issues a 2021 outlook in the Q4 MOVEBR Report: Click here to view full report.
ACEC just published a new interview on their podcast with Eddie Sotto, the owner of SottoStudio/LA and the former Senior Vice President of Concept Design at Walt Disney Imagineering. The focus of the discussion was inspiration and how designers and creatives can work hand in hand with engineers to produce great user experiences.
In Memoriam

Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered or experienced loss associated with COVID19. It is a virus that does not discriminate by age, race, or gender. This month we remember two special people who left us too soon from from complications caused by COVID19. Their contributions, although very different, to our industry and our state changed us for the better.

In their memory and those you have lost, stay safe, social distance and wear a mask.
John Graves, PE
Owner of Evans-Graves Engineers known for his knowledge, skills, volunteerism, philanthropy and mentorship of young engineers in training. Click here for John's obituary.
Steve Carter
State Representative who authored and fought to increase infrastructure funds for Louisiana and improve the our state's education system.
Click here for an editorial about Steve.
Doctors save lives one at a time...engineers save lives by the thousands. Engineering a response to the coronavirus...
Which project will win the coveted Grand Conceptor Award?
Join us March 25th to find out!
ACEC's Senior VP for Advocacy Steve Hall and VP for Infrastructure Matt Reiffer joined the ACECL Transportation Committee January 14 to discuss certain regulatory decisions related to the FAR credits clause and overhead rates for firms with forgiven PPP loans as well as anticipated increased federal infrastructure investment.

Click here to view the virtual meeting.
ACECL has been working with Steve Hall and Matt Reiffer with ACEC advocating to congressional delegation for a fix to a FAR credits clause issue that will adversely impact firms who do business with federal agencies and received forgiven PPP loans. With the help of our Transportation Committee advocacy, ACECL held meetings with Congressman Garret Graves and Congressman Steve Scalise's office to discuss options for a congressional fix. See below links for overviews of the issue. ACECL will keep you posted as this issue moves forward.
Click here for fact sheet
Click here for an overview of issue and status report.
City of New Orleans held their Small Business Industry Day Teleconference Jan. 19. Click here for handout.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced plans to move forward with soliciting a developer for the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project in Lake Charles. Click here for more information.
Got Grit? - The GRIT ACT (Government Reform in Transportation Act) is close to being finalized. Bill author Rep. Jack McFarland has traveled the state explaining the bill to colleagues and generating support. LCFOR has secured a strategic policy, lobbying and communications team to push this across the finish line. The coalition includes over 100 organizations and businesses who are putting their resources and energy behind this effort. From Family Forum to LABI, this is an unprecedented effort. To join the effort, click here to join and contribute to LCFOR.
ACEC's Linda Darr recently sent a letter to President Biden's transition team that expresses ACEC's support for a robust infrastructure-based recovery agenda in 2021. According to Linda, "the new Administration will need to navigate an evenly divided Congress on all of these initiatives, but much of this agenda – particularly infrastructure – has a history of bipartisanship that gives us optimism for success." Click here for letter.
Brought to you by the following Associations:

  • February 5, 2021 - Board of Governors Meeting
  • February 11, 2021 - New Orleans Chapter Meeting
  • February 19, 2021 - ACECL HR Council Meeting
  • March 3 - 4, 2021 - Critical Issues Summit (VIRTUAL)
  • March 8, 2021 - Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting
  • March 11, 2021 - Transportation Committee Meeting

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ACEC Affiliate Members

ACEC Business Insurance Trust
ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Alexander & Sanders, a division of BXS Insurance
Barriere Construction Group, LLC
Benefits One, LLC
BFM Corporation, LLC
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
Brown & Brown of Louisiana
BRAYN Consulting, LLC
CxA Services, LLC
Durable Piling Restoration, LLC
Environmental Technical Sales, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Foley & Judell, LLP
Forterra Pipe & Precast
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, LLP
Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP
HUB International
Industrial Fabrics
O. R. Colan Associates, LLC
Quality Sitework Materials, Inc.
Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
Wray & Associates, L.L.P.
Doreen Brasseaux
President & CEO
ACEC of Louisiana
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