APRIL 28, 2020

ACECL has been invited to participate and serve as a resource for both the Transportation & Infrastructure and the Construction Industry Task Forces for the Governor's Resilient Louisiana Commission. The task forces are charged with 1) issuing industry-specific recommendations to respond to the crisis as they evolve and help safely implement any COVID19 orders of the Governor; and 2) examine Louisiana's economic vulnerability and build a long-term comprehensive game plan for a more resilient future Louisiana economy.

Your initial comments are, of course, encouraged and welcome but we will also keep you informed of the ongoing discussions and request more specific feedback from time to time.

Please feel free to reach out to me (Construction) or Bryan Jones, Associate VP, Gulf Coast District, HNTB (Transportation and Infrastructure) with your questions and comments. Bryan can be reached at bryanjones@hntb.com or 225-218-3648.
Workers Comp and COVID 19

Breazeale Sachse is providing to our members a legal review of WC issues related to COVID19. We are working on a webinar related to this issue as part of our continuing series.

Related resources:

ACEC BIT/Greyling Reports/Briefs:

Insurance Coverage Issues Related to Coronovirus Pandemic. This report from March outlines various insurance coverages applicable to claims that could arise in connection with the pandemic.

Risk and Liability Considerations for Coronavirus Related Services. This brief covers the risk and liability considerations for a firm providing coronavirus related services.

Support a robust infrastructure agenda to promote economic recovery

ACECL member action is requested to engage US House and Senate lawmakers to support an economic recovery agenda that includes significant and sustainable investments in the nation’s critical infrastructure and regulatory reforms to move projects forward expeditiously.

While Congress needs to act to address near-term priorities to keep businesses afloat, ACEC and stakeholder allies are urging lawmakers to begin action on longer-term measures that will kick start the economy and sustain growth in the coming years. ACEC supports an agenda that includes a long-term reauthorization of the FAST Act with sustainable and growing revenues, passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to authorize new Corps of Engineers water projects and more funding and financing mechanisms to support water and wastewater projects, and measures to support energy markets, vertical projects, and other priorities in the built environment. 

This is very easy to do. I have already sent one on behalf of ACECL but your individual support is requested. Just click on the link above, enter your email and zip code to get to the registration page. After you enter that, a version of the letter that you can edit (if you want to) for each of your two senators and one congressman will show on the screen. After you edit each one (or not), just click send! Thanks for your assistance.
You can also help support our LADOTD by advocating for the AASHTO request for Congress to provide $49.95 billion as an immediate revenue backstop to state DOTs. This funding will prevent major disruptions and keep our industry working!

ACECL hosted a Virtual Round table with DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson today.

Link to the recording (first minute is missing but it's mainly the welcome and the Secretary's open remarks).
Complimentary ACEC Webinars to Guide Your Firm through the Coronavirus Pandemic
As part of ACEC’s outreach to Member Firms during the coronavirus pandemic, the Council will host live webinars over the coming weeks.
There is no cost to participate. Interested participants need only register and they will receive access instructions.
Wednesday, April 29th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Friday, May 1st, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Thursday, May 7th, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Presenter: Geordie Aitken, Aitken Leadership Group
Friday, May 8th, 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Presenter: Greg Powell, Managing Director, Investment Banking FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.
Wednesday, May 13th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Thursday, May 14th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
ACEC Podcast:

Late last week, Michael Cooper, ACEC Vice Chair and President of HED, joined the podcast to discuss leadership during crisis.  https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-eeurc-dab46f