December, 2019
From the ACECL Staff, we hope you and your family had a Happy and Safe Holiday and that 2020 brings you peace and prosperity!

ACECL enjoyed a great 2019 and we look forward to more exciting programming in 2020! To come in 2020:

Launch of new State PAC
2020 EEA Awards Call for Entries
2020 Regular Legislative Session
2020 Special Legislative Session on Infrastructure??
2020 Emerging Leaders Class
2020 Summer and Fall Conferences
2020 EEA Gala
and more...

Stay tuned for announcements, alerts and lots of activity!
In this edition you'll find:

  • December 2019 ACECL Board Meeting documents
  • New ACECL Councils
  • ACEC PAC Update
  • DOTD Conference
  • 2020 Critical Issues Summit Sponsorships
  • Chapter News
  • Upcoming Calendar Dates
The ACECL Board of Directors held its December Board Meeting and Holiday Lunch on December 12, 2019.
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Modeled after the national ACEC councils and in response to suggestions for opportunities to engage non-engineering professionals in ACECL programming, ACECL is launching three councils: CFO, CIO and Human Resources.

Through the ACECL Councils employees with specific functional responsibilities can network with peers from other member firms.

The Councils will interact through conference calls, ACECL Facebook community groups and roundtable discussions at the annual ACECL Fall Conference. Each Council will develop their own discussion topics and pace of interaction. The Facebook Community Groups established through the ACECL Facebook page or like platform will provide for timely feedback and shared experiences not just from professional peers but from those engaged in the same business line. This will be an invaluable tool for your leadership team or yourself as a principal.

Principals are encouraged to share this opportunity with their key leadership team members so they can sign up. The greater the participation, the greater the return on this time investment.

CFO Council
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Council provides a framework for senior finance executives and financial thought leaders in the engineering industry to discuss their changing role — from financial management to company strategist. The CFO Council will provide opportunities to exchange best practices, network with peers from around the state, and get the insights and ideas to keep your firm successful in these challenging economic times. 
CIO Council
The ACECL CIO Council will be all about sharing best practices and innovations. The Council will provide a framework for the "thought leaders" in the engineering industry to discuss market trends and specific IT leadership challenges and solutions with their industry counterparts.
Human Resources Council
Through ACECL’s Human Resources Council, HR professionals will be connected to a network of their peers in the engineering business. Professionals share best practices, discuss problems and solutions, gain valuable insights into industry trends, and network with each other.

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BATON ROUGE, DECEMBER 16. Speaker: Fred Raiford, City of Baton Rouge
SHREVEPORT, DECEMBER 3 . Speakers: Dr. Les Guice, President, La. Tech and Ali Mustapha, Caddo Levee District

For the second year in a row, ACEC of Louisiana met its annual PAC goal. This year ACECL raised $24,150 in support of our La. Congressional Delegation and key members of Congress. Your support enables ACEC to advocate for national policies that impact your business. Thanks to all contributors and special recognition to ACEC Club supporters:
Capitol Club ($5,000) Kenneth Smith
Chairman's Club ($2,500) William Fenstermaker
Millennium Club ($1,000)  Doreen Brasseaux, Kurt Evans, Sergio Girau, Ralph Junius and Frank Nicoladis
Congressional Club ($500) Wilfred Barry, Andree Cortez, Alex Guillory, Nathan Junius, Michael McGaugh and Sheri Smith

New Orleans is the winning Chapter in the ACEC PAC 2019 Chapter Challenge! New Orleans Chapter members contributing will receive a free voucher for a chapter lunch in 2020. THANK YOU chapter members for your support!

Joint Transportation Legislative Committee Authorizes DOTD to proceed with Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement P3 project.
Effective with contracts executed after December 31,  2019,  DOTD will require use of a standardized invoice form that will have to be submitted electronically.

The standardized form will be very similar to the format used now but will be an improved, easier to use form. The form will be in Excel format with tabs that roll up to a summary tab. [There will be some tabs not applicable to a consultant.]

DOTD should roll out this new invoice sometime before the end of the year. They will also phase in the required use of the invoice on existing contracts as they are amended.

In addition to a CCS alert. consultants will notice the new invoice with advertisements posted after December 31.
Business of Design Consulting is a 3-1/2 day program developed to build management expertise and leadership to help your firm thrive. Taught by experienced industry practitioners, the agenda covers the critical topics every A/E firm needs to know to succeed despite an ever-changing business environment. 

Having an ACEC conference in our backyard is a great opportunity for our firms to take advantage of a premier national engineering conference without the added travel costs.  

Visit the ACEC website at:  
for detailed conference information and registration. 

Early registration deadline is January 17!

RFQs were released by the City-Parish on Dec. 13, 2019 to begin the process of selecting engineering firms for the following projects:

College Drive Corridor Enhancement

Bluebonnet (Picardy Avenue – Perkins Road)

Jones Creek (Jefferson Highway – Airline)

Groom Road (LA 19 – Plank Road)

Firms interested in responding to Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) to work on MOVEBR projects as Consultants should follow the City-Parish procurement process.

To be notified when RFQs are advertised in the future, you must  register with the City-Parish RFQ Manager .



February 13-14, 2020
Conference starts at 1:00pm 2/13/20
Conference ends 12:00pm 2/14/20
Baton Rouge Downtown Hilton Hotel



(Sponsorship includes recognition on all event promotional literature,
event registration website, conference signage, conference program/app, 
and personal recognition at the conference)

Contact: Janet Tomeny at  [email protected]  for a Sponsorship Opportunity!
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans plans to spend $325 million on infrastructure projects in 2020
2020 DOTD Transportation Conference
March 1-4, 2020
Raising Cane's River Center
DOTD will announce changes to the selection process for consulting engineers during the conference.
ACECL will host a session on March 3 from 10:15am to Noon. Topics will be State and National Experiences with Alternative Delivery and State funded project outlook.

DOTD is sponsoring the Transportation Excellence Awards as part of the conference. Deadline to submit an entry is no later than JANUARY 15, 2020.
New Orleans Chapter Luncheon
  • January 9, 2020
Lake Charles Luncheon
  • January 22, 2020
Monroe Luncheon
  • January 28, 2020
Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon
  • February 10, 2020
ACECL Board Meeting
  • February 13, 2020
Critical Issues Summit
  • February 13-14, 2020
Lafayette Chapter Luncheon
  •  February 18, 2020
DOTD Transportation Conference
  • March 1-4, 2020
ACEC Business of Design Consulting Conference
  • March 4-7, 2020
Thank You to our Annual Sponsors!
Doreen Brasseaux
President & CEO
ACEC of Louisiana
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