December 2018

NACE Update from President Rich Sanders

The last three weeks of November 25 thru December 11 has been a blur. My mind doesn’t know whether it is in the Eastern, Central or Western Time Zone.

A week in San Diego for the County Engineers Association of California Conference. Then four days in Savannah, GA for the Rural Road Safety Summit. Then three days in Columbus OH for the County Engineers Association of Ohio.

All three conferences were awesome.

I wanted to thank Jeff Pratt and the County Engineers of California for their hospitality. Spent some time with Scott McGolpin, NACE Secretary Treasurer and others enjoying the San Diego weather. 75 and sun in late November was tough to deal with after the coldest fall in recent history in Minnesota, which included October snow and cold temperatures. One of the highlights was the CLOD’s barbecue. Chicken, beef, baked beans and playing Rural vs Urban County Engineer Family Feud. Of course, the Rural team won…

Wanted to thank The Rural Road Safety Center, FHWA, NLTAPA and the NACE Safety Committee for putting together a great conference in Savannah. There were a lot of great sessions and the beginning of the FHWA/NACE/LTAP Safety Pilot #2 in helping counties in Kentucky, Indiana and Georgia create a County Road Safety Plan.

Last, but not least, was the County Engineers of Ohio Conference. Want to thank Dean Ringle (Executive Director) and Paul Grunner (CEAO President) for allowing Kevan and I to attend and give our NACE update and Federal Funding update. Enjoyed spending time with everyone and learning more about Ohio and how being elected and not appointed to County Engineer and Land Surveyor is not all bad. Columbus is one city that already has Autonomous Vehicles on certain streets. And the session about it was very interesting. Hoping that I will be able to bring some of the things I learned back to Minnesota and help with the development of our Autonomous Vehicle Use standards.

On Wednesday, I will be in Des Moines, IA for the Iowa County Engineers conference and will be home late Friday. Will update you on this conference in January.

After all this travel, it is time to go home, relax and rejuvenate, and enjoy the Christmas and New Year Holidays and get ready for 2019. Maybe even spend some time in the office and see if my staff still recognizes me.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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