May 2019

Infrastructure Week Update from Capitol Hill

While the nation’s local road professionals live and breathe infrastructure, Washington brings the nation’s infrastructure advocates together once a year to spread the message that the United States is in dire need of infrastructure investment.
Whether it be roads, bridges, water systems, broadband or wastewater, infrastructure week touches on numerous issue areas the nation’s county engineers experience each day.  For these reasons, it is only fitting that NACE is an active participant in Infrastructure Week 2019. 

On Wednesday, May 15th, Pierce County Washington Engineer and NACE Past-president Brian Stacy participated in a forum hosted by the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE).  A unique event with an invitation-only participant list, Brian participated in a deep-dive of USACE policies as it pertains to a streamlining of the federal process as it pertains to corp projects such as Section 404 and Section 408 permits.  NACE has taken great pride in positioning itself as technical experts with real-world examples of a strenuous federal process, and the corp is committed to changing its culture to better serve the needs of our residents.  We thank USACE for inviting NACE to participate and look forward to continued cooperation over the next few months and years.

On Thursday, May 16, NACE President and Genesee County, New York County Engineer Tim Hens participated in a Briefing entitled “Rebuilding with Local Government in the 116th Congress” in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper gave remarks and NACE President Hens artfully described the regulatory hurdles that hinder project completion.  With a new Highway Bill forthcoming and the proposition of a wide-ranging infrastructure package, this knowledge provided to Members of Congress and their staff will prove invaluable.  We thank Senator Carper for his remarks and the National Association of Counties for inviting NACE to participate.

While Infrastructure week will wind to a close this week, the job of NACE members never ends.  Every week is infrastructure week for the nation’s local road professionals, and we look forward to continuing to participate in the legislative and regulatory process, lending our unique ability to tangibly describe the effects of federal policy, this week and beyond.



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