February 2021

NACE Update from President McGolpin

As I write this month’s article, it has been about an hour since Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl in 10 appearances on arguably the sporting world’s largest stage.  To top it off, Brady also was Super Bowl LV’s Most Valuable Player at 43 years old!  How in the world does an athlete compete at this level and this age and consistently excel to the likes we have never seen before?  The dedication this quarterback has to all aspects of playing professional football, preparation, and the sacrifices he must make personally to achieve this greatness is incredible.  We are all witnessing something that may never be repeated at this level again in the future.

Shifting gears back to reality – something I hope I never have to repeat again is experiencing a pandemic.  This time last year, we were all planning to go to Alabama for a great conference in Orange Beach.  Little did any of us know but the world was going to change, and that change was going to be significant.  Fast forward to today, we have had to cancel our face-to-face conference in Palm Springs for 2021 due to our changed world.  However, thanks to the preparation of our great NACE staff we are in a better position this year to experience a virtual conference platform.  Staci Morgan, our conference director, plans to launch registration for NACE Virtual 2021 on March 1. Please “save the date” for April 19-22! NACE Virtual 2021 will be presented as a 3.5-day fully interactive online event that is designed to deliver a live conference experience without the added expense and logistics of travel. Speakers will share their presentations via live webinars, delivering amazing content right to your living room, office, or wherever you choose to join. And finally, NACE’s Annual Business Meeting will be the highlight of the virtual conference with our NACE Awards and the Officer installation. Stay tuned for more details!

On the week of February 18th myself and NACE Executive Director Kevan Stone had the opportunity to showcase NACE to two groups.  On the 21st, I presented to the Minnesota County Engineers Association.  Minnesota is one of our 100% States and a tremendous supporter of NACE.  Over the last year, we were humbled by Minnesota’s $10,000 donation to help offset the loss of conference revenue we experienced during the COVID Pandemic.  Since the inception of our organization in 1959, Minnesota has provided ten Presidents to NACE.  Most recently Rich Sanders was President of our organization in 2018 and to this day stays very active and is always available to any of us to help.  I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with their County Engineers and sharing what we have been up to at NACE over the last year.  Certainly sorry I did not get the opportunity to visit with them, or the majority of our state affiliates this year, but happy we can still make an impact virtually.  Kevan spoke to NLTAPA on the 20th and I had the opportunity to participate in their partner updates portion of their virtual conference.  NLTAPA has been a strong partner to NACE and provides the cost-effective training we all depend on for our teams so they can deliver outstanding customer service every day in our respective agencies.  Kevan thanked them for that support and walked them through a quick update on what has been going on at NACE and Capitol Hill.  

Speaking of Washington, I wanted to recognize the contributions of our members to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD).  Our delegation to that committee has contributed to the United States Federal Highway Administration’s recent commitment to update the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the first since 2009.  This is no small feat and is a testament to our members' active involvement with partner organizations to improve the safety and efficiency of our roadway networks.  On behalf of our members, allow me to thank NCUTCD voting members Jeff Blue, Tim Hagsma, and Lee Billingsley and Associate Members Mark Nahra, Gary Smart, and Jon Krieg for their years-long efforts in this arena.  

As my “COVID” year as your NACE President starts to wind down I want to thank all of you for your continued support of our outstanding organization.  To say that this year has been different than any before would be an understatement.  The leadership shown by each of you, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee this past year has guaranteed that NACE will continue into the future for our successors.  I am filled with pride knowing that we all came together as one with everything on our plates back home, to make the decisions that needed to be made for the future of County Engineers across this great nation. 

Thank you!



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