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Monday, April 16, 2018  
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Member Update

April 13, 2018

 

GENERAL LAND OFFICE RELEASES ACTION PLAN FOR

$5 BILLION DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS

 

The General Land Office has released a draft State Action Plan for the distribution of $5.024 billion in community development block grant funds for disaster recovery. Some of the funds will be distributed directly to Houston and Harris County to use under GLO supervision. Most of the funds are housing-related, but $413 million is allocated for local infrastructure (coordinated though councils of government) and $137 million for local, regional, and state planning efforts. The document notes that the GLO will coordinate the planning efforts and coordinate with "public universities and/or private vendors" to identify the scope of the planning.

 

Some questions have been raised about what, if any, role the universities should and will play in this effort. We will be discussing that with the GLO. You can find the plan here.

 

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, AND EVENTS

 

Mark your calendar for the fourth annual TEXAS AE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE, co-sponsored by ACEC Texas and Morrissey Goodale, will be held in San Antonio October 24-25. On the afternoon of the 24th, Morrissey Goodale will offer several management-related seminars, followed by an evening reception. For the main conference on the 25th, speakers will include Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, economist Ray Perryman, political journalist Ross Ramsey, a panel of CEOs of Texas firms, and break out sessions focusing on commercial markets, transportation, and water issues in the San Antonio and central Texas region. ACEC Texas members will receive a discount on registration. Registration links will be available at a later date.

 

ACEC Texas' two-day PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING will be presented in Houston May 7-8. These sessions are led by John Geddie of Geddie & Associates.

 

ACEC Texas's Annual BUSINESS CONFERENCE will be held May 16-17 in Addison and will feature separate forums for human resources professionals, information technology professionals, and CFO/financial professionals.

 

ACEC Texas and TxDOT are offering several training sessions on FAR AUDIT ISSUES, presented by Dan Purvine of AE Clarity and Roy Gonzalez of TxDOT's Audit Office. The sessions will be in Austin on May 15 and in Arlington on June 14. Registration is available on www.acectx.org. The sessions will focus on issues such as allowability of compensation (including bonuses), insurance, depreciation, staff training and licensure, and other matters.

 

Each year, TxDOT offers training for its staff and consultants on the agency's ERRORS AND OMISSIONS PROCESS. The training is focused on the steps involved in identifying an error and omission, who is responsible, use of E&O change order codes, and understanding the overall process. Four seats in each session are set aside for ACEC Texas to allocate to members, in order to provide some private sector perspective.

 

This year the two-day sessions are scheduled for:

June 20-21 - Houston

June 26-27, 2018 - Fort Worth

July 18-19, 2018 - San Antonio

July 24-25, 2018 - Austin

August 14-15, 2018 - Dallas

 

The limited seats for these sessions will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one seat per firm unless space is available for more. Please email steve@acectx.org and indicate which session you would prefer.

 

The TxDOT CONSTRUCTION, PAVEMENT, AND MATERIALS CONFERENCE will be held May 23-25 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin. Participation is open to private sector participants but in order to make space available for as many firms as possible, TxDOT is encouraging limiting participation to 2-3 employees per firm. In addition, exhibit space is available; contact Bunny Neible at Bunny.Neible@txdot.gov or 512.416.2588 for more information. Go here for more information on the conference. (At this date there is not a registration link on this page but it is expected shortly.)

 

 

Calendar of Events

  • April 15-18: ACEC National Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • June 28: ACEC Texas Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting, Austin
  • July 12-14: ACEC Texas Summer Public Affairs Conference, Snowmass, CO (open to Public Policy Council members)

In The News

Go to www.acectx.org for current articles on construction, engineering, public works, transportation, politics and more including:

  • Houston suburban cities tout growth and lament challenges
  • Texas A&M holds ribbon-cutting for new infrastructure research facility
  • Texas is making billions from oil and gas drilling, but rural counties say roads are being destroyed
  • Three take-aways from Austin City Council's first review of propsed $851 million bond proposal
  • Creighton pushes for non-tolled Hwy 249
  • Fredericksburg ISD eyes $9.3 million bond
  • Engineers develop method of using the sun to treat drinking water
  • Round Rock ISD committee mulls bond election
  • Houston office vacancies at levels not seen in two decades
  • Some question use of fill dirt to lift homes above flood plain
  • and more . . .

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