January 2020

NACE Update from President Tim Hens

Happy New Year! I know there is always philosophical debate about the actual start of a decade—whether it would be 2020 or 2021, but we have clearly entered the '20’s; so that’s what I’m going with.

NACE started off the year and the decade in a very big way! On January 9th I was invited to attend a policymaking decision and press conference at the White House with President Trump.  The President, at the recommendation of his Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), is directing an update to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It is the first major overhaul of NEPA since it was enacted nearly 50 years ago.  

This is a big deal for NACE, and for counties across the country. We have worked hard for many years stressing the importance of environmental streamlining on federal aid projects. The Administration’s policy update seeks to limit the timeline on NEPA decisions and make project approvals move ahead much quicker. Under current rules, policy decisions can linger for years and projects can be hung up in court cases even longer—sometimes decades.

It was also a very big deal for NACE to be invited to the event. For years, NACE has worked hard at improving our status on a national level; with the aims of being sought after as technical subject matter experts in roads and bridges. Being asked to attend the event helped to cement this status.

Since the White House event, we have fielded follow-up requests from national media outlets. While NACE involvement on these shows were ultimately bumped in favor of impeachment coverage, it was encouraging to see that press releases by NACE are being seen, and that our organization is looked upon as one the public trusts and understands. I suspect there will be more opportunities to place our organization front and center in the very near future.  In fact, as a direct result of our attendance, the White House has made a request they would like NACE to assist them with, and the entirety of our membership is invited to participate.

The Administration is looking for “on-the-ground” stories of how current NEPA regulations have either seriously inhibited or stopped/prevented an infrastructure project from occurring.  We would like you to send these incidences to Kevan at [email protected], where they will be compiled.  They do not need to be “official” or drawn out as a report, for “the story”, or example, is what they seek.  If you/your county would like to submit official comments for the Federal register (also requested to us from the White House, if applicable), you can do so here.

Our Annual Conference is just around the corner.  Registration has been very active and rooms at the Perdido Beach Resort are going very quickly, so if you haven’t yet registered and made travel plans for NACE 2020 in Baldwin County, Alabama (Orange Beach), I encourage you to do so very soon! We continue to see registration at a record pace and the event is going to be off the charts. By the way, if you are a football fan, make sure you bring some of your favorite team’s gear. There will be a tailgate theme at the Expo at The Wharf.

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