June 2022 | Chris champion, p.e.
Welcome to Summer 2022. I’m sure you have your construction schedules laid out and are ready to hit the ground running.
Speaking of hitting the ground running, that best describes my schedule since we last saw each other in Buffalo for NACE 2022. I’ve attended my home state’s Annual Conference in Orange Beach, AL, followed by a trip to Dodge City, Kansas to visit with KCHA. I’m writing this article from Indianapolis, Indiana as I’ve attended the IACHES Summer Conference this week. Next week I travel west to Winthrop, Washington to visit with WSACE for their Summer Conference. Special thanks to Justin Mader, Kansas State Director, and Brent Wendholt, Indiana State Director, for the gracious hospitality they extended during my visits. One of the things I enjoy most about NACE involvement is the networking with other states. Getting together to “talk shop” with our colleagues around the country is how new ideas come to light. How another state addresses a problem may be just the answer for your similar problem.
And before gets Buffalo gets too far in the rearview mirror, special thanks are due NFLer Tim Hens and his team from New York. What a great conference we had in Buffalo! I also want to recognize our Committee Chairs for the technical sessions in Buffalo. I don’t remember a more diverse group of quality sessions that were right on topic for county road officials.
I hope you took the time to respond to the recent survey request you received concerning Committee interest and assignments. If you did, thanks for your willingness to serve and we will do our best to assign you your first choice.
The best way to serve and contribute to our association is through committee involvement. What is your work specialty? Do you live in an area prone to natural disasters? Emergency Preparedness has room! Are you a bridge expert? Structures and Environment is always looking for a fresh perspective. Fascinated by the legislative process? The NACE Legislative Committee has a seat for you. And there are other examples.
Committee service can also serve as a stepping stone to NACE leadership, whether as a state director, a region vice-president or an officer. The continued involvement of our members is vital to the continued strength of our organization. Our goal is to have committee assignments completed by the end of June.
The NACE staff has done a great job keeping the membership informed on the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) from the new Bipartisian Infrastructure Law. A new opportunity of particular interest to County Road officials is the new Bridge Investment Program. This program includes both formula and competitive funding and the soon to be released NOFO is for the competitive portion of the funding. Counties with projects eligible for the program will apply directly to USDOT. Keep and eye on your email as NACE will send you a notice with all the pertinent information for making application for this important program.
It's been a great start to my Presidential year and I’m looking forward to visiting with many you as the year progresses. See you soon!