March 2018

NACE and NACo Educated on the President’s Infrastructure Package

By Richie Beyer, PE
      Elmore County, AL

In early March, NACE and NACo members descended on Washington, DC, to attend the 2018 NACo Legislative Conference. The meeting was filled with speakers focused on the different elements of the President’s Infrastructure Plan, along with current transportation programs.

During the March 3rd NACo Transportation Steering Committee, NACE and NACo members heard from a myriad of USDOT personnel and former Congressman and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee John Mica (Fla.). Members of the committee learned about effective advocacy methods, federal motor carrier standards, details of the administration’s infrastructure plan, grant opportunities through USDOT, and drones. The group also received an update of ongoing projects related to Community Resiliency, Economic Development and Transportation from NACo’s Community Solutions and Innovations Division, or CSI for short. Our own president, Brian Keierleber, delivered a NACE update to the steering committee focusing on safety, streamlining and funding- NACE’s primary legislative priorities.

In addition to informative speakers, three interim resolutions related to transportation were adopted by the committee (and later ratified by NACO’s Board of Directors).

NACo’s Associate Legislative Director for Transportation, Kevan Stone, briefed the committee on several items including a Capitol Hill Briefing NACo was hosting of the conference entitled “America’s Counties: The Foundation for American Infrastructure” and NACo’s infrastructure awareness effort entitled “Counties Build.”.

I participated in several NACo Board of Director activities on NACE’s behalf. An additional opportunity to discuss infrastructure occurred in the board meeting when President Trump’s Special Assistant on Infrastructure, DJ Gribbin, and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Billy Kirkland, addressed the board. We posed questions to each speaker to delve deeper into some of the proposed measures that the Administration has laid out in their plan.

This came on the heels of USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao addressing the entire NACo conference in a general session detailing out the methodology of the President’s Infrastructure proposal.

NACE’s profile with NACo has grown over the last decade thanks to the work of many past and present leaders of NACE. NACo staff has consistently praised our desire to be an engaged affiliate and look to us to be their technical resources. We greatly appreciate NACo and its staff for their continued support of NACE. We believe that our membership’s active involvement and partnership with NACo will continue to pay dividends for counties across the nation.

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