NACE Awards Committee Update

From the desk of: Greg S. Parker, PE, Johnson County Engineer, Iowa City, Iowa.

Greetings to all NACE Members. As your Awards Committee Chair, I wanted to give you an update of our committee activities since Wisconsin Dells as I sit on the Ft. Lauderdale Beach watching the rolling waves hit the end of the sand beach preparing for my families New Year’s Eve Event. It is a stunning view…OK, back to work!!!

First off, I want to thank the NACE Executive Director for making a great choice in hiring Staci Morgan, Conference and Membership Manager. Staci was instrumental in assisting the Awards Committee in putting together the new way we will be accepting the Urban & Rural County Engineer of the Year Award. Staci took time out of her busy schedule to attend our tele-conference meetings held over the past 8 months.

Secondly, I want to thank our 2018 Awards Committee Members:  Robert Berndt, TX, John Mark Davis, AL, Clifford Frye, IL, Letticia Neal, WA, Rod Meredith, CO and Chris Traini, ON for; 1) the time they spent making the call-ins, 2) giving input into what we think will streamline the awards submittal process and 3) test driving the new process to make sure it is user friendly.

As promised at the Dells our committee has been working very hard on trying to streamline the submittal process so it is easier for applicants to submit. The Awards Committee goal was to streamline the process for the applicant and the reviewer. We think that goal has been accomplished.

Again, the only changes we have made are for the Rural & Urban County Engineer of the Year Application/Award. We will consider the other applications/awards at a future date, or not.

We hope to see many competitive applications, please follow the link below:
https://www.countyengineers.org/award-guidelines-engineer

First, READ the APPLICATION DIRECTIONS. Then because it is an online fill document, I recommend that that you open the application and review it before you start. That way you have all your information ready. The application software does not allow us to save and return to the application. If you have your information ready, plan on 1 hour or less. You can input information in two ways; 1) at the time you open the document, or 2) compete the information before hand as a word type document and cut & paste it into the application, recommended. This way you can modify your saved word document because you are limited to word counts this also protects your information in case something happens.
One very important point to note is that the pointing system and items requested as part of the application have not changed. You can upload scanned documents, photos, etc into the application per the application directions. Once you have completed the online application, click submit. That is it, simple.

I hope to see many County Engineers submitting either a Rural or Urban County Engineer of the year application. As always, if you have any issues that we did not find, please let me know immediately so we can get those action items corrected.

REMEMBER – APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 22, 2019

The Awards Committee would like to wish everyone the best in 2019 and see you all in Wichita at the NACE Conference, April 14-18.


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