American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Issues & Agenda


ACEC Oregon develops a legislative agenda each year to ensure that the immediate concerns of consulting engineers and the public’s well-being are represented before government leaders.

ACEC Oregon members meet with legislators during our "Day at The Capitol." Issues for discussion include the need for a transportation funding package and implementation of the seismic resilience plan. And we thank legislators for their continued support of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS).

Click here for the Portland Business Journal's guest opinion,
"Legislature needs to fill the transportation funding pothole." 

 


 PRIORITIES INCLUDE

  • Work with other interest groups to pass infrastructure investment packages.

  • Work through the Legislative Committee to identify priority legislation and to create legislative relationships that will help us be successful when the legislature is in session. 

  • Help educate legislators and others as to why potential legislation is bad for design professionals and for the public. As we know, very few legislators in Oregon or across the country have an engineering degree or understand and appreciate the nuances of our profession. It is our job to help them understand.

  • When necessary, oppose legislation that would be detrimental to ACEC members. 

  • Work to protect current QBS (Qualfications Based Selection) law and expand QBS to more projects in Oregon.
     


ACEC OREGON MEETS WITH GOVERNOR BROWN
Governor Kate Brown connected recently with ACEC Oregon members for breakfast. About 20 members attended the event at David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland.

Future transportation and infrastructure funding and resiliency planning were topics of conversation. The group also discussed the importance of the QBS law.

Governor Brown encouraged members to introduce themselves to their legislators and to offer to be a resource for transportation issues.


Pictured above, from left are: Executive Director Alison Davis; Secretary/ Treasurer Mike Reed, GRI; Past-President and National Director Troy Bowers, Murray, Smith & Associates; Governor Kate Brown; President Jay Lyman, David Evans and Associates; and Past-President Erik Peterson, Peterson Structural Engineers, Inc. (January 28, 2016)



 
ACEC encourages government procurement policies that support the use of the private sector.

Oregon’s engineering companies play an essential role in helping public agencies deliver and upgrade critical infrastructure—to reduce congestion on roads and bridges, provide clean drinking water to consumers, develop energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, and enhance the security and safety of the public.

Local and state agencies that contract with engineering firms are able to acquire unique capabilities, adapt quickly to economic conditions and fluctuating workloads, ramp up their programs when funds are available, and ramp down when funding cycles demand savings.