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📰  September 20, 2022
Good morning. It is hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of summer. It certainly does not feel that way here in Columbia, but change is in the air. Soon enough, we’ll have changing leaves, cooler weather, and holidays right around the corner.

ACEC National and ACEC-SC have been hard at work for their members. ACEC-SC is preparing for the 125th SC General Assembly.
S.422 was introduced during the 124th General Assembly, but with COVID-19 and other bills dominating the legislature, we did not move the legislation. We know we will reintroduce our Indemnity/Duty to Defend bill again this year.  

A form of the Fair Share Bill (Tortfeasors Act) will also be reintroduced. The South Carolina Coalition for Lawsuit Reform (SCCLR), a pro-business coalition that ACEC-SC is a member of, will work with the general assembly to introduce something similar to
H. 3750, which is the tort bill we have worked on for the past two years. SCCLR members are reaching out to Republican legislators, asking them to support the bill. As you may recall, there was a question on this year’s Republican Primary ballot about this legislation. 88% of voters voted to fix our current Joint & Several Liability law.  

The ACEC-SC PAC Trustees voted to support Governor McMaster & Lt. Governor Pamela Evette’s reelection bid at this month’s PAC Trustees Meeting. ACEC-SC Board of Director Brice Urquhart, PE (Davis & Floyd), and I attended an event for the Governor hosted by House Speaker Murrell Smith and Senate President Thomas Alexander on September 8, 2022.  

 
 
S.C. Governor McMaster and Brice Urquhart (Davis & Floyd)

Speaker Smith opened the event touting things McMaster had done since he had been in office before Lt. Governor Evette talked about the past couple of years. McMaster said he would continue to work for the business community in South Carolina and its citizens.
 
S.C. Governor McMaster
With the elections not far away, the ACEC-SC PAC Trustees will vote on House Members and Candidates to support before the election in November.  All House of Representative Members are running for reelection this year.  In the past, Trustees have supported members of the Labor Commerce and Industry Committee as well as members of Judiciary Committees, House Ways & Means Committee, members of the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Education and Public Works Committee, the environmental affairs subcommittee of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee, as well as other Committee Chairman.  Trustees consider the prior voting history,  dedication to the business community, and other factors when deciding what candidates to support.
 
ACEC-SC will be hosting in district meetings before and after the election in November.  We’re working on those dates now.
 
ACEC National continues to advocate for its members on Capital Hill.  Steve Hall, Senior VP of Government Affairs, and his team are hard at work.  They are still fighting hard to get a PPP fix.  The House has again adopted ACEC’s PPP amendment as part of a larger package of amendments to the FY 23 National Defense Authorization Act. ACEC is currently working on a very targeted approach to attacking the issue. 
 
Speaking of National, If you haven’t already registered for the ACEC Fall Conference at the Broadmoor, sign up ASAP.  Hotel rooms are all but gone.  They have a spillover hotel, so contact ACEC’s Meetings department to get those details if you need a room.  
 
The SCDOT Commission met last Thursday.  The Commission approved South Carolina  Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) projects the STIB approved the week before.  The following projects will be funded:
  • SC 41 Widening Project in Charleston County
  • Whiskey Road Connector Project in the City of Aiken
  • SC 246 Widening Project in Greenwood County
  • I-77 at Exit 90 interchange upgrade in York County.
 
Click
 here
 for more details on these projects. 
 
The Commission also approved revisions to the 10 – year plan.  Click here to see “The Commission Report” from SCFOR and read more about the 10-year plan approval and the Commission meeting.  Click here to download the Commission Meeting Presentation.  
 
At the Commission Meeting, Deputy Secretary of Finance Justin Powell was promoted to SCDOT Chief of Staff.  Maggie Hendry will be acting Deputy Secretary of Finance and Administration.  Congrats to Justin& Maggie. 
 
Since we are talking about SCDOT, click here to see the latest ACEC-SC Transportation Committee Update.  SCDOT is asking for our feedback on a number of topics.  Please consider responding.

Are you interested in serving on the ACEC-SC/CarolinasAGC/SCDOT Alternative Delivery Committee (formerly Design Build Committee)?  Send your nomination and resume to subcommittees@acecsc.org. Are you interested in serving on an ACEC-SC/SCDOT subcommittee?  Send your nominee and which Committee you’d like to serve on to 
subcommittees@acecsc.org.  
 
The Planning for the ACEC-SC / SCDOT Annual Meeting is going strong. Jack Aldrich, a known Futurist, will be our keynote speaker. Registration and Sponsorships will be opening next week.  Mark your calendar and save the date for December 14, 2022.  
 
The ACEC-SC Environmental Committee met two weeks ago.  The Committee will be meeting more regularly in the future as we hone the Committee's mission and continue outreach to agencies to see how to grow.  
 
The ACEC-SC Environmental Committee does what to make you aware of the following.  SC DHEC posted a draft Federal FY 2022 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Drinking Water (DW) State Revolving Fund (SRF) Emerging Contaminants Grant for public comment.  This draft lists provisional projects eligible to make use of SRF assistance for drinking water infrastructure in FY 2023.  Click here to download the draft.  Please send written comments to Wayne Shealy, PE, SRF Program Manager, DHEC, 2600 Bull St. Columbia, SC 29201, by COB on 10/14/2022.  Questions? Contact 
Michael Spradlin
 
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the ACEC-SC Lowcountry Golf Tournament and Oyster Roast on November 14, 2022, at Westcott Country Club in Summerville.  For golfers, we will be hosting an 18-hole Captain’s choice tournament that day, and we will be hosting an Oyster Roast that evening for our members to come and network at.  You do not have to play golf to come to the oyster roast.  Details to come.  
 
I apologize for the long report, but it has been a couple of weeks since our last update.  
 
Have a safe and productive week,
 
Adam B. Jones
Events:
October 5, 2022
ACEC-SC EEA Notice of Intent Due
ACEC-SC HQ
Submit here.

October 6, 2022
ACEC-SC Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 AM
Davis & Floyd HQ in Columbia, SC

October 7, 2022
ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Notice of Intent Due

October 16-19, 2022
ACEC National Fall Conference
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO

October 27, 2022
ACEC-SC Transportation Committee Meeting
2:00 PM
Michael Baker Int'l HQ in Columbia, SC

November 3, 2022
ACEC-SC Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 AM
Davis & Floyd HQ in Columbia, SC

November 8, 2022
Steel Bridge Forum 
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Courtyard Marriott 
Columbia, SC
Registration coming soon

November 11, 2022
ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Materials Due
ACEC-SC HQ

November 14, 2022
Lowcountry Golf Tournament 
The Golf Club At Wescott Plantation
Oyster Roast & Live Music to Follow
Registration coming soon

November 18, 2022
ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Judging
(TENTATIVE)


December 14, 2022
ACEC-SC/SCDOT Annual Meeting
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Registration coming soon

📰 News & Events
Nominations for Alternative Delivery (formerly Design Build) Now Open
ACEC-SC/SCDOT/CAGC Alternative Delivery - Nominations

 
The ACEC-SC Alternative Delivery subcommittee is now accepting nominations for the ACEC-SC/SCDOT/CAGC Alternative Delivery subcommittee. Click here to see the guidelines for seating. Submit nominations by October 14, 2022, to subcommittees@acecsc.org.

Click here to submit your nominations.
NOTICE OF INTENT: Submit your ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards Notice of Intent.

PROJECT SUBMISSION: Submit your final project here. We are using a new online portal for submissions this year. Click here for submission instructions.

For more information,
click here.
University of South Carolina Civil/Environmental Engineering Professional Mentors Needed
 
The University of South Carolina requests your consideration in joining the UofSC Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Mentorship Program as a professional mentor.  The goal of this program is to put students in touch with working professionals so they can gain insight into the work we do as engineers.  Contact from students will be limited to three per semester unless you would like to connect more.  If you are interested in participating, click here and fill out the form by COB Wednesday, September 21st.

If you have questions reach out to Dr. Caicedo or Joe Hass, PE (Michael Baker International).
Submit Your Transportation Committee Subcommittee Nominations Now
ACEC-SC/SCDOT Transportation Committee - Subcommittee Nominations
 
The ACEC-SC Transportation Committee is now accepting nominations for the ACEC-SC/SCDOT Transportation Committee subcommittees. Click here to see the guidelines for seating. Submit nominations by October 14, 2022, to subcommittees@acecsc.org.

Click here to submit your nominations.
Christy Shumate, Three Oaks Engineering

Help Send ACEC-SC Future Leaders to Compete
in the ACEC PAC Pinewood Derby at the ACEC Fall Conference
 
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Mid Career PAC Campaign


As we put the primary elections behind us, it is time to look to the future.  We lost seven incumbents and 14 other legislators to retirement this year.  That is a lot of new faces and new names.  ACEC-SC will launch its off-season lobbying effort next month, and it is time for you to get plugged in.  You have reached the time in your career where you have settled in, you are seeing your hard work pay off, and you realize that the advancement of your industry helps you both professionally and personally.

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