With a new year, a new president, a new economy, and a renewed interest in infrastructure, 2009 is already proving to be interesting. Our staff is making plans to maintain CE News’ standing as a can’t-miss resource during these dynamic times. Enjoying our 20th anniversary, we are as committed as ever to offering new products, events, and more for the business of civil engineering.
First, I am delighted to announce our inaugural 2009 Civil Engineers’ Summit & Expo on April 21-22 at the Sheraton Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The two-day conference will explore the following themes of specific interest to civil engineering firm leaders: Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure, Exploring Market Trends and Opportunities, Strategic Business Planning in Challenging Times, and Making Technology Work for Your Firm. Learn more at www.cenewssummit.com and make plans to attend, to be a sponsor, or to exhibit your products or services today.
Also on our agenda is the ninth annual Best Civil Engineering Firms To Work For ranking. We are in the process of accepting applications now; the final deadline is April 3, 2009. With an improved evaluation and a new ranking list, we are as excited as ever about this fun and rewarding program. For example, new questions address the challenge of maintaining a great workplace in the current economy. The Best Multidiscipline A/E Services Firms To Work For is a new ranking geared for firms with at least two distinct service lines that don’t meet the requirements for the architecture, environmental services, or civil or structural engineering ranking lists. The final rankings will be revealed at the annual Best Firm To Work For Summit, taking place Sept. 22-23 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Chicago. To learn how to apply or to find out more about the event, go to www.bestfirmsummit.com.
But our plans for 2009 don’t end here! We will be launching an online directory of product and services—a searchable guide to all types of software, specified products, professional resources, and more just for civil engineers. Further, our website, www.cenews.com, will be upgraded so that we can offer more dynamic content, better tools, and new ways of connecting civil engineers. More webcasts, microsites, and online channels are planned. Look for enhancements in the print version of CE News, as well. But don’t worry, your old favorites will still be delivered. In fact, the survey that provides the data for our annual Salary Survey is going on now. Log on to take the survey today. As always, let me know your ideas and needs so that we can deliver the best online, in print, and live content to meet the needs of civil engineers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So now you are probably wondering why I have a new e-mail address! Well that’s just one more exciting chapter in the story for CE News this year. Stagnito Media acquired the Media Group from our good friends at ZweigWhite last month. Regarding the acquisition, our new president and CEO, Harry Stagnito, said, "The goal for the company is to grow through media launches and media acquisitions in the industrial engineering, architecture, construction, and infrastructure industries, both in the private and public sectors." Supported by our new management, we expect to enhance our products and offer more to the industry. Can’t beat that start to a new year!