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Digital Coast Act to aid communities in water management, disaster response, long-term planning, and restoration

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation to help Great Lakes communities better prepare for storms, cope with varying lake levels, and strengthen economic development planning efforts along the shore. The Digital Coast Act authorizes the next phase in coastal mapping at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supports further development of the current project, including increasing access to uniform, up-to-date data, to help communities get the coastal data they need to respond to emergencies, plan for long-term coastal resilience, and manage their water resources.

Economy improving slowly according to FMI Q3-2014 Outlook

Raleigh, N.C. — FMI, a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, released its Q3-2014 Construction Outlook. The forecast calls for solid, slow growth. Contributing factors include relatively low energy prices, low inflation, unemployment holding around 6.2 percent and GDP slowly growing.

Two students take top honors in ARTBA video contest

Washington, D.C. — A high school student from Pennsylvania and an undergraduate student from Florida Polytechnic Institute were named winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 4th annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.” They will each receive a $500 cash prize. Watch the winning videos.

NCEES seeks licensed civil engineers

Seneca, S.C. — The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is seeking licensed civil engineers to participate in a standard-setting study for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. To qualify, volunteers must be licensed professional engineers practicing in the civil engineering discipline.

ARTBA Foundation launches awards to spotlight excellence in community service and charitable giving

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is launching a new awards competition to recognize transportation design, construction and safety industry firms that have initiated programs — outside the scope of normal business operations — aimed at improving the quality of life in the communities where they are based.

NAWIC installs 2014-2015 national president and new board members

Fort Worth, Texas — The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) installed Sandy K. Field, CBT, CIT, as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Field, office/HR manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston Chapter since 2005.

House panel releases report on P3s

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) released its final report and recommendations on how to balance the needs of the public and private sector when undertaking P3s to finance the nation’s infrastructure.

Nitsch Engineering celebrates 25th Anniversary by giving back to community

Boston – Nitsch Engineering celebrated its 25th anniversary by honoring its commitment to “building better communities with you.” Working closely with Boston Cares, a non-profit agency that produces team-oriented volunteer events, Nitsch Engineering planned a community service event and celebration on Sept. 4. The event brought clients, friends, and employees together at Boston University’s Agganis Arena to assemble 60,000 meals to benefit Massachusetts food pantries. The event ended with a party to celebrate the milestone anniversary and thank all the volunteers.

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