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Representatives introduce Urban Flooding Awareness Act

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Urban Flooding Awareness Act to address increased flooding from extreme weather and heavy rainfall events in urban communities. The bill creates an unambiguous and inclusive definition of urban flooding and requires a first-of-its-kind study to comprehensively analyze both individual and societal costs associated with urban flooding across the country.

Ames & Gough acquires Bixby Insurance Agency architects/engineers business

Boston — Ames & Gough, an insurance broker and risk management consultant specializing in serving design professionals, law firms, associations/nonprofits, and other professional service firms, acquired the business of Bixby Insurance Agency, Inc., a Providence, R.I., insurance agency serving architects and engineers throughout New England.

Los Angeles Regional Connector breaks ground

Los Angeles — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx participated in the groundbreaking of the Los Angeles Regional Connector, a key light rail transit segment connecting three existing transit lines in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The two-mile rail segment will offer thousands of area residents more efficient and convenient access to jobs, education, and other ladders of opportunity.

Stanley Consultants opens Boise office

Boise, Idaho — Stanley Consultants opened a new office in Boise, Idaho, at 5983 West State Street, Suite C. The office provides local consulting engineering services in transportation, infrastructure, and construction services and is supported by its nearby Salt Lake City office and the engineering firm’s full spectrum of services.

AASHTO awards top prizes in the Faces of Transportation photo/video contest

Washington, D.C. — Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials. The photographs taken on opposite sides of the country of people interacting with bridges won the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Awards.

William Brock Johnson posthumously awarded the 2014 Courage in Leadership Award

Fayetteville, Ark. — William Brock Johnson (1949-2012) was named the recipient of the 2014 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award, an award recognizing outstanding leaders in the AEC industry. Brock was the President and CEO of Garver in North Little Rock, Ark., and led the company through a period of transformational growth despite the past recession. He lost a battle with cancer in 2012.

Woolpert to re-energize Columbus Historic District

Columbus, Ohio — Woolpert was chosen to provide design and conceptual engineering services for a street rehabilitation project that will transform a major connector into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly asset serving a residential neighborhood.

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