October 2016    

Historically Diverse Board Meets at Convention, Approves Region Realignment

Jay Higgins, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, your Region 9 Director, is a member of the Los Angeles Section.  Jay represented you at the Sept. 27-28 Board meeting in Portland, OR, held in conjunction with the ASCE 2016 Convention. ASCE’s incoming officers participated in the Board meeting as observers and were formally installed Sept. 30 at the annual business meeting. With the new officers, the Board membership now includes six women, making it the most diverse Board in Society history.

Highlights of the Board meeting included:

• Receiving recommendations from the special Raise the Bar Review Task Committee (see story in ASCE News).

• Approving recommendations from the Task Committee on Geographic Boundaries, including the reassignment of Mexico from Region 10 to Region 6, the reassignment of Canada from Region 10 to regions 1, 3, or 8, depending on the provinces’  locations, and reassignment of Puerto Rico from Region 1 to Region 5. In addition, the Board authorized a Constitutional amendment to add a third Technical Region Director to the Board, to be placed on the 2017 election ballot for a vote by the overall ASCE membership.

• Engaging in 2016 Convention activities, including sessions such as the Industry Leaders Forum discussion on the ASCE Grand Challenge, keynote speakers, and technical tours. Directors joined attendees to get a sneak peek at the new IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, set for release in February. The film is being produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE, and is presented by Bechtel. Portland proved to be a wonderful host city, particularly well-situated for some of the major civil engineering issues facing our industry, including those involving sustainability and resilience.

To share your views, or other ideas on how ASCE can better serve its members and the profession, please email Jay.  

Great outreach event or other activity? Let the whole Region know!

If you’re a local ASCE leader and your Section, Branch, Younger Member Group, or Student Chapter has staged any special events, engaged in outreach from grade-school kids to lawmakers, done charity work, fund raising or anything of the sort, let ASCEnews Weekly know and we may include it in next month’s Region report. You may already have written about it and posted pictures in your newsletter, website, or social media. Share the details and any photos at asce.org/localnews. Got questions? Write to submissions@asce.org.

See the other Region reports for October
If you live adjacent to a Section in a different Region, or are merely interested in the other Region reports for October, click on each to view them:
Region 1   Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, Buffalo Section, Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers Section, Ithaca Section, Maine Section, Metropolitan Section, Mohawk-Hudson Section, New Hampshire Section, New Jersey Section, Puerto Rico Section, Rhode Island Section, Rochester Section, Syracuse Section, Vermont Section 

Region 2   Central Pennsylvania Section, Delaware Section, Lehigh Valley Section, Maryland Section, National Capital Section, Philadelphia Section, Pittsburgh Section

Region 3   Akron-Canton Section, Central Illinois Section, Central Ohio Section, Cincinnati Section, Cleveland Section, Dayton Section, Duluth Section, Illinois Section, Michigan Section, Minnesota Section, North Dakota Section, Quad Cities Section, Toledo Section, Wisconsin Section

Region 4   Arkansas Section, Indiana Section, Kentucky Section, North Carolina Section, South Carolina Section, Tennessee Section, Virginia Section, West Virginia Section

Region 5   Alabama Section, Florida Section, Georgia Section, Louisiana Section, Mississippi Section
Region 6   New Mexico Section, Oklahoma Section, Texas Section

Region 7   Colorado Section, Iowa Section, Kansas City Section, Kansas Section, Nebraska Section, South Dakota Section, St. Louis Section, Wyoming Section

Region 8   Alaska Section, Arizona Section, Columbia Section, Hawaii Section, Inland Empire Section, Montana Section, Nevada Section, Oregon Section, Seattle Section, Southern Idaho Section, Tacoma-Olympia Section, Utah Section

Region 9   Los Angeles Section, Sacramento Section, San Diego Section, San Francisco Section

Region 10  All International Sections, Branches, and Groups

Missed last month's Region 9 update?
See the September edition of  News Around Region 9

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ASCE 2016 Convention brings members from around the world together in Portland

Photo by Jim Tkatch for ASCE

ASCE student members from the UCLA and USC were among the attendees at the ASCE 2016 Convention, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, in Portland, OR. Explore all of the activities at the convention as covered in ASCE News.

Infrastructure initiatives on the ballot in California

Voters in several states and localities, Nov. 8, will decide on initiatives that would directly or indirectly enhance funding for infrastructure projects.

In California, Proposition 53 asks voters to consider how projects funded via bonds are approved.

Several San Francisco area communities will be voting on a property tax that would raise revenue for improvements to the BART transit system.

Learn more about other infrastructure initiatives on the ballot around the country this election season.