Richard J.A. Temple, PE
2015 FICE President
We encourage you to support our fundraising efforts to the fullest extent possible. FICE supports those candidates who believe that by investing in our infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, schools and the environment—we will create a better Florida. FICE's PACs have been busy supporting pro-business candidates in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. Our Consulting Engineers Legislative Council (CELC) and Florida Engineers PAC (FEPAC) have contributed to 28 Florida Legislators in Tallahassee this election cycle. ACEC, our national organization, has contributed over $56,000 to pro-business legislators in Washington, D.C. who represent Florida. All of this is possible through the support of our members.
Let’s support those candidates who believe in a well-engineered Florida.
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DBE – FDOT Business Development Program
Construction Estimating Institute (CEI) is the new Florida Department of Transportation DBE Supportive Services Provider. CEI administers the Business Development Program (BDP), whose goal is to help DBEs grow their businesses and sustain that growth. Through the Business Development Program, CEI works one-on-one with DBEs, developing business plans and assisting with obtaining contracts. If a DBE enrolls in the Business Development Program and meets all program requirements, CEI will assist the DBE with paying their FICE or FTBA dues (up to $500 per DBE for the first 40 BDP participants). CEI can only pay first year dues for new members to FICE or FTBA, and those members must be active participants in the BDP program. The program does require commitment on the part of participants. Tom Quinn is the BDP project manager and would be glad to answer any questions about the program. Tom can be reached at 941-349-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
34th Annual Water Management Conference
“Water and the Environment”
The 34th Annual Water Management Conference, as sponsored by the Water Management Institute, Inc. and the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers will again be held in Vail, Colorado, January 24-29, 2015. The Conference qualifies for PE (Florida) continuing education credits. For more information about the Conference, call Bob Higgins, President, Water Management Institute at (561) 439-7807 or Fax (561) 439-0026,
Brochure and Registration
EPA Releases Guidance for New QBS Mandate in WRRDA
ACEC worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refine agency guidance for states in applying new Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) requirements for water projects. The guidance can be accessed here, and applies to projects funded on or after October 1.
The new QBS rules, which are included in the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), direct states to use QBS for wastewater projects funded through the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. States have the option of following the federal Brooks Act or using an equivalent state procedure modeled after the federal law.
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