ACEC Washington performs two main advocacy efforts, governmental advocacy and committee advocacy. Governmental advocacy is one of the most important things ACEC does to affect positive change in the professional design industry. ACEC Washington provides information and positioning regarding government action that affects the engineering community. Advocating on behalf of ACEC members to the government, we lobby to promote the improvement and success of engineering companies. ACEC and AELC have defined the Priority Issues facing firms today.
It is critical that the engineering industry be involved in the business of politics, and ACEC PAC is the industry’s preeminent vehicle for political engagement. Governmental decisions on the issues that affect the engineering industry can have a decided impact on your business and the future success of our industry. It is critical we help to elect policy-makers who understand our concerns and who will be open-minded to our views.
ACEC Washington’s Legislative Affairs Program has been very effective in meeting the challenges that affect the profitability and marketability of consulting engineering firms. The Legislative Issues Committee works with ACEC members and other professionals in the industry to review, support and oppose legislation and policies that present challenges to Washington’s business environment.
The Architects & Engineers Legislative Council (AELC) is a lobbying coalition of organizations serving the design professions.
The purpose of AELC is to work cooperatively on legislative objectives and issues for the improvement of business conditions through this joint legislative council. Chief Lobbyist for AELC is Cliff Webster.
There will come a time when our membership will be asked to contact their respective elected officials on behalf of the industry. Whether it’s a favorable bill or a negative bill, at times ACEC will need constituents to contact their senator or representatives.
Members will be given a sample letter and/or talking points that outline ACEC’s position on the bill. The best method to influence your official is to tell them how this bill will affect your business.
Please take a short survey here and tell us your legislative district. This will improve effectiveness when advocating issues in Olympia.
Advocates who register will receive legislative updates and Alerts!, information regarding legislative events and the IMPACT Insider, ACEC Washington’s blog on Policy and Politics.
Running into Qualifications Based Selection issues? Email Van Collins with your concerns. ACEC Washington can inform agencies of the QBS policies of Washington State.