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Constitutional Amendment Election – November 5th

Friday, November 1, 2019  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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Member Update

November 1, 2019


REMINDER: Constitutional Amendment Election – November 5th


A reminder that today is the final day of early voting for the 2019 General Election on November 5th. After today, you will have cast your ballot on election day, which includes 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Most notably will be Proposition 8, which will create the Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in financing of drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects. If approved, the new fund will be allocated $793 Million from the Rainy-Day Fund to be available for qualifying projects. ACEC Texas and several PPC member firms have donated to support the Stronger Texas Political Action Committee, which is designed to promote Prop. 8. More information on Prop. 8 can be found here.


To view a sample ballot of the upcoming constitutional amendment election please click on the following link: 2019 Sample Ballot with Propositions Language. Please take the time to get out to the polls and encourage your colleagues and employees to go vote!



Engineering & Surveying Board Merger

Effective September 1st, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) has officially become the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS). For more information regarding the merger, please visit the TBPELS Merger page.



2019 TxDOT PEPS Conference – November 19th – 21st


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be hosting their 2019 Professional Engineering Procurement Services (PEPS) Conference on November 19th – 21st at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos, TX. Online registration will close at 5:00 PM today, and those wanting to register after today must do so on-site. For general conference information, please visit the following link: 2019 TxDOT PEPS Conference.


The agenda for the Conference as well as registration information can be found here: 2019 PEPS Conference Agenda and Registration.



ACEC National Podcast – Engineering Influence


Earlier this year, ACEC National announced they would be launching their own podcast channel, entitled “Engineering Influence.” The channel features numerous podcasts on a wide range of engineering industry issues, including, “Engineering Industry Outlook for 2019,” “Radio Interviews with ACEC President/CEO Linda Bauer Darr” and “The Value of QBS with Jennifer Horne of ACEC California.”


ACEC will publish a new podcast today called “A Conversation with Professional Engineer and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – Rep. Bruce Westerman.”


To hear this and other podcasts, please visit the Engineering Influence podcast page on iTunes or on PodBean.


ACEC Texas Members Nominated/Recognized by ACEC National

ACEC Texas Past President, Gary Raba, D.Eng., P.E., (Raba Kistner), has been nominated to serve as a Vice Chair of ACEC National for the 2020-2022 term. Current ACEC National Vice Chair, Keith Jackson, P.E., (HNTB) has been inducted into the ACEC College of Fellows.



Thank You! 2019 ACEC Texas Fajita Fiesta


The 20th Annual ACEC Texas Fajita Fiesta at the 93rd Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Short Course Conference on October 14th was a huge success! We had over 1200 attendees join us at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, with over 42 booths and sponsors. A special thank you to all our sponsors who continue to make this event happen.Please be on the lookout for information for next year’s Fajita Fiesta.



2020 ACEC Texas Project Management Training


Please mark your calendars to join us for the the 2020 Project Management Training Seminar Series presented by John Geddie with Geddie & Associates. This 2-Day Project Management Seminar will help you learn valuable lessons in the area of project delivery. The PM Training Series is scheduled in 3 different locations and dates. To register, please click on a link below:

Dallas/Fort Worth: January 20th & 21st, Hilton Arlington

Houston: January 27th & 28th, HESS Club

San Antonio: February 10th &11th, Omni Colonnade



2020 ACEC Texas Small Firm Workshop


The ACEC Texas Small Firm Council will host a workshop on Thursday, February 6th in San Antonio. The ACEC Texas Small Firm Workshop is intended to provide a discussion forum on matters related to the management of firms of 50 and fewer employees. The Small Firm Workshop will focus on Growth & Financial Management.To register, please click on this link:




2019 - 2020 Calendar of Events

  • December 5 – 8, 2019: ACEC Texas Winter Public Affairs Conference; The Boulders Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • January 20 & 21, 2020: Project Management Training; Hilton Arlington – Arlington, Texas
  • January 27 & 28, 2020: Project Management Training; HESS Club – Houston, Texas
  • February 6, 2020: Small Firm Workshop; Hilton San Antonio Airport – San Antonio, Texas
  • February 10 & 11, 2020: Project Management Training; Omni Colonnade – San Antonio, Texas
  • March 29 & 30, 2020: ACEC Texas Annual Meeting; Four Seasons Hotel – Houston, Texas
  • March 30, 2020: ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards; Four Seasons – Houston, Texas
  • May 6 & 7, 2020: ACEC Texas Business Conference; Omni Colonnade – San Antonio, Texas
  • June 11 – 14, 2020: ACEC Texas Summer Public Affairs Conference; Park Hyatt Beaver Creek – Beaver Creek, Colorado

In The News

Go to for current articles on construction, engineering, public works, transportation, politics and more including:

  • New report indicates Waco economy continues to surge
  • Solar power and big batteries pose threat to natural
  • 183 toll road expected to transform mobility for Central Texas
  • Austin and Travis County voters will decide the future of tax revenue
  • In 20 years, Austin’s population should be 4.5M.
  • Mobility plans through 2045 OK'd
  • Business leaders want Congress to pay for improvement
  • Impact fees are critical as College Station grows
  • City Council and Capital Metro talk Project Connect
  • City of San Antonio to redesign roads to make them safer
  • Perryman: A Texas Nobel
  • Democrats sue Texas over new voting law
  • City of Austin & Cap Metro start down road to 2020
  • Houston City Council accepts millions of dollars in flood relief
  • Dallas ISD Develops New Plans For District Amid Tornadoes




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