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Upcoming Events

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DDC Water Main Training

March 12

Metro Region Membership Breakfast Meeting

April 4

Engineering Excellence Gala

June 3

Annual Meeting

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Winter Conference 2020 - A Great Success. Thank you to all our attendees of the 2020 Winter Conference, held for the third year at the Albany Capital Center and Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany on January 26-28. This year’s attendance again broke records, with over 400 engineering and related professionals, as well as agency and authority personnel, in attendance and 25 exhibitor booths. The conference again offered parallel tracks for CFOs/Business Managers, Emerging Leaders (engineering professionals preparing to take on top leadership roles in engineering firms), as well as, for the second year, HR personnel.


The CFO track offered sessions on succession planning, recruitment & retention, mergers & acquisitions, IT, project management, and more.

The theme of this year's conference was “Building Connections,” and Monday’s agency presentations touched on this theme, as well as upcoming projects and capital programs. The following agencies/authorities gave presentations during the conference: NYS Thruway Authority, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Bridge Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Federal Highway Administration, NYC Department of Design and Construction, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, NYSERDA, NYC Department of Transportation, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYS Office of General Services, State University Construction Fund, NYPA, NYC School Construction Authority, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of NY. Presentations are available on the Members Only section of our website.

This year's CANstruction theme is "Let's Eat!" as showcased by the sculpture on the 2nd floor of the conference. Our 100th anniversary logo was unveiled on Sunday night and featured in the sculpture.

Once again, ACEC New York partnered with the Capital Region CANstruction to showcase a sculpture at the conference, which gave additional exposure to an organization supported by many ACEC New York member firms and added an element of fun to the conference. All told, over $3,000 in cans were donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District. Monetary donations can still be made via the ACEC New York “donate” button on the Hunger Heroes page of the Food Pantry website. Additionally, Discover Albany partnered with ACEC New York, Mazzone Catering and the Albany Capital Center to have any unused food that has not left the kitchen to be donated to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.

During the Monday night Infrastructure Policy Networking event, ACEC New York recognized the Legislators of the Year: Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, 123rd District and NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy, 63rd District. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was also present and addressed attendees, thanking them for their contributions to New York State.

During the Monday night Infrastructure Policy Networking Event, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul addressed assembled engineers and legislators.

Photos of the event are available on our website. Thank you again to all of our sponsors!

Annual Awards 2020 – Call For Nominations! The Recognition Awards Committee is soliciting applications for New Principal of the Year (nominee must be a principal at a member firm less than 5 years) and the Engineer of the Year (nominee must be current or retired ACEC New York Member). As a reminder, nominations are by FIRM and NOT by region. The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on June 3, 2020. Visit our website for more information, to download the forms, and to view a list of past awardees. Applications are due by April 3, 2020. ACEC National is also accepting nominations for the Young Professional of the Year. Per the National guidelines, nominees for this award should be a PE at a current member firm that is under the age of 35. All nominations MUST be submitted to ACEC New York prior to the National deadline of May 1. To apply, download the application and checklist and submit all required materials to no later than April 3, 2020.

EEA 2020: Tickets, Tables and Sponsorship Now Available. Sponsorship and tickets/tables are now available for the 20 Engineering Excellence Gala, which will take place on April 4, 2020 at the Hilton Midtown in NYC. To purchase tickets and tables, complete the registration form. Questions? Contact Gina Potfora at or call (518) 452-8611. Thank you to our current sponsors.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Survey: Due February 7. The Continuing Education Committee has compiled a detailed survey to help ACEC New York better support member educational needs, including offering and approving PDH courses. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey detailing your firm's educational needs and awareness/utilization of our current programs. Survey responders will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Call for Submissions! ACEC New York is looking for both technical and business programs to present as webinars. PDH webinars should be about one hour and should be technical in nature. Presenters earn 3 PDHs per 1-hour technical class the first time they present. Business webinars should also be about 1 hour and should provide information relevant to our membership (no sales pitches). Contact Erica Lavigne at

ACEC New York in the News

January 29, 2020. "ACEC New York President & CEO, Jay Simson, Announces Retirement" Press Release

February 4, 2020, "ACEC New York Wins ESSAE Association Excellence Award” New York Real Estate Journal.

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