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Upcoming Events

January 21

Introducing the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code

January 23

Building a Better Business: Effective Communication, Email - The Seven Deadly Sins

January 26-28

2020 Winter Conference

February 7, 26

DDC Water Main Training

April 4

Engineering Excellence Gala

Important Info

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Winter Conference 2020 - Still Time to Register, Hilton Hotel Room Block Closing Today, 1/7. Registration for the annual ACEC New York Winter Conference is still available. The Winter Conference is the premier business event of the ACEC New York calendar. Over 300 professionals from the engineering industry attend this conference each year. Want to see what Winter Conference has in store for you? Watch our new promotional video:

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.

ACEC New York Earns ESSAE Association Excellence Award. ACEC New York is proud to announce that we have earned the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) 2019 Association Excellence Awards for Meetings & Expositions for the 2019 Winter Conference! ACEC New York and Gina Potfora, Vice President of Member Services, will be honored at the ESSAE Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on February 6 at the Albany Hilton. Congratulations to the Member Services team and to all ACEC New York staff on this well-deserved award! A press release further detailing this award will be distributed in the near future.

Benchmarking 2020: Still Collecting Non-Financial Responses. ACEC New York is partnering with Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP to present a Benchmarking program and survey focused on engineering firms in the New York City Metro area (including Long Island and Mid-Hudson firms). Many thanks to those firms who have already responded - we have received an excellent number of responses, and we look forward to an exceptional event on March 25. We are still collecting non-financial data - if your firm prefers not to share financial data, but still would like to participate, you are welcome to fill out those sections of the survey. Please be sure to provide contact information to denote that your submission is complete.

Introducing the 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code, January 21. On Jan. 21, 8:00am - 10:30am, at the Union League Club, this presentation will review the anticipated changes to the 2016 NYC Energy Conservation Code and will include a summary of the substantive changes that will be made in the move from the IECC 2015 to the IECC 2018, the changes made by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, the changes adopted from NYSERDA’s NYStretch Energy Code-2020, and the local provisions adopted by the NYC DOB. Visit the event website for more information and to register online.

Reminder: ACEC New York Scholarship Applications Due January 17. The online application for students for the 2019-20 ACEC New York Scholarship is now available. Only students having completed either their third year of study (4-year program) or fourth year of study (5-year program) by June 2020 are eligible to receive the scholarship. Applications must be accompanied by a certified transcript and received at ACEC New York Headquarters by January 17, 2020. As a reminder, ACEC New York has increased the top two awards from $5,000 to $10,000, so be sure to share this opportunity with eligible students in your circles.

Scholarship Donations Due January 17. Additionally, donations to the Scholarship Fund must be paid by January 17, 2020. Named scholarships reflect contributions of $2,500 or more and are awarded by the firm at an ACEC New York function. Firms can also contribute less than $2,500; these funds are combined into general ACEC New York Scholarships and used to help the Scholarship Fund grow. To donate to the Scholarship Fund, complete the online form and send payment by January 17, 2020. Questions? Contact Amanda Curtin at or call 518-452-8611.

Continuing Education

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 7, 2020, "Top Issues for New York Engineering Firms in 2020” New York Real Estate Journal.