Rarely do I throw a hashtag out there, but #NEXTLEVEL seems an appropriate one for APDC’s legislative fly-in experience on February 5th and 6th in Juneau. We had big ideas from our 2019 experience and were able to implement them successfully in 2020. The result was a well-organized and effective visit. Preparation was key and we have every participant in the legislative committee and fly-in to thank. While our position paper topics were straightforward, we approached our topics from the perspective of being part of the solution. This seemed to resonate with legislators and for my part, made me feel much more engaged in the presentations and discussions. I’d like to reiterate my thanks to everyone that helped plan and participate in the fly-in. Special thanks to ASCE representatives David Gamez and Dan Nichols for doing a great job presenting about Alaska’s Infrastructure to a packed room at the capitol building.
With the fly-in complete, we are entering a new cycle within APDC where I transition from president to past president. Erica Jensen will be leading us as president through the next year. I’d like to welcome Will Webb as a new officer on the board. I look forward to working with such a great group moving forward and being further service to APDC’s member organizations.