President’s Letter, December 2020

When one thing comes to an end (2020), another begins (legislative committee season)! And you thought I was going to say 2021 and all our hopes that are tied up in the New Year (and vaccine)?! Yes, that is beginning too and it’s also wonderful!

I’m happy to report that our legislative efforts so far have already proven successful: the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funding has been included in the initial budget released by Governor Dunleavy! We still have to make sure that the legislature endorses it, but this is a great start and proof that we are being heard. We also have a telephone meeting with staff from Senator Murkowski’s office to discuss the seismic monitoring array and funding – we are moving forward on a lot of our issues!

I hope you all enjoy this holiday season and I look forward to all that the New Year will bring!

Erica Jensen, PE

APDC President

RMC Engineering Announces New Hire

RMC Engineering is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Erickson as an EIT and the newest addition to its Juneau team. Nick graduated in May near the top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He has been very eager to begin his career in electrical and controls engineering and over only a few short months is already proving himself to be an important asset.

Nick, an avid outdoorsman, is excited to make Juneau his new home and has already been taking full advantage of what Southeast Alaska has to offer

President’s Letter, November 2020

Now that the craziness of election season is over and we know who the players are in Juneau and DC, we have started to shift our attention to the Legislative Fly-In. While it won’t look the same as it has in years’ past, we are confident we can proceed with a solid legislative outreach season to advance those issues important to our members. We are looking at a multi-tier approach for outreach that may include multiple forms of communication from letters to white papers to possible video meetings. In fact, we have already started our outreach with letters to the Governor on issues we felt important to bring to his attention before the budget is released in mid-December.

Colin Maynard is leading our Legislative Committee and we’re excited to have him in the position! He brings a lot of historical and applicable knowledge from not only his time at APDC but also on the AELS board. Thank you Colin for leading us in our outreach! Our Legislative Committee will begin to meet in full force soon and if you are interested in being a part of that committee, please email me at and I’ll forward it to Colin.

R&M Hires Vanessa Crandell-Beck

R&M Is pleased to announced the hiring of Vanessa Crandell-Beck, as an Environmental Geologist, in the firm’s Earth Sciences Department. Vanessa will use her expertise to support contaminated site and geotechnical investigation work, which include several subcategories of investigation and assessments. To read the full press release on Vanessa’s position and and role with R&M, please click the link below.