President’s Letter, September 2019


APDC reconvened its regular board meetings in September after a two month break over the summer. Our accomplishments in the first part of 2019 include adopted revisions to the by-laws and selection of a preferred alternative design for a new APDC logo.  The final logo design should be ready over the next months as we prepare for outreach to our legislators in early 2020.  Our legislative committee is currently planning APDC’s positions to be communicated to our state legislators during the 2020 fly-in.  Position topics are likely to be centered around state budget considerations.

This summer, the board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors (AELS) adopted an extension for licensees that need extra time to achieve their HSW continuing education/ professional development hours.  The one month extension will cost $50.  2020 is a professional license renewal year, so consider if you’ve amassed the required 24 HSW related hours as 2019 comes to a close.  You can review renewal fees on AELS’s webpage.  Note that the AELS board has to positions opening up in March of 2020.  To see a full listing of AELS Board appointments and expiration dates, please see the Board Roster, located on the Alaska Boards and Commissions website. If you have any questions about serving,  contact Alysia Jones, Executive Administrator for more information:

AELS: Seeking Applicants for Upcoming Open Board Positions

AELS_OpenPositionsPhotoSeveral positions on the Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors Board (AELS) will open in early 2020, including the representative seats for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. If you’re interested in serving on this board, please refer to the online application process through the office of the Governor.

To learn more about the AELS Board, please visit their website.

EERI + AEC Hold Earthquake Symposium

Save the Date_Anchorage Earthquake Symposium

Join the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Alaska Earthquake Center September 24-26 in Anchorage for a special symposium on the 2018 M7.1 Anchorage earthquake. Early-bird pricing ends August 31, so make sure to reserve your seat now!

The Nov. 30, 2018, M7.1 Anchorage earthquake in Southcentral Alaska was the most impactful earthquake in the U.S. in many years, presenting a major learning opportunity for the U.S. earthquake risk reduction community. At this symposium, you’ll get to connect with others in the field, hear the latest research, and access learning opportunities to stimulate new investigations and collaborations.

Drawing on local and national experts in a wide range of disciplines related to earthquake research and practice, the symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: seismology, geology, ground motion, structural and geotechnical engineering, lifelines, public health, emergency management and response, tsunami monitoring and modeling, school safety, and public policy. 

Learn more about the symposium here, including registration information, agenda, and logistics.

APDC Position Statement: State Match for Federal Funds

APDC issued a Position Statement Paper expressing our strong support of state match funding for federal funds. APDC urges our legislators and Governor to prioritize and provide state match funding for federal dollars as a part of the capital budget legislation. The letter was sent to every legislator, and can be read by clicking here.

We encourage you to contact your legislator individually – you can find their contact information here:

President’s Letter, June 2019


We’ve completed a great start to 2019. The executive board is taking July and August off.  When we reconvene in September, we’ll finalize our by-law updates, the new APDC logo and continue our SWOT analysis discussions.  In the fall, we will begin to focus on what issues APDC will communicate to our legislators during the 2020 legislative fly-in. We will also discuss representation at the Alaska Municipal League’s Annual Conference taking place November 18-22 in Anchorage.  Our goal there is to promote and act as a resource regarding the selection of professional services based on qualifications.

AELS’s next scheduled meeting takes place August 1-2 with the location to be determined.  The executive board will liaison with AELS despite our summer break. They will also continue to follow the state legislature as their second special session begins on July 8th. The Permanent Fund and achieving consensus on the capital budget continue to be the legislature’s focus.  If a capital budget is not finalized in July, Alaska’s private sector industries could be devastated by forfeiting nearly $1 billion in federal highway and aviation projects because required state matching dollars were not provided.  A critical issue for all of our member organizations!

I will continue to keep the board and member organizations appraised.

Enjoy your summer!