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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: http://akleg.gov/index.php

President’s Letter, June 2019

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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!

PND Engineers Announces New Hires

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PND Engineers, Inc. (PND) announces the addition of five team members, four in Anchorage and one in Palmer: Carlos Perreira is an IT System Administrator; Claire Ellis, EIT, is a staff engineer; Colton Jessup, LSIT, joined the survey department; Justin Lobdell, EIT, is supporting the structural team in Palmer; and Kannon Lee, EIT, joined the geotechnical group.

To read the full press release, click PND New Hires – 4June2019.

Op Ed: “Alaska’s patchwork of codes and enforcement are a liability when an earthquake comes”

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake November 30, 2018, provides context for an examination and comparison of building codes and enforcement in local areas. Colin Maynard, PE, outlines various building codes and enforcement in an Op Ed for the Anchorage Daily News. His analysis concludes that the patchwork likely will result in the same types and extent of damage in the same areas in a similar event, or more catastrophic damage if the event is closer to the 1964 quake. To read the full article, click here.

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President’s Letter, May 2019

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We strive to finish the first half of 2019 strongly with continued improvements to APDC’s internal functions and branding.  Efforts in progress are the creation of a new APDC logo and an update to our by-laws. Completion of these will allow APDC to focus its full energy into improving communications with our member organizations and strategizing outreach to building industry groups that we share common interests with such as Alaska General Contractors (AGC).  The refresh of our brand and alignment of our mission within the by-laws will also allow us to focus on increasing our reputation as a resource to Alaskan communities regarding selection of professional services.

Our legislative committee remains engaged in issues relevant to our member organizations, including project review by the State Fire Marshal and deferred maintenance of state infrastructure.  Of course, the status of the state budget is of great relevance and interest to us all.  May 15th was the last day of a 121-day regular legislative session.  The Governor immediately called the legislature into special session to address the operating and capital budgets, crime legislation, and the mental health trust budget. The special session may last up to 30 days.

Currently, the House and Senate budgets are in the process of being reconciled with one another with differences open for debate.  After changes are accepted, the resulting budget will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration. The biggest remaining differences between the Senate and House budgets relate to the Permanent Fund and 2019’s dividend.

The APDC Board of Directors will not meet in July or August. However, it will maintain communications during the summer regarding ongoing issues important to our members to finish the year successfully and prepare for the 2020 legislative fly-in.