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President’s Letter, May 2021

It’s hard to believe that summer is already here! Normally APDC would be thoroughly winding down for the season. But the legislature started out slow and is now working on the first overtime session, so we still have action to follow.  The state budgets are about the only thing on their plate at the moment and we’re continuing to support a sustainable operating budget and an adequate capital budget to keep up with our infrastructure needs.   

Turning our focus inward, the executive board is currently working on hosting an abbreviated spring summit to review our legislative season and take stock of what we should repeat next year and what we might do better. Although none of the bills we supported this year have been passed and sent to the Governor, they did all see positive movement and will be on the docket when the next regular session starts in January. 

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!

Will Webb, PE

President’s Letter, April 2021

The sun has been out and the snow is largely off the roads and pathways in Anchorage, pulling folks to spend time outside. However, the state legislature is still in full swing in Juneau so we are diligently keeping up with activities there.  Two bills of interest to APDC are moving their way through the capitol – HB 61 regarding Commercial Interior Design and  HB 148 regarding  a new statewide survey coordinate system – but it’s unclear how far they will get with the budget still to be approved and time winding down on the session.

Speaking of the budget, APDC has been invited to testify before the House Ways and Means committee about the need for a fiscal plan and the cost of inaction. The budget occupies three spots on our annual position paper –Alaska needs a sustainable operating budget and that APDC is supportive of revenue generating measures to fund such a budget, Alaska needs to budget about $2.1 billion for capital improvements annually to keep up with our current infrastructure and needs, and that maintenance funding needs to be increased to properly maintain roads and buildings in a useable state.  That APDC was invited to testify says a lot about the reputation and name recognition APDC commands in the Capitol. Our board of directors and lobbyist John Walsh should be quite proud of this recognition.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, if you would like to be more involved in our legislative outreach, please contact Colin Maynard (cmaynard@bbfm.com), our Legislative Liaison Committee (LLC) Chair, to be included in our bi-weekly LLC meetings during the legislative session.

-Will Webb, PE

Drey Antonio, EIT Joins R&M’s Airport Engineering Group

Drey Antonio, EIT recently joined R&M as a staff engineer, in the firm’s Airport Engineering Group. Drey has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and holds his EIT certificate. He is originally from Southeast Alaska, and will be assisting the firm in the planning & design of civil engineering projects, with an emphasis in analysis and design for airport and other civil engineering-related work.

To read the full press release from R&M, click the link below.