Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

SPR 2014

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6 the Professional Engineer Spring 2014 May 20 ADVERTISING DEADLINE: For more information: Amanda Slade aslade@businessnc.com (704) 523-3966 SUMMER ISSUE ENVIRONMENT rules and work with the Department to revise and/or eliminate those rules as appropriate n Provide technical resources and support (i.e., member volunteers) to serve on the technical advisory group charged with establishing minimum design criteria for stormwater design and developing the fast track permitting process for stormwater applications (HB 480) n Partner with DENR to identify and strengthen other fast-track permitting opportunities for sanitary sewer and erosion control projects n Coordinate with NCDENR staff on local government pre-emptions (HB 74) n Identify opportunities to further strengthen North Carolina's position on the use of reclaimed water as a resource n Finally, PENC leadership must be an active participant in the regulatory reform process by continually monitoring the ethical aspects of the organization's specifc recommendations and assist in determining the positive and negative economic impacts of these recommendations. 3 Infrastructure Sustainability PENC needs to be in a leadership position regarding North Carolina's infrastructure and its sustainability. No other organization in the state offers a professional perspective on the full diversity of infrastructure elements. The group will be guided by the premise that the state's infrastructure must be robust, sustainable and conducive for economic development for it to compete on a national stage for standard of living for its residents and attractiveness for businesses and talent. Its missions are: n Review and evaluate the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card n Assess the ASCE process and determine what infrastructure elements are not appropriately examined n Compare with scoring of adjacent states to evaluate North Carolina's ranking n Using data from the report-card system, develop an actionable position paper to engage with lawmakers, stakeholders and the public n Engage with stakeholder groups who are proponents of sound and sustainable infrastructure (e.g. North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, N.C. State University) to defne common opportunities to promote. n Establish a plan for educating members and public sector clients on the new design build/public-private partnership law. n Review pending legislative action with PENC Executive Director Betsy Bailey to establish proactive positions of key upcoming legislative issues n Continue developing the "Cost of Doing Nothing" message that urges investment in repair and renovation of state-owned buildings – including the university system. FromExecDir_Winter14.indd 6 3/27/14 11:30 AM

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