Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

SUM 2014

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21 Summer 2014 the Professional Engineer the use of standing committees. Open communication and dialogue is encouraged during all Board meetings and standard email group addresses have been estab- lished for any communication outside Board meetings to assure all board members are included and a public record is main- tained. A public website has been estab- lished to include SWIA business and a public comment period was also estab- lished for each SWIA board meeting. Moving forward A number of ambitious duties are required from SWIA. Te initial focus has been on maintaining the fow of grant and loan money to local governments while at the same time unifying and streamlining that process as much as possible. Tis has been accomplished already by SWIA, and at the same time there will be a period of validating and fne-tuning the new process. A common focus on getting funds out to support the citizens of North Carolina and our natural environment remains a top priority of SWIA. It's clear that requests will outpace the ability to award grants. One example is a request of $23.7 million in the current 2013-2014 cycle for state loans and grants. Tis state program traditionally has been used to provide technical assistance grants for items such as planning or improved technologies, or for high unit costs grants, mainly associated with critical infrastruc- ture in communities with already high utility rates. Session Law 2013-360 (Budget) appropriated $3.5 million for the 2013- 2014 fscal year and at least $5 million for the 2014-2015 fscal year to be used for this purpose. Tis funding gap further highlights the need for SWIA to make meaningful progress on its other duties in order for North Carolina to reduce its overall infrastructure gap related to water and wastewater needs. Te SWIA board cannot accomplish all of its duties without outside resources and planning and programming for these duties is underway. On the whole, SWIA has made rapid progress to date. Much credit is due to the NCDENR staf that provides support for SWIA, including Ms. Francine Durso, PE, to the SWIA Chair, Mr. Kim Colson, PE, and to the board itself for its willing- ness and ability to efectively come together and collaborate in a short amount of time. JD Solomon, PE, is a SWIA board member and PENC past president. He also is VP Strategic Consulting for the U.S., CH2M Hill. Master of Science Engineering Management Online and On-Campus DISCOVER THE TECHNICAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE MBA Concentrations in Energy Systems, Lean Six Sigma, or Logistics and Supply Chains Increase your operational acumen from day one Finish your degree in less than 2 years and for under $10K Start in October b Ranked Among the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs by US News & World Report

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