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By Jim Meads, P.E., President/CEO With the recent election of President-elect, Donald Trump, comes the promise of his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. Buzz continues to grow as frustrated lawmakers are hopeful cuts in federal transportation spending could be coming to an end. I sat down with Mr. Matt Reiffer, the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) […]
How would I describe the current economic climate in relation to civil engineering as 2015 ends and we start 2016? Pretty solid. It’s not what it once was, and we may never see things that good again, but overall things are continuing to improve. Most people we hear from are pretty optimistic about having a good year.
This week is Infrastructure Week, and it could not come at a better time because at the end of May MAP-21, the current transportation funding bill, is set to expire.
As we mentioned in our last blog post, Looking Back at 2014, many of us feel like the economy is improving. This is great news, although things certainly are not booming yet. Unfortunately, the impression I’ve gotten from talking to those we work with in other states is that Alabama may be a little behind, but even here, we’ve seen improvement, and I think that will continue as we go through 2015.
As you hopefully read in our Sain Strategic Planning blog post last week, a huge part of our planning involves interviewing about 50 clients and individuals in our network every year. We try our best to get a cross section of the industry and hear from people in all the markets we work in, such as the public, private and government sectors.
Because of the economy in the last few years and the recession, everybody’s interested in what other businesses are seeing, what they’re doing and what their outlook is for this year. It’s something I get questions about and talk to people about all the time.