EDAA and ASCE Summer Conference Review

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

1Joe Meads, co/owner of Sain Associates recently attended the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s (EDAA) annual summer conference. Joe currently serves as chair of the EDAA Associates Advisory Council and served on the summer conference Planning Committee.

The conference, attended by approximately 350 people, was held in Orange Beach, AL. During the conference Joe was given the honor of introducing Alabama Section American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) President, Shelia Montgomery Mills, to report on the 2015 Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure. Panelists discussed best practices already in place and emerging new tools to keep Alabama’s workforce as one of the state’s strongest attributes for landing businesses. (To read more details click here.)

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said “economic development years like 2015 don’t come along very often. In fact, by one measure there’s never been a year like last year for Alabama.” Canfield spoke to economic developers from all over the state at the EDAA 2016 summer conference. The commerce chief connected last year’s success with his department’s collaboration with local economic development entities throughout the state, Alabama’s universities and community colleges, the state’s power companies, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Joe Meads also attended the ASCE summer conference which was a joint meeting with the Alabama Chapter of APWA (American Public Works Association) held in Orange Beach July 19 – 22. The highlight of the ASCE/APWA Conference was a visit by the National President of ASCE, Mark Woodson from Arizona. As Legislative Chair of the Alabama Section ASCE, Joe assisted the team by setting up visits for Mark with City of Orange Beach and Baldwin County officials.

During his visit to Alabama, Mr. Mark Woodson toured the Airbus A320, $600-million, 53-acre facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field. He participated in a roundtable discussion at the University of South Alabama including members from Alabama Department of Transportation, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, Alabama State Docks (Port of Mobile), Associated General Contractors of America, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District and Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

The Alabama ASCE represents more than 1,600 members of the civil engineering profession in 67 counties. The newly issued Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure, issued every four years, was showcased and discussed in-depth during his visit which covered the assessment of the condition and performance of the state’s infrastructure, including roads, dams, schools and transit systems.

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