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2018 ACECNJ Fall Conference Recap

The 2018 ACEC New Jersey Fall Conference was a resounding success. There was something for everyone from impactful panel discussions with public transportation agency representatives; key technical updates and strategies, Public-Private Partnerships, Ethics training and time for fun activities such as golf, deep sea fishing, lunch and desert receptions (including a cigar bar on a sea-facing balcony). ACECNJ President Joe Fiordaliso moderated a lively panel discussion about the New Jersey Transportation Agencies Partnership (NJTAP). Dana Hecht (formerly NJDOT), Anthony Attanasio (ACECNJ & formerly UTCA), Eric Daleo (NJ TRANSIT), Bill McGarrigel (ACECNJ) and Dan Kennedy (UTCA) discussed their organizations’ roles as founding members of this collaboration. NJTAP’s mission is to share best practices and to devise innovative solutions that promote the delivery of high-quality projects for New Jersey residents in a timely and cost-effective manner. Case studies, presentations, and discussions dominated the breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon. PE’s received valuable continuing education credits for technical presentations on ethical requirements for design professionals, among others. Many attendees took advantage of the business education courses offered, on topics including networking, marketing, and leadership. Kris Kolluri, President & CEO of the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership moderated a discussion of key issues and challenges facing transportation agencies. DRPA Vice Chairman Jeff Nash, SJTA Executive Director Steve Dougherty, NJTA Executive Director John Keller, and NJ TRANSIT Assistant Executive Director Eric Daleo offered attendees an insider’s view of the year ahead. AECOM executive Sam Donelson was joined by the Chief Engineers of six public agencies for an exclusive look inside their agencies. NJTA Chief Engineer Rob Fischer, DRJTBC’s Roy Little, SJTA’s Steve Mazur, NJDOT’s Snehal Patel, PANYNJ’s Jim Starace, and DRPA’s Mike Venuto did a deep dive on the issues they face each day as they work to keep an enormous inventory of roads, bridges, rails, ports, and aviation facilities in safe, efficient working order. 2018 was ACECNJ’s most successful Fall Conference to date. That success is due to the over 200 attendees, generous sponsors, and various speakers and presenters. ACECNJ’s staff team is already hard at work on the 2019 Fall Conference. New Jersey is excited to be hosting the 3rd Tri-State Fall Conference, with ACEC/NY and ACEC-PA. Leaders from across the region will gather in Atlantic City from September 22-24, 2019 for a conference that should not be missed. Block the dates on your calendar now, and be on the lookout for additional information. In the meantime, thank you again to everyone who made 2018 such a successful experience.

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