ASCE Members Demonstrate Commitment to Infrastructure Advocacy

March 15, 2018
Florida sent a large group of ASCE members to advocate for infrastructure during the 2018 Legislative Fly-In.
Florida sent a large group of ASCE members to advocate for infrastructure during the 2018 Legislative Fly-In.

Three flight cancellations and 15 inches of snow?

No problem for Logan Johnson.

The New Hampshire Section President-Elect wasn’t going to let a little thing like a blizzard keep her from the ASCE Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, this week. With no flights leaving New England, she made her Fly-In trip a “drive-in.”

“I said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to get a car and drive,’” said Johnson, P.E., M.ASCE. “… I knew I had to get past the storm, so I basically was racing the clock.”

She acknowledges maybe even sleeping in the hatchback trunk of her rental car at one point, but she made it safely to DC.

Such is the commitment of ASCE’s members to the infrastructure advocacy cause.

Johnson joined 210 other ASCE members from 49 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the Society’s flagship annual advocacy event, delivering the message to Congress that infrastructure investment matters.

“It’s important that they hear from us,” Johnson said. “… We’ve got to make our voice heard. And what better way to do that than to show them that you’re committed by coming down here in person?”

The heart of the two-day event is the trip to Capitol Hill for member visits with their elected officials to discuss infrastructure solutions. This year’s focus topics included the urging Congress to draft a comprehensive infrastructure bill, FAA reauthorization, the 2018 WRDA reauthorization bill, and the SRF WIN Act.

Last year’s Fly-In helped launch ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. That report – and the D+ infrastructure grade – helped elevate the conversation nationally. This year’s Fly-In put members on Capitol Hill not long after President Trump released his infrastructure plan.

Fly-In veteran Darren Olson, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, noted a sense of positive energy around both the ASCE group and the conversations with members of Congress.

“This is one of those unique issues that’s a bipartisan issue,” said Olson, who chaired Illinois’ recent state infrastructure report card. “A lot of the people that I talked to… everyone gets it. It’s just a matter of getting our elected officials to that point of wanting to come together and make this happen.”

ASCE members can continue to support the Fly-In’s advocacy efforts by sending an email to Congress in support of infrastructure investment.

 

 

 

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