You’re looking at my farewell blog post as ASCE President. Thanks for reading these entries – I hope I gave you some things to think about, and perhaps to even act on. I’ve appreciated your reactions, whether in comments here or in discussions in our ASCE LinkedIn community. It’s been an outstanding year for me and a humbling honor to have served you.
I always will treasure all of the terrific experiences I’ve had while representing ASCE and you as members, from discussing with our European counterparts our goal to Raise the Bar of educational standards, to paying tribute to our historic infrastructure landmarks, to helping to get a surface transportation funding bill finally through Congress after years of delays.
Passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, was indeed a satisfying moment, including witnessing it signed into law by President Obama. However, that satisfaction was bittersweet, sweet in that we finally had a surface transportation plan enacted into law after 10 extensions, but bitter in that it is only for a short two years and funding only at current levels with no serious plan for the future. And it addresses only surface transportation. Other critical infrastructure, including water and wastewater, the electrical grid, ports, airports and more, is also in dire need of investment if we’re to maintain our standard of living, as detailed in our “Failure to Act” studies released in the past year, and as I know well in part from serving as chair of our 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
So the fight continues, even as my year as president comes to an end. I know I’m not going to stop working to better our nation’s infrastructure just because I’ll no longer be at the helm of ASCE. I’ll be fighting the good fight in support of 2013 President Greg DiLoreto, whose passion for this rivals mine. I know you will join me in supporting Greg and in fighting to make America’s infrastructure once again the envy of the world.
Thank you again for the privilege of serving you.