ASCE Campaign Offers Members Chance to Influence Government Action

August 16, 2016
Key Contacts have the opportunity to influence public policy. PHOTO: David Hathcox

ASCE’s mid-August Key Contact Recruitment Campaign is seeking members willing to speak up for infrastructure.

Key Contacts influence the policy process at the state and federal levels by sharing their everyday civil engineering experiences and developing relationships with elected officials.

“The most rewarding part … is feeling that you can make a difference or be heard,” said Jim Pajk, a Federal Advocacy Captain from Ohio and winner of the 2016 Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocate of the Year award. “It may take numerous meetings or discussions, but I have found eventually I can make an impact.”

If ever there was a time for ASCE members to become Key Contacts and take part in public policy conversations going on across the country, it’s now. The next six to nine months will provide a number of high-profile opportunities for the Society and its membership to positively affect public policy decisions affecting infrastructure investment.

This tumultuous election season presents a unique opportunity to influence government policy at all levels. Then in February, ASCE’s giant-screen film Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World premieres and is sure to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Next spring, a new edition of ASCE’s acclaimed, widely cited Report Card for America’s Infrastructure will alert the public and lawmakers, including a new presidency, to the state of America’s infrastructure in 2017. The release will be timed to ASCE’s annual Legislative Fly-In, which invites all Key Contacts to Washington, DC, to discuss infrastructure with members of Congress and White House officials.

For the recruitment campaign, a number of ASCE Key Contacts talked about why advocacy matters to them and to the profession, and shared rewarding experiences they had influencing public policy:

Gabriella Briffa | Bob Cagle | Ernie Longoria | Jim Pajk | Elizabeth Ruedas | Greg Scott | Brad Williams

Learn more about becoming a Key Contact and how to get started.

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