Orange County Branch Newsletter
Government Affairs Committee
Re-Launching the Government Affairs Committee at the ASCE Orange County Branch
By Ravi Shah, P.E.
As we enter election season this November, what better time than to introduce myself as the new Government Affairs Chair (GAC) for the Orange County Branch! It is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to continue my service with ASCE. In my previous roles, I have served with the Orange County Younger Member Forum from 2010 to 2014, where I just ended my term as YMF Past President and YMF Liaison for the LA Section. On the government affairs side, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend two Legislative Fly-Ins over the last few years, Sacramento in 2013 and Washington D.C. in 2014. It was through these two opportunities I began having an interest in the efforts of ASCE in providing a positive voice for engineers in our industry and the policy makers who impact the society we live in and the funding we receive for the infrastructure we design and build.
It is becoming increasingly important for engineers to be involved in public policy, providing the technical expertise to educate the public and our legislatures against the pitfalls of a failure to invest in infrastructure. My goal is to build a committee of members who have an interest in getting involved with the legislative efforts of ASCE. There is an immediate need for individuals to get involved as committee members such that we can effectively use our collective resources to meet with our local, state and nationally elected officials. If this is something that interests you or you’d like additional information about our efforts through the ASCE Orange County Branch, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from many of you and forming a stellar team of committee members!
Finally, as many of you were aware, the Water Bond was on the November ballot in California, which (if passed) would enact the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. I’d like to thank all of those who made an effort to cast their vote during this midterm election!