Joint ACEC/CSPE Annual Dinner Meeting

Our annual joint dinner meeting for ACEC/CT and CSPE on Monday evening, June 15, was a great success.

Jim Rogers gave an inspiring presentation on winning more work for your firm. He taught us how to replace the usual superlatives in our proposals with memorable insights that relate to the client. Jim can be reached at (859) 428 – 85504 or email Jim@unbridledrevenue.com.

Laura Cruickshank, master planner and chief architect of the University of Connecticut and Mike Jednak, assistant vice president for facilities operations and building services at UConn, gave a great presentation on the University’s plans for capital improvements and infrastructure. Click here for a copy of their presentation.

We also honored two presidents who are completing their terms of office. ACEC/CT president, Jerry Gerletz, and Chris Eggers, CSPE president, are completing their terms of office and received a plaque for their service.

Executive Director Paul Brady updated the members on recent achievements in the Connecticut General Assembly. We managed to pass a groundbreaking statute of limitations for firms contracting the state. We also were able to defeat a proposal to impose the state sales tax on engineering and other professional services.

Sales tax on engineering services may hurt STEM effort in CT

There are a number of great arguments against the proposed sales tax on engineering services. It will make Connecticut engineering firms less competitive, it will hurt smaller engineering firms, etc.

But Maria Loitz, Director of Marketing at BVH Integrated Services, P.C. wrote to her representatives about the impact of the proposal on the state’s efforts to encourage students in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).

“The tax on engineering services will actually have the opposite effect as intended by the Connecticut legislature, and send jobs to neighboring states that do not have a sales tax on engineering services. It’s a very competitive environment, and a newly implemented sales tax will certainly make our firm less competitive and will result in a loss of work, which will lead to a loss of profits, lack of growth, loss of jobs, and ultimately, a loss of income to the State.

“At a time when the State of Connecticut is investing $1.5 billion in Next Generation Connecticut to grow jobs in the STEM fields, why would the legislature impose this new tax on engineering firms, which would ultimately stump growth of engineering jobs in Connecticut? The result may be that Connecticut taxpayers will be subsidizing engineering jobs in neighboring states rather than in Connecticut.

“It is important to note that only 3 states in the country tax engineering services: New Mexico, South Dakota and Hawaii. Many engineering firms in our industry have multiple offices, including my employer. Given the business environment in Connecticut, it would be easy for many of these firms to expand and add jobs in neighboring states rather than in Connecticut.

“I am very passionate about this issue because I am a life-long resident of Connecticut, my family lives here, and it’s my hope to someday retire in Connecticut. With the full support of my employer, I am also actively involved in mentoring the youth of Connecticut’s urban areas – including New Britain, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport, introducing them to careers in the architecture and engineering fields. It’s our goal to grow our firm in Connecticut, but we need a strong pool of engineers in order to achieve this goal, along with a fair and competitive business environment.

“I have been employed in the architecture and engineering industry for the past 20 years. Being involved in fee negotiations with clients on a daily basis, I am very confident that this new tax would create a significant hurdle for our firm’s future growth in Connecticut.”

Thanks, Maria. Great point!

Thursday, May 11, 2017- WTS CT/ACEC CT Joint Breakfast Meeting with Special Appearance by Governor Dannel Malloy

POSTPONED

Dear Members,

The May 11th joint WTS CT/ACEC CT Joint Transportation & Infrastructure Breakfast Meeting has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Jim Fuda
President ACEC/CT 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – POSTPONED – Watch for information on new date!
WTS CT/ACEC CT Joint Breakfast
Meeting Transportation, Infrastructure, Legislation and Funding
Special Appearance by Governor Dannel Malloy
9 – 11 PM
Legislative Office Building, 300 Capital Avenue, Hartford, CT

Panelists:
– James Redeker, Commissioner, Conn DOT
– Donald Shubert,  President, Connecticut Construction Industries Association
– Joe DeLong, Executive Director of Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Moderator:
– Carla Tillery, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

Registration and Breakfast – 9 – 9:30 AM – in private dining room
Forum – 9:30 – 11 AM – in Hearing Room C

Registration is limited. Event is Free.

Register Here

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What ACEC/CT Has Done for Members

Click here to download a one-page summary of our achievements during the past year to promote the business interests of our member firms.

As the 2016 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly gears up, ACEC/CT will also be working on promoting the Governor’s proposed constitutional amendment to protect the state’s Special Transportation Fund in a “lockbox” against raids during budget crises. We will also be supporting the Governor’s Let’s Go CT! initiative to rebuild Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure, protecting member firms from efforts by state employee unions to restrict the use of consultants and defend against any tax increases (e.g. sales tax on professional services).