The American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston is the local chapter of our national and state organizations, and, like them, we focus on those issues that are important to our members’ business of consulting engineering.
ACEC Houston is comprised of over 230 member companies representing civil, geotechnical, structural and MEP engineering firms. We provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, a source of technical information and expertise and a political voice for the engineering interests in the Houston metropolitan region.
At each level of government and the economy the ACEC organization strives to promote the advancement of the practice of consulting engineering, the promotion of private enterprise, protection of the public’s welfare, the expansion of markets for engineering services and protecting firms from inappropriate liability threats.
We keep our members informed on issues affecting their industry at the federal, state and local levels and exert influence by doing the following:
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
In an effort to shape ongoing public policy, ACEC Houston's Governmental Affairs Committee is our voice in public policy matters. For years, we have advocated with our local elected officials for long-term plans to upgrade and sustain the region's aging infrastructure, along with a funding plan to support those essential capital improvements.
We demonstrated our effectiveness in November of 2010 when the citizens of Houston voted in favor of Proposition 1, a City Charter Amendment election, which established a dedicated, pay-as-you-go fund to maintain and improve the City of Houston's drainage and street infrastructure. It was our Governmental Affairs Committee that worked tirelessly to identify the lack of resources, the magnitude of the problem and, ultimately, determine a means for its solution... ACEC Houston joined with other concerned citizens, community leaders and formed ReNew Houston, Inc. which led the charge for change and for the passage of Proposition 1.
LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES
One of our greatest assets, developed over the years, is our cooperative working relationship with local public agencies. These relationships allow us to assist our members in reaching successful resolution on a wide range of industry issues. For the consulting engineer, we provide a unified voice to work with governmental agencies in a forum, which brings together the expertise of our members to work with regulatory personnel in the resolution of technical, procedural, and public policy issues affecting the community.
AT THE HEART OF
are our working committees which actively engage public agencies on numerous issues.
We have six standing committees in which our members participate; each forms liaisons with the appropriate agencies to work through issues of concern:
♦Design Standards and Plan Review