What’s Happening in Georgia’s Engineering Community Taylor Wright with Atkins was appointed to serve on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS Board) by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Above, Wright and Governor Deal at his swearing-in on October 19, 2015. New Firm, Waterhouse Engineering, Formed Waterhouse Engineering announced its formation and the beginning of operations slated for January 1, 2016. Cindy Matyas, Cheryl Alexander and Mike Talley are principals of the company, which will initially focus on the transportation drainage market. Together, they have more than 50 years of combined experience in the engineering industry. The firm will operate from offices in Dahlonega and Albany, Georgia. The new firm will seek certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Atlanta Named Best City in United States for Engineering Jobs Austin, Texas-based SpareFoot.com reported Atlanta, Georgia as the top city nationwide for engineers to move to, using data gathered on job availability, median salary, median home price and median annual rent. Atlanta beat out Houston and Chicago for the top spot, who ranked second and third on the list, respectively. CH2M was named the city’s top engineering firm for the eighth consecutive year, followed by AMEC Plc, Enercon Services Inc., Pond & Company and Jacobs, as reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Georgia Department of Transportation Postpones December Transportation Projects The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced it will not release $123 million of federallyfunded projects for proposals in December, citing the repeated shortfalls in the Federal Highway Trust Fund account and overall federal funding uncertainty. The announcement impacts 34 projects that were previously scheduled to go out for proposals, including a $45 million resurfacing and maintenance project on I-75 in Catoosa County. Federal Highway Trust Fund Update On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a six-year surface transportation authorization bill, called the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, with a vote of 363-64. The bill authorizes $325 billion over the next six years for highway and transit programs - allocating $261 billion to highways, $55 billion to transit and $9 billion to safety programs. Conference negotiations will now begin between this bill and the Senate-passed DRIVE Act. The latest short-term funding patch was set to expire at midnight on November 20, but President Obama signed into law another bill to extend federal transportation funding, giving lawmakers until December 4 to pass long-term funding legislation. ENR Southeast Announces 2015 BEST PROJECTS AWARD WINNERS The ENR Southeast’s Best Projects Awards Competition recognizes construction and design excellence in the Southeast region. ENR Southeast received 88 entries, with projects located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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