Michael L. Sullivan 2016-01-29 01:10:38
Happy New Year from Engineering Georgia magazine! January not only rings in the new year, it ushers in a new session of the Georgia General Assembly, so it seemed appropriate for the focus of this issue to be on government affairs. Politicians get a bad rap; yet in my experience, the vast majority of elected officials are good people who ran for office to try to make things better and for whom that continues to be the primary motivation for subjecting themselves to the hard, and often thankless task, of public service. In our cover story, we profile the members of what we are calling the “Engineering Caucus” of the Georgia General Assembly - those state Senators and state Representatives who are engineers, have an engineering background and/or who work in the engineering industry. I often say that engineers are rational, logical, problem-solvers and politics is sort of the opposite of that, but the members of the Engineering Caucus are bringing their problem-solving skills to bear on the issues facing Georgia. We are honored to feature these public servants in Engineering Georgia and hope that it inspires more engineers to get involved in the political process, including running for office. After all, we could always use a few more members of the Engineering Caucus! John Lennon once said that “life is what happens when you are making other plans” and the same can be said of the General Assembly. Leaders make plans and legislators (and lobbyists) have goals they would like to achieve, but no one can predict with any certainty where the course of a General Assembly session will ultimately lead. Nevertheless, we gaze into our crystal ball (or is it a Magic 8 Ball?) and in our second feature article, we offer a preview of the 2016 legislative session now underway, including the initiatives at the top of the engineering industry's list of legislative goals for 2016. We are also proud to feature the winners of the annual Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Awards in this issue. The Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) is a long-standing partnership between ACEC Georgia, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Highway Contractors Association. GPTQ’s overarching mission is to strengthen the working relationships between the parties that are responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining Georgia’s transportation infrastructure, as well as making the state’s transportation system the best that it can be. Tire GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards recognize the creativity, innovation and ingenuity that goes into these best-in-class transportation infrastructure engineering projects from across the state of Georgia. All of us here at Engineering Georgia magazine want to wish each of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016. Our goal is to make this magazine an even better tool for promoting the business of engineering in Georgia and as always, if you have any thoughts on how we can make it better for you and/or your company, please don't hesitate to let us know. With best regards,
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