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Reading Branch Board of Directors - Call for Volunteers:
Hello ASCE Reading Branch Members:
Since the Reading Branch was transferred to the Lehigh Valley Section in 2017, the Branch has been working hard on becoming more active and provide to our approximately 170 members technical programming and events that will be of interest as well as provide PDH’s for those who are licensed professionals in order form them to meet the professional development licensing renewal requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Professional Licensing Board.
However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Branch like many other Sections and Branches across the Society had to pivot and determine how to continue to engage our members in a virtual environment. The Reading Branch has been able to provide a virtual technical program which included a presentation from U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan where she discussed infrastructure needs from a Federal perspective.
I am writing to you to inform you that the Reading Branch will be seeking to positions on our Board of Directors. The Branch Board currently has eight members, four officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and four Directors. Officers and Directors serve two-year terms. For more information on each position and the responsibilities, please review our Branch Bylaws by clicking on the link provided below.
If you are interested in any of these positions or have any questions, please reach out to me by e-mail at [email protected].
Thank you for your continued membership and I look forward to hearing from you.
John Caperilla, President ASCE Reading Branch
Interested in Public Policy?
In 2022 the four Pennsylvania ASCE Sections (Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) will be releasing a new Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, however the work behind the scenes to develop the Report Card will be commencing late this Spring. The 2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure graded 18 categories of infrastructure and can be viewed at www.pareportcard.org as a reference as to the nature of the end product that is the goal to develop.
Volunteers are needed to join the infrastructure category committees. We are seeking to connect with members who have experience public policy or are interested in learning more about:
● The current condition of public infrastructure;
● The legislative and regulatory environment it is developed in;
● Infrastructure’s operations and maintenance and;
● How Public agencies and private corporations fund construction; operation; and renewal.
This is an opportunity to work in a team environment of like-minded professionals. The committees will work with staff from ASCE National and ASCE’s Committee on America’s Infrastructure to provide a snapshot of our infrastructure as it relates to us locally and on a national level. The volunteers will gather background information for each of the categories – including reports, studies, surveys and other research materials – from professional societies, non-profit associations, and local, state and Federal agencies, in order to determine grades for each category.
Grades will be developed in a simple A to F school report card format. Assigned letter grades are based on the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, funding need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. The grades are an evaluation of the current state of the physical infrastructure itself and are not a reflection on the agencies responsible for the infrastructure, who are often working with limited resources. Historically, small teams of ASCE volunteers coordinate and meet with public agencies in the development and advance of the Report Card release to seek their input and notify them of the findings.
This is a wonderful opportunity for professionals as well as students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of public policy and be acknowledged in a published report. Anyone interested should contact the Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Co-chairs, David DiGioia at [email protected] or Michelle Madzelan at [email protected].