An Update on ACEC National’s Coronavirus Resources

To the ACEC Community:

The past few weeks have tested us all in ways we never even considered only a short time ago.  The coronavirus pandemic continues to test our ability to adapt our businesses and our lives to new ways of communication, work, and social interaction. Throughout it all, ACEC National has been focused on advocating for the interests of the engineering industry before Congress and the states and sharing news and information with our members to help them navigate through this emergency. I want to take a moment to brief you on the resources available to you.

Here’s a quick list:

Early on in the crisis, ACEC National set up a Coronavirus Resource Page designed to serve as a central clearinghouse to report on what our advocacy, member service, and education teams are doing to help the industry respond to COVID-19.  On that page, we feature advocacy alerts and information, state and federal resources, and educational opportunities in the form of webinars and forums focused on coronavirus response.  The page is updated daily with new information.  If you don’t have it bookmarked in your browser, I strongly recommend it.

The Last Word blog has also become a key resource, offering a curated selection of information from the resource page delivered to your inbox.  We have increased the rate of Last Word newsletters from once a week to three times a week to ensure we communicate as much information as possible about what we’re doing on your behalf. If you haven’t subscribed to the blog, I encourage you to do so here.

Our Business Resources and Education department, working with the ACEC Institute, has released the first of several polls of member firms detailing how they are dealing with coronavirus, from staff management to client relationships. The results of that survey can be accessed here. Look for follow-up surveys in the coming days.

One of the greatest strengths we have as a Council is the shared experience of our membership. We have some extraordinarily talented business leaders who are eager to offer their own stories about how they are meeting the challenges of this emergency. To take advantage of this resource, ACEC held a series of the small, medium, and large-firm virtual roundtables this week, which attracted more than 450 executives. We also started a new online community, the Coronavirus Impact Forum, on the ACEC website, which has already grown to more than 160 members.

Finally, we are hosting free webinars for members to provide expert education related to coronavirus response. The first webinar was held earlier this week and focused on what employers need to know about the stimulus bills moving through Congress.  That webinar attracted more than 500 attendees and is now available online on our website.  Click here to download.

We will continue to evaluate how we are communicating with you through this crisis.  These are truly uncertain times, but our industry is resilient.  We have faced adversity before and we have adapted to meet and overcome it.  I have no doubt we will weather this storm and emerge stronger for it.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay with ACEC,

Linda Bauer Darr
President & CEO
ACEC National