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White House report highlights economic benefits of transportation investment

Washington, D.C. — On July 14, the White House released a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the infrastructure sector are ripe for innovation, with new technologies and approaches promising significant gains in productivity, efficiency, and resilience.

State DOTs recognized for community-focused, cost-saving, innovative projects

Albuquerque, N.M. — State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were named recipients of top honors in the western regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2014 conference.

Technical advisor Arup celebrates dedication of tallest U.S. flagpole

Seattle — Multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm Arup served as technical advisor for a 400-foot-tall, free-standing flagpole owned by ACUITY Insurance Company in Sheboygan, Wis. The pole, which is currently the largest in the United States, was dedicated in June amid comments from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and appearances by skydivers and military dignitaries. Twenty-five ACUITY employees, who are military veterans, carried the 350-pound, 60-foot by 120-foot American flag that was lifted onto the pole during the ceremony.

The 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm List announced

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – ZweigWhite announced the 2014 Hot Firm List, an exclusive ranking of the fastest growing firms in the A/E/P and environmental consulting industry. This list represents a look at the firms in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental industries that posted the highest percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period compared to the other entrants.

AECOM to acquire URS Corporation

Los Angeles and San Francisco — AECOM Technology Corporation and URS Corporation announced July 13 the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4 billion or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11, 2014. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6 billion.

ASFE changes name to Geoprofessional Business Association

Silver Spring, Md. — Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) is the new name of the organization formerly known as ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association. According to GBA President Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE (Terracon), “The time had come. Continually fewer of our most active members knew what ASFE originally stood for or how we’ve evolved over the years. Geoprofessional Business Association identifies who we are today.”

Registration ‘brisk’ for ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that pre-registration activity for the 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk. Taking place Aug 5-7 at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal Hotel in Orlando, the 2014 ISA WWAC Symposium focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors.

ARTBA seeks nominations for innovative transportation programs

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is now accepting nominations for the “Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Awards.” The annual competition “promotes and recognizes innovations that make our transportation infrastructure network the best it can be in serving those who pay for it, use it and rely upon it.”

ARTBA president reacts to Congressional developments relating to the Highway Trust Fund

Washington, D.C. — The following statement is from American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane: “While we appreciate the efforts of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees to move forward this week on their respective plans to keep federal transportation funds flowing to the states, these actions must not be the latest ‘punt and leave the stadium’ strategy that has plagued the federal surface transportation program for far too long.

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