October 2014

NACE-Initiated Stakeholder Partnering Expanding Around the Country

By Brian Roberts, PE
      Executive Director

This fall I addressed three of the EDC3 Summits and participated in a televised broadcast on October 30 in Sacramento, Cal., on the LPA Stakeholder Partnering initiative. NACE was representing the local perspective on federally funded local projects. We're excited about the success of the locals, state DOTS, and FHWA in implementing the initiative!

I made clear - This collaborative process can strengthen the relationships and result in more consistent interpretation of the federal requirements. Hopefully locals can work with state and Federal partners in streamlining the process. At the end of the day, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from participating in the process. I encourage you to watch the session broadcast.

As part of Every Day Counts (EDC3), the stakeholder partnering initiative is helping to streamline the Federal-aid project delivery process. It allows counties and other locals via information sharing to join with their state and Federal colleagues in navigating the complexities of the Federal-aid program. Together the members of the working group define their goals, roles and responsibilities. And together they create the process, action plans, and follow up.

NACE affiliates Missouri and Wisconsin have model programs. Champion states include Arizona, California, Florida, and Virginia. Michigan and Ohio held their inaugural meetings this summer.

Key Benefits of Stakeholder Partnering

-  Promotes local ownership of projects
-  Provides and streamlines the process and fundingProvides and streamlines the process and funding
-  Improves communication and trust to achieve a better understanding of project development at all levels.
-  Increases consistency of federal regulations across the state and country.
-  Provides a launching platform for process improvements, training and other new initiatives.

In addition to Locally Administered Federal-Aid Projects: Stakeholder Partnering, EDC3 consists of 10 other initiatives.

- Regional Models of Cooperation
- Improving Collaboration and Quality Environmental Documentation (eNEPA and IQED)
- 3D Engineered Models: Schedule, Cost, and Post-Construction
- e-Construction
- Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System
- Improving DOT and Railroad Coordination
- Smarter Work Zones
- Data-Driven Safety Analysis
- Road Diets (Roadway Reconfiguration)
- Ultra-High Performance Concrete Connections for Prefabricated Bridge Elements


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