Advocacy Services

ACEC/Massachusetts is the voice of the engineering business community in Massachusetts. While there are other engineering organizations that serve as professional societies or which are focused on a particular discipline of engineering practice, only ACEC/Massachusetts is focused on representing the interests of the BUSINESS of professional engineering practice.
Advocacy is one of the main focuses and overall strategic goals of ACEC/MA. From supporting legislation that affects the engineering business community, partnering with state agencies to resolve problems quickly or improve efficiency or participating in state task forces and commissions, ACEC/MA continues to work on issues supporting the engineering industry and the quality of life for all citizens of the Commonwealth including: new sources of increased infrastructure funding, support of a highly skilled talent pool, development of efficient, cost effective, sustainable and environmentally sensitive infrastructure designs, and support of streamlined procurement measures for both vertical and horizontal projects.
ACEC/MA develops a legislative agenda each year to ensure that the immediate concerns of consulting engineers and land surveyors as well as the public’s well-being are represented before government leaders. 
At the top of the current list is infrastructure investment, smart spending and enhanced business practices.
  • Capital investment that meets growing infrastructure needs in Massachusetts – for bridges, tunnels, energy, roads, transit, airports, water systems, public buildings, and recreation facilities.
  • Job creation through streamlining that will free up funds for public works projects and put thousands of Massachusetts residents back to work
  • Extension of Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) requirements to alll state agencies, public authorities and municipalities for higher quality design
  • Implementation of alternative project delivery methods – Design-build and Public Private Partnerships—to accelerate infrastructure projects, decrease costs and leverage private equity
  • Cost-effective delivery of engineering services through greater use of private design firms
  • Indemnification that ensures engineers are responsible for only the work they perform


The ACEC/Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is open to any employee of any ACEC/MA member firm or affiliate member firm that has an interest in getting involved in public policy. ACEC/Massachusetts is also a partner with other engineering and land surveying associations through The Engineering Center Education Trust. 
If you would like to get involved in the Government Affairs Committee or any of our advocacy efforts, contact Abbie Goodman, ACEC/MA Executive Director at 617-227-5551.