Today marked our 7th ASCE Tri-County Workshop and we are very proud to be able to host all of you here at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center. You have all chosen to be a part of this ASCE Tri-County Workshop because of our mutual passion for Envisioning South Florida’s Future. Your passions help us all to come together as one and the energy we create as one allows us to achieve our individual as well as group goals, and brings us together to discuss the short and long terms goals.
It’s an exciting time for the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach ASCE Branches as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive. Our regions are confronting a time of many changes and we ought to meet these changes during a time of larger nation-wide and global change. The world of engineering is an exciting area in which to participate, and we’ll continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this to ensure our Members remain at the cutting edge.
I’d like to give you an idea of what to expect and what we hope to achieve over the next few hours. We have prepared an event which includes discussions on the upcoming MDX, FDOT VI and Broward MPO endeavors to improve our Tri-County Transportation System; Miami-Dade DTPW, Palm Beach MPO and Brightline Transit Initiatives to meet our current region mass transportation system’s needs; MDWASD, Broward WWS and PBCWUD effective utility management best practices; and Broward EPCRD and SFWMD regional water resources supply and conservation initiatives. My gratitude goes to Rafael Jimenez, P.E. (President of the ASCE Broward Branch) for guiding us through the course of today serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
Before I close, I’d like to thank each of you for attending our workshop and bringing your expertise to our gathering. You, as organization leaders, engineers, students, private- and public-sector employees, sponsors, and members of the community have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. Throughout this workshop, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of South Florida. My personal respect and thanks go out to all of you.
Ricardo Vieira, P.E.
Chair, 2017 ASCE Tri-County Workshop