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Legislative Focus

The American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC) is the sole organization in North Carolina that represents the business interests of the engineering industry in our state.  A key component of ACEC/NC’s mission is to “promote the business interests of engineering companies by providing legislative advocacy”.  We work on behalf our member organizations to support and promote issues that are of importance to them and the engineering industry, both on the state and federal level.

Latest News

State Budget Bill

The North Carolina budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year has been finalized.

Legislative Tracker

ACEC/NC focuses on policy, not politics.  Information on legislation we are tracking can be found on our Legislative Tracking webpage.

Top Legislative Priorities

  • Highlighting the Value of the Engineering Industry
    Promoting and showcasing the significance of our engineering community in North Carolina.
  • Establishing a Workforce Development Strategy
    Addressing the urgent need for a resilient engineering workforce while laying the groundwork for future professionals.
  • Developing a Model-Based Design Transition Plan
    Bringing clarity to a rapidly shifting landscape for 3D design and E-signature.
  • Promoting Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) Legislation
    Advocating for a fair procurement process prioritizing competence to safeguard public health and safety in construction.
  • Building Relationships to Benefit Engineers
    Aiming to build and/or strengthen relationships with NCDEQ, NCDOT, NCBELS, and State Construction Office to advocate for our member firms.
  • Advocating for Transportation Funding Modernization
    Establishing additional funding streams to ensure our state's infrastructure keeps pace with the demands of a growing population.
  • Enhancing Educational Opportunities in Legislative Committee Meetings
    Utilizing expertise to keep members actively engaged, informed, and motivated.
  • Supporting National Initiatives
    Collectively lobbying policymakers on Capitol Hill for policies benefiting the engineering industry, including rectifying R&D amortization and securing the future of IIJA.

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Success Story

As a member the NC TEN Commission, ACEC/NC has advocated for the passage of additional funding streams for NCDOT developed by the NC TEN and NC FIRST Commissions, including increasing the EV registration fee, instituting a plug-in hybrid registration fee, and instituting a transportation service firm fee (Uber, Lyft, etc.). We supported the passage of over $2 Billion in state funding as part of the 2023-2024 state budget, as well as the passage of the transfer of General State Sales Tax Revenue to the Highway Fund, reaching over $600 Million by year three.

The Great Trails State Program received substantial support from the legislature in the budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year, which is a significant step towards funding trail infrastructure in North Carolina.  ACEC/NC recognized the benefit to the industry for providing funding for the Complete the Trail Program and critical trail projects across the state. In support of the North Carolina Great Trails State Coalition, ACEC/NC and many member firms lobbied the General Assembly for dedicated funding.  North Carolina Great Trails State Coalition represents 27 trails, conservation, and outdoor recreation groups from across the State.

The state of North Carolina officially designated 2023 as the “Year of the Trail”, with a goal of boosting awareness of trails as well as trail use across the state! Officials chose the year 2023 because it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1973 North Carolina Trails System Act.

Political Action Committees


The purpose of our State Political Action Committee is to support candidates for North Carolina State Office that share the goals/ideals of enhancing the business of engineering. ACEC NC PAC is a State-level PAC that can accept individual contributions from any employee of a member firm and operates as part of ACEC/NC. Governed by a 5-person Board of Trustees, the PAC works to directly support candidates for state office through campaign contributions to those who support legislation favorable to the engineering industry.



The ACEC PAC supports candidates for the United States Congress who understand, appreciate and promote the business interests of consulting engineering firms and the broader values of the consulting engineering profession. ACEC PAC only accepts personal contributions.

ACEC PAC (Federal)

ECNC (Engineering Companies of North Carolina)

ECNC is an Independent Expenditure Account whose purpose is to strengthen the effectiveness of our advocacy program and enhance the social welfare of the citizens of North Carolina. ECNC is an autonomous organization governed by a 5-person Board of Governors. It operates independently and distinctly separate from ACEC/NC. ECNC can accept both individual and firm contributions from anyone without limit and advocates for ballot issues and referendums that benefit the engineering industry and its firms. An independent expenditure allows quick response to issues and strong cooperation with our industry-related partners.

Legislative Day

legislative day

ACEC/NC Legislative Day is an annual event where members of the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC) meet with state legislators and advocate for the interests of the engineering industry. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of engineering services for the state’s infrastructure, economy, and quality of life. Our ACEC/NC Legislative Day is typically held in the spring and more details can be found on the event webpage.

Find YOUR legislators by visiting the North Carolina General Assembly website.

ACEC National Initiatives

ACEC’s mission is to advocate for the engineering industry, engaging member firms and employees in grassroots civic involvement to pursue legislative and regulatory objectives.

ACEC Advocacy

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