SAME’s 2021 Virtual Capital Week brought more than 900 attendees (a record for the event!) together for five days of strategic discussions, market research, and networking opportunities.
The program was highlighted by “fireside chats” with the Engineering Chiefs from the Air Force, Army, and Navy as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, who each provided updates on where their agencies are focused in terms of engineering and construction priorities, funding projections, and how they are aligning to support the interest-areas of the new administration.
Additionally, Capital Week included annual budget outlook briefings from more than a dozen federal agencies and a few education sessions that covered some timely subjects within the federal A/E/C market. New for 2021, Capital Week was highlighted by Executive-Level IGE Sessions that centered on strategic discussions concerning MILCON, Climate Adaptation, Cost Estimating, WRDA, and USACE’s TORN Process. These discussions brought together senior government and industry leaders, and some groups included professional staffers from the U.S. House of Representatives and gave forward-looking insights into these key issues.
During the week, there were myriad networking opportunities including a virtual expo hall, one-on-one appointments, discussion groups, and afternoon activity breaks with fun aspects like a cooking demonstration and DJ battle.
The ultimate takeaways from Virtual Capital Week were three-fold: one, there is a significant workload across the government now and over the coming years; two, it is crucial given the urgency facing the agency’s requirements that making every dollar count is essential as is building to the highest quality; and three, the only way all the work is going to be achieved is through strong partnerships between both the government and the industry teams.