By Lisa Schoolcraft

ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Influence and Engineering Impact Awards honor individuals, one from the public sector and one from the private sector, whose outstanding leadership and achievements have benefited the entire state of Georgia.

Honorees are chosen based on accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the engineering industry and business community of Georgia, such as –

  • Demonstrating exceptional leadership and commitment to addressing the infrastructure challenges of a locality, region and/or the entire state;
  • Making significant contributions to the economic vitality or business climate of a locality, region and/or the State of Georgia; and
  • A direct impact on the growth and success of their organization.


The Honorable David Ralston

Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives


There are few people who have done more for Georgia’s business community than David Ralston. He has led efforts to bring economic development opportunities to rural Georgia, to build Georgia’s film and television industry, to invest in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure and to ensure that Georgia’s business climate continues to be ranked best in the nation. And perhaps most importantly, he has been the solid, steady leader who time and time again has kept Georgia from getting caught up in the social issue battles that have harmed other states. Read More…