ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2019 Power of A Silver Award winners for their research and advocacy work that strengthens society.

COMPTIA – Using Research to Address the Nation’s Tech Talent Shortage

CompTIA launched a new study – the 2018 Tech Town Index – to help IT pros make educated decisions about where to live and work based on opportunity and opportunity costs. The study identified the nation’s Top 20 Tech Towns by factoring in data on tech job growth, cost of living and median salaries. The primary goal was to help fill the nation’s tech talent shortage. The result of the research was a geographically diverse list that shows Tech Towns are flourishing across the nation and in areas that extend far beyond the traditional coastal tech hubs. The Tech Town Index proved that with more than 260,000 tech jobs opening last year, you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley to find and advance in a career in IT. The study also highlighted the need for an educated, tech-ready workforce and the factors that are contributing to each metro areas’ ability to attract and retain that workforce.

ISACA – Informing Policymakers on Issues of Global Importance

In four years, ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) went from struggling to define its public policy priorities to an award-winning program with tangible successes, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. The association’s journey has strengthened ISACA’s global community of over 140,000 members in 188 countries, and its global affairs efforts have real implications for how governments and citizens access technology, are trained in information and cyber security, and map their national security strategies. ISACA creates impactful content for policymakers that leverages the expertise of ISACA’s global membership to help inform on cutting-edge technologies like AI and workforce issues, particularly the lack of women in technology leadership roles and the many unfilled cybersecurity roles in the global workforce.

National Institute of Building Sciences – Making a Solid Case for Disaster Mitigation

The United States has experienced some of the most devastating disasters in the country’s history in the past few years, impacting and displacing millions of families. Fortunately, there are measures that governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. Such measures, normally called pre-disaster mitigation – preparing in advance for future disasters – better assures that hazardous events will have short-lived and more manageable outcomes. However, like making any investment decisions, the question of whether natural-hazard risk mitigation was worth the expense needed to be addressed. The NIBS Multihazard Mitigation Council conducted the independent Mitigation Saves study to quantify future savings from natural hazard mitigation efforts, which is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind and would affect decision making on construction activities at all levels, including congressional and public polices, building code development and adoption, community development, buildings, and infrastructures. The findings show that mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters on a community.

National Waste & Recycling Association – Backing Laws that Protect Workers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics named the waste and recycling collector profession as the fifth most dangerous occupation. Of all the fatalities suffered by these hard-working men and women, two-thirds were the result of transportation incidents. Many of these incidents are caused by inattentive or distracted driving by motorists who failed to yield to waste and recycling collection vehicles. Most of the time, the danger is no different than that experienced by police officers, firefighters and tow-truck drivers who are stopped at the side of the road. NWRA has been at the forefront of advocating “Slow Down To Get Around” laws covering the waste and recycling industry. NWRA-backed “Slow Down to Get Around” laws are saving lives by requiring drivers to exercise caution and avoid distractions when they are approaching a collection truck. So far, members of NWRA state chapters have been successful in 23 states where they have passed laws that generally require drivers to slow down and yield to collection vehicles, especially when the operator is emptying a cart or walking back to the truck.

New Jersey Business & Industry Association – Competing to Keep Millennials In-State

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Jersey has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, with a total net loss of 183,591 millennials from 2007 to 2016. Recognizing the loss of New Jersey’s sizable investment in education due to the flight of students from the state, NJBIA convened a task force with the mission of stemming this outmigration by matching education programs to private sector jobs. The result of input from 100 prominent members from academia, state education and labor departments, businesses, non-profits, the private sector, and millennials was NJBIA’s Postsecondary Education Task Force report entitled: Education Equation: Strategies for Retaining and Attracting New Jersey’s Future Workforce. The report features 13 focused recommendations and strategies to better prepare, preserve and place New Jersey’s workforce and build a brand for its higher education institutions. The release of the recommendations in early 2018 has led or contributed to: A Higher Ed Branding Campaign led by the New Jersey President’s Council, voter approval of $350 million for much-needed expansion of CTE shops at county vocational schools and $50 million toward CTE projects at county colleges, passage of “3-Plus-1” college affordability program allowing students to complete three years of study at a county college, followed by one year at a partnering four-year college to obtain a bachelor’s degree, and introduction and passage of package legislation making apprenticeships more accessible for New Jersey residents in high-growth industries.

A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners.  Nominations will open in January for 2020 recognition.