Melvin C. Williams Vice President with S&ME, Inc. was recently elected to serve on the Carolinas Associated of General Contractor’s (AGC) Board of Directors. The Carolinas AGC is a construction trade association made up of contractors and construction-related firms that perform work in North Carolina and South Carolina. Carolinas AGC is a chapter of the AGC of America and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). As a Board Member; he and other Board Members will be responsible for providing governance and oversight to the operations of Carolinas AGC, establish the strategic direction; develop policies, procedures and regulations for its operation; monitor the organization's financial health, programs, and overall performance; and provide the President & CEO with the resources to meet the goals and objectives of the organization.
Williams was also recently elected as Chair-Elect of the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) Transportation Committee, which means he will chair the Committee in 2019. The ACEC-SC Transportation Committee serves as a liaison between ACEC-SC, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and other public agencies dealing with roadway transportation related issues. The Transportation Committee is also engaged in advocacy efforts, together with other organizations, to promote legislative action related to engineering practice and transportation agency operations and funding. This effort is intended to promote a positive business environment for member firms in South Carolina and support SCDOT as they seek to fulfill their stated Vision “to deliver, operate and maintain a world-class, 21st century, multimodal transportation system that enables the Palmetto State to continue to grow its economy, enhance communities, and improve the environment”.
Finally; Williams was elected to serve on the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Lowcountry Bus Rapid Transportation Advocacy (LBRTA) Committee. With over 30 people reported to be moving to Charleston daily; it is understood that Charleston cannot build enough infrastructure to handle the movement of its residents and must look for other alternatives. The LBRT Committee consist of a group of business owners, commercial developers and other private sector leaders across the region to promote the new mass transit system as good for business and as an alternative transportation mode.