AACE International — The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering

AACE International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional educational association founded in 1956. We are the largest organization globally serving the entire spectrum of the cost and management profession.

Our vision is To be the recognized technical authority in cost and schedule management for programs, projects, products, assets, and services.

Our mission is The members of AACE enable organizations around the world to achieve their investment expectations by managing and controlling projects, programs, and portfolios; we create value by advancing technical knowledge and professional development.

Goals as identified by AACE’s Board of Directors for 2010-2011

  • Improve communications and marketing efforts with members and major stakeholders to better communicate the value-added to AACE membership
  • Improve section leadership training
  • Improve the congruence and alignment of goals and objectives among the Board, associate boards, regions, sections, and members
  • Redesign and streamline the AACE website to be easier to navigate for members and prospective members, incorporating more contemporary design and graphics, enhanced description of the value of resources on the website, and more value added features to bring individuals to the website more frequently
  • Continue to deliver consistent and well-designed e-publications to inform members of activities
  • In coordination with the North American Marketing Committee (NAMC) and International Marketing Committee (IMC), develop a comprehensive, cost-effective marketing plan designed to increase membership, Annual Meeting attendance, certification, and educational program income
  • Redesign Cost Engineering journal with a more attractive cover design and more contemporary look, shape content based on readership survey, cross-reference articles to the Virtual Library, and promote web. Improve accuracy of articles printed. Increase emphasis on more professional growth and include more practical, transferable articles
  • Solicit and capture areas of professional interest on individual members to provide capability of market segmentation and to better target communications and benefits
  • Develop more compelling membership marketing materials that allow for customization to address various groups, including corporate sponsors, government entities, and allied organizations
  • Conduct a comprehensive membership survey to provide information for future leadership decisions
  • Develop a plan to maximize the impact of partnering agreements
  • Create systematic communication program to all Section and region leaders using an e-newsletter
  • Improve online tools to assist section leaders in building section membership and visibility
  • Create an online leadership training program that provides section leaders with guidance on how to run a successful section
  • Deliver and promote the “Seminar in a Box” program to sections
  • Provide resources to sections to more effectively orient and mentor new members
  • More clearly define association goals and objectives to all association stakeholders to improve communications and effectiveness
  • More clearly define the respective role and scope of the Board, associate boards, sections, and other components and orient leaders as to the respective roles of each component
  • Develop an updated strategic plan
  • Develop a strategy to more directly involve associate boards into the Board decision-making process
  • Assure that association volunteer, staff, and financial resources are invested in activities consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of the Association and justified in light of current needs of our members

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