Editors’ Voice – March 2019

By David Bloxom, PE, VMA – Editor, Value World

This month’s issue, like most issues, is full of great information and something for everyone! I also included some travel tips for those that are attending the 2019 Value Summit.

I encourage you to read Michael’s article about the 2019 Value Summit in Portland, Oregon this June. I am from the Pacific Northwest myself and have spent a considerable amount of time in Portland – it is one of my most favorite cities in the world.

In addition to the fun and quirky things you have heard about Portland, it has some outstanding assets. The Mass Transit system is phenomenal. It is easy to get from the airport to downtown on the light rail system, and the light rail extends in many directions from downtown. There is also a downtown trolley system that provides easy interconnection to many of the downtown neighborhoods where there are great restaurants and a lot of other things to do. The Portland Zoo is also quite amazing. For those that may be interested, Oregon does not have a sales tax so if you are thinking of making a large purchase…well, you know. And don’t forget to visit Voodoo Doughnut.

Stephen’s article highlights the wonderful opportunities offered in the SAVE International & Miles Value Foundation University Challenge. This year the winning student team will receive up to $3,000 towards travel expenses to the 2019 Value Summit. Please read the article and encourage some of the student organizations and higher education institutions in your area.

Katherine’s President’s Message highlights some of the great efforts of the SAVE Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean & Africa (EMA) Chapters. I too applaud the efforts of these Chapters. I must say that I enjoy working with the EMA Chapter President, Jacqueline Fahmy, as the Western U.S. Regional Manager. I also know that George reads my article – he was the first to congratulate me on becoming the Editor of Value World right after my first issue came out.