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June 26, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: This past week, I watched the little cafeteria type business in my office building close. We’ve been in this building for 14 years, but I understand the owner was here for 3 years before that. We’re in a Class “A” office space with lawyers, computer programmers and finance folk. These businesses are still not back at work and that’s what is causing such a pause in other portions of the economy. I’m sure other downtown eateries and dry cleaners are feeling the same pinch. These are the lasting impacts to COVID-19.

Looking ahead: I’ve read about impending restrictions from the Trump administration on H1B and other high-tech visas for some time, and I expect that they will be enacted by the time this is printed. I can’t emphasize enough what a terrible idea this is. For the chosen few that have the time and talent to become a high-tech individual, it doesn’t matter where you were born. My firm loses people every year that don’t get to stay because of their immigration status. Why train these people at our top universities in our most sought-after jobs and let them go?

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June 12, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: After reading the statement made by NASCAR this past week, I’d like to think that they banned the Confederate flag from their events out of goodwill towards all, but ironically, I think it was capitalism that is taking the flags down. As NASCAR is one of the few sports able to open back up, the sports-starved ranks of our population can only watch so much Korean baseball and German soccer. The corporate sponsors know that they need wide appeal and always distance themselves from controversy. I’m happy to see capitalism work for this important social change.

Looking ahead: The next few weeks are an important time of year to my family. Within 11 days, we have my birthday, Father’s Day and my daughter’s birthday. Since we are being safe because of COVID-19, I’m OK with delayed or canceled celebrations for me, but how do you explain this world to a 3-year-old? I feel terrible for the seniors that missed the prom, but they are old enough to understand. What are the long term emotional stresses that all younger children facing and how will they face the future? I hope the next few weeks are kind.

  • Chen Moore and Associates

June 5, 2020

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP

President, Chen Moore and Associates

Last week: Despite every terrible thing that is going on here on Earth, SpaceX Crew Dragon delivered astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the international space station. Expedition 63 is kicking off with the accompaniment of another NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts. I’m not 100% how easy it is for everyone to get along so well in space and so poorly in person, but I think that the fact we’re on the 63rd international meeting of coordination is the definition of hope for a unified world.

Looking ahead: Governor DeSantis has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Most of the 191 bills that passed both chambers of our legislature have not yet been sent to the Governor to review. Based on the COVID-19 situation, that is understandable, but there are still a number of items of business that the governor must review.

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