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Gov. Tomblin Appoints Three Additional Members to West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission

09/18/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of three additional members to the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways:
  • Don Rigby, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Wheeling
  • Charles Clements, WV Route 2 & Interstate 68 Authority, New Martinsville
  • Marc Meachum, Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Bluefield

    “I’m pleased Don, Charlie and Marc have accepted this opportunity to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission,” Gov. Tomblin said. “They are joining a knowledgeable and diverse group of men and women and I look forward to receiving their recommendations.”

    Gov. Tomblin issued an executive order on August 14, 2012 forming the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways. The group is tasked with studying the condition and needs of the state’s transportation system and developing a long-term strategic plan of action. The plan will include funding options for the maintenance, construction and expansion of the state’s roadway system.

Governor Tomblin Announces Members of West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways

09/10/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the members of the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.

“I’ve called together some of the brightest minds in transportation, construction, labor and business to address the needs of our aging highway system,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I look forward to working with the Blue Ribbon Commission, discussing their findings and reviewing their proposed legislation, so that we can together address the future of our transportation system.”

The Commission will hold its first meeting Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, Governor’s Cabinet and Conference Room, Suite 10.

Gov. Tomblin issued an executive order on August 14, 2012 forming the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission. The group is tasked with studying the condition and needs of the state’s transportation system and developing a long-term strategic plan of action. The plan will include funding options for the maintenance, construction and expansion of the state’s roadway system.

The West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways members are:

  • State Senate
    • Senator Bob Beach
    • Senator Bob Plymale
    • Senator Mike Hall
  • House of Delegates
    • Delegate Margaret Staggers
    • Delegate Josh Stowers
    • Delegate Ron Walters
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Secretary Paul Mattox, P.E.
  • West Virginia Department of Commerce
    • Secretary Keith Burdette
  • West Virginia Association of Counties
    • Commissioner Rick Handley, Mason County
  • West Virginia Municipal League
    • Mayor Richard Callaway, City of St. Albans
  • County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia
    • Commissioner Mike Taylor, Randolph County
  • West Virginians for Better Transportation
    • Joseph T. Deneault
  • Contractors Association of West Virginia
    • Robert O. Orders, Jr.
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
    • Brenda Nichols Harper
  • West Virginia Business & Industry Council
    • Jan Vineyard
  • West Virginia Manufacturers Association
    • Karen Price
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO
    • Kenny Perdue
  • Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation
    • Gary Tillis
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia
    • Gary Facemyer, P.E.
  • West Virginia Trucking Association
    • Fred C. Burns, Jr.
  • West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association
    • Carol Fulks
  • Academic Community
    • Professor Tom Witt, Ph.D.
    • Professor Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.
  • Citizen Members
    • David Satterfield, Morgantown, First Congressional District
    • Mark Baldwin, Martinsburg, Second Congressional District
    • Wally Thornhill, Chapmanville, Third Congressional District

Governor Tomblin Forms New Commission to Address Transportation Needs and Economic Development

08/14/2012

SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued an executive order forming the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Highway Commission, a group tasked with studying the condition and needs of the state’s transportation system and developing a long-term strategic plan of action. The plan will include funding options for the maintenance, construction and expansion of the state’s roadway system. Joined by West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson and State Senate President Jeff Kessler, the announcement took place near the almost 80 year old Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge in Saint Albans, W.Va., which is currently undergoing a $24 million renovation and expansion.

“West Virginia maintains the nation’s sixth largest highway system,” Gov. Tomblin said. “This new commission comprised of unions, associations, legislators, state and local leaders in transportation and travel industries will develop a long-term plan to help us meet our current and future needs for the safety of the traveling public and the economic development of the state.”

The Blue Ribbon Highway Commission includes state officials, members from statewide constituency groups, representatives of counties and municipalities, members of the Legislature, as well as citizen members. The West Virginia Department of Transportation will provide staff support for the Commission.

“Our highways are vital lifelines for so many West Virginia communities and businesses but due to inadequate funding the State Department of Transportation can no longer fulfill general paving and maintenance obligations of the existing system and meet the calls for new highway construction projects,” Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said. “I look forward to working with the commission and thank Governor Tomblin for actively working to find a solution to this safety and economic development need.”

The Blue Ribbon Highway Commission will present a report to the governor prior to the start of the legislative session. The following groups will have a representative on the commission:

  • Three members of the Senate
  • Three members of the House of Delegates
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia Department of Commerce
  • West Virginians for Better Transportation
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • West Virginia Business & Industry Council
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO
  • Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Association of Counties
  • County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Municipal League
  • West Virginia Trucking Association
  • West Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association
  • Contractors Association of West Virginia
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia
  • Academia
  • Three (3) citizen members, one from each congressional district

  

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