Greg Bilyeu 804-786-4243
Oct. 4, 2013
VDOT AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIP EFFORTS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION STATEWIDE
VDOT hosts transportation workshop for more than 350 local government representatives
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) last week held its second annual Local Programs Workshop in Richmond, Va. The “Network for Success” workshop supports the partnership between VDOT and local governments by building new working relationships, improving existing ones, highlighting successful projects and sharing best practices.
“The commitment from VDOT and its partners is there, and thanks to historic House Bill 2313, long-term transportation revenue is also there,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “VDOT and its industry partners work together every day across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Local Programs Workshop strengthens those relationships to improve project delivery on the federal, state and local level, build trust and accountability and look for new solutions to complete projects. Now the traveling public is depending on us to get the work completed.”
Local governments administer about one-third of transportation projects and approximately 15 to 20 percent of the total dollars in the Six-Year Improvement Program. The program allocates a total of $11.5 billion for highways and bridges, including $1.8 billion for revenue sharing projects over the next six years. Revenue sharing allows localities to match state funding to build projects. New funding in the amount of $3.2 billion is designated for Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.
Counties, cities and towns from across Virginia were represented at the workshop along with numerous transportation industry representatives who support delivery of the local program.
“The Local Programs Workshop is a valuable forum for localities, private industry and state government to build the partnerships necessary to deliver Virginia’s transportation program,” said Tabitha Crowder, Interim City Manager in Bristol. “This workshop provides tools necessary to ensure timely, successful delivery of transportation projects by local government.”
This year’s workshop offered a “Boot Camp” for those new to local project delivery, an advanced track for experienced project managers, a focus on best practices and lessons learned, breakout sessions, dialogue and discussion, and a renewed focus on key concepts and resources for successful project delivery.
Planning for the third annual Local Programs Workshop is already under way through a partnership with Virginia Tech. The event is scheduled for September 2014 in Roanoke, Va.
VDOT’s Local Assistance Division organizes and hosts the workshops. The division develops policy and provides guidance for special funding and other programs that impact work performed by localities, and serves as a liaison to local governments.
For more information about the workshop and the Local Assistance Division, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/business/local-assistance.asp.
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