APWA Leadership Meets with Transportation Secretary Mary Peters

In a meeting at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) headquarters on January 10, 2007 in Washington, D.C., APWA President Bill Verkest congratulated U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters on her nomination and confirmation as the 15th Secretary of Transportation. Joining President Verkest were Past President Bob Freudenthal, President-Elect Larry Frevert, Director-at-Large, Transportation John Okamoto and Executive Director Peter King. President Verkest also thanked Peters for her service as Federal Highway Administrator, her leadership during the reauthorization of the highway and transit act, SAFETEA-LU, and the strong working relationship she fostered with APWA during her tenure as Administrator.

During the meeting, President Verkest talked about the impact projected transportation funding shortfalls will have on public works. He offered APWA's assistance and expertise to address transportation needs and reconfirmed APWA's commitment to working with USDOT to promote partnerships among all levels of government to sustain infrastructure and performance.

President Verkest and Secretary Peters also discussed the work of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission, authorized by SAFETEA-LU to analyze future transportation needs and recommend funding solutions. President Verkest pledged APWA's assistance to Secretary Peters, who serves as chair of the Commission.

Secretary Peters was nominated by President Bush on September 5, 2006 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 30, 2006. She has spent a career spanning more than 20 years working on transportation issues in the public and private sectors, including the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation. As Secretary of Transportation, Peters leads an agency with almost 60,000 employees and a $61.6 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation missions.

Contributed by Jim Fahey, Director of Government Affairs, APWA Washington Office, who can be reached at (202) 218-6730 or jfahey@apwa.net.