Ohioans to Speak Out on Creating More Ohio Jobs through Transportation

New study reveals historic ‘Bang for the Buck’ in terms of business growth, middle-class jobs

With a new national economic report showing that the “bang for the buck” realized by investments in transportation is at an all-time high, the Ohio Department of Transportation will be asking communities across the state, “How can Ohio’s transportation dollars create even more jobs, support additional business growth and move Ohio’s economy forward faster?”

ODOT is holding a series of interactive public workshops across the state to give resident a chance to speak out about policy issues that impact transportation investment in Ohio.

In District Two, the workshop will be on Wednesday, October 27, hosted by 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force Member Tony Reams. In addition, Bob Armstrong, Mayor of Defiance, and Jerry Hayes, Executive Director, Defiance County Economic Development, will speak about the U.S. 24 expansion.

The workshops are part of the department’s first-of-its-kind ‘GO Ohio’ Transportation Futures Plan that will look at state investments in all modes of travel and shipping - highway, air, rail, transit, water, pedestrian and bicycle - and align those transportation choices more comprehensively with job creation, economic development and quality of life.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently unveiled a new analysis of the economic effects of transportation infrastructure investment. In addition to highlighting significant national savings on construction costs, the report suggests that 90 percent of the jobs created by infrastructure spending are middle-class jobs in sectors of the economy suffering from high levels of unemployment.

To help transportation drive additional business growth and move Ohio’s economy forward faster, ODOT’s GO Ohio effort is aimed at shaping future funding decisions around increasing state competitiveness; connecting transportation system investment to targeted industries and embracing environmental stewardship to advance a green economy.

Attendees at the workshops will “vote” on policy issues, using hand- held technology, that impact transportation investment. All public workshops are scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with registration at 5:30 p.m.

You can RSVP with an email to Go.Ohio@dot.state.oh.us to help the state better plan for the workshops, although an RSVP is not required to attend. More information can be found at www.go.ohio.gov.

WHAT:     ODOT’s Go Ohio Regional Meeting

WHEN:     Wednesday, October 27 – Registration at 5:30pm – Workshop from 6pm – 8pm

WHERE:   Bowling Green State University, Bowen-Thompson Student Union

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For more information contact: Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640

or Theresa Pollick, District Two Public Information Officer, at 419-373-4428.