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 east-central Ohio, the workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 9th, hosted by 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force Member and Tuscarawas County Commissioner Chris Abbuhl. In addition, Mike Jacoby, Executive Director for the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority, will speak about a needed transportation project in Muskingum County for economic development.
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