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    Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
    October 30, 2000


    Governor Taft Opens OTEC 2000

    Columbus- Ohio Governor Bob Taft today highlighted the importance of transportation to the economy and mobility of Ohio at the 2000 Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC). Taft was joined by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor and The Ohio State University President William Brit Kirwan to open the 54th annual meeting of the conference.

    "Gathering Ohio's transportation experts to share ideas, best practices and innovations promotes the advancement of efficient, cutting-edge transportation strategies that benefit all Ohioans, " Taft said. "In an era of the information superhighway, we must continuously support our actual highways and transportation lines for Ohio to be prosperous in the New Economy."

    One of the largest transportation conferences in the nation, OTEC draws together contractors, engineers, government officials, consultants, industry representatives, professors and students to discuss the latest transportation technologies and trends.

    "The OTEC conference has been a partnership between ODOT and Ohio State for a half century," Proctor said. "We are proud to bring together some of the nation's best transportation planners and industry representatives to explore emerging concepts and trends."

    Proctor also addressed the opening session, with a review of the State of the Transportation System, including emerging transportation trends and funding updates.

    The conference theme, Transportation: Pathway to Prosperity, is reflected throughout the technical sessions, which will touch on topics such as engineering tools, design aesthetics, case studies of transportation projects, materials and strategy innovation. The conference is being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center today and tomorrow.

    Visit the OTEC Web site at  http://www.otecohio.org for more on the conference.