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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
January 17, 2001


ODOT Director Keynotes WTS Annual Meeting

Columbus - Today, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor gave the keynote address to members of the Womens Transportation Seminar (WTS) Columbus Chapter at their annual meeting. Proctor, in his second year as director, addressed the group regarding the departments vision for transportation in the new millennium.

"WTS offers a unique opportunity to discuss transportation strategies that will enable Ohio to continue to be competitive in our global economy," said Proctor. "It also provides transportation professionals the ability to share ideas and network with others in their field."

Proctor also received, on behalf of ODOT, the employer of the year award, recognizing the departments ongoing support of the goals and purposes of WTS dedication to excellence in transportation through the achievement and success of women.

"Our organization is very appreciative of the support we receive from Director Proctor and the department," said Susie Gilbert, WTS president and researcher/liaison for ODOTs Division of Information Technology, Computer Facility Services. "As director, Mr. Proctor has enhanced the transportation industry by leading departmental employees to provide excellent services and quality products to all Ohioans. Also, ODOT also has an outstanding record of affirmative action hiring and continuing education of its employees."

At the luncheon meeting, members also presented the WTS Member of the Year Award, and recognized board members and corporate sponsors.

Founded in 1977, WTS was created through the efforts of 40 women involved in transportation fields in the Washington, D.C. area. Now a national organization, comprised of women and men, of transportation professionals, WTS has established 34 chapters, with nearly 3,000 members, throughout the United States.