ARLINGTON, Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today addressed the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) during the 2010 Washington Legislative Briefing in Arlington, Va.
AASHTO represents state transportation agencies in all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and fosters the design, construction, maintenance, operation and management of an integrated national transportation system. AASHTO's 2010 Washington Briefing includes seminars on performance management, communications, transportation and the economy, the legislative outlook in Congress for transportation authorization and funding, and freight.
The governor focused on the importance of a sound transportation system and the challenges that face West Virginia and other states in times of continuing budget dilemmas.
“West Virginia’s terrain presents unique transportation challenges for residents and visitors,” said Manchin. “In West Virginia you have to drive to survive, and I am grateful for the opportunity to bring our concerns to the forefront at a national level.”
Manchin said, “Governors are looking for partnerships from the federal government to help maintain and preserve the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure,” and that “transportation investment is vital to the creation of jobs and the stabilization of our economy.”
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