By Ethan Worthington, Multimedia Journalist
Spring 2012 Public Information Office Intern
The City’s new Assistant Manager and Director of Development Services Kelly Green was recently profiled in the Southeast Missourian. She was also one of 10 professionals selected from 100 applicants statewide to participate in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Local Public Agency Advisory Committee.
More from Kelly Green about her committee participation
Q: The committee is affiliated with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). What is their place in the Local Public Agency (LPA) Advisory Committee?
A: Missouri’s local program provides federal funding to cities and counties for improvements to roads, bridges, air quality, congestion and more. MoDOT is reaching out to planning partners such as contractors, consultants, and even cities and counties across Missouri by asking them to work with them in an advisory capacity to continue to improve Missouri’s local program.
Q: What issues does the LPA committee cover?
A. The primary objective of the advisory committee over the next year is to help with the implementation of the LPA Strategic Vision Team Recommendations which are to develop a Federal Highway Administration/MoDOT certification program, develop a training program, improve the Missouri LPA manual, develop a program and project management tool, and develop a continuous improvement team.
Q: Is there any big news that is about to come out of this committee?
A: The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the availability of $500 million in Tiger Discretionary Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2012. The grant program provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives.
Q: How will what the committee is doing affect the City’s workers and its citizens?
A: I would like to see improved processes for the LPA projects. Currently the processes are very time consuming for projects and they can be very difficult for contractors, consultants, and staff. My goal is to streamline these processes. It certainly would benefit our development community and our citizens. The committee hasn’t existed for very long but it has been involved with several projects that impact our citizens. Some LPA projects in the City of Cape include the Riverwalk, work being done on Fountain Street, three different projects on building safer routes to school, and work on Veteran’s Memorial Drive.
Congratulations, Kelly, and good luck on all of your future endeavors. For more information on the LPA committee and its plans visit modot.mo.gov/business/manuals/localpublicagency or call Kenny Voss at 573-526-2924.