2017 Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials’ Conference (NASTO) highlights workforce challenges & opportunities

The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC), hosted by the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, brought it’s exhibit to the 2017 NASTO conference in Philadelphia, PA, July 10-12. This year, under the leadership of NASTO President Leslie Richards (PADOT), the challenges and opportunities facing the transportation workforce was highlighted in both a set of panels and in the opening remarks of AASHTO president David Bernhardt, which are reprinted with permission below.
An excellent discussion, facilitated by former USDOT secretary Mary Peters, featured leaders from NE state DOTs and FHWA, and was followed by a second panel, also facilitated by Mary Peters, of students from the Philadelphia region, pursuing academic paths leading to hoped-for careers in the field. It was an excellent format stimulating much conversation and connections for future action.

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