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WTS Member Attends Infrastructure “Jobs of the Future” Event at White House

July 3, 2012 10:47 AM
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Lynn Capouya, President of Lynn Capouya, Inc., and member of WTS International's Orange County, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles Chapters, met with a group of key infrastructure stakeholders at the White House last week, including Latino small business leaders, state and local government transit agency leaders, representatives from NGOs The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as well as senior Administration officials from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Together, they discussed strategies to create “Jobs of the Future” in the infrastructure and transportation sector, particularly in the Latino communities from which several attendees hailed.

Throughout the event, participating business leaders learned more about U.S. Government policies and upcoming infrastructure projects and had the opportunity to share their success stories, best practices, and thoughts on how to continue to support job growth in the industry. The Administration has named infrastructure investment and reform--along with education, innovation, and clean energy--as critical to job growth, competitiveness, and “winning the future” in a global economy.

“Infrastructure has helped us to grow and survive during the recent downturn,” Capouya said. “It has kept our staff engaged with meaningful and essential work as a legacy.”

Administration participants included Beth Osborne, USDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation policy; Brandon Neal, Director, USDOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization; Camille Hazeur, Director, USDOT Office of Civil Rights; Bryna Helfer, Director, USDOT Public Engagement; Rohan Patel, Associate Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Chris Cummiskey, DHS Deputy Undersecretary for Management;  Michael Frias, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DHS Private Sector Office; Warren Whitlock, Associate Administrator, FHWA Office of Civil Rights; and Michelle Moore, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director at the Office of Management and Budget. The event concluded with a stakeholder panel that presented perspectives from a national association, a small business leader, and a large Metropolitan transit agency.

Attendees were encouraged to take what they learned and share the information with their colleagues. They also will continue a dialogue with the Administration and other participants. “Today we discussed how globalization is driving a need for better intermodal connections to encourage trade — that our economy is challenged and job creation is paramount,” said Paul Yarossi, president of HNTB Holdings, Ltd., and chairman of ARTBA. “Our country must meet these demands or fall behind. We can do this by emphasizing and illustrating infrastructure’s return on investment.”

Added Capouya: “Investment in infrastructure has allowed us to participate on major project teams and contribute to projects that enhance movement around Southern California.”

 

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