Congressman Gibbs Hosts Transportation Roundtable

April 20, 2015
Press Release

Medina, OH- Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after hosting a transportation roundtable with area industry leaders.

Congressman Bob Gibbs

“Today, I was able to hear from many leaders in the highway transportation industry on ways we can improve our country’s infrastructure. From funding ideas to important maintenance in Ohio, we were able to share ideas on how best to support our roads. This roundtable gave me the opportunity to hear different perspectives on how government red tape is increasing costs and delaying highway projects rather than allowing them to move forward in a cost effective manner.

“The Highway Trust Fund will soon be out of money and Congress must work together to find a commonsense solution. I would like to thank those who joined me today and I appreciate hearing their input on how to improve our infrastructure for the future.”

Gayle Manning, State Senator and Chairman of the Transportation Committee

“I’m happy Congressman Gibbs brought the stakeholders and government entities together. It’s important, as Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Ohio State Senate, to hear some of the things going on in the federal government. He listened to us and found out the needs and concerns of the state and local experts. This event was about putting together a policy discussion listening to our ideas and we appreciate that very much.”

Chris Runyan, Ohio Contractors Association

“I thought the event was very beneficial and is a good example of what our Congressional representatives should be doing in the district. We deal with transportation on a day-to-day basis and his understanding of what our views and our practical knowledge is helpful when shaping his perspective on laws and laws passed by Congress. OCA is supportive of Congressman Gibbs’s efforts in regards to the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS). We think it would be very detrimental to the ability to expand and improve our transportation network, not only in Ohio, but across the country.”

List of those who attended:

Peter Kinzer – Shelly and Sands

Ed Meixner – Ashland Count Engineer

George Palko – Great Lakes Construction

Keith Bennett – Stark County Engineer

Lloyd McAdam – ODOT District 11

Andrew Beemer – ODOT Legislative Liaison

Tony Urankar – ODOT District 4

Angela Van Fossen – Ohio Contractors Association

Chris Runyan –  Ohio Contractors Association

Matt Sterling – Beaver Excavating

Steve Paquette – Stark Development Board

Kevin Kiefer – Ohio CAT

Gayle Manning, Ohio Senate Transportation Committee

Dough Sibila – Ohio Trucking Association

Tom Blazer – Ohio Trucking Association

Chris Bott – Ohio Trucking Association

Brian Burgett – Kokosing