On Friday, July 6,
2012, COMTO leaders Dr. Kendra Taylor with CH2M Hill,
Greer Gillis with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Freddie Fuller with
Cubic and I, Robert Prince with AECOM were afforded the opportunity to
represent our organization at President Obama’s signing of the
Transportation Bill in the East Wing of
the White House.
As I reflected on the event, I felt tremendous pride that COMTO was
invited among the "who’s
who” of Congress,
labor, state and local governments, and other advocacy organizations.
Seated only a few feet from the President’s podium, our leadership sat
in close proximity
with FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, FHWA
Administrator Victor Mendes and APTA CEO Michael Melaniphy.
My COMTO colleagues and I were honored, to say the least.
Those in attendance represented the true spirit of the public and private
sectors. I can’t help but believe we all reflected on and appreciated the
number of jobs saved and those to be created as our nation moves to rebuild its
Last, but not least, for COMTO, we also know that our influence to help
ensure a place at the table for our Historically Underutilized
Businesses is greater now than ever
before. The signing of the bill is a catalyst to ensure they are also
represented on transportation projects.
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to witness
this historic event and proud to be a COMTO member.
Robert H Prince Jr.
irst Vice Chair, COMTO and
Vice President, AECOM