ON THE STREET – NEWS FROM THE SIC (1/31/17)

Bill Gilmore, PE (HDR/ICA) / January 31, 2016

The following items may be of interest to our readers. NCSITE takes no official position on these articles or items; however, you are encouraged to read and stay abreast of what is taking place in our profession and discuss with your colleagues.

NATIONAL

Now that the election and inauguration is behind us, infrastructure plans are emerging. The following hyperlinks offer articles on funding and different types of infrastructure investment plans.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

James H. Trogdon III was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 23 as the state’s Secretary of Transportation, a position to which he was appointed in early January by Governor Roy Cooper.

Trogdon joined NCDOT in 1985 as a highway engineer. In 2000, he was named the department’s Division 4 Engineer. After later working as Director of Strategic Planning for the N.C. General Assembly, Trogdon became NCDOT’s chief operating officer in 2009 until his retirement in 2013. He has held several positions in the private sector since retiring, most recently serving as the national transportation director at the SAS Institute. He is a NCSITE member and a recipient of NCSITE’s Contribution to Transportation award.

In addition to being a registered professional engineer, Trogdon is also a retired major general with more than three decades of military service. A native of Hope Mills, Trogdon holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as two civil engineering degrees from North Carolina State University.

Also joining the NCDOT staff is Greer Beaty, who was named Deputy Secretary for Communications on Monday. She previously served as NCDOT Director of Communications until founding her own communications consulting firm in 2013. Beaty grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from East Carolina University.

Former Acting Secretary Mike Holder has resumed his position as Chief Engineer.