Connecting the DOTs

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by Carrie Kissel

The NADO Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new special report by David Cole, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation and the former CEO of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC).  CONNECTING THE D•O•T•S, A Guide for Connecting with Your Department of Transportation (PDF, September 2011) is an entertaining yet highly informative guidebook for creative problem solving, building stronger state and local partnerships, and understanding the unique opportunities that transportation and economic development projects bring to regions and communities.

Report cover showing Penobscot Narrows Bridge in MaineCole uses his personal experiences from the state DOT and regional economic development worlds to tell a story and to share several important life lessons and takeaways.  As Cole quotes from a Maine DOT engineer, “all it takes is ‘one angry man with a laptop’ to significantly impede forward progress.”  We hope this new special report will help policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders think differently about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the nation and our local communities.

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