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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
ACHD named “Employer of the Year” by Treasure Valley WTS


Boise– The Treasure Valley Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) has honored the Ada County Highway District with three local awards:

·         WTS Secretary Ray LaHood Award (Man of the Year) – Bruce S. Wong

·         WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award – Joan Meitl

·         WTS Employer of the Year – Ada County Highway District

The awards will be presented at a gala on January 28th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the 17th floor of the Zion’s Bank Building.

The LaHood Award "honors a local man who has contributed to the advancement women in transportation." The number of women taking leadership roles at ACHD has increased six percent since the ACHD Commission appointed Wong director four years ago. Wong also hired ACHD’s first ever woman maintenance supervisor, Brenda Morris, to a role always held by men.

The Innovative Transportation Solutions Award honors "an innovative project led by a woman." Under the leadership of Meitl, a stormwater quality specialist, three permeable paver alleys were designed and constructed in downtown Boise. Meitl also developed a biological retention swale near ACHD headquarters to assess how enhanced soils, native grasses and flowering plants could be used to enhance ACHD right-of-way. The structure provides green space, uses limited water, and provides stormwater quality treatment and runoff control.

The Employer of the Year Award "honors an organization which recruits, retains, and advances women in the field of transportation."

Local winners from five different categories, including WTS Member of the Year and WTS Woman of the Year, will go on to compete at the international level at a conference held in mid-May in Austin, Texas.

The WTS was founded in 1977. It is an international organization whose purpose is to further the advancement of women in the field of transportation.

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