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Retiring NDOT director to be honored by White House Tuesday morning

By ThisIsReno


CARSON CITY – The White House tomorrow will honor leaders who have helped their communities through transportation innovation, including retiring NDOT Director Susan Martinovich, as part of the Champions of Change program.

Transportation Innovators are individuals or organizations who have provided exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry at the local, state or regional level.

“Today’s Champions are leaders in developing and implementing innovative transportation initiatives,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “They are making a difference every day in their local communities and across the country by improving America’s transportation infrastructure and helping their friends and neighbors get where they need to go.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

The event can be watched live Tuesday at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Martinovich, who has been with the Nevada Department of Transportation for more than 28 years, is retiring in September after five years as director. Martinovich has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and California.

She is past president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and serves on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, as well as many other national committees in the areas of safety, research and policy initiatives.

The state Board of Transportation last week selected Rudy Malfabon, a 24-year veteran of the agency, as the new director.

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