The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program is a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and co-sponsored by the American Planning Association and the Transportation Research Board. The program provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding transportation planning practices performed by planners and decisionmakers in communities across the country.
During the 2012 TPEA program, the Georgia Department of Transportation was recognized for it’s Statewide Freight and Logistics Plan. In close collaboration with Governor Nathan Deal’s office, the Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics and Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Georgia DOT developed a framework to continue growing the state’s $50 billion per year (in sales) freight industry. Investing $18-$20 billion in logistics improvement projects over the next 40 years will yield the state thousands more jobs and more than $65 billion in new economic output, the study found.
The FHWA lauded the inclusion of private industry input in the planning process via an advisory committee of executive leaders of The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, Coca-Cola, CSX, Norfolk Southern, the Coastal Logistics Group, Southern Freight Inc., the Georgia Ports Authority and Georgia’s Motor Trucking Association.