On Thursday August 31, 2017, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry was joined by other Georgia leaders in Washington D.C. to participate in the White House Conversation on Infrastructure: Empowering State and Local Leaders. The Trump Administration sent invites to 160 key leaders across the country outlining guiding principles and ideas about how to improve the nation’s infrastructure.
The event was highlighted by the Georgia’s completion of the I-85 project by U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao.
Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black, and GDOT Planning Director Jay Roberts were also in attendance.
Participants took part in a discussion with members of the President’s National Economic Council including Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure D.J. Gribbin, Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget and other senior White House staff. In recent months, Federal leaders have hosted several conference calls and in-person meetings with state and local officials to gain perspective and input on opportunities and challenges facing the nation’s infrastructure.
I-85 caught on fire in March when GDOT’s conduit stored under the bridge caught fire by a possible homeless man.
Last month, Commissioner McMurray received a $100,000 raise by the state’s Board of Transportation members for his efforts on the I-85 rebuild. McMurray’s salary was $250,000 before the new raise.