Picture from GDOT: From left to right: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams, Georgia Department of Agriculture Gary Black, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, P.E., Georgia Department of Transportation Director of Planning Jay Roberts.


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. 

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.



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