Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was recognized today at the Texas Department of Transportation’s sixth annual Texas Transportation Forum with the 2011 Road Hand Award.
The award, which was established in 1973, is given to Texans “who have given their time, energy and vision to help improve transportation throughout the state.”
Emmett, a former “International Transportation Person of the Year” in 2005, was honored today during a luncheon at the Hilton Austin Hotel. He also will serve as a speaker and panelist during a forum discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 5 entitled “After Sunset: The Road Ahead for TxDOT.”
“As Harris County and southeast Texas grow to become the Gateway of North America in the coming decades, it is now more crucial than ever that we focus on our transportation infrastructure needs,” Emmett said. “We will need a mix of transportation – including roads, rail, water and air – to sustain the continued growth we have enjoyed in Harris County and throughout Texas. With funding tight, transportation policy is now more important than ever in determining our priorities for the future.”
The Road Hand Award is given annually by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association.
Former winners include former Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay, former Congressman J.J. Pickle and Fred Hartman, the longtime editor and publisher of The Baytown Sun.
Other winners of this year’s award include El Paso Mayor John Cook, Texas Turnpike Corporation Director Kathy Ingle and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez.