AMES, Iowa – Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III was named president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials at the group’s annual meeting last week in Milwaukee, Wis. His term will run through July 2014.
Upon his installation as president, Trombino said, “Transportation doesn’t end at each state’s border. The Midwest is a producer of large quantities of agriculture and manufactured products that supply the world’s needs. A strong regional transportation system is critical for the economic success of those producers and everyone who lives in the region. In working together, this group ensures transportation is consistent and meets the needs of our customers across a larger area.”
“Director Trombino has made great strides in strengthening the transportation system in Iowa. His guidance will have a tremendous impact on the Midwest, creating the opportunity for economic growth and an improved experience for the traveling public,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
The stated goal of MAASTO is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated and balanced transportation system that adequately serves the transportation needs of the 10 member states. MAASTO’s member states, primarily in the Midwest, include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
MAASTO, which is a regional subsection of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), was organized in 1907 as the Mississippi Valley Conference. In 2010, the organization changed its name to the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials to better reflect the location of the member states.