Last month Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee members and guests gathered for our Membership Meeting. They had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, networking with colleagues, and hear a presentation on an issue impacting labor, management, and the community.
The presentation described the work of Smart Columbus, a part of Mayor Andy Ginther’s office working to create innovative solutions to improve the future of transportation in Columbus. The city received $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., a Paul G. Allen Company, to fund the study and implementation of new transportation options. These include data analysis to improve traffic flow, smart highways, automated vehicles, improved public transportation access, and other areas. Mayor Ginter noted the importance of this effort as he stated, “Transportation is not just about roads, transit and ride sharing. It’s about how people access opportunity. And how they live.”
At our meeting, Brandi Braun, Deputy Innovation Officer of Smart Columbus, described some of the things that are already happening and others in the planning stages. The current tests include autonomous vehicles along the Scioto Mile park, construction of smart lanes on one of the interstates, and development of intervehicle communication and linking this to highway signals.
To learn more about Smart Columbus, look at their web site, https://smart.columbus.gov/.
Membership meetings like this are just one of the benefits of membership in CALMC. We would like to invite you to attend our next meeting, Wednesday May 22, 8 AM, at 2800 South High Street in Columbus.
The next meeting will feature a presentation about the Building Futures program sponsored by Franklin County, the Columbus Construction Trades Council, IMPACT Community Action, and other groups. It has already proven to be successful in building a path to the middle class.
We will give you more information about Building Futures and our efforts to expand it to inform middle-school students about the opportunities provided by joint labor-management apprenticeship programs. If you are interested in hearing about it in person, we hope you will be able to come to our membership meeting. Let us know if you can attend.