CLEVELAND (Thursday, October 6, 2016) – At its Annual Meeting today, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) honored the late Senator George V. Voinovich and Congressman Steve LaTourette with the 2016 Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr. Award for Outstanding Regional Contribution.
The award is named for Walter F. Ehrnfelt, Jr., the late mayor of Strongsville and former NOACA Board member, who exemplified leadership, dedication and regional cooperation throughout his career.
Both Voinovich and LaTourette worked to strengthen regional cohesion related to infrastructure in Northeast Ohio.
||George V. Voinovich was a member of NOACA's Board when he was mayor of Cleveland. In his public and private offices, Voinovich always worked to collaborate regionally in a bipartisan manner so that all parties would have a say. The replacement of the Downtown Cleveland I-90 Innerbelt Bridge (now the “George V. Voinovich Bridge”) is the largest public works project in Ohio’s history and is a result of Voinovich’s efforts as Ohio governor and U.S. senator. The naming of the bridge in his honor is an example of his dedication to infrastructure and Northeast Ohio.
Voinovich was also a founder of Build-Up Greater Cleveland, which focused on infrastructure improvements throughout Cuyahoga County. As a lifelong fisherman, he was also a big supporter of water quality initiatives.
|As a congressman, Steve LaTourette was a champion of federal funding for transportation in Northeast Ohio. He was truly a friend of NOACA and infrastructure. He used his positions to fund dozens of projects throughout the region, including roadway, rail and bridge projects. He worked to preserve Lake Erie and build the Euclid Avenue HealthLine.
Bill Shuster, House Transportation Committee Chairman said of LaTourette: “He was a smart, hard-working champion for northern Ohio, and someone whose word you could trust. Steve became an expert on transportation because he knew how it could improve our economy and the lives of Americans.”
Both Voinovich and LaTourette were dynamic leaders whose dedication to public service and transportation infrastructure improved the quality if life in Northeast Ohio. They are inspiring examples for up-and-coming leaders.
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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