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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Milliman Named Transportation Chair

SWACT Chair

Brookings City Manager Emeritus has been re-elected as Chair of the South West Area Commission on Transportation (SWACT).

Milliman was chosen for a third, two-year term as Chair by unanimous vote of the 25-member SWACT at their January 10 meeting in Coquille.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow Commissioners to continue in this role,” Milliman said.  “I will continue to do my best to provide consistent leadership for the Commission and represent the SWACT in statewide affairs.”

“With new management at ODOT and, hopefully, a new federal infrastructure funding Bill coming soon, the next two years are likely to be very active for SWACT,” Milliman noted.

Milliman was first selected to serve as SWACT Chair in 2015 following the retirement of its then Chair.  He has served on the SWACT representing the City of Brookings since 2008.

SWACT members include representatives of cities, counties, Native American tribes, ports, airports, transportation agencies and alternative transportation stakeholders in Curry, Coos and Douglas Counties.  Other SWACT members from Curry County include Port Orford City Administrator Terrie Richards, Curry Public Transit retired General Manager Joanne Wasbauer and County Commissioner Court Boice.

The SWACT makes recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on transportation policy matters and project funding.  For example, the SWACT recently reviewed grant applications submitted for airport improvement projects.

As Chair, Milliman also represents the SWACT periodically at OTC meetings.  In December, he participated in a roundtable discussion with the OTC on the topic of developing area strategic plans and the process for enlisting local input on major highway improvement projects.

Milliman’s experience in transportation policy includes serving on the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority (BCRAA) Board of Directors, as Chair of the Mendocino Transit Authority and the North Coast Railroad Authority (California), the Orange Line (maglev) Development Authority and the California Short Line Railroad Association.  As a City Manager he managed many aspects of transportation.  He also served as President/CEO of California Western Railroad.

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