This spring, GCI helped determine priorities for Arizona’s future among members of the transportation industry. GCI, Michael Baker and MetroQuest jointly developed an interactive online survey to gather input from transportation professionals, which was launched in conjunction with the 64th Annual Roads and Streets Conference in Tucson. A total of 375 people representing local and state government agencies, consulting firms, construction contractors, and others weighed in.
Here’s what we heard:
See the full survey results here.
At the conference opening plenary session, GCI President Theresa Gunn facilitated a panel discussion “Envisioning Arizona’s Transportation Future,” with former Arizona State Transportation Board (STB) members. During the discussion, panelists were invited to outline their vision of the future and actions needed to prepare Arizona for the future. The audience used the web-based Poll Everywhere application on their smart phones to submit questions and comments, which scrolled on a projected screen.
Theresa, Ken Mobley with Michael Baker, and Dave Biggs with MetroQuest kicked off the discussion by providing an overview of the principles of good public participation (P2), online engagement tips, and preliminary results of the transportation industry survey.
The City of Phoenix Greenway Bridge Reconstruction Project has received two prestigious national construction industry awards: the Associated General Contractors of America Alliant Build America Award and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation Globe Award. The City of Phoenix selected Hunter Contracting Co. as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. GCI led the community outreach and public information for the project.
“Because of the dedication and passion of my staff, the Hunter team and Gunn Communications, this project not only met but exceeded the City’s and the community’s expectations,” said Ray Dovalina, City of Phoenix Street Transportation Director.
The team created an innovative approach to the project by proposing a six-month closure of Greenway Parkway – a major commuting route in North Phoenix – which expedited construction by three months and saved taxpayers more than $1 million.
“Our office had prepared for a deluge of resident complaints and concerns starting the first day of construction,” said Phoenix City Councilmember Bill Gates. “Due to the pre-planning and extensive community outreach, those complaints never came.”
The $6.4 million project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and under budget, with minimal complaints from the surrounding community, schools and businesses. The bridge is located approximately one half mile east of 19th Avenue and Greenway Parkway at Cave Creek Wash.
GCI is pleased to announce the following staff promotion to lead our construction outreach division:
Debora “Jaye” Jackson, Vice PresidentConstruction Phase Services
GCI was one of three firms recently honored by ADOT as a Master Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) for completing the highest level of requirements for the agency’s new DBE business development program.
Valley Metro hosted a community event June 3 to welcome the arrival of light rail trains to downtown Mesa and commemorate a major milestone for the Central Mesa Extension to downtown Mesa. At the event, officials announced the exciting news that the 3.1-mile light rail extension will open on Aug. 22 – months ahead of schedule. GCI provides public outreach for the project as part of the Valley Transit Constructors team.
Yes – now even potholes can tweet. Last year in Panama City, Panama, a local TV news station and an international PR agency teamed to install sensors in potholes throughout the city. Every time a vehicle ran over the device a complaint tweet was sent to the city’s public works department Twitter account. Tweets were also shared during the nightly newscast. Shortly after the tweets began from El Hueco Twittero (“The Tweeting Hole”), the city started to take action. So far in 2015, the city has repaired more than 36,000 potholes. It’s a great example of how technology can be used to help improve cities.
In May, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program published a report which reviewed 27 transportation funding campaigns between 2010 and 2014 to help determine which messages were most effective at the polls. Although the research did not find any magic “silver bullet” message that worked every time, it did identify some common themes.
Researchers found just by talking to people about transportation issues in focus groups, it changed their opinions. Rather than waiting for a campaign consultant to promote a transportation initiative, the report recommends beginning a comprehensive outreach program early on to engage people in conversations about local transportation issues, hear their ideas, and understand their attitudes and opinions.
GCI embraces this philosophy and we have seen amazing results from conducting community dialogues to allow people to voice their ideas, hear other people’s perspectives and learn about new ideas. One example is the 23-day community dialogue GCI conducted for the Town of Youngtown. In just over three weeks, more than 1,000 residents attended local events, talked in the coffee shop, or responded to a survey to discuss the town’s future.
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