Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Excellence in Right-of-Way Awards and all who were nominated for these awards. This biennial awards program was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to honor those who excel in improving the real property acquisition process while ensuring that property owners' and tenants' rights are protected. The awards recognize outstanding innovations that enhance the right-of-way professional's ability to meet the challenges associated with acquiring real property for a Federal-aid project.
This year, FHWA received several compelling entries describing Innovation, Leadership, Stewardship, Streamlining and Integration and Technical Specialties from around the country. The winners in the five categories demonstrated successful methods to effectively and efficiently purchase and manage right-of-way in their states. The recipients will be honored during the 2008 FHWA and AASHTO Subcommittee on Right-of-Way and Utilities annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In this brochure, you will read about how technology assists the right-of-way process as well as see how important communication, teamwork and hands-on assistance add to the field of right-of-way. Our goal with this program is to spotlight and share great ideas from around the country that will benefit the right-of-way community and the public.
Once again, I would like to congratulate all of the winners in the 2008 Excellence in Right-of-Way Awards. Thank you for developing such innovative ways to meet the challenges of acquiring real property and serving the public.
Associate Administrator for
Planning, Environment and Realty