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Innovation Award: Alaska - GIS & ROW Maps

Employee pointing at ROW-MAP software on computer screen

This Award recognizes the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities for its development of Right-of-Way Mapping (ROW-MAP) software that allows managers and staff the ability to visualize aerial imagery and three-dimensional terrain.


Robert Wright, Rachel Shoemake, Angela Parsons, Andrew Pavey, Anna Ferntheil, Tim Sprout, and Kathy Wickham

Leadership Award: Georgia – Howard (Phil) Copeland

Phil Copeland

This Award recognizes Mr. Howard (Phil) Copeland of the Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) Right-of-Way Program for being the engine behind the recent overhaul of GDOT's Right-of-Way Quality Assurance Program. Under his direction the GDOT Right-of-Way Department improved its project review process by implementing a "grass roots team" approach to identify best practices and multi-disciplined training programs.

Congratulations to Howard (Phil) Copeland recipient of the Excellence in Right of Way Leadership Award!

Streamlining & Integration Award: Texas – CDA Projects

Donald C. Toner, Jr., SR/WA; Kerry K. Fulton, SR/WA; and John S. Breed, SR/WA

This Award recognizes the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), The Turnpike Right-of-Way Authority Division, for driving the real estate acquisition and utility accommodation efforts on statewide Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA) projects. The CDA project is TxDOT's first true facility Concession Agreement that allows for innovative project financing and delivery methods resulting in a more streamlined and integration project delivery approach.


Donald C. Toner, Jr., SR/WA; Kerry K. Fulton, SR/WA; and John S. Breed, SR/WA.

Technical Specialty Award: Missouri – Realty To Roads Program

Realty to Roads Logo

This Award recognizes the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Realty to Roads Program for taking an aggressive and rational approach to selling excess property through the Realty to Roads Program. The Realty to Roads Program is furthering MoDOT's goal of reducing the inventory of excess real property on the National Highway System and generating revenue to enhance the maintenance and construction programs.


Missouri Department of Transportation Right of Way Staff, Kelly Lusa, and Gregory S. Woods.

Stewardship Award: Massachusetts – Local Public Agency Traning

Thomas Gray, Pamela Marquis, and Linda Walsh

This Award recognizes the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Right of Way Bureau for its Local Public Agency (LPA) training program that provides information and guidance to LPAs' to ensure compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act. The MassDOT staff training was able to train more than 1,000 individuals statewide, and provide a basic understanding of how the LPA process works and the Federal and State requirements for securing Federal right-of-way certifications for advertisement and construction.


Thomas Gray, Pamela Marquis, and Linda Walsh.

Updated: 9/5/2014
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