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CAMPO board taps Cantalupo for executive director
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board has authorized Chair Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) to begin contract negotiations with Joseph Cantalupo to assume the role of executive director of the planning organization.
The CAMPO board interviewed three finalists – Cantalupo, Erik Steavens and Bijan Yarjani – on Monday afternoon. After a brief executive session to discuss the process of landing on a final choice, the board met in open session. In the interest of keeping the process transparent, Watson asked board members to rank their choices in first, second and third preference, with the highest total of points going to the final choice.
Cantalupo, the current senior planning manager in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s office, was the final selection. Watson, who stressed the strong qualifications of all three candidates, said Cantalupo was the first or second choice of all board members who voted.
Cantalupo has spent only a year at Parsons Brinckerhoff, developing the company’s strategy to market planning services to the state’s metropolitan planning organizations. The bulk of his career was a 21-year progressive move up through the ranks of the Delaware Department of Transportation in the Planning Division.
DelDOT’s 30-year planning effort was one of Cantalupo’s duties at the transportation agency. As different as
“The CAMPO area is rapidly growing, and
Nor is Cantalupo overly daunted by the Texas Department of Transportation’s budget woes.
“When I left
Today, the Central Texas Air Force has scheduled a news conference to talk about the impending ozone season. No doubt the possibility of the
Cantalupo handled DelDOT’s ozone reduction strategy and noted cumulative impact continues to be major issue for the Eastern seaboard states. The Ozone Transportation Commission was created under the Clean Air Act to address the issue of downwind effects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Many of the Ozone Transportation Commission’s strategies will apply directly to
Watson and Cantalupo must negotiate terms to a contract before he officially is named the planning organization’s executive director. No timeline has been set for that process.
Yarjani and Steavens, who finished second and third, respectively, in the voting process last night, have degrees in engineering. Yarjani’s experience included stints in transportation planning in
Steavens, who was based in
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