The Transportation Alliance presented Blue Earth County Public Works Director Ryan Thilges with an Advocacy Award at their Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, November 4 at the Mankato Civic Center. The award is given to members who take the time and effort to advocate for improvements to the transportation system. In addition to their full-time jobs, recipients attend meetings and events to join with others in transportation to effectively educate elected officials and others about the needs on the system.
"We wanted to give Ryan this award because he has been very active in our organization," said Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director of The Transportation Alliance. "He is an effective advocate speaking out for needed improvements and explaining the importance of increasing investments in Minnesota's transportation system."
Originally organized back in 1893, the Minnesota Transportation Alliance is a statewide coalition of organizations advocating for a safe and effective transportation system that works for all Minnesotans. The Alliance includes local governments, businesses, labor, the transportation industry, transit systems, rail, waterways, and airports. In short, their members are on the front lines, planning, designing, building and operating Minnesota’s transportation system every day.
Vance Stuehrenberg, Immediate Past President of the Transportation Alliance and Chair of the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners, presented Mr. Thilges with the award.