Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: September 6, 2011
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Joe Tortorelli of Spokane to the Washington State Transportation Commission. His appointment became effective Aug. 29 and his term will expire in June 2014. Tortorelli fills a seat vacated by Latisha Hill, also of Spokane.
Tortorelli comes to the Transportation Commission with a strong economic development background. He has more than 30 years of experience working with local government and private sector groups interested in growing the local economy, creating jobs and generating private sector capital investment. For the past 11 years, he has worked for Economic Development Northwest, where he consults with cities, counties, ports, and economic development councils in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho on business development, retention and expansion opportunities.
Tortorelli said he long ago realized the connection between transportation and economic development and become active in a variety of transportation organizations.
“Transportation infrastructure is one of the major factors that influences where industry invests and creates jobs.” he said.
Tortorelli serves on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council’s (SRTC) Advisory Committee. As a member of the Transportation Commission, he will be a voting member of the SRTC’s Board of Directors. The SRTC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Spokane County, charged with the long-term transportation planning for the region as well as managing and coordinating regional transportation projects with city, county and state entities.
Tortorelli also serves as the Secretary/Executive Director of the Spokane Area Good Roads Association, a 108-year-old transportation advocacy organization, and will serve as president of the 2011-12 Washington State Good Roads & Transportation Association. .
Tortorelli is a lifetime Spokane resident and graduated from Eastern Washington University. He later became a certified economic developer by the International Economic Development Council. He has been a very active citizen in his community, serving in leadership roles on a variety of boards and committees including the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, the Spokane Public Schools Foundation, Daybreak Youth Services, and the Inland Pacific HUB Executive Committee.
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