The Georgia Department of Transportation recently launched a new podcast series called ‘Ahead of the Curve’ to expand its engagement efforts with the public on a variety of issues.
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“The primary goal of Georgia DOT’s new podcast is to communicate directly with the public and the transportation industry about what’s happening with the projects and people within the department,” explained Scott Higley, director of Georgia DOT’s Office of Strategic Communications, in a statement.
“The format of ‘Ahead of the Curve’ allows for more extended personal conversations with those responsible for ensuring forward mobility for Georgia,” he added. “We hope that we will be able to reach a new audience with this podcast and tell our story in a different way by talking to our colleagues within the department, but by also having guests involved in Georgia’s transportation landscape share their stories as well.”
In the inaugural episode, Natalie Dale – the podcast’s host – chats with Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry as he shares stories and anecdotes about his life, his career, and the “driving factor” in the agency’s success: employee dedication.
Future episodes featured on ‘Ahead of the Curve’ will include conversations on the many multimodal options available across Georgia’s transportation system, winter weather readiness, the department’s beautification efforts, how Georgia DOT works with minority and women-owned businesses, and more.
Georgia DOT is the latest state department of transportation to produce podcasts. The Mississippi Department of Transportation, for example, produces the award-winning ‘The Extra Mile’ podcast, while the West Virginia Department of Transportation hosts the ‘WV on the DOT’ podcast and the Michigan Department of Transportation offers the “Talking Michigan Transportation” podcast.