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White House Highlights Justin Augustine as an Innovator in Infrastructure and “Champion of Change”

As Part of President Obama's Winning the Future Initiative

White House Highlights Justin Augustine as an Innovator in Infrastructure and “Champion of Change”

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of Communications

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 15th, Justin Augustine will be one of 11 local leaders honored at the White House as Champions of Change for creating jobs in their communities and using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure. With the assistance of grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these leaders are helping to expand high-speed broadband, building roads and bridges, providing clean water and much more.

“These American heroes are creating jobs today by investing in tomorrow -- putting men and women back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We appreciate their extraordinary efforts to connect people who need their jobs back with the jobs that our communities and economy need done.”


The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

The broadcast aired live on Feb 15 on  www.whitehouse.gov/live . To watch it again, visit NewOrleansRTA YouTube Channel

Justin Augustine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is responsible for the vision and creation of the Loyola Avenue streetcar expansion.  This $45 million dollar investment has attracted new investment along Loyola Avenue totaling $1.2 billion dollars.  This expansion will contribute to a new, strong, livable neighborhood in the middle of the Central Business District.

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