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For more information, contact Sally Oxenhandler, (573) 751-7456 or Jeff Briggs, (573) 751-5985

November 16, 2007 12:00 AM
MoDOT Wins Missouri Quality Award

JEFFERSON CITY - In his first State of Transportation Address to Missouri legislators in 2005, Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn made the following promise:  "MoDOT will be a model for what today's state government should be - efficient, streamlined, forward-thinking, results-driven and customer-oriented."

Rahn made good on his promise Thursday when the Excellence in Missouri Foundation honored MoDOT with the 2007 Missouri Quality Award.   The award, modeled after the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is the official state recognition for excellence in quality leadership.  It is recognized as one of the strongest state-level quality award programs in the country.  Only one other state agency has ever achieved this honor - the Missouri Department of Revenue in 2000.

In giving the award, the foundation cited MoDOT's visionary leadership and its use of innovative tools and programs to meet its customers' transportation needs.  The award also recognized the agency's efforts to improve roads statewide, reduce traffic fatalities and bring projects in on time and within budget.  MoDOT's efforts to provide quality results have helped the agency go from a target of criticism to a national transportation leader, the foundation said. 

"Every single MoDOT employee is responsible for achieving this recognition," said Rahn.  "We've worked hard as a team to restore credibility and regain public trust, and this award attests to that.  We thank the Excellence in Missouri Foundation for recognizing the strides we've made to become a quality organization."

Honeywell's Kansas City Plant was the other 2007 quality award winner.

"We are honored to be in the company of such outstanding organizations as Honeywell," Rahn said.  "Working to obtain the Missouri Quality Award has been a great experience that will help us continue to improve as an agency."

For more information on the Missouri Quality Award, visit www.modot.org.


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Editor's note:  For further details, including photos and soundbites, please visit MoDOT's newsroom - www.modot.org/newsroom.


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