Dear Friends and Neighbors,
What an honor it was for me to be surrounded by community excellence on Valentine’s Day!
The Columbus Foundation hosted its annual National Number Ones event Feb. 14, celebrating the accomplishments of 13 Central Ohio organizations and individuals who have been recognized over the past year for being among the best at what they do in the nation.
I proudly represented COTA at this event, as we were honored for receiving the Outstanding Public Transportation Achievement Award from the American Public Transportation Association. This year’s honorees were a diverse and impressive group that included, among several others, Battelle, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Middle West Spirits, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research EcoCAR 3 Team and a Liberty Elementary School fourth grader named Claire Rhodes, who invented a toilet flusher that dispenses hand sanitizer, landing her the “Most Visionary Award” at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) this year.
It was an incredible feeling to know that our organization is among a community of greatness. And while this accomplishment is a historic milestone for Team COTA, it comes with the added pressure to keep the momentum going. Being number one, in any field, is not easy. It takes innovation, preparation, vision and determination. It also takes a team of diverse minds and skills to make a strong organization and I am proud to say that is what we have here at COTA. We are among national number ones, because of our people!
I am proud we have a team that is driven to deliver innovative mobility solutions such as our region’s first bus rapid transit service with CMAX and partnerships to provide real-time bus data .Yet it is not uncommon for us to question our ideas about what it actually means to be a “mobility leader”. It is challenging us to develop solutions which have not been deployed by other transit agencies before, meaning that each step we take forward with the community is a unique experiment, which could become a blueprint for the future of mobility.
This is what it takes to be, and remain, the best partner for our community. Perpetual adjustment to changing landscapes, and a willingness to evolve and partner as the world of mobility evolves.
As always, thank you – and don’t forget that you, our customers, are the reason we strive for success every day.
Joanna M. Pinkerton
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