December 18, 2014

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MoDOT Honored at Annual Keystone Awards Ceremony

MoDOT’s Kansas City District office will need to make room on the mantel after receiving yet another honor from Clay County’s Economic Development Council.

northlandThe Council’s annual Keystone Recognition Awards Luncheon was held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel. On that day MoDOT received the Keystone Award, which recognizes businesses and agencies that have made significant contributions to Clay County’s economy.

Throughout 2014, MoDOT fabricated more than $30 million in construction work in Clay County. Just recently, the I-435 and Route 210 widening project was complete in Clay County. The roadway was widened from two to four-lanes between Eldon Road and Route 291. The route is an important freight corridor, which serves multimodal freight hubs in the area.

More road projects are just over the horizon in Clay County. MoDOT is set to begin on the I-35 and Pleasant Valley Road project in early 2015. This project will help to improve I-35 from I-435 to one mile north of Pleasant Valley Road and the I-35 Pleasant Valley interchange.

The District office also received the Keystone Award in 2012 and 2013 for other projects. MoDOT’s District office received the Keystone Award for the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. 

Class at Avila Looks at MoDOT Compensation

MoDOT Senior Right of Way Specialist David Bower and his students at Avila University partnered recently with MoDOT Chief Financial Officer Roberta Broeker to examine employee compensation within the department. 

avilaBower, who’s also an adjunct professor at Avila’s School of Business when he’s not negotiating right of way for MoDOT, taught a Recruitment & Selection directed study at the university this fall. Four senior students, two of whom were international, gained some real-world experience in evaluating solutions to pay discrepancies and other compensation challenges when they delved into MoDOT’s system.

“They took MoDOT’s compensation areas, whittled them down and looked for opportunities to improve,” Bower said. “They produced a final report that went to the department’s senior management team in December. It’s a rare opportunity to do something like this. It gives students exposure to actual workplace challenges and offers MoDOT a fresh perspective.”

Rebekah Capeder, Trenton, Mo., who also is a member of Avila’s women’s basketball team, said the course helped the students understand MoDOT’s challenges and led them to narrow down the most important issue to employees.  They examined the employee satisfaction results, select Tracker measures and historical compensation data to help them focus on key areas of concern. The students also weighed the employer’s perspective, and how they value their best employees.

“In our generation . . . you need to do something quick to try to retain them,” Capeder said.

Bower said he was pleased with the support and enthusiastic response from Broeker, and the cooperation between her and the students. 


For more info

Melissa Black
Customer Relations Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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