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​PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards Receives Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards was given the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association's Planning Achievement Award for her efforts in advancing social change and diversity.

This award honors an individual, project, group, or organization that promotes diversity and demonstrates a sustained commitment to advocacy by addressing the concerns of women and minorities through specific actions or contributions within the planning profession or through planning practice.

"I am extremely honored to have been given this award from my fellow transportation planners," said Secretary Richards. "As the first female Secretary of Transportation in Pennsylvania, it is very important to me to consistently promote the important role of women in transportation, and ensure that the department allows men and women of all ages, races, and incomes to participate more fully in the planning process."

Secretary Richards' list of accomplishments in the realm of advancing social change and diversity include:

  • The training of employees on recognizing the signs of human trafficking;
  • Encouraging employment of persons with disabilities within the department;
  • Launching PennDOT Connects, a policy wherein collaboration with local governments is ensured to address changing mobility needs early in the planning process;
  • Kicking off a series of town-hall-style events, entitled Women in Transportation and Government, to create a discussion about the importance of women in the fields of transportation and public service.

The award honors the late APA member, Paul Davidoff, for his contributions to the planning profession.

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