MITA Announces Staff Changes
Thursday, January 05, 2012
MITA is pleased to announce the promotion of Douglas Needham, P.E. to Vice President of Industry Relations.
Needham has over 18 years of experience working in the heavy highway construction industry. For the past six years, he has worked as MITA's Director of Technical Services providing professional expertise in many areas including: resolving construction issues relating to publicly and privately funded projects; expanding workforce development; and working with utility companies and contractors to minimize construction impacts and delays.
In his new role, Doug will continue with his current duties while expanding his involvement in utility coordination, labor relations, youth workforce development, and advocating on behalf of MITA members with other industry organizations.
Prior to joining MITA, Needham worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation in a variety of roles ranging from construction to program manager. Needham is a registered professional engineer in Michigan, and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.
In other staff news, Keith Ledbetter, MITA's director of legislative affairs, has accepted a position as a State Relations Manager for the Chrysler Corporation. For the past six years, he has been an important part of MITA's government relations team, and his contributions to the state funding effort have been recognized with numerous public relations awards. We at MITA wish him all the best in his new role.