March is International Women’s History Month and NCDOT is taking the opportunity to celebrate Women in Transportation. The I-42/US 70 Corridor Commission, a partnership of 5 Eastern North Carolina Counties: Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Craven & Carteret Counties, joins NCDOT in recognizing Linda Rouse Sutton, the first female to lead the organization.
The I-42/US 70 Corridor Commission was established in 2012 and continues to pursue an agenda to establish an Interstate Highway through Eastern N.C. by partnering with local, regional and State Government Agencies to support initiatives enhancing safety, mobility and economic vitality along the U.S. 70/I-42 Corridor through land use planning, transportation improvements and economic development strategies.
For the past two years, Ms. Sutton has led the Corridor Commission through the difficulties of the Pandemic and economic perils continuing her passionate pursuit of economic opportunities for rural Eastern North Carolina. Her tireless pursuits of the Corridor Commission goals, and objectives have been in concert with her role as Chairman of the Lenoir County Commissioners.
A true leader and innovator, Chairman Rouse has a long history of service to our State, her community and especially Eastern North Carolina. Her record of service includes SEANC President, Teachers & State Employees Health Plan Trustee, DSS Board, Lenoir County School Board, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Greene Lamp Board, Cooperative Extension Advisory Council Chair, North Carolina Assoc. of County Commissioners Taskforce on Disengaged Youth, Lenoir County Human Relations Committee, Association of Congregations, Southwood Memorial Christian Church.
A plaque was presented to Linda Rouse Sutton with sincere appreciation, for her Service, Commitment and Support of I-42/US 70 Corridor Commission.
The Corridor Commission has indeed been fortunate to have her leadership during this most challenging time in its 9-year history. Progress was made under her leadership despite the challenges faced.