With great pleasure I want to bid a hearty welcome aboard to our new Deputy Secretary, John Porcari.
I've already written on these pages about the great example set by his predecessor, Adm. Thomas Barrett. But, we've got equally high expectations for John Porcari. And, though he's been on duty less than a week, he already has done some heavy lifting for us.
On Friday, John joined Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle in Racine, to help with groundbreaking for an interchange project on I-94.
That project is being expedited by nearly three years thanks to stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Indeed, $529 million in ARRA money will help fund $1.9 billion in Wisconsin construction expected to create 2,300 jobs.
When I said, "heavy lifting," I wasn't kidding. 2,300 jobs--not a bad first week, John.