State Rep. Leslie Combs, who in January began overseeing the state’s highway plan in the Kentucky House of Representatives, was one of just 10 state legislators across the country chosen to attend a seminar this week focused on transportation issues affecting state governments.
The timing of that event also allowed her to take part in Tuesday’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs,” which drew supporters from Pike County and the surrounding region to Washington, D.C.
“The Council of State Governments (CSG) Transportation Policy Academy has helped me learn more about what is working in other states that could be implemented here,” said Rep. Combs, D-Pikeville. “That includes such things as innovative financing plans for major road and bridge projects and how to overcome a reduction in federal highway spending.”
David Adkins, the executive director/CEO for CSG, said that Rep. Combs “is known for her common sense approach to financing Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure. As a result of her participation in this event, I believe she will be an even more effective transportation policy leader for Kentucky.”
Rep. Combs – who noted that CSG is headquartered in Kentucky and that it covered her travel and lodging costs for the three-day class – was the only legislator from Kentucky to attend. The other states represented were Iowa, Texas, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Virginia and Alaska.
“I’m really happy that the timing of this forum also made it possible for me to also take part in the rally for American energy jobs,” Rep. Combs said. “This was an important event that, I hope, will ensure our voice is better heard when it comes to energy. I have been working hard to build that bridge, looking for any way to help our region move forward.”