WASHINGTON — Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Pittsfield-based Cianbro, will join a newly created committee that will provide recommendations and advice to the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues impacting the national freight transportation system.
Vigue’s appointment to the National Freight Advisory Committee was announced on Thursday by Sen. Susan Collins, who along with Sen. Angus King supported his nomination in a letter sent to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Sen. Collins is the ranking member of the Senate’s Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.
The National Freight Advisory Committee is a group of 47 private and public-sector professionals who will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year.
“Pete Vigue exemplifies the best qualities of Maine’s business community — vision, determination, and compassion,” Sen. Collins said in a statement. “I am confident that the National Freight Advisory Committee will be well-served by Pete’s unparalleled work ethic and his commitment to solving problems, and I congratulate him on this appointment.”
Vigue has been the driving force behind a proposal to build a controversial east-west highway in Maine that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore.
The advisory committee’s first meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C.