Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) managing director Steven A. Warren was elected president of the County Road Association of Michigan (CRA) at CRA’s 2017 Highway Conference held in Lansing earlier in March.
“I have been an active member of CRA for 28 years and have watched as CRA has grown to become the vital champion it is today, advocating relentlessly for all county road agencies throughout Michigan,” said Warren. “As the unifying voice of these organizations, CRA campaigns for the principles upon which we can best serve our communities.”
“As president of CRA, I look forward to continuing that commitment as we continue to advocate for the safety of our constituents and employees, educate legislators about road agency challenges and the consequences of inadequate funding, work to protect public right-of-way, and collaborate among road commissions to innovate, explore and share best practices,” said Warren.
In addition to overseeing operations at KCRC, Warren currently serves as the chairman of the Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC) Policy Committee and is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Regional Geographic Information Systems (REGIS).
Prior to joining KCRC, Warren served as director of the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Grand Rapids area, worked for the Northwest Regional Planning Committee in Traverse City, and was a founding member of the statewide Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) that encourages tracking and rating Michigan’s road infrastructure. He holds both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University.
The 83 members of the County Road Association of Michigan represent the unified voice for a safe and efficient county transportation infrastructure system in Michigan, including appropriate stewardship of the public’s right-of-way in rural and urban Michigan. Collectively, Michigan’s county road agencies manage 75 percent of all roads in the state, including 90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges. County road agencies also maintain the state’s highway system in 64 counties. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system.