Personnel note: Matt Ubben to run Floridians for Better Transportation

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Matthew D. Ubben has been named president of Floridians for Better Transportation, replacing Doug Callaway, who left for a job in Georgia, according to the Transportation Report. Ubben is the founder of Confianza Consulting, Inc., a government and public affairs consulting firm, and he has worked on transportation issues as vice president of the Florida Trucking Associaton. Ubben has also worked as public affairs director for the Florida Transportation Commission, and formerly lobbied for the helicopter industry and the National Association of State Aviation Officials. Outside of transportation, Ubben served as executive director of the Florida Chapter of Consumer Energy Alliance. Ubben, who has worked in Tallahassee since 1997, has worked in government relations for more than 25 years. FBT, which advocates for transportation policy and steady transportation funding in Tallahassee, also announced this week that former Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Kevin Thibault will serve as FBT chairman in 2012, succeeding Chris Warren. “Florida continues to face a transportation funding crisis which jeopardizes our economic future and prosperity,” Ubben said. “Experts estimate that an additional $23 billion is needed over the next decade just to maintain current transportation conditions. FBT is an important advocacy organization helping to shape and promote the transportation agenda in Florida.  I appreciate the opportunity to lead FBT and look forward to working with Kevin as we promote a safe and efficient transportation system for all Floridians.”

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