Future 50: Doug Arseneault, COTA

Laura Newpoff
2020 Future 50 class member Doug Arsenault

Future 50 Class of 2020

Doug Arseneault

Public affairs administrator, Central Ohio Transit Authority

About: Doug Arseneault helped lead COTA’s public engagement efforts during its transit system redesign, bringing together COTA’s service planners and community stakeholders at more than 40 public hearings over two years. Arseneault ensured the perspectives of regional leaders, community advocates and COTA customers and employees were incorporated into the new system’s development. He also collaborated with South Side stakeholders to modify the planned route changes to connect people to jobs and services. Arseneault was a member of COTA’s NextGen project, which looked at the future of transportation and helped lay the foundation for the Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Study by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Last year, Arseneault began leading COTA’s partnerships with private transportation providers, identifying opportunities for collaboration with ride- and vehicle-sharing companies. He also is involved in the partnership with Smart Columbus.

Outside of work: Arseneault is a senior coach for Next Level Trainings and serves as development committee co-chair at the Create Columbus Commission and a 2019 fellow of the New Leaders Council Institute.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “While some parts of Central Ohio are thriving, many communities remain disconnected from opportunities to prosper. Our urban core residential neighborhoods must be connected to growing job centers through infill development along major corridors. We must support community growth that attracts diverse populations and businesses, and rethink how we dedicate our roadways.”

Arseneault’s idea: “Four core issues must be addressed: job training, housing, childcare and transportation. Our region is rich in programming, but knowledge of these resources is limited. This is particularly true for middle-class families who do not typically engage with support networks, yet are one event away from losing stability and slipping into poverty. Building on a United Way-led proposal for the Alliance for the American Dream grant, I propose that the Future 50 focus on connecting residents to short-term support in these four areas.”

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