Baker named director of AMATS
After serving for 11 months as the agency’s interim director, Curtis Baker was named director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), the metropolitan planning organization serving the Greater Akron area. Baker has been serving as interim director since Jan. 4 and was unanimously endorsed by the AMATS Policy Committee for the directorship in March.
Baker, who has been employed by the agency for more than 10 years, was the agency’s planning administrator when he was elevated to the directorship with the departure of Jason Segedy who was tapped by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan to be the city’s planning director. Baker will be responsible for oversight of the agency, which is responsible for regional transportation planning in Portage and Summit counties and a portion of Wayne County. Currently, AMATS has a budget of roughly $1.4 million for planning purposes and a $9 million-a-year infrastructure program.
In addition to his five years as agency planning administrator, Baker sits on the Summit County Transportation Improvement District Board and the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District Advisory Committee. He is a former chair of the Ohio Association of Regional Council’s Transportation Committee and holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Miami University.