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Spring/Summer 2010

JADA wins National Award!

Vice Chairman McMillan, Secretary/Treasurer Becker, and Chairman Strawn

In August, JADA attended the ADC (Association of Defense Communities) annual conference in Boston Massachusetts. At the conference, JADA received a National Award from the ADC: the award for Base Redevelopment Community of the Year. JADA has been a member of the ADC for over 10 years and this is the first award for JADA, in recognizing the successful redevelopment of the former Joliet Arsenal.

The Defense Community Awards recognize excellence among America’s defense communities, its leaders, the military, and the private sector. Each year ADC highlights a military base redevelopment, and this years conference highlighted the redevelopment of Fort Devens. Located in Boston, MA, Fort Devens, a military base that after 79 years, closed its gates in 1996; and the redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, which closed in 1997.

The ADC is a national premier membership organization serving America's defense communities. With 1,200 members nationwide, ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and the military on issues of base closure and realignment, community military partnerships, defense real estate, mission growth, mission sustainment, military privatization, and base redevelopment.

Receiving the Award for Base Redevelopment Community of the Year was a proud moment for JADA. Board members, Walter Strawn, Wayne McMillan, Mattie Becker, and Roy Strong were in attendance to receive the award. Also in attendance were JADA Executive Director Rick Kwasneski and JADA Counsel Dave Neal.

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Chairman's Corner
Being a part of an organization that has a positive impact on a community is very rewarding. That is why I was honored to attend the ADC annual conference in Boston, MA this year. There, JADA was presented a National Award for the success in the redevelopment of the former Joliet Arsenal.

It was a privilege to receive this award on JADA’s behalf and I want to thank everyone who has been, and is currently, involved in this project. Congratulations to all who have made the award of Base Redevelopment Community of the Year possible.

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TMA Announcement

RTA Director J.D. Ross County Executive Larry Walsh, JADA Executive Director Rick Kwasneski, Senator A.J. Wilhelmi

JADA was awarded a Subregional Planning Grant in the amount of $125,000 from the Regional Transportation Authority in January for a TMA Feasibility Study. On April 8, 2009, we made our announcement at a press conference held in the JADA offices and had Senator Wilhelmi and County Executive Walsh, as well as representatives from the RTA, WCGL, and CED, speak in support of the grant.

The TMA Feasibility Study will evaluate the need for a Transportation Management Association (TMA), along with an update to our 2004 Transportation Plan. The study will be with respect to transportation infrastructure and transit services required for the area in and around the former Joliet Arsenal. The study will also identify current and planned land uses in the study area. The study will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide information that will be incorporated into the study that will impact the area.

In May, AECOM was selected for the professional and consulting services of the Southwest Will TMA Study. The decision was made based upon the qualifications of both AECOM staff and subcontractors, along with the emphasis of TMA experience and familiarity of the region. AECOM’s subcontractors are The Tammen Group; and Ruettiger, Tonelli & Associates.

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South Arsenal Road Project

The South Arsenal Road project resumed in early spring. The first phase that is being worked on is the section from the bridge, going east to the Local 150 entrance. The second phase consists of the Local 150 entrance to Old Chicago Road. Both phases remain on track for completion by late September, thus completing the entire stretch of South Arsenal Road.

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NACE Annual Conference

In April, the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) held their Annual Conference in Peoria, IL. Executive Director Kwasneski was asked by former county engineer, Sheldon Latz, to take part in a session called Public/Private Partnership of Arsenal Redevelopment.

Mr. Kwasneski, along with representatives from CenterPoint, TranSystems, Ponder & Associates, and the Will County Sheriff’s Office, made the presentation to a group of about 100 attendees. This session covered the history, infrastructure & transportation development, funding cooperation, and traffic control. The session feedback from the attendees was positive.

In August, JADA attended the ADC (Association of Defense Communities) annual conference in Boston Massachusetts. At the conference, JADA received a National Award from the ADC: the award for Base Redevelopment Community of the Year. JADA has been a member of the ADC for over 10 years and this is the first award for JADA, in recognizing the successful redevelopment of the former Joliet Arsenal.

The Defense Community Awards recognize excellence among America’s defense communities, its leaders, the military, and the private sector. Each year ADC highlights a military base redevelopment, and this years conference highlighted the redevelopment of Fort Devens. Located in Boston, MA, Fort Devens, a military base that after 79 years, closed its gates in 1996; and the redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, which closed in 1997.

The ADC is a national premier membership organization serving America's defense communities. With 1,200 members nationwide, ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and the military on issues of base closure and realignment, community military partnerships, defense real estate, mission growth, mission sustainment, military privatization, and base redevelopment.

Receiving the Award for Base Redevelopment Community of the Year was a proud moment for JADA. Board members, Walter Strawn, Wayne McMillan, Mattie Becker, and Roy Strong were in attendance to receive the award. Also in attendance were JADA Executive Director Rick Kwasneski and JADA Counsel Dave Neal.

 
     
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