The Economic Development Working Group

To achieve its economic development related goals, the Road Ahead has established an Economic Development Working Group.

The current goals of the Economic Development Working Group include:

Collaboratively share best practices/examples of successful community revitalization and to build effective strategies for leveraging tourism for economic development purposes.

Identify and promote case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of leveraging Route 66 tourism for economic development purposes, in order to draw in support and increase the involvement of Route 66 stakeholders.

Share information with Route 66 stakeholders about the meaning and benefits of preservation and the tools, techniques, and incentives for appropriate preservation outcomes.

Progress being made by the Economic Development Working Group on these goals is reported in the Annual and Quarterly Reports found in the Resources Section of this website.

Access the Resources Section for the 2012 Rutgers Route 66 Economic Impact Study.

Who We Are

Members of the Economic Development Working Group include:

Casey Wichmann
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, Executive Director
Jim Hinckley
Rt. 66 Author
David Knudson
Executive Director, The National Historic Route 66 Federation
Dr. David Listokin
Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University
Greg Peerbolte
Executive Director, Joliet Historical Museum - Joliet, Illinois
Bob Russell
Mayor, Pontiac, Illinois