OTTAWA — The North Central Illinois Council of Governments this week welcomes the addition of the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway as part of the La Salle County-based council’s ongoing effort to support community and economic growth throughout the region.
The Byway links more than 100 nature sites that provide recreational and educational opportunities to visitors while showcasing and preserving their natural, archaeological, and historical significance.
Nora Fesco, NCICG executive director said, “The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway focuses on and highlights what we love about living and working in this area. Local elected officials, economic development professionals, businesses, tourism organizations, and community development practitioners promote the beauty and splendor that surrounds us. The Byway will help NCICG directly support, enhance, and interpret those qualities. We are honored to have this opportunity.”
Anaise Berry will remain the Byway’s executive director. Berry is busy getting to know her new co-workers and transferring grants and activities to NCICG. The program will continue its current responsibilities of marketing the byway corridor which encompasses 10 counties and covers an area stretching from Starved Rock State Park near Ottawa, southward to Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge near Havana.
The Byway previously was housed with the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois, Peoria.
“The EDC has done an exceptional job at piloting this organization. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help move the Byway forward and to strengthen the communities that it serves,” said Kevin Lindeman, economic development director for NCICG and Byway board member.
The council became the new parent company of the Byway effective Jan. 1.
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More information on the Byway can be found at www.illinoisriverroad.org.
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway’s office is in the NCICG building at 613 W. Marquette St., Ottawa, IL 61350. Operating hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.