Michael J. Dunn to serve as RMAP executive director

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Michael J. Dunn has been selected as the next executive director of RMAP, replacing the retiring Steve Ernst.

Dunn, who will begin at RMAP Feb. 23, worked at First Midwest Group, where he served as a commercial real estate developer/broker.

In addition to his role at First Midwest Group, he is a Rock Valley College (RVC) trustee, where he served as chairman of the board for a two-year term. He recently assisted efforts to build a partnership between RVC, the Greater Chicago Rockford International Airport and AAR Corp.

RMAP is an organization I care about deeply and have seen firsthand the impact it has had on the transportation system and the region as a whole,” Dunn said. “I am honored to be part of an organization that has laid such solid groundwork for aligning the community’s resources with our needs. I am excited to get started advancing the mission of RMAP and working with the talented staff, stakeholders and community members.”

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), who serves as RMAP Policy Committee president, said: “It was encouraging to see the high level of interest in RMAP during the executive director search. I would like to thank the members of our committee; Mayor Larry Morrissey, Chairman Bob Walberg, Mayor Darryl Lindberg, Mayor Michael Chamberlain, and Mayor Jerry Bolin, who were unanimous in this selection. I look forward to working with Mike, and am confident that he has the passion, commitment and experience to lead RMAP in a positive direction.”

RMAP is a Metropolitan Planning Organization. By federal law, all large urbanized areas (more than 50,000 people) are required to have an organization that plans and coordinates the decisions regarding the area’s transportation systems.

RMAP is empowered and governed by a cooperative agreement that was developed and mutually adopted by the cities of Rockford, Loves Park and Belvidere; the counties of Winnebago and Boone; the Village of Machesney Park; and the State of Illinois, acting through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The activities of RMAP are directed by a Policy Committee that consists of top elected officials and the deputy director from IDOT Region 2. Learn more at www.rmapil.org.

Posted Feb. 5, 2015

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