El Vado to host annual Route 66 Road Ahead reception, board meeting

The revitalized El Vado Motel in Albuquerque will host next month’s Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s annual board of directors meeting, plus a stakeholders reception that’s open to all.

The board of directors meeting will be from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the  motel at 2500 Central Ave. (aka Route 66).

The stakeholders reception will be after the board meeting, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

According to a news release from the partnership:

The annual board of directors meeting will focus on progress reports from the organization’s working groups, task forces and advisory groups.

The annual Route 66 Stakeholders Reception/Update event is an opportunity for anyone interested in Route 66 and/or the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership to meet the organization’s board of directors and learn about the Road Ahead’s mission, goals and current work.

The current board of directors include:

  • David Bricker – chairman of the Preservation Working Group
  • Melissa Beasley – New Mexico Route 66 Association
  • Renee Charles – Kansas Historic Route 66 Association/Route 66 Association of Kansas
  • Gary Daggett – Texas Old Route 66 Association
  • David Dunaway – chairman of the Research and Education Working Group
  • Sharon Foster – California Historic Route 66 Association
  • Sharlene Fouser – Arizona Route 66 Scenic Byway Program
  • Jeff Fulgenzi – chairman of the Economic Development Working Group
  • Bill Kelly – chairman of the Promotion Working Group
  • John Miller – Illinois Route 66 Association
  • Dora Meroney – chairwoman of the Route 66 State Associations Advocacy Working Group
  • Brad Nickson – Oklahoma Route 66 Association
  • Tommy Pike – Route 66 Association of Missouri
  • Bill Thomas – chairman, board of directors

It should be an interesting meeting. A lot is coming down the pipe from the partnership in 2019, including a new Route 66 navigation app.

Plus the failure of Congress to pass Route 66 Historic Trail legislation — due in part because of the government shutdown — almost certainly will be part of the discussions.

El Vado reopened last summer after almost 15 years of legal wrangling and restoration.

(Image of El Vado Motel neon sign in Albuquerque by Dennis Dixson via Flickr)

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