About Us

Mission Statement

The Canal Corridor Association preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle-Peru.

Who We Are

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The Canal Corridor Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization  founded in 1981 (as the Upper Illinois Valley Association) to advocate for the creation of the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, CCA has been working tirelessly since then to make the corridor the destination it is today.

The LaSalle Canal Boat and Lock 16 Visitor Center is owned and managed by CCA.
www.lasallecanalboat.org

The Canal Corridor Association is designated by Congress as the local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, the nation’s first national heritage corridor.
www.iandmcanal.org

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The I&M Canal National Heritage Area is a place to explore nature, learn about the region’s past and enjoy a wealth of cultural attractions. It has had a long and illustrious history, beginning with the Native Americans who inhabited the region for millennia, to the immigrants who started new lives on the frontier, to the millions who live and work here today. The I&M Canal propelled Chicago and the surrounding communities into national significance, and it was a major factor in the growth and development of the Midwest.

The I&M Canal changed the nation in 1848 when it opened the first shipping route between New York and New Orleans, creating Chicago as the nation’s greatest inland port. In 1982, business and industry leaders founded the Canal Corridor Association to help revitalize the I&M Canal region, and created a national model for regional partnership, conservation and renewal. We enhance economic vitality by raising awareness of and expanding the parks, trails, landscapes, and historic sites that make the I&M Canal region a special place.

BOARD AND STAFF

Canal Corridor Association Board of Directors
CHAIRMAN Dennis J. Bieschke, M&D Enterprises VICE CHAIRMAN David J. Silverman, Partner, Mahoney, Silverman, & Cross
TREASURER Jeffrey Julkowski, PE, CFM, Christopher B. Burke Engineering SECRETARY Michele Micetich, Chair, Carbon Hill Historical
Directors
AT- LARGE Inga Carus, President & CEO, Carus Corporation Andrew H. Connor, Partner Wayne W. Emmer, President & CEO, Illinois Cement Company
Cricket Trutter Hauff, Northfield, Illinois Dan Martin, Managing Principal, Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC Abel Turrubiartes, Owner, The Pink Chihuahua
 ALLIANCE COMMITTEE
Cricket Trutter Hauff, Chair Michele Micetich
CHAIRMAN EMERITI
Thomas Flavin (1985-1992) Br. James Gaffney, FSC (2000-2005) Richard J. Mooney (2006-2010)
HONORARY DIRECTORS
Gerald W. Adelmann Philip W. Hummer Nancy Stevenson
STAFF
PRESIDENT& CEO, Ana B. Koval, AICP GIFT SHOP MANAGER, Robin Collier
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, MarQuinta Moore LOCK 16 MANAGER, Jacqueline Urnikis
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, Leslie Urnikis

 

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