Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Separate Not-for-Profit Corporation to Govern and Manage Navy Pier Under Long-Term Lease

CHICAGO, USA/PRNewswire/ — The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced today that it will lease Navy Pier to a newly formed not-for-profit corporation that will separately govern and manage the Pier and that 13 Chicago civic leaders have agreed to serve on the corporation’s first board of directors.

Creation of the not-for-profit corporation was prescribed by MPEA Trustee Jim Reilly in his report on future Navy Pier governance filed last week with the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly as required by MPEA reform legislation enacted last spring. In reporting his decision, Reilly cited the Urban Land Institute’s recent report on the Pier’s future, which stressed that the historic and popular tourist attraction “needs a champion, a voice speaking and advocating only for Navy Pier.”

Sarah Nava Garvey will serve as Transitional Chair of the new board. Garvey, a retired senior executive for the Boeing Company, is a member of the MPEA Interim Board, chair of the Shedd Aquarium and a member of the Civic Federation Board. Patrick F. Daly will serve as Transitional Co-chair. He is founder and CEO of The Daly Group, a Chicago-based group of real estate development, brokerage and construction management companies. He served on the MPEA Board for 17 years, a period that included the initial renovation of Navy Pier.
In his report, Reilly wrote that the ULI made a compelling case for separating the governance of Navy Pier from that of McCormick Place.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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