JDA celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Jefferson Davis Association (JDA) celebrated 20 years of Preserving the Past, Building the Future during a 20th Anniversary luncheon last Tuesday, at the Meadowbrook Country Club, with approximately 70 JDA members and supporters attending.

Past JDA presidents Rick Young and Ree Hart addressed the group with a colorful summary of two decades of JDA events. They spoke of the positive outcomes of the projects such as Bizworks, Falling Creek Ironworks, Streetscape, Historic Route 1 and revitalization along the corridor, just to mention a few of the JDA successes.

Current JDA president, Sterry McGee and Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle made presentations related to future challenges for the JDA and the Route 1 corridor. Many other speakers reminisced about past JDA events and about current initiatives of the organization.

Norma Jean Corbin, a Bensley native, said, “The luncheon was a wonderful way to see how much we had accomplished and to know how much our efforts were appreciated by everyone.”

The next JDA meeting is scheduled for November 13. The group will focus on the Historic Route 1 project, which runs from Maine to Florida.

For additional information, contact Norma Corbin at 804-275-7777.

HISTORY OF JDA

In 1992, the Jefferson Davis Association (JDA) was organized by civic and business leaders for the purpose of promoting and improving the quality of life and the vitality of the business environment along the Jefferson Davis corridor. The prime objective was to promote economic development to increase the availability of work opportunities and strengthening residential communities.

Garland Dodd served as the first president and strongly believed that membership should include both civic and business leaders. JDA recognizes the importance of including representatives from both groups in a single organization, and much of JDA’s strength derives from that primary organizational philosophy.

In collaboration with elected officials and County staff, the JDA members met regularly to formulate The Jefferson Davis Corridor Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in June 1993. This plan has been the general guide for decisions, both public and private, affecting the corridor for almost 20 years. The accomplishments achieved by JDA over the same time period mirror the action items outlined in the Plan. The fifteen member board has worked tirelessly with civic groups, other non-profit organizations, county, state and federal departments and elected officials to revitalize this historic area of Chesterfield. In 2008, JDA received the State Neighborhood Organization of the Year award in recognition of their successes.

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