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Association of Defense Communities nominates Driskill for board position

by Erin Younkin | May 27, 2015

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – May 26, 2015 – The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), the leading national organization that serves the interests of defense communities, has announced five new nominees for their board of directors. One of those candidates is the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership executive director Joe Driskill.

Driskill has served as the Leonard Wood Institute executive director since 2007, and has been the SOP Executive Director since the organization’s inception in 2012. Prior to his time with LWI, Driskill served the state of Missouri in a variety of capacities including the positions of executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and six-time elected member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Through his work with LWI and SOP, Driskill has made a large impact on the Fort Leonard Wood region by aiding the organizations in achieving a number of their goals.

“I am passionate about the future of Missouri and I firmly believe that Missouri’s military installations and the communities that support them—including those around Fort Leonard Wood—are incredibly important to that future. It is a true honor to be nominated to serve on the ADC board because not only will I be able to learn more about other military communities around the country, but I’ll be able to build relationships with leaders from those areas and help advocate for a strong military and sustainable communities,“ said Driskill.

ADC represents 200 communities, states and regions with a significant military presence, and partner organizations. ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and the military on issues of base closure and realignment, community-military partnerships, defense real estate, mission growth, mission sustainment, military privatization, military families/veteran support and base redevelopment.

Under ADC’s selection criteria for their board of directors, the nominations committee seeks board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including: (1) community advocates; (2) experts in installation management or redevelopment; (3) leaders in military-community partnerships; and (4) individuals with knowledge of national defense policy issues.

“The ADC board believes the nominations process is now more open and transparent and, at the same time, helping to ensure the association’s leadership is well positioned to guide it during a period when defense communities are facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty,” said ADC past president Bob Murdock.

If elected, the new directors would serve three-year terms. Elections will take place at the annual membership meeting on Monday, June 22.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.


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