Dear Brendan, Jared, Jessie, Seth, Matt, Sam, Joanna, Aaron, Ben, Tracy, Nick, Nathaniel and Christopher,

Let me start by letting you know how impressed we all were with the considerable talent, and technical expertise of your group. Our team has had the privilege of working with many of the marquee groups in urban planning and architecture, and the design quality and visual presentation of the material you collectively prepared was truly world-class. Our high hopes for the week we spent together were very much surpassed.

The design work you completed this week will form the foundation of the phase 1 revitalization for Rockford. LWLP, the RRDP and countless members of the community are working diligently to make this revitalization a reality for Rockford that will result in a more inclusive, cohesive and functional community. We thank not just you but your husbands, wives, children and friends for the time you took from your busy lives to help Rockford become a better place. This contribution is particularly notable given the grueling pace that finishing your school year and, in many cases, your graduate degrees, must have entailed over the recent weeks and months.

We had the opportunity to see a few of your projects when we toured the Judson facilities in March. Needless to say, the work we saw then, and last week, gives us great confidence in your professional prospects and abilities. It is reassuring to know the next generation of urbanists is such a talented, generous and capable lot. There is a small but growing community of people dedicating themselves to improving the quality of place across America, I suspect Rockford has just met some of the movement’s future leaders.

As you move forward in your careers please do not forget Rockford or LiveWorkLearnPlay and keep an eye open for opportunities where we may help express our gratitude to you by helping advance your work, your mission or your careers.

Good luck and a large congratulations to the recent graduates!

Lastly, to (Professors) Christopher (Miller) and Nathaniel (Brooks), thank you for your time last week and, more importantly, nurturing and educating such a wonderful group of planners and architects. Your guidance  and management of the week was very much appreciated, Judson is lucky to have such capable contributors to their architecture program.


Daniel Byrne
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