Associate of the Month: December 2018


The Rock Island Rail Corridor Trail is set to open late spring, in large part, to the hard work of Project Coordinator Matt Davis.

According to Special Projects Analyst Cathy Jackson, “Matt brings a lot of positive energy, and consistency. He is an awesome communicator which is really important for a two person staff.”

“He has taken on the entire project himself. He is very knowledgeable about the entire project and goes out to the corridor at least once a week to check on progress. Not only is he doing that he is monitoring it to make sure there is no trespassing,” she said.

“He is just really running this program. He is the information man, the go to guy, people come to him so that he can educate them on the project. We are also taking calls from all over the U.S. and other places around the world and he is supplying them with information and doing it all with a good attitude,” Jackson said.

According to Aaron Bartlett with the Mid-America Regional Council Matt is a champion for the project. “He is seen as a leader and a problem solver with the people that he works with. He has the respect of the stake holders that are at the table and it’s really remarkable.

“This is going to be a legacy that is going to have generations of people in Jackson County enjoying. Really not just Jackson County but the region as a whole,” Bartlett said.

One of the things that Brian Nowotny, Deputy Director of Park Operations likes most about Matt is his commitment to community service, his commitment to the county and to the Rock Island.

“He sees the project not only as a great recreational asset but as a transportation asset and an economic development asset. He is very passionate about that and I am impressed by that. The commitment that Matt has to the county and to better this community is very impressive” Nowotny said.

County Executive Frank White, Jr. said that there have been a lot of changes in the project. “We lost a lot of people and a lot of the time that would force someone to say, I don’t want to do this anymore. They always say when things get tough the tough get going. The completion of this first phase shows Matt’s dedication and his toughness for staying with it and getting it done.”

“When taking on all of that responsibility most people would have either crashed or would have gotten a bad attitude,” Jackson said. “Matt is very happy go lucky and is always willing to go that extra mile and always making sure that I have everything that I need.”

Phase One of the corridor is near completion and is expected to be open in spring. Construction on Phase Two will be going out to bid soon.

AoM_MattDeputy Director of Park Operations Brian Nowotny, Matt Davis and County Executive Frank White, Jr.