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The National Association of Regional Councils Elects Geof Benson as President

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 20, 2018 with No Comments

Dunes Learning Center executive director Geof Benson was elected to serve as president of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) earlier this month at the 52nd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, FL.

Benson’s community and nonprofit leadership roles also include Town of Beverly Shores council member and Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) chair.

A unique and valuable Northwest Indiana resource, Dunes Learning Center is one of just 17 independent nonprofits delivering environmental education in partnership with the National Park Service.

“Our campus is based within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore giving students from a wide area between Western Chicago, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne the opportunity to explore and learn surrounded by one of the most biologically diverse National Parks in the country,” Benson explained. “We engage with many partners, teachers and collaborators to make this happen.”

According to Benson, NARC members work collaboratively in their diverse communities — large and small, urban and rural — to address challenges that are best solved at the regional level.

“NARC helps us learn about new tools and techniques to bring home to our own communities, helping us solve the challenges we encounter in our regions,” he added. “I am both honored and excited to serve as NARC president. Our collective dedication to public service and community improvement helps American lives every day.”

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