President Biden announced his intention to appoint a Lebanon man to serve on the Route 66 Centennial Commission. Rod Reid is the Co-Owner of Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets, a family-owned and operated business on Route 66 in Lebanon that was established in 1972. He previously served as the President of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving on the executive boards of Associated Industries of Missouri and Compass Health Network.

Congress established the Route 66 Centennial Commission to study and recommend in a report to Congress activities that would be fitting and proper to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Mother Road of the United States, Route 66, in 2026.

Reid said nothing is official until an oath is taken:



After the oath is taken, the commission will get down to business:


Reid said Missouri Governor Mike Parson nominated him, but there were different ways for people to obtain the position:


Reid is a Charter Board Member of the Lebanon Route 66 Society; he is the Chairman of the Lebanon Tourism Board and the Missouri Transportation and Development Council, an organization founded in 1920 as The Good Roads Federation, whose motto was “Get Missouri Out of the Mud!” He has seen many changes along Route 66, as he has spent most of his life either living on or working along Route 66 since 1961. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and resides in Lebanon with his wife, Rebecca.