Search Committee For Memorial Chair
The Associated Press
February 6, 2004, 9:30 AM EST
A nine-member search committee will choose the head of a nonprofit foundation to raise funds to build the World Trade Center memorial.
Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were to name the committee Friday. Members include Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, Lower Manhattan Development Corp. chairman John Whitehead, Sept. 11 victims' family members and business leaders, officials said.
The World Trade Center Site Memorial Foundation was created to raise funds for the memorial -- currently budgeted at $350 million -- and oversee its construction after a 13-member jury chose the design of Michael Arad and Peter Walker.
The memorial, "Reflecting Absence," would mark the twin towers' footprints with reflecting pools surrounded by a list of victims' names and create an underground interpretive museum.
The LMDC, the agency in charge of rebuilding the 16-acre site, has pledged to contribute some of the money, with the rest coming from private sources.
The search committee is expected to select a foundation chairman in March.