Collective Impact

Creating Trail Networks on a Grand Scale

Want your trail to connect to the next town? The next county? How about the next state?


Presenters: Eric Oberg, Midwest Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Carl Knoch, Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Laura Cohen, Western Region, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Yves Zsutty, Trail Network Manager, City of San Jose, CA; Patrick Starr, PA Environment Council; Amanda McEldowney, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

This session focuses on strategies to build coalitions, develop advocacy efforts, create communication strategies, and brand these emerging networks. Projects range from metro regions to multi-state trail systems, with experience from non-profits, metropolitan planning organizations, and local jurisdictions whose trails projects have evolved into regional systems.

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