How Trails Increase the Economic Vitality of Communities
Hear how research projects support the facts that trails do provide a positive economic benefit in their communities.
by Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development - Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), David Lindhaul, Principal, Morton Trails, LLC, John Morton, Founder/Principal, Morton Trails, LLC
Hear how research projects support the facts that trails do provide a positive economic benefit in their communities. Multiple case studies in non-metropolitan areas across the nation show how trails have become a centralizing component of a region’s revitalization. Learn about two more communities, one rural and the other urban, where trail users were surveyed to compare the user characteristics and spending patterns at a rural "destination" trail and a suburban "day use" trail. The results will provide participants with new support that proves “If you build it... They will come and spend!’
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