Investment Opportunity: How to Make Your Trail Irresistible to Private Funders

This webinar includes presenters that have successfully courted private foundations to give you a holistic view of how projects can be pushed to the next level by engaging the private sector.

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Event Details

January 17, 2019

10:00 am (Pacific Standard Time)


$19 for members
$39 for nonmembers

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Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
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Webinar Outline

As public funding becomes less reliable, the success of your project may depend on developing creative funding solutions with the private sector. Ever wonder how trail projects get access to hundreds of thousands, or in some cases, millions of dollars in private money? This webinar includes presenters that have successfully courted private foundations to give you a holistic view of how projects can be pushed to the next level by engaging the private sector. To demonstrate these best practices, panelists will share their success stories in Akron, OH and Philadelphia, PA.

Learning Objectives

• Learn about the trade-offs between public and private funding sources

• How to identify potential funders in your community

• Ways to align your project with their priorities

• Approaches for assembling the right partnerships, gathering relevant information, and techniques for effectively communicating with private funders


Dan Rice, President & CEO, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Daniel M. Rice is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) is the regional non-profit organization working for the conservation, development and interpretation of the natural, historical and recreational resources along the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio. Since 1994, Mr. Rice has worked with over 150 community partnerships and raised over $75 million in development funds for the preservation of historic structures, the development of the 101-mile multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the conservation of natural resources along the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway. Mr. Rice is a native of Ohio, with a B.A. in history from the College of Wooster and M.A. in American History from the University of Akron. Mr. Rice is married to Nancy Neagoy Rice and lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with their daughter Rachael.



Patrick Starr, Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Patrick Starr is Executive Vice President of the PA Environmental Council. He is responsible for integrating PEC's program activities statewide. PEC is a leader of regional-scale trail planning and collaborates with dozens of trail sponsors, most notably, the Circuit Trails, metropolitan Philadelphia’s trail network.

Patrick is PA Vice Chair of the Circuit Trails and helped create it. PEC was instrumental in obtaining a TIGER grant for $23 M that constructed ten Circuit segments in Philadelphia and Camden which launched the Circuit Trails collaboration.



Closed Captioning

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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Free webinars require a $15 fee for learning credits.

Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP CM (1.5), LA CES (1.5), and NRPA CEU petition equivalency (0.10).