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Leveraging Cross-Sector Partnerships and Technology

Develop a Healthy, Vibrant Trails Community

This webinar will explore QCTrails.org, a free, user-friendly, interactive, and mobile-responsive website which serves as a comprehensive resource that highlights multi-purpose trails, parks, and side-paths in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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June 23, 2016

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline



Communities across the country are seeking to promote their trails and natural spaces as part of an overall effort to create a healthier community. Leveraging cross-sector partnerships and new technology platforms can assist with this goal. This webinar will explore QCTrails.org, a free, user-friendly, interactive, and mobile-responsive website which serves as a comprehensive resource that highlights multi-purpose trails, parks, and side-paths in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Users can track their physical activity progress in real-time and share their experiences with friends through social media. This webinar will feature the impact that a site like QCTrails.org can have on the health of a community for both residents and visitors.

Nicole Carkner, Executive Director of the Quad City Health Initiative, will provide background on how the community health assessment for the Quad Cities has repeatedly identified nutrition and physical activity as key priority areas of opportunity for the health sector. She will also detail the impact of forming coalitions made up of cross-sector organizations and how they have been instrumental in the development of QCTrails.org.
Lisa Miller, Data/Graphics/GIS Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission and project leader for the Web-Based Interactive Trails Map, QCTrails.org, will present how QCTrails.org opens trail experiences to all members of the community regardless of age or ability and offers perfect opportunities for Quad Cities’ residents to move more and be active outdoors. Additionally, she will speak to the technological aspects of QCTrails, as well as how QCTrails fosters strong connections with trail managers throughout the community.

Joe Taylor, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, will speak to the impact trails can have on creating a healthy community by supporting local businesses and economies through tourism. He will offer insight on the many benefits a trails website can offer to communities throughout the country.



Key Learning Points—Leveraging Cross-Sector Partnerships and Technology to Develop a Healthy, Vibrant Trails Community:

1. Learn how a cross-sector community collaborative dedicated to community health improvement partnered with a metropolitan planning organization to promote the health benefits of our community's built environment.

2. Review the process, infrastructure, and technology leveraged to create a web enabled map of our community's many options for outdoor recreation.

3. Discuss the potential future connections for promoting our community as a healthy community to residents and tourists alike.


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Nicole A. Carkner, Executive Director, Quad City Health Initiative

Ms. Nicole A. Carkner is the Executive Director of the Quad City Health Initiative which she has led since 2001. As Executive Director, Ms. Carkner develops and facilitates cross-sector collaborative partnerships to create a healthier community in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Formerly, Ms. Carkner was a health care management consultant working across the country with hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, health care insurers, and health-related government agencies. Her expertise includes strategic planning, community health assessments, population health, and project leadership. Ms. Carkner serves on the national Advisory Council of the Association for Community Health Improvement and as a Senior Fellow for the Health Research and Educational Trust. Ms. Carkner holds an M.B.A. in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an A.B. with majors in Biology and Government from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Ms. Carkner currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa and enjoys the scenic Mississippi River Trail near her home.


Lisa Miller, Data/Graphics/GIS Director, Bi-State Regional Commission

Lisa Miller is the Data/Graphics/GIS Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission, where she has been the project leader for the Web-Based Interactive Trails Map, QCTrails.org. She holds a BFA in Art/Emphasis: Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University. She oversees the data services, geographic information system/mapping, graphic design, and website activities at Bi-State and has been involved in a coordinative role in multi-jurisdictional acquisition of region-wide aerial imagery, the development of a data portal/warehouse for the QC Region, and numerous technical assistance projects to local governments in the five-county Bi-State (Iowa/Illinois) Region. She is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities and enjoys the outdoors and traveling, especially exploring new trails.


Joe Taylor, Executive Director, Blackhawk Hiking Club
Hampton, Illinois

Joe Taylor has degrees in History from Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois and Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for ten years before accepting his first tourism position at the Galesburg Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He was employed the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau since its inception in 1990 and now serves at the Executive Director of the Evansville (IN) Convention & Visitors Bureau. He has always had a personal interest in hiking and trail advocacy, which has led him to visit more than 150 units of the National Park System. He co-hosted the National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities in 2006, served on the board of American Trails, Inc. from 2006-2013, and served on the board of the American Discovery Trail Society from 2013 to 2016.


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