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Mainstreet to Mountaintop

The Economic Impact of the Continental Divide Trail in the Rocky Mountain West

An overview of the methodology and results of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s (CDTC) 2022 Small Business Survey as well as CDTC’s Colorado Economic Impact Report released.

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February 02, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

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


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

In this session, presenters will give an overview of the methodology and results of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s (CDTC) 2022 Small Business Survey as well as CDTC’s Colorado Economic Impact Report released last year. This session will highlight the impact of the CDT for Gateway Communities, business owners, and other stakeholders, while also providing perspective on the challenges and opportunities business owner’s see for the CDT and their community. Additionally, this session will provide insight into how CDTC uses this information to advocate for the completion, protection, and promotion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain greater understanding of the economic impact of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail for the Rocky Mountain West.
  • Understand the perspectives of business owners who have a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the CDT and their communities.
  • Learn more about how the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and other partners use this information to complete, protect, and promote the CDT.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • CDTC Small Business Survey (‘22)
  • Colorado Economic Impact Report (‘22)
  • CDTC Gateway Community Program

    Webinar Partners


    L Fisher, Trail Policy Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
    Helena, Montana

    L Fisher (they/them) is an educator and community organizer who grew up in rural Indiana. They received dual degrees in Philosophy and Political Science before earning their Masters in Political Science from Indiana University. Before moving out west, they worked on campaigns and in policy advocacy throughout Indiana and parts of Texas. Luke’s passion for environmental policy eventually took them to Montana, where they worked as a conservationist and outdoor educator along the Rocky Mountain Front before joining the Continental Divide Trail Coalition as the Trail Policy Manager.


    Liz Schmit, Community & Outreach Program Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
    Denver, Colorado

    Liz Schmit (she/her) is the Community and Outreach Program Manager for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Liz grew up in the Chicago-area and received her Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Her time in Washington, DC pivoted her interests towards public and civic engagement. When she moved to Colorado in 2014, her passion for hiking began in the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Prior to working with the CDTC, Liz has worked with a wide array of both cultural nonprofits and state agencies such as the Colorado Department of Education and Department of Natural Resources. She is a firm believer that community has no geographical boundaries and is inspired by the interdependence of community well-being and environmental health along trail communities.


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