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Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times

This webinar on “Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times” puts sound ideas and hard numbers together to illustrate the contribution of trails to the prosperity of communities.

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Event Details

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September 22, 2011

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

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

Cost (RECORDING):

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
  • Note:

    Closed Captioning is NOT available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits are NOT available for this webinar.

     


    Webinar Outline


    The Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town Program is on the cutting-edge when it comes to “Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times.” The Trail Town Program is an economic development initiative along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The program envisions a corridor of revitalized trail communities that reap the economic benefits of trail-based tourism and recreation. The program conducts economic research to measure the trail’s impact on local economies, provides lending and technical assistance to small businesses, and addresses trail-wide issues and opportunities. The long-term economic viability of participating communities is to be achieved through concentrated business development efforts that capitalize on the trail user market.

     


    Presenters


    Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.
    Littleton, Colorado

    Robert Searns is a trail and greenway planner/designer/developer and has a four-decade award-winning history in trail planning and implementation. He has worked with communities to visualize concepts, win support and get projects built. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning Design and Development (Island Press)—Published in the U.S. and China and contributed to Greenways: The Beginning of an International Movement (Elsevier Press). He has written for Planning, Landscape Architecture, LA China, and American Trails Magazines.

    Bob has authored a number of trail management and sustainability articles and reports including recently serving as a principal author of a trails management and sustainability guidelines report for The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (U.S. Forest Service).

    He served as Chair for American Trails and helped found the World Trails Network. He has produced and moderated Webinars, policy guidelines and other products for American Trails.

    Bob holds a Master of Architecture from The State University of New York.

    Bob is currently writing a new book with Island Press on close-in trails and walking routes. The publication date will be available later in 2022.

     

    Jim Wood, Chief, Florida Department of Transportation
    Tallahassee, FL

    Jim Wood has been on the Executive Board of the American Trails Board of Directors since 2004, after he served as Program Chair for the National Trails Symposium with American Trails in Orlando, FL. Jim has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails since 1999, and became Chief of the program when it recently joined the Florida State Parks division. Specific projects he has been involved in include the creation of the visitor-oriented online FL Greenways and Trails Guide, coordination of two regional developer forums on trails and greenways, the FL Trails Database, the American Trails Developer Award, and the VISIT FLORIDA Trails-Tourism Website. His interests focus on the integration of trails in tourism and private development planning. He holds a BS in Communication from the University of Florida and an MS in Geography from Florida State University.

     

    Amy Camp, Founder and Owner, Cycle Forward

    Amy Camp founded Cycle Forward in 2013 with the plan to help communities better connect to and benefit from their trails. She is a trails and tourism consultant, a placemaker, and a certified coach. She helped to launch the nationally recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007. She has since offered her consulting services throughout Appalachia, the Rust Belt, and other locations in the U.S. and Canada. Her book, Deciding on Trails: 7 Practices of Healthy Trail Towns, was published in December 2020. Amy served on the Board of American Trails from 2012-17, acting as Board Secretary and Chair of the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program. She is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and firmly believes that her coaching certification makes her a better consultant. Amy lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she first grew to love communities and began her work to help improve them.

     

    Webinar Resources

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    Disclaimer

    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.


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