Featuring Keynote Speaker Kären Haley
Kären Haley is the founding Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., the non-profit responsible behind the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park in downtown Indianapolis. Under her leadership the organization launched the Pacers Bikeshare program along the Cultural Trail in 2014. She is on the board of directors of the North American Bikes Share Association and was named by the Indianapolis Business Journal to the 2015 ’40 Under 40’ list. Prior to leading the Cultural Trail, Ms. Haley was the City of Indianapolis’ first Director of the Office of Sustainability. She began her career working for URS Corporation in the transportation demand management group. Originally from Atlanta, Kären has lived in Indianapolis since 2008. She holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Indiana University and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Tim and their three young children.
Tri-State Trails' Regional Trails Summit is an opportunity for local and regional trail advocates to convene and strategize ways to advance our agenda for improved trail connectivity in the Greater Cincinnati region. Below is a brief history of the Regional Trails Summit:
2013: Trail advocates met in a charrette format to envision the first ideation of what is now our Regional Trails Plan. This forum garnered the support from Interact for Health to fund our first major community outreach effort with Human Nature and the mapping of our official Regional Trails Plan. The Regional Trails Alliance was formed.
2014: The Regional Trails Alliance and Human Nature presented our first Regional Trails Plan and a Model Resolution to codify community level support for the plan.
2015: Featuring the theme, "Making Connections," the Regional Trails Alliance showcases best practices from surrounding regions and encourages OKI Regional Council of Governments to incorporate more trails into the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. Green Umbrella announces the hiring of its first Regional Trails Coordinator, Wade Johnston.
2016: Tri-State Trails advanced the conversation forward with an agenda focused around "Making the Economic Case for Trails." We featured perspectives from the business community as a testament to the fact that trails are an economic development driver in Greater Cincinnati. Tri-State Trails addressed the need to implement infrastructure solutions that meet users where they are and discussed how we begin move in that direction.