2016 Regional Trails Summit

Making the Economic Case for Trails

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 9am-3:30pm
Cincinnati Zoo - Frisch's Theater

Thank you for helping us make our 4th Annual Regional Trails Summit a tremendous success!

With nearly 150 people in attendance, this year's Regional Trails Summit goes down in the books as our most well-attended to date!  We'd like to send our most sincere thanks to all of our speakers, panelists, moderators, and attendees for helping us Make the Economic Case for Trails.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out the live Twitter feed using #RTS2016 to view snippets of content throughout the day!

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9:30am - Tri-State Trails Progress Update

Frank Henson - Chair, Tri-State Trails

Mark Policinski - CEO, OKI Regional Council of Governments

10:15am - Trails as an Economic Development Tool

Moderator: Eric Oberg - Director of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Regional Office

Erika Fiola - Manager of Talent Initiatives, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Jim Cohen - President, CMC Properties

Rick Greiwe - Principal, Greiwe Development

Chris Auffrey - Professor, University of Cincinnati School of Planning

12:00pm - Balancing the Active Transportation Network

Moderator: Chris Manning - Principal, Human Nature

Jason Barron - Executive Director, Cincy Red Bike

Andy Williamson - Great Lakes Region Director, International Mountain Biking Association

Robin Corathers - Executive Director, Groundwork Cincinnati / Mill Creek, Cincinnati Connects

Brian Laliberte - Board Vice Chair, Yay Bikes!

1:30pm: Building Public Support for Trails

Moderator: Megan Folkerth - Program Officer, Interact for Health

Jack Sutton - Executive Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Susan Schaefer - Board President, Wasson Way

Dave Huff - Executive Director, Riding Forward

Jack Moreland - President, Southbank Partners

Thank you to our sponsors!

Trailblazer Sponsors

Pathfinder Sponsors

Explorer Sponsors

Hiker Sponsors

The Green Umbrella 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 tri-state.  Below is a brief history of the Regional Trails Summit:

: 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.

Help us make 2016 the best and most productive Regional Trails Summit yet!
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