Webinar: Rural Trails as Economic Engines, Cultural Assets, and Community Anchors


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April 18, 2016

Rural Trails Webinar

WHAT: Webinar on "Rural Trails as Economic Engines, Cultural Assets and Community Anchors" by Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
WHEN: Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE: Online
HOW TO REGISTER: Register for free here

Rural Trails to Promote Local Economic and Cultural Assets

Many rural communities and small towns are rediscovering their recreational and scenic assets and are looking for ways to leverage these assets to boost economic development and community pride. This webinar will highlight great examples of rural trail projects that link people to place and reconnect the human and natural environments--providing access to nature and preserving sensitive ecosystems, while promoting local economic and cultural assets.


  • Amy Camp, owner, Cycle Forward and board member, American Trails
  • Leah Kemp, assistant director, Carl Small Town Center
  • Zach Schmesser, event director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine

This event is co-hosted by the Orton Family Foundation and the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™.

About Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD)

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD works with communities with populations of 50,000 or less, and offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day community design workshop.

With support from a wide range of design, planning and creative placemaking professionals, the workshops bring together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government to develop actionable solutions to the community's pressing design challenges. The community receives additional support through webinars, conference calls, and web-based resources. Learn more about the CIRD


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