York County Trail Towns Virtual Workshop Series: Economic Impact and Economic Benefits of Trails
Trails are an important part of our economy and have become a fulcrum for economic development across Pennsylvania. Learn more about the impacts and benefits of trails that can help towns and small businesses leverage the trail as an economic driver.
Presented by Steve Nelson, Eastwick Solutions, who has worked with numerous towns to develop asset-based economic development and Carl Knoch a national leader in assessing spending patterns of trail users.
Additional workshops will cover everything from the basics of a Trail Town Program® to in-depth topics that will help businesses and organizations promote specific aspects of being in a Trail Town.
York County Economic Alliance launched the Trail Town Program® to leverage the York Heritage Rail Trail as a platform and driver for economic development in towns located along or near the popular multi-use trail. The pilot program includes 5 towns: York, Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom. The intention is to expand the program as more of the trail is built. The “trail towns” concept was pioneered on the Great Allegheny Passage, where it has generated millions of dollars in local economic impact.
Partnering with the York County Department of Parks, the York County Rail Trail Authority, Explore York, and our municipal partners, the Trail Town Program® is a collaborative process with outreach to local governments, residents and business owners in order for each town to reach its potential as a vibrant hub for trail users. By enhancing each town as a trail user-friendly destination and creating a cohesive Heritage Rail Trail experience, visitors will stay longer and spend more money, it will expand existing businesses and attract new ones.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. CLICK HERE to register!
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