Connecting Downtowns and Trails

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Over the course of a year, Extension colleagues from across the country met and shared ongoing work on economic development approaches in downtowns and with a connection to natural assets. In May 2018, the team traveled on a train-the-trainer trip to Kentucky’s Trail Towns program. During the trip, the group visited and assessed four different Trail Towns. Through our meetings with community leaders, volunteers, tourism professionals and other Extension staff, we learned about the social, natural, leadership, and built conditions that were required for a trail town to be established. This information brief, aimed at community and economic development professionals, shares some of our findings.


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Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824