Community planning, economic professionals invited to 2019 PA Greenways & Trails Summit

2019 PA Greenways and Trails Summit

2019 PA Greenways & Trails Summit to focus on Community, Collaboration, and Connectivity

Trail enthusiasts, community planning and economic professionals, conservation organization staff and volunteers, park professionals, government officials and more are invited to attend the 2019 PA Greenways & Trails Summit taking place September 22-24 in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

The event, presented by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association with support from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), provides training and networking opportunities for those involved in trail and greenway work.

Dozens of educational workshops will be offered throughout the three-day summit, with various tracks helping participants dive deeper into specific aspects of building trails and connections to communities.

Workshop tracks include:

  • Public Engagement 
  • Large-Scale Projects 
  • Overcoming Hurdles 
  • Collaboration 
  • Trail Planning 
  • Economic and Community Development

Each looks to build on the event’s theme of “Community, Collaboration, and Connectivity” when building trails.

In addition, the event will feature mobile seminars, keynote presentations, discussion panels and various networking opportunities.

“This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and community leaders from the Pennsylvania Wilds to learn about how others working on building trails in the Commonwealth are collaborating to increase engagement and ultimately connect their trails to their communities,” said Abbi Peters, EVP of Creative Commerce at the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. “These efforts can have positive economic impacts on regional communities, making them even more desirable to live in and visit.”

In addition to the workshops, the event will feature mobile seminars, keynote presentations, discussion panels and various networking opportunities.

Event speakers include DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Florence Williams, journalist/author; and Allen Dieterich-Ward, Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University.

The event will be held at the Shippensburg Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

For more information or to register, visit https://greenwaysandtrails.org/2019summit/.

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