June 10, 2021
9:00 am-9:30 am
General Networking Rooms (O)
Coffee chat, hallway conversations … since we cannot be together in person, join our virtual morning networking rooms to say hello and chat with fellow summit participants.
9:30 am-10:30 am
Trails and the Outdoor Economy – Building Community in West Virginia (P)
Trails and trail networks are significant drivers of the outdoor economy and community development across the Industrial Heartland and the United States. In West Virginia, trails play a central role in a new initiative of the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC) at West Virginia University: a remote worker program emphasizing community, purpose and the outdoors, which is designed to support remote workers and their families as they relocate to West Virginia in pursuit of a high quality of life and an outdoor-driven lifestyle. Additionally, a West Virginia watershed organization, Friends of the Cheat, is playing a central role in trail development and advocacy, raising millions of dollars in federal grants to build trails and establish a county Trail Town program. This session will explore the role of trails in a burgeoning outdoor economy and why they will be essential to the type of community development that retains and recruits people to live in West Virginia and the Industrial Heartland.
10:30 am-11:00 am
Workshop Focus Breakouts (Q)
Participate in an interactive breakout discussion to take a deep-dive into the topics covered in the “Trails and the Outdoor Economy – Building Community in West Virginia” summit session.
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A National Park for the Community (R)
Trails create physical links between Cuyahoga Valley National Park and communities. Partner relationships and programs enhance these connections. As the park approaches its 50th anniversary, the National Park Service seeks to deepen connections even further through a Community Access Plan. This session will focus on the park’s role as an anchor location within the region’s interconnected park and trail system.
- Learn the basics of the federal interagency visitor use management planning framework used to create a Community Access Plan.
- Understand how a robust civic engagement strategy can benefit a park planning project.
- Learn the benefits that come from a park embracing its role in an interconnected, regional trail system.
12:15 pm-12:45 pm
Workshop Focus Breakouts (S)
Participate in an interactive breakout discussion to take a deep dive into the topics covered in the “Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A National Park for the Community” summit session.