East Coast Greenway Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit April 1-4

Don't forget the East Coast Greenway Webinar tomorrow - it's not to late to register. Join us online Friday, April 3

After careful evaluation of the evolving circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and consultation with key event partners, the East Coast Greenway Alliance has made the decision to shift the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit from a four-day event in Jacksonville, Florida, April 1-4, to a virtual #GreenwaySummit on Friday. April 3. If you're not already registered, click here and scroll down to RSVP.


We will kick the day off at 9:30 a.m. with a live welcome session featuring East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano and 8 80 Cities founder Gil Penalosa and follow throughout the day with a number of impactful sessions.
Lots of interesting presentations - here are just a few:

Our roundtable with Brent Buice is at 11:00
Trail Advocacy, Raising a Nonprofit from Conception to Adolescence: The co-founder of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance will describe challenges, opportunities, what’s been accomplished in four years, what remains to be done, successes, failures, lessons learned, and how we can help each other succeed. Trails depend on advocacy groups to advance, advocate, support, promote and protect the trail. How far can a group get without major funding and employees? What can be expected of volunteers? How do you leverage partnerships and engage academic institutions and businesses. No group can thrive and mature in a vacuum; we’ll explore the possibility of a network of nonprofits for mutual support and mentoring.

Maggie Ardito, president and co-founder, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance

Brent Buice, Georgia and South Carolina coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance

At 1:15

Climate Change: Trails and Transformation: We’ll set up trails as a cornerstone of civitas, imputing common purpose and shared responsibility for adaptive community. Seen this way, trails broaden the base for long-distance trails advocacy and funding. Trails are about “place.” They put people in touch with where they find themselves. Bicycling and walking are the antithesis of driving. Trails re-prioritize human scale, personal accountability for wellbeing, the protection of indispensable local and regional resources that include rail corridors, farming, land conservation and heritage preservation, and of collaborative economy that fosters local re-investment. We’ll present a history of trails as the earliest mobility corridors, followed by nearly two centuries of exploiting transportation divorced from place. How does climate change influence re-balance? Through the lens of three case studies, we’ll look at emerging opportunities that indicate trails for large-scale problem solving.

Paul Jerome Croce, director, American Studies Program, Stetson University
Herb Hiller, writer and ecotourism expert
Jim Wood, planning director, Kimley-Horn

At 2:15
Helping Communities through Bicycle Tourism: Bicycle tourism has the power to transform a community’s quality of life, as you’ll hear through the story of Bike Florida’s evolution from a touring agency to a statewide organization whose goal is to help Florida communities improve their economic health, bicycle infrastructure, and safety through bicycle tourism. We’ll discuss the changing bicycle tourism industry, why trails are so important for the economic health and quality of life for residents, and how crucial it is to think out of the box when developing partnerships to advance trail development. We’ll also look at simple and fun ways to draw bicycle tourists to a community that has trails.

Joy Hancock, executive director, Bike Florida

Check out the full schedule below.