The momentum for improving trail connectivity in Greater Cincinnati has come a long way since Tri-State Trails was organized as an initiative of Green Umbrella in 2013.  Millions of dollars have been invested in constructing over 44 miles of trails and on-road bike lanes, and many more are in the works.  In fact, $191 million is now committed to fund pedestrian and bike infrastructure through OKI Regional Council of Government's 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as a result of Tri-State Trails' advocacy.  To illustrate the demand for expanding and connecting trails, we developed and implemented a comprehensive regional trail measurement program, in partnership with Interact for Health, which estimates 11 million miles were traveled by users of our trail network in 2017.  Through our multi-jurisdictional projects like CROWN and Miami 2 Miami Connection, we're uniting cross-sector partners behind a common goal--to connect our communities.

In 2018, Tri-State Trails' Summit will explore how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation, encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail development.  We are excited to feature keynote speaker Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., to share the story of how Indianapolis was able to create a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park.  Please join us!


University of Cincinnati
Tangeman University Center, Great Hall
8:30 AM: Registration & Networking Coffee

9:30 AM: Welcome & Tri-State Trails Progress Update
Wym Portman - Vice Chair, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees
Wade Johnston, AICP - Director, Tri-State Trails

10:15 AM: The Connected Region: What does it mean for trails?
Moderator - Jack Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Great Parks of Hamilton County
Brendon Cull - Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Wym Portman - Vice Chair, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees; Board Member, Ohio River Way
Zack Huhn - Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Venture Smarter

11:30 AM: Lunch & Networking

12:00 PM: 2018 Tri-State Trails Awards

12:15 PM: Keynote Address
Kären Haley - Executive Director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

1:45 PM: Trails Touch Lives: Personal stories from trail users and leaders
Moderator: Megan Folkerth - Program Officer, Interact for Health

Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus
Brian Housh - Midwest Policy Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Representative Catherine Ingram - Ohio House District 32

Red Bike Outreach Efforts
Elese Daniel - Education & Outreach Manager, Red Bike

Kenton Connects
Chris Schneider - Principal Planner, Planning & Development Services of Kenton County

Advocating for Active Transportation in Underserved Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Ellen Berninger - Active Living Coordinator/Public Health Educator, Cincinnati Health Department

Getting Urban Teens Out on the Trails
Paige Young - Program Manager, Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

The Gravel Lot: Where the Real Conversations Happen
Doug McClintock - Co-Host, Gravel Lot Podcast; President, Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance

3:00 PM: Closing Remarks

About our keynote speaker, Kären Haley

Kären Haley is the founding Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., the non-profit responsible behind the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park in downtown Indianapolis. Under her leadership the organization launched the Pacers Bikeshare program along the Cultural Trail in 2014. She is on the board of directors of the North American Bikes Share Association and was named by the Indianapolis Business Journal to the 2015 ’40 Under 40’ list. Prior to leading the Cultural Trail, Ms. Haley was the City of Indianapolis’ first Director of the Office of Sustainability. She began her career working for URS Corporation in the transportation demand management group. Originally from Atlanta, Kären has lived in Indianapolis since 2008. She holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Indiana University and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Tim and their three young children.

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Tri-State Trails' Summit is an opportunity for local and regional trail advocates to convene and strategize ways to advance our agenda for improved trail connectivity in the Greater Cincinnati region.  Below is a brief history of the Summit:

: Trail advocates met in a charrette format to envision the first ideation of what is now our Regional Trails Plan.  This forum garnered the support from Interact for Health to fund our first major community outreach effort with Human Nature and the mapping of our official Regional Trails Plan.  The Regional Trails Alliance was formed.

2014: The Regional Trails Alliance and Human Nature presented our first Regional Trails Plan and a Model Resolution to codify community level support for the plan.

2015: Featuring the theme, "Making Connections," the Regional Trails Alliance showcases best practices from surrounding regions and encourages OKI Regional Council of Governments to incorporate more trails into the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.  Green Umbrella announces the hiring of its first Regional Trails Coordinator, Wade Johnston.

2016: Tri-State Trails advanced the conversation forward with an agenda focused around "Making the Economic Case for Trails."  We featured perspectives from the business community as a testament to the fact that trails are an economic development driver in Greater Cincinnati.  Tri-State Trails addressed the need to implement infrastructure solutions that meet users where they are and discussed how we begin move in that direction.
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