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Indiana to host mid-America trails and greenway conference

Whether you like to walk, ride a bike or go horseback riding on local trails, those areas becoming known as “green infrastructure” are important to you. And these trails and other greenways are becoming more and more important to communities throughout Indiana and the nation.

This Sunday through Tuesday, the Indiana departments of natural resources, environmental management, commerce and transportation will help co-sponsor the first ever Mid-America Trails & Greenways Conference. They will join other government agencies, both state and federal and a number of private organizations to provide an in-depth look at greenways in our local communities.

This year’s conference marks the fourth gathering since 1997 of planners, designers, trail enthusiasts, conservationists and government officials from Indiana who are interested in enhancing our greenways. This year the conference has been expanded beyond our borders to include people from Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.

The two-day conference will bring together officials from federal and state governments, not-for-profit groups and others to discuss topics that include funding of trails, the economic benefits of greenways, planning, marketing and maintenance issues.

The conference registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency downtown Indianapolis and the conference will run until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The general public is invited to attend. Registration costs range from $150 for the full conference to $35 for the daytime activities with no meals included.

Additional information about the conference and a listing of sessions and topics to be discussed can be found at www.indygreenways.org/conference.

 

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