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Trail Oriented Development: Rock Falls

on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 08:33

"Speaker Tells Rock Falls: Follow the Money Trail.", December 10, 2015.

Rock Falls, Illinois has a contagious level of intiative, with a strongly held belief that its destiny is in its own hands (maybe you expect that from a town with its own electric utility). They anchor the Hennepin Canal State Trail's feeder branch, and were/are all-in as a Hennepin Hundred partner community; Rock Falls Tourism makes our growing list of superstar convention & tourism bureaus, and Mayor Bill Wescott personally welcomed & cheered runners as they crossed the Rock River on the upper dam's

Trail Oriented Development

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 13:30

I'm on a panel December 3 at a sweet little 3-hour conference hosted by Depaul University's Chaddick Institute that explores trails as a community/economic development tool. Register here.

The insitute's Marisa Schulz asked me to nominate some Chicago region communities who I think are best leveraging their trail connections to improve the community & their appeal; the institute would like to recognize these towns and select one to especially honor with an award. 

It was fun to think about and pick a handful of communities from different trails, but even more fun: I don't know who gets