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Monday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Bikes as a Tool of Economic Development in Rural Communities CM .75

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Bicycling has the power to resuscitate economically declining small towns. Hear amazing stories of what it took to develop two rural communities through bicycling. Rockmart, GA, was in steep economic decline prior to the construction of the Silver Comet. The addition of this 61.5 mile long non-motorized, multi-use trail has revived towns along the route by drawing nearly 2 million users per year for a regional economic impact of $50 million. Warsaw, MO, a community of 2100, continues to attract cyclists through their creation of mountain bike trails, levee trails, multiuse trails, a major bike/ped bridge crossing and an on-road bicycle route system.

This session qualifies for .75 CM credits.

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Brent Buice

Executive Director, Georgia Bikes
I am the Executive Director of Georgia Bikes, a nonprofit organization working to promote and improve bicycling for transportation and recreation throughout Georgia. Prior to working with Georgia Bikes, I served as the Business Manager for the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences at... Read More →

Brent Hugh

Missouri Bike Federation

Ginny Sullivan

Adventure Cycling

Monday March 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
Renaissance West A