Join the York County Economic Alliance for a Virtual Workshop Series to learn more about York County Trail Towns, a program to bolster local economies by leveraging the York County Heritage Rail Trail.
The Workshop Series will kick-off with our keynote speaker: David Kahley, CEO and Co-founder of the Progress Fund, and founder of Trail Town Program®, a national business model to revitalize communities by growing outdoor tourism and small businesses. Four additional workshops will cover everything from the basics of a Trail Town Program® to in-depth topics that will help businesses and organizations promote specific aspects of being in a Trail Town.
York County Economic Alliance launched the Trail Town Program® to leverage the York Heritage Rail Trail as a platform and driver for economic development in towns located along or near the popular multi-use trail. The pilot program includes 5 towns: York, Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom. The intention is to expand the program as more of the trail is built. The “trail towns” concept was pioneered on the Great Allegheny Passage, where it has generated millions of dollars in local economic impact.
Partnering with the York County Department of Parks, the York County Rail Trail Authority, Explore York, and our municipal partners, the Trail Town Program® is a collaborative process with outreach to local governments, residents and business owners in order for each town to reach its potential as a vibrant hub for trail users. By enhancing each town as a trail user-friendly destination and creating a cohesive Heritage Rail Trail experience, visitors will stay longer and spend more money, it will expand existing businesses and attract new ones.