American Trails held the 18th National Trails Symposium October 19-22, 2006 in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. The National Trails Symposium is held every other year and is sponsored by American Trails with state and local sponsors. We invite you to browse the dozens of educational sessions, the mobile workshops, and other featured events that we have scheduled.
The Symposium provides an opportunity for greenways and trails advocates, managers, planners, and users, outdoor product providers, as well as conservationists, private landowners, and tourism and business interests to come together for an inspirational and educational conference. The Symposium addresses both non-motorized and motorized issues and our vision for trails and greenways nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters cover the top topics in the trails community with presentations from across America.
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Symposium features and programs
The 18th National Trails Symposium will be held at the RiverCenter Convention Center in Davenport, Iowa, while the Awards Banquet will be held at the adjacent Adler Theatre. The Symposium program will feature cutting-edge workshops and educational sessions delivered by respected national and local experts, an array of new Trail Topic Mini-Workshops, events and field trips, outstanding recreational opportunities, an impressive exhibition hall, and much more.
The outings will showcase many of the best trails and natural lands in the region. The centerpiece is the RiverWay, a scenic corridor stretching 65 miles along both sides of the Mississippi River. It features riverside parks, trails, natural areas and overlooks, art and historical sites, unifying themes and attractive and consistent wayfinding entrances. In addition, the river front trails are a part of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail and the Headwaters-to-Gulf Mississippi River Trail. This is a wonderful example of trails and greenways contributing to economic development.
"The Quad Cities is pleased to host the 2006 National Trails Symposium as it demonstrates our destination's growing importance in trail development," said Joe Taylor, President/CEO, Quad Cities CVB. "The Quad Cities is already a major trail hub with our location on the American Discovery Trail, but we will soon become a national trail hub with the Mississippi River Trail. In addition, we anticipate an economic benefit to the area of $1.5 million."
For additional information about attending the 2006 Symposium, holding an affiliated meeting, serving as a sponsor or providing an exhibit, please contact American Trails at email@example.com or (530) 547-2060 or the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Center at (800) 747-7800. Visit the American Trails website at www.AmericanTrails.org for up to date information. Details of the 2004 Symposium held in Austin, Texas, and the 2002 Symposium held in Orlando, Florida, are also available on the website to give you an idea of the kinds of programs, mobile workshops, and events that are part of every National Trails Symposium.
Where are the Quad Cities?
The Quad Cities area is located right on the Mississippi River and is made up of the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline/East Moline in Illinois; and surrounding communities.
The Quad Cities region is midway between Chicago, and Des Moines on Interstate 80. The area is also a short drive from other major metropolitan areas in the Midwest on Interstates 74 and 88 and several major federal and state highways.
Arriving by air is a breeze. The Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois offers daily flights to Orlando, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Memphis, Detroit, Atlanta and Cincinnati on AirTran, United, Northwest, Delta and their regional partners. See details at www.qcairport.com.
The Quad Cities has a highly developed riverfront trail system that connects the region. These connections have resulted from partnering to cross the physical barrier of one of the world's greatest rivers and to cross the political boundaries of scores of governmental units.
The Quad Cities is at the crossroads of the American Discovery Trail, the Mississippi River Trail, Great River Trail, Grand Illinois Trail, and Hennepin Canal Trail.
The city of Davenport, Iowa (see Wikipedia article) was incorporated in 1839. The city often makes national headlines when the Mississippi River floods. It is the only city over 20,000 people bordering the Mississippi that has no permanent floodwall or levee. Davenport prefers the open access to the river for parks and vistas over having access cut off by dikes and levees. Davenport has adopted ordinances that any new construction in the floodplain must be elevated above the 100-year flood level or protected with walls. Davenport is also the home of several well-known annual festivals, such as Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. An internationally known seven-mile foot race called the Bix 7 is run during the festival.
For more information on the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, visit www.visitquadcities.com. We'll be providing more on the National Trails Symposium at www.AmericanTrails.org.
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