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American Trails presents "Leveraging People and Places: Trails as Economic Development" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"



Leveraging People and Places: Trails as Economic Development

American Trails will present this Webinar on June 28, 2018. Presented by a city planner, landscape architect and architect, this webinar will discuss urban trails and what cities are doing to provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.


Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
: $19 members / $39 nonmembers



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Learning Credits and CEUs


American Trails is now proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP CM (1.5) LA CES (1.5), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).


Offering Multi-Lingual Closed Captioning: We will offer closed captioning for this webinar, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. In honor of the presenters, we will automatically be offering closed captioning in the following languages: English, Greek, Korean, and Portuguese. If you require any closed captioning or need another language, please email in advance of the webinar.



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Towns and cities are capitalizing on their trail networks to forge stronger ties to their pasts as well as to stimulate their local economies looking ahead. Trails that intersect downtowns offer unique opportunities for reinvention as former industrial areas are becoming increasingly attractive for redevelopment given their proximity to adjoining neighborhoods and community assets. However, urban trails also pose specific challenges as they relate to history, gentrification and addressing issues of environmental contamination. This session brings together a city planner, landscape architect and architect to talk about trails in the urban context and what cities in the United States are doing to facilitate connectivity and provide economic development opportunities for the properties that lie along former industrial corridors.


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This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Presenters for the Webinar:



David Gamble, AIA AICP, is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he teaches courses in urban design, planning and real estate. He is Principal of Gamble Associates, a Cambridge, MA-based design firm focused on urban regeneration. He is a member of the National American Institute of Architects Regional and Urban Design Leadership Group and is a former co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Committee. Together with Patty Heyda, David published “Rebuilding the American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core” (Routledge Press, 2016). The book identifies recent successes in urban transformation around the country and identifies challenges to redevelopment that are yet to be overcome. Contact:


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Kristin Booker, Principal Booker Design Collaborative. A professional landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in her profession, Kristin Booker (ASLA) has worked in both the private and public sectors throughout her career with an all-encompassing understanding of the complex process of bringing successful design and planning projects to fruition. She is the owner of Booker Design Collaborative, LLC, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in Louisville, Kentucky that was founded in 2012. Her project management experience includes urban planning, historic preservation, commercial development, public realm improvements, master planning, residential design and community outreach. In her practice, she has focused on the social and environmental implications of her work while striving for enduring beauty in design. Kristin is the current president of the Kentucky Society of Landscape Architects and was featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News magazine in the November 2016 edition, ‘Women and Landscape Architecture’.


Chris Schmiesing is an urban designer who holds a degree in civil engineering. He has been employed by the City of Piqua for the past 27 years and his work has included designing and administering the construction of numerous street, trail, park and public space improvements. As City Planner Chris leads the development and implementation of various plans, policies, and strategies that aspire to fulfill the community vision for Piqua. Chris serves on the board or otherwise supports the efforts of various civic minded organizations, including Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Arts Council, Bike Piqua, Ohio’s Great Corridor Association, and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.



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