Sessions by stariya


                          The length of all sessions is one hour and fifteen minutes.

  Benefits in Partnership – Local Government, Public Health and Economic Development: Highlights
  of successful partnership approaches for greenway development, with a focus on promoting economic
  development, active lifestyles and quality of life.

  Learning Outcomes:
    Benefits of greenways to economic development, health and quality of life;
    The role partnerships play and the benefits of partnerships in promoting and developing greenway
    Tips and strategies for developing successful partnerships for greenways initiatives;
    Insights from the successes and challenges of local community partnerships that are engaged in this

  Benefits of Greenways to Small Towns and Rural Areas: Panelists from small towns and rural areas in
  Western North Carolina will share their experiences in obtaining funding, creating and using advisory
  boards, dealing with design issues and developing greenways.

  Learning Outcomes:
    How greenway advisory boards operate successfully;
    Examples of funding for greenways;
    Greenway design issues and the need to meet requirements of local, state and federal agencies.

  Building Greenways into Planning Processes: Making greenways and trails an accepted part of the
  urban infrastructure means making them a part of all adopted planning tools, from parks and recreation
  plans to transportation plans to land use and comprehensive plans. Participants will learn how local
  agencies and communities use various resources to assist in the development of greenways. Ideas will
  include use of local, state and federal assistance as well as partnerships with residential and commercial
  developers. This session will also include a detailed overview of the programs provided by the NCDOT
  Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation with special emphasis on the Comprehensive Bicycle
  and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative and the State TIP planning process.

  Learning Outcomes:
    How to incorporate greenways into different types of plans;
    The various benefits of having greenways included in adopted plans;
    How to work with local residential and commercial projects to incorporate greenways for public use;
    How to get involved early in the discussion of land use planning to insure greenways are part of the
      community planning process;

     Contacts for local, state, and federal assistance for planning of greenways;
     How to apply, who is eligible and what are the benefits of the NCDOT Planning Grant Initiative;
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     How to take better advantage of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP);
     How the Division of Bike and Pedestrian Transportation can assist communities in the development
      of safe and effective bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

  Designing Greenways – Best Practices: A moderated panel discussion of how greenways should be
  designed with the following objectives in mind: (1) protecting water quality;
  (2) managing storm water; (3) accommodating multiple types of users; (4) providing user safety; and (5)
  accommodating plant and wildlife needs. Discussion will also include benefits and examples of design
  standards (federal, state, ADA).

  Learning Outcomes:
    Melding greenway design with water quality improvement opportunities, including stream
      restoration/stabilization techniques and integrating stormwater management practices;
    The pros and cons of various greenway designs depending on environmental resources and users;
    Current standards in greenway design;
    Innovative approaches to common greenway design dilemmas;
    Keys to building a successful greenway.

  Funding Sources – Primary Grant Sources: A panel discussion covering the primary state, federal and
  private grant programs that support greenway planning, development and maintenance.

  Learning Outcomes:
    State and federal grant opportunities offered through the State Trails Program;
    Keys to writing successful state and federal trail grant applications;
    Patience in working with governmental bureaucracy;
    Pigeon River Fund granting priorities and application requirements and process;
    Opportunities for funding through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program and how the
      process works in North Carolina.

  Greenways 101: An overview of steps and considerations for getting greenways planned and built,
  including a review of issues to consider when planning; the process for getting a greenway designed and
  established; and funding opportunities and resources in WNC. There will be time for questions to an
  experienced panel of professionals.

  Learning Outcomes:
    Successful planning approaches and lessons learned from other communities;
    Positioning your project for funding;
    Steps for acquiring right-of-way.

  Sustainable Funding Strategies for Greenways: How to build and maintain support for greenways and
  generate a sustainable funding stream for greenway projects. Speakers will discuss strategies to build
  local and public support, keys to a successful bond referendum and strategies specific to rural areas and
  small towns.

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  Learning Outcomes:
    How to sell your greenway idea to local officials and the public;
    How to seek out funding sources;
    What makes a successful greenway;
    Key elements for planning and executing a successful bond referendum;
    Sustainable funding strategies for both small and large towns and cities.

  Working with Public and Private Landowners: A discussion of how to approach and work with public
  and private landowners to secure easements for greenways, and an illustration of key principles, including
  preparation of information and presentation of information to landowners. Panelists will share their
  experience working with a variety of landowners.

  Learning Outcomes:
    How to present information to different types of landowners: private, public/private utilities, railroad
      companies and federal landowners;
    How to continue open dialogue with landowners if discussions are not proceeding;
    How to gain commitments from landowners to grant a greenway easement.

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