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On the Greenway
News and notes for friends of the East Coast Greenway
     
December 2018

Happy holidays, happy trails! Münter enjoys fresh snow this week on the Greenway's American Tobacco Trail in Durham, NC, with his human, Deputy Director Niles Barnes.

From our executive director

The need to dig deeper 

I'm excited to see every bit of progress the Greenway makes, from remarkable new segments like the Markell Trail in Delaware and 30 continuous new miles around Titusville, Florida, to our record-breaking number of through-riders — even walkers — on the Greenway this year. We are achieving most of our strategic plan results ahead of time and our organization is thriving.

But we didn't get the amount of infrastructure investment we hoped for from U.S. DOT's BUILD program. And recent data show that our nation took steps in the wrong direction this year regarding pollution and obesity. So our organization needs to get stronger and act even more strategically to meet these challenges. Read more

The 2018 Week a Year Tour group gathered in Savannah to start their week's ride.
WAY Tour 2018 reaches final state

Alligators, ferry rides, and flying down the Florida coast with gusty tailwinds were just a few features of the 2018 Week A Year Tour. Forty cyclists and a support team of five traveled the Greenway from Savannah to Titusville, Florida, in November. They biked nearly 400 miles through coastal Georgia and the northern Florida coast, their second-to-last trip before finishing in Key West next year. Read more and browse photos



Join colleagues and leaders in Philadelphia April 4-6

We have opened registration for the Alliance's first-ever Mid-Atlantic Greenways & Trails Summit! We're excited to host a first-rate program with roundtables, mobile workshops, and keynotes, including these inspiring speakers:
Learn more and register for Mid-Atlantic Summit
Jacksonville lands BUILD funding for Greenway segment
DOT favors rail, highways over 11 Greenway funding applications

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Jacksonville, FL, with $12.5 million for its Urban Core Riverfront Revitalization and Complete Streets project that includes traffic calming and bicycle and pedestrian paths downtown. It's a win for the East Coast Greenway because early this month, our Greenway Council voted to recommend a rerouting to include a loop through Jacksonville. City officials pitched us on this rerouting, embracing the Greenway as part of their city’s renaissance.

But we were disappointed to learn that the DOT chose not to fund any of the BUILD grant applications focusing specifically on the East Coast Greenway. Most of the $1.5 billion in BUILD funds went to bridge reconstructions, rail line work in five states, port improvements in a number of cities, and highway work. 
Read more

Trustees and friends gathered in Boston to toast David Read (center, in blue) as he wraps up 12 years of service on our board.

Impellizeri joins trustees; McCaw and Read finish service
The East Coast Greenway Alliance's Board of Trustees elected finance professional Joe Impellizeri of West Roxbury, MA, as its newest member, effective January 1, 2019. "I will do my best to help the organization achieve its vision," Impellizeri says. "It seems obvious to me that the East Coast Greenway and efforts like it need to be encouraged, pursued and completed."

The night before their fall meeting in Boston, the trustees gathered to honor David Read as he wraps up 12 years on the board, including two terms as chair. "The East Coast Greenway is about future generations," Read told the gathered friends. "This is about building a trail for future generations — including for my kids." Read more
Join our team: Seeking communications professional

We're hiring a strategic communicator to join our growing team and expand our promotion, marketing, and media relations capacity. Great opportunity to help raise the profile of our nonprofit, helping to make the East Coast Greenway a household name along the Eastern Seaboard. Must love building audiences through social media and have a keen eye for good design, effective packaging, and typos. Ideally, you are passionate about the East Coast Greenway's mission — improving health, the environment, and local economies — and love to bike, run, or walk and to encourage active tourism. 

We are accepting applications through January 10.
Read more and apply
We support the East Coast Greenway and want it to grow.
Join us!
Walkers, runners, cyclists. Kids, parents, grandparents. North and South, urban and rural: The Greenway is for all of us. Want to see this 3,000-mile route, Key West to Canada, keep growing? Make your gift today:
Join us! Donate to the East Coast Greenway
Speaking of gifts, check out our Greenway gear for any runners, walkers, and cyclists in your life.
And consider East Coast Greenway Alliance memberships: gifts that keep on giving!

 
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