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Kansas Trails and rural economies

Meetings will help communities, entrepreneurs serve the trail enthusiast market

 

How communities and businesses can attract and serve trail-goers is the focus of four community meetings to be hosted this week by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, in partnership with USDA Rural Development, NetWork Kansas, the KansasSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenters, Advancing Rural Prosperity and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Attendees will learn how to leverage the trails to grow their businesses, attract visitors to their communities and boost the local economy.

KANSAS RIVER NATIONAL WATER TRAIL

Wamego 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Kaw Valley State Bank,

1015 Kaw Valley Park Circle

De Soto

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

De Soto City Hall

32905 W. 84th St

FLINT HILLS NATURE TRAIL 

Council Grove

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Morris County Courthouse

501 W Main Street

Extension Meeting Room (in Basement)

Ottawa

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 a.m. - Noon

Neosho CountyCommunity College - Ottawa Campus

Main Auditorium

900 E Logan St.

Each meeting will have information about the nearby trail, review business development opportunities, making communities a tourism hub along the trail and supporting resources. There will be time for questions and exchanging ideas.

For more information, contact Dana Williams, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, 402-323-7336, or email dana@e2mail.org.