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2022 Tri-State Trails Summit


You are invited to the Tri-State Trails Summit! This year’s event will be held at Northern Kentucky University in the Student Union Ballroom on November 10, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

With a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure federal infrastructure dollars, the steps our local governments take today can position our trail and bikeway network to be connected, accessible, and world class. Our keynote address will highlight the success of Bentonville, Arkansas, an international trail destination and the home of Walmart. Kalene Griffith, President of Visit Bentonville, and David Wright, Director of Bentonville Parks & Recreation, will join us to share the story of how Northwest Arkansas built a braided trail network of linear mountain bike trails anchored by the Razorback Greenway–spanning over 250 miles.


8:30-9:30 • Registration and Networking

9:30-10:15 • Welcome Address

Wade Johnston, Director, Tri-State Trails

Rich Boehne, Chair, NKU Board of Regents

Mike Sewell, President, Bike Walk Kentucky

10:15-11:30 • Multi-Modal Infrastructure is Key for Economic Development

Moderated by Karen Finan, President & CEO, OneNKY

Brent Cooper, President & CEO, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director, Kentuckians For Better Transportation

Mayor Aftab Pureval, City of Cincinnati

Darryl Haley, CEO & General Manager, Metro/SORTA

11:30-11:45 • Lunch

11:45-12:00 • 2022 Summit Awards

12:00-1:00 • Keynote Address

Kalene Griffith, President, Visit Bentonville

David Wright, Director, Bentonville Parks & Recreation

1:00-1:10 • Break in Exhibitor Hall

1:10-2:25 • Best Practices from Cities that are Leading 

Moderated by David Wright, Director, Bentonville Parks & Recreation

Keith Lovan, State Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Jeff Fugate, Town Branch Commons (Lexington, KY)

Sean McGrory, Board President, Wasson Way and Member of CROWN Leadership Team (Cincinnati, OH)

Angie Pool, CEO, Cardinal Greenways (Muncie, IN)

2:25-3:40 • The Vision for Our Region

Moderated by Julie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO, meetNKY

Judge Executive Gary Moore, Boone County

Liv Birkenhauer, Board President, Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance

Frances Mennone, Project Manager, Ohio River Way

Michele Gottschlich, Chair, Connecting Active Communities Coalition

3:40-4:00 • Closing Remarks

Wade Johnston, Director, Tri-State Trails

4:00-5:00 • Happy Hour


Thank You to our planning committee

Liv Birkenhauer, Got Dirt, Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA)

Linda Bray-Schafer, Campbell County Economic Progress Authority

Tiffany Budd, NKU Sustainability

Kathy Cunningham, Queen City Bike

Michele Gottschlich, Connecting Active Communities Coalition 

Pat LaFleur, Metro

Jason Reser, Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA)

Jody Robinson, Devou Good Foundation

Evan Walker, World Wildlife Fund

Tri-State Trails – Brad Bowers, Rachel Culley, Wade Johnston, & Caitlin Sparks

2022 Tri-State Trails Summit



Date: Nov 10

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Northern Kentucky University Student Union
20 Kenton Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41076 United States

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