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Tri-State Trails celebrates a decade, announces plans to become new nonprofit organization

Saturday, August 27, 2022 by Wade Johnston

Dear Friend of Tri-State Trails:

Last night, in a room filled with many of our closest supporters, we shared a major announcement: Tri-State Trails is taking the next step in our organization’s story to become an independent nonprofit, separate from our parent organization, Green Umbrella. This decision has been in the making for more than a year and received the full support of the Green Umbrella Board of Trustees. Green Umbrella’s Executive Director, Ryan Mooney-Bullock, and I shared this announcement at Tri-State Trails’ 10th Anniversary Gala.

For the last ten years, Green Umbrella has provided the support Tri-State Trails needed to get started, grow, and thrive. We’ve reached a point in our maturity as an organization where it makes sense for us to become a separate entity. This will allow us to continue to increase our capacity, reach, and impact, as we advocate for the growth and connectivity of our region’s active transportation network.

Since our inception in 2012, Tri-State Trails has grown into the leading organization advocating for trail and bikeway projects in Greater Cincinnati. Our staff of four provides technical assistance and expertise to many local governments and community groups looking to build or expand pathways for people-powered movement. Today, our region is seeing a significantly increased demand from communities to connect and expand our trail and bikeway infrastructure, and this move will position Tri-State Trails to step up to the challenge.

Over the last two years we have been building out the infrastructure and leadership to ensure the success of this transition for both organizations. We are excited to finally share the news with you!  Tri-State Trails and Green Umbrella will continue to collaborate and partner on the complex regional effort of decreasing the car-dependency of our region. Ryan and I will be working closely together over the coming year as all of the pieces of this spin-off fall into place. We’ll keep you updated as we go.

With your support, we can continue to transform the way people move in the tri-state region.  

Wade Johnston, AICP
Director, Tri-State Trails

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to position Tri-State Trails for another decade of success.

Donations will continue to be made payable to “Green Umbrella” until Tri-State Trails has secured a separate 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

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