Author: Holly Sawyer

Our “Placemaker Series”

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) happened because of people.  People that had a vision and wanted to ride it.  People that went about the job of building it.  People that promoted it and those that are maximizing the GAP’s economic potential. The story of the GAP’s success is captured by what these “Placemakers” now have to say or have written.  … Continue reading

Funding Trail Town Businesses

We often get asked “What was the single most important thing you did that made your Trail Town Program® successful?” The answer is always the same, that we have money and the willingness to make loans to new and expanding trail-related businesses.  And, we are as flexible as possible when we make those critical loans.  We adjust to less than … Continue reading

Our “Placemaker Series”

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) happened because of people.  People that had a vision and wanted to ride it.  People that went about the job of building it.  People that promoted it and those that are maximizing the GAP’s economic potential. The story of the GAP’s success is captured by what these “Placemakers” now have to say or have written.  … Continue reading

A congratulatory note from The President & CEO

The Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy (formally the Allegheny Trail Alliance) and Fourth Economy (an economic development consulting firm) deserve a standing ovation for their just released Economic Impact Report on the Great Allegheny Passage. If you are interested in outdoor recreation, environmentally sustainable development and Trail Towns, I suggest you dig into their Impact Report.  I have seen thousands of … Continue reading