Getting it Built – Strategies to Fund Trails and Bikeways

31997875_8_trail_01_04292013You’ve created a great strategy to enhance active transportation in your community, and you know where to start. But how do you fund those first great projects? Or how do you fund another phase to extend the trail or protected lanes that are proving to be wildly successful? This panel will discuss a series of funding strategies successfully employed by case study communities to get their active projects going.

Funding can range from local bond initiatives, to developer driven implementation, to pursuing federal funds through state. Some strategies are unique and take special conditions. Others are available to all communities, but are highly competitive and take a well-thought out initiative. And others need to tap into special conditions in your region or community, such as a desire to address health and increased physical fitness issues.

Lenny HughesMr. Lenny Hughes, Vice President and Director of Urban Planning and Design, joined Halff Associates in 1995. Lenny has more than 24 years of experience in urban planning and design, landscape architectural design, active transportation planning and an extensive background in visioning, community planning and public engagement. Lenny has helped shape the growth and development of communities across the state of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, leading trail planning and design, public outreach and urban planning efforts for large mainstream markets to small rural communities. His client base includes the City’s of Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Oklahoma City, OK, Norman, OK, Collin, Denton and Dallas County, TxDOT/LaDOT/ODOT, USACE, NCTCOG, DART, and a multitude of municipalities across the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and state of Texas and Oklahoma.

Mr. Hughes has developed a high level of experience in Trail Planning and Design with more than 100 miles of built trails and has successfully written and received more than $100M in Federal, State and Local Grants within the last ten years. He is committed to all issues of trail planning and design, understanding the need for safe, creative, yet sustainable development. Mr. Hughes strives to work in a partnership with his clients, ensuring that the design and construction is customized to meet their needs as each project is unique. Mr. Hughes enjoys dancing.

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