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Goal 1 for SMART

Goal 1 - Establish and expand partnerships that aid the development and connection of all types of trailways throughout southwest Michigan.


Build strong public participation and awareness of SMART's purpose and activities

  • - Promote work of SMART through public education materials, press releases and workshops developed by SMART. (HIGH)
  • - Identify and involve partners/stakeholders (private sector, health care, non-profits, community leaders, state agencies, tourist councils, etc.). (HIGH)
  • - Maintain and update partner contact list(s) as needed. (HIGH)
  • - Utilize e-mail to communicate information about meetings and resources. (HIGH)
  • - Develop partnership agreements to ensure SMART is recognized as the regional trails group in SW MI. (MED)
  • - Build partnerships with state and local tourism bureaus (Mlive). (HIGH)


Educate and build capacity of existing and new organizations to develop and manage trailways

  • - Identify topics of interest related to trailways and plan and host workshops/speakers that will assist communities in trailway development and management. (MED)
  • - Bring individuals/groups/communities together to share ideas and to collaborate on opportunities that cross jurisdictional boundaries. (HIGH)
  • - Create a forum on the website to share information. (HIGH)
This page last updated on 3/2/2018.
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