Meeting the Demand

Williamson brings a broad range of experience and skills to Active Strategies and will play a key role in engagements related to trails, strategic planning, programming, outdoor recreation and cycling. 

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James Harper
GO EAST, MY SON!

As important as establishing outdoor access is in the large eastern metros, (all Metros for that mater) we also need to consider certain rural communities where agriculture is in transition and where ecotourism and public land creation could be a solid economic development strategy for the future. In particularly are those small towns near major metros that could act as weekend get-a-ways and culture hubs.

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James Harper
NATURE MAKES THE “MOUNTAIN” TOWN

But the access alone didn’t create the culture we seek and the industry that made it possible. In the years after World War II, veterans and their families were enjoying a huge economic surge fostered by the pent up consumer demand of post-war America and the benefits of the GI Bill. 

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James Harper
IT’S ABOUT NATURE, STUPID

It is on these foundations that mountain communities like Asheville have built their vibrant, active cultures today. Since the early 1970’s, towns like Asheville and Boulder have become the launching points of the outdoor recreation movement and industry that began and still thrives there today.

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James Harper