A message from our Executive Director
I am excited to share today that one of our key programs, Tri-State Trails, is ready to take a major next step in advancing its vision to connect and expand our region’s trail network. The program has evolved to the level of sophistication, leadership and impact to become its own independent nonprofit organization. Wade Johnston, Director of Tri-State Trails since 2015, and I made the announcement Friday night at the program's 10th Anniversary gala.
This move will enable Tri-State Trails to expand its reach and impact, under the leadership of a focused board and staff, while also expanding capacity at Green Umbrella for our many environmental and equity priorities. Green Umbrella and Tri-State Trails will continue to collaborate and partner on the complex regional effort of decreasing the car-dependency, and therefore climate footprint, of our region.
Since its inception in 2012, Tri-State Trails has grown into the leading organization advocating for trail and bikeway projects in Greater Cincinnati. Its staff of four provides technical assistance and expertise to many local governments looking to build or expand their pathways for people-powered movement. Our region is seeing a significant increase in demand from communities to connect and expand our trail and bikeway infrastructure, and Tri-State Trails has risen to the occasion.
Green Umbrella is so proud to have stewarded Tri-State Trails and recognizes that the team is ready for the next leg in their journey. This decision was weighed heavily by our Board of Trustees, which analyzed the opportunity from every angle and ultimately came to the unanimous decision to spin-off the program from an initiative of Green Umbrella to an independent organization. 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 so excited to finally share the news with you!
Green Umbrella has been an incubator for many projects over the years, and Tri-State Trails is yet another success story. It follows in the footsteps of organizations like Red Bike, Taking Root, Adventure Crew, and Produce Perks Midwest, all of which got their start under the umbrella and are now independent nonprofit organizations. Wade and I will continue to work closely together over the coming year as all of the pieces of this spin-off fall into place. And we’ll keep you updated as we go.
Thank you for being a supporter on this journey with us!