Thanks for a wonderful 2016 Tour de Pork

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Saturday, August 8th’s Tour de Pork had a huge turnout with over 400 participants on the ride!

Below is a letter  to the editor of the News and Tribune expressing gratitude:

“In 2008 I received a call from The Fat Boy Bikers. They wanted to give the Ohio River Greenway the proceeds from a very casual BBQ and bike ride, which had grown from a family and friend gathering into more than what they could do in their backyards any longer. I had only been working in the non-profit industry as a consultant for under a year.  I didn’t realize how rare an offer like this is.  The Ohio River Greenway benefited from the generosity of the Fat Boy Bikers: Paul Dunsford, Mike Jenkins, Mike Fitzpatrick, Bob Grable, Steven Dunsford, Paul Rutledge, Steve Wilkinson and Steve Helm, their wives, kids and extended families again this weekend.  These volunteers throw an event which has the feel of a good time family reunion.  Donors offset the costs of the event: Eckart Wholesale Supplies, JBS, One Anethesia, Turtle Run Winery, Mischler Orthodontics, Starlight Coffee Co., Clarksville Schwinn, IU Alumni Association- Louisville Southern Indiana chapter.  Maybe it is because all gather to help get the Ohio River Greenway completed and we all know just how much of an amazing project it is, or maybe it is the perfect combination of Turtle Run Wine and slow cooked BBQ pork; but either way you can actually feel a buzz of community pride in the air.  I appreciate these fine Southern Hoosiers for putting on the Tour de Pork for the last 9 years.

Thank you on behalf of the Ohio River Greenway Commission.

Shaunna Graf, Project Director”

FUN AND EASY WAYS TO DONATE!

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Combined Federal Campaign

The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway participates in the Combined Federal Campaign.  If you are a federal employee, please consider donating to the Ohio River Greenway.

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Amazon Smile

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This year as you do your online shopping at Amazon you can support The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com!

Simply login using the same information as your Amazon account and then choose “Friends of the Ohio River Greenway” as your charity.  It’s that easy.

Amazon donates .5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to support the Greenway!

Kroger Community Rewards  NPO#: 56111 Organization: Friends of the Ohio River Greenway

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The Ohio River Greenway needs you to enroll or re-enroll your Kroger Plus Card to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Click the link below to enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Every time you use your Kroger Card, The Ohio River Greenway will earn cash!

***If you have already been participating, thank you…but, you have to re-enroll annually in August. Thanks for re-enrolling to support the Ohio River Greenway***

https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 

 

 

Ohio River Greenway Master Plan Refresh – Greenway 2040

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Ohio River Greenway Master Plan Refresh: Greenway 2040

Thanks to the Ogle Foundation’s generous donation, the Ohio River Greenway Commission now has a refreshed Master Plan putting forth a vision for a world class linear park system along the Ohio River Greenway. The mission of the Ohio River Greenway is to provide a common linkage between the Communities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany, Indiana along the banks of the Ohio River and to promote a passive recreational environment for river access, while allowing each community to construct riverfront amenities to enhance the overall project. The Ogle Foundation’s generous contribution aids in continuing the mission of the Ohio River Greenway. It is appreciated and gratefully acknowledged.

Since 1993, leaders in Southern Indiana have been actively engaged in the planning, funding, design, and construction of the Greenway. The Greenway Commission envisions that the connection of communities along the Ohio River will foster cooperation and benefits such as tourism, seasonal festivals, dining/entertainment, and a renewed interest in the real estate along our waterfront. Indeed, this vision has taken shape as the project has progressed. The quality of life in our communities will be enhanced with increased access to the river and the ability to showcase the heritage and culture of the region. Completion of the Greenway will strengthen Southern Indiana property values, draw businesses to the area, create jobs and strengthen Indiana’s economy.

With the master plan refreshed, the Ohio River Greenway Commission is ready to begin the process of detailed planning and implementation to create a linear park that will build upon the Greenway’s multi-use path, while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic character of the Greenway and its surrounding areas.

For more information about the Master Plan’s vision, please visit:  www.Greenway2040.org

2015 IUS Study on the Economic Impact of the Greenway

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During the Spring semester of 2015, IUS School of Business Urban Economics undergraduate students conducted an economic impact survey the results of which help the communities surrounding the Ohio River Greenway understand the economic and locational impact visitors to the Greenway have on their businesses and amenities.  The students conducted surveys at various times and places concentrating on the areas around the Big 4 Bridge and the New Albany Amphitheater.

The general findings were that 45% of the visitors polled were in the area and spent money because of the Ohio River Greenway and 62% of these were visitors to the area or non-locals.  66% of respondents would have taken their spending outside of the defined local area if the Greenway did not exist.  These findings show that the Ohio River Greenway has contributed positively to the economic and locational impact of the communities and will continue to do so as the survey results further show that 87% of the visitors would recommend the Greenway to others.

Click here to download the entire survey report and results.