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Trib: Connellsville preparing GAP trail improvements for economic development

City works to identify trail improvements

By JUDY KROEGER , Daily Courier
Monday, October 19, 2009

Pashek Associates is developing a Connellsville Gateway to Gateway Master Plan to identify trail improvements and economic development opportunities for Connellsville as a Trail Town.

Jim Pashek of the Pittsburgh firm presented an outline of the master plan to city council at its regular meeting last week.

Cathy McCollom with the Progress Fund said the Gateway to Gateway plan was funded by the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources matched by a Department of Community and Economic Development grant with the city, Connellsville Township and South Connellsville.

Pashek said Gateway to Gateway extends along the Great Allegheny Passage through Connellsville, from its northern to southern border, with special emphasis on developing Crawford Avenue as a “Main Street,” enhancing the trail experience, improving the local economy and increasing the quality of life for both Connellsville residents and users of the trails.

“Towns along the trail are seeing economic opportunities,” Pashek said.

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