Welcome to the T.R.E.D. Rome Floyd Inc website! We are very excited to finally have our own place on the web to compile information about our growing organization. A huge thanks to webmaster extraordinaire Dana Thompson. We will still update the T.R.E.D. Facebook page but it cannot be as comprehensive as a website to pull together various resources, events, donations, and calls to action to the public who want to foster T.R.E.D.’s mission.
If you aren’t aware, T.R.E.D. Rome/Floyd Inc. is a direct result of the local grassroots lobbying effort within the private and corporate sectors. T.R.E.D. is comprised of enthusiastic citizens who rallied and prevented the loss of $400,000 of state funding being forfeited because of an impending Floyd County Commission vote to prevent the Redmond Trail Project from moving forward. T.R.E.D. is Northwest Georgia’s only advocacy group dedicated to the development and expansion of trails and is keenly aware of the economic and health benefits that quality trail systems provide to communities. T.R.E.D. will continue to invest the necessary time, energy, and resources toward the betterment of these vital assets on a long-term basis.
When Trey and I attended the Alliance for Biking and Walking Winning Campaigns Training to learn how to become better advocates with more success, we played a game called “Yes….And”. The purpose is to look into the future and visualize how you see the fruits of your labor. Let’s play it together. I say, “In 20 years, I envision Rome and Floyd County as a place where the Heritage Trail system connects Berry College to Darlington School to Georgia Northwestern and then to Georgia Highlands College. People don’t need their cars to get from the south end of the county to the north end because of the connectivity of the multi-use trails.”
You might say, “Yes…and, I see trail signage, respite stations, beautiful landscaping, and well marked trail heads that encourage people to use the trails with their strollers, bikes, and skateboards.”
I say, “Yes…and, so many visitors are coming to Rome and Floyd County to use the trails that Broad Street had to install more bike racks to accommodate the number of bicycle tourists and the Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau had to hire a full time staff member just to keep up with the tourists who want to visit Rome.”
See how that works? What do you visualize for your community in 20, 30, or 40 years? T.R.E.D. is in the process of making these things happen. With your help and the support of others, we can make Rome and Floyd County more livable than it already is. Jump on the trail with T.R.E.D.
TRED’s mission is to enhance the community’s quality of life and economic development through an accessible, multi-use trail that promotes alternative, eco-friendly, recreation and transportation opportunities.