Aligns With Tipp City’s and Downtown Tipp City Partnership’s Strategic Plans

 
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Positive Economic Impact

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Equine Trails offer a 4 to 1 payback on investment 1
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$112.1 Billion Horse Industry 1
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9.2 million horses in the U.S. 1
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2,970,000 are used for recreation 1
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“Almost without fail, people who are resistant to trail development initially discover after installation what a positive value they offer economically and as a community resource.” 3
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“Trail systems say something significant about how communities can preserve a distinctive and slower paced or "rural" atmosphere. Recognizing this potential and building trails which are permanent improvements allows developers and property owners to significantly benefit from higher property values.” 3
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A study found that the "Little Miami Scenic Trail positively impacts single-family residential property values, with sale prices increasing by $7.05 for every foot closer a property is located to the trail." 4

Aligns with Miami County, which is designated as a rural community

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Horse trails would enhance agritourism
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"Agricultural tourism or agritourism, is one alternative for improving the incomes and potential economic viability of small farms and rural communities.” 2
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Tourism is becoming increasingly important to the U.S. economy; 1 out of every 18 people in the U.S. has a job directly resulting from travel expenditures. 2
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Provides the counties with a business resource leverage; direct farm marketing, buying produce and supporting our local farmers.
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“Almost without fail, people who are resistant to trail development initially discover after installation what a positive value they offer economically and as a community resource.” 3
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“A new awareness has dawned in recent years in communities across the land. With the pace of development and urbanization, public entities must act quickly to set aside and preserve pockets of open space, wildlife corridors, greenways, and trails. Without thoughtful public policy deliberation and fast action, these vital areas for outdoor recreation and environmental appreciation may be lost forever.” 3

Meets Rural Community Needs

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Positively provides recreation for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility; involves our youth and local 4-H groups; a needed recreation for the many residents who own horses.
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Recognizing and pledging to everyone’s right to health and happiness through recreation.
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Recognizing the fact that Miami County is part of a Rural community with farms and horse owners.

Expanded Recreational Use For Residents/Local Community

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Multi-use trails: hikers and horseback
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A natural recreation and attraction in combination with bike trails
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Bird watchers on horseback; most wildlife are not disturbed by horseback riders (horses are recognized as prey animals by wildlife, even with riders on their back; recognized by the cadence sound of a four-footed hoofed prey)

Aligns with much of our county's Historic Heritage

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Horses were rode out of Miami County to Civil War
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There are many historical stories involving the use of horses for farming, transportation and service work.
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Canals pioneered original horse trails
 
  Sgt. Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero

A horse so heroic during the Korean war she was promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, and is listed alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and John Wayne as one of our all-time heroes.

www.sgtreckless.com

 

Encourage tourism as a recreation destination; positive attraction for residents and businesses.

4 http://www.americantrails.org/resources/economics/littlemiamipropvalue.html

 
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