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Date: October 03, 2007

Trails symposium aims to ?Connect our Commonwealth?

(RICHMOND, Va.) ? Elected officials, recreation professionals, program managers, planners and volunteers are encouraged to attend the Southeastern Virginia Trails Symposium on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007.

The symposium, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., will be held at the Workforce Development Center at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Va. It is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Virginia Tourism Corp. and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Exhibits and discussions will be presented based on the theme ?Connecting our CommonWealth,? which promotes the linking of communities through trail and bikeway systems. A special video presentation by Gov. Tim Kaine will also be shown.

Featured presenters are Alisa Bailey, director of Virginia Tourism Corp., and Chuck Flink of Greenways Inc. Flink is a recognized leading national authority for the planning, design and implementation of greenway and trail systems and facilities. Local officials and trail experts from across Virginia will also be featured.

Pre-registration is requested by visiting the Parks and Recreation page of the Isle of Wight County website,, or calling (757) 357-2291.

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