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Saturday my husband, dogs and I drove 55 minutes to Travelers Rest, SC to hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail–a nearly 14 mile greenway that connects Travelers Rest and Greenville, SC.

Aside from being curious about the trail (having heard so much about it), I wanted to explore the trail because I’ve been working with Buncombe County to help with Connect Buncombe–a friends group to support the recently adopted 102 mile county-wide greenway plan.  I grew up near Pittsburgh, so I understand the Rails to Trails system and have seen how they benefit communities, but Greenville really has it goin on!  In fact, as we were leaving, we ran into some Asheville friends who had been in Greenville for the day exploring the trail as well.

Without further ado, here is what a developed greenway system can look like.  Here are the citizens who use the greenway system and here are the businesses that benefit from them.  After today, we REALLY want to Connect Buncombe with greenways and trails!  Also, here are some statistics about economic development impact on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


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During the month of June, Dynamite Roasting Company is giving 100% of profits from their new “Greenways, Please” Coffee Blend to Connect Buncombe’s county-wide greenway system initiative.  Greenways, Please is an active blend with notes of honeysuckle and milk chocolate.

How to get it:

1.       Dynamite Roasting Coffee Bar in Black Mountain

2.       Local Dynamite Roasting Co. distributors

3.       Have it delivered to your doorstep: Mother Earth Produce will be selling Greenways, Please blend through their farm to front door produce delivery service.

4.       On June 23, Cycle to Farm supports Black Mountain Greenways and local farms with a 62 mile metric cycle with stops at farms in WNC.  Greenways, Please blend will be sold at the event registration and after party at Louise’s.  Sign up at www.CycleToFarm.org

Dynamite Roasting Company is an artisan roaster of exceptional Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee and believes strongly in connecting with our WNC community in ways that are sustainable, healthy, and fun. They are hikers, bikers, baby and dog walkers, and all around lovers of the outdoors. This is why they support Buncombe County Greenways and the Greenways, Please! initiative. They believe in creating a healthier, more beautiful, and more livable Buncombe County.

Connect Buncombe aims to connect our county with greenways and trails to increase transportation options, physical activity opportunities, increased health benefits, community and economic development.

Support businesses that support our communities!

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Children First/Communities in Schools & The Junior League of Asheville host an annual educational field trip for adults around a relevant community issue.  This year’s topic is the importance of High Quality Early Childhood Education in Buncombe County.

MAY 11–FREE Breakfast: Economic Impact of Childcare in Buncombe County

8.15-9.15 a.m. at The Asheville Chamber of Commerce

At the breakfast there will be a presentation that speaks directly to the economic impact of investing in the first 2,000 days of a person’s life.  Did you know that 90% of brain development happens during this time?  This IS the make it or break it time in a person’s life.  Investing time, energy and dollars into Early Childhood Education pays off in the long run – by setting up our children to be successful in school.   Offering high quality childcare enables parents of young children to work with full focus, knowing that their children are being loved and educated.

Come hear how Buncombe County serves young children and their families, and how it affects the economy of our region.  Register for this free event

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The Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District

The Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District

Enter the Phil Mechanic

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