SHERMAN — Becoming a “Trail Town” is the village of Sherman’s greatest economic opportunity, Mayor Colleen Meeder told board members this month.
Many aspects of the village’s comprehensive plan are intended to draw people to the village and to provide opportunities for economic development. Becoming a “Trail Town” could be “huge for Sherman,” Meeder said.
According to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, “a trail town is a community through which (a trail) passes that supports (trail users) with services, promotes the trail to its citizens and embraces the trail as a resource to be protected and celebrated. Trail Towns are built on a relationship between a town, the trail and its volunteers.”
Meeder referenced the Erie-to-Pittsburgh trail corridor that encompasses about 270 miles of connected trails. It crosses six Pennsylvania counties, as well as Chautauqua County, she said.