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“Communities must embrace bike visitors.” Here’s why.

Published by the Tube City Almanac on December 6, 2017

A biking-hiking trail like the Great Allegheny Passage is an economic development opportunity for the communities it passes through — but only if those towns capitalize on it.

And, said David Kahley, President and CEO of the Greensburg-based Progress Fund, McKeesport hasn’t exploited the Great Allegheny Passage to its fullest potential.

The Progress Fund runs the Trail Town Program, which over the past 10 years has invested in 65 small businesses employing 250 people along the “GAP” trail between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.

“McKeesport has been problematic for us,” Kahley said during an interview for Tube City Community Media’s radio show, “Two Rivers, 30 Minutes,” which airs Sundays on WEDO (810), WZUM (1550) and Internet station WMCK.FM, and is also available as a free podcast.

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