In the town of Perry, business & community leaders are rallying “to develop and enact strategies to capitalize on the trail system,” now that the Raccoon River Valley Trail is completing its connections there. With a story on the top of page one, the Perry Chief newspaper says, “It’s show time,” and then asks, “Is Perry ready?”
PERRY, Iowa, September 28, 2012 – Business and community leaders in Perry are sounding the call that they need to rally together “to develop and enact strategies to capitalize on the trail system,” now that the 89-mile Raccoon River Valley Trail has finally come to town.
“It’s show time,” the Perry Chief newspaper headlined its story at the top of page one in its Sept. 28 edition. “North loop of RRVT set to open. Is Perry ready?”
The story was written by Perry businessman Sean Stokely.
“Perry’s challenge is to become the starting and ending destination for travelers on the new ’north loop’, ” Stokely wrote.
He reported that “the public sector efforts required to build the trail system were monumental, especially considering the economic conditions of the last four years.” Mayor Jay Pattee said that among pass-through towns, the City of Perry probably invested more than any other trail community. “Without government assistance, there would not be a physical trail,” Pattee said.
That led Stokely to this observation: “It is now time for Perry’s private sector, groups, organizations and citizens to develop and enact strategies to capitalize on the trail’s economic opportunities.” Bob Wilson, executive of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the RRVT Association’s board of directors, added, “We don’t want to be left in bike dust. It is time to switch to more action and less talking.”
He quoted various business and community leaders talking about the need to improve the appearance of the trail’s entry points in the community. He also inventoried some of the significant amenities the community has that will be very appealing to trail users, especially if they are promoted well.
Stokely’s story said that “Perry’s window of opportunity to capture the hearts and dollars of trail enthusiasts begins in a few short weeks with the connection to the Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area. Competition between communities will be full throttle next spring with the ‘north loop’ completion.”
You can read the story and see the photos that accompanied it by going to the Internet site of the Perry Chief www.theperrychief.com and clicking into the “News” section.