The Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. works to build the East Coast Greenway
The Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc. (CGG, Inc.) works for building the ECG, and consists of a board of directors and volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake advocacy efforts to create the Coastal Georgia Greenway in conjunction with the East Coast Greenway. By building support and partnerships with citizens, public agencies, and organizations at the local and state levels, the CGG, Inc. is helping to get the CGG and the ECG on the ground, mile by mile. Public Health volunteer, Helen Pastures, launched Facebook & Twitter accounts for the CGG and there are already over 100 Facebook friends and followers.
From left to right: Herb Hiller, ECGA Southeast Program Consultant; Jo Hickson, ECGA Georgia Committee Co-Chair; W. Burford Clark, Jr., Mayor of Woodbine; Terry Landreth, owner of the Camden Bicycle Center.
For the latest news, visit www.coastalgeorgiagreenway.org
CGG, Inc. is currently working on several goals:
- Continuing to develop leadership for Greenways. One means of this is the 2013 Conservation WOW (Workshop on Wheels) bike tour that is planned to take place in February, 2013 bringing conservation leaders from coastal Georgia together for networking and to learn about trails development by touring the Coastal Georgia Greenway trail route (existing and planned) and meeting with local advocates.
- Established in 2009, CGG, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that works to raise private sector funds and works with city and county staff who administer grants for construction of trails for which funding is already in place, including:
– $554,375 for construction documentation and construction of Phase I of the 2.6-mile, Triplett Park/Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Trail, in Chatham County
– $875,000 for construction documentation and construction of Phase I of the 2.8- mile, Highlander Trail, in McIntosh County
– $250,000 for construction documentation and construction of Phase I of the Jekyll Causeway Connecting Trail (linking the island to US 17 and the ECG route).
- CGG, Inc.will continue to raise private sector funds to hire two staff members, an executive director and project manager.
- Trail Builder’s Toolbox – ECG trail building, routing, signing, and designation materials
- Advocacy Toolkit – ECG advocacy, communications, and graphics guides and materials
CGG, Inc. consists of a Board of Directors and volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to advocate for the creation of local trails. Please help the Committee create the ECG in Georgia by volunteering your time, becoming a member or sponsoring a mile of trail.
Recent accomplishments in Georgia include:
- Application and approval of $500,000 Transportation Enhancement grants and local matches for phase I of the Highlander Trail in McIntosh County (Darien to Sapelo Island)
- Maiden voyage of the St. Marys – Fernandina Beach water taxi, providing an essential link across the St. Marys River into Florida. Regular service should begin shortly.
- Development of a vital core of supporters throughout the coast but most notably in Camden County, to support acquisition and development of our spine route.
- Formation of new bicycle advocacy group, Savannah Bicycle Campaign, developed through connection of cyclists involved in Chatham County’s Greenway efforts.
The Georgia Committee currently needs volunteers to:
- Attend local planning meetings, usually held quarterly, to learn about the challenges of each local area.
- Ask city councils and county commissions for an update on the status of the Coastal Georgia Greenway/East Coast Greenway in your region.
- Assist in and donate to our CGG, Inc. capital campaign.
Sponsor a Mile of the ECG in Georgia
Mile sponsors will have their inscriptions posted on our website and eventually in a kiosk along the route in Georgia. Learn more.
Become a member of the ECGA
Your membership dues support our advocacy work in Georgia. Please join today!
Jo Hickson, Chair
Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc.