Registration deadline near for 2015 Bike Trail Tourism Conference


Here is the agenda for this Thursday’s 2015 Bike Trail Tourism Conference. A registration form can be found below.

2015 Bike Trail Tourism Conference:

Creating New Opportunities on Our Recreational Trails

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave, Perry, Ia.

9:00 am – 3:30 pm


9.00 am welcome – Perry Mayor Jay Pattee

9.10 am – Michael Gould, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and bike trail expert, will kick off the conference with his rich insight into trail development and ideas from successful trails across America.

9.45 am. Panel 1.  Businesses on the Trail becoming more Bike Friendly; Way-finding — Better Signage so Trail Users can Find your Business. Mary Laborde, Farm Credit Services; Lee Coons, Owner, Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Co.; Bob Wilson, Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. Moderator – Butch Niebuhr, City of Perry.

10.45 am – Break

11.00 am Panel 2. Success in Business on the Trail.   Jay Hartz, Owner, Hotel Pattee; Andy Walsh, Owner, Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee ; John Brunow, Owner, All Ability Cycles. Moderator – Chris Henning, Greene Co. Chamber of Commerce.

12 noon   Lunch     Informal networking

1.15pm   Panel 3.  Small Business Assistance for Trail Businesses and those wanting to start a Trail-Oriented Business.  Christina Moffatt, Regional Director, Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center, Iowa State University, College of Business, Capital Square, Des Moines, IA.  Moderator – Jim Miller, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

2.00 pm – Break

2.15 pm   Panel 4.  Using New Technologies to Market your Business on the Trail.  Scott Sumpter, Owner, Bike Iowa. Moderator – Curt Thornberry, Panora Telco.

3.00 pm   Call to Action – Moving from Ideas to Action.   Chuck Offenburger,

Taking action on ideas from the conference and implementing in your business, and in your community

3.20 pm   Conference Evaluation and wrap-up

3.30 pm   Adjourn

Conference registration is $20 per person, which includes lunch and all conference materials. Use the registration form below or download a registration form from the City of Perry website:

Send your pre-registration by March 30 to:  City of Perry Attn: Bike Conference. PO Box 545 Perry, IA 50220.  Please make checks payable to City of Perry. Pre-registration is required.

Please make checks payable to City of Perry. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Form


Full Name: _______________________________________________  

(First name for badge) ____________________________

Organization: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Preferred Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________ State/Province: ______________________ Zip/Postal Code:  _________________

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$ ___20.00        total enclosed:     $ __________

Vegetarian meals required:  ___ Yes

Please list any ADA Special Needs: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Please list any Special Dietary Needs: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Cancellations/Changes and Refunds:  Fees for missed meal, late arrivals, and early departures will not be refunded.

PAYMENT METHOD: Check or Money Order must be in U.S. funds payable to: City of Perry. There will be a $25.00 fee charged on checks returned by the bank due to insufficient funds.

Please check appropriate box:  ___ Check   ___ Money Order   ___ VISA    ___ MasterCard

If paying by Credit Card, you will be contacted to process payment by phone.

Please mail or fax completed registration form with payment to:     

City of Perry.  Attn: Bike Conference, P.O. Box 545, Perry, Iowa 50220

Phone:   515-465-2481, FAX: 515-465-4862, email:

Do not email credit card information because security cannot be guaranteed.                             

Please fax or telephone credit card information.

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