Vote for CFA to win $100K for September 11 Trail

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is one of three finalists in a national community building contest worth $100,000. That’s a major award – enough to transform our region’s hiking and biking trails. Along with our partners, the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance, Lift Johnstown, Somerset County, and the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy, we’re working to develop sections of the September 11 Trail in Somerset and Cambria counties to commemorate the sacrifices on 9/11 and build our regional economy through trails for outdoor activity.


The contest is offered by energy company NRG, which operates several Pennsylvania facilities, including the Seward Generating Station. We’ve already made it to the final round, which means we have a great shot at winning. THE WINNER IS CHOSEN SIMPLY BY POPULAR VOTE. There’s no registration to vote, and you can vote as many times as you’d like, through December 9th. Just go to our website and click on the contest banner:

We and our partners will also host events throughout the region to rally public support and engagement. This Thursday, we’re having a GREEN DRINKS party with Lift Johnstown. That will be a fun, informal get-together for people concerned about the environment and sustainability. We’ll have computers on-hand to encourage on-the-spot voting. That’s from 5-7pm at The Crow’s Nest in Johnstown.

Remember: vote as often as you’d like, now through December 9th. The winner will be announced Friday, December 16th. If we win, innumerable people will benefit from the 9/11 Trail development as it boosts the economy by attracting tourists, honors those who sacrificed so much in the attacks

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