#7.  Connections and Transformations: Using Historic Connections to Transform Communities and Drive Cultural Tourism and Economic Success (Cultural Corridors Track)

November 5, 2015 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am America/Denver Timezone

Individuals and communities are physically linked in many ways — trails, rails, highways and roads. These physical linkages have shaped and changed us, both in our experience as we travel to our destination and in the impacts these physical linkages have on the destination itself. This session will explore connections between communities along Route 66, mining communities along the Turquoise Trail, historic Harvey Houses and sustainable cultural tourism as a whole. The session panelists will share how these connections are being leveraged to drive cultural tourism and economic revitalization in the communities they pass through.


Carla Ward, Board Member, Turquoise Trail Association, and Owner, Tinkertown Museum

Ronnie Torres, Belen Harvey House Museum Employee/Volunteer

Susan Guyette, Ph. D., Planning Director, Santa Fe Planning & Research

Mark Lake, Former Executive Director, Tucumcari MainStreet


Amy Barnhart, Organizational Development Program Associate, New Mexico MainStreet