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Plan to spend Friday, March 13, at the 2nd Walking and Biking Summit.

There, you’ll hear a keynote presentation from Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who is also president of the National League of Cities.

Local leaders also will be on hand to discuss the health and economic benefits of an active community and how the Grand Valley can improve.

Attendees also will find an expo of information and resources from local groups and organizations.

What: 2nd Walking and Biking Summit
When: Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Two Rivers Convention Center
Cost: $10 adults, $5 students in advance; $15 adults, $10 students at the door (students must show ID). Breakfast and lunch included.
Register: Pre-register online at healthymesacounty.org/wb-summit

Making the Grand Valley more walkable and bikeable will improve the mental and physical health of residents and the health of the economy. Walking/biking adds a neat component to already fantastic recreational opportunities. It also improves real estate values and attracts businesses and a talented workforce to the Grand Valley.

Plus, as panelists will attest, there is money to be made if you tap into the biking and active lifestyle market.