global perks

first_img Comments are closed. global perksOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today 51 North America Top performers call the shotsHigh-profile organisations search for top performers with key interpersonal skills to lead them into the future52 Latin America Hanging on to the high impactersAfter 10 years of growth, Latin American multinationals face the problem of retaining and motivating key performers53 Western Europe & CEE Sweeping changeToday’s graduates are not just looking for an attractive salary. Personal development is high on their wish list57 Asia pacific & Australasia Well-padded expatsWith larger housing and paid school fees par for the course for married expats, single men and women should drive a hard bargain for equal benefits58 Africa & the Middle easT Good incentives must be offeredCompanies must offer a range of attractive benefits to prompt highly skilled staff to move to the Middle East or Africa60 South Asia Keeping employees happyIndian companies ply staff with steam baths and Jacuzzis in a bid to retain key talent Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Inside Compass’ S-1: How it measures the upside of its tech

first_img Full Name* Email Address* Tags Compass CEO Robert Reffkin (Instagram, Compass, iStock/Photo illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Compass’ pitch to investors is all about its agents.The company’s S-1 — a prospectus that details its financial performance and business strategy filed ahead of an IPO — kicks off with a founder’s letter from CEO Robert Reffkin, who said he started Compass to build better tools for real estate agents like his mom.“The brokerage model was originally designed to be a one-stop shop for everything an agent needed,” he wrote. But the business hasn’t progressed past the pre-internet era, something Compass is trying to change.“We are replacing today’s complex, paper-driven home-buying and selling process with an all-digital, end-to-end platform that empowers real estate agents,” Reffkin wrote.Although Compass has touted its technology as a key differentiator from other residential brokerages, the prospectus describes the agent as remaining central to buying and selling real estate.“Despite various ‘agentless’ models such as iBuying and for-sale-by-owner, nearly 90 percent of sellers and buyers in the U.S. work with real estate agents,” Reffkin wrote. Last year, more than 5.6 million homes were sold in the U.S., representing $1.9 trillion in value. “We believe that real estate agents are an underserved group of business owners,” he said.Sticking with the empowerment theme, Reffkin said Compass aims to provide its agents with tools to serve clients and grow their businesses. “At Compass, we are agent-obsessed,” he wrote. “When agents succeed, Compass succeeds.”The filing also shows where Compass believes it can make its profits, much of which it accredits to its software platform.Here are six key financial takeaways from the prospectus.Ramping up revenueCompass’ revenue more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, as the firm broke into new markets and expanded through acquisitions of other brokerages. The firm generated $884.7 million in 2018 and $2.4 billion in 2019. Bolstered by the hot U.S. housing market in 2020, Compass’ revenue hit $3.7 billion in 2020, up 56 percent year-over-year.Deals, deals, dealsCompass’ gross transaction valueCompass’ sales volume jumped 55 percent last year to $151.7 billion, up from $97.5 billion in 2019. (In 2018, sales volume was $33.7 billion.) The number of transactions rose 66 percent between 2019 and 2020 to 144,784.How many agents?Of its 19,385 agents, Compass considered about 9,368 “principal agents” — meaning they are team leaders or work independently — as of Dec. 31, 2020. Compass said it has retained 90 percent of principal agents over the last three years; 30 percent of them are enrolled in “Compass Anywhere,” meaning they’re fully mobile and don’t have a designated desk.The bottom line: 88 percent of agents use the Compass platform at least once a week and 66 percent use it daily.Internal measuresCompass’ S-1 also disclosed an internal metric called “net platform contribution retention,” which measures its platform’s ability to make the company money year-over-year. “Platform contribution” is defined as revenue after expenses — in other words, how much money Compass keeps after paying agent commissions. The contribution grows as a result of increased commission dollars, “enhanced economics” with agents, and when agents and clients pay for additional services like title and escrow.The Compass PlatformPer the filing, Compass’ “net platform contribution retention” was 105 percent in both 2018 and 2019. It jumped to 118 percent in 2020, due to agents who joined in 2018 and were counted for the first time. (A key caveat is the calculation includes only principal agents who have been using its platform for at least five quarters.)About the lossesIn the S-1, Compass disclosed $1.1 billion in cumulative losses as of Dec. 31, 2020. But on an annual basis, the losses narrowed last year. Compass lost $223.8 million in 2018, $388 million in 2019 and $270.2 million in 2020. It cut at least $10.3 million in costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including slashing 15 percent of its staff.Where’s the spend?Sales and marketing was the big-ticket item in 2020, accounting for $407.9 million worth of expenses, up from $382.8 million in 2019 and $174.3 million in 2018. That bucket includes advertising, employee compensation, agent acquisition incentives and costs associated with programs like Compass Concierge, where the brokerage fronts sellers money for home repairs. Its R&D spend in 2020 was $146.3 million, up from $56.7 million in 2018. Its lease costs were $110.2 million last year.Read moreCompass lost $270M in 2020, revenue up 56% : IPO filing When Compass comes clawing Inside Compass’ C-suite Contact E.B. Solomont Contact Erin Hudson Message* Email Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink compassIPOResidential BrokerageRobert Reffkinlast_img read more

Jackson-Stops & Staff now does holiday lettings

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Jackson-Stops & Staff now does holiday lettings previous nextAgencies & PeopleJackson-Stops & Staff now does holiday lettingsUnusual move for the 109-year-old company via its Sherborne branch.Sheila Manchester2nd March 201701,096 Views Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Sherborne branch has moved into holiday lettings, expanding its residential sales business by amalgamating with a well-known holiday letting company, Sherborne Cottages.Owned by its Branch Director Philip German-Ribon and wife Arabella, Sherborne Cottages has been amalgamated into the current business, which will now act as the go-to branch for both buyers in search of property in Sherborne and those looking to spend a few weeks taking in all that the historic market town has to offer.Philip German-Ribon, Director of Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Sherborne branch and owner of Sherborne Cottages, said, “The holiday lettings market goes hand in hand with our already well-established residential sales business as we often receive interest from buyers outside of the West Country who like to ‘test-drive’ the area. “Dorset has much to offer, with glorious beaches and stunning countryside, but it is especially famous for offering the quintessential thatched cottage holiday experience, attracting visitors from around the world”, says Philip.“Sherborne is a beautiful town and the properties available to let through Sherborne Cottages make a great base for those looking to explore its history and rolling countryside across the county of Dorset, but also surrounding areas such as Somerset and Wiltshire. It isn’t only holiday-makers and potential buyers who will benefit. “There are four Independent Boarding Schools and an International College in the area so, should parents wish to extend their stay, Sherborne Cottages is there to accommodate.”Teachers, parents and guardians of pupils attending Sherborne School, Sherborne Girls, Sherborne International College, Sherborne Preparatory School and Leweston Girls School all qualify for a 10 per cent discount on holiday lets through Sherborne Cottages.Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Sherborne branch currently occupies a Tudor building adjacent to Sherborne Abbey in the heart of the town, but are shortly moving to Sherborne Cottages’ original premises, which was formerly home to the local bookstore on Hound Street.www.sherbornecottages.comJackson-Stops & Staff Sherborne cottages March 2, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Trial set for Tibet

first_imgThe New College student who ran out in front of the car of the Chinese Premier in a pro-Tibet protest last week intends to represent himself as he faces criminal porceedings in July. Appearing before Magistrates on Tuesday, Matthew Sellwood, a veteran protestor and activist, pleaded not guilty to offences of public disorder. His trial will go ahead on Monday 26 July. Recent changes in the law meant that Sellwood was unable to rely upon the assistance of the duty solicitor in the court-room. He told the courts that he was unwilling to employ private counsel and would therefore appear without representation in July. A spokesman for the prosecution estimated that the trial would take several hours to conclude. Speaking to Cherwell, Sellwood explained his intentions to highlight supposed inaccuracies in “the police witness statements and the charge sheets”. “I will also use arguments about the validity of protesting against an authoritarian, repressive government and for human rights.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgPublic CommentRezoning First Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-4-2018 Drugs and Alcohol Deferral Service: Sonitrol Security System   Board AppointmentsDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessCounty Commissioners Property Auction- June 28, 2018, 10:00am at the Old National Events Plaza Consent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesComputer Services: First Amendment to the County’s Granicus Service Agreement Sheriff’s Office: WOW Phone Service Order Contract Health Department:Immunization Grant RenewalNew Lease with Southwestern Healthcare Inc.  County Engineer:Department ReportPay Request #39 US 41 T.I.F. Expansion for the sum of $158,051.51Claims center_img civic center AGENDA of the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissionerson May 29, 2018, at 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegiancePermission to Open Bids: VC18-05-01: Green River Road Bridge Approach Paving Action Items First and Final Reading of Ordinance CO.05-18-012: Exempting Certain Documents from Recording Fees First Reading of Ordinance: County Budget ProceduresFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.05-18-011: Amendment to Chapter 1.16 of the Vanderburgh County Code Approval of May 15, 2018 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesCounty Treasurer: April 2018 Monthly Report Travel Request: County Engineer Weights and Measures: April 16th to May 15th 2018 Monthly Report County Commissioners: Letters of Authorization for Apex Benefits Group Inc.Anthem Protected Health Information Request Authorization Letter to Provide Medical/Rx Plan Data to Shepherd Insurance  Petitioner: B & L Properties LLCAddress: 12401 Browning RdRequest: Change from Ag to PUD (Planned Unit Development) AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Snow doesn’t stop NAMB play

first_imgStratford upon Avon once again played host to the annual social weekend of the National Association of Master Bakers at the end of November.Attendees enjoyed golf and the spa facilities of the Welcome Menzies country house hotel as well as a dinner dance and, on Sunday morning, enlightening presentations by Sir Mike Darrington, former chief executive of Greggs, and Alette Addison from the Department of Health (DoH). Sir Mike talked about the five key factors he believes lead a bakery business to success. Addison updated members on the outcomes of salt reduction trials in craft bread held at Marriage’s Mill in Essex, and the immediate outlook for implementing those standards now that the responsibility, and her department, have moved over from the Food Standards Agency to the DoH.last_img read more

Sen. Braun: Vote to fill Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court should happen before…

first_img Previous articleSen. Young: Incredibly talented potential nominees, including Judge Amy Coney BarrettNext articleMore options for bottle, can deposits begin next month in Michigan Network Indiana Sen. Braun: Vote to fill Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court should happen before election By Network Indiana – September 23, 2020 0 234 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Republcians) The vote on the Supreme Court Justice who fills the spot of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg should happen before the election, says Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun.In a conference call Tuesday morning, Braun was asked how Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee being blocked in 2016 is different than now.“I think it makes a big difference when the whole procedure lines up. That would be the vindication of the most recent election. In that case, you had President Obama who was a Democrat and then you had a Republican-controlled Senate, so that’s a different context,” said Braun.President Trump has said he will make a nomination on Saturday. He could appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. She is also a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.“I’m going to be highly in favor of Barrett being the nominee because I think she brings an impeccable judicial record into play,” said Braun.Whoever the nominee ends up being, Braun hopes that person pays attention to the Constitution. He wants that person to interpret, not legislate.Hoosier voters gathered outside Senator Mike Braun’s office Monday to ask him to wait until after the presidential election to fill Ginsburg’s spot. Although he disagrees with that, he appreciated hearing their viewpoint.“I think that is perfectly fine. I’m a big believer in peaceful protesting. I like it when either side is more engaged. We, as your representatives, need to hear the full story. That’s the way the system should work. So, I’m okay with that,” said Braun. Facebooklast_img read more

Students explore poverty in urban areas over winter break

first_imgPhoto courtesy Members of an Urban Plunge team in Pittsburgh pose after packing boxes of food for distribution. Urban Plunge teams spent part of their winter breaks immersed in struggling urban communities across the country.Adam Gustine, assistant director of seminars at the CSC, said he expects Urban Plunge to help students understand what it takes to “build a community where everyone flourishes, particularly those who are marginalized.”The plunges are framed through the lens of Catholic social teaching, with an emphasis on a preferential option for the poor and the vulnerable. “We want to explore the overlap between the pursuit of the common good and the human dignity for each person, and how those two things play together,” Gustine said.During the four classes prior to the immersion, Gustine said the students learn about the nature of the cities and neighborhoods they will be visiting in order to try to understand the different approaches people take to combat the issues facing the sites. “We look at symptomatic issues versus root causes of these social issues,” Gustine said. “We do that so when you go on the immersion we have a frame of reference to what we’re looking at.”In just a few days, sophomore Amelia Love, who helped lead an Urban Plunge site in The Ville in St. Louis this year, said the goal was not to solve any problems but to simply trying to understand them.“It’s a great way to build solidarity in St. Louis with community members I would not have otherwise met,” Love said.After participating in an immersion both this year and last year, Love said she found it heartbreaking how overworked and understaffed the employees at the homeless center are, but she knows their work is greatly appreciated.“Change is possible, but it’s hard. But that shouldn’t be an excuse for not helping people,” Love said.Sophomore Caroline Myers participated in Urban Plunge for the first time this winter break, and stayed with a Notre Dame alumni couple in neighborhood in Denver called Sun Valley, which Myers said is the poorest zip code in all of Colorado. She said they worked with a few different nonprofits during the immersion to learn more about the homeless population in Sun Valley. One of the organizations operated with a simple mission of going into the streets in the neighborhood and having discussions with the homeless people without an agenda. Myers, who is from Denver, said she was particularly struck by a man she met named Kevin, who during their prayer broke down crying. “He talked about his struggle with alcohol … he wasn’t asking for money or a new life, but he was just wishing for God to decide what was going to happen to him,” Myers said.Although Myers lives fairly close to Sun Valley and had visited many restaurants in the area, she said she had no idea so many of the houses were for the homeless. “Being from a part of Denver where I can easily turn a blind eye to their struggles, it made me upset with myself because I’ve had the privilege of not having to realize that there was homeless housing down the street from my favorite doughnut shop,” Myers said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, poverty, Urban Plunge While many students celebrated the holidays and spent time relaxing over winter break, some also spent a few days examining the causes and challenges of poverty in cities across America. Urban Plunge, the Center for Social Concern’s one-credit experiential learning seminar, allowed 146 students at 25 different sites to learn about organizations fighting poverty in cities close to their own hometowns. These immersions ranged from two to four days and many are affiliated with Notre Dame alumni clubs. last_img read more

Mountain Mama: A Q & A with Single Dad and Full-Time Adventurer Thomas Minton

first_imgAfter I posted a couple interviews with single moms, readers responded. “I love what you’ve written about single moms, but what about single dads?” So I sat down with Thomas Minton, one of the most inspiring parents I know.Thomas is a physical therapist who focuses on running-related and sports injuries, a Pose Method Certified Running Technique Specialist, a USA Track and Field Coach, and a Red Level Bike Fit Professional. He’s also a single dad. Basically, Thomas is an all-around bad ass. I was in the thick of it, working an office job for forty-hours a week and mostly raising a toddler alone, and Thomas Minton’s advice saved me. When my son was an infant, it was easy to tie him to me and go for a hike or run with him in the stroller. Once he started walking there was no containing him.Thomas showed me how to turn a playground into a gym. Turns out that monkey bars are perfect for pull-ups, squishy mats become a platform for push-ups, and vertical beams are great for leveraging stretches. When Tobin started riding a bike, Thomas demonstrated how I could improve my own skills, playing around with balancing and maneuvering in tight spaces.I got to see Thomas’ son, Porter, grow and evolve into a teenager who loves to mountain bike, whitewater kayak, and ski and snowboard. Over the years, watching Thomas’ parenting evolve from encourager and motivator to getting outside with a side-kick who carries his own weight has reminded me that one day my son and I will be adventuring together if we continue to play outside. “I’m just trying to keep up,” Thomas said.How did Porter start getting outside?When he was three-years old, we started riding trails like Pine Tree in Bent Creek. I used a bungee cord to connect his bike to mine. Going uphill required a joint effort –he’d push and I’d pull. When we got to a downhill, I’d unhook him and let him rip down the trail.He started off riding a pink Barbie bike and pink is still one of his favorite colors.I knew how being outdoors helped hone my own energy and focus, and wanted him to have the same experiences being in the forest and on rivers. What have been some of the tough parts of adventuring with your son?When he was little, like four or five, we got caught in a pretty bad lightening storm. I found an outcropping of rocks and we hunkered down, hugging are way through it and trying to say reassuring things to keep him calm.I’ve also had to adjust my own expectations to anticipate his needs. Kids get tired. They need to take breaks. They need snacks and encouragement.Porter’s interests have varied over time, and I’ve tried to encourage him to stay balanced. More recently he’s become focused on whitewater kayaking and I want him to still mountain bike and participate in team sports. How have you balanced your own fitness agenda with Porter’s needs?I’ve let go of some of that, expecting that I’m going to get in certain work-outs and instead look for opportunities where I can. Instead of going for run, we might throw a Frisbee or football. We turned the dining room into a home gym and create work-outs around what’s available.When he was younger, we’d go the neighborhood pump track, and I’d do intervals while he’s at the pump track.  Raising Porter meant cutting down on logging longer miles so I turned my focus on technique and form. Some days I’d go out in front of house and run while he’s inside doing homework and got a work out in during a short amount of time in a confined area.When did Porter start kayaking?We dabbled in kayaking early on and Porter first got in a boat when he was three. Porter didn’t really express an interest and I started to think we might not be kayaking together and was okay with that. Then two and half years ago that all changed. He went to camp with buddies and came back and asked if I could do a loop. All of a sudden he was interested. It took Porter finding friends who were into kayaking for him to get excited about it. We started paddling class one and then made the typical progression from class two to three. This past year he’s paddled lots of new rivers including the Cheoah, the Tallulah, and the Narrows section of the Green.It’s amazing what younger minds can adapt too. Porter and his friends soak up everything. They can look at a rapid and they can say now I know it after one time. It takes me a dozen times to remember a rapid.Porter has become self-sufficient – he organizes his own gear, he researches beta about rivers, and he looks at rivers. When he first started kayaking, I modeled that for him and now he likes doing the work that goes in before we even get on the river. He’s taken a whitewater rescue courses, and he and his friends encourage one another to think about safety on the river. What’s been one highlight of kayaking with your son?Porter has always heard stories of my buddies who paddled together. Now he’s entertained by these weird- uncle-like figures in his life. It’s great to see him interact with adults. He’s a good job at that too, there’s mutual respect.  It’s great to see him spend time around the river. Paddlers are well balanced, they’re athletes and also stewards of the environment, that’s important too.What advice would you give to other parents?Get outdoors without expectation and just make it happen and see how it turns out.  Make it short and fun.I tell myself to relax all the time. I’m still focusing on it. It’s easy to get fired up about a plan and then when you’re about to head out the door there’s resistance. I do my best to chill out and still make it fun.last_img read more

Visit a Kentucky Trail Town

first_imgKentucky’s first and most western Trail Town is home to the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and state forest of the same name. A scenic lake and the Tradewater River make for a full complement of outdoor offerings.  This southern Kentucky town is a jumping off point for visitors coming to Green River Lake State Park and its namesake reservoir. Mountain Bike and equestrian trails can be found, as well as plenty of water sports and excellent fishing. Make sure to allot enough time to enjoy all downtown has to offer including local barbecue, a coffee shop and full service bike shop. Kentucky’s designated Trail Towns put you near the best outdoor action in the state – including hundreds of miles of trails, woods and waters – but keep you in cities and towns offering hotels, restaurants, attractions, entertainment and other conveniences to round out your stay. Kentucky’s most artistic trail town, Berea is no stranger to attracting visitors. Recent efforts to develop and promote their outdoor offerings make Berea a uniquely situated Trail Town along US Bike Route 76 and the Boone Trace.   The eastern most Trail Town sits on the border of Virginia and is home the Breaks Interstate Park. Home of the largest gorge east of the Mississippi River cut by the Russell Fork River, Elkhorn City and the Breaks have been home to whitewater enthusiasts for decades. The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail and US Bike Route 76 all headline this mountain Trail Town.   On the banks of the Rockcastle River, Livingston attracts a number of trail users to the Daniel Boone National Forest. A renovated school building makes an attractive visitor center where people will also find the home of the Sheltowee Trace Association. This historic college town in southern Kentucky sits along the banks of Russell Creek, a major tributary to the Green River. A quaint downtown square and friendly people are just part of what makes Columbia a special place to visit. On the banks of Green River in Hart County sits Munfordville. Outside paddling and well-kept local hiking trails, Munfordville has made a name for itself as a home for elite, competitive barbecue and as a place where you may find yourself on the set of a movie.   This historical eastern Kentucky town sits on the banks of Tygart Creek and just down the road from Carter Caves State Resort Park. Several historical festivals and equestrian focused events provide highlights throughout the year. Rock climbing and cave exploration at the State Park make for a unique Trail Town experience.  Royalton’s claim to fame is the halfway point of Kentucky’s longest Rails to Trail, the Dawkins Line. This former rail line features impressive tunnels and numerous bridges. Hikers, cyclists and equestrians will all find a place on the Dawkins Line. Hazard, Kentucky is home to US Bike Route 76, an extensive trail network for ATVs and UTVs and the North Fork of the Kentucky River. In recent years, local groups have developed a world class trail system just outside of Hazard.   Stearns Jamestown Stearns, Kentucky serves as the northern gateway to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Surrounding the Big South Fork is the southern end of the Daniel Boone National Forest making for almost unlimited adventures to be had in and around Stearns. Thrilling whitewater runs and a growing community of trail runners are just some of the highlights.  Royalton Hazard Don’t be fooled by the moniker of Kentucky’s “first urban Trail Town”, Elizabethtown is full of great outdoor adventure. As the name implies they have the community assets to fully compliment their long list of trails and parks. Local restaurants, museums and bourbon bars are just some of what you’ll find in this central Kentucky Trail Town.   Manchester Harlan Tri-Cities Elkhorn City McKee The self-proclaimed Cycling Capital of Kentucky, London sits just off Interstate 75 between Lexington and Knoxville. Their cycling offerings are highlighted by the annual Redbud Ride each spring. Don’t overlook local options for bikes with knobby tires, or the portion of the Sheltowee Trace that runs just outside of town.   Irvine and Ravenna are historic river and railroad towns in beautiful Estill County. The Kentucky River highlights current outdoor adventures, with plenty of railroad related history, attractions and restaurants available in town.   London Elizabethtown Munfordville Estill Twin Cities The iconic Red River Gorge needs no introduction for rock climbers. Home to main stays like Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Miguel’s Pizza, Slade has a full menu of different adventures and local restaurants to explore. Berea Brownsville This Jackson County Trail Town sits at the intersection of the Sheltowee Trace and US Bike Route 76. In addition to these major trail systems there is camping and trails for both off-road vehicles and equestrians. Another gateway to Mammoth Cave, Brownsville also provides access to Nolin Lake State Park.  Mountain Biking and paddling are two popular activities for visitors and local in Brownsville. The local farmers market is one to be sure to visit if given the opportunity.   Morehead Cave City/Horse Cave These adjoining towns cross county lines but offer much in the way of outdoor adventure and local restaurants. Anchored by Mammoth Cave National Park there are miles of trails, local cycling routes, caves and even zip lines to experience. Campbellsville Dawson Springs Livingston Kentucky’s 24 certified Trail Towns offer the best in outdoor recreation and local amenities. Located throughout the Commonwealth, find the Trail Town closest to you and travel confidently and safely. Stay close. Go far. Columbia  The northern terminus of the Sheltowee Trace and the shores of Cave Run Lake are the highlights for Morehead, Kentucky. Trails for mountain bikers and equestrians welcome trail users of all stripes. A local brewery and several local eateries make for a complete trip. Cumberland, Lynch and Benham Kentucky are historic coal towns nestled between the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. Home to the state’s tallest point at Black Mountain, the Tri-Cities are home to numerous trails and events. Jamestown is home to Lake Cumberland, Wolf Creek Dam, the Cumberland River and all the world class fishing and water sports that go along with them. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park offers all the amenities for visitors as well as its own impressive network of trails.Jamestown is home to Lake Cumberland, Wolf Creek Dam, the Cumberland River and all the world class fishing and water sports that go along with them. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park offers all the amenities for visitors as well as its own impressive network of trails. Olive Hill Gateway to the Redbird District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Manchester is the most off-road friendly of Kentucky’s Trail Towns. Local and federal trails invite riders and a multitude of vehicles to this eastern Kentucky town. Don’t overlook the phenomenal creek fishing and paddling in and around Manchester. Morgantown  Downstream from other Trail Towns on the Green River lies Morgantown. Several river focused events highlight the calendar for Morgantown, and a scenic downtown offers an artist guild and local businesses worth a stop.   Park City Park City is a picturesque town at one end of the Mammoth Cave Railroad Hike Bike Trail, one of Kentucky’s oldest Rails to Trails. AA grand old hotel now serves as a charming bed and breakfast. Local cyclists have found a welcoming rest stop in Park City. A soon to be certified Dark Sky city, Park City will offer a one-of-a-kind type of nightlife for star gazers.   Slade last_img read more