Economic Development

We are already seeing positive economic development impacts with only partial completion of the Downtown Greenway.  At the beginning of this project, research showed from other communities building urban greenways that a $5–$12 return could be expected in additional private investment for every $1 that was spent on the project.  We are pleased to show that we have exceeded expectations to date.  Greensboro is enjoying over $765 million in completed and planned investments related to the Downtown Greeenway, with more projects yet to be announced.  Click here for the legend that corresponds with the map.  See what local developers and other partners have to say about why the Downtown Greenway is important to them. We look forward to continued growth as additional sections of the Greenway are completed. 

We know that greenways create opportunities for local investment and health & wellness.  Read report on the economic and social benefits of completing the Baltimore Greenway that was prepared by the Trails Network Prepared for the Greater Washington Partnership.

Read here about how bike paths are good for the local economy.


Trails and greenways have a well-established record of positively influencing community and economic development.

  • Studies in Colorado and Ohio found that properties adjacent to a local greenway and trail were valued 22% and 12%, respectively—higher than properties farther from those trails.
  • Trails in downtown Winter Garden and Dunedin, Florida, are credited with helping drive up occupancy rates and revitalize downtown areas.
  • A study of businesses along the Missouri River State Trail found that 20% of those surveyed cited the trail as influencing their decision to locate nearby.

A 2007 economic impact study for the proposed Carolina Thread Trail in Charlotte, NC, studied positive impacts from property tax revenues, recreational value, and tourism activity—and it concluded that each $1 spent on trail development will produce an additional $10 in economic impact.  In addition to its economic benefits, there are other reasons to build the Greenway.  It will be a powerful way to differentiate Greensboro and a great amenity that will provide residents, downtown workers, and visitors new opportunities for exercise and recreation.  Studies show that building near a greenway will increase property values, be a draw for businesses and residents to surrounding the greenway, and potentially boost retail sales.  We are already seeing this with the development near the Downtown Greenway.