Join Franklin Tomorrow on Wednesday, July 8, for Franklin Tomorrow’s second FrankTalks event, featuring a discussion on greenways and trail development in our community.

Our speaker will be Ron Carter, longtime Carmel, Ind., city councilman and former executive director of the Greenways Foundation of Central Indiana. While on the Council, Carter has been instrumental in helping Mayor James Brainard complete the Monon Trail in Carmel.

Since the Monon Trail opened in June 1996, hundreds of thousands of people have traveled its 15.7 miles from 10th Street in Indianapolis, north through Carmel and to 146th Street in Westfield. The Monon Trail has been inducted into Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Carter has served numerous terms as an At-Large member of Carmel City Council. In that capacity he represents all the citizens of Carmel, rather than a single district. He has been a leader in the development and expansion of that city’s award-winning park and trail system, the preservation and redevelopment of the Old Town area, and the completion of the City Center project.

An avid bike rider, Carter has worked to make sure that bicycle and pedestrian facilities have been added to the city wherever possible. He will speak on the impact of trails and greenways on a community, as well as to the specifics of developing a greenways plan and network through residential and commercial areas.

Attendance at the event is limited due to the location at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park clubhouse, which is located off Lewisburg Pike adjacent to Carnton Plantation. The cost to attend is $15 per person, which includes a buffet lunch prepared by Catering & Events by Suzette. To register, visit

Lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m., with the program starting at 11:45 a.m.

FrankTalks will be a lecture and event series to address timely, topical, and interesting issues and events. Franklin Tomorrow is a nonprofit, community visioning organization which has as its mission to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Through visioning processes and other activities, the citizens have identified that shared vision as a vibrant economy, robust neighborhoods, distinct character and great people. Visit our Website at

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