Focus was on ideas for promoting AT communities.

To continue building Franklin as a destination for outdoor adventure, co-chairs of Franklin’s Appalachian Trail Community Committee (ATCC) Rob Gasbarro and Matt Bateman spent the first week of November at the first annual AT Community Summit in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bateman and Gasbarro spent three days networking with more than 20 Appalachian Trail Communities that span from Georgia to Maine to better strengthen Franklin’s stance as an Appalachian Trail Community.