Thomas Baxter’s experience working to develop Pennsylvania’s Trail systems makes him an ideal match for the September 11th National Memorial Trail (911 Trail), the nonprofit organization responsible for advocacy and development of a Trail that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Baxter joins the organization in the new position of Executive Director.
As Executive Director Baxter is responsible for implementing the 911 Trail vision, which includes completing sections of the September 11th National Memorial Trail. He works with public and private stakeholders, as well as partnering organizations, to make sure the trail moves forward smoothly, duties include community outreach engagement with elected and municipal leaders within the multi state network.
Prior to coming to September 11th National Memorial Trail Thomas Baxter spent 14 years as Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront focusing of the continued development, planning and construction of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh Region. Prior experience includes several successive positions with Fayette County Redevelopment Authority, Riverlife Taskforce, Allegheny Conference and Carnegie Mellon University focusing on public trail access as a means of economic development and community connectivity.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300 mile system of trails and roadways that are a symbol of resiliency and character that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It serves as a tribute to the fallen men and women who perished on September 11, 2001. The multipurpose trail system provides cyclists, hikers and walkers a valued public resource and an opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes, meet new towns and engage in this unique historic trail. Through the efforts of The September 11th Trail Alliance, along with cooperation of local and state governments, assistance of federal agencies, and great friendships of East Coast Greenway, the trail is real today.
Amy Valenty became involved with the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance in 2017. Throughout her accounting career, nonprofit organizations have been her focus. Although each organization’s mission is slightly different, they all have worked toward bettering the local community. Partnering with 911 NMTA has been gratifying to Amy. She enjoys supporting the mission & focus of the dedicated volunteers, board & staff as they work diligently to establish a system of trails, which connect these important memorial sites. In addition, she is very involved with local scout groups and uses those opportunities to pass along a love for the outdoors and a clean environment.