First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Beshear and Lt. Governor Mongiardo Announce Sharing of GIS Data with Garmin

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 16, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton, 502-564-2611
Matt Osborne, 502-564-4270

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo announced today that Kentucky’s Office of Adventure Tourism will share trail geographic information system (GIS) data with a major maker of global position system (GPS) equipment.

The data on the Cross Kentucky Trail Project will be loaded by Garmin International into all of their units for recreational, marine and automotive use. Anyone using those units will have the trail data of the Commonwealth readily available, including all trails and points of interest on federal lands and in Kentucky State Parks. The Cross Kentucky Trails Project will continue to work with Garmin International to conduct data updates as new information is acquired.

“This is a truly unique opportunity for Kentucky,” Mongiardo said. “The economic benefits of adventure tourism are innumerable and sharing this information with Garmin will allow thousands of potential visitors to access information about Kentucky’s trails.”

“There is a significant demand for access to trail data in the Commonwealth,” added First Lady Beshear. “This should make outdoor enthusiasts very excited about what the State is accomplishing.”

The Cross Kentucky Trail Project is a joint effort by the First Lady, Lieutenant Governor and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to create a state-wide, multiuse trail system.  The GIS data is collected, administered and distributed by the Commonwealth Office of Technology.

For more on Adventure Tourism, please visit where you can find trails, access maps, submit GIS Data and share your adventure.