David Toland is the first CEO of Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit coalition that works to improve quality of life and economic conditions in Allen County, Kansas. A seventh-generation Allen Countian, Toland oversees a coalition known regionally, statewide and nationally for its innovative approaches to improving healthcare access, healthy lifestyles and economic development in a small, rural Kansas county. As Thrive CEO Toland has overseen the organization’s development from a loose-knit coalition based in Iola to a strong countywide organization that has been instrumental in the development of 20 miles of new trails; voter approval of a new critical access hospital; passage of the third Tobacco 21 ordinance in Kansas and the 9th Complete Streets ordinance in the state; the opening of a new federally-qualified health center (FQHC); and the ongoing redevelopment of the former Allen County Hospital site into a new retail and apartment neighborhood.
Prior to returning to his hometown of Iola Toland worked for six years as an appointee of Washington, DC Mayor Anthony A. Williams. During his time in the District Toland held a variety of positions, including Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, where he oversaw for the Deputy Mayor the day-to-day activities of nine city departments. Toland was later appointed as Chief of Staff in the Office of Planning, where he successfully led the legislative effort to obtain city council approval of the 2006 overhaul of the city’s controversial Comprehensive Plan. Prior to coming to Washington Toland worked for the city managers of Reno, Nevada and Bonner Springs, Kansas.
The 2017 Massachusetts Trails Conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program supporting trail and trail-related facility construction and enhancement projects across the Commonwealth.