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Save our Towns: Citizen voices help save a mountain and a town

While many Southwest Virginia towns historically have depended on the coal industry for jobs, residents of one small town fought a permit that would have allowed mining of more than 1,200 acres on nearby Ison Rock Ridge. In a new episode of Save Our Towns, former Virginia Tech alumnus Jessica Snead reports from the town of Appalachia to show how town residents made their voices heard after the tragic death of a child and how their subsequent actions may have helped preserve their town.

This month’s expert tip comes from Appalachian Voices staff member Adam Wells who offers explanations about why many granting agencies won’t consider an application that lacks evidence of community involvement.

This episode also includes coverage of the annual CityWorks Expo in Roanoke and it features valuable project information from Elizabeth Gilboy of the Community Design Assistance Center in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, and Carl Zipper, an  Extension specialist with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Two Virginia regions selected for Stronger Economies Together initiative

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Virginia Cooperative Extension have announced that two Virginia regions were selected for the 2015-16 Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative.

The Eastern Shore, consisting of Accomack and Northampton counties and Tangier Island, and the Mount Rogers Planning District, made up of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol and Galax, will benefit from a focused initiative to explore regional economic advantages and to formulate economic blueprints for the regions.

“The regions’ economic blueprints will strategically build on the current and emerging economic strengths,” said Basil Gooden, state director of USDA Rural Development for Virginia.   “Both Virginia regions have tremendous potential for economic growth. The SET planning process will facilitate key discussions resulting in a high-quality economic plan that works in partnership with the great natural resources of both areas.”

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