In the season finale, we visit Harrisonburg, Virginia, one of the fastest-growing cities in the Commonwealth, which has welcomed its immigrant population with open arms, and in Cleveland, we check in on the progress of the town’s major projects. Our final Maxwell’s Number segment of the season focuses on a new grant that is targeted… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 8
Princeton, West Virginia, sets an example for other small towns by embracing artists, while we meet the new mayor of Cleveland, Virginia. Graduate Maxwell Vandervliet schools us on the prevalence of women farmers in Southwest Virginia, while Anthony Flaccavento encourages town leaders to think about what work their towns need. In addition, we are introduced… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 7
We take a brief departure from Appalachia with this special episode from Flint, Michigan, where its water crisis could provide important lessons for leaders in small towns.
The town of Haysi is featured in this month’s Example of Awesome, as the community came together to market its envious natural landscape, while our Pearisburg update shows how the town turned trash from the New River into artwork. Belinda Sheridan of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides an expert tip on how town leaders… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 7
For this month’s Example of Awesome, we visit Galax, where a successful grant writer has brought millions of dollars into her town. We skip our update from Pearisburg to bring you a series of brief interviews from the annual conference of the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia, where planners talk about the biggest problems and… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 6
While many Southwest Virginia towns have historically depended on the coal industry for jobs, residents of Appalachia, Virginia, made their voices heard after the tragic death of a child and may have helped preserve their town in the process. This month, we skip our update from Pearisburg to bring you feedback from Roanoke, where attendees… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 4
In this month’s episode, we visit Glade Spring, where the community’s vision of a revitalized downtown has come to fruition, while in St. Paul, mayor Kyle Fletcher talks about the town’s plans to generate revenue by building a wastewater treatment plant. Jody Keenan of the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network gives entrepreneurial advice in… Continue Reading Episode 3