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Save Our Towns, Season 4, Episode 2 - Going green and clean

Season 4, Episode 2

The second episode of season four takes Save Our Towns to Boone, North Carolina, where town leaders made national headlines after resolving to end the use of fossil fuels by 2050. We also hear about a class on sustainability taught jointly by Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia in Europe. Our visit to Pennington… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 2

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Save Our Towns Season 3, Episode 4, The Fortunes of Fries, Virginia

Season 3, Episode 4

This month, our Example of Awesome takes us to Fries, where town leaders used its physical assets to bring the town back to prosperity. We skip our Cleveland update to take you to Roanoke, Virginia, where we asked attendees at the CityWorks Xpo about the essence of small towns, and in Maxwell’s Number, graduate student… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 4

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Season 3, Episode 2

See how Blowing Rock, N.C., makes the most of its location on the Blue Ridge Parkway, providing a great example for towns in Southwest Virginia, while we return to Cleveland, where a new business, GRIP Outdoor, has opened up shop. Our expert tip comes from Melissa Kramer at the Environmental Protection Agency, and we hear… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 2

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Season 3, Episode 1

Season Three opens with a bang, featuring a profile of Independence, Virginia, and an introduction to the town of Cleveland. Jim Brooks of the National League of Cities offers up an expert tip for town leaders, while we hear about the work of Virginia Tech faculty member Stephen Schoenholtz, the director of the Virginia Water… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 1

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Season 2, Episode 8

Our final episode takes us to Norton, where city leaders turned a coal mining mess into an asset, while we hear about a bevy of businesses that have opened in Pearisburg. For our expert tip, Kitty Barker of the Virginia Tourism Corporation emphasizes the importance of having a staff member dedicated to tourism. We focus… Continue Reading Season 2, Episode 8

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Season 2, Special Edition: The Flint Crisis

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.

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Season Two, Episode 7

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

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Season Two, Episode 5

This episode of Save Our Towns will take you on a trip back to the Ice Age as we visit the town of Saltville, Virginia. We also don our hiking boots to join Robert Dickerson, mayor of Pearisburg, Virginia, on a hike up a mountain. Our expert tip comes from the University of Virginia’s Susanne… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 5

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Season Two, Episode 3

In our third episode of the season, we see how Pocahontas, Virginia–a town of less than 400 residents–is using an exhibition coal mine to reclaim its place in coal mining history. We hear more from Pearisburg mayor Robert Dickerson about the importance of the town’s Farmers’ Market, while Tarah Kesterson of Virginia’s Department of Mines,… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 3

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Episode 9

We wrap up the first season of Save Our Towns with a look at Buchanan, Virginia, and its Hokie connections. The town is now renowned as one of the best places in the United States to buy antiques, but once had a less-than-stellar reputation. The team reached out to┬áVirginia Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center for… Continue Reading Episode 9

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