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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 3

In this month’s Example of Awesome, we discover how leaders in Rocky Mount made their town a destination for music lovers by investing in a performance venue. Our Cleveland update details the big money that has been rolling into town–more than $2 million in grant dollars. We introduce a new segment, “Maxwell’s Number,” featuring graduate student… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 3

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Episode 7

This month, we visit Bristol, Virginia, where leaders paid tribute to the town’s heritage by building the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a state-of-the art facility with an $11 million price tag, and Catherine Brillhart shares her thoughts in three questions for a mayor. In St. Paul, mayor Kyle Fletcher discusses the town’s plans to transform… Continue Reading Episode 7

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Episode 5

This month’s Example of Awesome shows how the town of Marion, recovering from the effects of the 2008 recession, encouraged new business by creating an eight-week entrepreneurship program. Also looking for new business is St. Paul mayor Kyle Fletcher, who hopes that the new wastewater treatment plant, now under construction, will draw industry into town. Randall… Continue Reading Episode 5

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Episode 4

This month, we see how Carroll and Grayson County are growing niche products–pumpkins and Christmas trees–in order to grow their economies, and our expert tip comes from Wayne Waldrop, lending manager for Virginia Community Capital, which offers loans to companies involved in the fresh-food industry. We return to St. Paul, where mayor Kyle Fletcher extols… Continue Reading Episode 4

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Screenshot of Save Our Towns, Episode 1

Episode 1

In the premiere episode of Save Our Towns, we visit a movie set in Big Stone Gap and introduce mayor Kyle Fletcher and the town of St. Paul, Virginia, the town that will be featured throughout the season. Randall Rose from the Virginia Tourism Commission offers an expert tip, while we sit down for a… Continue Reading Episode 1

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