In this wrap-up episode, we take a look at the progress Pearisburg has made over the last year.
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
This episode take a look at the border towns of Bluefield and the different ways the two towns reacted to overtures from Walmart, while in Pearisburg, mayor Robert Dickerson is working to fill vacant storefronts downtown. Our expert tip comes from Basil Gooden of the USDA Rural Development Program, and we hear about projects from… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 2
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
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