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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 4, Episode 1, Small business TLC

Season 4, Episode 1

Save Our Towns returns for its fourth season and hits the ground running with a visit to Damascus, Virginia, where town leaders are seeking to nurture a year-round tourism-based economy. We introduce Pennington Gap, the small town located in far Southwest Virginia, that will be followed over the course of the entire season. After a… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 1

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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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Pearisburg, Va – End of season wrap up

In this wrap-up episode, we take a look at the progress Pearisburg has made over the last year.

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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 2

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

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Season Two, Episode 1

As we return for the second season of Save Our Towns, we visit Clifton Forge, where students from Virginia Tech’s College of Architectural and Urban Studies helped build a bridge connecting to the arts. We introduce Pearisburg, Virginia, the town we will follow throughout season two, and mayor Robert Dickerson discusses the importance of having… Continue Reading Season Two, Episode 1

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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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