Take a look back over the past year of progress in Pennington Gap, Virginia.
We close out season four of Save Our Towns with a visit to Huntington, West Virginia, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, to see what the city has done to combat the crisis. Our monthly visit to Pennington Gap highlights the hard work of its community volunteers, while in… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 8
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us to Williamson, West Virginia, where the Sustainable Williamson project has focused on positioning the town for life after coal. Meanwhile, we see how the renovation of the Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, Virginia, has been the key to the town’s revitalization. Maxwell’s Number highlights the “Local… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 4
In this month’s episode of Save Our Towns, we visit Vinton, Virginia, where a brand new library is boosting business downtown. Meanwhile, town leaders in Pennington Gap, Virginia, discuss how critical it is for the hospital to reopen in Lee County. In Maxwell’s Number, we learn some eye-opening facts about coal’s decline, while author Jo… Continue Reading Season 4, 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
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.
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 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