Accomplishments and setbacks in Marion, Virginia — the town we followed for a year.
In Southside Virginia, the departure of textile manufacturers and other industries devastated communities, including Danville. There, city leaders decided to take drastic action. They aggressively invested in workforce training and found ways to make the Dan River a key part of a new downtown.
Emergency responders couldn’t get to some residents fast enough to prevent deaths during the devastating floods in 2016, and city leaders in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, weren’t prepared to cope with catastrophe. But city hall mobilized to deal with 75 destroyed homes and other devastation.
Bedford is the first town in Virginia to devote public land to a solar farm. As power from the 10,000-panel farm feeds through the town’s existing grid, the Example of Awesome story shows how Bedford’s commitment to renewable energy is paying off. Then our Small Town Big Number takes a bird’s-eye view of the Mountain Valley… Continue Reading Season Five, Episode Four