Christiansburg, Virginia, bets on a high-priced, high-stakes asset to make a big splash and Marion looks at a winning scheme to pump up its downtown. Plus learn where to find billions of dollars in USDA money and get an expert tip from the Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center.
In Lewisburg, West Virginia, all signs show that appearances count. Marion, Virginia, preserves its heritage while looking toward a vibrant future. And Mayor David Horton talks about making Radford a well-known gem in the region.
Glen Lyn’s one-of-a-kind mayor explains his modus operandi, and Save Our Towns mentor Andrew Davis offers his best-yet advice to towns.
This one-minute preview provides a snapshot of what to expect in Save Our Towns, Season 5, which will follow the town of Marion and provide great aerial views of the mountain valley pipeline construction in southwest Virginia county.
Take a look back over the past year of progress in Pennington Gap, Virginia.
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us back to St. Paul, Virginia, the first town we followed for a year. Back then, mayor Kyle Fletcher was intent on turning a historical building into a boutique hotel. Now that dream has been realized with the opening of the Western Front Hotel. After years of… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 7
The latest episode of Save Our Towns takes us to Jonesborough, Tennessee. While known as the “oldest town in Tennessee,” Jonesborough town leaders discovered that its real claim to fame was its rich tradition of storytelling. The expert tip comes from former mayor Jimmy Neil Smith, who began the first National Storytelling Festival in 1973… Continue Reading Season 4, Episode 5
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
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
In Bramwell, West Virginia, town leaders have cashed in on the Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail, while Cleveland turned to demolition in order to build the town back up. Graduate student Maxwell Vandervliet highlights a pending government grant that will help rehab former coal mining sites in his monthly segment, and T. Allan Comp champions the VISTA/Americorps… Continue Reading Season 3, Episode 5