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You are my sunshine … in Southwest Virginia

John and Lucy Graves of Bristol, Va. were among the 150 people attending the 2017 Solar Fair in Southwest Virginia

Last week we co-hosted the first annual Solar Fair in Wise County along with our partners in the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia — all to showcase the economic benefits of energy from the sun.

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D.C. sends a ray of hope to Southwest Virginia

Citizens meet to discuss options and opportunities for the Norton Riverwalk proposal in Southwest Virginia.

Through the dark clouds of the Trump administration’s agenda for rolling back or killing off programs critical to the health of Appalachian communities and the environment, a bright spot has emerged — $10 million for repurposing old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for new economic opportunities.

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Congress includes $10 million for Southwest Virginia coal communities in spending plan

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Contact: Adam Wells, New Economy Program Manager, 276-679-1691, adam@appvoices.org Thom Kay, Senior Legislative Representative, 864-580-1843, thom.kay@appvoices.org Gerald Collins Coal Mining Engineering Services LLC, 276-220-0150, gerald1951@comcast.net Norton, Va. — A proposed federal spending bill that took shape in Congress over the

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Get Out the Sunscreen: Solar is Coming to Southwest Virginia

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In early May, Appalachian Voices will co-sponsor two events to help usher solar energy into Southwest Virginia: the Southwest Virginia Solar fair on May 9 and the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum on May 10.

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Southwest Virginia Residents Hold Healthcare Forum

Over 130 residents from Southwest Virginia attended an educational forum on the potential impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Senate bill signals hope for economy in Appalachian coal communities

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Contact: Adam Wells, Economic Diversification Program Manager, 804-240-4372, adam@appvoices.org Cat McCue, Communications Director, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org NORTON, VA – A bill announced today by senators from four Appalachian states for $1 billion to repurpose abandoned coal strip mines for economic development

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Traveling The Crooked Road

Along its 330-mile route, The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia connects visitors with the sounds of America’s roots music and demonstrates how a region can leverage its cultural assets to develop a new economy.

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Southwest Virginia Gets a New Brand and Other Shorts

Southwest Virginia get s new brand, Appalachian Youth discuss Just Economic Transition and other short stories from across Appalachia.

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Southwest Virginia Environmental Movement Loses Two Leaders

Southwest Virginia lost two environmental leaders when Vivian Owens and Tim Mullins passed away in August.

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Norton’s walk along the river

30 area residents provided input during the Riverwalk Design Evening. Photo by Fred Ramey

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution.

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