Southwest Virginia is ready to spring into the season and new opportunities throughout the region! While you wait for the flowers to bloom, take a gander at these stories of positive change being achieved by Southwest Virginia community members. We hope this inspires you to continue making change happen and to get involved in your own community!


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A Stream of Aquaculture Projects in Southwest Virginia

The Southwest Virginia coalfields are becoming breeding grounds for aquaculture development with the support of a Russell County native's rainbow trout fishery and Pure Salmon's vertically integrated indoor aquaculture facility.


Apply for Appalachian Community Fund Grants

The Appalachian Community Fund provides grants on a yearly basis to grassroots organizations working to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Applications are due by April 30.


Southwest Virginia Perseveres Through the Pandemic

Even with state-ordered shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and more in 2020, Southwest Virginia pushed forward. A recent report spotlights 32 projects that are estimated to generate 505 full-time jobs and more than $235 million in private investment in the region.


Satellite Broadband Expanding in Wise Co. this Summer

Wise County Public Schools hopes to make SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed satellite broadband available to 150 more students. The program is also considering expanding to additional coalfield counties, such as Lee, Scott, Buchanan, Smyth and Tazewell.



Job Opportunities

 4/12-4/26  Webinar Series: Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations


 4/13   Webinar: Environmental Justice, Water Rights, and Mine Reclamation on Native Land


 4/21   Virtual Event: New Economy Network Meeting


 4/22   Community Event: Free Medical Care in Pound


SWVA Cultural Heritage Program/Friends of SWVA — Executive Director


United Way of Southwest Virginia — Solar Workgroup Internship for High Schoolers


Virginia Organizing — Organizer


Appalachian Sustainable Development  — Appalachian Harvest Positions

Now's Your Chance to Go Solar!


The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia's Residential Solar Program is now seeking individuals in Wise, Dickenson, Lee and Buchanan counties who are interested in installing solar panels on their homes. The goal is to provide local homeowners with reduced monthly utility bills and to boost economic opportunity by introducing solar energy to families in the region.


Sign up to receive a solar energy assessment and go solar as a group for the best opportunity for an affordable, high-quality residential solar panel system.



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