Summer is in full swing and the region is bustling with great work and good news! Here are a few exciting stories of positive change from Southwest Virginia that have turned up this summer. Let's continue making change happen in your communities!


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$700 Million Boost for Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Virginia

State officials announced $700 million in pandemic relief funds for the buildout of high-speed internet service in Southwest Virginia in an effort to overcome the digital divide by 2024.


Feasibility Study in Tazewell Might Bring County Into Worldwide Market

A study looking into the feasibility of a worldwide market for new medical screening convenience kits manufactured in Tazewell County has the opportunity to lead to “mass scale production.”


The Southwest Virginia Renaissance

With the downturn of the coal economy, Appalachian leads have identified an opportunity to diversify and build the region’s economy to attract workers who would rather work remotely from beautiful Southwest Virginia than live in a crowded city.


$3 Billion Worth of Federal Investments Coming to American Communities

In July, The Biden Administration launched the American Rescue Plan in an effort to rebuild local economies that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. It is the largest economic development initiative in decades.



Job Opportunities

Engage in SWVA Outdoor Recreation


Share your ideas with the Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy Around the Powell River project. The project’s goal is to gather input from the community to grow the outdoor recreation economy for Appalachia, Big Stone Gap and Norton along the Powell River. Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $788 billion in consumer spending and 5.2 million jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

For this effort, we are focusing on trails and brownfield sites, which are land sites with known or potential hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants that present opportunities for redevelopment.

Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas today!


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