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Another spooktacular October is over but don’t worry, there's no scary news here.


Check out some of the good news in Southwest Virginia from last month. Let’s continue making positive things happen in our communities!


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The Sun is Shining on Southwest Virginia’s Growing Solar Industry

Communities across Southwest Virginia are making headway in kickstarting a solar energy industry through collaboration, community involvement and a lot of hard work and vision.


Country Road Cabin Rentals Provides Lodging in Buchanan County

With the help of a $6,500 Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority grant, Raymond and Melissa Webb plan to expand their tourist lodging options on Hoot Owl Mountain.


Agricultural development research in Southwest Virginia gets GO Virginia Funding

Utilizing a $52,950 grant from Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virgina), the Emory & Henry College of Business plans to create an innovation hub feasibility study for agriculture-related entrepreneurship.


St. Paul invites Appalachian leaders to visit its outdoor recreation focus

In the first week of October, the small Appalachian town hosted the Appalachian Regional Commission annual conference, welcoming approximately 100 regional leaders and economic development experts.


Job Opportunities

Tell Congress to Extend the Black Lung Fund


To take care of the coal miners who have sacrificed their health to provide the rest of us with power, Congress needs to pass a permanent 25% increase to the excise tax, not give coal companies a tax break at the expense of their own workers. Call your senator today and tell them to do right by coal miners by passing a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax.


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