Happy new year! A toast to starting a year full of good news for Southwest Virginia.


Check out the most recent reasons in the news to be excited for 2022 and let’s continue making a change in our community’s future!


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New child care opportunities through United Way

The low availability and high cost of child care options in Southwest Virginia has left many parents without the option to work. The United Way is seeking to change this by expanding affordable child care, incentivizing teacher training, and creating more provider options for families.


North Tazewell welcomes a new renewable energy company

Southwest Virginia Energy Consultants, Inc. seeks to advance solar panel manufacturing, solar development on minelands, solar-powered growhouses for farms, and other renewable energy projects for local businesses and homeowners.


Are wind turbines an economic option in Southwest Virginia?

As wind energy projects continue turning along Virginia’s shores, Project Veer is set to study the possibility of manufacturing wind turbine parts in the southwest corner of the state.


Wise County is SolSmart Gold!

During the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mineral Gap Data Center solar array, Wise County announced that it has taken the final steps to become far Southwest Virginia’s first Gold-designated county through the SolSmart program.


Job Opportunities

Register for the Legislative Session Preview


In 2022, the Virginia General Assembly will consider a wide variety of bills impacting our priority issues of environmental justice, solar energy, fracked-gas pipelines, just transition and fairness for electricity customers.


Join us January 11 to learn about the issues we are working on this session, and how you can get involved!


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