To start February off strong, here are a few stories of positive change that community members have achieved in Southwest Virginia. We hope this will inspire you to get involved in your own community and continue making change happen!

Continue spreading the good news by sharing this newsletter with friends and family and encouraging others to subscribe.

And if you have positive news about the region, make sure to share so we can keep celebrating the ascent of Southwest Virginia.


Wise County Receives $50,000 to Upgrade Online Land Records System

The Wise County Industrial Development Authority will be utilizing a state economic development grant to develop a new land ownership records system and a training program for local students that will lead to paid internships.


New Contract Poised to Bring More Solar Options to Appalachian Power Customers

A new agreement between Southwest Virginia representatives and Appalachian Power makes it easier for schools and other government facilities across the utility’s territory to go solar.


The Town of Appalachia Partners with MECC Students on Community Revitalization

Fifteen students from Mountain Empire Community College have been working with Appalachia, Va., and a small business owner to refurbish the town’s next Main Street mercantile.


Tazewell County Museum Receives $100,000 State Grant

Funds from the grant will go towards the expansion and continued maintenance of the Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park.


Job Opportunities

 2/4  Virtual Event: Appalachian Voices Virginia Legislative Update


 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25   Community Event: Free Medical Care in Pound


 2/17, 2/25  Virtual Event: Governor's Summit on Equitable Collaboration


 2/25  Virtual Event: Securing Solar in SWVA Meet and Greet


Rural Satellite Services, LLC — Satellite Technician


Heritage Hall — Variety of Positions in Big Stone Gap, Wise, and More


Spearhead Trails — Lee County Ranger


Tell your Senator: Support the Brightfields Act!


The Brightfields Act, HB 1925, creates a grant program that will help to clean up environmental hazards left by declining industries and bring new clean energy and reclamation jobs to these disadvantaged communities.

This vital bill must now pass in the Virginia Senate after the House passed it in January. Please contact your Senator today and ask them to vote yes on HB 1925!



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