Written by Amanda Killen


Amanda Killen

A native of Southwest Virginia, Amanda is keenly passionate downtown revitalization and believes that the road to economic development and diversification in coal-impacted communities begins at a local level. She works with Appalachian Voices as our New Economy Program Coordinator

A flooded town in a valley

Rising strong together: Hurley’s recovery journey, a community listening session and the road ahead

The tight-knit community of Hurley lies in the heart of Buchanan County, Virginia. Hurley has long grappled with the devastating consequences of floods and mudslides. Over the years, these residents have faced countless challenges, but their spirit remains unbroken.

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Community members meet during the North Tazewell listening session

Reviving North Tazewell, Va. — A Community’s Vision for East Riverside Drive

We recently co-hosted a gathering with residents of North Tazewell, Virginia, to discuss options for revitalizing a once-thriving center of commerce in their town, the East Riverside Drive area. Residents and local advocates shared illuminating ideas!

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