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Building Community and a New Economy in Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 7, 2016 14:50
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In five Southwest Virginia towns, we’re gathering with area residents to celebrate local music and herbal traditions, and to bring folks together to share ideas on how to build an economy that works for everyone.

New Economy Focus Groups

Oct. 4, Pennington Gap, Va.
Pennington Gap Community Center
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 6, Clintwood, Va.
Clintwood Kiwanis Club
7:00-9:00 p.m.

​Oct. 11, Haysi, Va.
Lonesome Pine Regional Library
6:00-7:00 p.m.

​Oct. 18, Hazel Mountain, Va.
Hazel Mountain Community Center
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Oct. 25, Dungannon, Va.

Historic Dungannon Depot
6:00-8:00 p.m.

In September, our Central Appalachian Field Coordinator Willie Dodson — also a folk herbalist and musician — convened five Mountain Music and Medicinals events, which featured information on herbal remedies for colds and flus, live music by local players, good food and even a square dance. The events, held in Haysi, Dungannon, Pennington Gap, Hazel Mountain and Clintwood, provided an opportunity for participants to share their own experiences with herbalism growing up in the mountains.

In October, we’re hosting gatherings in the same towns for people from all walks of life to share their visions for the area’s future and economy. Ideas generated at these New Economy Focus Groups will be shared on an online platform and used to help inform a crowd-sourced vision for the area. Southwest Virginia residents who can’t attend the gatherings can also visit the webpage to post their thoughts. Visit the New Economy Wiki online forum at

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