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The Mountain Ascent — Issue #12

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Summer is just around the corner and Southwest Virginia is looking for bright days ahead. Join us and the rest of the region in sharing the hottest news across the region! Here are a few exciting stories of positive change that were achieved in Southwest Virginia last month. We hope these inspire you to continue making change happen and to get involved in your own community this summer!

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.


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Southwest Virginia Land Described as “Ground Zero” for Elk Restoration

A recent land acquisition by the Nature Conservancy has the potential to increase elk restoration efforts and boost tourism on more than 1,000 acres of land in Buchanan and Dickenson Counties, portions of which were mined.



Biden Proposes $235 Million for Appalachian Regional Commission

The Biden Administration’s plan includes $1 billion for a federal economic development grant program in Appalachia and $235 million for broadband expansion, infrastructure, workforce development and more.



Virginia Awards $100,000 for Back of the Dragon Lodging in Tazewell

The town of Tazewell will use the funds to convert the Sunnyside Manor apartments into a 12-room short-stay lodging facility near the Back of the Dragon Welcome Center.



Southwest VA and TN Could Become a Model for Solar on Former Coal Mines

Last year, a collaboration between Virginia and The Nature Conservancy mapped out potential solar sites on Conservancy properties. In May, Sun Tribe Development was selected to help develop large-scale solar on mine lands across the region.



Job Opportunities

 6/08  Public Listening Session: Reenergize Southwest Virginia

 6/08-6/29   Webinar Series: The Rural-Urban Divide

 6/22   Webinar: Shared Solar 101: Shared Solar Summer

 6/25-6/26 Event: Solar Neighbors Meet and Greet

Appalachian Voices: New Economy Program Manager, Project Coordinator (NC)

Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board: Adult & Dislocated Worker Case Manager, Youth Case Manager

Crutchfield Corporation: Various Positions

Mountain Empire Older Citizens: Various Positions

RSVP for Public Listening Session


When: June 8 at 6 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) is hosting a public listening session on June 8 at 6 p.m. to receive comments from residents on how the state can support Southwest Virginia’s economic transition. The listening sessions are part of an initiative that DMME is calling “Reenergize Southwest Virginia,” created to implement the requirements of Virginia legislation enacted this year. The legislation directs DMME, in coordination with stakeholders, to create recommendations as to how the Commonwealth can provide economic transition support to the coalfield region.



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