SAVE-THE-DATE-The next CRVI meeting will be Thursday, November 10th, 2016 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Red Barn at the Crab Orchard Museum at 3663 Crab Orchard Rd Tazewell, VA 24651. The meeting will include presentations by local professional storyteller and songwriter Sandy Shortridge, a presentation about marketing and tourism, and updates from the CRVI Action Groups.

Children are welcome and light refreshments, including coffee, will be available. Please RSVP for the meeting at the following link by Nov. 4. Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors! 

Environmental Education Action Group's Request for Proposal (RFP)

Friends of Southwest Virginia (FSWVA), a non-profit organization, is soliciting proposals from qualified individuals or organizations to develop a plan to establish St. Paul, VA as the ecological epicenter for Southwest Virginia providing a location for environmental studies and outreach, promotion of outdoor recreational and tourism destinations, as well as incubation of river and other outdoor related entrepreneurship in the Clinch River Valley. The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to identify an individual or organization to propose a plan for how best to create and implement the Clinch River Ecological Campus (CREC) in St. Paul, Virginia. See the following link for more information regarding the RFP.

The Friends of Southwest Virginia strongly encourages firms located outside of our region to submit proposals in response to the St. Paul, Virginia Ecological Campus Project.  The pre-submission RFP presentation scheduled for September 30, 2016 is designed to introduce both the project and the community to prospective entities interested in submitting a proposal.  Attendance at this event was listed as a requirement in the RFP.  In the interest of facilitating the involvement of firms located too far away to make physical attendance practical, the RFP review committee has agreed to provide access to the event electronically.  Please note, attendance at the pre-submission presentation either in person or electronically is still a requirement of this RFP.

Please RSVP for this event with Jeff Mansour at jmansour “at” and indicate whether you will be attending in person or electronically.  Connection instructions will be provided to those attending electronically.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Clinch River!