Save-the-date: The next Clinch River Valley Initiative meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6th. Stay tuned for additional details. The meeting summary from the September 12th meeting in Richlands is available at this link, including information about resources and funding for downtown revitalization and stormwater projects, as well as about the Virginia Scenic Rivers program. There are LOTS of upcoming regional events and even job opportunities below, including three Adventure Tourism Workshops. Read on!
Clinch River News!
Adventure Tourism Workshops
The Adventure Tourism workshop is for anyone interested in starting and expanding an adventure tourism business in Southwest Virginia. This workshop outlines the opportunities within the region, best practices and steps required to launch a successful adventure tourism business. Participants will hear from existing business owners and professionals providing updates on tourism development planned and underway in the region, along with a roadmap to launching, marketing and financing a business.
Advanced registration is required for this FREE event.
If you have questions or require additional information, contact Sandy Ratliff at Virginia Community Capital at 276-477-3999, Becky Nave at Virginia Tourism Corporation at 276-791-9172, Michelle Workman at Virginia Tourism Corporation at 276-722-0238, and Emily Mayo at Friends of Southwest Virginia at 276-492-2412.
Clinch River Ecological Campus
The vision for CREC is to develop a campus, intimately connected to the Clinch River, which offers one-of-a-kind opportunities for ecological education and research, while fostering innovation and economic revitalization in the heart of the Appalachian coalfields.
Check out the business plan for the Clinch River Ecological Campus by clicking the picture below.
Tastes of the Clinch
A joint effort between the Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) and the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority (HOA) is now underway. Together, we will work to highlight the many locally owned restaurants along the path of the Clinch River. A tear-off map of the Clinch River Valley, including canoe/kayak put-in and take-out points (with GPS coordinates) along the River and the location of our locally owned eateries has been created, and will be available at the following locations: each of the restaurants on the map, other local businesses, and at our Visitors Center in St. Paul. Click on the map to enlarge and save it to your computer. It also may be downloaded from the Heart of Appalachia website.