Representatives meet for final Blueprint Communities meeting of the year

Local - 11/21/2013 4:47 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - Representatives from six communities across southern West Virginia gathered to discuss ways to help revitalize their area.

It is all part of the Blueprint Communities program, organized by the West Virginia Community Development Hub. For the past nine months, representatives from Bluefield, Hinton, Marlinton, Princeton, Richwood and Sophia have been determining plans to improve their communities.

On Thursday, they worked on presentations summarizing their goals for long-term solutions.

Representatives say they have long-term solutions that they want to put into action. “In the end, we all bring our ideas together and we want our governor to know about this,” explained Princeton City Manager Elke Doom. “We want our legislators to understand and buy into what we're doing - what [Blueprint Communities are] all doing.

Ray Moeller, a volunteer for Richwood, said the program is not a short-term fix but focuses on the bigger picture. “It's putting things in place that will then be carried forward by these volunteers and Blueprint team members.”

In January, representatives will present their ideas in Charleston to sponsors of the program, legislators, and other officials to determine whether their plans can come to fruition.


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