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Smart Beginnings Reading Hour

Reading Hour wrapped up for the fall of 2017, and it was a great start to the new iteration of the program! In total, Reading Hour served six centers, engaged 19 volunteers who served over 150 hours, and was supported by a team of four Virginia Tech students who worked as Center Coordinators throughout the region.

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Inside the Regional Commission

After the annual staff retreat in the fall of 2015, the Commission established three internal committees that would work to advance the Commission’s abilities (Technology, Communication, Capacity Building).

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NRV Renews Eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Funding

The NRV Hazard Mitigation passed review with FEMA and has already been adopted by several localities. Every participating locality that adopts the plan remains eligible to apply for federal funds to help pay for projects that mitigate the risks our region faces during natural hazards such as flooding or tornadoes.

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January 2018 Transportation Update

The New River Valley is losing the Megabus service on January 10, 2018!  Megabus currently connects Washington DC to Christiansburg to Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This locally popular service provided two north-bound and two south-bound trips daily.  While ridership met expectations for our region, ridership simply wasn’t high enough in Washington or Tennessee.

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Pulaski Community Youth Center

In partnership with the Pulaski Community Youth Center, Pulaski County is currently pursuing a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grant through the Department of Housing and Community Development.  Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2015, the Center plans to operate an after-school care program out of the former Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn. 

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