The Town of Pembroke will develop downtown improvement projects as part of the RALLY Southwest Virginia program. RALLY is a mini-grant program which provides a $3,000 award to communities in Southwest Virginia to implement a community development project through a team structure. Pembroke is the second team in the New River Valley to receive a RALLY grant, following a recently completed project in Narrows
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.
The New River Watershed Roundtable continues to assist in the expansion of the New River Water Trail. Building off of the success and branding of the New River Water Trail initiative in Giles County, the Watershed Roundtable identified possible day trip locations throughout the New River Valley.
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.
The NRVRC has completed a new webpage for the New River Watershed Roundtable! The webpage is a landing space for all projects associated with the Watershed Roundtable, including the ReNew the New Clean-up events, the New River Water Trail expansion, and local project promotion.
The five-year update to the regional hazard mitigation plan is nearly complete! The final plan has been submitted for regulatory review and approval – VDEM has signed off on the plan and it is now in review at FEMA. Much of the information has been updated – mapping, regional statistics, mitigation objectives and projects.