On May 15, 2018 the New River Valley Regional Commission board of directors, comprised of elected officials and citizen appointees across the region, hosted a dinner event at Sinkland Farms in Riner, VA to honor their annual award recipients. Over 100 local government elected officials, state and federal representatives, and planning commission chairs were in attendance.
The New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team is a regional, multi-disciplinary group that formed out of the work of the Livability Initiative in 2011. With the staggering rise in the number of citizens ages 65 and older and the statistic that 90% of older adults want and expect to ‘age in place,’ the Leadership Team acknowledged that the need for older adults to successfully age in their homes and communities was a critical focus.
The apartments at the Old Prices Fork Elementary School are complete and ready for lease! 16 former classrooms have been converted into two-bedroom apartments for persons 55 and older.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded the Town of Narrows two complementary grants to support revitalization of the downtown area.
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.
The second, regional ReNew the New Clean-up Event tripled the number of miles cleaned up and nearly tripled the tonnage of trash and tires removed from the New River Watershed, compared to last year’s event. Held on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, this year 475 volunteers and local government staff cleaned up over 30 miles of waterway and streambank on the New River and its tributaries.