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Watching the Water in the NRV

The Regional Commission welcomed Alex McMahon, of the New River Conservancy (NRC), at New River Watershed Roundtable quarterly meeting in August. Mr. McMahon presented to the Watershed Roundtable about the opportunities for citizen water quality monitoring in the region. As the Water Quality Coordinator for the NRC, Mr. McMahon heads the New River Water Watchers program. As part of this program, he explained how to participate in water quality monitoring efforts. The data collected by volunteers would then be used for scientific research and analysis. For more information on citizen water quality opportunities in the New River Valley, please visit http://newriverconservancy.org/nrwq/waterquality.php, or contact Mr. McMahon at alex@newriverconservancy.org. The New River Watershed Roundtable is a consortium of local government agencies, businesses, advocacy groups, and the public. Administered by the New River Valley Regional Commission, the Watershed Roundtable acts as a forum to promote watershed stewardship through fair, open dialogue, and community collaboration. More information about the New River Watershed Roundtable can be found at www.nrvrc.org/watershedroundtable . Click here to view the NR Roundtable Flyer For further information, please contact Michael Gottfredson (michaelg@nrvrc.org) 540-639-9313, ext. 205. Share...

RIDE Solutions Update

RIDE Solutions staff had the opportunity to support several community events this fall. During Blacksburg’s Sustainability Week, we worked with local partners to host the bike valet at the end of the Sustainability Week Bike Parade, making it possible for participants to enjoy the farmers’ market after safely docking their bikes with us. You can catch some clips of the bike parade here: https://youtu.be/uEmjxxQZ5oo. Later that week we were back in Blacksburg to join the Virginia Tech Active Commute Celebration on campus and spread the word about transportation options beyond the single-occupant car trip. In October we hosted a bike valet again, at the annual Brew Do, offering safe and free bicycle parking for attendees. We offer the bike valet arrangement for local events wanting to encourage cycling as transportation to reduce parking demand and offer safe parking to cyclists. The organizing group provides volunteers to staff the valet and RIDE Solutions offers the equipment and training free of charge. We also offer employers technical assistance about transportation options for employees as we did in October for Phoenix Packaging at their employee health fair. This service is available to members of our Workplace Partner program. In addition to working on our employer outreach and promoting carpool matching in the region, we also exhibited at the Montgomery Chamber Expo on November 15. For further information please contact Christy Straight (cstraight@nrvrc.org) (540) 639-9313, ext. 209. Share...

Town of Pulaski receives grant for downtown revitalization!

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded the Town of Pulaski a $696,846 grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Business District Improvement program. The grant provides funding for several redevelopment projects in the core of the Pulaski Historic Commercial District, with the goal of transforming deteriorating buildings and infrastructure into an inviting, vibrant downtown core that attracts visitors, business investment, and new patrons for downtown businesses. The Town of Pulaski and property owners have pledged an additional $318,000 toward the cost of completing these projects, for a total investment in downtown Pulaski of over $1 million. The Regional Commission provided assistance in the planning and grant application process, and will provide grant administration support for the project during the term of the grant from 2018-2020. The grant provides funding for several related redevelopment projects within the block of Main Street surrounding the Pulaski County Courthouse, between Jefferson Avenue and Washington Avenue. The projects include: improvements to the Main Street ‘streetscape’, with repaired sidewalks, and improvements to street parking, lighting and signage; repairs/upgrades for the alleys between Main Street and 3rd Street on either side of the courthouse; improvements to create a creekside walking trail in the alley between Main Street and Peak Creek; improvements to the bridges over Peak Creek on Jefferson and Washington Avenues to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility; the creation of a ‘pocket park’ in the vacant lot across from the Courthouse, and; repairs and improvements to the facades of 15+ commercial buildings in the project area.  More detail on the proposed improvements appear in the ‘Pulaski Downtown Revitalization Master Plan...
Old Prices Fork School Reuse

Old Prices Fork School Reuse

Construction is almost complete on the first phase of housing at the old Prices Fork Elementary School, funded in part by the NRV HOME Consortium.   The 16 former classrooms have been converted into two-bedroom apartments for persons 55 and older.  In addition to being EarthCraft certified, the building is being rehabbed as a Historic Tax Credit project, meaning that much of the original charm of the school and classrooms will remain intact:  tiled hallways, large refurbished classroom windows, built-in storage closets, and even the classroom chalkboards will remain in the finished spaces. The apartments will be mixed-income, with 10 units reserved for households that are low-to-moderate income and six units priced at market rate rents.  Owner and Developer, Taylor Hollow Construction, has received a large amount of interest in the project, necessitating the creation of a waiting list.  Taylor Hollow is currently processing applications, with move-in beginning as early as December 1. The senior housing apartments will be co-located with the Old School Food Center, which will offer innovative economic development opportunities for new or expanding local food-based entrepreneurs through the creation of a commercial incubator kitchen, local food restaurant, retail spaces, craft brewery, and a business competition with support services. For further information, please contact Jennifer Wilsie (jwilsie@nrvrc.org) 540-639-9313, ext. 204. Share...

August 2017 Transportation Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Traffic Engineering Division takes aim at protecting Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS). The Arterial Preservation Program is intended to preserve long-distance function of highways, serving as a community and statewide interstate connection for commerce. Achieving higher speeds would come at the cost of reducing and/or eliminating signals and crossovers that currently provide access to businesses along each corridor.

Smart Beginnings Update

Smart Beginnings Update

PALS-K scores have been released for the 2016-17 academic year and the hard work and dedication of parents and educators across the New River Valley is showing. PALS, which stands for Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening, is one of the tools used by educators to help to measure the fundamental components of a child’s literacy.