In 2015, Damascus was awarded funding for downtown revitalization through a Community Development Block Grant. Additionally, in 2016, the town was awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the development of a downtown “river walk” including improved public facilities and amenities. This POWER project includes a proposed destination center at the heart of these other two projects. Each incorporates and supports this center as a focal point for visitors to Damascus. An Appalachian Trail Center in Damascus will serve as an orientation point for visitors drawn to the town. This center will provide a destination to give visitors direction and ideas for the many recreational activities and hospitality offerings available to them during their stay. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has committed to being responsible for programming and staffing at the center once constructed. The construction of public restrooms on the same site will allow for a comfortable and convenient experience for visitors. The Appalachian Trail Center component of the project will be implemented by the Town of Damascus and Friends of Southwest Virginia.