Friends Connection Newsletter – September 2019

Friends Connection Newsletter – September 2019


Welcome Welcome to the September 2019 Friends Connection Newsletter - a newsletter designed to keep you connected with everything - or just about everything - that is underway with the following entities: Southwest Virginia  Friends of Southwest Virginia The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network Southwest Virginia Cultural Center...

Friends Connection Newsletter – August 2019


Marketing Comprehensive Marketing Plan Friends of Southwest Virginia has been working on a comprehensive marketing plan, alongside our Joint Board Marketing Committee and the SWVA Regional Marketing Roundtable. This plan encompasses marketing for Friends of Southwest Virginia, the Southwest Virginia brand, 'Round the Mountain, the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace and the SWVA Mountain...

The Appalachian Trail Center


Damascus, VA is soon to be home of the southern most Appalachian Trail Center! The center is made possible through funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tobacco Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development. The trail center is one component in the Friends of SWVA POWER 16 which focuses on utilizing the regions...

New River Action Plan


New River Boat launches –Giles County has a unique asset in that each of its five towns has the potential to access the New River. While this outdoor recreation anchor is full of potential, a gap still exists in connecting the towns to a broad range of river users from outside the region and...

Community & Economic Development Initiatives


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...

Devil’s Bathtub Improvements


An improvement to the High Knob Recreation Area is enhancing visitor access to Devil’s Bath Tub. Devil’s Bathtub is a unique rock/water formation that is about 1.5 miles in along the Devil’s Fork Loop Trail on US Forest Service property. This spot has become increasingly popular with both locals and tourists in recent years,...

High Knob Destination Center


In 2014, the High Knob Enhancement Corporation (HKEC) completed the reconstruction of the High Knob Tower. Since that time, a group of stakeholders including members of the HKEC, officials from Wise County, Scott County, and the City of Norton, and other nonprofits and community organizations has worked on developing a plan for the next...