Helios Park Dedication

On April 22nd, Helios Park was dedicated at the Richwood Feast of Ramson. The Helios Park is a community project that had a variety of funders and facilitators, and which ultimately resulted in the creation of a completely unique pocket park space in Richwood. The...

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Graning Earns CEcD Certification

Lillian Graning, Chief Communications Officer with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional...

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Sprouting Farms

The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Downstream Strategies were awarded a $1.5 million federal grant from Appalachia Regional Commission in October of 2016. This grant was fund efforts...

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John Henry Window Into The Past

The window display below is the historic feature currently at the John Henry Museum in Hinton, WV. It depicts the inside of the building when it was a general store in the early 1900's. L.G. Rhodes Store, built in 1905, served the needs of the people in the small town...

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Beckley Area Foundation ’17-’18 Grant

We're thrilled to share with you that the NRGRDA, in partnership with Forward Southern West Virginia, is one of the recipients of the Beckley Area Foundation 2017-2018 Community Grants. The support they will provide, beginning April 2017, will support the growth of...

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DBBA Touts Female Entrepreneurs in Beckley

At the Downtown Beckley Business Association member meeting on March, 3 2017 four local female entrepreneurs spoke about their experiences owning a business in Beckley. We heard inspiring stories from Tara Barlow owner of Kilted Barber, Leigh Korn who helps run her...

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Hinton Snuggle & Read

A Snuggle and Read was held Friday, January 20, 2017 for Hinton Area Elementary Pre-K at the Summers Memorial Building. Snuggle and Read is a program through WV Read Aloud Mary Kay Bond, Executive Director of Read Aloud WV attended the event and spoke to the parents...

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Reboot Richwood Grant

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh, through its Blueprint Communities Initiative, recently awarded a mini-grant of $10,000 to Reboot Richwood to assist that organization with a civic project. The mini-grant will be used to fund the development of a...

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Flood of 2016 – Recovery

In the wake of the recent floods that severely impacted southern West Virginia the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The US Economic Development Administration (USEDA) began the process of engaging community stakeholders, local elected leaders, and...

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Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shops

The Downtown Beckley Business Association (DBBA) hosted the Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shops on Nov. 26th for Shop Small Saturday. DBBA organizers including NRGRDA/WVSU Extension Agent Christine Kinder worked with 35 vendors and 2 property owners to house vendors...

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