Over the past year, Community Development Agent, Adam Hodges has been writing and editing a new Community Resource Guide titled “Destination Beautification”. A project that began in 2011 with a generous grant from the Claude Worthington-Benedum Foundation, this is the second and expanded version of the original “Beautification Toolkit” that was created to help communities prepare for visitors from the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree. In this new guide, Hodges has enlisted the help of other Extension Agents from West Virginia State University for their expertise, the Communications Department at West Virginia State University for their Design and Production Skills, and secured additional funding from The National Coal Heritage Area Authority to allow for additional printed copies and an expanded release area.
At over 90 pages, the new “Destination Beautification: Community Resource Guide” covers topics like: Façade Improvements, Historic Preservation, Public Arts, Urban Agriculture, Urban Orchards, Urban Renewal, and Tourism Development. It is due to be released this Spring so communities can use it to plan for projects throughout the Spring and Summer of 2015.
It is our hope that by providing community members and civic leaders with real examples of successful projects from nearby communities across Southern WV, we can inspire and guide them to their own successes. This publication will also be a useful tool as our agents seek to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. It will provide a valuable foundation for more in depth discussions of community beautification that reflect the unique character of each community.