BECKLEY - Representatives from six
communities across southern West Virginia gathered to discuss ways to help
revitalize their area.
It is all part of the Blueprint Communities program,
organized by the West Virginia Community Development Hub. For the past nine
months, representatives from Bluefield, Hinton, Marlinton, Princeton, Richwood
and Sophia have been determining plans to improve their communities.
On Thursday, they worked on presentations summarizing
their goals for long-term solutions.
Representatives say they have long-term solutions that
they want to put into action. “In the end, we all bring our ideas together and we want our governor to
know about this,” explained Princeton City Manager Elke Doom. “We want our
legislators to understand and buy into what we're doing - what [Blueprint
Communities are] all doing.”
Ray Moeller, a
volunteer for Richwood, said the program is not a short-term fix but focuses on
the bigger picture. “It's putting things in place that will then be carried forward
by these volunteers and Blueprint team members.”
In January, representatives will present their ideas in
Charleston to sponsors of the program, legislators, and other officials to
determine whether their plans can come to fruition.