The Meadow River Valley in Greenbrier County was recently designated a Blueprint Community, one of only six in West Virginia this year.
With community support playing a vital role in the long-term success of the initiative, the newly-formed 11-member team is gathering in Rainelle for an official kick-off event.
Representing different sectors of economic development in Greenbrier Valley, the team was formed to maintain a cohesive and collaborative core that keeps the project moving forward. They met as a group in Bridgeport, WV last month for the initial training. Next steps are to share how the project works for the Meadow River Valley and what this year of training means for residents.
“We want our community to meet the team we’ve put in place and get involved in our revitalization initiatives,” states Matt Ford, Meadow River Valley Association, Inc. (MRVA) president. “It’s going to make a real difference for our Meadow River Valley residents, and we want them to see how we’re progressing from the ground up.”
The Blueprint Communities Meadow River Valley community kick-off takes place on Monday, July 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fruits of Labor Café & Bakery in Rainelle. Everyone is invited to attend. Dinner is provided by Fruits of Labor. RSVPs are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blueprint Communities was developed by Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh and supported in West Virginia by The Hub, its a year-long initiative that supports communities as they look to develop local leadership, collaborate and plan for future economic growth. www.BlueprintCommunities.com
Meadow River Valley Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), formed in 2018 out of the need for hope and a new beginning, starting with a campaign that rebranded the western end of Greenbrier County as the Meadow River Valley. Its mission is to promote, advocate for, support and manage community collaboration and economic development in the Meadow River Valley including Quinwood, Rainelle, Rupert and other unincorporated townships within the valley.