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The Big Meeting Article 11 19 08

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Published by Matt Owens
Haysi 1st Meeting for Town Revitalization
Haysi 1st Meeting for Town Revitalization

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CLINTWOOD,
VA.
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PHOTO
BY
TERESA
MULLINS
Haysi
area
residents
packed
the
HaysiKiwanisbuilding
Monday
night
to
listento
details
about
a
plan
to
revitalize
the
town'sdowntownarea.
Haysi
revitalization
process
will
be
long,
but
worth
it
BYTERESA
MULLINS
STAFF
WRITER
HAYSIAcrowdofnearly100peoplefilledtheHaysiKiwanisbuildingMondayeveningtolearnabouta
plantorevitalizethetown.
They
foundout
that
while
the
processwilllikelybealongone,it
shouldbewellworththe
effort.
Haysi's
revitalization
process
beganwhen
the
town
was
recently
acceptedasa
Commercial
District
Affiliatethrough
theVirginia
DepartmentofHousingand
Community
Development.
The
affili
ateoptionallowscommunitiesthat
don't
meet
criteriafortheVirginiaMainStreetprogramtostillbenefit
fromitsresources,suchastrainingby
Haysi's
revitalization
process
began
whenthetown
was
recently
accepted
as
a
Commercial
District
Affiliate
through
the
Virginia
Department
of
Housing
and
Community
Development.
stateandnationaldowntowmdevelop
ment
experts.
TheprogramusestheNational
Main
Street
model
torevitalizesmall
er,
traditional
business
districts.
The
modelreliesonacomprehensive,incrementalapproachtobuildeco
nomicvitalityusinga
community's
uniqueheritageandattributesasa
foundation.
JimBaldwin,ExecutiveDirector
withtheCumberlandPlateauPlanning
District,wasonhandatMonday'smeetingtodiscusstheprocessand
answerquestions.Baldwinsaidinan
interviewyesterdaythattheHaysi
meetingwasone
of
thelargestcrowds
hehadeverseenataninitialmeeting
foradowntownrevitalizationproject.
AtMondaynight'smeeting,Baldwinstressedtheimportanceofcommunitysupportduringtheprocess,aswellasthecooperationof
PLEASESEE
HAYSI,
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