The VISION 2025 Initiative is about working together to provide jobs and opportunities for residents of Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands while enhancing tourism and our quality of life.
This multi-pronged community-led effort is supported by a partnership between the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The effort began with a community meeting facilitated by John Rhodes of Moran, Stahl, and Boyer in February 2013 that was designed to help all of us better understand principles of economic development, historical trends in our area, and future trends. Later that spring, participants from the first community meeting plus other interested stakeholders gathered to identify action steps to help implement a vision for revitalization over the next twelve years. Below are the reports from those two initial meetings:
Video from the March 2013 Community Economic Development Summit
Video from the May 2016 Community Economic Development Vision Session
Achieving the vision will be based initially on five initiatives, each supported by an Action Team with a team coordinator, vision, strategy, and schedule to get started. Over time, each initiative will develop, and it is expected that others will be added. The first five working groups are listed below:
- Real Estate, Utility Development, and Marketing to Expand Industry Base
- Alleghany Highlands Web Store and Small Business Support
- Corridor Curb Appeal, Gateway, and Main Street Enhancement
- Community Landscaping and Destination Gardens
- Alleghany Highlands Industrial Heritage and Technology Discovery Center
A community meeting took place in March 2014 to review progress during the first year. Below is a copy of the overview presentation.