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  • Where There's a Vision, There's Opportunity

    Thursday, December 12, 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
    West Hall A – Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    Dante's extensive community engagement efforts have brought new life into this former coal camp, deep in the hills of southwest Virginia. Led by dedicated community volunteers, the Dante Community Association has worked tirelessly for several years assembling a network of community, county, state, and collegiate partners to accelerate planning initiatives. Their efforts initially targeted two key brownfields, the Dante Depot and the former Arty Lee School, both of which had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. The Community Design Assistance Center from Virginia Tech and Cardno, an environmental consultant, worked with the community to create a conceptual design of their vision, which has since been used to leverage over $635,000 to date.
    Elizabeth Gilboy
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