A New Promise for an Old Place: The Revitalization and Re-Visioning of a Small Rural Town
Glade Spring was partially destroyed by a tornado in April 2011. At the time, it was on the cusp of major redevelopment projects, initiated from a new cadre of community leaders. Many thought that the destruction wrought in the tornado was the death knell for the place. Since April 2011, however, the town has regained and redoubled its stride. This project was built on lessons learned in the rebuilding effort, and extended those lessons for positive and proactive growth. Students conducted research on the town of Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia, identifying assets and resources necessary for a dynamic, creative, local economy. Students worked collaboratively with members of the Glade Spring community and the officers of Project Glade to develop a marketing plan that can then be used to recruit businesses and social entrepreneurial initiatives to the Glade Town Square. Also, the research and data will be used to support the community's application for economic development grants. Finally, this work involved development of a sustainability plan as well as a strategy for implementation.
Talmage A. Stanley, Ph.D
Emory and Henry College
P.O. Box 947
Emory, VA 24327-0947
Telephone: ( 276) 944-6817
Previous Conference Participation: 2012 2011 2010 2009