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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Emory and Henry College


Community Development Block Grant Study, Dante, Russell County, Virginia - "Building from Ground Zero"

For twenty years the citizens of Dante, Virginia, have been engaged and actively working to redefine and reposition the community, often defying all odds and expectations in their successes. The 2015 ATP students will work with the city of Dante, Russell County, and the Special Projects Manager of People Inc.

As part of a community planning effort, Emory & Henry's 2015 ATP class will provide student support to design and conduct citizen surveys and coordinate community meetings to assess income and interests related to reuse and subsequent redevelopment of the Dante Depot. Based on the results of these surveys, community meetings, and data analysis, Dante, in collaboration with Russell County and People Inc., will be applying for Community Develop Block Grant (CDBG) planning monies from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in the next funding cycle, in order to underwrite further economic development initiatives, utilizing the former Dante Depot.

2015 ATP Proposal 

Emory & Henry Live Presentation in Washington, D.C.


Contact Information:

Talmage A. Stanley, Ph.D
Professor of Civic Innovation
Director, Appalachian Center for Civic Life
Emory and Henry College 
P.O. Box 947 
Emory, VA 24327-0947 
Telephone: (276) 944-6900

Previous Conference Participation:
2014   2013     2012    2011   2010    2009 

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