New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia

According to the latest from the New Economy Network of Southwest Virginia, they intend to host a community forum this Thursday, November the 14th, to discuss issues of land access and absentee ownership of land in the Southwest Virginia region. The event is slated to begin at 6pm in the Appalachia Town Council Chambers located at 508 West Main Street.
The forum will include an expert panel of locals that have first-hand experience with various land matters such as access, leases and studies. These local experts intend to cover subjects such as navigating leases from land-holding companies, the effects of absentee ownership on land taxation and the tools for identifying these land owners. Wise County Extension Agent Phil Meeks, Land Use Ethics Philosopher David Rouse, and local Cattle Farmer Bobby Branham will be among those speaking.
This regional citizens’ group, was created to focus on both sustainable economic development and transition in southwest Virginia. The non-profit organization, Appalachian Voices has an office in Norton that focuses on community and economic development as well as environmental protection in our region. For additional information or to register for the forum, you may contact Tyler Hughes at Appalachian Voices by phone at 276-207-8686 or by email at


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