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Vision 2020: Broadband service seen as top priority

The need for broadband communications service appeared to be the top priority on the minds of a couple dozen residents and officials who participated in a Vision 2020 meeting at New River Community College last night.
The purpose of the meeting, sponsored by New River Valley Planning District Commission, was to discuss needs and issues facing the New River Valley, and how to help the region through these tough economic times.
Participants were asked to brainstorm answers to two main questions: “What can be done immediately to shore up our local businesses, organizations and people?” and “What are things we need to do today to support a bright future for our children?”
Mediator Marty Holiday of Floyd County said the information obtained at the meeting and five others to be held throughout the NRV, will be used to update a Vision 2020 plan developed in the late 1990s following a major layoff of workers at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (the arsenal).
She said a final meeting will be held in late April to early May to review information compiled from all six meetings.
The top suggestions for the session included development of broadband service, investing in the NRV’s infrastructure, buying local, constructing a new middle school in Pulaski, stopping social and substance dependency, recruiting and retaining good teachers, marketing all the NRV has to offer, and improving the jobs market.
“Affordable” broadband communications was seen as a critical issue for the area because it is an important economic tool. It was pointed out that many of today’s businesses and industries will only locate in areas offering broadband connections to the internet.
Broadband internet service also offers the opportunity for citizens to live in a rural area while working for companies in urban areas.
“I don’t think people understand how critical broadband is to industry,” Pulaski Economic Development Director John White said.

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Vision 2020: Broadband service seen as top priority

The need for broadband communications service appeared to be the top priority on the minds of a couple dozen residents and officials who participated in a Vision 2020 meeting at New River Community College last night.
The purpose of the meeting, sponsored by New River Valley Planning District Commission, was to discuss needs and issues facing the New River Valley, and how to help the region through these tough economic times.
Participants were asked to brainstorm answers to two main questions: “What can be done immediately to shore up our local businesses, organizations and people?” and “What are things we need to do today to support a bright future for our children?”
Mediator Marty Holiday of Floyd County said the information obtained at the meeting and five others to be held throughout the NRV, will be used to update a Vision 2020 plan developed in the late 1990s following a major layoff of workers at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (the arsenal).
She said a final meeting will be held in late April to early May to review information compiled from all six meetings.
The top suggestions for the session included development of broadband service, investing in the NRV’s infrastructure, buying local, constructing a new middle school in Pulaski, stopping social and substance dependency, recruiting and retaining good teachers, marketing all the NRV has to offer, and improving the jobs market.
“Affordable” broadband communications was seen as a critical issue for the area because it is an important economic tool. It was pointed out that many of today’s businesses and industries will only locate in areas offering broadband connections to the internet.
Broadband internet service also offers the opportunity for citizens to live in a rural area while working for companies in urban areas.
“I don’t think people understand how critical broadband is to industry,” Pulaski Economic Development Director John White said.

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