Where CreativeTraditionsandNew TechnologiesMeet Lydeana Martin, Floyd County, Virginia 1
Our “Weaknesses” No four-lane No railroad No natural gas No airport No “Product” (readily available building space) Limited water capacity (less than 150,000gpd currently) No hospital No university
Our Strengths No four lane, no natural gas, etc. ;-) Strong, fun downtown Vibrant, welcoming community with local arts, foods, music, wineries etc. Entrepreneurship and Independence Robust fiber optics, increasingly recognized Good schools People good with their hands Floyd Regional Commerce Center Proximity to Virginia Tech
Floyd’s Recognition Sustainable Communities . . . Six Great Places Maybe You’’ve never Heard of Mother Earth News, Feb 2011 Southern Dream Towns Music is just one of this Town’s High Notes Garden & Gun April 2010 Top 10 Southern American Cities Salon City, April 2007 Top 15 Travel Destinations: The Crooked Road USA Today 2007 Virginia Town on Slow [Food] City Pace USA Today Nov 2006
But many challenges . . . High out-commuting rates (60%) Among the lowest wages in Virginia (factors include so many low-end service jobs) Limited tax base (residential growth) Diversification is desperately needed as traditional manufacturing is gone; farms are struggling Even our small business often are not stable or growing good-paying jobs
People Want to Be In Floyd Floyd CountyFloyd County
Communication Services• 200Gbps backbone on a open access network with redundant and diverse routing with other network providers like: Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative and Bristol Virginia Utilities. – Upgradable to 800Gbps – Co-location building located at the Floyd Regional Commerce Center with 200amps DC power system, battery backups, and 25kW on-site emergency generator – Over 95% of all network facilities are buried
Education:Excellence In K-12 Education Floyd County Schools ~ All Meeting SOL’s, NCLB Wired for the Future –For more than a decade, students at every level in Floyd County have been trained to use the Internet Floyd County Schools became one of the first schools systems in U.S. to place Internet access in each classroom (by 1995) •6th Graders do morning news show through digital video & school computer network have for 6 years+ Smart Board technology used in each school Powerpoint in lst grade!
Vibrant Downtown Growth in Tourism Vibrant downtown
Music: Live 5 days/week “ ITS NO MYSTERY why a city as buttoned-up as Washington connects with music as down-home as Floydfest bluegrass -- it gets us back to ourselves. Anyone interested in tracking the sound a little closer to its source need only travel to the southwestern Virginia town of Floyd. Every Friday night, players, listeners and dancers come from all around to gather at the general store for the Friday Night Jamboree. ”Friday Night Jamboree Blues and Roots music Black Dog Jazz and Our Live music in Floyd Wed-Sun Dog Blue Concerts
The Arts art t he b e st O n e o f ca F loyd: Ameri hn Villani, ns in ~J o t o wns Sm all A rts T ow est Arts Original Art Work by Local Artist Charlotte Atkins 100 BThe Jacksonville Center for the ArtsThe Jacksonville Centers mission is to stimulateeconomic development through tourism byshowcasing those artistic, creative, educational,and entertainment aspects of rural life which areunique to this region. 11
Natural & Historic AreasBuffalo Mountain (3,977 ft) Floyd County B lu e R id g e P a r k w a y: Mabry Mill Rock Castle National Recreation Area
Business Clusters in Floyd County Foods: Blue Mountain Organics Chateau Morrisette Winery Good Food Good People Natural Products: Green Label Organics GreenDeva’s Faith Mountain Farm
Business Clusters in Floyd County Polymers/Advanced Materials: Hollingsworth & Vose BG Genesis, LLC Automotive: Dex (Volvo subsidiary) Technology: Citizens (communications) Electronic Prototypes Entryway (software) Newland Group (GIS/GPS)
Business Clusters in Floyd County Home-Building/Furnishings: Streamline Timberworks Crenshaw Lighting Builderscrete, Blue Ridge Yurts, and MANY Cabinetmakers, Woodworkers Artists and Artisans Hundreds . . .
Green-buildings in Floyd One of largest salvaged timber-frame building in USEco-Village (Net zero homes) Office Building with solar, Hotel Floyd—energy geothermal energy, plus grey efficient, local sourced water system