New River ValleyLivability Initiative   Lessons Learned
Virginia’s New River Valley:• mostly rural and small    university towns• Decline in manufacturing    jobs in rural counti...
Lesson 1: Understand Local Values          RURAL LIVABILITY PRINCIPLES•    Provide more transportation       • Protect the...
CITIZEN OUTREACH•   Kick-off Summit•   On-line and paper surveys•   Spanish language survey•   Lower literacy paper survey...
A Different Community Conversation: BUILT NRV                                               Goals                         ...
Lesson 2: Expand Your Circle
WORKING GROUP INVOLVEMENT160 participants involved in monthly workinggroup meetings.Participants included:   – 10 State ag...
Lesson 3:Step out of the Housing Silo         Opportunity
KEY TREND: HOUSING COSTSRising energy costs & aging housing stock impacts householdbudgets – both for discretionary and ne...
KEY TREND: COMMUTING PATTERNSLocalities with increased number of commuters can leadto higher household costs.             ...
KEY TREND: JOBS & EDUCATIONEducation attainment impacts job opportunity andearning potential. $60,000 $50,000     Median H...
KEY TREND: AGING POPULATION
Enhancing Living &              Working Environments• Reduce energy costs• Affordable housing  options• Housing choice• En...
Making the Business Environment      more Productive & Efficient• Diversify economic base.• Improve the region’s  telecomm...
Preserving Rural Heritage &             Community Character• Protect scenic beauty/ view  sheds.• Enhance outdoor recreati...
Building Healthy Communities• Monitor and improve the  environmental quality to promote  the health of its residents.• Pro...
IMPACT                  Impact• HOME & Habitat for Humanity• Community Foundation• Virginia Community Capital• Health Dist...
QUESTIONS?http://www.nrvlivability.org
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“Sustainable communities” has as much meaning for rural and tribal communities as it does in urban and suburban areas. Come learn what this term and livability principles mean in a nonmetro context. Learn from HUD, USDA, and rural/tribal communities that have planned and implemented effective strategies. Key topics include economic opportunity, transportation, housing, communications, public engagement, and broadband.

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  • Report is our first attempt at integrating citizen feedback and silo’ed working group efforts.Report focused on 6 key overarching trends that impact our work throughout multiple sectors in the region.Talk about targeted conversations here…..!
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  • D4 sustainable communities kim thurlow

    1. 1. New River ValleyLivability Initiative Lessons Learned
    2. 2. Virginia’s New River Valley:• mostly rural and small university towns• Decline in manufacturing jobs in rural counties• Sustainable Communities Grantee, 2011• 3 year regional planning process – 9 topic areas
    3. 3. Lesson 1: Understand Local Values RURAL LIVABILITY PRINCIPLES• Provide more transportation • Protect the rural character and choices. scenic beauty of our region.• Promote equitable, affordable • Increase regional self-reliance housing. and prosperity.• Enhance economic • Maintain family-friendly competitiveness. communities.• Support existing communities. • Reduce household costs.• Coordinate and leverage federal • Provide more job opportunities. policies and investment. • Build healthy communities.• Value communities and • Help residents age in place. neighborhoods. • Enhance agriculture viability.
    4. 4. CITIZEN OUTREACH• Kick-off Summit• On-line and paper surveys• Spanish language survey• Lower literacy paper survey• Small focus group and community meetings• Interactive performance• Digital storytelling• BUILT planning gameNearly 1,200 New River Valley citizen perspectives
    5. 5. A Different Community Conversation: BUILT NRV Goals core values and priorities key tensions and tradeoffs obstacles, challenges potential action strategiesComparing• rural and in-town perspectives within localities• differences/similarities between localities• perspectives from regional bodies
    6. 6. Lesson 2: Expand Your Circle
    7. 7. WORKING GROUP INVOLVEMENT160 participants involved in monthly workinggroup meetings.Participants included: – 10 State agencies – 12 Regional organizations – 29 Non-profit and community based organizations – 17 Private sector partners or utilities – 21 Departments from 3 Higher- Education Institutions – 15 citizens (no particular affiliation) – All member localities
    8. 8. Lesson 3:Step out of the Housing Silo Opportunity
    9. 9. KEY TREND: HOUSING COSTSRising energy costs & aging housing stock impacts householdbudgets – both for discretionary and necessary items. 12.9% 40.40% 18.7% 28.0% Age of Housing Stock 70+ Years Old 50-69 Years Old 30-49 Years Old <30 Years Old
    10. 10. KEY TREND: COMMUTING PATTERNSLocalities with increased number of commuters can leadto higher household costs. % Workers Driving > 25 miles to Work by Income Floyd Giles Pulaski Radford Mont. (ex towns) Blacksburg Christiansburg 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Less than $35,000 per year More than $35,000 per year
    11. 11. KEY TREND: JOBS & EDUCATIONEducation attainment impacts job opportunity andearning potential. $60,000 $50,000 Median Household Income $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 Less than high school graduate High school graduate (includes equivalency) Some college or associates degree Bachelors degree Graduate or professional degree
    12. 12. KEY TREND: AGING POPULATION
    13. 13. Enhancing Living & Working Environments• Reduce energy costs• Affordable housing options• Housing choice• Enhance transportation options• Successfully age in place/ community
    14. 14. Making the Business Environment more Productive & Efficient• Diversify economic base.• Improve the region’s telecommunication and infrastructure network.• Create multimodal transportation access.• Increase education opportunities/entrepreneur support services.• Strengthen agriculture viability.
    15. 15. Preserving Rural Heritage & Community Character• Protect scenic beauty/ view sheds.• Enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.• Recognize importance of the arts, culture, and history which defines community character and pride.• Strengthen the economic and cultural position of downtowns.• Integrate existing community character into the design of community core improvements.
    16. 16. Building Healthy Communities• Monitor and improve the environmental quality to promote the health of its residents.• Promote proactive choices about food, fitness, family, work, and play.• Foster collaboration across health care providers and networks.• Improve healthy transportation, housing, and recreation options and access for residents.• Prevent and reduce the burden of
    17. 17. IMPACT Impact• HOME & Habitat for Humanity• Community Foundation• Virginia Community Capital• Health District and the Built Environment• Economic Developers and Quality of Life
    18. 18. QUESTIONS?http://www.nrvlivability.org

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