Consultant sees bright future of growth for city's uptown
By Mickey Powell, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer
An expert on revitalizing commercial business districts said Thursday that uptown Martinsville is ripe for economic growth due to changes occurring in the community.
“I cannot ever remember working in a community that’s had so many new opportunities appear, bang, at one time,” said Kennedy L. Smith, co-founder of the Community Land Use and Economics Group LLC (CLUE).
Examples she mentioned include the ... (link)
Now far be it from me to question this expert's highly remunerated conclusions.
So I'll let others do it:
Effects of population drop far-reaching, officials saySo. The economic outlook for Martinsville and Henry county is either "bright" or it's "not good," depending on which expert you listen to.
By Debbie Hall, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer
More job opportunities and better pay elsewhere are root causes of the declining population in Martinsville and Henry County, and the future outlook is “not good.”
Qian Cai, director of the Demographics Unit at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, said declining population will affect all sectors of the locality.
Between 2000 and 2006, Henry County’s population dropped from 57,930 to 54,506, according to population estimates released by the center this week.
Martinsville’s population also declined, from 15,416 in 2000 to 14,320 in 2006, according to the center.
The decline is not just in Martinsville and Henry County. It extends to other areas of Southside and Southwest Virginia, where populations are both aging and shrinking, Cai said. (link)
I'll go with the cheerleader. Seems to be the way we do things around here.