The creation of new jobs for Southwest Virginia is my highest priority, and the promotion of our region's tourism economy is essential to achieving our goals for the region. Southwest Virginia's many natural assets afford residents with new and greater economic opportunities including the creation and expansion of small, locally owned businesses. Our region possesses Virginia's best outdoor experience, with the highest mountains, most interesting rivers and most scenic vistas. In addition, we have a truly unique history and culture which visitors are just beginning to discover.Tell that to the former residents of Haysi and Grundy, Rick. New development? New residents? New businesses? Improves the quality of life for whom? You mean the former residents of the area?
Across the region, collaborative efforts to promote these assets are receiving national and international attention. The Crooked Road: Southwest Virginia's Heritage Music Trail has been featured in several widely-read national publications and was recently named by USA Today one of America's 15 Unforgettable Summer Vacations. Communities along The Crooked Road are experiencing more and more visitors, and new businesses such as restaurants, shops and lodging are opening. This new development attracts not only new visitors but also new residents and improves the already excellent quality of life for existing residents. (link)
Statistics, pal, don't lie. Only politicians do.
This from yesterday's Bristol Herald Courier:
Southwest Virginia experiences a population crunchLet's revisit Boucher's statement:
By Selena Wiles
Southwest Virginia is in a population crunch. While the rest of the Tri-Cities is busting at the seems with new transplants from Florida and New England, small towns near us, and across the state line, are on the verge of collapse. According to the latest census numbers, Grundy, Virginia and Haysi, Virginia have experiences the greatest decrease in population.
Here are some numbers to consider from the United States Census Bureau. From 1990 to 2006, Johnson City grew by more than 17 percent and so did Kingsport. During the same time period, Grundy, Virginia lost more than 24 percent of it’s population. Haysi, Virginia lost nearly 19 percent of it’s population.
Both Haysi and Grundy, VA were booming in the early 70’s, and even before, because of a booming coal industry. (link)
"Communities along The Crooked Road are experiencing more and more visitors, and new businesses such as restaurants, shops and lodging are opening. This new development attracts not only new visitors but also new residents and improves the already excellent quality of life for existing residents."
A map for your use: So you know, The Crooked Road runs directly through the soon-to-be abandoned town of Haysi and near that of Grundy. The towns that are "experiencing more and more visitors, and the opening of new businesses such as restaurants, shops and lodging."
The towns that have lost a fifth to a quarter of their populations in recent years.
How long are we going to allow area politicians to get away with these lies?
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