We dont have water, but we have broadband...
From Vansant to Clintwood, Internet access is coming to Buchanan and Dickenson counties.
The Southwest Virginia counties received a $1.55 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to bring broadband Internet access to the area. The deployment, which was announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, should begin in six to nine months(LINK)
Maybe a bike and hiking trail should go hand in hand with this. Boucher states that "This is one of the best infrastructure investments we can make for economic prosperity in the future," I think that is arguable. Broadband is a great resource Rick, it has brought us one failed call center after another. Your plan says:
Boucher’s plan calls for Bristol Virginia Utilities to deploy 45 miles of fiber optic cable along state Route 83, starting in Vansant and ending in Clintwood. Along the route, fiber optics will run through the Lover’s Gap industrial site near Grundy and the Dickenson County Technology Park in Clintwood.
How much of that route can provide a business with the real necessities needed? Like water and sewer? Maybe two miles ? You can build roads and lay all the fiber optics you want, but without basic water and sewer nothing will happen.
BTW Rick - It is about time Dickenson County has a big airport also.