Building a Vibrant Community — We’re Resilient!

ELKINS — At the 2020 EntreCon Virtual Convention on Nov. 16, the Elkins/Randolph County Vibrant Community Initiative won a “Community Resiliency Award.” The 2020 EntreCon Awards are meant to recognize the achievements and economic impact leaders and businesses have on a community.

The Community Resiliency Awards were presented to five communities across the United States who have shown resilience during 2020 using best practices. Elkins/Randolph County’s “Vibrant Community Initiative” was honored as a program that is creating resilience within its community and demonstrating innovation and intent to share effective strategies with others.

The distribution of over 400 copies of Quint Studer’s “Building A Vibrant Community” to members of this region started a community conversation about what our assets are and what our future needs may be if we want Elkins and Randolph County to truly be a place where we can live, work, play, and stay.

There is a lot of behind the scenes planning and strategizing going on now within our community. The pandemic and the approach of winter will keep us in this phase for the short term, but you can still participate! We want your input and ideas. We need you to join the team.

We wish we could just jump in, feet first, and get things done today! However, we must be intentional and thoughtful as we make decisions that affect our entire community. We must gracefully include all stakeholders and respect the process of weaving through proper channels and procedures.

But a vibrant future is there on the horizon! As we await its arrival, we can plan. We know we will need an army of volunteers ready to do the hard work of making our community inviting to visitors and newcomers. The world is changing, and we will need to adapt to take advantage of the changes and embrace new opportunities.

We are strong, Elkins. We are tough, Randolph County. We are West Virginians. We know hardship and turmoil. Our friends at EntreCon recognized it and honored us this week as a “Resilient Community.” Kudos to us! Now, let’s get to work!

To join a Vibrant Community Task Force, email the chamber at chamber@erccc.com or call us at 304-636-2717. You can also find us on Facebook.

Compliments of Tygart Valley Orthopedics, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber has free copies of “Building A Vibrant Community” available to those who would like a copy of the book.


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