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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 ...

Building a Vibrant Community: We are the place!

ELKINS — Quint Studer, author of “Building a Vibrant Community,” says in his book, “Our country was built on place, built on neighbors, and built on people helping each other.” Randolph County is the place, has the neighbors, and has people that help each other. This is not only true ...

Building a Vibrant Community — Reflections from a ‘new’ resident

Is Elkins a Vibrant Community? My answer is yes. My wife and I returned to Elkins to retire after being away 40 years. Why Elkins you ask? I have lived and worked in many different communities, and I can see that Elkins and Randolph County have much to offer residents and visitors alike. ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Capture the Youth

In Building A Vibrant Community, Quint Studer begins Chapter 13 with this sentence: “Young people are some of the most valuable assets in building a vibrant community.” I might disagree because I think they ARE the most valuable asset. Quint goes on to explain that “vibrant means energy, ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Think Inclusion!

Inclusion means giving everyone a seat at the table AND giving them an active role in building a vibrant community. Inclusion has many community benefits. Develops Trust. When only one community segment is active, it creates a sense of “haves” and “have nots” or winners and losers. ...

Building a ‘thriving’ Vibrant Community

There is big difference between a community which is “surviving” and one that is “thriving.” The surviving community is getting by; one business closes and another one opens; a family leaves and another moves in. The surviving community is stagnate. A thriving community is ...

Building a Vibrant Community – smaller retailers add online shopping

Businesses must be able to adjust their business model as needed, but retail is one of the sectors that has gone through the most drastic and obvious changes as society went from shopping at locally owned “mom and pop” establishments, to patronizing shopping malls instead. Shopping ...

Scenic Beauty

One thing I am hearing from all walks-of-life right now is a dislike for the absence of group activity, events, church gatherings, clubs and festivals. Many of us have wound our lives around these service groups or recreational activities and are now socially experiencing deprivation and ...

Building a Vibrant Community

There is real value of internships to a community. Many students around the world opt for internships before they formally begin working full-time. Internships are often managed with studies or during breaks between semesters or terms. Internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Are you plugged in?

ELKINS — It’s a great time to call Elkins-Randolph County home. When I first moved to Elkins in 2015, I was impressed by the countless individuals and organizations with a shared vision for a vibrant, livable community. Sure, it’s easy enough to sit back and complain about what’s ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Are you ready to join us?

ELKINS — Do you want a Vibrant Community in Elkins and Randolph County? It’s our number one focus at the Chamber. We want our current businesses to flourish, and we seek new businesses to discover all that Randolph County has to offer! We want visitors to experience the beauty and ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Early Brain Development

Transforming Elkins into a place where we all want to live, work, play, and stay is a very lofty goal. By creating the Vibrant Task Forces, we’ve broken it down into smaller chunks that can be tackled more easily by many people. Our task force is focusing on Early Childhood Brain ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Shopping Local

Several task forces along with many organizations are working to build a vibrant Elkins community. This article is about supporting local. As discussed in last week’s Building a Vibrant Community article, supporting local business is key to building a more vibrant community. There is a ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Shopping Local

Several task forces along with many organizations are working to build a vibrant Elkins community. This article is about shopping local. A walk thought the woods is always a unique experience. There is the squirrel that scampers away, the mushroom that grew overnight, the sunlight peeking ...

Building a Vibrant Community – What’s our message, Randolph County?

ELKINS — What’s our message, Randolph County? We don’t mean what do we want or what do we need. We all want some things in our community, and we definitely need some things, too. Our wants and needs will be addressed in articles coming later in this Building A Vibrant Community ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Chapter 11

The foundation for EVERYTHING that will happen in a community in the future is education. A strong Education System = A Vibrant Community. Doing a good job teaching our children will provide our community with a well-educated workforce in the future. And, studies show, a well-educated ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Chapter 9

ELKINS — Improving the appearance of a community does not require a huge investment. Consider someone who owns a home, adding a coat of paint can improve how the house looks and feels. While an addition to the house might be nice, the expense is not always necessary. The same is true of ...

Sentimental Journey

If a totally uplifting experience is desired, do make the trip to Harrisville, West Virginia, where you can enjoy a retail store named Berdine’s 5 & Dime that is known for being the oldest establishment of its kind east of the Mississippi River. The drive can easily be made in ...

Building a Vibrant Community

ELKINS — “Downtown” is the heart and soul of a community.A great downtown is a requirement for attracting young talent. A vibrant downtown gets people activated and sparks growth throughout the community. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s, downtowns began a long, slow period of decline. ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Change requires small wins and obtaining the involvement of several in the community. However, this is not enough. Old thinking patterns must be broken. Someone once said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again – and expecting different results. Elkins ...