SITES OF INTEREST
Americans for the Arts
A non-profit organization focusing on advancing the arts in America.
Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership
that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities
for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality
Blue Ridge Travel Association
A non-profit membership organization promoting tourism in the seventeen
county region of the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia. Those
counties of Bland, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Giles,
Grayson, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Scott, Smyth,
Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol,
Galax, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem in mid-southwestern
Craft Organization Development
Serves organizations with education and professional development
to foster public appreciation and understanding of craft.
Department of Business Assistance
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is the economic
development agency dedicated to the growth and success of the
Commonwealth's business community. Established by the Virginia
General Assembly in 1996, the Virginia Department of Business
Assistance ensures that businesses and entrepreneurs have a
principal point of contact with state government for inquiries
Heart of Appalachia Tourism
Promotes tourism in the seven coalfield counties of Buchanan,
Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Wise, Tazewell and the city
Historic Crab Orchard Museum
The middle Appalachian region's most comprehensive cultural
heritage museum. Located in scenic Tazewell County, Virginia.
Ninth District Development
Financing, Inc. (NDDF)
A Revolving Loan Fund that was established by Congressman Rick
Boucher for use in the Ninth Congressional District. NDDF is
a tax-exempt corporation that was founded to make loans to new
or expanding non-profits and small businesses that are tourism
People Incorporated Financial
A community development financing institution created to provide
financing solutions to viable businesses that build wealth and
create jobs for low-income and low-wealth families and to provide
high quality service to businesses that build on the community's
National Assembly of State
A membership organization that unites, represents and serves
the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies.
National Endowment for the
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States
government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation,
and public programs in the humanities.
'Round the Mountain
'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network is
a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable
economic development of the region's communities by assisting
local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial
Small Business Administration
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through
an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with
public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services
to people throughout the United States.
Small Business Development
We are an organization of 29 local SBDCs across Virginia providing
professional business counseling, training and information resources
to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.
Southwest Virginia Community College
SwVCC is a comprehensive institution of higher education that
offers more than 80 programs of study leading to an associate
degree, a diploma, a certificate or a career studies certificate.
Economic development throughout the service region is of prime
importance to the College, and many services, such as the Workforce
Development Program, the Small Business Development Center and
the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, are provided to
assist in efforts to bring a diversified economic base to the
region. The Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce website provides
more information about Tazewell County.
Virginia Tourism Corporation
The overriding goal of all of VTC's activities is to "serve
the broader interests of the economy of Virginia by supporting,
maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth's domestic and international
inbound tourism and motion picture production industries in
order to increase visitor expenditures, tax revenues and employment."
www.vatc.org or www.virginia.org
Virginia Commission for the
An agency of state government whose mission is to support and
stimulate excellence in all of the arts, in their full cultural
and ethnic diversity, in order to enhance the quality of life,
to stimulate economic development, to support educational advancement,
and to make the arts accessible to all Virginians.
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Helping people improve their lives by providing research-based
educational resources through a network of on-campus and local
Extension offices and educators.
Virginia Foundation for the
For more than thirty years the mission of VFH has been to develop
the civic, cultural, and intellectual life of the Commonwealth
by creating learning opportunities for all Virginians. Their
purpose is to bring the humanities fully into Virginia's public
life, assisting individuals and communities in their efforts
to understand the past, confront important issues in the present,
and shape a promising future.