Create Your State

This episode of Making Connections News is a recording from the Create Your State Tour, a musical, multimedia performance that inspires and empowers creative community revitalization and development. The presentation tells the inspiring story of arts-driven community transformation in Princeton, West Virginia, through the eyes of artists and cultural entrepreneurs Lori McKinney and Robert Blankenship, […]

Portal 31 Opens Economic Prospects

A former Harlan County, KY, coal mine that had produced more than 120 million tons of coal before closing in 1962 was reopened several years ago and now serves as a heritage tourism site drawing over 5,000 visitors a year, according to this report from the Ohio Valley ReSource. In 2018, the attraction was awarded […]

Firestarters Inspire At Rural Women’s Summit

In this report the “Firestarters,” six women from around rural America, share stories of personal struggles and community victories as they work to build up and strengthen their home regions. The Firestarters spoke at the closing session of the Rural Women’s Summit, where over 200 women from throughout the nation came together in Greenville, SC, […]

Woodbooger Legend Boosts Norton, VA Tourism

Tourists attracted to verdant mountain views, an abundance of nature and outdoor recreation opportunities, and a local legend are what city managers and others in Norton, VA are hoping will usher in the next chapter in the economic history of this region that has depended on coal mining for the past 100 years. Tourism in […]