(Rainelle) The Meadow River Valley in Greenbrier County has been selected as one of six a Blueprint Communities in West Virginia.
The Blueprint Community Initiative was created by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and is supported in West Virginia by The Hub. The designation means community stakeholders in Meadow River Valley will take part in one year of training to develop a strategic plan for the community and ten years of continued training and funding connections during implementation of the plan. The Meadow River Valley Association President Matt Ford says major projects will likely include turning what will soon be the old Rupert Elementary school into an early childhood learning center and developing recreation opportunities like extending the Meadow River Valley trail and adding boat launches
Ford said, “We’ve got the rail trail that’s planned. The West Virginia DNR is going to put in access points to the river. So, we’ll have several miles of rail trail walking trail, water trail.”
Projects arising from the Blueprint Community Initiative will be overseen by the Meadow River Valley Association. Funding will be secured on an as needed basis. The designation gives the community preferential treatment in some grant application processes.