This is a reminder for eveyone to take part in the upcoming 2020 Census. \r\n\r\nDid you know the results of the 2020 Census will help determine how federal funding dollars flow into communities for the next decade?\r\n\r\nWhen the Census taker visits you, be aware that school lunches and highway repairs in Marlinton and Pocahontas County depend on this data. \r\n\r\nSupport for firefighters and families in need are also affected by the Census results. For instance, the town needs security cameras in various locations.\r\n\r\nAnd, you can help your community while getting paid. \r\n\r\nJobs for the 2020 Census include both\u00a0field and office positions. \r\n\r\nA single application will allow you to be considered for several positions. \r\n\r\nCall the Beckley Office at 844-840-2286 for more information about jobs, hourly pay and locations.\r\n\r\n- - -\r\n\r\nOver recent decades, the changing nature of the timber and wood products industry has forced communities in the region to find new ways to provide economic opportunity. \r\n\r\nDuring that time, tourism has become an important economic sector in West Virginia and throughout our region. But, according to the US Travel Association, while millions of visitors are drawn to our state each year for outdoor recreation and activities, surrounding states generate two-to- eight times more visitor spending. We must find ways to do the same.\r\n\r\nMarlinton is a member of the Mon Forest Towns Partnership. The Partnership is currently working on a grant application to develop a marketing plan for the entire region. Properly marketed, the proximity of each of the Mon Forest Towns\u2019 10 rural communities to nearby forest resources can be a tremendous driver for economic activity.\r\n\r\nThe Mon Forest Towns Partnership\u2019s aim is to develop a shared vision among the forest communities in the region and identify ways to grow its nature-based and sustainable recreation activities. The partnership\u2019s vision is to connect communities to each other, to the forest, and to our natural resources. This regional approach will result in long-term benefits.