The Year 2022 is set to be busy in Marlinton and Pocahontas County. Already, I am happy to have two events behind me. My wife and I, having both survived COVID, are now anxious to get on with what is next. COVID remains present, but in spite of that, lots of dedicated individuals continue to work through trying times, leading us toward better communities for all.
More than six months in the making, The Mon Forest Towns Partnership has completed a Strategic plan, based upon growing the recreation economy in Pocahontas County and the region. During that time, Downstream Strategies has been hired as Grants Coordinator for The MFTP Board. AmeriCorps representatives, employed by the Forest Service, have created a master projects spreadsheet to track and update each town’s projects for 2022 and beyond.
As these projects are identified and prioritized, the plan will be used to guide the work of the grants committee. Several projects were included in the Town of Marlinton’s Comprehensive Plan, adopted in August 2019.