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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Revitalizing Ravenswood Project encourages community to join in

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  • RAVENSWOOD - A team consisting of faculty and graduate students from West Virginia University’s Department of Public Administration has been invited to work with Ravenswood on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, as part of the Revitalizing Ravenswood project. The purpose of this visit is for community members to share stories and perspectives in order to understand one another’s values and generate a common vision for Ravenswood’s future.  
    This is the first phase in a community-driven process designed to create and begin implementing a comprehensive plan for the community. The City of Ravenswood invites community members to join the team!
    The community is invited to participate in Community Conversations at Ravenswood High School on Friday, April 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 12, from either 10-12:30 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m. Community members are needed to help identify challenges and opportunities in Ravenswood.
    Michael Ihle, Mayor of Ravenswood, emphasizes, “Community participation is vital to this project because our comprehensive plan should ultimately reflect the whole community’s vision. I ask everyone to join in!”
    “We are honored and grateful to be working with WVU on this project and to have their expertise on hand as we shape our community’s vision and goals,” said Ihle. “We hope that the community will join the team on this important project and help us create a vision that we can all pursue.”
    The WVU team is comprised of faculty, graduate students, and community-based professionals, including experts in Land Use Planning and Law, Community Design, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Recreation and Tourism, Public Administration, Historic Preservation, and a variety of other disciplines. These experts need to learn about the qualities that make Ravenswood special to provide technical assistance for making the most of our potential. That’s why community participation is crucial.
    For more information about the Revitalizing Ravenswood project, please contact Margaret Stout at (304) 293-7978.

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