By MAX GARLAND
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — Many Kanawha Valley communities face similar problems, like a need for new business after the coal decline, improved health care, more youth-oriented activities and attractions to bring in visitors.
Only one, though, had a four-year college, its longtime community anchor and main employer, move to another city.
Greg Ingram, the mayor of Montgomery, hopes a new report from Virginia Tech and local agencies will help provide a roadmap for his city — and provide some funding to make things happen.
The report says it “combines findings from a decade of community discussions … to propose actionable steps to address persistent issues facing the city.”
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