Up-and-comers in Wytheville, Virginia – in search of bold ideas – weren’t happy with how things were playing out at Town Hall. The latest episode of the web series Save Our Towns  shows how a younger generation of leaders made their voices heard and began to change the face of downtown.

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The episode’s Small Town Big Number segment explores absentee land ownership in Appalachia, often the key to controlling a community’s future. Viewers will also discover how Glade Spring, Virginia, struggles to regain momentum the mayor says it lost. An expert tip follows, stressing the importance of each town finding its unique personality and focus.

Save Our Towns is produced by Outreach and International Affairs and distributed to mayors and town managers throughout Appalachian Virginia and beyond. This is the first episode of Save Our Towns season six. Last season’s episodes covered Glen Lyn, Virginia; Lewisburg, West Virginia; Christiansburg, Virginia; Bedford, Virginia; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Danville, Virginia.