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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 8:00 am

A team from Marion participated in a three-day workshop designed especially for towns and communities bordering national or state parks, forests, and other treasured public lands. Working with national and regional experts on sustainable tourism, economic development, the arts, natural and cultural resources, transportation, and branding, the seven-person team crafted a new vision that focuses on the unique Appalachian assets that make Marion an appealing place to live, work and recreate.

The partnership of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Conservation Fund, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation convened the program. With partnership and relationship-building as essential elements to the Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop, each of the eight participating communities, representing states from Alabama to Virginia, formed a diverse team that included a public land manager, elected officials, business and tourism representatives, civic leaders, and community arts representatives.

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