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Bolling to bring '100 Ideas' tour to SW Va.

Staff report • Apr 3, 2007 at 11:54 AM

WISE - Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has announced a series of Town Hall "Idea-raisers" during a two-day tour of Southwest Virginia next week to glean governance tips from the region's residents and promote his initiative, "100 Ideas for the Future of Virginia."

"Virginia is a great place to live, but the truth is we face some challenges in Virginia today," Bolling said Monday. "If we are going to prepare our state for the future, we have to develop a plan for addressing important issues like education, public safety, transportation, health care, protecting the environment, and much more."

Bolling's "100 Ideas" initiative is the lieutenant governor's request of business, civic and political leaders, as well as ordinary citizens from every walk of life, to attend Town Hall "Idea-raisers" in their communities.

"I am inviting people to bring their positive ideas and solutions to Town Hall Idea-raisers in their area. We need the help and input of the people of Southwest Virginia to make certain we chart the right course for the future of Virginia."

Bolling's swing through Southwest Virginia will be April 12-13. The sessions are designed to be small, informal gatherings "conducive to candid conversation" about the future of Virginia. Bolling said he hopes residents of the region come prepared with positive ideas and solutions for the challenges that confront the commonwealth.

Richlands Town Hall is the host site for Bolling's two-day tour beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12, followed by a noon session in Lebanon hosted by the Russell County Chamber of Commerce at the Bonanza Family Restaurant. The day will conclude with a 3 p.m. session in The Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

An early bird meeting hosted by the Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce is set for 7:30 a.m. in the Clintwood Community Center Friday, April 13. Space is limited for the Clintwood event, and residents are asked to RSVP to Rita Surratt by Sunday at rsurratt@dcwin.org. At 10 a.m. that day, a session is slated for the Appalachian Law School in Grundy. Bolling's office said additional events during his regional tour will be announced in coming days.

Additional information on Bolling's "100 Ideas" initiative can be found by visiting www.100IdeasVA.com.

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