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Organization plans strategy to better the Roanoke Valley

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"We will be the destination for individuals, families and businesses who share the same dream that we do," said Lisa Garst, chair of the steering committee for Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley.

Tuesday night they held just one of many events that engages the public in brainstorming ideas to better the Roanoke Valley.

Garst has been working with the organization for more than two years now.

She says the strategy plays on the valley's strengths and focuses on how to make them stronger.

"There are so many local strengths in the valley that we overlook or take for granted. But we have such an opportunity here to grow our own workforce, to promote our own events, to really take advantage of the resources that we have," Garst said.

The four part plan includes preserving natural assets with projects like completing the greenways in Roanoke and cleaning local streams.

It aims to stimulate the local economy first by bringing in more businesses and building up the local workforce by training younger generations in trade skills.

Lastly it focuses on creating a healthier living environment with projects like supporting local farmers markets and bringing broadband infrastructure for better technology in hospitals.

Todd Putney says the plan isn't complicated, it comes down to giving the people what they want.

"The keys are is that it's simple, it matches our strengths, and it's inclusive of all of the people that live here."

Input which will be used to help shape local government and make the Roanoke Valley a better place to live.

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