Brad Armstrong, Marlinton’s VISTA Rec-reational Economy Coordinator (REC), was introduced to the community last week on the front page of The Pocahontas Times. Brad has invested his first few weeks on the job meeting various program representatives in person and vir- tually. The Marlinton Comprehensive Plan, Mon-Forest Town Spreadsheet and Marlinton Bike Plan has required a lot of reading in order to get up to speed and develop action steps to move a growing number of projects forward – which are already underway.

A substantial part of beginning activities includes collaborating with other interested team members to plan the first Bike Strategy Stakeholders Meeting. First steps will be to identify a process to convey the plan to stakeholders during the meeting. The goal will be to end the meeting with a pro-cess where individuals can identify areas of interest where they can assist. The stakeholders meeting is planned to take place before the end of October.

Among those presenting educational updates, work in progress and work to come will be Mon Forest Towns Snowshoe Highlands Area Recreation Collaborative US Forest Service, DARRE and others.