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Public invited to share ideas during Blue Ridge Rising regional summit on Dec. 5-6

Crystal Graham
waterfall bridge at crabtree falls
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Residents from the Blue Ridge Parkway region are invited to attend the Blue Ridge Rising two-state summit on Dec. 5 and 6 at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, N.C.

The event is an opportunity to help shape a strategic action plan for the 29 counties that border the national park.

Hosted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the summit is the culmination of a nearly year-long planning effort designed to engage and unite Parkway-adjacent counties in North Carolina and Virginia to determine strategies that will benefit the region, with an emphasis on travel, tourism and outdoor recreation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas for the emerging Blue Ridge Rising action plan and connect with people from all across the Parkway corridor to foster regional unity and growth.

Summit highlights include:

  • An opening dinner and keynote address by Dan Chapman, author of A Road Running Southward, Following John Muir’s Journey through an Endangered Land. Chapman will highlight the challenges and possible solutions to protecting the region’s natural bounty.
  • A morning keynote by Eric Eikenberg, CEO, The Everglades Foundation, who will share highlights and lessons learned from taking a regional approach to saving Florida’s Everglades.
  • The Blue Ridge Sampler & Social, a celebratory evening to enjoy regional fare and engage in conversations about the future of the region.
  • Music from renowned guitarist and luthier Wayne Henderson of Grayson County. Henderson was awarded a National Heritage Award by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The summit fee is $150 and includes admission to all sessions, all meals and refreshment breaks.

For more information, visit BlueRidgeRising.com.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.