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Old 09-30-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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HPD receives grant

Huntington Receives Department of Justice Crime Fighting Grant | Huntington News
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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HUNTINGTON – Mayor Steve Williams will join mayors from across the country at the second annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Oct. 15-16, in Louisville, Ky.

With a focus on making an entrepreneurial city, mayors and entrepreneurship experts will discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.
Williams to attend Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship | Huntington News
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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HUNTINGTON -- The city's fleet of salt trucks hit the road Friday morning for their first dry run in more than a decade, something city officials hope is a dose of preparation to symbolize renewed commitment for clearing snow- and ice-covered roadways this winter.

City officials gathered at Friday morning's open house to showcase new snow plows, additional salt spreaders, staff enhancements and the implementation of a new pavement treatment system.

Assistant public works director Jim Insco hopes those additions usher in a new era.

"I'm ecstatic," Insco said. "If it would snow today or tonight, we would be ready to go."

This year's fleet consists of seven trucks. Each vehicle will carry with one of seven salt spreaders. Six trucks will be equipped with a snow plow. Together, that marks a increase of two plows and three spreaders.

The city also has a full complement of 16 drivers as opposed to a roster that included three vacancies last year. Insco said the Public Works Department also is prepared to pull in 50 additional workers from its traffic, motor pool, sanitation and trash divisions.
City adds to arsenal for clearing snow, ice | The Herald-Dispatch
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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Lots of dilapidated houses around the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center and CHH Outpatient Surgery Center continue to be boarded up and demolished. Things are looking much better in this area and will continue to improve as they tear down more and more of these structures. I'm really excited to see the plans that Marshall and CHH have for this area. I would love to see a very nice clinical research building constructed and/or additional clinical space. At the rate MUSOM is growing in terms of residency and fellowships, the space is much needed.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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I definitely hope that they put it to good use. Hopefully it becomes something more than a parking lot in the short term. What I'd really like to see Marshall and Cabell team up for is some med school housing in that area. Such an initiative could tear down dilapidated structures and provided much needed nice, convenient, modern housing for the med school students.

In other news, the city had a $202,200 pension budget surplus this year. That's something you never thought you would hear 5-10 years ago. The pension changes Huntington leaders pushed for seem to be paying off.

City has pension budget surplus | The Herald-Dispatch
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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All Huntington Charter Amendments Pass | Huntington News

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Old 11-10-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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New Tristate Recreation guide out this week:

https://m.facebook.com/TriStateRecreationGuide
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:43 AM
 
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Huntington Council of Arts Sets Mission | Huntington News
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Land bank snags 111 tax liens at county auction | The Herald-Dispatch
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:14 PM
 
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This was posted a few months ago and it seems that we missed it. However, tbailey did post that we were awarded the assistance a while ago. This is the follow up.

Here is a quick recap for everyone:
Huntington selected to receive smart growth assistance | City of Huntington

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Smart Growth America announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the City of Huntington was selected as one of 18 communities nationwide to receive the organization’s 2014 free smart growth technical assistance program.

Huntington will receive a one-or-two-day training session with an expert from Smart Growth America on planning for economic and fiscal health. This technical assistance is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

The City of Huntington applied for this technical assistance to assist in developing a strategy using smart growth principles to implement Plan 2025, to reduce negative outcomes from a combined stormwater and sanitary system, and to encourage quality housing and business development.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing the tools and training to help community leaders keep their cities and towns livable, sustainable and vital places,” said Roger Millar, Vice President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. “We are excited about working with each of these communities to develop local solutions that support thriving places now and for generations to come.” ...
The article gives a general summary of everything, but the links to the PDFs with some more detailed analysis are at the bottom of the page. They highlight many things that have been discussed on this forum for some time, but if you read their Next Steps Memo, the is provided below, you will see some more good ideas. Basically, the City of Huntington has everything laid out for it, and now must simply act on it.

Huntington, WV hosts workshop to implement Plan 2025’s vision of reinvestment | Smart Growth America

Huntington, WV: Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health Report and Suggested Next Steps| Smart Growth America

Their suggestions for Huntington are as follows:

1. Give attention to the streets.
2. Focus your effort.
3. Make it easier to do what you want done.
4. Connect to the waterfront.
5. Use events.
6. Establish an institutional framework for enduring collaboration.
7. Commission a fiscal study.
8. Focus efforts to locate as much employment as possible along the axis created
by the Old Main and Hal Greer corridors.
9. Examine options to strengthen transit service.

If some of these seem vague, then check the Next Steps memo that I linked.
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