May 3, 2011
The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $603,500, three-year grant to the Dan River Basin Association, Harvest announced Monday.
The grant will fund the association’s Community Connections through Rivers and Trails Phase III program, the release said.
“We are very excited to begin phase III of the Community Connections Project that will work to create increased recreational opportunities, new trail connections, additional river access locations, and improved health of our community’s rivers and streams,” said DRBA Program Manager Brian Williams. “With funding from the Harvest Foundation, we are utilizing partnerships with state, local and other nonprofit organizations to increase the vitality of our community, making it a more attractive and healthy environment to prospective businesses and residents.”
In the last five years, DRBA has cleared 10 miles of local scenic trails and has created multiple canoe access points along the Smith River. According to a news release from Harvest, “one can easily see that Martinsville-Henry County has become quite the outdoor destination drawing enthusiasts from near and far. Increasing tourism opportunities and enhancing and promoting our community’s quality of life have been key to diversifying our local economy.”
The grant will help continue that, according to the release.
More outdoor recreational options result in a more attractive quality of life to potential tourists as well as businesses and families looking to relocate, the release added. DRBA also offers education programs, and its trails and river access points encourage activity that can help improve residents’ health, the release said.
“We are really very pleased with the transformational progress DRBA has made in just a few short years,” said Harvest’s Jeff Mansour, senior program officer for community vitality. “DRBA’s work has been a high octane boost to our efforts to diversify our local economy, making us even more attractive to potential investors and families looking for a high quality of life.”
The Harvest Foundation was established in 2002 from the sale of the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County.
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