My Virginia Resources
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Introducing: The Community Planner
The Community Planner is a journal that focuses on the nuts and bolts of planning and government actions and tasks, whether creating a new comprehensive plan, hiring a consultant, building project files and project timelines, writing a press release or a newsletter, or the myriad of other tasks.
For planning and local government staff, it provides tools to help you make the process of planning and the tasks involved easier by giving you a range of tools, techniques, and advice that will help you streamline the process and cut through complexity. Whether it is developing a timeline and a work program for your comprehensive planning process, developing an RFP (request for proposals), working with universities or regional commissions, writing effective press releases or newsletters, or a host of other tasks.
For elected and appointed officials, including planning commissioners, and for citizens, The Community Planner is designed to help you understand planning and government tasks and give you the tools to become active participants, not just bystanders in the development of your communities and in the functioning of your government. It is designed, in short, to give you the planning tools to make you effective participants in your community's future.
The Tools of the Trade section of The Community Planner provides you access to tools and techniques that you can use in your own work, whether it is building a project timeline or a project file using a spreadsheet program or developing a new approach to problem, project, or product using concept mapping programs.
Please take time to check out the link on the right "Important Information from Virginia Coalition for Open Government. The newsletter will provide you with important changes to State and National Laws, issues, court decisions, and more.
Welcome to My Virginia Resources.
Much of the information found here is about the Town of Christiansburg, where I live. The site came into being when I found that documents I needed to obtain from the town were not available on their website. I began a quest to obtain the documents that I needed and realized that other people might want them as well. So, I taught myself how to build a website and how to use a scanner. I am now working on the ongoing process of maintaining and expanding the website as new topics come to my attention. I later taught myself how to use digital voice and video recorders and how to get them posted to the web.
Since that time the Town of Christiansburg has created a new website which does include some of this information. I must commend the town for the work that they have done thus far and their continued work to improve and expand public access to information!
To the left and right you will find a list of links that you may find useful for finding information about United States government, the State of Virginia, and specific jurisdictions within the areas where I live in Southwest Virginia. Montgomery County, the Town of Blacksburg, the Town of Christiansburg, and the City of Radford are represented. The Local Government sites will take you to the offical websites for those jurisdictions while the U.S. and Virgini links will direct to to websites for specific sections of interest.
The links at the top of the page are specific to the Town of Christiansburg and contain historical information.
Anyone can do what I have done here if they but have a bit of patience and are willing to work. It is my hope that others will take a chance and do just that.
Thank you for taking the time to visit here. I hope you find this site helpful.