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Oct 8 2018
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Tazewell, population 4,240, is a prime example of a southwest Virginia coalfield town converting to what Chris Cannon, executive director of the economic development group Friends of Southwest Virginia, calls the creative economy. “We focus on natural and cultural assets,” rather than coal, tobacco and lumber, he said. The area has a bluegrass music heritage trail, a crafts collective and outdoor activities like ATV riding, hiking, mountain biking and river running. “We as a region are trying to diversify,” said Mr. Cannon. “Everyone is trying to find their niche.”

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