Heritage Council Hosting Your Town Workshop

The ECAHC will host its second Your Town Workshop on December 1-2, 2011.  The workshop will explore development opportunities around two Elkhorn City attractions: the Russell Fork river and the Artists Collaborative Theatre.  The goal is to produce an action plan to encourage economic opportunity and development in downtown Elkhorn City.

The workshop is a follow-up to the 2005 Your Town Workshop that brought together individuals from the Russell Fork corridor of Kentucky and Virginia.  It resulted in a design and planning document, "The Russell Fork Connection:  A conceptual plan for an interstate trail and open space network", which has been instrumental in the development of several projects including the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, the Russell Fork whitewater park, and Artists Collaborative Theatre.

Since the 2005 workshop, Elkhorn City has experienced  increased activity around two local assets:  Russell Fork whitewater and the ACT.  With these very different attractions  in mind, we will explore ways to ensure we have infrastructure and programs in place to encourage economic development.

Participants will learn more about our assets and hear from successful entrepreneurs and developers from adventure tourism and theater arts industries, then contribute to brainstorming and downtown inventory sessions that will lead, ultimately, to an action/design plan.  Anyone interested in adventure tourism or the arts as economic drivers in Elkhorn City, business leaders and/or entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend and lend your expertise in this intensive two day workshop.  Please don't hesitate to contact Steve Ruth for further information.  Or you can go ahead and register here.

The Your Town Workshop is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 2005 workshop was the first ever awarded to a Kentucky host.