The Livability Initiative is an opportunity for the New River Valley’s residents to develop a vision for the future and develop strategies that businesses, community organizations, local governments, and individuals can use to make this future vision a reality. The initiative is supported by the New River Valley Planning District (PDC 4) 

Type of Organization  Government Initiative 

Primary Contact 

Kevin Byrd (Executive Director) 
Social Media

 [email protected].

Mission : To enhance the livability of the New River Valley by integrating as a rural, regional community that honors our region's existing values while building economic competitiveness and capitalizing on the unique local characteristics and diversity of the region.

Issues of focus 

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Energy 
  • Housing 
  • Natural and water resources 
  • Transportation 
  • Community Health


  • The programs are also known as working groups and they happen when members of the community to talk about ways to improve whatever topic is decided on. Those topics are listed above in the "issues of focus" section of this localwiki.