WCHG Hosts Meet The Candidates Forum For Supervisor Candidates – Part Two
Warm Springs, Va – On Saturday October 29, Allegheny Mountain Radio hosted a “Meet The Candidates” forum for Bath Board of Supervisors candidates. In this story you will hear from two of the candidates, Cliff Gilchrest from the Millboro District and Henry K. Fry from the Valley Springs District. The candidates are responding to the question: How can Bath County grow its economy without sacrificing the rural community feeling?
Cliff Gilchrest – “In the current comprehensive plan which will have to be at least reviewed and could be revised in this next year, it talks about both in the comprehensive plan and in the IDA Charge that what Bath is looking for is low impact, environmentally sensitive industry. And I think most of us, if not all of us, who live in Bath County would agree with that. I think that the new board working with folks from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership whose director is Robin Sullenberger, who grew up in Highland County, is certainly an advocate for those principles. The Central Shenandoah Valley Planning District Commission and Economic Development Administration all groups of people and agencies who are familiar with Bath County and what we are striving to maintain and promote. I think we have to, as I said, initially take a proactive approach in collaborating with folks like that, who would enable us to find small businesses and industries that want to relocate here and provide at least living wages for the people that they will be employing .”
Henry K. Fry – “I’ve always said that tourism is the cornerstone of Bath County and has been and it always will be. That’s the nature of living here. It’s a beautiful place and we need to promote that. I think as long as we support our tourism industry that’s not the total answer, but it’s certainly a very large part of it. And I think we as a whole need to look at it not as an expenditure but we need to look at supporting tourism as an investment. I agree with Cliff on what he just said and supporting small business is certainly a very important thing. I won’t call it a cottage industry, but there’s a lot of small 20 people or less businesses that maybe we can figure a way to give them that step up.”