Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 18, 2013

Tazewell County delegation travels to Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — A delegation from Tazewell County brought “the wow factor” to representatives of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership during the county’s annual legislative visit Thursday at the Virginia General Assembly.

“Every year when we visit, we want to do something that will draw attention to some of the technology that we are working with,” Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer said. “Today, we unveiled our new Tazewell County Apps. It is a free Apps that is available to anyone who has an Apple platform, a Droid or an iPhone.”

Spencer said that the Tazewell County Apps was a big hit with the VEP representatives. “I know that nobody in our area has an Apps, and VEP said they were not aware of any other county that has one.

“We can do several things with the Apps including push notification in times of emergency,” Spencer said. “In that respect, it’s a public safety tool.”

Spencer expressed thanks to David McNeil and Melvin Grubb of Grubb Photo Service for giving the county permission to use Grubb’s famous fog bank image as the backdrop of the Apps. “It is an image that conveys beauty and gives us the wow factor,” Spencer said.

About 30 people traveled to Richmond as part of the Tazewell County delegation. Jennifer Boyd, administrative assistant to State Senator Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell coordinated the visit. Spencer said that he, as well as Joan Yates, Erik Robinson, Ginger Branton each made presentations to members of the Virginia Tourism Commission.

“We also gave them an update on the Bluestone as well as the new dental school,” Spencer said. “This is a great opportunity for networking,” he said.

The delegation hosted a reception at the Omni in Richmond Thursday night, before returning home today.

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