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There's always something happening in St. Paul, from the Farmers' Market, to festivals and antique/classic car shows, parades and music venues. St. Paul is a treasure, not only to its residents but to hikers, bikers, boaters and more. Our leaders and citizens are working together to grow our hometown into a recognized eco-epicenter, both economically and ecologically, demonstrating the two "e's" can co-exist and flourish, while maintaining our unique small town character and heritage. Through partnerships with regional and state entities, as well as our own ingenuity and hard work, we are doing just that. Want more information, click here.  
 
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Small Town, Big Ideas

Virginia Municipal League names St. Paul top achiever
for towns with populations under 5,000

 

October 8, 2014
by Stephen Igo, Kingsport Times News

 

ST. PAUL — No small town in all of Virginia has done better to make the most of what it's got than St. Paul, according to the Virginia Municipal League.

 

During its recently concluded annual conference in Roanoke, the VML named its 2014 Virginia Municipal League Awards across a variety of population categories, the smallest being 5,000 and under.

 

St. Paul is well under 5,000, with a population of 997 souls, but stands as a shining example to larger and wealthier burgs across the commonwealth to make the most of what you have, and run with it.

 

In the VML's September issue of Virginia Town & City magazine with articles on each of the 2014 Achievement Awards municipalities by population category, the VML practically gushed over St. Paul's determination to move beyond an eroding coal-based economy into an eco-future.

 

The magazine noted things began in 2005 with a group of town officials and volunteers calling themselves St. Paul Tomorrow "to become a model of positive ecologically responsible economic development," devising a three-point strategic plan to be a model for environmentally friendly downtown revitalization, promote nature-based tourism, and promote business development opportunities compatible with the town's image.

 

"St. Paul has since been a leader in creating a new tourism industry that will benefit the entire region," the magazine observes. "The town government has developed a master plan adding a fourth strategy, 'Establish St. Paul as an educational ecological epicenter.'"

 

The VML provides a laundry list of initiatives and accomplishments toward that end since 2005, ranging from a St. Paul trailhead for the Mountain View ATV Trail and the privateers of Clinch River Adventures tubing and kayaking venture, but to establish St. Paul "as a tourism hub for outdoor adventure didn't happen overnight," the League notes.

 

"In 2010 the town began the process of granting the historic Blue Bell Island and surrounding area to The Nature Conservancy to protect the island and a planned hiking trail well into the future. Last summer, a cadre of volunteers cleared the trail and spread gravel," and the result is a 10-mile trail that begins and ends in town limits that connects the Blue Bell Island Preserve to the established Oxbow Lake and Sugar Hill Loop Trail.

 

The town's adoption of an ATV-friendly ordinance in 2011 was a huge step among many — with emphasis on many, the VML said.

 

"It was not a single action or project that transformed the town into a popular tourism venue," said the League, "but instead a conglomerate of plans and projects inspired by a forward-thinking town government, a determined group of volunteers and regional cooperation."

 

When a good town gets down, the League said its good people get up and going, and the 997 of St. Paul certainly did.

 

"Through countless hours of volunteerism, persistence and a profound determination of community leaders with a defined plan," reads the achievement award article, "the big ideas and dreams of transforming a small community into a viable tourism center has culminated in the past year.

 

"In 2005, St. Paul had only a vision, but in 2014 it has nine new businesses — six related to outdoor recreation — new recreational facilities, and busy streets once again."

   


SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Events
Saturday, October 25
10am - 2pm
Appalachian Heritage Fall Festival - Downtown @ Market Square and 4th Avenue
Saturday, November 22
10am - 2pm
Christmas Bazaar and Santa Train - Downtown @ Market Square and 4th Avenue 
Saturday, November 29
All Day
National Shop Small Day - Downtown St. Paul 
Friday, December 5
6pm
Town of St. Paul Christmas Tree Lighting 
Saturday, December 6
2 pm
Town of St. Paul Christmas Parade 

ST. PAUL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
October 19End of first 9 weeks - Dismissal at 12:30 pm 
November 4Election Day - No School - Get out and vote!  
November 24 - 28Thanksgiving Break - No School 
December 19 End of first semester - Dismissal at 12:30 pm 
Dec. 21 - Jan. 12Winter Break - No School

 


Notifications:

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS:

Check our Commerce and Services Directory. To list or update your information, contact the St. Paul Town Hall or complete the request form online. Don't miss out on business by not being listed!

 

 

SANTA TRAIN & 
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 
 
The Santa Train Arrives at 11:08 am
Christmas Bazaar 10am-2pm
Winter Farmer's Market 8am-1pm
Get your Santa Train Photos at Historic Hillman House 10am-2pm
$5
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We are St Paul, Virginia

We are a place of extraordinary natural beauty, where the pristine Clinch River serves as the lifeblood of our community. St Paul was founded along the banks of the Clinch in the center of a region filled with natural treasures, from our southern rolling hills, to the mountain peaks and coalfields of our north. Our history has moved with the gentle flow of the River, and our future is defined by the environmental riches the River continues to provide for us. Read more...

 
 
Take a moment and read the latest Mayor's Message, for an update on the state of our Town and various projects in the works and planning stages. While you're at it, take time to visit St. Paul's Strategic Plan for Downtown Revitalization.

 

SPEARHEAD TRAILS
MOUNTAIN VIEW TRAIL SYSTEM
The trailhead is just off 3rd Avenue at Maggie Way. Get your permits and start enjoying the ride! Trail permits allow riders to travel through downtown St. Paul on their ATVs. No 4-lane/highway use though! 
There are several retailers in St. Paul selling permits. For permits and day pass retailers, visit http://spearheadtrails.com.
 

 

Town Hall

276-762-5297 (phone)
276-762-0479 (fax)

PO Box 66

16531 Russell Street
St. Paul, Virginia 24283

H. Kyle Fletcher

Mayor

 

Police Dept.

276-762-5022

 

Fire Dept.

276-762-9516

911

for emergencies only

Public Works

276-762-5297

(M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

276-762-5022

(evenings, weekends, holidays)
Water Plant
276-762-9683
 
Sewage Department
276-762-9575
 
Street Department
276-762-0412
Swimming Pool
276-762-5365
 
 
Virginia Governor McDonnell designates St. Paul
"Virginia Main Street Town"
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Wetlands Estonoa

276-762-5151

Teresa Vencil

Exec. Director 

 

Heart of Appalachia
Tourism Authority
3028 4th Ave. Market Sq.
St. Paul, VA 24283
276-762-0011
info@heartofappalachia.com
www.heartofappalachia.com
 

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