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OAK HILL — Beautification

An initiative by the New River Gorge Regional Economic Development Authority aims to serve as “an inspiration guide for enhancing communities” prior to the arrival of the Boy Scouts of America.

The agency’s Beautification Toolkit encourages local communities to explore enhancement through beautification, storefronts, signage and design guidelines.

The toolkit offers ideas and recommendations to communities for improving the visual reception and image of their area by creating “curb appeal.”

It includes low-cost, high-impact ideas that community leaders, business owners and citizens can enact in their own neighborhoods.

Ideas include:

-- Picking up litter

-- Washing building windows

-- Planting colorful flowers in urns in front of buildings

-- Repainting buildings

-- Repainting signposts

-- Setting up window displays or painting murals on vacant storefronts

-- Planting a gateway garden around the town entrance

-- Setting up recycling bins next to trash cans

-- Volunteering for community projects

-- Painting a mural on the side of a building

Implementation strategies are also included in the resource.

The entire toolkit is available at

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