The gathering at the Floyd Country Store Thursday night was billed as a “Community Conversation,” conducted by New River Valley Planning District Commission as part of their Vision 2020 Plan.

As outlined by Marty Holliday ((above), program planner of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board, the idea was also to discuss ways residents and business owners can survive the current economic crisis that has gripped the area, state, nation and world.

Lofty goals perhaps but tough times call for lofty ambitions and ambitious attempts to deal with the problems. The program drew people like community activist Phyllis Beale (below left), former Floyd Town Manager Mike Maslaney (below center) and Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe (below right).

Hopefully, those who attended as icy weather threatened came away from the meeting with some ideas for dealing with an uncertain future.