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Montgomery and Smithers: A community case study


In Montgomery and Smithers, two towns formed a unique partnership to collaborate for success.

On July 2, 2021, residents gathered on a sunny evening outside the Smithers Gateway Center for the monthly First Fridays Farmers Market. This market regularly draws vendors and shoppers from throughout Kanawha and Fayette counties, and even more-so on that day. It was the start of the July Fourth weekend and the unveiling of the community’s new Urban Walking Trail. Mayor Anne Cavalier of Smithers and Mayor Greg Ingram of Montgomery chatted with community members before presenting the new trail to the residents. A small crowd formed around the newly installed sign for the walking trail, wrapped up and covered with a large red bow.

The walking trail is the latest in a series of community-driven, collaborative projects that are making Montgomery and Smithers vibrant places to live, work, and play.

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