Funding the Restoration of the Historic Millwald Theatre; Mainstreet Maintenance: How Small Towns Support Their Downtown Corridors

Devine, Joshua, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Vrugtman, Rosanne, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Elliott, S. Travis, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

The focus of my Technical Report is the restoration of the Millwald Theatre, which is one of many of the efforts made to revitalize downtown Wytheville, Virginia. I have a significant investment in this community as it is where I grew up, where many of my friends live, and where I will likely revisit. In my time working for the Millwald Theatre, I interacted with many of the groups involved in Wytheville's revitalization and got a glimpse into their actions and motivations. This inspired my STS Research Paper, where I took a comprehensive look at how these types of groups interact in towns of similar size across the United States. My aim is to inform these groups' future actions such that they may more closely align with the motivations of others. Additionally, I want to provide outsiders with a digestible analysis of the complex issue of downtown revitalization.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
restoration, theatre, theater, revitalize, downtown, Wytheville, small town, town, community, SCOT, website, Millwald, mainstreet, local

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Rosanne Vrugtman
STS Advisor: S. Travis Elliott

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