The UKV Strategic Initiatives Council is seeking design submissions for a logo, and they would like to receive submissions from as many individuals in the Upper Kanawha Valley as possible.

Following are guidelines:

• There will be a $100 cash prize.

• The winning entry becomes the sole property of the UKV Strategic Initiatives Council.

• The winner agrees to allow photos and interview for publication.

• Judging will be done by the council members on Sept. 13.

• All decisions are final.

• The UKV Strategic Initiatives Council reserves the right to reject all submissions.

• Logo design must include representations of the river, mountains, bridge, Smithers and Montgomery, with the name of the organization spelled out exactly as UKV Strategic Initiatives Council.

Logo contest submissions may be dropped off in person at either Montgomery City Hall (706 3rd Avenue) or Smithers City Hall (518 Michigan Avenue). Both city halls have after-hours drop boxes.

Deadlines are in person by Sept. 10 or mailed with a postmark by Sept. 7.

Mailing addresses are:

• Smithers City Hall, PO Box 489, Smithers, WV 25186; or

• Montgomery City Hall, 706 3rd Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136.

Because of possible technical transmission issues that may delay or change artwork, submissions will not be accepted electronically.

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The UKV Strategic Initiatives Council is a collaborative effort of Smithers and Montgomery that is geared toward grant writing and exploration of future projects which will benefit the area.

The SIC is "progressing very well," Montgomery Mayor Greg Ingram wrote in a recent letter to the residents of his city. He said the cities "will share expenses on several fronts instead of duplicating service as we have done in the past." The first goal was to hire a grant writer and administrator for both municipalities. The council has signed a memorandum of understanding with W.Va. State University to "collectively hire a full-time agent for the benefit of the two cities."

Ingram offered "many thanks" to the council's charter members. Besides himself, charter members included Tom Skaggs, former Smithers mayor; Smithers Mayor D. Anne Cavalier, Beth Fish, Montgomery councilman Fred Lockard and Jay Gould.

Cavalier pointed out that funding for the SIC's search for an economic and community development director is being provided by W.Va. State University and the Fayette and Kanawha county commissions.

She told residents it is one of several ways in which the two cities are working together in order to save money. Other collaborative areas include a merging of sanitation department services and the possible hire of a full-time building code enforcement officer to address dilapidated and unsafe housing issues.

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