Who We Are

If you’re a Rappahannock County denizen, you probably know most of our directors and advisors. We’re your neighbors. Refreshingly young and older ‘n dirt, been-here’s and come-here’s. We are all stepping past our political beliefs, all pledged to make a go of this civic engagement venture.

We have worked with the renowned Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia and Rappahannock Media, owners of our county’s oldest and (not unsurprising) only news outlet. This nonprofit venture acknowledges our disadvantages in geography, size and economy but seeks to improve how local news is researched and reported with community support.

We grew into Foothills Forum following months of discussions between our directors and advisors and more than 100 current and past elected officials, been-here’s and come-here’s, clergy, fire hall heads, artists, journalists, authors, farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, funders, entrepreneurs and educators.

Our mission has garnered praise as well as cautions to proceed with full transparency. Our agreement Rappahannock Media is posted here on the website. We are building a network of partners, conveners and subject experts to share and discuss the issues of primary importance to county residents.