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Leaders are looking to the future in Mercer County and Tazewell County.  The Mayors of the two Bluefields are coming together to discuss issues that impact both cities. Leaders are looking to the future in Mercer County and Tazewell County. The Mayors of the two Bluefields are coming together to discuss issues that impact both cities.
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Leaders are looking to the future in Mercer County and Tazewell County.  The Mayors of the two Bluefields are coming together to discuss issues that impact both cities.

Sister city's divided.  This is the first time in 4 years leaders in the two "Bluefields" are coming together hoping to make their communities a better place.

"The outcome would be that were would be a more united Bluefield," Mayor of Bluefield, Virginia, Don Harris said.

Bluefield Virginia Mayor Don Harris has been severing as the town's Mayor for several years. He tells 59News the meeting is severing as more of an ice breaker-- getting the leaders antiquated with one another. Bluefield West Virginia has a fairly new city board and Mayor Harris said the first step in working together finding common ground.

"Because really the only thing that separates us is an imaginary line. And if you think about it like that why can't we help one another," Mayor Harris said.

The two cities already share the same chamber of commerce, sanitation board and even parts of the city park. But not everything is shared between the two cities-- because they are in two different states laws vary when you cross the boarder.

One law that differs when you leave the mountain state is the gas tax, in Virginia the tax is a whole lot less so folks who live near the boarder are more likely to fill up where it's cheaper.

"I have businesses on both sides of the lines and it is very unique being on WV or VA side, but there are things we can work on together," Bluefield, West Virginia Mayor Tom Cole said.

Bluefield West Virginia, Mayor Tom Cole knows the ins and outs running a business on either side of the line. He said though the cities are divided by a state line they have common issues. Both Mayors are looking forward to seeing where this partnership could lead in over to better both "Bluefields."

The meeting will be help Sept. 19th, 2014 at 6:30 at Fincastle on the Mountain in Bluefield, Virginia.