Award Nomination Form


About the Award:  

The POWER of Performance Awards are a true highlight of our Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference (SCBS) each year. In 2018 we began recognizing individuals, employers, nonprofits, organizations, and institutions who are driving forward success in West Virginia. As SCBS enters its fifth year, we remain dedicated to sharing success stories, highlighting #WVSolutions, and honoring those who are leading the way.

Our conference partners, including the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, Coalfield Development Corporation, and the WV Community Development Hub, are excited to honor these individuals during our in-person Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference that will be held on November 15-17, 2022 at the University of Charleston. The awards ceremony will take place on our Community Day, November 16th.

We are thrilled to be celebrating year five of our conference and our POWER of Performance Awards. We have revamped and restructured our nomination process this year so please be sure to read the award categories and nomination requirements in their entirety.

Deadline to submit a nomination extended to October 14, 2022

Award Categories:

Individual Award Categories:

  • Revitalizing Communities: Are you an individual who is working to help revitalize your community? Share your story, whether you are organizing a recycling program, building more housing, or implementing a community-led project, we want to learn how you or your business or organization is helping to redevelop and grow your community.
  • Changing Lives: Are you an individual who is helping West Virginians lead more productive and/or healthier lives? Whether it is through offering support services, unique educational opportunities, counseling or mentoring, we want to hear from you. We are interested in learning more about your successful program that is helping to lift individuals out of poverty, giving individuals a second chance on being productive adults, and/or equipping West Virginians with vital training and resources.

Organization Award Category:

  • Putting People to Work: This award category is open to organizations in West Virginia that are helping to put people to work. Are you creating training programs, connecting workers with existing jobs, hiring workers for your new start-up, or connecting potential employees with job opportunities? Share your story with us by submitting a nomination. We want to showcase successful workforce programs that are connecting the dots between employers and the workforce as well as employers who are hiring.

Nomination Requirements:

This award is open to individuals, employers, nonprofits, organizations, and institutions statewide. Self-nominations are highly encouraged. While all of our nominees for this award are truly deserving. Sometimes, however, their nomination packets do not highlight the person’s work in a way that makes his or her accomplishments clear to the selection committee. Please be sure to provide a complete response to each of the following questions. Nominations must clearly document why the individual or organization should be considered for this award.


See previous POWER of Performance recipients here.

Submit a Nomination:

To begin the nomination process select an award category below. If you have any issues submitting a nomination please email Brittany Bruce at 

Which award are you submitting a nomination:

Putting People to Work – Organization AwardRevitalizing Communities – Individual AwardChanging Lives – Individual Award