Information regarding awards:
The Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference Awards Selection Committee is looking for nominations of real southern West Virginia success stories. Successful communities, groups, organizations, and individuals are all encouraged to apply.
The selected nominees will be honored at our 2021 conference in November with a Power of Performance Award. The conference partners, including the Alliance for Economic Development in Southern West Virginia, Coalfield Development Corporation, and the WV Community Development Hub, are looking to highlight innovative and passionate projects during the Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference. The event will allow professionals, community leaders, students and experts to share their unique perspectives on southern West Virginia successes.
Power of Performance honorees can either be an individual, employer, nonprofit, organization or institution that is doing something remarkable in Southern West Virginia. They are making positive things happen in their neighborhoods, communities, and across the state. The awards selection team is looking to highlight success stories within the following 21-county region: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming counties.
Thought leaders with a strong grasp of these areas of work are encouraged to submit their success story on their preferred topic. The topics include:
Putting People to Work: Are you involved in a project that is helping to put people to work? Share your story, whether it is through training, connecting workers with existing jobs or hiring workers for your new start up, we want to know how you are helping to connect potential employees with job opportunities. This conference wants to showcase successful workforce programs that are connecting the dots between employers and the workforce as well as employers who are hiring.
Revitalizing Communities: Are you 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 or your organization 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.
#WV Solution Seekers Statewide Student Leadership Conference – April 2022
#WV Solution Seekers Statewide Student Leadership Conference Awards Selection Committee wants to recognize West Virginia students statewide, who through innovation, motivation, and initiative are committed to creating positive change in their school, community, and state. These students have shown outstanding potential for future achievement as a West Virginia leader. We are also looking for nomination for our Educator of the Year Award that aims to recognize exceptional educators guiding West Virginia students to success. We encourage students and educators statewide to submit a nomination.
#WVSolutions Seekers – Rising Leader in WV: This category is for students in high school, career skills training or college who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their community, school, and state. We are thrilled to highlight those students who have a passion for West Virginia, have a unique idea or project and show qualities of a rising leader in the Mountain State. These individuals will be recognized during our 2021 #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference in April 2021.
Educator of the Year: This award is presented to teachers or educators who are committed to improving education in West Virginia. West Virginia is fortunate to have many caring and dedicated educators who positively impact the lives of our students. If you know an educator who goes above and beyond, nominate them today for this recognition.