A joint venture among West Virginia’s 11 southern colleges and universities to better connect the educational resources and workforce training offered in Southern West Virginia to promote the region, eliminate redundancies and share best practices, improve the quality of life for area residents, create jobs, keep West Virginia’s talent pool in the state and revitalize southern communities. The Alliance partner institutions include: Bluefield State College, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Concord University, Marshall University, Mountwest Community & Technical College, New River Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, University of Charleston, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology. The Alliance is focused on a 21-county area, including Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming counties and represents more than 30,000 students. To sign up for our newsletter, click here.

Coalfield Development is rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up. We believe in developing the potential of Appalachia through the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. We inspire the courage to grow, activate the creativity to innovate, and cultivate communities of opportunity in central Appalachia through four core capabilities:

• Incubating and Investing in well-paying Employment Social Enterprises

• Facilitating Personal, Professional, and Academic Growth for People Facing Barriers to Employment

• Advancing, Completing, and/or Managing Community Based Revitalization Projects

• Designing and Scaling New Programs in Emerging Sustainable Sectors

The West Virginia Community Development Hub mobilizes residents from all over the state to spark transformational change and progress in their communities. Hallmarks of the organization’s work are to spur on fresh momentum where little exists; to unite the forces of groups that have not considered – or even resisted – collaboration in the past; and to champion new, and sometimes unexpected, leaders.

Over the past year, The Hub has worked directly with 27 counties across the state and 1 in 5 West Virginians have been reached by Hub-related projects over the past year. More information about The Hub’s work and impacts click here.