The West Virginia Community Development Hub is a statewide non-profit organization that works to engage communities and organizations in a system of community development that is locally-determined and directed, continuous, intentional, and aligned across all three sectors of society (public, private and civil). Through that system, the Hub builds the capacity of communities and organizations by pursuing the following goals:
1. Catalyze community development in West Virginia.
2. Act as a liaison to strengthen relationships among community development stakeholders.
3. Build community development capacity.
4. Develop and distribute resources for community development efforts.
The Hub does this by connecting communities with the Network of resource and technical assistance providers they need to succeed; connecting those resource and technical assistance providers with one another in an effort to align those services to reduce redundancies and identify gaps; and connecting communities with one another to share best practices and reinforce one another's community development efforts.
The West Virginia Community Development Hub believes that community development requires:
➢ A continuous, intentional, aligned, systemic approach involving all three sectors of society (public, private and civil).
➢ Local determination that is respectful of local culture, heritage and values, and begins with local investment and commitment.
➢ A foundation of relationships based on optimism, open communication, willing collaboration, and mutual respect.
➢ Diverse leadership that is allowed to take many forms and arise from many sources within the community.
➢ Champions who embrace creativity, innovation, lifelong learning and a willingness to take risks.