There is a new program afoot at the Hub! And we need a VISTA to help make it a success!
The WV Community Development Hub is partnering with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to bring the Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities (E2C) program to West Virginia. Built upon the Center’s extensive experience, the E2C program works with communities to discover their own unique road to greater prosperity through supporting and growing entrepreneurial talent. We see this as a perfect fit for some of our partner communities in the state, such as Grafton, Madison, Lincoln and Wyoming Counties.
We believe this program will be a positive way to grow a more successful economy that creates jobs, businesses, career opportunities and rooted wealth. With healthy economic growth comes a greater capacity to support public services, education and quality of life investments important to create a more prosperous community, all things needed in our state.
Entrepreneurs are at the heart of this economic development – they recognize opportunities and pull together the assets and resources needed to create new economic activity. It is critically important for us to support people in communities who are the ones creating and growing local ventures; as these ventures, in turn, become the drivers of more economic development. The best prosperity strategy, particularly in small communities, is to grow entrepreneurial talent within by creating a pipeline of support that helps more people succeed at starting and growing private and social ventures.
The VISTA for this program will serve to support this pipeline creation, working directly with community teams, answering questions, doing research, setting up meetings and communication structures.
We are seeing community’s commitment to embrace this economic development responsibility and to put themselves on a pathway to prosperity. It requires leadership – and the identification of a leadership team – that is willing and able to work with our E-Communities Coach and this VISTA. It also requires engagement with the broader community – to connect with entrepreneurial talent, to identify energy areas for getting started and to build strong resource networks of support providers who can bring the right resources to entrepreneurs at the right time. And, because we are working with a number of communities, participation provides access to a peer group of communities that are equally committed to following this process and building a stronger entrepreneurial community.
All these things will be supported by the program VISTA, who will help identify and cultivate community leaders and teams, help communities’ discover energy areas and needed resource providers. We’d love to find someone from one of the Entrepreneurial Communities of Madison, Hamlin, Pineville, Grafton or nearby, or in the Charleston area, this opportunity could be for you!
To apply for this VISTA position, send your resume to Dan Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.