The West Virginia Community Development Hub’s
Communities of Achievement Program
HubCAP, the Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program, is designed to
take 10 West Virginia communities to the next level in their community
The program is funded by a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
grant, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Partnership to Promote
Community Wellbeing, WV Department of Environmental Protection, WV Office of
Healthy Lifestyles and the participating communities. In kind partners include One
Economy Corporation, WVU Extension, and WV Division of Environmental Protection.
The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program works with Community Collaboration
Teams (CCTs) in each of the 10 HubCAP communities. These teams consist of eight to
10 community members representing diverse segments of the community. The
members are committed to improving their communities and to the completion of their
HubCAP project over the course of the 23-month process.
HubCAP is focused on helping CCTs achieve measurable success on their locally-
determined project. All workshops and assigned tasks are applied directly to those
HubCAP helps CCTs increase civic engagement and improve communication,
cooperation and collaboration within communities, all of which are prerequisites for
eeffective community development.
HubCAP will require CCTs to attend an average of three face-to-face workshops per
year. All lodging and meal costs will be covered.
Coaching and technical assistance is provided via conference call or in the community!
HubCAP begins with a challenge-centric, performance-driven community improvement
program based on the architecture for such programs created by Douglas K. Smith (See
his brief biography below). The training and exercises at the workshops, as well as the
tasks, are focused on driving the CCTs toward successfully achieving their project goals.
In addition to the workshops, CCTs receive an additional 10 months of coaching and
technical assistance as they continue to work on their projects, applying the skills
developed through the HubCAP workshops.
CCTs are provided three cutting-edge outcome-based workshops providing content,
tools and frameworks about leading collaborative performance-driven change in their
organizations and communities; intensive one-on-one coaching; a series of specific taskby-
task assignments to use to lead real performance and change; technical assistance
and peer group learning.
HubCAP community coaches provide a unique and high quality service to the 10
communities. Each coach works with two CCTs. Coaches meet with the CCTs in the
month before the first workshop to establish their relationship and assess, prepare, and
fine tune if necessary, the Team. Coaches help keep the CCTs on task, provide
guidance as they pursue their project, connect them to resources and other assistance,
and motivate them to meet regularly. Coaches meet with the CCTs monthly, most
commonly by conference call, but occasionally in the community. Coaches also meet
with Lead Coach and HubCAP trainer Mark Levine for a full day of training prior to the
first workshop and by conference call monthly.
In addition to the training and coaching, CCTs will be able to apply to a pool of almost
$110,000 in technical assistance funding that can be used directly to their project.
Examples of technical assistance could include:
Developing a funding plan that will bring resources not to just start a project, but
to finish it!
Engaging an engineering or architectural firm for predevelopment of a project.
Creating a brand and marketing plan for a new agricultural cooperative.
Providing business planning expertise to develop new locally owned small
Create a plan to innovatively transform an abandoned building into a community
or arts and culture center.
Establishing an effective system for mitigating vacant and dilapidated buildings
and reusing the sites that will bring needed funding and result in improvement of
CCT members will come out of the program with a wide variety of community
development skills, including developing effective community development teams,
project management, organizing community development campaigns, moving planning
into action, telling their community’s stories of success, driving effective change and
more. These skills will then be a resource for future community improvement
projects, as well as enhancing the personal skills of each CCT member – skills that
will positively impact members’ professional and personal lives.