POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. (Read more about POWER funding on the Appalachian Regional Commission website.)
What is the POWER Grantee Support Initiative?
The team at The Hub spearheads a collaborative initiative in support of the people behind WV-based POWER projects. WV POWER Support Initiative team members offer coaching and training to support POWER projects in being carried out successfully as well as initiate all-project convenings for shared learning, networking, problem solving, and collaboration.
This work is carried out in collaboration with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission, among others. Please read more about our partners below.
Opportunities for Support and Collaboration
- Coaching: WV POWER grantees have access to coaching at any time in support of meeting the needs to execute and evaluate their projects effectively. Contact The Hub’s POWER Project Manager Kyle “KP” Pajarito at email@example.com for more information.
- Communications Coaching: WV POWER grantees have access to coaching at any time in support of promoting and communicating about their projects – including areas such as community buy-in, participant recruitment, project launches, and others. Click here to see a list of areas of expertise. Contact The Hub’s Director of Strategic Network Communications Emma Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Bi-monthly Technical Assistance Roundtables: Every other month, The Hub hosts small-group trainings on topics requested by POWER grantees. These trainings are opportunities for project team members to engage with experts, ask questions, and bring home a new skillset to immediately apply to POWER projects. Contact Kyle “KP” Pajarito at email@example.com to be added to the invite list for trainings and to suggest topics.
- Annual Grantee Convenings: Each year, The Hub partners with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to bring together grantees, funders and project partners for networking and shared learning opportunities. Contact Kyle “KP” Pajarito at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the invite list.
Check back for 2019 events.
History of The Hub’s Involvement and Partners
Beginning in 2015, The Hub worked in partnership with funders and organizations to convene potential POWER applicants and facilitate collaboration between the various agencies, organizations and individuals with a vested interest in diversifying West Virginia’s economy.
That initial collaboration was actively encouraged by funding organizations, and was pivotal in catalyzing West Virginia groups to receive grant awards in excess of $30 million through the Appalachian Regional Commission.
In 2017, The Hub team shifted to its current focus of capacity building for grantees who received funding through the initiative.
Partners supporting this phase of the initiative include – but are not limited to – representatives from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, WV Development Office, Appalachian Regional Commission, Economic Development Administration, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.