We know that successful community development must include policy change. And we know that communities know best about what policies do and don’t work for them. We are committed to community-based policy advocacy: we advocate for the policies that communities identify and are willing to work to create and implement.
The Hub works with communities and partner organizations to identify and implement policy changes that will reduce barriers and create opportunities to promote and grow economic, civic and social development across West Virginia. We do this through four major initiatives.
Every community faces the challenge of abandoned and dilapidated commercial and residential properties. We’re working with partners across the state in the Abandoned Properties Coalition to identify policy solutions to address this, and support communities in taking advantage of new programs and opportunities.
Building policies that support and grow farmers markets and local food and agriculture issues across the state, we work with our partners at the WV Food & Farm Coalition and the WV Farmers Market Association to create community-based policy change.
Once a year, we take our policy work across the state, and host Regional Policy Workshops to identify the policy issues that matter to regular West Virginians and to build the teams that will work on them for the coming year.
The Hub is a partner in the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty. Along with 177+ other organizations and leaders, we work to build a voice for children and families in state politics, including hosting the Regional Policy Workshops and serving as a Steering Committee member for the Campaign.