HubCAP, The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program, is designed to take communities to the next level in their community development efforts. HubCAP teams work over a two year period to move forward downtown revitalization, building redevelopment, growing business opportunities and community engagement activities.
This program offers participating towns a time-tested curriculum to accelerate community-led economic development. With this new round of HubCAP, The Hub team is combining our efforts with the momentum for building recreational tourism economies happening as a result of the Mon Forest Towns Partnership.
- Builds on the progress communities have already made towards community revitalization, growing businesses, and redeveloping buildings.
- Supports local teams to move forward community-identified initiatives, while providing the hands-on resources needed to achieve team goals.
Ongoing, flexible technical assistance is provided to individual community teams on an as-needed basis to move forward building redevelopment, revitalization and business growth.
- Flexibility to cater the resources directly to project needs
- Hands-on real-time advice, training, and coaching assistance from technical assistance experts from across the state
- Expert technical assistance may include: legal assistance, real estate development, entrepreneurship coaching, business recruitment, marketing, energy efficiency project development, building construction needs
Each community will be paired with a Community Coach who will help support the team’s project development, planning, leadership development and achievement of success.
A Community Coach serves to:
- Provide guidance on goal-setting and steps to achieve success in executing the community-identified project.
- Help identify and deliver resources that are needed at specific stages during the process, including trainings and individual experts.
- Understand typical community development roadblocks and provides direct assistance when challenges arise.
- Support community leaders and project team members to organize community work sessions and recruit new team members.
- Connect community teams and leaders to peers across the state to help learn from similar activities in other communities.
- Assist with team collaboration, team building, and celebrating the project.
HubCAP: Mon Forest Towns is taking place in Cowen, Elkins, Franklin, Marlinton, Petersburg and White Sulphur Springs.
Past HubCAP communities include Martinsburg, Chester/Weirton, Belington, Fairmont, Shinnston, Buckhannon, Ansted, Mullens, Williamson and Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Wayne, McDowell County, Doddridge County, Hinton, Matewan, Princeton, Richwood, and Whitesville.
HubCAP is funded by the USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Thank you to our generous funders.