Celebrating the kickoff of the HubCAP Mon Forest Towns program

Historic alleys in Cowen are being surveyed now with the intention of turning them into walking trails for residents and tourists. Photo by Daniel Raines.

We are excited to be working alongside the residents of six Mon Forest towns – Cowen, Elkins, Franklin, Marlinton, Petersburg, and White Sulphur Springs – as they participate in The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP)! HubCAP offers towns a time-tested curriculum to accelerate community-led economic development.

This November, residents and supporters gathered at a virtual event to officially kick off this two-year community and economic development program. Residents shared about positive momentum happening today in their communities and supporters offered advice and encouragement for their journey.

WV Community Development Hub Director of Community Engagement Amanda Workman-Scott said, “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. We are excited to work alongside the West Virginians who are taking part in this program!” 

Residents of these communities are encouraged to contact Amanda at a.workman@wvhub.org to get involved!

Community-created public art such as the murals in Elkins, West Virginia’s artist’s alley is an asset that can be promoted to attract tourists to the area.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to hear from members from the participating HubCAP community teams; learn about the recreational economy initiatives happening today in these communities; and hear from special guests. Featured speakers included local leaders from participating communities, regional and national funders, community and economic development leaders, and others. 

Senator Shelley Moore Capito offered encouragement for the participating West Virginians. Representatives from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Mon Forest Towns Partnership, One Foundation, US Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Development Office, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s Office, West Virginia University, and others participated in the event.

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