Lewis County moves forward work on Blueprint Communities initiative

The Blueprint Communities team of Lewis County has made a major move in increasing capacity and moving forward projects in their community. This month, Victoria Stansberry accepted the position of Blueprint Community Coordinator.

The Blueprint Communities initiative creates momentum for revitalizing older communities and neighborhoods by building strong local leadership, collaboration, and development capacity, developing sound local and regional planning skills, and encouraging coordinated investments in targeted communities by public and private funders. The team members participating in Blueprint Communities receive leadership training, help in using their skills to create and implement revitalization plans for their communities, and access to a variety of funding opportunities.

Since 2007, The Hub has worked with the FHLBank of Pittsburgh to support 22 West Virginia communities by providing coaching assistance to develop strategic plans. The FHLBank of Pittsburgh provides an anchor grant in the beginning years of the community’s implementation that supports an anchor organization in the community to build their staffing capacity. This enables them to move their objectives forward, plan future funding strategies, continue to build partnerships, and work to make their position secure in the long term.

Lewis County was able to utilize those anchor grant funds and leverage other resources to build this position to continue the incredible work being done in their community.

In this new position, Victoria will work to uplift the five areas of focus for the Blueprint Community project, which includes a trail system, recreation center, removal or renovation of dilapidated structures, cultural activities, and affordable housing.

“I am equally eager to support a culture that brands these items as not only as community wants, but as community endeavors. I am only a few days in, and I can see that the desire is here. Blueprint exists for the community, and I am excited to see what the people of Lewis County can build,” said Victoria.

Congrats, Lewis County! Read more about their amazing successes here.

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