We’re Hiring a New Policy Engagement Coordinator – a Message from Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director

The Hub is looking to grow our team with a new Policy Engagement Coordinator role. If you are passionate about West Virginia communities and interested in being part of a team working with regional and federal partners to advance systemic solutions to drive federal funding and resources to the most high-need, distressed communities in Appalachia, this would be an ideal position for you. 

I came to The Hub nearly ten years ago as the organization’s first Policy Coordinator. When we first began working on policy, our focus was on figuring out how to walk alongside communities to advocate for policy changes that would address some of the long-standing challenges they faced in trying to improve their communities. 

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The Hub's Executive Director Stephanie Tyree speaks at a community development think tank event

The best parts of the work are learning from communities and partners, getting to be creative in helping them identify policy solutions to their persistent challenges, and building relationships with policy decision-makers to find collaborative strategies to support small towns in West Virginia.

The work has changed over time, and we are hoping to make a big shift in the focus of our policy work in 2022, with leadership and support of the Policy Engagement Coordinator.

The Biden Administration has made a public commitment to not leave coal communities behind and to invest federal funding in coalfield communities at a level not seen before in my lifetime. They have identified priority coalfield communities across the country to focus federal resources on, and 4 of the top 25 communities are in West Virginia. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage federal resources to drive forward community improvement and community economic development in West Virginia.

And yet, barriers exist that we fear will limit the flow of funding to the communities most in need of resources and support in our state. We know that money flows along the path of least resistance. Much of our work at The Hub is to help rural communities build pathways to enable resources to flow more quickly to community-led projects and redevelopment strategies. There are multiple hurdles that may prevent these federal resources from getting to where they most need to go in our state. Without a targeted campaign to address these hurdles, we may miss this opportunity, and the potential to build long-term investment in our communities.

Through the partnerships, relationships and networks within West Virginia and across the Appalachian region, we are well positioned to work together to address these hurdles. We need a teammate to help us make that vision a reality in 2022. If you love working with teams, are interested in building your skills around policy, federal partnership engagement, and innovative, solutions-oriented strategies, you are a strong candidate for this new position at The Hub!

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We are actively looking to recruit a diverse group of candidates to this position so that we can better reflect the diversity found in West Virginia communities. We are looking for applicants that demonstrate diversity of perspective, experience, and culture. This is a great opportunity to grow your skills in the fields of community development and policy.

This time in our state’s history represents one of the most exciting opportunities for structural change we have before us. As the Policy Engagement Coordinator, you will be part of a team working together to build and implement a strategy for change. You’ll be at the table with local, state and national partners and decision-makers as we work together to build structural solutions to decades-long challenges. If you love being part of a learning community, and care about the future of West Virginia’s small towns, I hope you will consider applying.

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Stephanie Tyree is The Hub’s Executive Director. You can reach her at s.tyree@wvhub.org.

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Message from our Executive Leadership Team

Fifteen years ago, stakeholders building up local communities and economies in West Virginia convened to map a coordinated strategy to systemically grow community economic development activity in the state. From the shared vision and collaborative leadership of dozens of strategic partners across the state, the WV Community Development Hub was born.

Since that time, The Hub has grown into the anchor community development organization serving West Virginia. We have built upon the original vision to create a method for rural, community-led development strategies that is uniquely tailored to the needs and opportunities of our state.

As we have grown and developed a proven model for success, our partnerships with community and economic development practitioners, funders, and committed West Virginia residents have been foundational to every element of our work.

Over the past two years, the team at The Hub has adapted to the unprecedented challenges our communities have faced during the pandemic by leaning into our core strengths to deepen our impact. The Hub remains committed to tackling persistent challenges, and we have focused our attention on the most impactful elements of our work.

We are supporting community leaders to advance their visions for local development, creating new pathways for engagement and leadership growth through our virtual training platform, and leading strategies that lift up voices of community leaders to move forward solutions to long-held challenges to growth.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that nothing about the future is set in stone. While the coming year may present enormous opportunities for advancement in our state, they will also inevitably require significant capacity building, shared strategies that are grounded in trust-based partnerships, and extended efforts to support the leadership development of individuals and organizations who have been asked to do more during a time of extreme stress and strain.

The services that anchor organizations like The Hub provide are even more critical in this time, and we expect our work to scale significantly in the coming years ahead.

We look forward to continuing to do the work of putting into action the vision and the shared strategies envisioned by that core group of community economic development practitioners and funders fifteen years ago.

In Continued Accompaniment,

– WV Community Development Hub
Executive Leadership Team

Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

Amanda Workman Scott

Director of Community Engagement

Emma Pepper

Director of Strategic Network Communications

Katie Loudin

Director of Strategic Development

Montgomery

Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

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Residents participated in the Cultivate WV program to kickstart community and economy building. Read their community case study.

Kingwood

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Lewis County

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future.

Meadow River Valley Region

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg

Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Watch their community documentary.

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Residents participated in the Blueprint Communities* program to engage their neighbors and co-create strategic plans for their future. Read their community case study.

Systemic Change

2021 became a time period of catalytic potential as we saw years of investment into our core strategies to enact systemic change yield new results. Our strategic focus areas include policy, communications, and supporting the community economic development system in leveraging unique financing opportunities such as the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative and Opportunity Zones.

In addition, through our strategic policy support role within the Abandoned Properties Coalition, The Hub successfully advanced two key objectives: the creation of a statewide land bank at the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation and extension of the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. 

Through the Opportunity Appalachia program, 6 catalytic community projects located in WV-based Opportunity Zones received $250,000 for pre-development technical assistance. Three projects received additional private funding as a result of program participation.

Community Coaching

In 2021, we accompanied 16 communities through our in-depth, professional coaching programs. In addition to leaning into coaching and financing opportunities offered through these programs, participating communities leveraged an additional $2.8 million in funding on their own for community economic development projects. While participating in our entry-level coaching program, Cultivate WV, Montgomery and Smithers realized momentum-building success through access to $40,000 in seed funding for projects like farmers markets, public art, wayfinding, community events, and development of a trail system.

Six communities, Lewis County, Kingwood, Meadow River Valley, Monticello neighborhood in Clarksburg, New Martinsville and Parsons, graduated the intermediate planning program Blueprint Communities* with strategic plans in place. We also launched a new round of HubCAP, our flagship community economic development program, in six towns located in the Monongahela National Forest region: Cowen, Franklin, White Sulphur Springs, Elkins, Marlinton, and Petersburg.

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Franklin

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

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Petersburg

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

White Sulphur Springs

Residents participated in round 4 of The Hub’s capstone Communities of Achievement program with a focus on building local recreational economies.

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A core team led by Crawford Holdings, LLC participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

Huntington

Core teams led by Thundercloud, Inc. and the City of Huntington participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support community development projects located in Opportunity Zones.

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Leadership Development

As hundreds of people began to engage in our virtual training activities in 2020, we saw a critical opportunity to scale and deepen our impact. This year, The Hub team developed an accessible, virtual platform with options for self-guided and group learning activities as well as professional coaching.

Kickstart Communities is now the crux of our efforts to bring new people into the work and grow their leadership. These activities now form the foundational stages of a Community Leadership Development Pipeline to move motivated residents from seeing the challenges in their communities to proactively collaborating to resolve them.

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