The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) offers participating communities a time-tested curriculum to accelerate their community-led economic development efforts. We support community teams over a multi-year period to move forward a clearly defined community development project from initial idea to long-term implementation and financing. These projects are the spark for community revitalization including through activities such as building redevelopment, increasing business opportunities, and improving community engagement practices. With the fourth round of HubCAP launched in 2020, we are focusing our efforts on supporting communities that are building recreational tourism-focused economies.
We have seen that community revitalization can occur even in the most economically challenged areas when communities are provided support for multiple years in a row to establish a volunteer team focused on improving downtowns and similar areas. This team achieves success when they are coached in developing or improving a locally-adopted plan, identifying and undertaking immediate action steps to move the plan forward, and are provided access to resources from across the state that come to them, meeting them where they are to help them move through the unpredictable but expected hurdles that arise along each step of rural community development.
Communities that we now cite as leaders in the community revitalization field in West Virginia (including Buckhannon, Fairmont and Princeton) have been HubCAP participants, and have helped us to grow and improve the program.
While participating in HubCAP, community teams grow sustainable community engagement practices; build a stronger culture of local entrepreneurship; and drive and support downtown building redevelopment.
One of the most impactful changes of participating in this program is the leadership development of individual community members. During the program participants have grown their capacity in leading and facilitating community meetings, developing and implementing project planning, and building partnerships and collaborations both within their community and throughout the state.
For more wins and milestones coming out of the HubCAP program, see our “Stories” section below.
The HubCAP program is ideal for communities that have already had some success on their own with a project or program, possibly your community has a team already in place as a result of past collaborations. HubCAP is a high capacity community development program that is best for teams and communities that want to develop and implement long term plans and initiatives.
If you are a member of a HubCAP community and want to get involved, if you are interested in becoming a HubCAP community, or if you are funder that is interested in learning more about the program, contact program lead Amanda Workman Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HubCAP program typically seeks new communities once every three years, dependent upon available funding.
The Hub continues to work with six Mon Forest Towns communities as part of The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) to help the communities build on the progress they have made towards revitalization.
Six communities are participating in The Hub’s HubCAP (Communities of Achievement Program) initiative which focuses on Mon Forest Town communities in its latest iteration.
To celebrate the kickoff of our latest HubCAP iteration, we collected stories from four communities that successfully completed the program in previous years.
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.