Our Impact in 2021

2022 presents enormous opportunities to build up West Virginia communities. These opportunities require West Virginians to scale up our community and economy-building skills, lean into collaborative strategies grounded in trust, and increase our efforts to support the growth of community-based leaders. The services that organizations like The Hub provide are even more critical today, and we expect our work to scale significantly in the years ahead.

– Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

How Our Work Works

Everything we do is grounded in four focus areas built up over the past 12 years to maximize impact.

INVEST

Invest in community leadership, teams, and community-identified projects.

BUILD

Build impactful partnerships across the diverse groups working on community development in the state.

TACKLE

Tackle the systems-level challenges that communities face through creative policy engagement.

DRIVE

Drive forward a new story about West Virginia about how positive change is possible, and it is happening today.

Where We Coached in 2021

Every day, The Hub’s professional community coaching team is working alongside residents as they carry out time-tested plans to engage their neighbors, build their communities, and scale up their local economies. These in-depth coaching services are at the heart of transformational change in local communities.

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Montgomery

Smithers

Kingwood

Lewis County

Meadow River Valley Region

Monticello Neighborhood of Clarksburg

New Martinsville

Parsons

Cowen

Elkins

Franklin

Marlinton

Petersburg

White Sulphur Springs

Charleston

Huntington

Grafton

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Impact Snapshots

Strategic Wins

New Community Leaders

Leadership development HIGHLIGHT

As part of Kickstart Communities, we expanded our Community Coaching Fellowship by creating beginner and advanced tracks, opening up applications to the public, and running fellowship cycles multiple times each year. We now have the capacity to guide, at minimum, 90 West Virginians annually through intensive personal development to support them to lead community change. Learn about the Community Coaching Fellowship »

Growing Community Funding

Community Coaching HIGHLIGHT

West Virginians in 6 communities (Kingwood; Lewis County; Meadow River Valley region of Greenbrier County; Monticello neighborhood of Clarksburg in Harrison County; New Martinsville; and Parsons) who recently graduated from the Blueprint Communities* program with new strategic plans co-created with fellow residents, leveraged more than $2.8 million in tax credits and funding to help them carry out those plans. Read more about Blueprint Communities* »

Increased Community Momentum

Community Coaching HIGHLIGHT

Residents in Montgomery, WV and Smithers, WV, neighboring towns that are known as “two municipalities, one community,” participated in the Cultivate WV community coaching program where they used $40,000 in seed funding to create twenty small-scale projects such as a farmers market, signage & beautification, public art, trails, events, and others. The residents leveraged more than $60,000 in additional funding through their efforts. Read the Montgomery and Smithers Community Case Study »

High-Impact Community Storytelling

Systemic change HIGHLIGHT

We were selected from thousands of applicants to serve as a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Voices for Economic Opportunity grantee. We launched Redefined: Real Stories from West Virginia, a campaign that motivates rural residents to shift from hopelessness into roles of meaningful community leadership. Redefined has reached more than 500,000 Appalachians and is a featured program on East Tenneesee Public Broadcasting and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Watch the Redefined stories »

Better Networked System

Systemic change HIGHLIGHT

The WV Community Collaborative Network, a new affinity network created to catalyze community economic development in West Virginia, launched this year with the appointment of a 15-member steering committee. This launch represented the culmination of two years of work including input from over 500 residents and partners. Visit the Community Collaborative Network website »

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At The Hub, we provide resources, technical support, coaching, and gathering spaces to help community teams take their visions from dream to reality. Who we serve has been, and always will be, small communities in West Virginia and the people who are committed to the ongoing work to drive forward growth and development in their towns.

The West Virginia Community Development Hub is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501c3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

*Blueprint Communities is a registered service mark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. The Blueprint Communities program was created by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank) in 2005 to support the development of local leadership, collaboration across sectors, and strategic planning to make a lasting impact on the economic well being and quality of life for residents. In 2007, our team at The Hub began administering this program in West Virginia with generous support from FHLBank.

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

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.

Cowen

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

Montgomery

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

Smithers

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.

New Martinsville

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

Parsons

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

Elkins

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

A core team led by Woodlands Development Group also participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

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.

Franklin

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

Marlinton

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

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.

Charleston

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.

Grafton

A core team led by Unleash Tygart, Inc participated in Opportunity Appalachia, receiving technical assistance to support a community development project located in an Opportunity Zone.

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.