WV POWER Coaching

As part of our services to support West Virginia-based Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER grantees, The Hub offers pro bono, 1-on-1 coaching time for recipients of POWER funding. 

Our coaches are independently-contracted experts on community and economic development funding opportunities in West Virginia. The role of a coach is different than what you may expect – POWER coaches aren’t here to check up on you, they’re here to check in as you build the path to successfully complete your POWER project. The coach’s job is to ask the right questions to help you arrive at your own conclusions.

To connect with a coach, contact Stephanie Tyree at s.tyree@wvhub.org.

About Project Coaching

Coaches work 1-on-1 with POWER project team members to identify obstacles to success and collaboratively form solutions that may include strategies like: making connections to new service providers; identifying resources; creating new processes; and others.

Coaching may take the form of a single phone call to tackle a burning question; a series of in-person meetings to focus on a challenge; or regular check-ins to address issues that may arise over time. 

Coaches work with you to build a path to match your needs. Coaching is available free of charge.

How coaches support

The following are moments when connecting with a coach may be helpful: 

  • Identifying how to or who can provide federal grants management, procurement and grants oversight assistance
  • Clarifying grant processes such as fund management, purchasing, record-keeping, etc.
  • Working through turnover of key staff and other personnel related issues
  • Identifying sources of matching funds for projects
  • Strategies for engaging community stakeholders
  • Identifying professional development resources for staff (personnel management, accounting, ED training, etc.)  
  • Setting up data collection processes
  • Assistance with crisis communication

Meet the coaches

Ralph Goolsby worked for the West Virginia Development Office for over 37 years in various capacities including community development manager. In that capacity, Ralph was responsible for the development and implementation of several key community and economic development programs including Main Street, the Local Economic Development Grant Program; Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission Program. Also, during his tenure at the Development Office, Ralph served as the Governor’s Representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission on matters of policy and investments for the State of West Virginia. Most recently, Ralph has served as Independent Contractor providing non-profit organizations and regional planning agencies with a variety community and economic development services and disciplines in the areas of grants development; strategic thinking, planning, project implementation; team building and group facilitation services.

Monica Miller, EDFP is President of M. Miller Development Services LLC, a woman owned business specializing in community economic development services for non-profit organizations, units of government, for-profit businesses and higher education institutions. Work includes regional and community planning and assessments, project management, facilitation, and coaching services. For over 20 years she managed multiple Community Development programs for the West Virginia Development Office most notably Main Street West Virginia, the Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program, and Appalachian Regional Commission. She is chair emerita of the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founding chair of the National Main Street Coordinating Programs Executive Committee, and she currently serves on the board of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. Clients include WVU Bureau for Business and Economic Research, National Main Street Center, Philanthropy WV, WV Community Development Hub along with various communities and development organizations. Monica is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University if Oklahoma and is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional.

Connect with a Coach

To connect with a coach, contact Stephanie Tyree at s.tyree@wvhub.org.

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.

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