DBBA Touts Female Entrepreneurs in Beckley

At the Downtown Beckley Business Association member meeting on March, 3 2017 four local female entrepreneurs spoke about their experiences owning a business in Beckley. We heard inspiring stories from Tara Barlow owner of Kilted Barber, Leigh Korn who helps run her...

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Hinton Snuggle & Read

A Snuggle and Read was held Friday, January 20, 2017 for Hinton Area Elementary Pre-K at the Summers Memorial Building. Snuggle and Read is a program through WV Read Aloud Mary Kay Bond, Executive Director of Read Aloud WV attended the event and spoke to the parents...

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Reboot Richwood Grant

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh, through its Blueprint Communities Initiative, recently awarded a mini-grant of $10,000 to Reboot Richwood to assist that organization with a civic project. The mini-grant will be used to fund the development of a...

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Flood of 2016 – Recovery

In the wake of the recent floods that severely impacted southern West Virginia the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The US Economic Development Administration (USEDA) began the process of engaging community stakeholders, local elected leaders, and...

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Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shops

The Downtown Beckley Business Association (DBBA) hosted the Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shops on Nov. 26th for Shop Small Saturday. DBBA organizers including NRGRDA/WVSU Extension Agent Christine Kinder worked with 35 vendors and 2 property owners to house vendors...

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Ford Leading Hinton Area Foundation Board

 On January 1st, NRGRDA Community Development Agent and WVSU Extension Agent, Stacy Ford, took the helm of the Hinton Area Foundation's (HAF) Board of Directors. Her two year term kicks off as the Foundation is fostering a revitalized energy and connection with the...

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Regional Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), makes apprenticeships more affordable for employers and more accessible to employees. If you are interested...

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Future Fungi Finds Success at Common Grounds Competition

We'd like to introduce January's Common Grounds winner, Nima ShahabShahmir. As a result, Nima was also the recipient of Tech Connects $500 pitch prize! Nima is a WVU Tech student majoring in Computer Science, at the Beckley Campus. He is the first student participant...

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TechConnecting Resources for the Future

TechConnect West Virginia, a statewide economic development coalition based in South Charleston, is partnering with the WV HIVE Network to make two outstanding programs come to life in southern West Virginia. Through funding made available by the West Virginia...

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2016 Regional Development Summit

This year we welcomed more than one hundred community leaders, representing dozens of organizations, businesses, and non-profits. There, we received some very insightful information on the economic shift we're experiencing, as well as how the political realm and...

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