West Virginia State University, and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority are proud to welcome Beckley native, Christine Humphrey, as the new WVSU Extension Agent for Community Development in Raleigh County. Christine will be housed at the Attar Center in uptown Beckley.

This position is made possible through an on-going partnership between West Virginia State University and the NRGRDA, and the Raleigh County Commission. She will oversee projects related to community development, entrepreneurial and small business development and tourism development in Raleigh County. This work includes, facilitation and delivery of training courses related to historic preservation; the connection of current and potential business owners to entrepreneurial and small business consulting services; assisting local and regional governments, organizations and businesses in the development of strategic plans; promotion of creative economy and tourism related activities and events; and the promotion and implementation of community level beautification strategies. Christine will conduct these activities throughout Raleigh County but will place a special emphasis assisting with the revitalization of Uptown Beckley.

Christine has lived in many parts of the state including Huntington, Morgantown, and Beckley. After attending Woodrow Wilson High School, she went to college at Marshall University, and moved outside the state for graduate school at University of Louisville then back to Morgantown for her latest degree through West Virginia University.

Christine’s passion for community development grew as she worked on a number of collaborative heritage tourism projects while earning her MPA at West Virginia University. She was inspired by local extension agents and the work they were able to do in the region where she grew up. After earning a number of degrees, and working for state leaders, she was inspired by the possibility of combining her experience and education to benefit the development of the New River Gorge region.

She explains she’s “thrilled to work in my home county and help those communities grow. I’m very excited to be able to work in a position that encourages creativity.” In those communities she’ll be connecting with citizens and officials on many different levels and providing services and guidance that will increase their capacity for diversification, beautification, and historical preservation.

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