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Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.

We believe in developing the potential of Appalachian places and people as they experience challenging moments of economic transition by unlocking people’s creative power to transform perceived problems into opportunities in the communities we call home. We empower people to have faith in themselves to learn and grow. People who have never dreamed of earning a degree walk across the graduation stage with pride and work beside our employees improving our own communities in real, tangible ways, such as rehabilitating dilapidated buildings, repurposing abandoned mine lands, and starting new businesses.

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Learn about our Five Programmatic Branches


REalized Potential Social Enterprises
Social Enterprise and Economic Diversification (SEED) Partnerships
33-6-3 Workforce Development Model
Community-Based Real Estate Development
Strong Mountain Communities
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Without spirit, without willpower, without opportunities for overcoming structural barriers, a full life feels unattainable. It is the Coalfield Development Corporation’s belief that the cause of so many woes…

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Our vision is Appalachian places and people unlocking their full potential, power, and purpose. This is our home, and we're rebuilding it from the ground up. #coalfield #wv #westvirginia #appalachia

This month we also feature Patch Adams for the mental health theme, who believes in compassion and laughter in medicine. #exemplarywestvirginian #westvirginia #appalachia #appalachian #patchadams

Crew members Megan Pate and Matt Hensley from the Big Ugly Woodshop attended Arts Day at the Legislature to share their art. #supportWVarts #coalfielddevelopment #wv #westvirginia

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Hear about how Coalfield Development is working to help communities make a more diversified economy beyond coal. #wv #westvirginia #coalfield #development

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To support a family of social enterprises that inspire the courage to grow, activate the creativity to transform perceived liabilities into assets, and cultivate the community needed for real opportunity in Appalachia through mentorship, education, and employment.