July 29, 2016
WAYNE, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia's Coalfield Development Program is getting a federal boost. The Economic Development Administration gave more than $1.7 million in funding to the West Edge Factory. The old factory is now a place to learn for students who want to earn an associates degree and obtain a job in Appalachia.
Recently, the program directors opened the state's first and only tenant operated coffee shop. The building provides affordable housing and a short walk to work in the same building. Project Director Deacon Stone said the shop has a busy breakfast and lunch hour that is growing.
"We realized a coffee shop was not only within reach, but it would serve the needs of the community," Stone said. "They work 33 hours a week. They go to college for six hours a week toward an associate's degree. The most important part is they are exposed to entrepreneurship."
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