Ground-Up Gathering
The Ground-Up Gathering event is a celebration of the new Appalachian economy developing right here in Central Appalachia! Ground-Up Gathering will welcome employers, workforce and economic development partners, and community members to Coalfield Development’s WestEdge Factory to witness the life-changing work that Coalfield is doing every day. Not only will attendees have the opportunity to learn about the work Coalfield is doing, but they will get to interface with many of our WRAPS, SEEDS, and Employer partners who are working side-by-side with us to make this change.
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What Folks Are Saying...
Several notable individuals acknowledge our work. See what they have to say about Coalfield Development and the impact we have on Appalachia.
13 Years Rebuilding Appalachia
2022 was Coalfield Development's 12-year anniversary - more than a decade of rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up!
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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.

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We are launching a new podcast!

We have some exciting news to share with you! After years of inspiring conversations and powerful stories on our podcast, “Change in the Coalfields,” we are embarking on a brand-new journey with our upcoming podcast, “Coalfields Reimagined.”

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Brandon’s Labor Day Remarks in Matewan

I want to share my thoughts and reflections on Labor Day. I think it’s a very important and special day. It’s meant to be a long weekend of rest and spending time with family, but I think it’s important to stop and reflect on all the workers who have given us the communities we have and the lives that we have lived.

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Be The Change You Want To See.

People Trained in
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Challenge 2023

Now Accepting Applications Until October!

Coalfield Development’s SEED Fund invests in, incubates, and grows employment-based social enterprise partners in Appalachian Communities.

We are opening applications for this funding during the summer of 2023, with further investigation and due diligence of applicants to occur from the time of application until October 2023.