Support Coalfield Development in rebuilding the Appalachian economy.

  • P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755
  • P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755

About Us

Inspiring the courage to grow, activating the creativity to innovate, and cultivating communities of opportunity in central Appalachia through three core capabilities:

  • Incubating and Investing in Employment-Based Social Enterprises
  • Facilitating Professional, Personal, and Academic Development for People Facing Barriers to Employment
  • Leading and Collaborating on Community-Based Revitalization Projects

10 Years Rebuilding Appalachia

This interactive timeline was created to give you a glimpse of accomplishments throughout our first 10 years. Hover over each year to discover more.

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From the Beginning

Our organization exists because in 2010 volunteers started to address concerns about housing in Wayne, WV. It was quickly realized that traditional charity was not nearly enough to address the deep, generational challenges we face. After intense community engagement, we pioneered a relationship-based, holistic approach to on-the-job training. Unemployed and underemployed people were hired to construct green affordable housing.

Today, crew members participate in a workforce development program according to our 33-6-3 model: 33 hours a week are spent doing on-the-job training, along with participation in workshops and trainings; 6 hours a week are devoted to community college and business classes for an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences; and 3 hours a week are committed to personal development coaching.

We have grown into a family of social enterprises working throughout the region as a leader in the building of a new economy during the wake of the coal industry’s rapid decline. Since our conception, we have helped 95 alumni get placed in full-time careers; attracted $16M in new investment to the region; created 190 new jobs; trained 850 people in new economic sectors; revitalized 187K SQ FT of formerly abandoned property; and supported and grown 40 new businesses, from real estate development and construction to agriculture and artisan trades – industries based on local assets and having real viability in the Appalachian region.

Our Vision

Resilient Appalachian communities with socially, environmentally, and financially thriving economies which create the community conditions for all kinds of people to unlock their full potential, power, and purpose.

Our Values

Gumption

  • No complaining or whining
  • Commit to excellent work
  • Fully participate; dive in
  • Believe in yourself, each other,
    and your community

Grit

  • Doggedly pursue solutions to problems
  • Follow through
  • Reflect; be fully present
  • Find the joy
  • Learn and grow

Grace

  • Stay humble; continually improve
  • Trust and relationships are top priority
  • Take time to listen, especially with whom you differ
  • Value each other’s unique strengths
  • Be genuine and honest