Coalfield Development (Coalfield), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Wayne, West Virginia, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. On Friday August 28 at 3:30, the organization will host a virtual celebration via Zoom. All are invited. Interested participants can register at: https://coalfield- development.org/10years/
Over the past 10 years, the Coalfield team has worked with gumption, grit, and grace to make its vision a reality: Appalachian places and people unlocking their full potential, power, and purpose. This has primarily been achieved by creating new social enterprises in sectors of the economy that model a more socially, environmental, and financially sustainable economy than what the coal industry has provided. A social enterprise is a business model which blends the compassion of the charitable worlds with the efficiency of the private sector. Some highlights include the organization’s partnership with Solar Holler, LLC to found the first solar installation company in southern West Virginia as well as the organization’s innovations in the sustainable agriculture field through the founding of Refresh Appalachia. Overall, Coalfield has helped start 52 new business over the past decade leading to more than 250 new full-time jobs for the region.
Founder and CEO Brandon Dennison reflects, “We’ve achieved significant and very tangible positive outcomes for the region, but what I’m proudest of is the fact we’ve done it from the ground up. We truly respect and listen to the people of Appalachia. We sincerely believe in this place and its people.”