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Our Blog is a reflection of the endeavors of Coalfield Development, its social enterprises and the passion of our people through courage, creativity and community to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up.

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Celebrating 10 Years

Coalfield Development (Coalfield), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Wayne, West Virginia, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

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Black Lives Matter

Recent events should inspire all of us to recommit ourselves to racial justice. Coalfield Development has long been committed to diversity of all kinds…

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#GiveTogetherNow

In times like these, simple acts of kindness can remind people who are struggling that they’re not alone…

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John F. Nash – June 2019

“He is a mathematical genius.”, Carnegie Professor, Richard Duffin wrote about John Nash in a letter of recommendation to Princeton University.

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A Look Back at the #UpChat

On October 11, 2018, the Communities Thrive Challenge and Upworthy, a media platform, partnered to host a live #UpChat on Twitter with the 20 Communities Thrive Challenge finalists…

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Economic Development

Community development in central Appalachia can sometimes feel like spinning wheels in mud. The harder you try, the worse the problem gets…

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Training Endorsement

Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted to endorse the on-the-job and personal growth training curriculum…

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A Bright Future

Last year, we reached an important milestone as an organization: topping 100 new jobs created as a direct result of our interventions…

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Newsweek: Coal Jobs

When we consider what it means to be American, what it is to achieve the American Dream, we can look to Appalachia as an embodiment…

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Revisioning Appalachia

When Brandon Dennison’s car pulls up to the old Corbin Ltd. factory on Huntington’s West End, he finds a crew of employees on a scissor lift installing a sign…

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The Energy Transition

As the world necessarily transitions to a low emission future to mitigate our impacts on the climate, employment in solar and wind is exploding, generating jobs 2.5 times…

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Starbucks UPSTANDERS

In the fall of 2013, when Tracy Spaulding was a high school sophomore, the coal mine in his West Virginia town closed. And with it, he assumed, went his path…

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PBS NewsHour

“Job Training and Community College Put Coalminers on a New Path” was a segment that profiled the work of Coalfield Development and its family…

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From The Ashes

In the words of Coalfield’s own Brandon Dennison, “I recently had the remarkable and surreal opportunity to be part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City…

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Quality Jobs

The centerpiece of Coalfield’s operation is its Quality Jobs Initiative (QJI), a program that employs local youth – recent high school graduates to those…

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Theory of Change

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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We Must Believe

One hot July evening, I had a conversation with a contractor that literally went as follows: After pitching my green collar jobs idea, he responded: “Wayne County?!?!…

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Recent Posts

Celebrating 10 Years

Coalfield Development (Coalfield), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Wayne, West Virginia, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Read More

Black Lives Matter

Recent events should inspire all of us to recommit ourselves to racial justice. Coalfield Development has long been committed to diversity of all kinds…

Read More

#GiveTogetherNow

In times like these, simple acts of kindness can remind people who are struggling that they’re not alone…

Read More

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