October 26th, 2023 • 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WestEdge Factory: 1040 Vernon Street, Huntington, WV 25704

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.

By attending Ground-Up Gathering, you will learn about the various programs and social enterprises that are run and/or funded by Coalfield Development. You will also have the opportunity to meet many of our trainees and hear about their first-hand experiences participating in our workforce development programs. Not only will you meet our trainees, but you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work alongside them in one of our workshop trainings hosted by one of Coalfield’s social enterprises/ programs. Our agriculture program, Refresh Appalachia, will host a farm-to-table dinner with a majority of the food grown by our own trainees, while the rest will be sourced from our farming partners across the region. Live music from Bek and the Starlight Revue will follow dinner. Ground-Up Gathering is sure to be a fun and exciting evening celebrating all the tremendous work that is happening in our region!

At Coalfield, we truly believe we are rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up, one step at a time with the help of our regional partners. We invite you to come learn with us, celebrate with us, and get inspired about the new Appalachian economy developing at the ground level!

Tickets are in short supply! So, please be sure to RSVP by October 5th via Eventbrite on our website.
If you have any additional questions about the event, please contact Devon Hayes
at dhayes(at)coalfield-development.org or 304-501-6001.

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We invite you to come learn with us, celebrate with us, and get inspired about the new Appalachian economy developing at the ground level!


Growing Opportunity

An opportunity to network and learn from the various trainees, organizations, employers, and community members working in Central Appalachia.

3:00 PM

The New Appalachian Economy

Coalfield Development CEO and Marshall University Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development, Brandon Dennison, will officially kick off the gathering by greeting all in attendance and relaying the importance of the work happening in Central Appalachia.

3:30 PM

WRAPS Trainee Graduations and Acknowledgements

Meet our WRAPS partners and celebrate their graduates with us as they transition to new career pathways!

3:40 PM


Roll Up Your Sleeves!

Engage in collaborative workshops hosted by Coalfield’s own social enterprises and programs, including: Sustainable Agriculture, Hands-on Environmental Justice, Appalachian Arts, and Sustainable Screenprinting/Woodworking.

4:20 PM

Sowing SEEDs

Update from our SEED partners about the work their social enterprise is doing to promote workforce and economic developmental growth in Central Appalachia.

5:40 PM

Farm-Fresh Feast

Farm-to-table dinner provided by Coalfield Development’s agriculture program, Refresh Appalachia.

6:00 PM

Live Music

Performance by Bek and the Starlight Revue.

7:00 PM

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Sponsorship tiers

Thank you for your consideration as a sponsor for Ground-Up Gathering. For further details on how to become a sponsor, please review the sponsorship tier list
and contact Devon Hayes at dhayes(at)coalfeld-development.org or 304-501-6001.