WV POWER Grantees 2020 Summit

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Join us for the WV POWER Grantees 2020 Summit.

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At the WV POWER Grantees Summit, we welcome recipients and teams working on Appalachian Regional Commission POWER projects in the Mountain State as well as leaders who are interested in applying for this federal funding opportunity designed to catalyze community and economic development in Appalachia.

This year, we will:

  • Celebrate milestones and impact for current WV POWER grantees and 2020 awardees
  • Spotlight WV POWER projects and team members moving the work forward
  • Highlight successful strategies of adaptation and growth for WV POWER projects during the pandemic
  • Learn from funders and project peers about creating cycles of high-impact success, addressing challenges, and what to expect in 2021

The POWER Grantees Summit is an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state and learn ways to deepen the impact of our work, all while promoting and celebrating the innovative community and economic development that happens in West Virginia as a result of investments through the ARC POWER program.

The Summit will be a virtual event this year.



// 10:00: Welcome + Opening 

// 10:10: Resiliency and COVID Adaptations for WV POWER Grantees

Featuring guest speaker Jen Simon (Appalachian Regional Commission); moderator Ralph Goolsby; and panelists Christy Bailey (National Coal Heritage Area Authority), April Koenig (Sprouting Farms), Jeff Lusk (Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority), and Spencer Moss (WV Food and Farm Coalition)

When faced with challenges, POWER project teams have the potential to shift focus and rearrange priorities while keeping the major goals in sight. This workshop will assess the strategies taken by POWER grantees this year during the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 to adapt, build resilience, and follow through on deliverables. These stories of adaptation are models for approaches to resilience in the community economic development field.

// 11:10: Strategic Partnerships + Long-Term Sustainability to Weather Challenging Times

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Michelle Foster (The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation); moderator Patti Hamilton; and panelists Anne Barth (TechConnect WV), Judy Moore (WV Hive), Alex Weld (Wheeling Heritage), and Bill Woodrum (Robert C. Byrd Institute)

Collaboration and sustainability are essential to immediate and long-term success for POWER projects. Hear from current grantees about how they have built and grown critical collaborative partnerships, and how they are planning for long-term sustainability to ensure the viability of their work moving into the future across multiple sectors that are critical to economic development in West Virginia.

// 12:00: Celebrating 2020 POWER Grantees: Leadership in Broadband Investments

Featuring moderator Stephanie Tyree (WV Community Development Hub); and panelists Charlie Dennie & Bob Plymale (Thundercloud Inc.), Jen Giovannitti (Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation), Dr. Alex Marre (Federal Reserve Bank - Richmond), and Tim Thomas (Appalachian Regional Commission)

ARC announced 2020 grantees in October, awarding $5.8 million to 7 projects in West Virginia. The largest WV awardee was Thundercloud, Inc, which received $2.5 million for its project “Thundercloud Gigabit City Deployment.” Hear from project leads about the plan for this major broadband project, and from broadband regional and state investors about the impact of this project as a model for future broadband development and deployment throughout the state.

// 1:05: Federal Partners: Program Updates + Opportunities

Featuring moderator Jina Belcher (New River Gorge Regional Development Authority); and panelists Krista Cox (WV Development Office), Nancy Eyl (Appalachian Regional Commission), Jesse Gandee (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Braedon Koerwitz (Appalachian Regional Commission), and Tracey Rowan (U.S. Economic Development Administration)

Federal agency representatives will speak about current and emerging opportunities relating to economic diversification programs and funding opportunities, and will provide important updates on regulatory changes that affect current and future POWER projects.

// 1:40: Planning for 2021 Funding Opportunities + Catalyzing Future Projects

Featuring guest speaker Mary Hunt (Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation); moderator Monica Miller (M. Miller Development Services); and panelists Aila Accad (Future of Nursing), Patrick Kirby (Northern Brownfields Assistance Center), John Tuggle (Region 4 Planning and Development Council), and Matt Ward (Sustainable Strategies DC)

Hear from current ARC awardees and projects that are planning to reapply in the 2021 POWER cycle about strategies to put together successful applications, the value of resubmitting if your application was not selected this year or in an earlier year, and strategic approaches to find additional federal partners to support significant economic diversification projects in West Virginia. Let’s plan for 2021 together, to draw even more funding into our state in the coming year.

// 2:25: Closing


About the ARC's POWER Initiative

The Appalachian Regional Commission's POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment. The ARC has invested more than $200 million into the Appalachian region through this initiative. Read more about POWER funding on the Appalachian Regional Commission website.

About the WV Community Development Hub's POWER Support Program

The team at The Hub spearheads a collaborative initiative in support of the people behind WV-based POWER-funded projects. Our team members offer coaching and training to support POWER projects, and we bring together current and past POWER grantees to network, problem-solve, build new collaborations and deepen relationships with project funders and technical assistance providers. Read more about the program on The Hub's website.

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