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Revitalizing WV’s Energy Communities

August 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Registration for this event has closed.

*Limited individual virtual meetings with agency representatives will be available from 1:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

West Virginia State OutlineAttend a virtual workshop to meet directly with federal agencies and local practitioners to learn about available resources and discuss potential projects for regional economic revitalization. This session is tailored specifically to West Virginia with a focus on the $300 million in federal funding recently announced as part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Coal Communities Commitment. Attend to learn how to apply and take advantage of the largest funding for coal communities in the history of the EDA and for more information on other federal funding opportunities.

Partner Organization: WV Community Development Hub

Supporting Partner Organizations: Sen. Joe Manchin, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, WV Economic Development Council (EDC), Coalfield Development, and Alliance for Economic Development of Southern WV.


Welcome & Introductions Stephanie Tyree
Executive Director
WV Community Development Hub

Briggs White
Deputy Executive Director
Energy Communities Interagency Working Group
9:00 am
Opening Remarks & Overview Brian Anderson
Executive Director
Energy Communities Interagency Working Group

Sen. Joe Manchin

United States Senator for West Virginia

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

United States Senator for West Virginia

Gayle Manchin

Federal Co-Chair
Appalachian Regional Commission

Michael Graney

Executive Director
WV Department of Economic Development
9:05 am
Federal Funding to Support Energy Communities A panel of senior officials representing the following federal agencies:

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Linda Cruz-Carnall, Christopher Casper

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Karen Fabiano

Department of Energy (DOE)

Kate Gordon

Department of Interior (DOI)

Yolande Norman-Moore, Sterling Rideout

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Matthew Dalbey, Samantha Beers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Jesse Gandee
9:30 am
Q&A 10:40 am
Perspectives from Local Practitioners Brandon Dennison
CEO and President
Coalfield Development

Jina Belcher
Executive Director
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

Bill Woodrum

Coordinator, WV Entrepreneurship Network
WV Small Business Development Center

John Maher

Vice President for Research, Marshall University
Executive Director, Marshall University Research Corporation

Joshua Jefferson

Executive Director
Regional Economic Development Partnership

Mary Hunt

Senior Program Officer
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
11:00 am
Closing Remarks 11:45 am
Event Concludes Noon

*Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a limited number of individual virtual meetings with federal agency representatives from 1:00 – 4:00 PM EDT.


August 18, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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