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Community & Economic Development

Making West Virginia’s communities viable, energetic and economically sustainable is the mission of our Community & Economic Development efforts. Primary focus areas are community development and revitalization, regional and local economic development, and small business development. Our current initiatives include: Downtown Revitalization, Historic Preservation, Green Projects, Community Gardens, Small Business Development & Support, Economic Sustainability, Non-profit Development, Economic Analysis, Disaster Preparedness, and Tourism.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses & Communities

We have compiled and are continuously revising a list of resources for communities and businesses looking to reopen.

Community Development & Revitalization
We work with communities to revitalize their downtown areas by improving vitality, facilitating needs assessments, strategic planning, workshops and meetings, funding research, property redevelopment uses, community clean-ups and more. 
Micro-Enterprise & Small Business Development
We continually support small business development, retention and expansion efforts with emphasis on artisan and the creative economy sectors. Services include incubation, mentoring, access to capital assistance, entrepreneur training, management strategies, marketing, counseling on collaborative development, business plan assessment and strategies for expansion. 
Regional & Local Economic Development
We help communities develop strategic plans for regional economic projects, work with businesses to determine linkages and development strategies for stabilizing existing market share and developing growth strategies.
We have staff members and programs at various locations throughout central and southern West Virginia, including Kanawha, Fayette, Logan and Raleigh counties. Visit the Locations section below for the extension agent nearest you.

Our Team

Adam Hodges
Interim Assistant Program Director for CED
(304) 610-5655
Kaysha Jackson
Interim Director, WVSU EDC
(304) 720-1403
Christine Kinder
Raleigh County Extension Agent
(304) 923-5820
Allison Smith
Extension Agent
(717) 449-2454
Chris Zeto
Logan County Extension Agent
(304) 752-3255
WVSU Economic Development Center

West Virginia State University Economic Development Center

The WVSU Economic Development Center (EDC) has been offering business and entrepreneurship training, office space leasing, and small business start-up support on Charleston’s West Side for more than a decade. 


In addition to spaces for trainings, meetings and office leasing, the facility features an area for art exhibits, video capture space, green screen capabilities, a voice studio and an editing suite, serving as a co-working space for the creative economy.

Learn more about the WVSU EDC at wvsuedc.org.

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