West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update December 2021

Program Spotlight for December

Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreational Economies (DARRE)

Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director, WV Community Development Hub  [email protected]
Ray Moeller, Economic Redevelopment Specialist, WVU Northern Brownfields Assistance Center [email protected] 

DARRE is a three-year program partnership between the WV Community Development Hub, WV Northern Brownfields Assistance Center, Woodlands Development & Lending, and Partner Community Capital (formerly Natural Capital Investment). The DARRE program brings together numerous partners throughout the state and region to undertake a deliberate and concentrated approach to supporting the development and revitalization of historic downtowns in 8 communities in the Mon Forest Region (Cowen, Elkins, Franklin, Marlinton, Parsons, Petersburg, Richwood, and White Sulphur Springs). The partners working on the DARRE program will support the participating towns with the kinds of technical assistance that makes their downtowns “development ready,”


 Jumpstart Savings

Heather Raines, Program Director, WV State Treasurer’s Office  [email protected]

Jumpstart is a savings program through the Treasurer’s Office that helps West Virginians pursue a trade or start their own business. Expenses include (1) tools, equipment, and supplies for a registered apprenticeship or training program with a career and technical center or community and technical college; (2) licenses and certifications costs; and (3) business start-up costs. https://jumpstartwv.com/


Bridging Innovation Week of April 4-8, 2022-Tara St. Clair, WVU Encova- [email protected]

The first weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship in the Mountain State will be held in April, 2022 in Charleston, WV.  https://wvbusinesslink.com/bridging-innovation-week/


WVEE Meetings Moving after December Meeting

Starting Jan 11, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Reminders and System Updates:

Check out this month’s events from the Ecosystem at: https://wvbusinesslink.com/events/

Next Meeting January 11, 2021 2:00 p.m.  Register HERE for future meetings.

or watch the full video below.

WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Meeting November 2021