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The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. Please browse our site to find out more about our commitment to the communities, businesses, and economy of West Virginia. Thank you, and enjoy your visit.

September 21, 2014

WVEDC Board of Directors

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Huntington.

October 27, 2014

WVEDC Board of Directors

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the WV Manufacturers Association in Charleston.

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October 31 2014

October 30 2014

Communications Director - WV Community Development HUB The Hub is hiring for a full-time position starting January 2015. Hiring is expected to be completed by Dec. 2014 COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Creating a Strategic Economic Transition Communications System for WV. The WV Community Development Hub is hiring a full-time Communications Director to coordinate marketing and strategic communications for the Hub and our partner groups in the Community Development Network, with a particular focus on promoting current economic transition activities and opportunities in West Virginia. The position will start in January and can be based out of the Hub’s Fairmont or Charleston offices, though location is flexible for the right candidate. The Hub is a statewide community development organization that promotes the WV Community Development Model through four overlapping approaches: Our Community-Based Capacity Building works with geographic communities to provide support for leadership development, civic infrastructure creation and project implementation[1]; Our Community Development Sector Support works with communities of interest around specific statewide sectors, identifying gaps, convening stakeholders and incubating initiatives[2]; Our Community-Based Policy Change activities link community change with policy change, building pathways for communities to learn about and access policy decision-making while proposing their own solutions[3]; and Our emerging Strategic Network Communications work, which will be encompassed within the Communications Director’s position. [1] HubCAP, Blueprint Communities, Turn This Town Around [2] Incubated initiatives include the WV Food and Farm Coalition, the BAD Buildings Program, and the emerging Physical Activity Network. [3] Including work with the Abandoned Properties Coalition and the Our Children, Our Future Campaign Job Description: This position will serve to build an internal and external communications structure for the Community Development Network through supporting, linking and catalyzing economic transition activity across the state and creating a model of communications collaboration that can be used effectively by partner groups within the network. Broadly, the scope of work will be to: identify messaging and marketing strategies that communicate effectively with a broad audience across the state; amplify current solutions and activities being undertaken by communities and increase communication and skills-sharing between communities; and to create a structure for intentional, strategic and catalyzing cross-group communications. Through this position, we are undertaking the development of a unique model of nonprofit communications and marketing, where the focus is on creating a long-term strategic plan and sharing communications and media coverage among partners and initiatives. Job Duties Create and coordinate a statewide communications collaboration; Develop and implement a communications system with key partners and initiatives; Undertake broad public engagement to include diverse interest groups and unengaged sectors in dialogue relating to economic transition; Develop and provide tools and resources to partners and communities to increase their communications impact and to connect them with decision-makers; Collaboratively identify and implement messaging relating to economic transition across partner groups; Providing on-going support to initiatives and partners, with a particular focus on seeding messaging relating to economic transition in West Virginia; Build a regional transition communications collaboration with organizations in neighboring states Qualifications Strong communications, social media and marketing background Excellent writing skills with an ability to distill complex issues into an understandable language Ability to connect with widely diverse populations and bridge differences among groups, sectors and stakeholders Excellent listening skills Understand and enthusiastically support collaboration Experience working on strategic planning, and strategy development and implementation Ability to work as part of a team but also skills to self-direct work and work independently Creative problem-solver Willingness and enthusiasm to work hard Comfortable with irregular hours and evening/weekend travel This is a year-round, full-time position, salaried with full benefits. Salary commiserate with experience. The WV Community Development Hub is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, creed, disability or national origin. Please send resume, cover letter, a two-page writing sample, and three references to . This position will be open until filled, however, we expect to fill it by January 1 2015.