We focus on sustainable economic development and diversification.

Strong Mountain Communities is focused on nurturing job creation and sustainable economic development and diversification in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. We provide deal-making services that align funding, technical assistance, business coaching and promotion to support and adequately capitalize burgeoning businesses and social enterprises in our region.

We serve as a central convener for businesses, organizations and stake holders concerned with the economic well-being of southern West Virginia. We collect and disseminate the lessons learned by its partners through an annual regional conference, periodic meetings at the local level and representation and advocacy at regional and national meetings.

We measure success according to the triple bottom line.





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