Small Communities, BIG Solutions conference registration now open

Updated 18 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Southern West Virginia will be in the spotlight this coming fall, as the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development are teaming up once again for the second annual Small Communities, BIG Solutions conference. 

This event will showcase southern West Virginia successes and highlight what is working across the state’s 21 most southern counties. The Small Communities, BIG Solutions conference will be held at BridgeValley Community & Technical College’s Advanced Technology Center, located at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, Monday, Nov. 18. 

“We received overwhelming positive feedback from our attendees and participants in last year’s conference, so we decided to make the conference an annual tradition,” Sara Payne Scarbro, the alliance’s operations council chair, said. “There are so many individuals and organizations that are doing amazing work and this conference gives attendees the opportunity to network, make new connections and learn about what is working well in southern West Virginia.”

Brandon Dennison, founder and CEO of Coalfield Development said, “We often don’t take the time to capture our successes and we may overlook what we are doing well. This conference is important because it allows us to push ‘pause’ to celebrate each other and learn about what is actually working in our communities and how to build upon those successes.”

The partners expect a good mix of participants, including businesses, educators, community leaders and public officials.

The one-day function will include updates from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, other government leaders, the West Virginia Department of Commerce, and business and education leaders.  


Attendees will have an opportunity to attend various breakout sessions on various topics including addiction and recovery, workforce development, community revitalization, women’s issues and many more.


The conference partners will also highlight seven individuals during a POWER of Performance awards ceremony during the conference.


“We truly want to honor our own during this conference,” Stephanie Tyree, West Virginia Community Development Hub’s executive director said. “These POWER performers can be businesses, grantees, community activists or individuals. This is a time for southern West Virginia to shine and we will highlight the best of the best during our conference.”


The Small Communities, BIG Solutions conference is open to the public, but space is extremely limited. The cost is $35 per person. To learn more about the conference and to register, visit Eventbrite at For more information contact Scarbro at 304-696-2889.

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