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The latest news from the Smith OEDC

West Virginia rising: WVU partners with Coalfield Development Corporation, other coalition members to win $63M EDA grant

"Thousands of acres of abandoned mining land in West Virginia will get new uses out of part of a large-scale development project Coalfield Development Corporation is leading with support from West Virginia University. The project is among those to receive funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part of the 'Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant.'

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Renowned outdoor community development leader joins WVU collaborative

"West Virginia University’s outdoor recreation experts are hard at work developing world-class outdoor infrastructure, expanding outdoor opportunities and using the Mountain State’s outdoor assets to advance the economy. These efforts are mission critical at the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, and now, the OEDC team is poised to broaden its efforts with the help of a change agent who’s fired up about the collaborative's work.

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Active outdoor activities can change your career and your life, says Danny Twilley

West Virginia University Assistant Dean Danny Twilley is passionate about encouraging people to spend time outdoors. In this episode, Danny says research shows that active outdoor leisure can support creativity and a sense of connection, as well as health and happiness. He says getting outside can help you recover from work stress, promote well-being and stimulate learning. Even taking a 20-minute walk in a city park can help you unwind.

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Huguenin named director of Ascend WV

West Virginia University’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative has appointed Emily Huguenin as the director of Ascend WV.
With a wealth of experience in team leadership and program development, Huguenin’s experience is an asset to Ascend WV as the program expands into new locations and additional initiatives take West Virginia’s talent attraction and retention programming to new heights.

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A year later: $25M gift to WVU fosters flywheel effect for West Virginia’s outdoor economy

The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative continues to build momentum one year after the couple’s transformational $25 million gift to West Virginia University. The namesake office the Smiths created is starting to see momentum from a concept the Smiths have instilled in the team— the flywheel effect where constant effort compounds until movement forward is second nature.

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Coalfield Development’s ACT Now Coalition Chosen As Finalist In EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Coalfield is leading a coalition called ACT (Appalachian Climate Technology) Now. It consists of more than 20 public and private partners working to expand emerging climate resilient sectors of the local economy. The Coalition includes the state’s two largest cities (City of Huntington and the City of Charleston) as well as its two largest universities (West Virginia University and Marshall University), and some of the most innovative community and economic development nonprofits in the state...

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