Community + Business Resilience Initiative (CBRI):

The WV Community Development Hub (The Hub), Advantage Valley, WV Hive, West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, and AFV Educate have partnered to create conditions for the workforce, business, and industry growth in the 21-county ACT Now region through community coaching and planning, site development, and business development services. This partnership brings a suite of dedicated services – economic resilience planning + community coaching, locally-prioritized site assessment, and entrepreneurial and green business practices support for local business development- directly to 16 communities in the ACT Now region through multi-year support as part of the Accelerate WV program. Additionally,  entrepreneurial and green business practices support will be provided to GROW NOW training participants, and to aspiring entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, and business owners participating in or partnering with one of the additional 7 ACT Now Coalition projects.

The Community + Business Resilience Initiative (CBRI) supports the growth of a WV climate technology cluster by working with communities and local businesses to provide multi-layered community-based programs, small business support, and technical assistance to help create sustainability practices, green business strategies, and economic resilience plans. The initiative builds a 3-prong approach that serves as the foundation for successful economic diversification:

  •   People (leadership and business development)
  •   Planning (strategic and community resilience plans)
  •   Places (community and downtown development)

For more information, visit the ACT NOW Coalition website here.

The WV Community Development Hub (The Hub) is working with the first group of communities to participate in its Accelerate WV program. The Accelerate WV program is part of the Community and Business Resilience Initiative (CBRI) work as part of the larger ACT Now Coalition.

Advantage Valley, along with our partners at The Hub, AFV Educate, WV Brownfields Centers, and The WV Hive, (part of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority) will work alongside six communities over the next two years, specifically Wayne, the Fairfield community of Huntington, the West Side of Charleston, Webster County, Ronceverte, and Princeton.

Advantage Valley will offer our entrepreneurship program across ten counties with a special focus on three of the six Accelerate communities chosen including:

Town of Wayne

Fairfield Community of Huntington

West Side of Charleston


The WV Community Development Hub (The Hub) will soon seek applications for the NEXT ROUND of applications for communities to participate in its Accelerate WV program.  See below for 2024 information sessions and application dates!

For more information, contact Brianna Hickman at

Accelerate Cohort 2 Application Flyer

Advantage Valley

Bryan Shaw

Director of Entrepreneurial Development

(304) 352-1165
Send Bryan an Email!

Advantage Valley

Barbie Wood

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 633-4829
Send Barbie an Email!

Unlimited Future

Jules Bills

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 697-3007
Send Jules an Email!

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