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What is State of Our Communities?

Welcome to State of Our CommunitiesWest Virginians are regularly informed of the state’s obesity index, statewide unemployment statistics, population of welfare recipients and the economic performance of historically dominant industries.

The aim of the State of Our Communities project is to, for the first time ever, take a closer look at what is occurring at the grassroots level in West Virginia that better captures the ambitions and concerns of our people, the strength of our local economies, the activity on our main streets, and the plans of our young people and entrepreneurs of the future.

In partnership with Secretary of State, Natalie E. Tennant, and more than 30 local organizations, state agencies and community groups, the State of Our Communities project will examine all available data and metrics behind the trends, successes and challenges in the various sectors driving West Virginia’s community-led development.

This uniquely collaborative effort brings together, for the first time, West Virginia’s leading community organizations and sector authorities to provide focused, yet illuminating insights into West Virginia’s present, and the opportunities ahead.

State of Our Communities is a project of the West Virginia Community Development Hub, supported by partners who are contributing metrics and research from their fields of work.

For some of these metrics we have found years and points of comparison. For others, the launch of State of Our Communities marks the first time this information has been gathered, and so today we are setting a baseline.

If you’d like to know more about the State of Our Communities project, get in touch The Hub’s Director of Network Communications, Jake Lynch, at j.lynch@wvhub.org.

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