GWV is dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in the Mountain State. After experiencing the challenges to workforce development caused by the state’s low access to broadband, GWV spent three years building coalitions and advocating for expanded broadband access in unserved and underserved areas in the state.
Western New York
With a closure pending at the Huntley Generating Station in the Town of Tonawanda, NY, a community collaboration, known as the Huntley Alliance, petitioned the New York State Legislature to help fill the gap created by the loss in the tax base - thus creating the first in the nation coal transition gap funding program.
Southern West Virginia
Mingo County, WV was a hub on activity in its coal heyday. As the energy industry shifts away from coal, Mingo County now has thousands of acres of former coal plant and mine sites. Through persistence and partnership, Mingo County is planning for and building a new and diverse economy through the redevelopment of former coal related properties.
Planning is everything. Becker, Minnesota started their planning process seven years before the first of three generating units was to be shuttered. By planning early, being inclusive and thinking creatively, Becker has begun attracting new businesses to their community to help offset the impact of future plant closures.