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Small Communities, Big Impact


From the tip of each of its two panhandles to the southernmost coalfield, West Virginia’s communities run the gamut of size, topography and industry. The struggles and successes of some of the state’s smaller communities are sometimes overlooked in favor of its population, health care, athletic and political hubs; however, these small communities pack a powerful punch when it comes to finding creative solutions to reversing population decline, diversifying economies and repurposing existing infrastructure.

The communities of Calhoun County, Capon Bridge, Montgomery and Weirton are proving once again that the Mountain State’s most powerful asset is its people, and when these people work together, the impact is significant. Most importantly, the projects and initiatives these groups are undertaking can be replicated in other places to strengthen small communities across West Virginia.

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