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Community Development

A strong economy stems from an educated, skilled workforce, vibrant communities supported by strong leadership and an interest in exploring all the state has to offer. WVU Extension Service experts understand how all of these dynamic pieces fit together to form a thriving West Virginia.

We are dedicated to providing educational programs and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of citizens and organizations throughout the state of West Virginia. By utilizing the latest research-based knowledge, strategies, and technology, we are capable of helping people understand community change and identify opportunities to improve their social and economic well-being.

Our efforts of finding practical and timely solutions are enhanced by working closely with local communities, organizations, and partnering agencies.


Daniel Eades
Economics Specialist

Doug Arbogast
Tourism Specialist

Kelly Nix
Leadership Specialist

Michael Dougherty
Community Planning and Development Specialist

Peter Butler
Community Design and Landscape Architecture Specialist