West Virginia Department of Commerce Flex-E-Grant Projects: County Leadership; Planning Commission

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Flex-E-Grant Projects: County Leadership; Planning Commission

Flex-E-Grant County Leadership

The Wyoming County Economic Development Authority created the Leadership Wyoming County program to primarily recruit and train emerging leaders in the county and to develop new volunteer resources for county programs.

Training sessions focused on specific topics important to Wyoming County, such as leadership and communication; planning and collaboration; facilitation; human resources and substance abuse challenges; tourism and home based e-commerce; and entrepreneurship.

Despite the challenge of recruiting volunteers willing and able to commit to the seven-month course, Leadership Wyoming County enrolled 32 attendees in its first year. Of those, 27 graduated. Participants credit the program with improving their leadership, networking and collaborative skills.

Forming a county planning commission was crucial for the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. The EDA applied for a Flex-E-Grant to develop the organizational structure that could successfully coordinate resources county-wide and put the plan into action.

The EDA met with county commission members to answer questions and present a compelling case for the advantages of the new planning commission.

The EDA successfully:

  • Met with the county commissioners and earned their commitment to the planning commission concept
  • Enlisted volunteers to be on the planning commission
  • Recruited an Americorps VISTA member
  • Trained members of the new commission on land use planning and other key issues
  • Officially established the Wyoming County planning commission