Wv native joins cohort to expand community investment in central Appalachian region

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A native of West Virginia has been selected to be part of the first Appalachian Investment Camera Action Cohort.

Kayleigh Kyle is the Executive Director of the Fairmont Community Development Partnership. She and 13 others will work to develop skills to expand community investments in the central Appalachian region and improve economic resilience.

She applied because it offers a lot of education, connections, and the opportunity to be part of a larger network that helps carry out catalytic projects.

“What fascinates me is being able to network with other community development professionals who do the same type of work that we do in the partnership so that I can broaden my knowledge base, increase our skills and have a bigger impact,” “Kyle said.

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The cohort meets weekly for two hours until the end of the year. Each meeting features a different presenter talking about their niche and industry. The goal of the cohort is to become a “mentor” or if they are already one, a stronger one.

“Part of what a mentor is someone who can identify an investment project, something that can have a positive impact on the community and then identify, if it is a viable project, how it can have an impact and how it can actually be done. ” Kyle said.

She added that if someone has an idea for a project that they think can improve the community, the Fairmont Community Development Partnership can direct them to the right people.

Kyle is one of eight West Virginia women selected for this cohort. She said it was an honor to be a part of it and to be able to bring all this knowledge to north central West Virginia.

The leadership program is implemented by Invest Appalachia, Locus Impact Investing and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

Jill E. Washington