The Schoenbaum Center is pleased to announce a new tenant to the building! Coalfield Development Corp. is an economic driver who focuses on creating jobs. The organization started in 2009 with a group of volunteers who started addressing concerns about housing in Wayne, WV. After intense community engagement, CFDC pioneered a relationship-based, holistic approach to on-the-job training. Unemployed and underemployed people were hired to construct green affordable housing.
Today, they have grown into a family of social enterprises working throughout the region as a leader in the building of a new economy during the wake of the coal industry’s rapid decline. CFDC has created more than 40 on-the-job training positions, more than 200 professional certification opportunities, redeveloped more than150,00 square feet of dilapidated property, and successfully launched five new businesses in real estate development, construction, wood working, agriculture and artisan trades- industries based on local assets and having real viability in the Appalachian region.