Coalfield Development Corp. exists because in 2009 volunteers started to address concerns about housing in Wayne, WV. It was quickly realized that traditional charity was not nearly enough to address the deep, generational challenges faced. After intense community engagement, Coalfield Development Corp. pioneered a relationship-based, holistic approach to on-the-job training. Unemployed and underemployed people were hired to construct green affordable housing. Trainees worked the 33-6-3 model each week: 33 hours of paid labor, 6 hours of higher education class time, and 3 hours of life-skills mentorship.
Today, Coalfield Development Corp. has grown into a family of social enterprises working throughout the region as a leading in the building of a new economy during the wake of the coal industry’s rapid decline. CDC has created more than 40 on-the-job training positions, more than 200 professional certification opportunities, redeveloped more than 150,000 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.
Coalfield Development operates as a family of five social enterprises. A social enterprise is a business that combines the compassion of the nonprofit sector with the efficiency of the for-profit sector.
1701 5th Ave
Charleston, WV 25387
Monday-Thursday: Hours vary