AT WORK

As a community coach, I facilitate community development teams in rural communities. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development provides resources and technical assistance to help local teams transform downtowns in a transitioning economy. Each community has smart, dedicated people learning by doing and it’s pretty inspiring. Here are some of the organizations and efforts I’m proud to be associated with:

I spend a good deal of time helping communities and organizations have better conversations, to get better results. I facilitate conversations, design meetings, and coach others to work with groups. Here are a few of the projects I’ve worked with while at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission—cultural asset aggregation workshops in 15 rural counties, staff retreats
  • Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway—staff development and retreat facilitation
  • Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia Artisans Network—retreat facilitation, strategic planning
  • Artisans Center of Virginia—strategic retreat facilitations 2012, 2013, 2014
  • The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail—regional board facilitation, strategic planning
  • Clinch River Valley Initiative—Downtown Revitalization and Hometowns of the Clinch action group facilitation
  • The Virginia Oyster Trail—management team member, planning retreat facilitation
  • Stronger Economies Together (SET)—State coach, regional planning facilitator and trainer 2013-4, 2015-6
  • Southern Virginia Creative Economy Regional Planning Workshop —design and facilitation
  • New River Valley Planning Commission District—communications planning retreat
  • Roanoke Valley Alleghany Highlands Regional Commission—planners input discussion
  • Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary—Virginia outreach sessions
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Association Board—Board facilitation
  • Teen Venture: Richlands, VA—strategic planning and board development
  • Council of Community Services, Council of State Community Development Agencies—board retreat facilitation
  • City of Radford—City Council strategic retreat facilitations (2011, 2012)
  • Communities of Abingdon, Bedford, Coeburn, Dungannon, Haysi, Glade Spring, Jonesville, Nickelsville, Pocahontas, Radford, Roanoke, Rural Retreat, and Wytheville—public meeting and community visioning facilitation
  • Virginia Main Street nonprofit organizations and committees: Abingdon, Bedford, Marion, Martinsville, Radford, Rocky Mount, Staunton, Woodstock—strategic planning, work planning, meeting facilitation
  • Chestnut Creek School of the Arts: Galax, VA—strategic planning and board development

 

 

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