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Jerry Edens
Executive Director, Barbour County Community Development Corporation
Office: 304-457-1225
Cell: 304-290-2420

Dick Bartlett
Associate, Barbour County Community Development Corporation
Home: 304-457-1041

Barbara Smith
Associate, Barbour County Community Development Corporation
Home: 304-457-3038

About Barbour County Champion Community Organization

The Barbour County Community Development Corporation (CDC) operates to improve the quality of life in Barbour County; specifically, to use all available means to reduce unemployment and improve employment conditions, to improve educational opportunities for all county citizens, to improve physical and mental health availability and use, to increase and improve community recreational and spiritual opportunities, and to improve the entire infrastructure of the county including, but not limited to, housing, utilities, and transportation.

As of 2009, the Barbour County CDC has obtained more than $1 million for community projects in the Alliance area. As of this date, over $150,000 in student projects, including soccer fields and skateboard parks, are under contract to be completed in 2009.

Community Projects in Barbour County

Barbour County Courthouse Renovation
Barbour County courthouse Barbour County's historic courthouse was built in 1903 of hand-cut Hummelstown stone and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It replaced the original courthouse, built in 1843, which was used to house Union troops during the Civil War. Restoration began in 1995 including repair and replacement of the original stained glass dome.

Barbour County CDC was the lead organization, raising private donations for materials costs and organizing inmate work crews for labor. The project was named "Best Interior Rehabilitation Project" in 1999 by the Main Street Project of the West Virginia Development Office.

For more information about the courthouse and other Barbour County historic sites contact Don Smith the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce at 304-457-1958.

Stained Glass Dome