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Marcel Fortin
The Alliance, Executive Director
Office: 304-756-2264

Commissioner Charles McCann
Farmland Preservation Board
Corridor-G Development Authority
Home: 304-824-5816
Office: 304-824-7990

About Lincoln County Champion Community Organization

The original members of Lincoln County Champion Community (LCCC) worked together to identify community needs including: transportation, tourism and technology. Then they initiated plans to address those issues.

Although LCCC has not held meetings as an organization for some time, its members remain active in community development roles. They are:

  • Marcel J. Fortin, Executive Director of the Alliance
  • Peggy Adkins, Superintendent of the Lincoln County Board of Education
  • Alben Duvall, formerly Mayor of West Hamlin
  • The Honorable Charles McCann, LCCC
  • Sister Regina Brunell, Retired
  • The Honorable Helen Hauldren, formerly Mayor of Hamlin
  • Michael Tierney, Director of the Step-by-Step Organization
In fall of 2008, an evaluation of the Lincoln County Economic Development Authority's (EDA) strategic plan revealed progress in completing projects identified in the plan. To obtain a copy of the strategic plan call Lincoln County EDA at 304-756-3838.

Community Projects in Lincoln County

Yeager-Lincoln County Monument
Lincoln County monument Because Lincoln County is the birthplace of Charles Yeager, the Sod/Alum Creek Development Group led a welcome sign construction project memorializing the celebrated test pilot. The monument welcomes visitors to Lincoln County and promotes tourism by sharing details of Yeager's life and career.

Upon completion of the monument in September 2008, a ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, his wife Victoria, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, other elected officials and hundreds of community members.

The Sod/Alum Creek Development Group was formed in 2004 as a result of LCCC minigrant funding. For more information about this organization call David McCormic at (304) 756-9432 or Jerry Linville (304) 756-2618.

Tri River Transit Service One of the Lincoln County EDA Strategic Plan goals was to improve public transportation in the county. Ridership on the buses has grown every year since Tri River Transit's inception in January 2000, exceeding 50,000 passengers annually.

Tri River Transit Service

In 2008, Tri River Transit has expanded its service area to include Boone, Logan and Mingo Counties. For copies of the routes available or other information about the bus service, please contact Tri River Transit at 304-824-2944 or toll free at 877-212-0815.

Everything Lincoln County In 2007 Lincoln County EDA received an Alliance community technology minigrant to create a website ( promoting all economic development opportunities in the county. This website showcases available commercial properties and provides a communication tool for people interested in Lincoln County.

The website helps promote the county globally. People have accessed the site from across the country. The "Everything Lincoln County" website is updated and maintained by Lincoln County EDA.