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The Alliance of Champion Communities is a community-based, citizen-led partnership that assists West Virginia communities in becoming more economically competitive by providing education, technical assistance, and the sharing of best practices in community development.
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Empowerment from within...
The Alliance of West Virginia Champion Communities inspires leadership by example. Those who participate learn how to facilitate meetings, develop agendas, conduct surveys and network with other leaders. Members mentor emerging community leaders in structuring projects, writing grant applications, organizing volunteers and other important leadership skills.
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The Alliance is dedicated to improving access to cell phone, internet, cable and other new communication technologies throughout West Virginia. One example is their WV Distressed Communities Broadband Assessment Project (BAP), completed in 2007, which studied residential and commercial internet usage, service availability areas, and the level of service provided.

Family Resource Networks and volunteer groups in each community conducted an extensive survey to establish a benchmark of dial-up and broadband internet and cell phone services. Verizon, Fibernet, Frontier and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The Alliance has opened discussions with internet providers on ways to extend access into unserved and underserved rural communities. The results of the BAP survey were used to develop a strategy of where commercial providers can offer high speed internet service, where demand can be expanded, and where other methods of providing service needs to be explored.

The Alliance has received significant support from state legislators and policy makers because of their understanding of the importance of integrating emerging technologies into rural regions.


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