FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Now is the time to recognize those people who are working to improve their community and state.
This award will be presented annually at the Hubapalooza community development networking meeting. Hubapalooza 2015 will be held on Thursday, April 30, at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center in Summersville, W.Va.
The Hub is inviting nominations of individuals who may be considered for this award. The winner will be chosen by a panel consisting of representatives of Hub staff and board members and community development organizations from a range of fields.
Spellman says one common trait shared by almost all effective community development practitioners is that they understand that community development is locally-determined and locally-driven.
“They are facilitators and motivators rather than people who come in and say ‘you should do this,’ or ‘your community really needs this,’” Spellman says. “When an idea for, say, a main street renovation or community fitness program or whatever it may be, when that idea comes from the people who live there that’s when you have buy in and commitment. That’s the only way the gains we make can become sustainable and everlasting — when they are grown from the roots of the community.”
Learn more, and nominate a champion: www.wvhub.org/jeanambroseaward