Downtown Revitalization

Our mission is to help support downtown revitalization efforts across the region by providing capacity building support to committed local stakeholders in their efforts to attract resources and technical expertise that can transform their distressed downtown markets into livable and economically viable centers of commerce that contribute to the quality of life for area residents.


Co-Chairs of the Downtown Revitalization Group 

Deborah Markley, LOCUS Impact Investing

Hannah Vargason, Partner Community Capital 

Members of the Downtown Revitalization Group 

Marlo Long, Truist

Les Roll, Mountain Association

Peter Hille, Mountain Association

Sara Morgan, FAHE

Gerry Roll, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky 

Mary Hunt, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation 

Todd Dorcas, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Jeff Mansour, Thompson Charitable Foundation

Dwain Neely, FAHE

Mary Fant Donnan, Alleghany Foundation

Bleik Pickett, James Graham Brown Foundation

Beth Rushing, Appalachian College Foundation

Gary Brewer, Redbud Financial Alternatives

Louis Irvin, Redbud Financial Alternatives

Andrew Crosson, Invest Appalachia

Kathy Allen, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Lora Smith,Appalachian Impact Fund