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, Carsey Center for Impact Finance

Members of the Downtown Revitalization Group 

Geoff Marietta, Appalachian Impact Fund

Les Roll, Mountain Association

Peter Hille, Mountain Association

Todd Dorcas, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Marlo Long, Truist

Sara Morgan, Fahe

Jeff Mansour, Thompson Charitable Foundation

Dwain Neely, Fahe

Mary Fant Donnan, Alleghany Foundation

Bleik Pickett, James Graham Brown Foundation

Gary Brewer, Redbud Financial Alternatives

Andrew Crosson, Invest Appalachia

Kathy King Allen, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Brad Roebke, Appalachia Regional Commission

Colby Hall, SOAR

Christa Vinson, Rural LISC

Bill Woodrum, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Emma Wyatt, The Innovate Fund