Program Participation


The next application round will open in February 2024 and run through mid-April 2024.

To participate in Opportunity Appalachia and receive technical assistance for your project’s prospectus development and support for capital raising, we encourage you to:

  • Join launch webinar on January 18, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 PM EST
  • Submit the Opportunity Appalachia application to participate, see below for the link to the application and submission dates. It is anticipated that approximately 30 projects in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia will be selected to participate in the Opportunity Appalachia program. If you have questions about the application, please contact the lead state partner in your state, listed below.

Opportunity Appalachia welcomes applications targeting one or several projects. Multiple project applications should demonstrate that the projects have related, compatible development strategies.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024
Applications must be submitted via the 
Online Application Form to be considered for program support. 

To draft your responses, you may download a PDF of the APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION

Lead State Partners

Kentucky Dwain Neeley

Vice President of Community Lending


North Carolina Christine Laucher

Strategic Partnership Manager

Mountain BizWorks

Tennessee Victoria Hirschberg

University of Tennessee

Assistant Vice President of Research, Outreach and Economic Development

Ohio Katy Farber,

Vice President


Virginia Vickie Ratliff

Opportunity SWVA Project Lead

University of Virginia at Wise

West Virginia Ray Moeller

Economic Redevelopment Specialist

Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University


To learn more about the Opportunity Appalachia program, please attend a session.

Program Launch Webinar Recording

January 25, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Opportunity Appalachia hosted a launch webinar on January 25 to launch a second, expanded phase of Opportunity Appalachia. The webinar featured Gayle Manchin, Federal co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, pre-recorded remarks from Tom Barkin, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond*, and a welcome from Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital. All interested community and economic development leaders, local elected officials, developers, and business owners interested in projects in the Appalachian counties of NC, OH, TN, VA, and WV can watch the recording to learn about the opportunity to obtain technical assistance for real estate development projects that move communities forward.

West Virginia

Thursday, February 10, 10:00 AM – 12 PM

Virtual Meeting

US Congressman David McKinley and Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director of the WV Hub, opened the program


Friday, February 25, 10:00-11:30 AM

Virtual Meeting

 John Carey, Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, opened the program.


Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 Virtual Meeting

Tamarah Holmes, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Director, Office of Broadband opened the program.

North Carolina

Wednesday, February 16th 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Chief Deputy Secretary Jordan Whichard provided welcome remarks.


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

 Virtual Meeting

Randy Boyd, President of the University of Tennessee opened the program.

Tennessee & Virginia Fall Outreach Meeting

Thursday, October 6, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Opportunity Appalachia hosted an informational webinar for TN & VA projects on October 6 to share information about our Fall Application Round. The webinar featured Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Bryan Horn, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and a welcome from Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital.

Program archives

Opportunity Appalachia 2020-2021

Information on program activities including outreach meetings, application and selection materials, Technical Assistance RFQ process, and 2021 Investor Convening – here

For Program Summary and Impact Statement, click here.
For independent program evaluation from Midwest Evaluation, click here.

Opportunity Appalachia 2022-2023

Information on program activities including Application and outreach meetings – click here. [Link to new 2022-23 Program archive page, content appears below]

To explore the Opportunity Appalachia 2023 Investor Convening, click here.

For Program Summary and Impact Statement, coming soon.
For independent program evaluation from Midwest Evaluation, click here.