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Opportunity Appalachia is a trusted partner to help investors identify projects that offer both robust social impact as well as attractive financial return. Our portfolio is selective, highly vetted, and well-supported resulting in reduced risk for investors and strong social and financial ROI. We do this by using a thoughtful selection process, providing high-quality support teams, offering ongoing connections to OA resources, and building a peer network of community-based project sponsors to share strategies for overcoming challenges. Our priority is to catalyze investment in diverse businesses and projects – especially those that are minority and women-owned.

Opportunity Appalachia already has relationships with a wide range of over 55 investors, including pre-vetted National Impact investors, NMTC CDEs, banks, CDFIs, Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs), HTC investors, ETC investors, secondary markets, and other financing partners.

OA engages these investors periodically to share updates on selected projects receiving OA support and technical assistance. Investors are also invited to attend our bi-annual Investor Convening where selected projects that have received OA support pitch their investment opportunity. The OA Program Team, TA providers and the Steering Committee also leverage their local and national relationships to introduce promising transactions to vetted and interested investors. These outreach and placement efforts involve support for introductory meetings and site visits. If you or your investment institution are interested to learn more, email oa@acc1.org.

Opportunity Appalachia Project Portfolio

The following projects have been selected for participation in Opportunity Appalachia 2024-2025, the third project cohort cycle.

Kentucky

Harlan Hotel, MBTC, Harlan, KY – Restoration of a 100-year-old, five-story hotel on historic Harlan’s Main Street. Estimated costs total $5.5 MM with creation of about 15 permanent jobs.

Wayland Kentucky Downtown Transformation, Wayland Historical Society, Wayland, KY – Renovation of a vacant high school campus to include two anchor tenants in sports training and a telework hub, plus affordable housing, sports facilities, and a diner. Estimated costs total $10 MM with creation of about 45 permanent jobs.

Gateway Regional Arts Center, Mt. Sterling, KY – Expansion and upgrade of the current performing arts center in a historic 1883 former United Methodist Church to meet the booming demand for event capacity, gallery space, and community engagement. Estimated costs total $12 MM with creation of 25 permanent positions.

North Carolina

▪ Innovation Campus, The Industrial Commons, Morganton, NC – Creation of a business accelerator and workforce training center with specialized manufacturing courses to support a hub for innovation in the textile economy. Estimated costs total $51.6 MM with creation of 60 high-quality permanent positions.

▪ Oak Hill Commons, Pathways & Procurement, Asheville, NC – Construction of 28 new townhome units to serve as affordable housing for the Asheville Community. The minority-owned project sponsor estimates costs to total $7.8 M and creation of 100 construction jobs.

▪ Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall and Folk School Visitor’s Center, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC – Creation of a new dining hall and expanded Visitor’s Center to strengthen the Folk School’s operations and connection to the community. Total costs estimated at $5 MM with creation of 25 permanent jobs.

▪ Smith Mill Works Expansion, Smith Mill Works, Asheville, NC – Expansion of a community business park to facilitate growth of agricultural and other small businesses as well as development of a community center. Total costs to be determined and creation of 75 permanent jobs is estimated.

▪ The Balsam Mountain Inn, Balsam, NC – Restoration to feature 48 guest rooms, fine and casual full-service dining options, full bar, coffee shop, brewery, spa, and gift shop along with hiking trails across the property’s 21 acres. Total costs estimated at $16 MM with creation of 100 permanent jobs.

▪ The Old Glory Mill, Burke River Trail Association, Rhodhiss, NC – Transformation of 1907 former mill building into a mixed-use downtown center to include housing, restaurants/shops, river recreation access, town hall, event space, and more. Total costs estimated at $16 MM and creation of 54 jobs.

West Marion Inc & Alphonso Hardy Technology Collaborative, West Marion Community Forum, Marion, NC – Former pre-integration school for the Black community to transform into an inclusive multi-racial community center housing local nonprofits and businesses, a community kitchen, health clinic, and technology center, supporting Marion’s BIPOC community. The minority-led project sponsor estimates costs to total $10 M with creation of 48 jobs.

Ohio

Building a BRITE Future, BRITE Energy Innovators, Warren, OH – Renovation of the existing clean energy incubator to improve tenant operations and expand support to over 250 businesses per year. Total costs estimated at $11.3 MM with creation of 400 jobs.

Chillicothe Street Housing Development, City of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, OH – Rehabilitation of two centrally located downtown buildings to mixed-use structures with at least five apartments on the upper floors. Total costs estimated at $1.5 MM and creation of 10 construction jobs.

East Palestine Historic Train Depot Redevelopment, East Palestine Community Improvement Corporation, East Palestine, OH – Redevelopment of the vacant train depot following the 2023 train derailment and hazardous material burn to restore local pride and showcase small businesses and entrepreneurs. Total costs estimated at $250,000 with creation of 4 permanent jobs.

Glass Press Buildings I & II, Ataraxia Properties, Inc., Marietta, OH – Development of commercial retail and small events venue on the ground level with office space and market-rate housing on the floors above. Total costs estimated at $8 MM with creation of 60 permanent jobs.

Riley Lofts, Izamal Properties LLC, Logan, OH – Renovation of the historic Riley Shoe Factory building into roughly 40 housing units as well as space for commercial/retail development. Total costs estimated at $13.3 MM with creation of at least 10 permanent jobs.

Tennessee

Affordable Duplex Housing Development, A Step Towards Home, Mascot, TN – Construction of eight duplexes to serve as 16 affordable housing units targeting graduates from addiction recovery programs. Total costs estimated at $2.6 MM with creation of approximately 14 construction jobs.

The Grove at Poplardale, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Kingsport, TN – Construction of 130 new affordable apartments and 25 single family homes; 60 of the apartments are intended to house seniors. Total costs estimated at $52 MM with creation of 6 permanent jobs.

Patton Hotel, SPARQ, South Pittsburg, TN – Redevelopment of the Patton Hotel as a catalytic downtown anchor property and boutique hotel enterprise to include dining offering. Total costs estimated at $3.7 MM with creation of 25 jobs.

Virginia

608 Main Street, Town of Clifton Forge, Clifton Forge, VA – Rehabilitation of the former furniture company building to serve as the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society’s museum space on the ground floor and apartments above. Total costs estimated at $2 MM with creation of 2 jobs.

Appalachian Mercantile & Good Coffee, Town of Appalachia, Appalachia, VA – Restoration of the downtown building to rehab and create new commercial spaces, provide overnight accommodations, short-stay rentals, and long-term middle-income housing options. Total costs estimated at $1.6 MM with creation of 3 jobs.

Lonesome Pine Motor Company, Gap Partnership LLC., Big Stone Gap, VA – Revive the historic building to serve as retail space on the ground floor with affordable housing above. A second building will serve as a gallery with artist-in-residence space in the apartments above. Total costs estimated at $1.5 MM with creation of 3 permanent jobs.

The Peake and Lavigne Buildings, Appalachian Rising Ventures LLC, Appalachia, VA – Restoration of two downtown spaces to serve as retail or food service on the first floor and short-term rentals above. Total costs estimated at $3.1 MM with creation of 6 permanent jobs.

West Virginia

Black Diamond Sustainable Development Logistics Hub, Coalfield Development Corporation, Huntington, WV – Second phase build out to create state-of-the-art space for tenants in the climate resilience and climate technology industries. Total costs estimated at $6 MM with creation of 100 permanent jobs.

G.C. Murphy Building, Richwood Scientific, Richwood, WV – Rehabilitation of the former department store into a mixed-use concept to include 15 right-priced housing units, a co-working space, and retail or hospitality. Total costs estimated at $7.7 MM with creation of 15 permanent positions.

Logan Medical Education Housing Complex, City of Logan, Logan, WV – Renovation of the complex into 11 housing units for participants in the only Rural General Surgery Residency Program in the nation at the nearby Logan Regional Medical Center. Total costs estimated at $6 MM with creation of 34 construction jobs.

New River Grocery Warehouse, City of Hinton, Hinton, WV – Refurbishment of a former warehouse building into a restaurant or coffee shop and bookstore/retail on the ground level with 16 apartments above. Estimated costs total $5,000,000 and creation of up to 20 permanent jobs.

RenewAll Cultural Wealth Hub, RenewAll, Huntington, WV – Creation of a social and entrepreneurial space representing the industrial history of the Central City with a museum, vendor space, and cultural events venue. Total costs estimated at $1.5 MM with creation of 44 permanent positions.

Downtown Charleston, Gresham Development, LLC, Charleston, WV – Redevelopment of the four-story building to contain a restaurant on the first floor and 9 apartments on the floors above. Total costs estimated at $ 3.5 MM with creation of 50 permanent jobs.

Travelers Hotel & Hotel Thelma, Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corporation, Bluefield, WV – Rehabilitation of two historic Green Book hotels to transform into 21 affordable apartments along with community space featuring exhibits of African American history. Total costs estimated at $4.5 MM and creation of 15 construction and 3 permanent jobs.

Opportunity Appalachia Project Portfolio 2020-2023

The following projects have been selected for participation in the first two rounds of the Opportunity Appalachia program (2020-2023). Projects in green text have successfully closed on financing. To search projects by interest and location, review project summaries, as well as view available prospectuses and other information, click here.

North Carolina

Blue Note Junction LLC, Blue Note Junction Community Health and Business Incubator, Asheville, NC – Construction of co-working and business incubator space for minority-owned and led businesses, the facility will serve as an economic engine and health catalyst for the community. The project will include retail space for local goods, a commercial kitchen, fresh produce sales, house a social enterprise supporting reinvestment in local minority-owned businesses, a performance space/ theater, and a business incubator providing development services. Estimated costs total $7.1 MM, creating at least 40 jobs paying living wages or higher. View Project Video.

Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, Catawba Vale Community Center, Old Fort, NC – Development of a 60,000 sq. ft. two-story warehouse into a community-owned asset that provides space for an employee-owned apparel manufacturer as an anchor tenant, as well as local restaurants, locally owned retail, a Montessori school, and community space for entrepreneurs and local community organizations. The minority-led project sponsor estimates total costs to be $13 MM with anticipated creation or retention of 128 above-living-wage jobs. View Project Video.

Watauga Meats and Butchery, LLC, High Country Value-Added Facility, Zionville, NC – Development of a 6,000 sq. ft. building into a meat processing facility producing high-quality smoked and cooked meat products, including sausage, charcuterie, and other items. This project is the second phase of a community-led effort to improve food security in Northwest North Carolina and expand regional processing capacity for farmers. The locally-owned Ellison Farms will also operate a community market in front of the butchery, creating further markets for local producers to sell their products. Estimated costs total $6.8 MM with anticipated job creation of 12 jobs. View Project Video.

Camp Grier, Grier Lodging Project, Old Fort, NC – Creation of a roughly 75,000 sq. ft. outdoor recreation hub that will be used to support an equitable outdoor recreation economy in Old Fort, NC. The Hub will contain light commercial space, camping and van spaces, long-term rental housing, short-term rental lodging, and provide direct access to a 100+ mile trail complex within walking and riding distance of downtown Old Fort. Estimated costs total $15 MM with anticipated creation of 30 jobs. View Project Video.

City of Shelby, The Hotel Charles, Shelby, NC – Restoration and redevelopment of the historic 32,000 sq. ft. Hotel Charles in Shelby, NC into an upscale boutique hotel, with approximately 36 rooms. Once completed, the three-story hotel will offer guests walkability to Uptown restaurants, local tourist attractions, event venues, and walking trails. An anticipated 25-30 new jobs will be created, and the approximate hospitality tax for year 1 of operation is approximately $86,000. Estimated costs total $13 MM. View Project Video.

Clay County Rural Development Authority, Lake Chatuge Boutique Hotel, Hayesville, NC – Development of a new 65 room boutique hotel in Hayesville, NC would be the only hotel in Clay County. In addition to the 65 guest rooms, the three-story hotel on the shores of Lake Chatuge would include a full-service restaurant, flexible indoor meeting space, an outdoor pool, health/recreation facility, and lake access. Estimated costs total $20 MM with approximately 85 much-needed quality jobs in this county. (Not currently active)

New Jackson, LLC, Sylva Stay, Sylva, NC – Restoration of an 8,000 sq. ft. hotel built in 1925 in downtown Sylva, NC. The restoration will include opportunities for mixed-use, façade improvements, and the re-creation of the original roof monitor providing an amenity for hotel guests and a unique feature to Sylva’s downtown. Estimated costs total $4 MM with anticipated job creation of 10 construction jobs and 6 permanent positions. View Project Video.

Nikwasi Initiative, Noquisiyi Cherokee Cultural Learning Center, Franklin, NC – Development of a 7,048 sq. ft. former auto sales building into a cultural learning center adjacent to the Noquisiyi Mound, the largest unexcavated Native American platform mound in the Southeast. The mound will be landscaped with native food plants that the ancestors of today’s Cherokee would have grown or foraged and it will present awareness of the Cherokee connection to nature. Estimated costs total $2.6 MM with anticipated job creation of 10 construction jobs and 14 permanent positions. View Project Video.

Town of Franklin, Scott-Griffin Hotel and Rooftop Restaurant, Franklin, NC – Restoration of the four-story 16,500 sq. ft. former Scott-Griffin Hotel in downtown Franklin. The addition of a rooftop restaurant will offer a 360-degree view of the Nantahala and Cowee mountain ranges. The building currently has retail operations on the first floor, with the upper three floors vacant for more than 50 years. Estimated costs total $5-7 MM with anticipated creation of 30 jobs. View Project Video.

Ohio

20 Federal Place, Youngstown, OH. $34M redevelopment of 330,000 SF historic downtown mixed-use/community facility/retail site. Project Sponsor: City of Youngstown. View Project Video.

Black Diamond Development Company, LLC, Shawnee Renaissance, Shawnee, OH – Redevelopment of six existing downtown buildings for a total of 20,000 sq. ft. including the 120-year-old Shawnee Jail. One building will house the Black Diamond Brewery with vacation rentals located on the second floor. Additional buildings will house the Black Diamond Regional Visitors Bureau with a planned winery. The Jail and the upstairs of all buildings will be converted to housing, residential, or vacation rentals. Estimated costs total $6 MM with anticipated job creation of approximately 75 jobs. View Project Video.

Bodimer Real Estate, LLC, Inn on the Park, Gallipolis, OH – Revitalization of 2-5 buildings with a total of 60,000 sq. ft. into a Boutique Hotel. The space would also maintain retail spaces that could support the hotel such as restaurants, bars, spa, and pool. This boutique hotel will overlook the historic Gallipolis City Park and the surrounding park square. Estimated costs total $25 MM with anticipated job creation of approximately 12 permanent positions. View Project Video.

Canal Warehouse Restoration, Chillicothe, OH. $8M redevelopment of 40,000 SF historic downtown Ohio & Erie Canal Warehouse to mixed-use retail/live-work spaces. National Register of Historic Places. Project Sponsor: City of Chillicothe. View Project Video. (Not currently active)

Green Industrial Manufacturing Ecosystem Inc. (GIME), Struthers, OH. $1.5M redevelopment of 6,000 SF former manufacturing facility, with three identified ‘green’ businesses as tenants. View Project Video. (Not currently active)

Hotel Swisher, Somerset, OH. $3.2M historic boutique hotel, 15 rooms in downtown, locally owned, supporting tourism and outdoor recreation in a drivable ‘gateway’ community adjacent to metros. Project Sponsor: Village of Somerset. View Project Video.

Jefferson County Port Authority, Exchange Realty Building Redevelopment, Steubenville, OH – Renovate the 47,000 sq. ft. Exchange Realty Building in the Commercial Historic Business District into market-rate housing or mixed-use office and housing. The preliminary construction vision is 15-20 loft apartments with ground-level restaurants, coffee shops, retail, and office space. Estimated costs total $16 M with anticipated job creation of approximately 20-25 jobs. View Project Video.

Morgan County Improvement Corporation, McConnelsville, OH. 22 Loft Style Apartments, $4.5M. View Project Video. (Not currently active)

Noble County Community Improvement Corporation, The Mills Building, Caldwell, OH – The Mills Building in downtown Caldwell is a 4,545 sq. ft. building of prime architectural significance and key to the economic and cultural health of Caldwell but is in a state of disrepair. Redevelopment concepts include mixed-use on lower floors including retail, food, office space, and living spaces, creative use of the courtyard for outdoor events, and use of the third-floor space for a community event venue. With the shortage of housing, the project hopes to demonstrate that housing on second and third-floor spaces will be in demand in the community. Estimated cost of the project is $1.25 MM with the creation of 10 jobs. View Project Video.

Maxwell’s Hospitality Group, Maxwell’s Pizza Somerset, Somerset, OH – Renovation of a 5,300 sq. ft. building located in the mixed-use Somerset Historic District. The project will create a successful restaurant in the ground floor space, three renovated apartments on the second floor, renovated street frontage, and new outdoor dining space in the rear of the property. Estimated cost of the project is $1 M and the total estimated job creation is approximately 35 jobs. View Project Video.

Swisher Partners, LLC, Swisher Development Complex, Somerset, OH – Renovation of three historic structures adjacent to Hotel Swisher, which will serve as part of a lodging and entertainment complex. The total space renovated is 10,500 sq. ft. and will incorporate the historic Jacob Miller’s Tavern, an 1807 log tavern built on the original Zane’s Trace. The project will build out five lodging units, a retail spirits shop and tasting room, a distillery, and cider house. The women-led project sponsor estimates the cost of the project at $2.5 M and total job creation at approximately 65 construction jobs and 10-15 permanent jobs. (Closed on financing)

Switchback Properties, RowHammer Brewing Company, Chauncey, OH – Restoration and conversion of the former 7,546 sq. ft. Chauncey School Gymnasium into a brewery, restaurant and event space. When completed, the restaurant will accommodate 100 people and private event space will include catering and a stage for live entertainment. Renovations will ensure the historical integrity of the building and preserve the original wooden gym floors, stage, windows, facade, and brick access road. The woman-led project sponsor estimates the project cost to be $1MM and total job creation to be 10-12 construction jobs and 36-41 permanent positions. View Project Video.

Village of Byesville, The Byesville Business Incubator, Byesville, OH – Redevelopment of a soon-to-be vacant 11,068 sq. ft. elementary school into a dynamic business incubator to complement growth in the downtown business district. Envisioned in the building are retail, professional, and light manufacturing spaces where visitors can experience Byesville’s entrepreneurial culture. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $500,000 and total estimated job creation is about 20 permanent jobs. View Project Video.

City of Youngstown, OH, City of Youngstown Parking Garage Financial Feasibility Study, Youngstown, OH – The Financial Feasibility Study will identify the details for a properly sized, economically viable, and financially sustainable parking structure that serves the needs of multiple underperforming downtown buildings. Located between the Youngstown State University campus and downtown Youngstown, the study addresses the plan to connect the downtown and YSU campus through a well-lit, maintained, welcoming and centralized parking option for users of downtown and the campus in order to avoid demolition for surface parking. Estimated costs total $11 MM.

City of Zanesville, Pioneer School Redevelopment Project, Zanesville, OH – The formerly abandoned Pioneer School, which had been redeveloped into an art studio with loft apartments, will be further renovated to build out 20 new apartments overlooking downtown Zanesville. The City has identified housing as a critical need to be filled in Zanesville. Estimated costs for the project total $3.6 MM and creation of 14 jobs. View Project Video.

Zanesville Gateway Project 9118, Zanesville, OH. Project Sponsor: City of Zanesville. View Project Video. (Not currently active)

Tennessee

Cherokee Farm Development Corporation, Spark Innovation Center, Knoxville, TN – The Spark Innovation Center on the UT Research Park will serve the region’s most promising technology-based startups by providing affordable access to specialized laboratory space, office space, and open areas to help ensure collaboration. Included will be seven fully equipped wet labs and about 15 office spaces with accompanying meeting, collaboration, and common spaces. Estimated costs total $30 MM. View Project Video.

Ashland Holdings, LLC, Ashland Holdings and DeBord Enterprises Projects, Morristown, TN – Two complimentary projects with five buildings totaling 38,000 sq. ft. aim to restore and revitalize historic downtown Morristown, TN. Plans include mixed-use development with 18 residential units and up to 60 hospitality and retail jobs from tenants including an ice cream shop and a music venue. Estimated costs combined for both projects total $15 MM. View Project Video.

Real Good Kitchen, PBC, Real Good Kitchen Food Entrepreneurship Hub, Knoxville, TN – The Food Entrepreneurship Hub will expand to 7,200 sq. ft. and upgrade Real Good Kitchen’s current space to include a new storefront and micro-food hall. The space will also undergo a number of green building improvements including stormwater retention and solar panels. Estimated costs total $2 MM with anticipated creation of 150 jobs and serve 250 businesses over five years.

Sequatchie County, Zipper Factory, Dunlap, TN* – Redevelopment of a historic 64,820 sq. ft. former zipper manufacturing facility into a range of mixed-use downtown amenities and services. The development follows several infrastructure investments including sidewalks, public parks, music and farmers market pavilions and public restrooms, which connect the Zipper Factory property to downtown commercial development. Estimated costs total $19.3 M with anticipated job creation of 40 jobs.

Zephyr Development Group, Roane Custom Beef and Pork, Oak Ridge, TN – New construction of a 5,600 sq. ft. custom beef and hog processing plant in Roane County, TN to bring healthy locally-grown meat to area families addressing food supply-chain challenges. This locally-owned / veteran-owned facility will receive livestock from about 100 local farmers, butcher and package the meat, then freeze it for customer pickup, and will include production of sausage, curing, smoking, as well as space for local farm products such as eggs, jams, honeys, etc. Estimated costs total $10 MM with anticipated job creation of 11 quality jobs. View Project Video.

City of Madisonville, Kefauver Hotel, Madisonville, TN – Redevelopment of the 14,600+ sq. ft. historic hotel. The redevelopment and reuse of the hotel property is central to attracting visitors to Downtown Madisonville from the nearby outdoor recreation attractions including Tellico Lake, the Cherohala Skyway, and the Cherokee National Forest. Estimated costs total $5.8 MM with anticipated creation of approximately 45 jobs. View Project Video.

Virginia

Blue Mountain Therapy, Blue Mountain Expansion, Abingdon, VA – This locally-owned regional healthcare facility, which served over 2,700 patients last year, will remodel 42,000 sq. ft. of its 77,000 sq. ft. building to better serve those with physical and or mental disabilities, including clients on the autism spectrum. The remodeled space will include a pool for aquatic therapy, an equine-assisted therapy riding arena, sensory rooms, provision of life skills and job training, and a commercial kitchen to enable supportive employment in the culinary fields. Estimated total costs are $4 MM and with anticipated job creation of 35 jobs. View Project Video.

Blue Grass Resource Center, Highland Inn Revitalization, Monterey, VA – This 18-room historic Inn built in 1904 will undergo major renovations to return it as an economic engine for the community. The renovated Inn will include fine dining featuring local foods paired with distinctive accommodations for guests. Estimated costs total $5.2 MM with anticipated creation of 20 construction and 14 permanent jobs.

▪ Blue Ridge Plateau Initiative, Fries, VA. Pathogen Free Sheep Production/farming for Animal Derived Materials research and medical products markets. View Project Video.

▪ Bristol Sports and Events Complex, Bristol, VA. $15.6M new multi-use sports facility. View Project Video. (Not currently active)

▪ Cliffhanger Ranch Adventure Outpost, Cliffhanger Ranch Adventure Outpost, Coeburn, VA – This project will create an 88-acre outdoor adventure experience in Southwest VA that will include cabins, camping, and horseback riding. The outpost will exude a western guest ranch feel and is located adjacent to and near other state and national parks. Estimated costs total $800,000 with anticipated creation of four jobs upon open and eight more jobs eventually.

Grayson County, VA, Baywood School and Property, Galax, VA – This 24,900 sq. ft. building and adjacent vacant property will be repurposed into affordable housing as well as a community center housing childcare, a wellness center, and/or business space. The adjacent field could become an outdoor recreation area, including a walking track, a multi-use field, and a picnic shelter. Estimated costs total $8.6 MM with creation of 20 jobs.

▪ Lee County Airport Authority, Hangar Construction, Jonesville, VA – Construction of a 9,600 sq. ft. aircraft hangar to support aircraft maintenance, increased visitation, and, eventually, a flight school program. With a growing pilot shortage challenge nationally, a planned flight school would train recent high school grads in an industry with competitive wages above average for the area. Estimated total costs are $1.2 MM with anticipated permanent job creation at 8-10 and construction jobs at $15/hr.

Micronic Technologies, Bristol, VA. $3.75M investment in high growth award-winning water technology company. View Project Video. (Closed on Financing / continuing capital raise.)

Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) Foundation, MECC Outdoor Amphitheater, Big Stone Gap, VA – Construction of a 25,000 sq. ft., 1,000-seat amphitheater to support cultural heritage programming in the region. The space will provide permanent infrastructure to meet the demand for event space and improve educational opportunities for students and the community. Estimated total costs are $3 MM and with anticipated permanent job creation of 1 FTE and 3 part-time jobs plus indirect seasonal/event staff labor. View Project Video.

▪ mount TERRA LLC, Bluefield, VA. Two projects: Virginia Ave Warehouse redevelopment and Virginia Ave Boutique Hotel. $4M in downtown projects that supporting new anchor Fortune 50 tech business in Bluefield. View Project Video. (Not Currently Active).

▪ Russell County Industrial Development Authority, Proposed Childcare Facility Evaluation, Lebanon, VA – This 9,824 sq. ft. building will undergo renovations to become a childcare facility, serving an area struggling to meet the childcare demand. Estimated costs are to be determined with anticipated creation of at least 15 childcare jobs.

▪ Town of Wise, Food Truck Incubator Site, Wise, VA – This 13,329 sq. ft. vacant lot near the UVA Wise campus will house infrastructure for Food trucks to park, hookup, and sell their food. The project will also partner with UVA Wise to support business development with the food trucks to plan current and future growth. Estimated total costs are $267,000 and anticipated job creation of roughly 10 jobs.

▪ Vaughan Furniture Building, Galax, VA. $92M redevelopment of historic downtown anchor building, to include 220,000 SF of residential, and 220,000 SF of retail, commercial, business incubator, and event space. Project Sponsor: City of Galax. View Project Video.

Whistle Pig Country Store, Whistle Pig Farmers Market and Country Store, Ewing, VA – This women-led development will transform a 5,400 sq. ft. building into a local country general store with deli, coffee shop and farmers’ market. Developed by local residents and farmers, the market will provide the community with fresh food options as well as heritage workshops and a community gathering place in a rural community that is near a veterinary school, a national park with popular hiking trails, and a public elementary and high school. Estimated costs total $1.2 MM with anticipated creation of 20 jobs. View Project Video.

West Virginia

Augusta Heritage Center, The Wilt Building, Elkins, WV – Renovation of a mixed-use 19,520 sq. ft. Contributing Structure in Elkins’ Downtown Historic District. The renovated Wilt will establish downtown classroom and event space, relocate the non-profit August Heritage Center’s offices, and provide artist housing on the upper floors. Estimated costs total $4.5 MM with anticipated job creation of 15-18 jobs. View Project Video.

N.600 Boutique Hotel, Beckley, WV – Renovation of an existing vacant former bank building, N.600 will be the first and only women-developed and owned boutique hotel in downtown Beckley, estimated to have between 40 to 60 rooms. Estimated costs total $28 MM with anticipated job creation of approximately 75 jobs. View Project Video.

Cohen Building, Grafton, WV. $10M redevelopment of historic downtown building for use by identified for-profit and non-profit tenants. Project Sponsor: Unleash Tygart, Inc. View Project Video.

Downtown PKB, 820 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV – Redevelopment of a 40,000 sq. ft. building in the central business district into a mixed-use facility with retail on the first floor and residential on floors two through five. Sixteen 2-bedroom units are planned on the upper levels as well as at least two businesses at street level. Estimated costs total $6.9 MM with creation of 8-10 permanent positions and 25 construction jobs. View Project Video.

Fairmont Community Development Partnership, Fairmont Regional Tech Hub, Fairmont, WV – The FRTH is a 40,000-square-foot planned mixed-use development that includes a tech workforce training program, entrepreneurship education for students in pre-K through high school, a co-working space, and mixed-income residential units. This public-private partnership estimates total costs of $10.6 MM with anticipated job creation of 140+ direct and indirect jobs created (including construction) and 16 housing units – seven at 60-80% AMI and nine at market rate. View Project Video.

New Roots Community Farm, New River Gorge Ag and Culinary Center, Fayette County, WV – Repurpose a 6,000 sq. ft. farmhouse site at the New Roots Community Farm (NRCF) to build out and operate an agricultural and culinary training facility. The center will capitalize on the designation of the nation’s newest national Park, the New River Gorge National Park, and the opportunity of NRCF to grow the local food economy with the expansion of the hospitality sector in adjacent gateway communities. Estimated costs total $4.7 MM with creation of 15 jobs. View Project Video.

Prichard Revitalization, Huntington, WV. $36M redevelopment of historic downtown property, 50,000 SF of tenants identified including healthcare provider, regional university, and includes 100 units of affordable/workforce housing. Project Sponsor: City of Huntington. View Project Video. (Closed on financing.)

Staats Building, Charleston, WV. $6.6M redevelopment to 31,000 SF of mixed-use retail/housing for the 5-story historic structure, to include local foods/farmers market and artisan crafts. View Project Video. (Closed on financing)

Thundercloud, Inc, Fiber Network and Data Center, Huntington, WV. $20M fiber network and data center operated by local non-profit with support of leading community institutions. View Project Video.

Tygart Hotel, Elkins, WV. $13M historic hotel redevelopment supporting tourism and outdoor recreation in drivable ‘gateway’ community adjacent to metros, for this 55-room hotel. Project Sponsor: Woodlands Development Group, local CDC. View Project Video. (Closed on financing)

Wellsburg Urban Renewal Authority, The Bell Buildings, Wellsburg, WV – Redevelopment of the Bell Buildings, four contiguous buildings with a total of 20,791 sq. ft., into mixed-use development with first-floor retail and upper-floor housing and office space. Estimated costs total $1.1 MM with creation of about 36 jobs. View Project Video.

Wheeling Heritage, Blue Church Redevelopment Initiative, Wheeling, WV – Repurposing the 11,070 sq. ft. Blue Church landmark as a food and beverage concept with live music, or as a 500-person entertainment venue. This project will boost the economic vitality of East Wheeling, one of Wheeling’s most popular residential urban neighborhoods, in a city that has lost nearly ½ its population and in a neighborhood with a poverty rate of 3 times the national average. Estimated costs total $6 MM with the creation of 4 jobs. View Project Video.