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DCED (District Consortium Economic Development)

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Who We Are

The DCED (District Consortium and Economic Development) is committed to creating and sustaining an educated workforce, accelerating job growth and capital investment in a six county region of Eastern WV. The six counties include: Mineral, Hardy, Hampshire, Grant, Pendleton and Tucker. 



Our objective is to establish and implement sector strategies through a regional system that addresses the current and emerging skills gap in the economy that are critical to maximizing economic opportunities occurring in the state. 

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  • Goal 1: Set a strategic vision for integrating regional education and economic development
  • Goal 2: Brand and market the Potomac Highland region locally, nationally and globally
  • Goal 3: Strive to align educational resources to meet current and forecasted regional workforce needs
  • Goal 4: Create a global, innovation-based new economy in the region
  • Goal 5:  Create and support a regional educational and workforce ecosystem that supports diverse pathways for K-Career (Kindergarten-Career) to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education

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 A view of the mountain fields, valleys and blue skies of he Potomac Highlands_link to FEED Playbook An Implementation Playbook For Fostering Entrepreneurship and Economic Diversification In the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia (pdf 1.1 MB)






Meeting Date Agendas Minutes
March 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 5, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 25, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 23, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 29, 2017 Agenda Minutes



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Potomac Highlands District Consortium:  A partnership of educational providers dedicated to delivering community and technical education efficiently and effectively in the Potomac Highlands region.

IREED (Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development): Eastern created IREED to lead local and regional initiatives that impact Eastern’s entrepreneurship programs and community economic development.