Eastern WV Community and Technical College created the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development to lead local and regional initiatives that impact Eastern’s entrepreneurship programs and community economic development.
Organized under the auspices of Eastern’s 501 (c) (3) Foundation, IREED works to implement a holistic, comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship and economic development by initiating and supporting institutional, community and student development initiatives. Both the Eastern Foundation Board and the College's Board of Governors endorse IREED's mission and work.
IREED will serve as the liaison with regional, state and national governments, businesses and other nonprofit organizations that support economic and entrepreneurship development.
View the Implementation Playbook, a playbook for fostering entrepreneurship and economic diversification In the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, prepared by Pegasus Planning and Development
IREED's purpose is to develop and sustain relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and provide a collective strategy for building institutional and community capital for economic and entrepreneurship development.
All of the accomplishments and goals identified need a structured Institute for sustaining momentum and leadership.
IREED’s ultimate, long-terms goals are two-fold:
- To serve as an economic development multiplier by initiating, accelerating and launching economic development and entrepreneurship activities in the region; and
- To become a research center on methods to increase economic development and entrepreneurship opportunities in rural and farming communities in West Virginia and beyond.
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is the nation's leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The association represents 340+ community and technical colleges and 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve more than three million students.
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.