Helping Communities Work

Helping Communities Work is a national coalition of community banks and banking industry associations committed to the advancement of human capital and community economic development. We design and execute financial and other place-based strategies through a process designed to leverage government funding, large bank deposits, small business loans, impact investments and foreign direct investment. 

Our work begins in West Virginia where we serve the 13 states that compose the Appalachian Region. We collaborate with Apprentice Power, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at Marshall University and POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization), a multi-agency initiative that delivers federal resources to help communities affected by job losses in coal mining and related industries. Our strategies in Appalachia are being tailored for implementation across the United States.