Focusing On Building A New Economy For Southern West Virginia.

Historically, southern West Virginia has supplied the nation’s energy demands through its coal mono-economy; and with the long downturn of the industry, those communities are now some of the most devastated in the nation. ACT Now is deploying a new historic opportunity to diversify the region’s economy and make it more sustainable.

The ACT (Appalachian Climate Technology) Now Coalition (ACT Now) is a collaboration of key West Virginia cities, economic revitalization organizations, leading academic institutions, and private sector innovators that aims to spur job growth in 21 economically distressed and coal-impacted counties in Southern West Virginia by creating a hub of clean energy and green economy jobs.

The ACT Now Coalition will create 5,000 new direct full-time and 15,000 indirect jobs, create 125 new businesses, and leverage $250+ million in private sector investment in climate technology sectors.

ACT Now will transform the struggling Southern West Virginia region with economic investments and job creation in the solar industry, expansion of technology businesses, upgrades to buildings to be more energy efficient, the transformation of abandoned mine lands into new sustainable assets, and the redevelopment of industrial spaces and “brownfields” for 21st century manufacturing (the term “brownfield” refers to formerly industrial properties positioned for redevelopment that are often complicated by the presence of hazardous substances or environmental pollutants that require abatement. Once remediated, brownfield properties can transform dilapidated or contaminated structures from liabilities into community assets.)

Our North Star Goal:

A just transition from coal that establishes West Virginia as the global leader in climate resilience.

The Most Economically Distressed And Coal-Impacted Area In America.

The ACT Now region of Southern West Virginia is recognized by the U.S. Intergovernmental Council on Energy Communities as the most economically distressed and coal-impacted area in America. 

Our Strategic Threads:

Our Strategic Threads unify our eight projects and are the guiding forces in achieving our goals, critical to building a new Appalachian economy.

Our Partners

  • Advantage Valley
  • AFV Educate
  • Appalachian Voices
  • Beta Air
  • Brownfields Assistance Centers
  • Carpenters Union
  • Central App
  • City of Logan
  • Clearway Wind Energy
  • Dickinson Renewables
  • Edelene Renewables
  • Hatfield-McCoy Trail System
  • High Rocks
  • IBEW
  • Invest Appalachia
  • Just Transition Fund
  • Marshall University Battery Institute
  • Mountain Mindful
  • Mountain State Fiber
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • New River Gorge Regional Development Authority
  • Paris Signs
  • Parthian Recycled Batteries
  • Refresh Appalachia
  • Region 2 Planning Council
  • ReUse Corridor
  • Revitalize Appalachia
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCBI)
  • Savage Grant
  • Service Pump and Supply
  • Solar Holler
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Workforce WV (state agency)
  • WV DEP (state agency)
  • WV Development Office
  • WV Hive
  • WVU Davis College
  • WVU Geothermal
  • Yeager International Airport

Focusing On Building A New Economy For Southern West Virginia.

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