Current Partners

 Partners Description of Roles / Responsibilities
City of Charles Town, West Virginia  Seven of the 15 brownfields in the Commerce Corridor are in Charles Town, and the City of Charles Town will play a major partnership role in the Commerce Corridor effort providing city staff and volunteers, participation in assessment and cleanups, and strong support for sustainable economic revitalization 
Jefferson County NAACP  Will continue its role in organizing neighborhoods in the Commerce Corridor through community meetings, door-to-door outreach, participation on the Council, and written/web communications. The NAACP will continue to advocate for improved park, recreational and community spaces in the Commerce Corridor 
Jefferson County Development Authority  Will continue to recruit small businesses into the Commerce Corridor 
West Virginia Region 9 Regional Planning and Development Council  Will support Ranson and Charles Town in obtaining public and private funding for mixed-use and business development in the Commerce Corridor
American Public University System  Will continue to develop its high-tech educational campus in the Commerce Corridor 
Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center  Will provide grant funding and technical assistance, including supporting community organizations
Charles Town / Ranson CORE (Center Cities One Renewal Effort)  Will continue its central mission of recruiting businesses, supporting public improvements, and sponsoring cultural, community and entertainment events in the Commerce Corridor and downtown
Interfaith Housing Alliance  Will focus on the removal of blighted structures and the development of affordable workforce housing in the Commerce Corridor 
Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle  Will involve youth and families in outreach to the community on the project, and in celebrations of progress

Key Stakeholders
  • African American Community Association of Jefferson County
  • Brownfields property owners
  • Charles Town-Ranson Merchants AssociationHagerstown / West Virginia Eastern Panhandle MPO
  • Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito
  • Gateway New Economy Council
  • Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jefferson County Commission
  • Local business owners
  • Ranson Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Senator Jay Rockefeller
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin
  • West Virginia Senator Herb Snyder
  • West Virginia Senator John Unger