Power of Performance


The team behind the Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference created an award to highlight those who are driving forward success in Southern West Virginia. Since its start in 2018, many individuals, employers, nonprofits, organizations and institutions have been recognized through the Power of Performance Award for their remarkable work in southern West Virginia. As the SCBS Conference enters it third year, the conference team wants to continue to share the great things happening throughout southern West Virginia and honor those who are leading the way. There are so many positive things happen in their neighborhoods, communities, and across the state. The awards selection team is looking to highlight success stories within the following 21-county region: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming counties.

Power of Performance Honorees are selected from one of the following categories:

Putting People to Work: Are you involved in a project that is helping to put people to work? Share your story, whether it is through training, connecting workers with existing jobs or hiring workers for your new start up, we want to know how you are helping to connect potential   employees with job opportunities. This conference wants to showcase successful workforce programs that are connecting the dots between employers and the workforce as well as employers who are hiring.

Revitalizing Communities: Are you working to help revitalize your community? Share your story, whether you are organizing a recycling program, building more housing, or implementing a community led project, we want to learn how you, or your business or organization is helping to redevelop and grow your community.

Changing Lives: Are you or your organization helping West Virginians lead more productive and/or healthier lives? Whether it is through offering support services, unique educational opportunities, counseling or mentoring, we want to hear from you. We are interested in learning more about your successful program that is helping to lift individuals out of poverty, giving individuals a second chance on being productive adults, and/or equipping West Virginians with vital training and resources.

NEW – #WVSolutions Seekers – Rising Leader in WV: This is a new category added to this year’s conference for students in high school, career skills training or college. We are thrilled to highlight those students who have a passion for West Virginia, have a unique idea or project and show qualities of a rising leader in the Mountain State.

Do you know someone who is making a positive impact in southern West Virginia? Then take 15 minutes and complete the nomination form today. Deadline to nominate is Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Self-nominations are encouraged. To apply, fill out the nomination form Click here to go to the form.


Past Power of Performance Honorees

2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jesse Spaulding Fresh Start program, Mingo County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jocelyn Sheppard, Appalachian Botanical Company, Boone County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The New River Gorge Trail Alliance in Fayette County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trash Your Kayak River Cleanup Crew from Kanawha County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Terri Giles with Appalachian Headwaters in Summers County                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Julie Greenlee, Clay County High School

2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sarah Riley, High Rocks Educational Corporation in Pocahontas County
Vikki Webb, Community Transformation Project
Tammy Jordan, Fruits of Labor in Greenbrier and Fayette County
Ashland Scenic Campground, McDowell County
Judy Moore WV HIVE Network, Raleigh County
Healthy Grandfamilies Project, Kanawha County

Past Small Communities, BIG Solutions Advocate

2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bishop Charles Shaw, of Real Life Christian Church Center, Cabell County

2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rev. Matthew Watts, Kanawha County