- Community engagement
- Event Planning
- Grant Writing
- Community Development
- Program Development
- Multi-disciplinary Collaboration
Carrie Staton coordinates multidisciplinary teams that provide West Virginia communities with expertise and guidance to move a specific project to the next step in the redevelopment process. The WV Redevelopment Collaborative enhances the capacity for community and economic development on complex projects in West Virginia communities.
“When I was doing my graduate work at the WVU Department of Public Administration, my capstone assignment included a project with the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NWVBAC). I spent a semester conducting research on brownfields inventories across the country and got to know a lot about the Center and its misson. I also had the chance to work with the director, Patrick Kirby. Upon completion of my project, Patrick mentioned to me that there would be some jobs available at the Center in the coming months, and I was excited when one of those jobs matched my interest and background. I was interviewed and hired to run a new program at the Center–the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative (WVRC)—in 2011.”
In addition to leading the Collaborative, Staton researches and develops additional resources for distribution to communities, including grant writing assistance. “My work with communities across the state is helping to turn blighted and abandoned property into assets for communities. Without the work of the WVRC, many communities would not have the capacity to complete complex projects to maximize the economic, environmental, and social benefit of development on brownfield properties.”
Staton has experience in fundraising, parks revitalization, youth leadership development, affordable housing, and community development. She holds a BA in Nonprofit Administration from Bethany College and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University. She is a member of the Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) and the Mary Parker Follett Network.
Staton is an avid reader–always looking for new ideas, books, and articles on community development. As an alumnus of the WVU Department of Public Administration, she continues to work closely with professors in the program.