Roadmap to 2023

TGCC’s Signature Project - The North/South Appalachian Highway (US 219 N & US 220 S)

  • Advance the completion of the north/south corridor
  • Meet with federal elected officials representing Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to educate and seek support for restored dedicated funding for the completion of the ADHS and in particular, Corridor N (US 219 N)
  • Grow the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition—business, government and civic leaders
  • Develop stronger relationships with WV DOT and ensure Tier II studies for US 220 S continue with the support of MDOT SHA
  • Pursue a bi-state INFRA grant opportunity
  • Maintain significant engagement with local, state and federal elected officials in MD, PA and WV and with the staff of the Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Foster relationships with other transportation coalitions in the Appalachian Region, including SAP&DC, the Alabama Coalition for Regional Transportation and Applied Research Center of Alabama, and the Corridor H Authority
  • Increase budget via new and innovative funding strategies

I-68 Regional Alliance - TGCC as incubator

  • Formalize governance framework, elect 3 representatives from each geographic county to serve on Alliance Board, recommend Chair of Alliance Work Group to serve on TGCC Executive Committee and develop Work Group budget
  • Build a robust regional BRE program to increase jobs and capital investments in the region
  • Develop relationships with site consultants
  • Market our natural and cultural assets as a region from downtown revitalizations to recreational tourism
  • Ignite entrepreneurship and small business development
  • Host economic development roundtable/visioning session with Congressmen Trone, Joyce and McKinley regarding regional economic development challenges and opportunities

Education and Workforce - Development Committee

  • Convene regional college presidents, county school officials, workforce development specialists and local business representatives from across the region to discuss best practices, share programs of work, and provide updates on grant opportunities, successes and achievements and opportunities for collaboration between the participants, their organizations and their students
  • Develop a strong public-private partnership between educational institutions and private industry leaders to focus on strategies to develop a competitive, skilled workforce for jobs in demand in the tri-state region

Membership Value and Services

  • Grow member participation in committee work, member meetings, business roundtables and other important events
  • Increase awareness of TGCC as the only regionally-focused economic development organization
  • Host monthly member meetings, quarterly business roundtables and other visioning sessions, to include briefings from economic development experts and discussions on leadership skill development
  • Annual Greater Good Award
  • Monthly newsletter highlighting regional successes and opportunities
  • Coordinate meetings with state officials at PACE and Mineral County Days
  • Develop community capacity, focusing on strategies that will strengthen the skills, expertise and potential of current and emerging leaders with an emphasis on innovative and creative problem solving and with the greater good as our guiding principle
  • Celebrate TGCC’s 20th Anniversary