The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) and the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Hatfield-McCoy) have partnered to help create jobs and improve quality of life in these coal-impacted communities through a tourism initiative in nine counties across southern West Virginia.         

Our Role

The initiative centers around the 600 (and growing) miles of the off-highway vehicle Hatfield McCoy-Trail System, one of the largest in the world, established by Hatfield-McCoy.

With a mix of public and private financing, Hatfield-McCoy and NCIF will work to support and broaden local businesses around the trail, tapping into the region’s abundant natural beauty and recreational draw to develop thriving and diversified local economies.

In partnership with Hatfield-McCoy, NCIF will help increase access to capital in these coal-impacted communities by creating a revolving loan fund and providing business coaching and marketing services to support tourism-related enterprises in the nine Hatfield-McCoy Trail counties: Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne, and Wyoming. Hatfied-McCoy will also continue to support the expansion and marketing efforts for all-terrain vehicle trails in the Hatfield-McCoy network. 

Why This Project Matters

The initiative is helping to cultivate entrepreneurs and businesses in sectors including environmental services, local food, recreation-based tourism, renewable energy, value-added agriculture and much more. It is expected to create hundreds of new jobs as well as support current and burgeoning businesses in the state

By supporting a strong tourism infrastructure, the initiative is helping coal-impacted communities take advantage of their natural beauty, connect more people to nature, and bring in valuable tourism dollars to the region and the state.

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