Concord University’s 3rd District Accelerator Program, Hatfield-Mccoy Trail Systems Presenting Investment Workshop

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 01 2013

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University Office of Advancement PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 (304)384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – The 3rd District Accelerator program is teaming up with Hatfield-McCoy Trail systems to provide an investment workshop on the business climate of the Hatfield-McCoy Region. The workshop will include a broad overview of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail user behaviors and habits to help entrepreneurs and investors identify business opportunities in the HFMC counties.

The workshop will be held on Oct 10, the first official day of Trail Fest. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, W.Va.

Concord University has provided technical assistance, mobile application development, web page development, as well as, business and marketing plans for several businesses throughout the 3rd Congressional District.

“There are many people in the area with business ideas. It is exciting to be able to help them get started,” said Dr. Roy Ramthun, project investigator and professor of recreation and tourism management at Concord University.

Concord University, Marshall University, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), the Natural Capital Investment Fund and TechConnect West Virginia are collaborating to target and empower entrepreneurs in tourism and advanced manufacturing across southern West Virginia. The Third District Accelerator provides integrated business support efforts and technical assistance, including grantsmanship workshops, training and workforce development, e-business marketing and entrepreneurial support, and advanced manufacturing tools/capabilities.

The Third District Accelerator is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Third District Accelerator operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

For more information, contact Katrina Nagy, 3D program assistant, at (304)384-5257 or

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.