About The JOBS Project

The JOBS Project is an organization that serves the dedicated communities in Central Appalachia who have provided the nation with energy for generations.  After more than 150 years of coal mining, a new energy future is on the rise with potential for job creation and tax benefits for local and state economies.  As the renewable energy industry grows, residents of coal producing states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio deserve to benefit from the natural resources development that will flourish in the region.

The JOBS Project promotes renewable energy as a way to create long-term, good paying jobs.  Our organization aims to make good use of federal and state incentives by offering rural landowners the chance to participate in the development of renewable energy projects beginning in 2010.  To prepare our workforce for jobs in renewable energy, we invite educators to “turn your school into a tool” for learning about technological innovation and 21st century skills.

Our mission

The JOBS Project is a catalyst for sustainable economic diversification in Central Appalachia, creating replicable, locally-owned institutions that capitalize on renewable energy resources.

Our core values

Sustainable Development

The social, economic, and ecological impacts of development should not exceed what the environment can sustain.  We believe that rural Appalachia can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

To be just

A just organization is concerned with the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


Holding true to our vision of economic diversification in Central Appalachia, the real need is to creatively and systematically unfold a strategy which is brought to life through integrated action plans which ensure all the functions and divisions of each project are aligned.


There is no canned solution.  We commit to an ongoing survey of the local scene (politics, economics, ecology, social, etc…) within Central Appalachian in order to inform our creative approach to institutional development for the region.


Our plans for renewable energy development and education have the potential to grow in dimension, serve as models for new projects, or to be replicated as resources and new sites are identified.