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The purpose of the LIGHTS program is to create a three-state (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio) Innovation Ecosystem building on the region’s pioneering spirit and history of ingenuity in light of scarce resources. LIGHTS will create companies, high-wage jobs, and private investment in the coal-impacted project region by matching complex problems and opportunities facing corporations, communities, and individuals to a network of two strategically-placed Innovation Hubs and several Gateways throughout the tristate region. Innovation Hubs include incubation facilities, makerspace/prototype equipment, and areas for training and engineering expertise. Innovation Gateways provide paths to the larger Innovation Ecosystem. At their core, gateways serve as entry points, provide opportunities for building a sense of community in making products, inspire entrepreneurship and provide skill development (i.e., welding, 3D printing, woodworking, jewelry making, cooking, electronics, and/or product designing).
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The AmeriCorps Member will: (1) assist in the preparation and submission of grant proposals to secure future funding to develop and implement the regional gateways in Marietta, Ohio; Portsmouth, Ohio; and South Point, Ohio; (2) track and report on all Project Plan outputs and outcomes for each gateway and hub on a quarterly basis which include new businesses created, jobs created, and private investment acquired along with the outputs of facility and program development; (3) Provide survey and analyses to determine the market need for incubators and makerspaces; (4) Become a subject matter expert in the combination of makerspaces and business incubation as an entrepreneurial development tool and present at a professional conference regarding findings; and (5) Convene and facilitate community conversations leading to the market analysis for each of the regional gateways listed in #1.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Developing Makerspaces ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Business/Entrepreneur . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA


Program Start/End Date
05/01/2017  -   04/30/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  


Accepting Applications
From  02/27/2017  To  04/01/2017 

Contact Adrian Uzunian
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71699