The Value Chain Cluster (VC2) Initiative provides hands-on business development and coaching services to strengthen local food and farm businesses in four regions of West Virginia. If you live in one of 17 eligible counties, and are a new or existing producer, processor, aggregator or distributor of local food, you can apply for various types of technical assistance.

VC2 creates jobs by investing in one of West Virginia’s most promising industries: the production, processing, aggregation, and distribution of local food. Funded through the Rural Jobs Accelerator program, with funding from the US Department of Agriculture, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, VC2 serves four regional multi-county clusters, covering a total of 17 counties or about a third of West Virginia.

The core strategy of the program is to build profitable, equitable, supply chains that create jobs by moving more local food from farm to table. VC2 will provide hands-on technical assistance,  coaching, and access to capital for food and farm businesses, while fostering new sales connections and building a supportive network of these businesses across the state.