Ohio University students partnered with the Little Cities of Black Diamonds (LCBD)
Council to provide informative content at the annual (LCBD) Community Day and to produce
a report on community assets and interests in order to guide future projects and programming.
The LCBD is made up of 56 towns built during the coal boom of the late 1800s. Students
worked with the community partner to plan the Community Day and developed “mini TED
talks” to present at the event, providing new context and perspectives on local history.
Students conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with residents to gather
information on historical and current issues relevant to the community, and to identify
community assets and interests. Students then developed a report of their findings
based on the data collected from the interviews and focus groups. These activities
provided students with opportunities to practice leadership skills and to gain experience
working with communities. The goal of the project was to provide the LCBD with key
insights into new directions to take toward their goal of maintaining their community
in a sustainable way.
Student Participants: Jontaya Solomon, Margo Williamson, Nicholas Eldridge, Tyler Martin, Shelbey Shope, Colby Emery
Faculty: Rich Greenlee
Dr. Rich Greenlee
Ohio University Eastern Campus
45425 National Road
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950