Many more partners are chipping in as well.
Many of the participants and community members met last month in Welch with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who has pledged his support.
"I just love how the community is committing to come together and doing everything they can to revitalize the community and provide great education for the children," Duncan said in an interview with Metronews.
Granted, throwing money and resources at a problem does not necessarily translate into success. In fact, many times this kind of effort devolves into expensive bureaucracies and unkept promises.
However, Reconnect McDowell appears to be a true joint effort by a cross-section of the public and private sectors.
Ultimately, a resurgence of the private sector is the only way to create wealth and empower individuals economically so they can provide for their families and aspire to something better. But those seeds of success aren't going to grow in McDowell County without some help.
Reconnect McDowell may just provide that assistance. It's worth a try.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.