CRED partners with the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources Program and faculty members from various Colleges and Departments at WVU to provide research, training, and technical assistance support to help destinations make informed decisions about community-based tourism development. Programs include:

Technical Assistance

  • Tourism Assessment Process
  • Strategic Tourism Action Planning
  • Asset Mapping
  • Student Class Projects


  • Tourism First Impressions
  • Resident Attitudes and Visitor Preferences
  • Destination Competitiveness
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Branding
  • Rural Tourism Case Studies


  • West Virginia Welcome
  • Interpretive Guide Heritage Steward Training
  • Presentations

Contact Doug Arbogast, CRED’s Rural Tourism Specialist, at 304-293-8686 or if you would like to discuss your needs, CRED’s availability, and program cost. If you have other for community-based tourism research, training, and technical assistance needs beyond the scope of these programs please feel free to contact CRED to discuss them.