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When we sat down with Sheila Combs last fall to talk about "What's Next" for West Virginia, we knew immediately that we had found a powerful voice for community improvement and change. Sheila is...Read more
By now you may have heard about a little something called the "Power+ Plan." If not, it's time to get educated! Because it's geared directly toward communities that have been impacted by a downturn in the coal industry, communities that need resources to help shape the next chapter of their economy. The Power+ Plan is a part of the President's budget package for fiscal year 2016, and it's all about investing in coal communities, workers, and technology.
Here's the background laid out by the President for why he's requesting this funding:
The United States is undergoing a rapid...Read more
An article by Whitney Burdette in the Charleston Daily Mail explores how proposed legislation could benefit veterans and West Virginia's economy.
“When their businesses succeeds, the state of West Virginia succeeds as well,” Natalie Tennant said. The proposed Boots to Business Bill would help veterans start their own businesses right at home in West Virginia. Here, Delegate Josh Nelson, R-Boone speaks about the legislation. The bill would waive registration fees and filing fees for four years.
Nelson said, “I look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure this bill becomes law and we can reach out to...Read more
What's Next, WV? Appalachian Transition Fellow Catherine Moore recently spent four days in Wheeling, WV compiling a multimedia project about the young, friendly city. Writer Steve Novotney featured photos and an interview with Moore on weelunk.com. Weelunk provides Wheeling residents with "honest accounting of what’s current, and the tools, connections, and information they need to shape future happenings".
In conversation with Novotney, Moore reflected, "West Virginia is an aging state, so we thought that maybe there’s something that Wheeling can teach the rest of us...What makes for a good environment for young people? That...Read more
We are curious about the way communities and economies have changed over time. In WV, we have taken a closer look at top private industry employers in order to shape discussions around the questions "Where are we now?", "Where do we want to go?", and "How will we get there?". To understand where we are now, though, we have to address the question "Where have we been?". In WV, one big change in the past several decades has been in the reign of manufacturing jobs. To figure out just how big of a change there has been, we had to...Read more
Courtney Forbes from What’s Next, WV? partner organization Create West Virginia crafted an article for the West Virginia Executive magazine to help start the year off on the right foot. The article reminds us that resolutions are about setting new goals, but can also be about “doing old things better”. Have you set some lofty goals for 2015? Whether you need some ideas, or want to add to your list, consider the six "community resolutions" that Forbes laid out. You can read more about each resolution in the WV Executive Magazine article.
New Year’s Resolutions...Read more
The Clay County Business Development Authority, a grassroots group committed to community and economic development, has taken the lead in convening three well-attended What’s Next meetings in the town of Clay. Outreach for the meetings was spectacular, attracting 72 people to the first meeting. Residents decided to form groups to work on four target issues: youth/education, infrastructure, business/economy, drugs/crime, and junk/trash. Each group is actively pursuing a number of low-cost, high-impact projects to address their issue area. In January, the group will advertise county-wide to fill a charter bus to take to the state legislature for Clay County Day to...Read more
If you missed the recent webinar from the WV Center for Civic Life and the WV Community Development Hub about facilitating community discussions about what's next for West Virginia, never fear--...Read more