WHAT IS IT?

What’s Next, West Virginia? is a series of conversations that will take place in communities all over the state in the coming year. These conversations are designed to encourage talking, thinking, and actions based on West Virginians’ own ideas for building a more vibrant and diverse economy. The effort is being organized by the WV Center for Civic Life, the WV Community Development Hub, and a broad--and  growing--coalition of partners from nonprofit, philanthropic, governmental, educational, and faith-based organizations.

WHO PARTICIPATES?

You!—community groups, businesses, schools, government agencies, faith groups, volunteer organizations, elected officials.

All of us who care about and want to set directions for the economic future of our communities in WV.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Much work is already underway across WV to strengthen local economies. What’s Next, WV? is designed to connect work that’s already happening and bring new people into the fold. Here’s how it works.

1. The WV Center for Civic Life will help local organizers get started with orientation and materials. (Sign up to organize a discussion in your community.)

2. Organizers plan conversations in their local communities, aiming for diverse participation.

3. Conversations (we recommend three at minimum) are held in local communities, focusing on three questions: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

4. People start taking action and doing the work, with some coaching and assistance from What’s Next, WV? partners.

5. Stories are captured and shared so we can learn from each others’ work. (Share your story.)

I WANT TO GET INVOLVED!