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West Virginia University President Gordon Gee caught our attention with this quote from a speech he gave to a room full of WVU alumni on Capitol Hill last week:
“We can cure cancer. We can write the great American novel. We can discover new galaxies — because we are Mr....Read more
“Our economy is largely tied to energy and extraction resources,” WV's new Development Director, Kris Hopkins, tells the Charleston Gazette. “That’s clear and it has been an important part of our heritage but we need to find ways to be able to bring additional sources of opportunities to the state.”
He said his office will continue to focus on the potential opportunities associated with the state’s natural gas boom.
“It goes beyond just drilling,” he said. “It’s about creating value-added petrochemical developments, plastics and other high-tech...Read more
Check out this idea out of Logan County for economic diversification--elk! At a gala on Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation launched a new Hatfield-McCoy Elk Country Chapter in the heart of a proposed 7-county elk restoration zone: "With the coal economy languishing, the potential elk viewing tourism and hunting recreation...Read more
We had a chance to sit down with Jean Evansmore at the Civic Life Institute in June. If you know Jean, you know she has a way of getting you really pumped. Check out more of what Jean shared with us below.
"I'm Jean Evansmore. I'm from a holler over...Read more
Check it out! Our neighbors in Eastern KY are holding listening sessions to find out what Kentuckians want to see for their economic future. The initiative is called Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), and it's a bipartisan effort to improve and diversify the economy of Appalachian Kentucky, which has...Read more
"Make it fun." "Focus on what youth are passionate about, or angry about." "Give us a chance to tell our story." "Instill hope, don't just be negative about WV." Some sage advice for engaging youth that we heard today from some impressive youth-led organizations in southern WV: BAPS in Logan,...Read more
We got a chance to sit down with Jake Krack at the Civic Life Institute, and talked about entrepreneurship and renewing old trades, as a key to holding onto our youth and renewing our communities. Jake's own story (quoted below) is a testament to his thoughts.
"I learned the fiddle...Read more