“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 engineering services that can feed into all that.”

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