West Virginia Forward is a collaboration among the West Virginia Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall University to identify short-term, larger-scale projects that will boost West Virginia’s economic development efforts. The collaboration was supported by analysis from McKinsey & Company, which was focused on trending business sectors that could provide potential avenues for job growth and economic stability.
While all possibilities are being considered, a few key opportunities include workforce, business climate, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. This collaborative partnership aims to look at West Virginia’s assets from a global perspective and pair them with economic trends that can be leveraged for future growth.
The state is in a transition economy. Our communities are struggling while jobs have disappeared. Our talent has been forced to leave the state they love to pursue opportunity. We need to embrace all that West Virginia has to offer and believe that we can create a new path forward. It is not about rising from the bottom of a poll or stat. It’s about moving West Virginia Forward.
Our speakers will be Rochelle Goodwin, senior associate vice president for academic and public strategy at West Virginia University and Sara Payne Scarbro, associate vice president of external engagement at Marshall University.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive in Charleston. There is free parking and our meeting room is down the hall to the left of the registration desk on the first floor.
The fee for the meeting is $22 for members and students and $25 for guests. Reservations are due by Friday, March 16, and can be made at www.prsawv.org.
The board and committee chairs will meet at 11:00 a.m.