Entries from June 2007

Is ‘Quality of Place’ Our Greatest Economic Asset?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 28, 2007

What will West Virginia’s economic future look in 10 to 25 years? According to various experts, the state should capitalize on opportunities to expand its “new economy” capacity, which includes more jobs in technology, science, research & development, and the creative arts.

Culture, Creativity, and Innovation: West Virginia in the New Economy was recently released via [...]

Summer Fun in the Mountain State

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 21, 2007

Upcoming Events

FestivALL - Charleston, June 21-24
Mountain State Art & Craft Fair - Ripley, July 5-8
Fire on the Mountain Chili Cookoff - Snowshoe, July 6-8
All Good Music Festival & Camp Out - Masontown, July 13-15

Throughout the Summer

West Virginia Power Baseball, Charleston
The Rivermen, Fayetteville
Monongahela National Forest, Various Counties
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean

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Why a Better West Virginia?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2007

Today is West Virginia Day, marking the 144th anniversary of the state’s inception, recognizing its rich history, and acknowledging its significant contribution to the national interest. It is appropriate to reflect not only on the state’s past, but upon its present and future as well.
Also, today is the official launch of aBetterWestVirginia.com, and as our [...]

Developing the State’s ‘Creative Class’

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 16, 2007

West Virginia’s economic condition is arguably its greatest challenge. The public sector (i.e., government) often provides the best job opportunities, while private sector growth remains modest. The Charleston Daily Mail has reported that county school systems are the largest employers in 34 of our 55 counties, with Wal-Mart close behind.
In 2000, the state established [...]

Professionals Benefit from BNI Philosophy

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 9, 2007

Cultivating the small business environment remains critical in the quest to strengthen West Virginia’s economy. Business Network International (BNI) has established a major presence in the state, and its system for generating business referrals has significantly impacted the small business community. Over 15 BNI chapters have been established across the state since 2002, generating millions [...]

Komen Community Challenge - June 7

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 3, 2007

To raise awareness of the need to improve breast cancer education, treatment and prevention–especially in southern West Virginia–Susan G. Komen for the Cure is hosting a June 7 “Komen Community Challenge” in Charleston (10:00 a.m., Appalachian Power Park).
Want to do something positive this week? Here’s a worthwhile initiative that could have a tremendous impact [...]