A Wired West Virginia Begins With Small Wins

Date Written by Jason Keeling on March 30, 2017

When it comes to the digital world, West Virginia remains one of the least-connected states.
This is a competitive and public disadvantage we can no longer afford to overlook. It impacts the future of education, business, safety and health care in our state.
The politics of broadband here are significant, and to date some elected officials, heavily [...]

The World is Fast: Small-Town America Must Speed Up

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 23, 2016

Segments of Appalachia are at the forefront of economic crisis. Further commitment to broadband infrastructure and technology adoption could enable needed diversification.
Information technology and exchange are leveling the playing field across the global economy. Areas traditionally isolated are now able to become competitive, Thomas Friedman contends in The World is Flat.
The primary engine that enables [...]

Can W.Va. Learn from Scottish Independence Movement?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on September 17, 2014

In the Eighteenth Century numerous Scots sailed from the Old World and emigrated toward the promise of a life with new opportunities. Many of them settled throughout the native lands of what is now West Virginia.
Remnants of this ancestry endure throughout the state. Bridgeport hosts a Scottish Festival annually, the town of Glasgow replicates the namesake of Scotland’s largest city, and West Virginia University has adopted a form [...]

Start Up the Bus: Service Between Morgantown and Charleston Established

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 28, 2014

Travelers can now park their car and hop aboard a bus for trips between Charleston and Morgantown, beginning July 1. The service is provided by Barons Bus Lines and the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
WiFi service and other amenities will be included for passengers. There will be stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont. [...]

You Make a Better West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2014

Most everyone wants to see improvements: better communities, education, jobs, etc. But who is responsible for moving the needle in a positive direction?
It’s easy to wait for others to take on the tasks at hand. They need to do this, they need to do that.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” This [...]

Why Stay in West Virginia?

Date Written by Jason Keeling on May 23, 2014

A relatively small percentage of West Virginians say they would like to move away, while some states across the nation, like Maryland and New Jersey, are much more likely to see people leave, according to a recent Gallup poll.
With this in mind, West Virginia Public Broadcasting decided to question what factors influence people to maintain [...]

‘Enchantment’ Could Help Causes in West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on December 12, 2013

Persuasive communications can significantly impact business ventures and public issues. As West Virginians continue to seek improved economic and civic conditions, perhaps we can learn something from the perspective of a notable author.
Enchantment, by Guy Kawasaki, highlights various methods to more effectively promote an enterprise or cause, with online technologies offering the means to achieve [...]