Entries Categorized as 'Business'

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 [...]

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. [...]

‘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 [...]

Today, Let’s Think About West Virginia’s Tomorrow

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2011

West Virginia is unique, in both wonderful and disappointing ways. Various aspects of our culture are endearing. Some of our cities and towns have much to offer. Many of our schools and professionals are notable. Much of our natural world is captivating.
But today, on the 148th anniversary of the state’s founding, perhaps we should truly [...]

Marketing West Virginia’s People and Places Online

Date Written by Jason Keeling on May 31, 2011

The Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at West Virginia University has expanded rapidly over the last several years. Their first official conference is June 3/4 in Morgantown.
As one of the nation’s more rural states, West Virginia has traditionally been seen as disconnected from much of the country. However, as state businesses, organizations and residents become [...]

Celebrate West Virginia’s Statehood by Helping Others Grow Network

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2010

Today marks the 147th anniversary of West Virginia’s statehood. In celebration, several people from the Mountain State’s online community have offered submissions for this year’s “a Better West Virginia Network” initiative, outlining needs that exist within their organizational, business, and personal efforts.
As you peruse the various essays below, perhaps you can help participants make a [...]