Entries Categorized as 'Economy'

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 [...]

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 [...]

Networking for a Better West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 16, 2010

West Virginia Day (June 20) provides an ideal time to celebrate the Mountain State’s many unique qualities, but it also offers us the opportunity to do something for the state’s betterment.
The online community is invited to join this year’s “a Better West Virginia Network” effort, intended to help connect organizations, businesses, and individuals according to [...]

Community Working to Attract Google Broadband Into West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on March 2, 2010

Internet connectivity is an essential tool in today’s modern economy, but West Virginia lags behind the nation when it comes to Web accessibility.
While 66 percent of U.S. households have Internet access, only 56 percent of West Virginia households are connected to the Web, according to a 2007 task force report by the state Public Service [...]