Entries Categorized as 'Government'

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 [...]

Advancing Generation West Virginia with Social Media Technologies

Date Written by Jason Keeling on April 30, 2009

Today the Generation West Virginia Young Leadership Conference kicks off in Morgantown, an assembly designed to promote the cultivation of young talent throughout the state. Organizers invite readers to participate by spreading word and offering feedback via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter.com, LinkedIn, and the aBetterWestVirginia blog.
Generation West Virginia serves as the figurehead for [...]

Remembering West Virginia’s Sago Mine Tragedy

Date Written by Jason Keeling on January 2, 2009

Three years ago today, an underground explosion shook areas of Upshur County during the early morning. The blast, later determined as the result of lightning, occurred at International Coal Group’s newly acquired Sago Mine.
Thirteen miners were unaccounted for. By evening, family and community members had gathered at the Sago Baptist Church, while national and international [...]

United, We Blog for a Better West Virginia

Date Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2008

Today is important for several reasons. First off, it’s West Virginia Day. But even more important is the movement of state bloggers that have contributed in an effort to reflect a more accurate view of our beloved state. To celebrate our successes, people, places, and culture.
Residents, expatriates, and general observers should enjoy the below collection. [...]

W.Va. Taking Part in National Entrepreneurship Week

Date Written by Jason Keeling on February 23, 2008

It’s Entrepreneurship Week West Virginia, and from Feb. 23-29, numerous events will be taking place across the state, providing current and prospective business owners with several free training and networking opportunities. The schedule of events include the WVU Entrepreneurship Film Festival, Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol, in addition to several marketing, finance, and business development [...]

2008 West Virginia Legislative Session Underway

Date Written by Jason Keeling on January 15, 2008

The West Virginia Legislature is seven days into its 60-day regular session. The Capitol chambers, halls, and committee rooms are filled with the sound of lawmakers, citizens, and lobbyists. Most everyone has an agenda, and although it’s not perfect, democracy in action is much better than the hopelessness within tyrannical nations.
Following the process is a [...]

West Virginia Stereotypes: Don’t Believe the Hype

Date Written by Jason Keeling on December 4, 2007

Generalizations are often made about more rural states within America, and West Virginia is no stranger to being portrayed stereotypically. Skewed representations of this state have existed since its inception, were proliferated during the early days of industrialization, and remain part of the local and national subconsciousness today.
On occasion, circumstances arise that illustrate the need [...]