☀🌳 Ready for spring? 🌳☀

Gabby Scrofano wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) to disconnect from the world for a while. She planned it to be a solo trip, a chance to get to know herself better. But her mom, LuAnn Scrofano, was nervous about the idea of Gabby hiking the more than 2,000 miles alone. So just a...
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10,000 Baby Boomers

Access to workforce is consistently the most important factor for companies in deciding where to locate. Therefore, our state’s economy depends on how we respond to these seismic demographic shifts. West Virginia must focus on attracting and retaining the next generation of leaders as older West Virginians, who have earned the right to retire, exit...
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What do 68% of Millennials have in common?

Young people have the potential to play a major role in West Virginia’s entrepreneurial growth as they have the drive and desire to get small businesses off the ground. But in order to harness this generation’s entrepreneurial potential, it’s critical that West Virginia’s policies support and encourage more young people to launch or locate start-up...
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💰 💪 take your wallet to the gym in 2018 💪 💰

There are lots of blogs and books out there that attempt to “Teach You How To Be Rich,” but let’s be honest: most of us aren’t in a position to make bookoo amounts of money or start a new business to cash flow an extravagant lifestyle. That’s just not reality. What is possible though, is...
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Every. Single. Day.

Until we reverse this number, West Virginia will continue to see its tax base decline. We cannot afford to ignore our outmigration of young people as they are a key economic driver. In a 21st-century knowledge-based economy, young talent retention, attraction, and advancement now play an even more decisive role in economic success. The 2018...
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More than beers with Bourdain 🍻

Q: Why does West Virginia need to diversify its economy? And why is agriculture part of the answer? A: We have all heard the grim social and economic statistics for West Virginia. Low workforce participation. High poverty rate. Lack of living wage jobs. The opioid epidemic. These statistics are indicative of an economy in trouble,...
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Want to run for office? Here are some first steps

I’ve loved government since I was 10. The first time my Roane County high school class traveled to the state capitol, I remember sitting down in the Senate’s chambers, reveling at its grandness and the big decisions that happen there. Ever since then, I’ve followed state government closely. My friends make fun of me because...
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Should you even care? Part Two

When you think of community revitalization work, what comes to mind? Improving your downtown? Encouraging new businesses to move in? Maybe building a new park? From Gabe Peña’s vantage point as the Deputy Resource Coordinator for the Fayette County Commission, revitalizing your community starts on a much more foundational level. It starts with addressing the...
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Buckle Up: The Ultimate WV Fall Road Trip 🍁

Fall doesn’t officially begin until late September, but there’s already a tantalizing crisp in the air. If you’re itching to get out into the mountains and immerse yourself in fall colors, make a beeline for the Potomac Highlands as soon as mid-September. Tucker County offers the ultimate early fall road trip. The leaves are some...
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