Discovering a new way to work … Digital-nomad style

Q: What does it mean to be a digital nomad? A: Among a group of designers, developers, and entrepreneurs I met while traveling in Asia in the summer of 2016, I would often hear, “Oh, well, this month I’ll be in Bali, but I’m heading to Cambodia for the next few, back home to the...
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What’s Next, West Virginia?

When I was in the third grade, my class got some pretty exciting news: We were going to Safety City! For those who didn’t grow up in Kanawha County, Safety City is a mock, scaled-down city that third graders in the county visit for a half-day field trip. Kids learn about all kinds of safety,...
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🌄 Taking the long way home 🌄

Since June of 2007, I’ve embraced the unknown. It’s part of what excites me for the next phase of my life. A decade ago, I was preparing for my departure from West Virginia. I had just graduated from Marshall University studying communications and commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army. This was also...
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Who is Keebie Gilkerson?

I’m in Huntington looking for Keebie Gilkerson. His real name is Charles, but nobody calls him Charles. I mean, he didn’t even know his real name was Charles until, like, elementary school. He’s been Keebie his whole life to everyone. So maybe real isn’t the right word. Charles is his official name. Keebie is his...
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Feeling Young, Happy and … Sick?

Courtney Susman is reminded of her condition every time she speaks. Six months ago, she could have walked into Rainelle Elementary’s gymnasium and made every wiggling, fidgeting five-year-old sit still and listen. She could have commanded her acting students’ attention from the back of an auditorium, projecting an instrument she’d spent years training. She could...
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Historic Tax Credits & Why They Matter

Little excites me more than a community finding a modern use for a historic building. Nerdy, I know. But just check out this church turned indoor rock gym, gas station turned restaurant, and bank turned grocery store, and I guarantee you’ll be geeking out over the untapped potential of abandoned and underperforming historic buildings alongside...
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The Madness Behind My Brother My Brother & Me

The McElroy brothers just wanted to stay in touch. Travis, the middle child, and Griffin, the youngest of the three boys, had recently moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and rented a place together, while Justin, the oldest, remained in Huntington, West Virginia, where the three had grown up. Sure, Justin knew they would talk on the...
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Social Enterprise, say what?!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about social and environmental justice. Seriously. Talk to me about any social or environmental issue, and I won’t stop talking. While brainstorming grand solutions to these issues, I quickly learned that economics matter. You can’t separate the economy from society and the environment. The three need...
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👂 say it out loud 👂

Neely Seams is used to standing in front of a crowd. A longtime performer at Greenbrier Valley Theater, Neely has entered a stage many times, dressed in character, to perform her role acting as someone else. But when she stood in front of the judges of the West Virginia Poetry Outloud Competition to recite Toi...
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2017 Legislative Update

Get these updates and more in your inbox – subscribe now! March 28th is the 48th day of the 2017 WV Legislative Session and I am happy to report that there has been substantial movement on several pieces of key legislation that we have identified as important to young West Virginians. Want to learn more about how we identify...
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