Economic consultant: WV economy faces obstacles not of its making

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite some improvements in recent years, West Virginia remains 50th in the nation in overall business climate rankings, and faces obstacles not of its own making, a national economic development consultant told legislators Sunday.

One factor, according to Ted Abernathy, managing partner for Economic Leadership, LLC, is that since 2010, job growth and population growth has been concentrated in metropolitan areas of 1 million or more population.

“One of the things impacting West Virginia in a big way is that nationally, there’s been an urban advantage,” he told members of the Joint Commission on Economic Development.

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