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WV Forward wants to help state, students prosper


The Daily Athenaeum

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson (right) joins WVU’s vice president of strategic initiatives, Rob Alsop (left), and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha (not shown), at the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday, Jan. 5, in Charleston.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Earlier this month at the 2018 West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead, WVU and West Virginia legislators gathered to discuss the impact of West Virginia Forward and its future for the state.

West Virginia Forward was spearheaded by WVU, the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Marshall University last August, with a desire to innovate and diversify West Virginia’s economy to make it more attractive for business and employees alike.

The panel was comprised of WVU’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. The three discussed ways to keep college and technical graduates in-state.

Alsop stressed that West Virginia’s commitment to creating a business-friendly environment would be essential to the state’s growth.

“Everything we do, is this something that’s going to make our people want to stay here and be happy?” Alsop said.

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