A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the downturn in the coal industry, there’s been a lot of talk about diversifying the economy.
But what does that look like? Over the years, the governor and other state leaders have put much of the focus on attracting big business to the Mountain State. They’ve been successful, as Macy’s and Procter & Gamble’s recent moves here illustrate. Don’t forget about Toyota, Gestamp and Amazon.
All of those companies have brought jobs and revenue to our state that could have gone elsewhere. But economic diversification should mean more than drawing in existing businesses. It should also include encouraging our state’s residents to start businesses of their own.
Marshall University is aiding in that effort. According to the State Journal, the school recently announced a new entrepreneurship major aimed at preparing students for economic changes in West Virginia.
“The continued economic viability of the state really depends on creating an entrepreneurial mindset…