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Media Advisory: ‘Growing Innovation in the Mountain State’ policy forum  set for April 6 in South Charleston  

Intuit CEO Brad Smith to headline program

Media encouraged to attend program on technology economy, strategies for growth

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Brad Smith, Huntington native and chief executive officer of global software company Intuit, will keynote TechConnect West Virginia’s “Growing Innovation in the Mountain State” policy forum, taking place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 6, at BridgeValley Community & Technical College’s Advanced Technology Center in the WV Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

More than 100 of West Virginia’s top business, education and government leaders will come together to promote the state’s technology economy and explore strategies for further growth. In addition to Intuit CEO Brad Smith, the event will include the Honorable Bill Cole, President of the West Virginia Senate and Dr. Jerome Gilbert, President of Marshall University. The event will also include two panel discussions:

“Education matters: How to identify and foster young entrepreneurial talent in West Virginia”

  • Joe Daly, Partner, Gallup
  • Joyce McConnell, Provost, West Virginia University
  • Tom Heywood, Managing Partner, Bowles Rice LLP

“Putting the next generation to work: Partnerships that lead to more hiring and investments”

  • Dr. Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University;
  • Joe Maxwell, Managing Partner, FinTech Growth Fund, Cultivation Capital;
  • Dr. Wael Zatar, College of Information Technology and Engineering, Marshall University
  • Dr. John Maher, Chairman of the Board, TechConnect West Virginia

For more information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500 or [email protected]. For additional information on TechConnect, visit


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