West Virginia Forward is a statewide indicative with many partnerships bring people together for job growth, lifelong learning, and human capital. A panel discussion was held Thursday at the Marriot Hotel at Waterfront Place in Morgantown discussing on how to accelerate projects within designated state opportunity zones.
Investors, developers, property owners, entrepreneurs, business owners, lawyers, accountants, researchers, startups and community and economic development professionals were encouraged to attend. “It’s a chance for small businesses to capture investment in the state, and it’s an opportunity for the state to grow in ways that were not available before,” said Josh Cook, WV Forward Fellow. There are 55 census tracks that are designated as oppertunity zones in 30 diffrent counties across the state.
“This is a chance for the state to take advantage of a program that is opening doors. So, there could be oppertunities for startups, researchers, for property developers. There are a lot of diffrent players who can get invovled in this to have an impact on the economic develpment in West Virginia,” said Cook. The next discussion panel will be at Shepherd University’s Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Friday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m..