October 9, 2018 Gathering and Luncheon – 12 pm

Moving WV Forward

Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV  25301

Rochelle Goodwin, West Virginia University
Sara Payne Scarbro, Marshall University

West Virginia Forward is a collaboration among the West Virginia Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall University to identify short-term, larger-scale projects that will boost West Virginia’s economic development efforts. The collaboration was supported by analysis from McKinsey & Company, which was focused on trending business sectors that could provide potential avenues for job growth and economic stability.

While all possibilities are being considered, a few key opportunities include workforce, business climate, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. This collaborative partnership aims to look at West Virginia’s assets from a global perspective and pair them with economic trends that can be leveraged for future growth.

The state is in a transition economy. Our communities are struggling while jobs have disappeared. Our talent has been forced to leave the state they love to pursue opportunity. We need to embrace all that West Virginia has to offer and believe that we can create a new path forward. It is not about rising from the bottom of a poll or stat. It’s about moving West Virginia Forward.

Our speakers will be Rochelle Goodwin, senior associate vice president for academic and public strategy at West Virginia University and Sara Payne Scarbro, associate vice president of external engagement at Marshall University.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9, from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at the newly renovated Charleston Civic Center.  Paid parking is available at the Civic Center or at the Town Center Mall.

The fee for the meeting is $25 for members (free if you chose the dues+meetings package) $30 for guests. Reservations are due by Friday, October 5, and can be made below.

The board and committee chairs will meet at 11:00 a.m.


Reservations are due by Friday, October 5, and can be made using the form below: