A fact-based process united expertise from around the world with deep awareness of West Virginia’s unique identity. Interviews with industry leaders, as well as with state partners, identified areas of strength and opportunity for future growth. A working group met weekly to align their thinking on the most optimistic solutions for West Virginia. They shared their key decisions with a steering committee comprising senior leadership and major initiative donors.
Five guiding principles anchored the process:
- Build on existing assets.
- Grow and diversify beyond the sectors already established.
- Find disruptive trends.
- Consider our regional impact.
- Find the quick wins.