“I may have spent the first 22 years of my life dreaming of a way out, but I can tell you with clear eyes and full heart I’ve spent every day since looking for a way back home.”
Intuit executive and Kenova native Brad Smith hopes his words inspire others to seek out the West Virginia he loves, building a better future for themselves and the state through a new remote worker program which announced three initial host communities March 23 – Morgantown, Shepherdstown and Lewisburg.
The program, supported by the State and West Virginia University through a $25 million gift from Smith and his wife, Alys, is differentiated from others by its unique outdoor recreation components. The program targets fully employed individuals from outside the state who can work anywhere and want to be part of a contemporary, experience-driven lifestyle. Outdoor enthusiasts or young families who are inspired to help create a more diverse, inclusive and purposeful community will be given preference in a competitive application process.”
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Read more about it here: https://provost.wvu.edu/centers-institutes/oedc
Mission And Vision
The mission of the OEDC is to enhance the quality of life for WV citizens by connecting people to outdoor recreation in our state and by growing the state’s outdoor recreation economy.
We are evaluating the strategies that other outdoor-oriented states have used to explode their outdoor recreation revenue, grow their population and improve the health of their citizens, and we are working towards creating those same results here in WV. This includes creating awareness of the unique wealth of beautiful spaces where our citizens and visitors can recreate in; acquiring grants to build beginner mountain biking trails and other outdoor recreation projects; developing incentives for businesses and entrepreneurs to move to and remain in WV; and developing a marketing campaign to rewrite the narrative for West Virginia.
Building a vibrant community of citizens who love to play outdoors and have the job opportunities to stay and thrive in WV cannot be done without engaging our most valuable asset, our youth. The OEDC offers invaluable learning experiences to youth through the Science Adventure School and Science Behind the Sport. These programs are dedicated to empowering and educating West Virginia’s youth through linking outdoor education, recreation, and science. Sparking both their love of learning and being outside, we are building steppingstones to the next generation of innovators, educators and outdoor enthusiasts.
Reshaping the state is an undertaking only achievable by bringing together as many community partners as possible, if you are invested in seeing WV reach its potential, we want to include your voice in our public discussions held around the state. By building alliances between West Virginia University, educators, state and local governments, outdoor industry, and outdoor enthusiasts, we will redefine our state and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown mayor Ron Dulaney officially broke ground on Phase I of the Morgantown Municipal Airport Runway 18-36 Extension project from the seat of an excavator Wednesday. The work includes a 1,001 foot runway extension and the beginning of the I-68 Commerce Park.
President and CEO of the Morgantown Area Partnership, Russ Rogerson reacted to the long-awaited historic event.
“The beginning of a wonderful development of a runway extension,” Rogerson said,” For me, more importantly the 90 acre business park.”
There are about 32 acres of developable land on airport property now, but the extension project will increase that to about 90 acres. Fill dirt will be used to develop the commerce park. Doss Enterprises is under contract to complete Phase I work for $5.7 million.
“Helping the airport, boosting economic redevelopment and working with the county commission and others,” said Morgantown mayor Ron Dulaney,” It’s a great opportunity.”
This phase of the project is about ten years in the making.
The work will be funded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Required matching money will come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
“Air traffic coming in and out of our airport- this is in some way a front gate to our city,” Dulaney said,” So, this is great way to improve that first impression.”
Phase 1 construction will continue through the end of the year. Phase 2 construction is planned to begin in fall 2021, and Phase 3 construction is expected to begin in spring/summer 2022.
“The runway extension by its self is important,” Rogerson said,” But, creating 90 acres and be able to recruit more businesses and give existing businesses a chance locate in this area will be a good investment.”
The I-68 Commerce Park is planned for clean, light to heavy industrial or logistics activities.
“That’s a preliminary design that we now, but we’re going to get that fine tuned,” Rogerson said,” We’ll be bringing that information out in the next several months.”
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